Community Soapbox by Rose Holden

To create an economically vibrant city one must allow jobs to come into our city, let alone create them.

Jim Nicita has consistently advocated against jobs; first in his campaign for city commissioner in 2008, when he opposed the Beavercreek Road annexation, which included the Green Economy Center. This center would have been the catalyst to 4,800-6,300 construction jobs over a 10-year period, up to 5,000 permanent jobs and the indirect impact of another 3,500 to 10,000 jobs resulting from economic activity from permanent jobs, depending on the industries represented in permanent employment.

Nicita continues to oppose job creation with the Rivers Lifestyle Center. Who among us can say during these economic times that any job is a 'bad' job? My business is dependent on people who are able to generate an income. I do not know of any business that can survive without a customer base to provide a revenue stream.

On many aspects relating to sustainability Jim Nicita and I could agree, however we differ on the methods of how to achieve these goals. For instance, during his campaign Jim advocated the idea of 'growing smart' and creating a 'walkable, livable and economically vibrant city'.

To achieve this ideal he must be in favor of something, yet I have seen nothing but elusive, evasive and ambiguous rhetoric.

Jim (and his group) use sustainability as a cover for their agenda and do not exhibit authenticity.

It is not sustainable to block all development due to ulterior motives designed to teach people (city leaders) lessons. To date, Jim Nicita is not able to demonstrate tangible results, which defy challenge.

It is for these reasons a change must occur sooner rather than later. It is not personal, just good business.

Rose Holden owns the Oregon City Golf Club just outside of current Oregon City limits.

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