I first moved to Lake Oswego 36 years ago and I have seen this city grow from a town that was in essence a bedroom community of Portland to the great city that it is today. During these 36 years I have served on the Lake Oswego Budget Committee, the Natural Resources Advisory Board, the Foothills Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Transit Center Advisory Committee. I have been a motorman on the Willamette Shore Trolley, mapped the park and open space trails for the city, and helped map and delineate the invasive plant species and identify, size, and map all conifer trees within Springbrook Park. I am currently a member of LONAC and the treasurer of the Friends of Luscher Farms.
I decided to run for Lake Oswego City Council because I believe elected officials have a fiduciary duty to the taxpayer to ensure all spending is prudent and thoughtful. I also believe city government must always act in a manner that promotes respect and trust. Fiscal responsibility is more that a concept, it is the main ingredient in respect and trust of the government by the governed. This also holds true for transparency. For without transparency there is no accountability and without accountability there can be no rational control on spending.
During this election cycle we are going to hear a lot about fiscal responsibility, an open and transparent city government, and a common sense approach to the prioritization of spending. Some of us running for city council truly believe in these principles, while others will only pay lip service to the extent necessary to get elected. It has been the violation of these principles that gives us the divided city we live in today.
Many fine aspects make up the fabric of Lake Oswego such as education. A good education is predicated upon community involvement and quality schools. Our city has those qualities and I support maintaining those qualities to keep Lake Oswego great. The varied neighborhoods within Lake Oswego are another aspect in the fabric of this city. I believe when development occurs within a neighborhood, or affects a neighborhood, it is imperative that it is in keeping with characteristics of the neighborhood. We must ensure strong and viable neighborhood associations that are listened to and used as consultants in neighborhood development. The business community that provides our basic services or the light industrial areas of this city, all must be provided every opportunity to remain in business. We need a city council that is as interested in the existing businesses as it is in promoting the latest boutique. We need a city government that is as interested in accommodating the businesses in Lake Grove as it is in designing the Lake Grove Village Center Plan.
I believe with my extensive community involvement and my belief in fiscal responsibility, an open and transparent city government, and a common sense approach to prioritization in spending I am the right person at the right time for the Lake Oswego City Council. Lake Oswego deserves a city council willing and able to move the governmental pendulum back towards the center.
Russell Jones is a candidate for the Lake Oswego City Council.