A day in the life of the five council candidates
- Lee van der Voo
- Lake Oswego Review - News
Three of five candidates for the Lake Oswego City Council will soon join four veterans in leading this city through the next two years of change. While we worked hard to give you their take on the issues, we also wanted to give you their take on life. Here's a day in the life - a Friday, Oct. 13 - of the candidates for the next city council.
By 9:10 a.m. J.T. Tenneson has already had a pancake breakfast with his four children and is touring job sites for his company Excel Excavation, which is currently building 100 homes in Hillsboro and 52 in Tigard. He is also recovering from last night's joint campaign fundraiser with Roger Hennagin. At 10:20 a.m. he is on his way to the chiropractor for a preventative adjustment. By 1 p.m. Tenneson has stopped home to pick up one of his 10-year-old sons, Caleb, who is home from school. He leaves Caleb's twin, Mack, with his wife and takes Caleb to lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Tualatin. There he meets with project managers for Excel and talks about current jobs. After lunch, Tenneson sits down to work on his Citizen's View for the Lake Oswego Review and starts writing thank you notes to guests at his fundraiser. At 3:25 p.m. he has finished work on his Citizen's View and just returned from a meeting in the Boca Ratan neighborhood. Caleb joined Tenneson there while he talked with residents there about campaign issues like the city's sewers and a proposed community center. After the meeting, Caleb takes a turn at the chiropractor before heading back home. At 6:45 p.m. Tenneson himself heads home and collects the family for dinner at P.F. Chang's in the Pearl. He plans an early night and a 7:45 a.m. arrival at the twins' Saturday football game.
At 9:10 a.m. Donna Jordan is just getting back from walking her golden retriever Tucker to Westlake Park and around the block. At 10:20 a.m. she is looking at her calendar and realizing that she committed to meet a friend from the 50-plus Committee on Friday but has a conflict. By 1 p.m. she has just finished picking up dry cleaning on Capital Highway and taking a trip to Petco for the rawhide ears Tucker likes. She picked up groceries at Albertson's in Lake Grove and is eating a salmon cake from New Seasons, still puzzling over her calendar conflict. By 3:25 p.m. Jordan has answered e-mails and walked a small neighborhood off of Peters Road, talking with people there about her campaign. She took a brief break to charge her cell phone and do some laundry, then made a trip to the other side of the lake to talk with more voters. There, she met some people who are interested in a new aquatic center and others who want to get rid of the whole city council. At 6:45 p.m. Jordan has just finished campaigning in the Kelok Road area and finished a last load of laundry. By the canals, she spent some time talking with an 88-year-old resident concerned about inflated property values and the Urban Growth Boundary. After a brief conversation with her single daughter, who is agonizing over whether to get a dog, Jordan joins her husband for dinner at Gubanc's Restaurant in Lake Grove.
At 9:10 a.m. Johnson is having a cup of coffee with her grandmother in the house they share with Johnson's mother on Anduin Terrace. She is reading the paper and at 10:20 a.m. is ready to drive to downtown Lake Oswego, where she generally parks on the street before catching a bus to her job as a recruiting clerk at Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt in Portland. She spent part of the morning working on ads for the Lake Oswego Review and The Oregonian. Breakfast was toast, a glass of milk and a lot of coffee. At 1 p.m. Johnson is processing resumés in the recruiting department at the law firm. They will later be used to bring new hires into the firm. Johnson's co-workers are at lunch, so the downtown Portland office is quiet. By 3:25 p.m. she is catching a bus back to Lake Oswego, generally the 35 or the 36, whichever comes first. She plans to meet an old high school friend at Peet's Coffee in Lake View Village, who is interested in getting involved in her campaign. At 6:45 p.m. Johnson is driving to a copy center by Washington Square to make more copies of her campaign fliers. Tomorrow morning she will beat the street at Farmer's Market in downtown Lake Oswego and needs to have them ready. She has a date planned for her Friday night but may have to cancel because she's running out of time to get ready.
By 9:10 a.m. Doug Reiter has been on the move for several hours. His day started with a teleconference at 7 a.m., during which he talked to a client about an executive search he is conducting. Reiter has just returned from a walk through First Addition with his 10-year-old black lab Champ, where he stopped by his post office box. At 10:20 a.m., Reiter is having a cup of coffee at the Starbucks on State Street and reading the Wall Street Journal, which he does daily. He plans to prepare there for an 11:30 a.m. meeting with the president of a small company. He is conducting an executive search for that business as well. At 1 p.m. Reiter is in his home office on the lake after his lunch meeting at Hunan Pearl on Bangy Road, where he ate sesame scallops and twice-cooked pork. He plans to spend the afternoon working on a revision of his company Web site. At 3:25 p.m. Reiter is still involved in the Web site review, proofreading sections of the text for factual errors, style and grammatical problems. Champ is sleeping nearby. By 6:45 p.m. Champ is up and about and has had his second walk of the day, this one down Lake Front Road. Reiter's just fielding a few calls from clients and looks forward to some personal time this evening, though he hasn't yet decided his plans.
At 9:10 a.m. Roger Hennagin is in a meeting with a client in his law office in downtown Lake Oswego. He has just enjoyed a late breakfast with his daughter, who is visiting from Montana. Now, in this meeting, Hennagin talks with a client who has a mandatory arbitration scheduled for next Wednesday. They talk about testimony and arguments in this case, in which his handicapped client was fired from a job for issues related to an anxiety disorder. At 10:20 a.m. Hennagin preps to call the defending lawyer in a religious discrimination case he plans to settle. He then plans work on a case where a sales department terminated female employees over the age of 40 after a corporate merger. By 1 p.m. he has a cold apple in his hand and just made a trip to the Albertson's on State Street for a pre-made sandwich. He met a city employee there, who was concerned that city workers might not be able to afford to live in Lake Oswego as home prices escalate. Over lunch, Hennagin reads the day's Oregonian. By 3:25 p.m. Hennagin has been to three different banks to take care of business. Along the way he did some campaigning, talking with residents and two bank tellers. Now he's back in the office trying to get something done before ending the workweek. At 6:45 p.m., after he has helped his exhausted wife heat leftovers for dinner, Hennagin is planning a relaxing evening at home.