Former Oregon City commissioner sees priorities in livability, connected bike path/sidewalks, investments in core urban areas

Former Oregon City Commissioner Carol Pauli on Thursday filed for election to the Metro Council in anticipation of Carlotta Collette's resignation.

OREGON CITY - Carol PauliCollette hasn't decided when she will resign, but Pauli intends to go through the remaining Metro councilors' appointment process, required by Section 23 of the Metro Charter within 90 days of a resignation. The appointee would be seated in Position 2 for the remainder of Collette's term through 2018, when the winner of the 2018 election is sworn in. Pauli said she'll be ready to fill the position in either case, both as an appointee and election winner.

"I'm all in and very serious about this," Pauli said. "I believe I'm the best person for this position."

Pauli was appointed in February 2012 on a promise to bridge the political divide after the recall of Commissioner Jim Nicita. She was elected to a full term from 2013-16 but resigned almost at the end of the term when she moved out of town to care for an ailing relative.

Pauli, the former owner of KC's Midway Historic Public House in Oregon City, sold the business about a year and a half ago to focus on family.

Now a resident of Oak Grove, Pauli said her priorities as a Metro councilor would be the same as those that inspired her as an Oregon City commissioner: livability, connected bike path/sidewalks, public involvement and investments in core urban areas.

Oregon City Commissioner Brian Shaw said Pauli will be a great ambassador for Oregon City while sitting on Metro.

"She has big shoes to fill, but as I thought about Carlotta's replacement, Carol did come to mind as a great candidate and councilor," Shaw said.

As president of the Downtown Main Street Association Board of Directors, Pauli thinks that the work of her nonprofit "resonates so well with what Metro stands for and what Metro does." She believes the regional agency needs to work on "low-hanging fruit" where there is available infrastructure to support denser development.

"You focus on the core as much as you can with smart design and smart infill," Pauli said.

Pauli was a founding member, along with Collette, of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners group, and Pauli remains a board member on the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition nonprofit board of directors.

"I will be able to step into her shoes as far as being on the partners group," Pauli said.

On the stalling of the Willamette Falls project, Pauli said the partners have already reached out to to the property owner and done the best that they can.

"We need to get the project moving forward," Pauli said.

Another priority for Pauli as a Metro councilor will be to find a solution for the crisis being caused by Chinese companies saying they will no longer accept recycled materials from Oregon.

"I very much care about the environment too and what we can do to limit our impact," she said. "Either we need to process it [the recyclables] ourselves or we need to find another solution."

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