SD19 nominating convention set for Jan. 6
The Democratic Party of Oregon has announced that the nominating convention for Oregon Senate District 19 will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, in the gym at River Grove Elementary School (5850 McEwan Road, Lake Oswego).
The convention, which is scheduled for 1 p.m., will be preceded by a candidate forum from 10 a.m.-noon at the same location.
Precinct Committee Persons from SD19 will vote for 3-5 nominees to serve out the remainder of the current term of state Sen. Richard Devlin, who was recently appointed to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council. According to a memo posted on the DPO's website, Devlin will resign his Senate seat effective Jan. 1.
State law mandates that his party must nominate a slate of replacement candidates within 20 days after the resignation. The final appointee will then be chosen by commissioners of the counties within the district — in this case Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas.
So far, six applicants have publicly announced their intent to seek the nomination: Lake Oswego School Board member Rob Wagner, former state Rep. Greg MacPherson, Tualatin City Council President Joelle Davis, environmental consultants Daphne Wysham and Gerritt Rosenthal, and Claudia Black, a former policy advisor to then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
Additional candidates have until 5 pm on Friday, Jan. 5, to apply.
Gathering to explain cultural tax credit
Lake Oswego-based Johnstone Financial Advisors and the Oregon Cultural Trust have entered into an informal partnership to raise funds and awareness of the trust and Oregon's cultural tax credit, which effectively doubles donations to arts and culture in the state.
The partnership will launch at a gathering planned from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Johnstone Financial office, 334 Third St. in Lake Oswego. The event will be co-hosted by the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, a volunteer citizen group that directly represents the Cultural Trust in the county on behalf of the nonprofit Clackamas County Arts Alliance.
Mark Buser, a certified financial planner and owner of Johnstone Financial, and other speakers will explain the tax credit. Artwork by Kirk Lybecker will be on display, and refreshments will be served.
Beginning in January 2018, Johnstone Financial will exhibit local professional artists and host First Friday receptions in its downtown Lake Oswego headquarters. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will be donated to the Cultural Trust. For more information, visit www.johnstonefinancialadvisors/events.
LOPD arrests eight for impaired driving
Lake Oswego Police officers arrested eight drivers for DUII incidents in November as part of a nationwide enforcement operation conducted during regular-duty patrols, the department said last week. Seven of the arrests were for alcohol-related offenses; one was for controlled substances.
LOPD Lt. Doug Treat said the next national DUII enforcement event is scheduled for the winter holiday season, from Dec. 15-Jan. 1, when officers all across the Portland metro area will be on the lookout for distracted and impaired drivers who may have overindulged. Drivers arrested for DUII can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.
"Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired," Treat said. "Please act responsibly and drive sober."
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified for which city Joelle Davis serves on the city council. She is the president of the Tualatin City Council. The story has been updated.