What a fabulous year we have had in West Linn. There were highlights and lowlights.

Highlights included groundbreaking events and the city’s centennial celebration, city council decisions and a host of other civic involved events.

Groundbreaking events included a new police station, the library parking lot annex and the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership’s clean drinking water facility reclamation and expansion.

Centennial events included monthly themed walking tours and a lecture series, a traveling history museum, a commemorative quilt, McLean House Rosarian garden party, state-recognized proclamation, our annual Willamette Living History Tour (best ever) and various family friendly celebrations.

Other fabulous highlight events included city council actions like:

The Oregon City-West Linn Arch Bridge application for and approval of a revitalization grant from Metro

Council’s approval of the parks and rec trails master plan

Council’s approval of the extension of the Robinwood Community Center’s occupancy permit

The annual Neighbors helping Neighbors program

The ballot measure for an aquatic center

And many others

On a more personal note, our son, Casey, graduated from West Linn High School, leaving a legacy of a new vocational education program, mentored by advisers to help him and his friends create a “mechanical engineering program” that allowed students a hands-on experience with small engine repair and the functioning knowledge of advocacy in creating that program. It is now a class option for students at the high school.

I am sure there are many other highlights and civic organizations I need to mention for the list is long and wonderful.

Our community is an enviable place to live primarily due to an accurate perception that forward-thinking and positive results are possible here. Many new residents are here because of that reputation and we should honor that.

The recall petition, is a lowlight in 2013. A petition is being circulated to recall four members of our city council.

The success of such a recall will reward only a small, but familiar, angry band of citizens with no perceptible goal besides trying to paralyze West Linn’s city government.

A recall campaign like this against our stipend-compensated council is a campaign against the best interests of the vast majority of West Linn residents.

West Linn deserves its place as one of the best places to live in the United States, and our council has that as its agenda and it is in all of our best interests.

The petitioners have spent the last three years fighting the Lake Oswego-Tigard water plant with a loud campaign of intimidation and misinformation.

Our council has refused to give into hysteria, bluster and fear mongering. This is a true sign of leadership.

Those behind the recall effort say they represent the people. Who they truly represent are a tiny (.01 percent) group of permanently angry opponents to our safe, clean and well-run city.

Say “no” to the petition and let those carrying the petition know that West Linn residents are tired of their antics.

Tom and Lorie Griffith are West Linn residents and Lorie Griffith is a member of the West Linn Planning Commission.

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