Friday, May 27, 2022
News & Notes
The Westside Mayors share accomplishments & priorities during forum
   Ten mayors from Westside cities joined WEA members and guests at its Breakfast Forum yesterday.
    As the forum began, the room at the Washington Square Embassy Suites was abuzz of conversations.
   Many people had not seen each other in-person for more than two years.
    As the mayors addressed the audience, they showed their sense of humor and camaraderie, but at the same time shared their concerns.
   In light of the recent tragedy in Texas, gun violence was an issue the mayors raised multiple times.
   The mayors also talked about land use; the urban growth boundary; workforce development and their own cities' staffing needs; business development in their communities; levies passed and the services being funded; homeless services; affordable housing; urban renewal areas; transportation system and master planning; community visioning; the climate crisis; and water supply.
   When the audience had the opportunity to ask questions, the mayors answered questions about empowering youth, the creation of public art, partnerships, and more.
   TVCTV is editing footage from this event and hopes to have a recording available next week.
   WEA wants to thank Comcast and Legacy Health for their forum sponsorships.
   It also wants to share its gratitude for all the mayors who participated.
   To read more, turn to Pamplin Media's Ray Pitz.
Tigard celebrates groundbreaking of its Universal Plaza
   Tigard community members celebrated the groundbreaking of Phase 1 of its Universal Plaza yesterday.
   The plaza is located in Tigard's downtown core on Burnham Street.
   It will be a gathering space for the community and will feature a splash pad, lawn area, connections to the Fanno Creek trail, restroom facilities, and porch swings.
   Eventually, a Phase 2 for the plaza will bring a covered canopy area, a community room, and built-in outdoor seating.
   Funding for the project comes from Tigard's Tax Increment Financing, which is focused on revitalizing its downtown.
   Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in 2023.
Lights, camera, golf! - theme to this year's WEA fundraiser
   WEA's Fundraising/Golf Committee met recently to create a theme for this year's Westside Golf Scramble.
   "During committee email conversations, personal distancing discussions evolved into drive-in movies. So when the committee met later in the week, the brainstorming session quickly revolved around a movie theme. After about 30 minutes, we had 'Lights, camera, golf!' It was the fastest brainstorming meeting I've ever been a part of...and it was on Zoom. A big kudos to the committee," said WEA's Teresa Dunham.
   Hole sponsors are already creating games or activities around specific movies, especially golf movies.
   "Caddy Shack," "Tin Cup," and "Happy Gilmore" will all be part of the festivities.
   There are sponsorships available at varying levels - hole sponsor ($1,000); some challenges and golf carts ($500); and tee signs ($200).
   Volunteer and donation opportunities are also available.
   The July 25 tournament at Langdon Farms Golf Club is sold out and does have a waiting list for those wanting to participate.
   If you'd like more information, contact Teresa Dunham.
Odds & Ends
  • In election news today, it looks like Jamie McLeod-Skinner has won the Democratic Primary over Kurt Schrader for Oregon's 5th Congressional District and will run against former Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer in November.

  • WEA's leadership is beginning to review resumes for the organization's executive director position. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate, please visit the WEA website to find out how to apply.

  • News & Notes will be on a short pause in the coming week or two, while its writer and editor goes on a well deserved vacation.
Events coming up
Mon. 5/30 Memorial Day - WEA laptops will be closed in observation.

Wed. 6/8 at 7:30 a.m. - The Transportation, Land Use & Housing, & Government Relations committees will meet in the Beaverton City Council Chambers to talk about the Westside Multimodal Improvement Study. All members are welcome. For more information, contact KC Reinhart.

Fri. 6/10 at 12:00 p.m. - The Fundraising/Golf Committee will meet to talk about the July 25 Westside Golf Scramble at Langdon Farms. There is opportunities to sponsor, donate, and/or volunteer. For more information, contact Teresa Dunham.

Wed. 6/22 at 7:30 a.m. - The WEA Board of Directors will meet.