Friday, May 7, 2021
News & Notes
Clackamas County steps back to "high risk" today & that's a good thing
Ainsworth House
   Clackamas County and 14 other Oregon counties, including Multnomah County, will step out of the "extreme risk" category and down to the lesser "high risk" category today.
   This will ease restrictions on indoor dining, gyms, and other recreation facilities.
   Clackamas County restaurants can reopen dining rooms to 25% capacity again, and it allows sports franchises such as the Trailblazer, Timbers, and Thorns (in Multnomah County) to have some fans in the stands too.
   Public health professionals continue to say the way out of this stair stepping restriction exercise is to get people vaccinated.
   All4Oregon's (the partnership between Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente, OHSU, and Providence Healthcare) Oregon Convention Center vaccination site is taking walk-ins today, but it will be closed over Mothers Day weekend.
   The PDX vaccination site will take drive-ups this weekend - no appointment necessary.
   The Hillsboro Senior Center is hosting a vaccination clinic and will be taking walk-ins tomorrow 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
   At the time of this publication, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue had appointments available at it's Nike drive-up clinic for Saturday.
   Governor Brown said she does not expect to move counties back to "extreme risk" during the remainder of this pandemic.
Despite the recession, the labor market is still tight
   Economists and those in the business world are finding the dynamics during a pandemic recession are much different than those in what might be considered a normal recession.
   One of those dynamics would be the labor market.
   Normally a recession would mean there are more people looking for work than there are job opportunities, but according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis that's not the case right now.
   In his blog, Economist Josh Lehner said, "Nationally and here in Oregon job openings have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Businesses are advertising just as many vacancies today as back in the strong economy a couple years ago. Additionally, research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows that underlying wage growth remains in-line with pre-COVID trends as well."
   There are some factors not taken into account, such as people staying out of the workforce to care for children still learning at home.
   It also brings questions as to how things will shape up as we ease out of pandemic conditions.
   Lehner will address this and more when he joins WEA members and guests for a Virtual Forum on Thursday, May 20.
   To register, click here.
Bursting the bubble - theme for August fundraiser
   WEA's Golf Committee met today and chose the theme "Bursting the Bubble" for its August 26 Westside Golf Scramble.
   The theme will allow sponsors and tournament volunteers the opportunity to design activities around bubbles and the idea of coming out of this pandemic.
   For instance, players may not be referred to as having a team, but a bubble.
   There may be an extra golf shot (a mulligan) available for those who have been vaccinated.
    The ideas are still percolating, but it is shaping up to be another creative and entertaining fundraising event.
   Next week WEA will offer a registration pre-sale to those who golfed in the tournament in 2020.
   Registration will open to everyone by May 21.
   For more information, visit the event web page.
Odds & Ends
  • New employment data shows Clackamas County had a 5.8% unemployment rate in March, while Washington County was at 5.2%. To see more, click on the reports for Clackamas and Washington counties.

  • Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is hosting a virtual job fair on Wednesday, May 19 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Join through Zoom by clicking this link.

  • Washington County is partnering with Oregon Housing and Community Services on a compensation fund for Oregon landlords facing unpaid rents. Click here to learn more.

  • The City of Beaverton is providing an opportunity for community members to meet its city manager finalists and to submit questions for the event. To learn more, click here.

  • The City of Tigard is looking for input on its Parks and Recreation Master Plan. To learn more, click here.

  • Clackamas County wants feedback on how to invest federal funds in its recovery. To take the survey, click here.

  • Sherwood is taking a survey on residential design standards in regards to HB 2001. To take the survey, click here.
Events coming up
Wed. 5/12 at 7:30 a.m. - The Transportation Committee will meet virtually. All members are welcome. For more information, contact Pam Treece.

Wed. 5/12 at 6:00 p.m. - The City of Tualatin is hosting a virtual State of the City address. Click here to learn more.

Th. 5/13 at 7:30 a.m. - the Government Relations Committee will meet. All members are welcome.

Mon. 5/17 at 9:30 a.m. - A Virtual Forum with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. For more information, click here.

Wed. 5/19 at 12:00 p.m. - The Land Use & Housing Committee will meet virtually. All members are welcome. For more information, contact KC Reinhart.

Th. 5/20 at 8:00 a.m. - A Virtual Forum with Economist Josh Lehner, who will give his insight about the State Economic and Revenue Forecast, which is being released the day before. For more information, click here.

Wed. 5/26 at 7:30 a.m. - The WEA Board of Directors will meet virtually.

Fri. 6/4 at 12:00 p.m. - the Golf/Fundraising Committee will meet virtually. This committee is working on the sponsorship phase for the annual Westside Golf Scramble, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 26 at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club. Please contact Teresa Dunham for more information on how to land a great sponsorship.

* Items in bold are WEA events.