MAYORAL DEBATE TONIGHT
One of two mayoral candidate debates is scheduled for tonight. Unfortunately, the Clinton/Trump debate will air at the same time. For those interested in both debates, record the national debate on TV, and attend the mayoral debate at the Lakewood Center.
Football games are another story. They can also be taped, but not very exciting to watch after the fact.
The unfortunate timing blows my ideal schedule, but I have to prioritize, so the choice is easy (just not made without a lot of grumbling!).
For those who are looking for the easy way out, the Lake Oswego Review has promised that videos of the debates will be available on their websites. I would hate to see the debates (for mayor and city council) be held in an empty room while citizens waited for the video online. What happens in person make a difference with the energy and course of live performances, so attendance by a wide portion of the population is important.
See you tonight!
MONDAY, SEPT. 26: A forum for candidates running for Mayor (Budget Committee Chairman Dave Berg, City Councilor Jon Gustafson and incumbent Mayor Kent Studebaker).
The forum will take place in the Community Meeting Room at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m., and will be recorded and available for viewing later at lakeoswegoreview.com.
Note: the Lake Oswego Review is sponsoring a debate for City Council candidates on October 3 at the same time and place as above.
And on October 2nd!
The Lake Oswego Citizens Action League - LOCAL - has scheduled a debate for City Council and mayoral candidates at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Lake Oswego High School (2501 Country Club Road). All but Gustafson are expected to attend. The format will feature a moderator and three community members who will ask questions; attendees will also be able to submit questions at the event.
The Chamber of Commerce, a special interest group, is holding its own mayoral debate at a breakfast meeting in September. They are opening the meeting to the public at a cost of $35 per person.
USC is fine with any group doing whatever it wants, allowing any guests it wants, and charging any fees it wants. And while this may be considered doing a public service in a loose sense of the term, it caters to only those who can afford its fees and is still a private organization with self-interests that do not prioritize the general welfare of the public. Consider the purpose of the Chamber of Commerce members (to maximize their businesses) and how their objectives might jive with yours.
This group differs from LOCAL which is a non-partisan group of local citizens who are interested in preserving a high quality of life in Lake Oswego. Membership is free and open to anyone, donations are welcome, and the forum is free and open to all. See the LOCAL website for more information: locitizens.com.