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Mayor Jason Snider

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  1. What are three key topics facing Council in May? – Adopting new water rates and rate structure, adopting an updated housing needs analysis, and selecting the next Youth City Councilor.
  2. Move4May is aimed at encouraging the community to stay active. What are your favorite ways to stay active? – Walks at Dirksen Nature Park or kayaking on the Tualatin River from the boat ramp at Cook Park.
  3. What is the most common question that you receive from the community? What’s the answer to that question? – Currently, I would say the most common questions are around homelessness and what is the city doing to address it and make sure homeless individuals in Tigard are supported.  This is too complex to answer in this format but please know that our updated 21-22 council goals push for bold action on homelessness.
  4. What are two or three things that you want the community to know about the proposed budget? – We are making wise and targeted investments in areas that support the council goals and the city’s strategic vision.  You can better understand the values of our city by looking at how we plan to spend our resources (this is the proposed budget).
  5. May 9 is Mother’s Day… is there anyone that you want to recognize? – Every mom in Tigard!  Especially my wife, Jodi, and, of course, my mom, Ginny.

What are the top three issues facing Council in April?
2021-2022 budget, future public works site options, and prioritizing the most critical needs for the American Rescue Plan funds the city will receive from the federal government


If you could be a professional athlete in any sport, which sport would you pick?
Hand gliding because I love flying


What should the community know about the Council goal setting process? 
It was robust, thoughtful, and will guide our decision-making over the next few years


Summer camps are on the horizon. What were your favorite camps as a child?
I didn’t go to camps as a child but I did meet my wife while we were both working at the Corvallis School District’s Outdoor School camp for 6th graders


How can a community member impact the budget process? 
Call or text me on my cell phone, email feedback, or testify live at the virtual Budget Committee meetings.



What are the top three issues facing Council in March? 
Setting the council’s goals for the next two years, reviewing and approving the Public Safety Advisory Board workplan, and considering regulation of Transportation Network Companies operating within Tigard.

What amenity is downtown missing?
Destination park/plaza

How has downtown changed since you’ve lived in Tigard?
Main Street Green Street Phase I, installations of public art, and the Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Rotary Plaza

The Library Takeout Service continues to be popular in the community. What are two or three book recommendations that you have for the community?
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Who is the most famous person that you’ve ever met?
Hard to judge most famous as this is pretty subjective.  On the political front, former Governor Kitzhaber, current Governor Brown, Secretary Pete Buttigieg back when he was a mayor, and lots of other famous mayors from all over the country.  From the sports world, Jim Harbaugh, Art Shell, Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan, Rick Neuheisel, Clark Haggans, John Welbourn, and Dan Gurney.  I met a number of Hollywood celebrities during patient care encounters working as a paramedic in the LA area but can’t share details.
  1. What are the key Council agenda items in February? – 1. finalizing ballot language for downtown urban renewal area expansion, 2. continued work to identify a location for future public works site, 3. policy decisions about future urban growth boundary expansion requests in River Terrace, 4. consider amending municipal code to regulate transportation network companies
  2. Most romantic spot in Tigard? – Summer walk at dusk at Dirksen Nature Park
  3. What should the community know about new city manager Steve Rymer? – He is an experienced and dynamic city manager with a lot of energy – so, be ready to engage!
  4. The City Hall complex opened in 1986. What would the community be surprised to know about the current state of city facilities? – just how undersized the facilities are for current staffing (particularly acute in the police department) and how many contractors have told us to just stop calling for repairs because they can’t do anything further (chronic roof leak in in the police department is an example).
  5. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – who’s going to win? – I would like Kansas City to win but betting against Tom Brady in the post-season is a bad idea.

 

What are the biggest issues facing Council in January? – Selecting a new city manager and planning for our next cycle of two year city-council goals.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is in January. How will you commemorate the day? – By speaking jointly with Mayor Gibson of King City as an invited guest on the topic of specifically how and what actions we all can take individually to further the spirit of Dr. King. We will speaking at a community organized event honoring Dr. King. To help keep everyone safe, the event will be virtual this year.

Mountains or beach? Why? – Typically beach because it is very relaxing to me.

What is the most time intensive part of serving on Council? – It is important to me that I make time to meet with and/or talk with any Tigard community member that contacts me. This takes a lot of time but it absolutely worth it!

Favorite wintertime activity? – Hot tubs while it is snowing.


What are a few of the Council’s biggest accomplishments from the past year? – Passing the public safety levy in May, responding effectively to COVID-19 through programs that supported Tigard small businesses and residents, and establishing the Public Safety Advisory Board.

(Complete the sentence) While 2020 has been a challenging year, I am thankful for.... – my family, my health, and my Tigard community.

What is one thing you would tell your middle school self? (Councilor Lueb suggested this question last month) – You really will figure life out!

Favorite holiday movie? -- Elf

(Complete the sentence) My resolution(s) for 2021 is… -- to help the entire Tigard community thrive coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.


What’s the biggest issue facing Council in November? –  moving forward in the new city manager selection process, planning and preparing for new members to join the city council and then setting new two year goals for the city

What appetizer, side dish, and dessert would you bring to a Thanksgiving dinner? – warm apple pie alamode

Mental health is a worry as the impacts of COVID continue. What’s your advice for community members who are feeling down? – ask for help, connect and share with a close friend or confidant, consider talking with your primary care provider and/or mental health professional

When you were growing up, who were your role models? – my parents and public school teachers

If you could ask the rest of the Council any question, what would it be? what can I do to be a more effective and helpful mayor

(Complete the sentence) I urge the Tigard community to vote because… your vote is your voice in our democracy!

What’s one new skill or hobby that you’ve acquired during COVID? --
kayaking

What’s the biggest issue facing the Council in October? – The selection of public safety advisory board members that are balanced and representative. 

Your favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink? – pumpkin muffins

Describe the mask that you’ve been wearing doing COVID. – disposable masks from Costco that have a nose clip that prevents my glasses from fogging up


My favorite part of summer was… kayaking on the Tualatin River near Cook Park and boating on the Columbia River

Why do you wear a mask? Because the best available science indicates this is the best way I can protect others from getting COVID-19 from me.

What racial equity resources do you recommend?
  On the city’s YouTube channel — Racial Equity playlist, begin (or continue) learning by watching videos, including REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government and Race in Oregon History: A Historical Perspective. So You Want to Talk About Race (2018) by Ijeoma Oluo and The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) by Frederick Douglass

Who should be the next guests on the Talking Tigard podcast?
 King City Mayor Ken Gibson

What’s the best and worst parts of virtual Council meetings? Best parts are saving travel time and wearing gym shorts with a dress shirt and sport coat, worst part is the difficulty in identifying and picking up on non-verbal cues from meeting participants


Best television show or movie that you’ve seen in 2020. – I haven’t had the opportunity to watch much, so the Super Bowl or the NBC Nightly News.

The city is working with partners to ensure a complete census count in Tigard. What would you say to community members who have concerns about completing the census? – The information you provide the Census is absolutely confidential (protected by federal law) and it is critical that everyone is counted in our community.

City Council meetings are televised on TVCTV. How many times a month does a community member mention that they saw you on television? –  A few times a month

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? – Additional time with my wife and children


What's the most romantic spot in Tigard? Picnic for two at Bull Mountain Park during the summer, around sunset.

What would the public be most surprised to know about the Tigard Police? That three police patrol officers are frequently all that are on duty in the entire city.

February is Black History Month. Which leaders (past or present) in the black community are you most inspired by? Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond, and former President Obama

Who will win the Super Bowl - 49ers or Chiefs? 49ers


What are your resolutions for the New Year? – Eat healthier, play more racquetball, and help solve our public safety funding problem.

What are your suggestions for community members who want to get more involved with the city in 2020? – Come to an event, join a committee, or speak at a council meeting.

'Late Night in Tigard' is January 28. If there was a house band for the event and you could choose any band, which band would you select? – Genesis with Phil Collins or U2.

If you had to participate in a Winter Olympics event, which would it be? – Curling because it looks fun and a little ridiculous.


What are your favorite holiday traditions? – Decorating the house, particularly exterior lights and our Christmas Eve party with extended family

What’s the biggest decision facing the Council in December? – Finalizing the dollar amount of the public safety levy

Looking back on 2019, what Council accomplishment are you most proud of? – Preventing the proposed lane reductions on Barbur Boulevard and making significant progress on all of our 2-year council goals that we set in February

What is your favorite holiday movie or song? – Every song on the Oakridge Boys Christmas Album


Thanksgiving is in November. What are three things that you are thankful for? – health, family, and community

What’s the most interesting or unique idea for Tigard that you’ve heard since being in office? – building a second deck for Highway 99W underground, all the way through Tigard

What’s your advice for someone who is hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census? – Counting everyone is critical to adequate representation in the federal government and making sure our community receives its share of resource from the federal government. It is important for everyone to know that individual census information is absolutely confidential and this was even maintained right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Outside of Tigard, what are favorite spots to visit in Oregon? – the City of Seaside, camping on Mt. Hood and various Linn County Parks, and Lake Billy Chinook

What are the key issues/projects that Council will be discussing in October? – Reviewing and acting on the city-wide performance audit results, further refining the scope of the public safety levy, and SW Corridor light rail.

The entire City Council attended the Police Open House.  What did you learn? – The level of training and standards for the K-9s are much greater than I knew and the perspectives of front-line officers regarding the police facility conditions/concerns

What are two or three books that readers should consider checking out at the Tigard Library?Shortest Way Home by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

(Complete the sentence) If you come to my house for Halloween, I’ll be handing out …. My two favorite candies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Mike and Ike’s

(Complete this sentence) The highlight of my summer was… -- spending so much time with my family.

Describe each of the 2019 Family Fest activities using less than 5 words per activity.

  • Fun Run – Trot with your tots
  • Family Fest – Fall fun for ALL of Tigard
  • Latino Festival – Come celebrate our Latino community
  • Festival of Fun for Everyone – Family fun for all ages

What is the biggest issue facing the City Council in September? – Scoping the safety levy.

What songs are currently on your playlist? – Too many to list – I currently have 60 songs on my favorite playlist.

Council President Heidi Lueb

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What are the top three issues facing Council in March?
Setting the Council Goals for next two years, assigning committee liaisons for the council, and hiring our municipal Judge!

What amenity is downtown missing?
An ice cream shop could be super fun and tasty!

How has downtown changed since you’ve lived in Tigard?
There are more dining options and more reasons for us to go downtown. 

The Library Takeout Service continues to be popular in the community. What are two or three book recommendations that you have for the community?
I really enjoyed Dan Rather's "What Unites Us" and I'm in the middle of Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" currently.

Who is the most famous person that you’ve ever met?
I met Michelle Pfeiffer when I was a kid. More recently though I met Pete Buttigieg in 2019 when he was campaigning. 

  1. What are the key Council agenda items in February? I always look forwarding to meeting with board and commissions to talk about what they've been up to for the past year and their goals for the next year. We're also discussing the Water Cost of Service Analysis and Rate Study which will impact all of our water customers. 
  2. Most romantic spot in Tigard? Anywhere you can spend time with your loved one 
  3. What should the community know about new city manager Steve Rymer? He's been living in Oregon for the past year and is really excited to be a part of the Tigard community!
  4. The City Hall complex opened in 1986. What would the community be surprised to know about the current state of city facilities? There isn't enough space for female officers to all have locker space.
  5. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – who’s going to win? If I had to pick one, I think it would be the Kansas City Chiefs 

 


What are the biggest issues facing Council in January? Hiring the City Manager!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is in January. How will you commemorate the day? It's the first time I've had the day off work to be able to commemorate the day. I'd like to find a way to be of service if possible or spend some time reading his books.

Mountains or beach? Why? I enjoy both, but I do really love the beach. I like the warmth of somewhere tropical and I have a special love of the ocean. 

What is the most time intensive part of serving on Council? Making sure I've read all the material needed to make good informed decisions during Council meetings. I think it can be hardest during budget season trying to review all the information provided.

Favorite wintertime activity? I love to ski, but don't get to do it as often as I'd like!


What’s the biggest issue facing Council in November? Officially appointing the Public Safety Advisory Board members and hearing about the 2020 Draft Water Master Plan Findings and Recommendations.

What appetizer, side dish, and dessert would you bring to a Thanksgiving dinner?  I make some pretty good stuffing from scratch or some sort of dessert!

Mental health is a worry as the impacts of COVID continue. What’s your advice for community members who are feeling down? First I would say that you're not alone. It's been an incredibly difficult time for a lot of community members, myself included. Try to take some time for you and whatever self care may look like. I also find it's helpful to get outside and go for walks regularly.

When you were growing up, who were your role models? I really looked up to my Oma and everything she went through from growing up in Germany during WWII to coming to America with her kids. She was a strong, resilient, stubborn woman who helped shape the person I have become. I also had some amazing teachers who helped guide me along the way. To Mr. Taylor, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Rogan, and Mrs. McClain I will forever be eternally grateful for your time and care.

If you could ask the rest of the Council any question, what would it be? What is one thing you would tell your middle school self? 


(Complete the sentence) I urge the Tigard community to vote because… every vote matters and your vote is critical on candidates and issues. Please also vote all the way down the ballot, local races matter!

What’s one new skill or hobby that you’ve acquired during COVID? I haven't had much time to pick up a new skill or hobby - the only new thing going on is that I've been growing a baby the whole time!

What’s the biggest issue facing the Council in October? Hearing about the Water Master Plan and the  quarterly budget supplemental.

Your favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink? Pumpkin pie

Describe the mask that you’ve been wearing doing COVID. I have two different kinds of masks. There is one that's a basic mask and I have another that I got from etsy that is a regular mask but has a plastic piece so you can see my lips. I have a friend with a hearing challenge and she reads lips to be able to communicate. Everyone wearing full masks has made her unable to go out into the community. With the plastic piece she can lip read and communicate with others!

My favorite part of summer was… getting a SUP and enjoying the Tualatin River! Also all the walks with my husband and doggos around Cook Park in the mornings. 

Why do you wear a mask? To protect my fellow community members.

What racial equity resources would you recommend? I'm currently reading White Fragility by Robin Diangelo and have So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander next on my list. Also on the list are the references the Mayor has given - the videos and readings. 

Who should be the next guests on the Talking Tigard podcast? We've had a really great variety of community members and elected officials on. Maybe a member of our Chamber of Commerce like CEO Debi Mollahan or Board Chair Ethan Frelly to talk about the state of Tigard businesses currently?

What’s the best and worst parts of virtual Council meetings? The best part is my kitty supervisor keeping me on task during meetings, the worst part is not being able to interact with staff or my fellow Councilors in person. 


What's the most romantic spot in Tigard?
My husband and I really love going for walks with the dogs, spending a weekend morning together at Elmer's, or date night somewhere fun like Senet Board Game Bar! Really anywhere you can spend some quality time together can be romantic. 

What would the public be most surprised to know about the Tigard Police? That sometimes there is only 3 officers on patrol at a time. It's not very many officers and they spend so much time going from call to call without being able to do the other aspects of their job. It's taking a job that's tough to begin with and stretching them even thinner as people and individuals.

February is Black History Month. Which leaders (past or present) in the black community are you most inspired by? John Lewis, Elijah Cummings, Martin Luther King Jr, Michelle Obama, Cory Booker

Who will win the Super Bowl - 49ers or Chiefs? I'd love to see DeForest Buckner get a ring, so go 49ers!


  1. What are your resolutions for the New Year? My goal is to approach situations from a place of kindness and being grateful. There are a lot of people going through a lot of different things and I want to try to bring more kindness into the world this year.
  2. What are your suggestions for community members who want to get more involved with the city in 2020? Come join us on the Water Advisory Board! We're looking for a Tigard resident who wants to learn more about our super cool water system and help advise the Council! Come to any Council Meeting, event or a board or committee meeting. Learn about what issues are facing Tigard and share your opinions :) 
  3. 'Late Night in Tigard' is January 28. If there was a house band for the event and you could choose any band, which band would you select? January would be the perfect time to bring some Jimmy Buffett or Kenny Chesney vibes to town! 
  4. If you had to participate in a Winter Olympics event, which would it be? I can ski so some sort of Alpine skiing would make the most sense, but honestly the Skeleton looks equal parts terrifying and exhilarating! 

  • What are your favorite holiday traditions? Decorating the house and putting up our tree. And eating lots of delicious German holiday cookies! 
  • What’s the biggest decision facing the Council in December? We have lots of important work with appointing community members to many of our Committees and Boards. While it's a quick approval at the Council meeting, there are many evenings spent interviewing interested community members. It's critical to our democracy that we ensure all voices are heard and a variety of perspectives are present at the table where recommendations about our City are made. I'm so thankful we have so many people interested in serving their communities! 
  • Looking back on 2019, what Council accomplishment are you most proud of? I'm really proud of the work everyone did on the Complete Streets Policy and Affordable Housing Plan. I think both will continue to serve the City for many years to come. 
  • What is your favorite holiday movie or song? The Carpenters bring back memories for me, I always enjoy Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song, Frank Sinatra's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and anything by Jim Brickman. I guess you could say I enjoy the Christmas Traditional Pandora station.  As far as movies, last year I really enjoyed The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix (I've already watched it this year!), Christmas Story, Elf, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer and Home Alone are always excellent too!

  • Thanksgiving is in November. What are three things that you are thankful for? My family (including my very special fur kiddos), pumpkin pie and stuffing, and the community I've found being back here in the PNW.
  • What’s the most interesting or unique idea for Tigard that you’ve heard since being in office? There have been some really great ideas from community members that I've heard - I haven't heard anything out of left field yet!
  • What’s your advice for someone who is hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census? The Census is an incredibly important gathering of information that dictates not only how much federal funding Oregon receives, but also how many representatives. The Census Bureau does not share information with other agencies. It's critical that everyone here is counted we can get our fair share.
  • Outside of Tigard, what are favorite spots to visit in Oregon? So many great choices all over Oregon! I love the ocean so I always enjoy heading to the coast, hiking in the Gorge is amazing, heading down to Eugene for a game at Autzen Stadium for a Ducks win is always at the top of the list, and any trips to snowy Mt. Hood are always a good time!

  • What are the key issues/projects that Council will be discussing in October? The presentation of the Performance Audit results on 10/2 are insightful and helpful to view how we're doing. I also think regionally keeping an eye on the developments and discussions with the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project will be important. This is a critical corridor for Tigard and will have a large impact on our future transportation.
  • The entire City Council attended the Police Open House. What did you learn? I really enjoyed speaking with Tigard residents and listening to their questions. They asked many insightful questions about police coverage during shifts as well as taking a tour of their current facilities and seeing where the needs are.
  • What are two or three books that readers should consider checking out at the Tigard Library? I really enjoyed reading Dan Rather's "What Unites Us" A few of Fredrik Backman's books have been interesting thought provoking. I have Ady Barkan's new book "Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance" in the queue and I'm looking forward to digging into. I will also say that I always have the Harry Potter series in rotation as well!
  • (Complete the sentence) If you come to my house for Halloween, I’ll be handing out…. Tasty treats!

  • The highlight of my summer was… spending more time around Tigard and digging into my garden and yard.
  • Describe each of the 2019 Family Fest activities using less than 5 words per activity.
    Fun Run - Running around Tigard is fun!
    Family Fest - Family fun time spent together
    Latino Festival - Come explore a new culture
    Festival of Fun for Everyone - There are paper bag dragons! (Sunday at the Library)
  • What is the biggest issue facing the City Council in September? For September I think the most important thing is really scoping the safety levy and making sure the best option is put forward for our residents.
  • What songs are currently on your playlist? I've got some Ben Rector, Mat Kearney, Kenny Chesney, along with Cake, Taylor Swift and Lizzo are currently playing - along with some Podcasts :)

  • Petty Fever is performing at Concerts in the Park on August 7. What’s your favorite Tom Petty song? Just one? I enjoy a lot of them, but I can never hear Free Fallin and not sing along!
  • National Night Out is August 6. What’s one fun fact about the Tigard Police? I am impressed by the success of the Can You ID Me engagement page. In a number of cases, community members provided information that led directly to the arrest of a suspect. I’d encourage everyone to check out the page. You might even have info that helps the Tigard Police solve a case.
  • What is your favorite item to bring to a neighborhood cookout? My husband has been making this special dip to bring with potato chips since college. I'm convinced we get invited to some events just so people can eat the dip! He holds the recipe close to the vest and it took years before he would even share it with me! 
  • You’ve been ‘getting out of city hall, into neighborhoods.’ What has been your most memorable experience so far? There are too many to choose from! I've really enjoyed events highlighting our citizens - from the Chamber of Commerce Shining Stars to Middle of Millen Parade, they've all been really great. I've really enjoyed getting to know more of our community members that care and spend so much time investing in our making Tigard the kind of place we all want to live.

  • What one person or event most impacted your decision to serve on the City Council? Mayor Snider brought up the open position during my Budget Committee interview and encouraged me to apply. 
  • You’re recruiting for a Youth City Councilor, flashback to your high school years. Where did you attend high school? What was your dream job when you were in high school? I attended Crater High School in Central Point. After interning for a lawyer and a judge during high school, I believed I was on the path to follow in one of those professions. 
  • It’s budget season! What’s your recommendation for how community members can best understand the decisions facing the Budget Committee? Come talk to us on May 18th and help us go through the budget. Let us know what's important to you and where you would like to see your dollars spent! 
  • What’s the best way for a community member to contact you with a question or a comment? You can send me an email at heidil@tigard-or.gov or come on down to a City Council Meeting and meet us in person.
  • What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected? I've learned about the complexities behind things I take for granted every day. This includes things like turning on the tap and having safe drinking water, to driving on maintained roads. As a citizen I'm thankful for all the "behind the scenes" work that goes into me being able to go through my everyday routine without a second thought. 
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? I don't watch talk shows, day time, night time, doesn't matter. I don't watch much TV at all actually. 
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community?  I haven't had the chance to really speak to as many people as I'd like, most have reached out in regards to a specific issue on the agenda so I don't have a great answer. 
  • Valentine’s Day is in February. Where do you “love” to go in Tigard? You can find my husband and I hitting the trails in Cook Park. We love to get moving outside together with our two dogs who also love to run!.
  • What was your ‘aha’ moment for when you felt a part of the Tigard community? When I started getting recognized at some of the regular places my husband and I go. Also when I didn't have to use GPS to get around anymore :)
  • What’s the most surprising part of being on the city council? I've been inspired by all of the community members who so selflessly give of their time to make Tigard the kind of community we all want to live in. 
 

Councilor John Goodhouse

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  1. What are three key topics facing Council in May? On the May ballot is measure 34-305 which is the Urban Renewal Amendment which will add to the projects in Downtown Tigard that have already been competed. New projected projects are, a parking structure, Universal Plaza with splash pad, and trail improvements.
  2. Move4May is aimed at encouraging the community to stay active. What are your favorite ways to stay active? I enjoy running my neighborhood, trail running on the Fanno Creek Trail, and Kayaking on the Tualatin River.
  3. What is the most common question that you receive from the community? What’s the answer to that question? What does a City Councilor do, a Councilor is the decision maker/policy maker for the City of Tigard. In order to be elected to the Council you must live in the City boundaries. 
  4. What are two or three things that you want the community to know about the proposed budget? The budget committee is made up of all council members and an equal number of Tigard Residents. The budget committee welcomes comments from the residents of Tigard. The budget committee meets usually in April/May to decide the upcoming budget that starts on July 1st and runs to the end of June the following year. This year the budget meeting were record and available to watch on the Cities website. The budget committee approved this years budget and will now be voted on for final approval by the City Council.
  5. May 9 is Mother’s Day… is there anyone that you want to recognize? I would like to recognize my wife Rebecca Goodhouse and my mother Jill Woodworth.

What are the top three issues facing Council in April? In April the City Council along with the Budget committee will be working on the City of Tigard’s annual budget. There are many opportunities for citizens to comment on the budget before and during the process, to find more about the budget process look on the City of Tigard’s website.

If you could be a professional athlete in any sport, which sport would you pick? I love to run and trail run, I would be a professional runner or triathlete.

What should the community know about the Council goal setting process? The City of Tigard has accomplished many of the prior goals set by the Tigard City Council and for the next two years the council has a robust list to focus that is still being finalized, the City Council is always looking for feedback on areas citizens would like us to focus on.

Summer camps are on the horizon. What were your favorite camps as a child? As a youth I was both a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, I enjoyed going to Scout camps around Oregon and in other states, looking back those camps taught me so many valuable lessons that I still us today.

How can a community member impact the budget process? There are opportunities for citizens to give feedback prior to the budget meeting through the Cities website and even a scheduled time for citizens to review the budget with the cities budget director. The budget process will also be streamed live for citizens to watch and give feedback on, the City values the interaction from our citizens and input.


What are the top three issues facing Council in March?

This month the City Council is setting our goals for the City of Tigard for the next two years, we have referred a measure to the May Ballot to increase the maximum indebtedness for the Downtown Tigard Urban Renewal District to fund things like the Universal Plaza and a possible parking structure Downtown. 

What amenity is downtown missing?

Downtown Tigard needs more Restaurants, an Ice Cream shop would be great and the completion of the Universal Plaza with a splash pad.

How has downtown changed since you’ve lived in Tigard?

When I was a kid I remember when the Tigard Chamber/Symposium building was the grain and feed store, I also remember decorating my bike as a kid and participating in the parade that would go from one end of Main Street to the other, Downtown Tigard has changed a lot but still has the small Downtown feel. 

The Library Takeout Service continues to be popular in the community. What are two or three book recommendations that you have for the community?

This isn’t a book recommendation but a fun fact that the Tigard Library has a section of “things” where you can check out things like insta pots, or even hotspots

Who is the most famous person that you’ve ever met?

Not the most famous person I’ve meet but a local one is meeting Roddy Piper at a party and hanging out with him.


  • What are the key Council agenda items in February? Discussing Downtown Tigard with the Town Center Advisory Commission, discussing plans involving the River Terrace area out off of Roy Rogers, and future plans for the Tigard Triangle.
  • Most romantic spot in Tigard? The numerous spots at Cook Park over looking the Tualatin River.
  • What should the community know about new city manager Steve Rymer? That Steve Rymer is eager to become familiar with the City of Tigard and to meet with Tigard’s Citizens, and Business owners. 
  • The City Hall complex opened in 1986. What would the community be surprised to know about the current state of city facilities? That the current City Hall is an aging building with millions of dollars of structural repair needed, the space for the Police Department is drastically under sized and inadequate to accommodate the needs of Tigard’s Police and not built to withstand an earthquake.
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – who’s going to win? My team the Denver Broncos are not in the Super Bowl this year. I will enjoy watching the game and seeing who wins. I always look forward to a close scoring Super Bowl game.

(Complete the sentence) I urge the Tigard community to vote because… Every vote counts many local races have been won by a couple votes

What’s one new skill or hobby that you’ve acquired during COVID?
I have been cooking and BBQ’ing a lot more and my cooking skills have improved. 

What’s the biggest issue facing the Council in October?
We will be picking the Committee members for the Public Safety Advisory Board

Your favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink?
Sometimes, but I prefer eggnog flavor over pumpkin spice

Describe the mask that you’ve been wearing doing COVID.
I recently got some Denver Broncos face masks I have been wearing.


My favorite part of summer was… enjoying time with family in the backyard, with fires in the evening. Getting out to trail run, swim in the river and hike with the family.

Why do you wear a mask? I wear a mask to keep small businesses open and to keep others safe.

What racial equity resources would you recommend?
 http://www.designingthewe.com/undesign-the-redline

Who should be the next guests on the Talking Tigard podcast? A business owner from both the Tigard Triangle and Downtown Tigard to talk about the changes to both of these areas. Also would like to have someone from Tualatin Riverkeepers to talk about our wonderful water trail.

What’s the best and worst parts of virtual Council meetings? I miss seeing everyone in person, having meetings virtually makes the discussion process more difficult be not being able to see everyone’s face while discussing topics. The best part of virtual meetings is being able to have more citizens watch and engage in the meetings.


  • What are your resolutions for the New Year? To be more organized, run more and to find a funding source for our Tigard Police Department to hire more officers.
  • What are your suggestions for community members who want to get more involved with the city in 2020? Check the City of Tigard’s website to apply to become a member of the Cities many citizen committees, join local organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, or any non-profit organization focusing on homelessness.
  • 'Late Night in Tigard' is January 28. If there was a house band for the event and you could choose any band, which band would you select? I would select Motley Crue as the house band.
  • If you had to participate in a Winter Olympics event, which would it be? I think it would be fun to participate in Cross Country Skiing.
  • What are your favorite holiday traditions? Driving around Tigard looking at Christmas lights with my Family (Christmas Card Lane), watching Home Alone while decorating the Christmas Tree, and going to the Oregon Gardens walking around the Christmas Market.
  • What’s the biggest decision facing the Council in December? The shortage of Tigard Police officers, and passing a Police Safety Levy in May 2020.
  • Looking back on 2019, what Council accomplishment are you most proud of? Being appointed to the National League of Cites Transportation and Infrastructure Committee along with being elected to the National League of Cities Board of Directors being able to give a stronger voice to Tigard and Oregon on the Federal level.
  • What is your favorite holiday movie or song? Movie: Christmas Vacation/Die Hard Song: George Michael, Last Christmas
  • What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected? The many services that the city is required by charter to provide to the citizens of Tigard. Also the city has many dedicated funds which cannot be spent on other areas in the city, only for the intended purpose those funds were collected.
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? The David Letterman Show, I enjoyed his humor, quirkiness and how he wasn’t afraid to do things his way despite what others may have thought of him.
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community? What is a City Councilor and what does the City Council do. The second question is why did you run for City Council or decide to get involved in politics.

Councilor Liz Newton

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City Councilor Liz Newton
  1. What are three key topics facing Council in May? Continuing discussions and approval of the city’s budget proposal.
  2. Move4May is aimed at encouraging the community to stay active. What are your favorite ways to stay active? I bought a rowing machine during COVID and I’m enjoying that. I also walk Tigard’s trails and neighborhoods.
  3. What is the most common question that you receive from the community? What’s the answer to that question?  Usually folks ask me questions about things that affect them or projects the city is currently working on so it varies. I try to listen, make sure I understand exactly what their concerns are, communicate clearly the city’s role in addressing the issue, research a response and, most importantly, get back to them as soon as possible!
  4. What are two or three things that you want the community to know about the proposed budget?  The city is financially stable in the near term and we are focused on long-term stability. We are funding support of the newly formed Public Safety Advisory Board. We are increasing our investment in park maintenance.  
  5. May 9 is Mother’s Day… is there anyone that you want to recognize? A shout out to all Moms of babies and preschoolers! I provide childcare one (or two) days a week and it is fun but exhausting!! 

What are the top three issues facing Council in March?
Council goal setting where council will set its goals for the next two years and consideration of the Public Safety Advisory Board’s (PSAB) work plan.

What amenity is downtown missing?
Nick Wilson Memorial Plaza (planned to be located next to Cooper Mountain Ale Works.)

How has downtown changed since you’ve lived in Tigard?
When I first started working for the city in 1980, there was no downtown urban renewal district. Downtown has been transformed since then!

The Library Takeout Service continues to be popular in the community. What are two or three book recommendations that you have for the community?
The book we just discussed at the PSAB - “So you want to talk about race” by Ijeoma Oluo. 

Who is the most famous person that you’ve ever met?

Oregon Governors including Tom McCall, Robert Straub, Vic Atiyeh, Barbara Roberts and Kate Brown. Representative Suzanne Bonamici, Senator Ron Wyden and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Tom Balmer.


What are the key Council agenda items in February? A joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Board, always good to touch base with community members that devote their time to make our community better. Also consideration of a proposed ballot measure on an amendment to the city center urban renewal plan. 

Most romantic spot in Tigard? Dinner for two at my house!

What should the community know about new city manager Steve Rymer? Steve has demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to Tigard and the Tigard community, becoming familiar with the city’s priorities and current challenges and initiatives. He hit the ground running!

City Hall complex opened in 1986. What would the community be surprised to know about the current state of city facilities? The police facilities are woefully in need of major repair - new roof and HVAC,  and lack of sufficient locker space for especially for female officers. 

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – who’s going to win? Kansas City!


What are the biggest issues facing Council in January? - Selecting the city’s next City Manager is the most important decision Council will make in January.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is in January. How will you commemorate the day? - I am honored to be the Council’s liaison to the Public Safety Advisory Board. I am listening and learning and plan to spend time reading some of the writings of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mountains or beach? Why? - Beach because my grandparents lived on the North Oregon Coast my entire childhood and I have good memories of hours spent on the beach.

What is the most time intensive part of serving on Council? - Making sure I spend the time needed to thoughtfully review everything that comes before council before for consideration.

Favorite wintertime activity? - Watching it snow, playing in snow, walking in snow, skiing in snow, snow decals on the dining room window.... Anything but driving in snow!


What are a few of the Council’s biggest accomplishments from the past year? - The city council worked hard to leverage dollars to provide much needed assistance to businesses and residents struggling due to the effects of COVID 19.

The creation of the Public Safety Advisory Board creates an opportunity to have conversations that will lead to public safety services (and all city services) that meet the needs of all in our community and keep our community safe.

The passage of the public safety levy. Thank you Tigard voters!!!

(Complete the sentence) While 2020 has been a challenging year, I am thankful for.... - the health of my family and friends.

What is one thing you would tell your middle school self? (Councilor Lueb suggested this question last month) - Give yourself grace. Don’t let a quest for perfection get in the way of what’s possible. Use integrity as a verb and Seize the Day!

Favorite holiday movie? - “White Christmas”. (After all these years...)

(Complete the sentence) My resolution(s) for 2021 is… I generally don’t make resolutions but here goes - In a world where anything is possible, be kind.


 

  • (Complete the sentence) I urge the Tigard community to vote because…

    From a young age, my Mom taught me voting is a privilege and a responsibility and an easy way to participate in our democracy.

  • What’s one new skill or hobby that you’ve acquired during COVID?  Well, I was feeling pretty good about my Zoom skills until the last meeting I set up didn’t work. (Operator error?)

  • What’s the biggest issue facing the Council in October?  Selecting the community members of the Police Advisory Board. Thanks to all who applied and offered feedback on the final candidates!

  • Your favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink?  Cream cheese pumpkin muffins are a favorite.

Describe the mask that you’ve been wearing doing COVID.  I have an assortment. Plain colors, galaxy print, batik and floral.


  • My favorite part of summer was… Taking drives on local backroads and discovering new places near me.
  • Why do you wear a mask? To protect everyone around me.
  • What are a few resources (books, movies, articles) on racial equity that you would recommend? An eye opening program on the Reconstruction hosted by Skip Gates on OPB. As a student of American Presidents, I had no idea the negative impact the policies of President Andrew Johnson had on the freed black slaves trying to earn a living and get an education in the post civil war reconstruction era.
  • Who should be the next guests on the Talking Tigard podcast? I think it would be interesting to hear about the amazing work the community’s CERT volunteers do.
  • What’s the best and worst parts of virtual Council meetings? The best part - no commute! The more difficult part - the formality of the discourse.

  • Best television show or movie that you’ve seen in 2020. The movie Little Women - based on my Mom’s favorite book as a child. Brought back childhood memories of many summer days spent reading in my backyard.
  • The city is working with partners to ensure a complete census count in Tigard. What would you say to community members who have concerns about completing the census? Everyone counts! Getting an accurate count of all who call Tigard home means the city will receive its fair share of state and federal revenues that help fund needed services for our community.
  • City Council meetings are televised on TVCTV. How many times a month does a community member mention that they saw you on television? About once a month on average.
  • If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? In conversation!

  • What's the most romantic spot in Tigard? Since I love to cook, dinner for two at my house!
  • What would the public be most surprised to know about the Tigard Police? That often there are only three officers on duty patrolling the entire city and responding to calls.
  • February is Black History Month. Which leaders (past or present) in the black community are you most inspired by? Rosa Parks for taking a stand (sitting down) with dignity.
  • Who will win the Super Bowl - 49ers or Chiefs? 49ers!

  • What are your resolutions for the New Year? I haven’t made New Year’s esolutions for years. Just resolve to do my best every day!
  • What are your suggestions for community members who want to get more involved with the city in 2020? Find a way that works for you! Volunteer for a board or committee or at the library. Participate in an event. Check the city’s website and social media regularly and offer feedback on city programs and projects. Email the council with your ideas.
  • 'Late Night in Tigard' is January 28. If there was a house band for the event and you could choose any band, which band would you select? How about Funktown PDX? Councilor Anderson is a band member!
  • If you had to participate in a Winter Olympics event, which would it be? Downhill skiing! (A sport I actually have experience in.)

  • What are your favorite holiday traditions? Since I belong to a family of foodies, Christmas dinner is the highlight with a different theme each year. This year it’s the Oregon Trail — a tribute to my maternal grandfather’s family who came from Missouri over the Oregon Trail in 1847.
  • What’s the biggest decision facing the Council in December?  Discussions on the proposed public safety levy.
  • Looking back on 2019, what Council accomplishment are you most proud of?
    Our community outreach and engagement activities! Talked with lots of people and learned a lot about what matters to them.
  • What is your favorite holiday movie or song?
    Movie - White Christmas.
    Song - Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy” (from A Charlie Brown Christmas.)

  • Thanksgiving is in November. What are three things that you are thankful for? My friends and family, my good health and that I have a warm, dry place to sleep every night and food to eat. Remembering those who don’t... by supporting programs and organizations that provide needed services.
  • What’s the most interesting or unique idea for Tigard that you’ve heard since being in office?  One voter suggested a web page on the city’s website that would provide information on the city’s green business practices and tips for residents and local businesses that are interested in going green at home or at their place of business.
  • What’s your advice for someone who is hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census?  You matter. Providing services to all in our community matters. An accurate count of all we serve in our community can impact the funding we receive to provide services.
  • Outside of Tigard, what are favorite spots to visit in Oregon? Any place on the Oregon Coast and Mt. Hood.

 


  • What are the key issues/projects that Council will be discussing in October?  Southwest Corridor and Stormwater Financial Planning Strategy.
  • The entire City Council attended the Police Open House. What did you learn? That I couldn’t pass the physical! The demonstrations on situations officers face on a daily basis was also enlightening.
  • What are two or three books that readers should consider checking out at the Tigard Library?  Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I am a fan of her writing! The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough. I enjoy reading history and biographies.
  • (Complete the sentence) If you come to my house for Halloween, I’ll be handing out…. Kit Kat bars because they are the neighbor kids favorite!

  • The highlight of my summer was…Taking a stern wheeler trip on the Columbia River with my extended family. My Great, Great Uncle was a River Boat Captain on the same stretch of the river circa 1890 - 1912.
  • Describe each of the 2019 Family Fest activities using less than 5 words per activity.
    Fun Run: Strollers and dogs welcome!
    Family Fest: Fun for all ages!
    Latino Festival: Good food and great music!
    Festival of Fun for Everyone: Create a work of art!
  • What is the biggest issue facing the City Council in September? Biggest opportunity - talking with the community about the proposed public safety levy, getting their thoughts and feedback.
  • What songs are currently on your playlist? Playlist?

  • Petty Fever is performing at Concerts in the Park on August 7. What’s your favorite Tom Petty song? I am a huge Tom Petty fan so it’s almost impossible to pick just one but the first one that came to mind was “I Won’t Back Down” so I’ll go with that one.
  • National Night Out is August 6. What’s one fun fact about the Tigard Police? I was in the first Citizen’s Police Academy and learned that “Cop” stands for Constable on Patrol. The term was first used in England in the 1800’s.
  • What is your favorite item to bring to a neighborhood cookout? Baked beans.
  • You’ve been ‘getting out of city hall, into neighborhoods.’ What has been your most memorable experience so far? I had the privilege of attending the St. Anthony Severe Weather Shelter picnic at Woodard Park and enjoyed dinner and conversation with some of our community’s homeless and newly housed residents. They were all so appreciative of the meal and park setting. A special shoutout to the volunteers who were so welcoming to all!
  • Where are you going on summer vacation?  We are spending five days in Bellingham, WA with my best friend from college days. Also planning a road trip - US Hwy. 20 from Newport, Oregon to Provincetown, MA.
  • If you were doing a ‘staycation’ in Tigard, what would be on your itinerary?  Among other things, walking the Fanno Creek trail, continuing the tour of Tigard park playgrounds with my great niece, coffee with friends at Primo and Symposium and lunch and dinner at a local restaurant - too many good choices to name here!
  • What was the most rewarding part of budget season? What was most challenging? Most rewarding - After lots of good discussion, we finished the budget hearing in one day. Most challenging - Reading every word on over 400 pages!
  • What one person or event most impacted your decision to serve on the City Council? Addressing the city’s long term financial stability.
  • You’re recruiting for a Youth City Councilor, flashback to your high school years. Where did you attend high school? What was your dream job when you were in high school? I went to Beaverton High School. My dream job then was to be a fashion designer. (I spent all of my discretionary income on fabric and sewed most weekends.)
  • It’s budget season! What’s your recommendation for how community members can best understand the decisions facing the Budget Committee? Take a look at the budget document online, attend one of the Q and A’s and attend the Budget Committee meeting on May 18.
  • What one word would you use to describe the state of the city? Energizing!
  • What’s the best way for a community member to contact you with a question or a comment? By email LizN@tigard-or.gov
  • What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected?  Well, nothing noteworthy due to my long tenure with the city, but I do realize I don’t know everything so I am enthused about learning! I imagine I will learn a lot in my liaison role with the Lake Oswego/Tigard water partnership. I’m also excited to work with the Committee for Community Engagement on new ways to engage with the community.
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? I have to be honest. While I am familiar with the late-night line-up, I don’t watch. I’m fast asleep :-) I know there are options for viewing on my schedule but don’t seem to find the time! Although, James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is pretty entertaining!
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community? There is quite a variety. Generally, the two most common are around the cost of services and if the city could support community needs provided by others like nonprofits.
  • Valentine’s Day is in February. Where do you “love” to go in Tigard?  I love to go to the Fanno Creek trail near my house. I have walked, biked and pushed a stroller on the trail. My favorite thing about being on the trail is it’s never boring — changes with the seasons.
  • What was your ‘aha’ moment for when you felt a part of the Tigard community? I grew up just outside of Tigard. I went swimming in the Tualatin River, had my first horseback ride on my cousin’s horse at her home and bought my first album at the music store at Tigard Plaza - Beach Boys in Concert - a birthday gift for my brother. When I started working for the city in 1980, it was like being home.
  • What’s the most surprising part of being on the city council? How much people appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation with me, ask questions and share what’s on their mind. 
  • My most memorable experience in 2018 was...  Walking around Tigard neighborhoods as a candidate for city council. I got in a lot of steps walking familiar neighborhoods and discovering new ones too. I enjoyed the conversations I had with residents, learning what is important to them. People were so gracious with their time. Some even followed up with phone calls and emails. I learned a lot and saw a lot of Tigard I hadn’t visited before.
  • My 2019 New Year’s resolution is... To continue conversations with the community and focus on their priorities.

Councilor Jeanette Shaw

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  1. What are three key topics facing Council in May? 1. Election Day and voting in support for Measure #34-305, 2) City Budget  and 3) Continued business and resident Covid 19 support
  2. Move4May is aimed at encouraging the community to stay active. What are your favorite ways to stay active? Walking in Tigard Parks and on Tigard Trails!
  3. What is the most common question that you receive from the community? What’s the answer to that question? How important is Measure #34-305? The Measure is very important as it will allow us to continue and expand the downtown City Center to include additional affordable housing and mixed use development and pedestrian safety improvements.
  4. What are two or three things that you want the community to know about the proposed budget? (1) Tigard is financially stable but resource constrained. (2) The City of Tigard is committed to transparency and fulfilling it’s audit performance recommendation to increase efficiencies within its technology systems to better serve Tigard residents
  5. May 9 is Mother’s Day… is there anyone that you want to recognize? My Mom and Mother-in-Law for being amazing role models both professionally and personally.

What are the top three issues facing Council in March?
  • Covid-19 – Community (business and resident) assistance
  • Water costs and rate Study
  • Relocation of Public Works Facility

What amenity is downtown missing? 
Neighborhood grocery store, a local ice cream store, and a center hub – but that’s coming with the Plaza! 

How has downtown changed since you’ve lived in Tigard?
Trails leading into the downtown core

The Library Takeout Service continues to be popular in the community. What are two or three book recommendations that you have for the community?

  • Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired)

Who is the most famous person that you’ve ever met?
Hard to pick – I’ll go with Madeleine Albright, diplomat and first female United States Secretary of State.


  • What are the key Council agenda items in February? A Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council Meeting; City Center Referral Ballot discussion; and addressing resident’s concerns regarding the impacts of homelessness in Tigard’s neighborhoods and parks.
  • Most romantic spot in Tigard? Given Covid-19 @ home or in one of Tigard parks! Non-Covid-19, any of Tigard’s amazing restaurants!
  • What should the community know about new city manager Steve Rymer? He’s enthusiastic, approachable, results-oriented, and a Grandpa!
  • The City Hall complex opened in 1986. What would the community be surprised to know about the current state of city facilities? There isn't enough locker room space for our female officers.
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – who’s going to win?  Tigard shops,
    like Musi’s On Main! – A great time to shop for a Bucs outfit for the win!

  • What are the biggest issues facing Council in January?
    1. Final interviews for and the hiring of Tigard’s new City Manager who will serve as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City.
    2. Covid-19 recovery
    3. Finding new ways to connect with Tigard residents
    4. Helping Tigard and Oregon heal from the violence and listening to understand each other
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is in January. How will you commemorate the day?
    1. Reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr’s, writings to advance civil rights and movements through nonviolence; and
    2. Reading a book that was recently given to me, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Mountains or beach? Why?     
    1. Both! Camping, hiking and swimming.
  • What is the most time intensive part of serving on Council?
    1. We’ll, I honestly don’t know yet.  I’ve been attending Council meetings for quite some time as an observer. Can we revisit this question in six months, or so? ;o).
  • Favorite wintertime activity?     
    1. Snowshoeing and snowboarding.

Youth Councilor Emilio Calderon

Email Emilio Calderon:  YouthCouncil@tigard-or.gov

Youth Councilor Calderon

  1. What are three key topics facing Council in May?  Key topics facing Council in May are choosing the next YCC, choosing water rates, and budget meetings.
  2. Move4May is aimed at encouraging the community to stay active. What are your favorite ways to stay active?  I'm an avid runner and also enjoy trail waking and hiking so I'd encourage our community to take advantage of Oregon's beautiful nature and head out for a walk/jog/hike!
  3. What is the most common question that you receive from the community? What’s the answer to that question?  The most common questions I get are regarding my position as Youth City Councilor. My go to answer about YCC is that I am a non-voting member of council and have a 1 year term. 
  4. May 9 is Mother’s Day… is there anyone that you want to recognize? I would love to thank my fantastic mom and grandmas, they're always so encouraging and proud of me which motivates me to keep working. They've always supported me so I would love to shout them out!

  • What are the top three issues facing Council in April? The top three issues for council in April will be body worn cameras discussion and the budget.
  • If you could be a professional athlete in any sport, which sport would you pick? I thinking being a professional baseball player would be very fun, but I don't pay much attention to pro sports.
  • What should the community know about the Council goal setting process? Something that the community should know is that if an issue was not specifically mentioned in our goals that does not mean we do not care about it. There are just many goals when running a city and we cannot prioritize them all. 
  • Summer camps are on the horizon. What were your favorite camps as a child? I actually never went to summer camps as a child, but being a Student Leader at Outdoor School for 6th graders was lots of fun. 
  • How can a community member impact the budget process? Reach out to us! The easiest way to make an impact on any local issue is to email your elected, so take the 5 minutes and send an email to councilmail@tigard-or.gov and we will all receive it!

  • What are the top three issues facing Council in March?
    Approving the PSAB work plan, meeting the new Metro Councilor Rosenthal, and the updating of information for Transportation Network Companies.
  • What amenity is downtown missing?
    Candy shop
  • How has downtown changed since you’ve lived in Tigard?
    Curiosities has been a great addition to downtown.
  • The Library Takeout Service continues to be popular in the community. What are two or three book recommendations that you have for the community?
    Two of my favorite books are Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and Naturally Tan by Tan France. They're both autobiographies and I find it so fascinating to learn about others' life experiences. 
  • Who is the most famous person that you’ve ever met?
    I have not met too many famous people, but I would love to meet Bernie Sanders or Trevor Noah!

  • What are the key Council agenda items in February? One larger Council agenda item that's currently happening is working with our Urban Renewal expansion.
  • Most romantic spot in Tigard? While I personally would not know as I have not experienced many romantic situations, I would imagine that Sunrise Park would be a fantastic place for a picnic either at sunrise or during the day. I came across the park while running and that was my immediate first thought. 
  • What should the community know about new city manager Steve Rymer? The community should know that even though it has only been two days, he's been working hard to be prepared for the City Council Meeting (2/2). I am already impressed with the work he has done and I do not doubt that he will continue his hard work.
  1. The City Hall complex opened in 1986. What would the community be surprised to know about the current state of city facilities? I was extremely surprised to learn that the locker rooms are significantly undersized – especially the women’s locker space. 
  2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – who’s going to win? I hope the Chiefs win. As a Dolphins fan, I cannot stand seeing Brady do well.

What are the biggest issues facing Council in January? The selection of our next City Manager will be the biggest issue we are facing this month. We are also doing our goalsetting which is an important issue.

 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is in January. How will you commemorate the day? I plan to spend the day learning more about racial justice.
  • Mountains or beach? Why? I like both, being outside is always great. However I do prefer hiking compared to laying on the beach.
  • What is the most time intensive part of serving on Council? Attending council meetings is the most time-intensive part for me. It makes nearly every Tuesday a long day and late night. Plus with the added prep time in the week before the meeting, I spend lots of time preparing for and at council meetings.
  • Favorite wintertime activity? I love making hot chocolate, it's my favorite drink and it is perfect for the winter. I also enjoy a good snowball fight every now and then!

What’s the biggest issue facing Council in November? I think this month we are facing many important issues, most of them within our 11/17 workshop meeting. Hearing about the Water Master Plan will be very important as well as updates with the city manager search. 

What appetizer, side dish, and dessert would you bring to a Thanksgiving dinner? My favorite Thanksgiving food is definitely the turkey, but I have no clue how to make it. For what I'd bring I love cheese and crackers, buttered corn, and cookies. 

Mental health is a worry as the impacts of COVID continue. What’s your advice for community members who are feeling down? While the weather is still fair, make sure to go outside and go on walks! If you're feeling down I'd also suggest reaching out to your close family and friends and just strike up a conversation! I would think that whoever you call may also be struggling and would appreciate the conversation.

When you were growing up, who were your role models? Well, I'm still growing up so I can just talk about my current role model. My personal role model is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I think it is extremely admirable to run a grassroots campaign and fight to represent the benefit of the people. She is also an extremely genuine and kind person who I would love to meet.

If you could ask the rest of the Council any question, what would it be? I think I would ask them what their favorite flower is. 


Complete the sentence I urge the Tigard community to vote because...  It is the best way to participate in democracy and make sure your voice is heard.
 
What’s one new skill or hobby that you’ve acquired during COVID? Not necessarily new, but I have definitively increased my love for my succulents. I now have over 10 succulents on my windowsill and am thinking about getting some houseplants. I personally think that houseplants just lighten up a room and everyone should at least try having one.  

What’s the biggest issue facing the Council in October? The upcoming budget meeting will be a very important issue coming up. The same could be said for upcoming updates with the Public Safety Advisory Board. 

Your favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink? I'm not a huge fan of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but Starbucks has this pumpkin scone and I think it is fantastic. 
 
Describe the mask that you’ve been wearing doing COVID. My mom personally makes all of the masks so all of the masks I've been wearing are homemade cloth masks. My favorite one that she has made are a blue, teal, and green striped mask just because they're the most comfortable. 

My favorite part of summer was…
My favorite part of summer was my family's short road trip down to Crater Lake. I enjoyed hiking in the area and enjoying nature (doing all of this safely and socially distant!).

Why do you wear a mask?
I wear a mask to protect myself and others in hopes to bring down the case count; so then we can all safely return to normal (and school) soon!

What racial equity resources would you recommend?
I enjoy listening to podcasts and found the podcast 1619 very informative. 

Who should be the next guest(s) on the Talking Tigard podcast?
Talking Tigard has had some great guests already, including myself, I would love to see other students on the podcast and other councilors too!

What’s the best and worst parts of virtual Council meetings?
The BEST part is being able to be comfortable and wear shorts during meetings. However, I was also quite excited to use the microphones in the Council meeting room, so I am quite disappointed I have not been able to use those yet.

What's On Your Mind?

Has Tigard considered a citywide ordinance to eliminate the use of one-time plastic shopping bags?

It’s an important issue but no, the City Council has not formally considered instituting a ban in Tigard.

A few years ago, a group called Environment Oregon stated their intention to submit petitions to ban plastic bags in Tigard and other southwest suburban cities, but nothing was received. When the Oregon State Legislature addressed this topic in previous years, it was defeated for financial and practical reasons. However, the current legislative session contains a bill that considers a statewide ban of single-use bags, which would include Tigard retailers. We’ve been watching how that proceeds.

Discussing a potential ban would require a majority of council making a request to add the subject to a future agenda for discussion. That discussion would require city staff to investigate and gather detailed information about developing and enforcing a comprehensive policy ban, which we have not asked for at this time.

Many retailers are adapting to these changes in municipal code and in March, Walmart shared news of a major policy shift. They’re working to eliminate the non-recyclable packaging material PVC in general merchandise packaging by 2020. They launched an initiative to achieve 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging for its private brand packaging by 2025 and by 2022 will have all of the food and consumable private brand packaging carry the How2Recycle® label.

I’m encouraged by the city’s efforts to promote recycling and our resident’s choices to protect the environment of Tigard. We’ve seen the power of education and public awareness and how both impact the marketplace. More and more residents are moving away from plastics, a change supported by retailers like Fred Meyer, New Seasons and others.

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» Virtual Council Meetings

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» Spark a Conversation

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» Fireside Chat w/Mayor Snider

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Mail: Tigard City Council, 13125 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR 97223

Phone: Contact Joanne Bengtson in the Mayor's Office at 503-718-2476
  



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