Email Mayor Jason Snider
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.
Email Councilor Tom Anderson
What are your resolutions for the New Year?
Resolution for the New Year is that I need to get better at social media communication, as staff can attest. What are your suggestions for community members who want to get more involved with the city in 2020?
Join a board or a committee
in an area of interest, there are quite a few that the community might not know of. '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?
A House Band has to be versatile. There were few better than Paul Shaffer and the Worlds Most Dangerous Band. If you had to participate in a Winter Olympics event, which would it be? I would do the Bobsleigh.
- What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected? The biggest thing for me is that we discuss water infrastructure in some form almost every meeting. Obviously the Lake Oswego – Tigard water project was a huge bonus for the city and took a lot of time and energy. But staff has to consider water infrastructure in most every project we do. From new construction, to replacing worn pipes, to meter sizes, to drinking water or gray water, to correcting storm runoff areas, etc. There is much attention given to water.
- The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? My go to late night talk show is still the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I like how he interacts with the house band, the Roots.
- What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community? What is going on at X location. There are many people concerned about what is happening with the old Albertson’s building, or the large Storage Units on 99W, or Chick-Filet or Taco Bell. The Council often does not have much more intel that the average Tigard citizen does on those private issues.
Email Councilor Liz Newton
What are your resolutions for the New Year?
I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions 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.
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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