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Council Connections

Council is hosting 'Spark! a Conversation with Council' every month on Facebook Live from 6:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

  • Thurs, Nov. 19, Council Pres. Goodhouse & Councilor Anderson
  • Thurs, Dec. 17, Council Pres. Goodhouse & Councilor Newton

Mayor Jason Snider

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Mayor Snider
  • 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 John Goodhouse

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(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 Tom Anderson

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  1. Best television show or movie that you’ve seen in 2020. I am watching “Messiah” on Netflix.
  2. 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? Documented or not, if you are living in TIgard you are part of our community. The City needs to know the big picture of who is living here. The Police or the City has no interest on individual details from your responses.
  3. 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.
  4. If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?  Practice music, more specifically my practice trumpet.

  • 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.

Councilor Heidi Lueb

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  • 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 Liz Newton

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  • (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.

Youth Councilor Emilio Calderon

Email Emilio Caleron:  YouthCouncil@tigard-or.govYouth Councilor Calderon

  • 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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