Andy Maggi's Blog Posts

Andy Maggi | January 20, 2011 - 15:37

Although I work in Portland, I have often traveled to Lake Oswego for meetings and events. I can honestly say that while I've been waiting in traffic I have said to myself, "There has to be a better way to get here."

And it's only going to get worse if we do nothing. Well, it turns out some really smart folks are talking about ways to make the commute between Portland and Lake Oswego better and more accessible.

Andy Maggi | November 19, 2010 - 14:29

After an election, questions about how the results will affect dynamics in the legislature, solutions for the state budget, and the destiny of environmental policy at all levels of government still loom large. But in some places, like Tigard, election results are already benefiting communities and the environment they live in.

Andy Maggi | September 21, 2010 - 08:05

When I talk to folks about volunteering during campaign season I like to talk about the power you have as an individual to shape elections or to shape the way policy is formed by electing strong candidates, the power your voice has when talking to a neighbor or fellow voter.

Andy Maggi | July 21, 2010 - 15:14

On Monday, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (OLCV's sister organization) kicked off its Summer Conversation Series with the first of its statewide events. Monday's event took place in Clackamas County at Rose Villa (a retirement community) and was attended by state Sen. Martha Schrader. The topic of the event was growing our economy and creating jobs here in Oregon and centered around the energy industry.

Andy Maggi | July 8, 2010 - 16:03

The Lake Oswego City Council is currently discussing how it will move forward to comply with Title 13 by implementing polices that will protect the city's sensitive lands. For the less wonky version of that...Lake Oswego is talking about how it will protect trees, riparian areas, streams and critical wildlife habitat to meet regional goals and priorities. (Read more about Lake Oswego's Sensitive Lands Overlay.)

Andy Maggi | May 13, 2010 - 17:13

As many of you know, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters has been talking about the importance of getting Dick Schouten elected Washington County Commission Chair for months. OLCV Executive Director Jon Isaacs has called this race the most important local race in the state.

Andy Maggi | April 30, 2010 - 15:08

You no doubt know by now that this nation is facing one of the worst environmental disaters in our history.

An oil platform in the the Gulf of Mexico exploded and then sank, creating a disaterous oil leak. If not for an election in a few weeks here in Oregon, I would probably be writing about it daily. Instead, I have been doing my best to track the story and now have a moment to reflect on what it means for the Gulf Coast and Oregon.

Andy Maggi | April 20, 2010 - 14:53

Over the last few days, I was in Nashville meeting and talking with Conservation League members and supporters from across the country.

Andy Maggi | April 13, 2010 - 11:12

For a while now OLCV has been talking about Dick Schouten and the race for Washington County Commission Chair. In fact, many of you may have just received an e-mail from us talking about our full leap to support his campaign. If you missed it, here a some of the reasons we are supporting Dick Schouten.

Andy Maggi | April 4, 2010 - 20:19

Prior to every election year many folks start to ask the question "what if?" What if he didn't run for re-election? What if we had a another vote or two we could count on when our issue came to the table? This year in Washington County, we have a chance to answer these questions and find out a lot more.

Andy Maggi | January 13, 2010 - 13:13

Earlier this week, a coalition of farmers and conservation groups released a map to show the areas they want to see protected as part of the current Urban and Rural Reserve designation process being undertaken by Metro and the region's County Governments.

Andy Maggi | December 21, 2009 - 15:07

With just a few days left till Christmas you may be finishing up your shopping, having put a lot of thought into the holiday gifts you will be handing out to friends and family.

At the same time, while you might not say so, you anticipate what gifts will be waiting for you throughout the holiday season. While some will wow, there are those that force your mind into a bewildering wave of confusion and dread. You know the ones. They may end up as white elephant gifts and without a doubt cause what can best be called "present face."

Andy Maggi | December 11, 2009 - 12:27

In the future, when you drive into Lake Oswego you may see a sign that reads "Welcome to a Green Power Community. We exceed EPA guidelines for buying clean, renewable energy."

The EPA announced that it is recognizing Lake Oswego as one of its Green Power Communities. Residents and businesses are helping to take the equivalent of 4,500 cars off the road through their purchases of renewable energy.

Andy Maggi | November 20, 2009 - 10:52

Land use gets a lot of recent  ink in local papers

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings is a phrase we all know well and like the phrase the Urban and Rural reserve planning process continues. The hotbed of activity for these discussions remains the farmland north of Hillsboro in Washington County, as well as the Stafford area in Clackamas County--which has been in the news lately.

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