Candidates for Washington County - District 3

A questionnaire was sent to candidates in the Portland-metro region, and below are the responses in regard to issues that are important to the Alliance and the business community.

* indicates Alliance endorsed candidate.

 
1. The Alliance’s primary focus for the 2016 election cycle will be to support those candidates and ballot measure proponents who clearly and publicly join us in opposing IP 28, the gross receipts tax measure, which will be so detrimental to Oregon’s economy. What is your position on IP28?
Glendora Claybrooks Initiative Petition 28 -- Gross Receipts Tax sponsored by A Better Oregon -- which may appear on the November 2016 ballot is an attempt to raise revenue for Pre-school-Grade 12 public education system, health care, and services to seniors. Services I support. I would like to know if the Chamber does not support these services.

I am aware that Beaverton and Tigard Chambers of Commerce have concerns and that they fear it will harm businesses and Oregon’s economy. IP28 specifically targets C corporations with annual revenues over $25,000,000 per year. The majority of Oregon jobs are provided by small businesses, and those businesses would not see any change in their taxes. Even for those businesses that will be impacted, it is a very small sliver of their overall revenues and profit.

It is my belief that it is important to fund education and human services, and the current tax structure has failed to do that. I understand the Chambers’ concern about looking out for the success of Oregon businesses, however, I am in support of the proposed ballot measure.
Roy Rogers* While this proposal is billed as only impacting “large corporations" the reality is that it is a massive tax hike for all of us since taxes are really paid by consumers. Adding a minimum tax of 2.5 percent on sales, instead of net income, is in essence a hidden sales tax that will be multiplied many times over as goods proceed through the supply chain from manufacturers to the ultimate retailer. Not fair and not a good policy. Since over 1000 businesses will be impacted the proposal should not be supported by Oregonians.
2. Portland State University (PSU), part of the state’s higher education system, is considering a tax on payroll within the Portland region that they project will raise between $30 and $70 million to support PSU. What is your view on a potential regional payroll tax on employers to fund PSU?
Glendora Claybrooks I do not know enough about this proposal because the exact language is not public yet. However, public higher education funding is a state matter. It is reported that PSU will strive to propose a regional tax measure like the Tri-Met measure. Tri-Met service impacts planning and maintenance of roads, sidewalks, traffic signals, traffic flow, and signage. The regional impact upon the daily lives of its residents is clear. I am not, at this time, convinced that PSU has the same regional impact. I am not comfortable taking a stand on a “what if” scenario.
Roy Rogers* I am a graduate of PSU and understand their funding issues but I do not support this proposal. The payroll tax has historically been reserved for transit services and should remain so. A greater question for those who support the proposal is what do you do with all the other colleges and universities in the region? Are they all going to also ask for the same thing or is there another much larger ask in the future to include them?
3. The Value of Jobs Coalition's 2015 Middle-Income Jobs Report found that Portland-metro, like most of the nation, has seen low- and high-income jobs account for increasingly larger shares of the region’s overall employment base, while middle-income jobs, as a share of the region’s total employment, have dropped from 69 percent in 1980 to 57 percent in 2013. What would you do to increase the number of middle-income jobs in our region?
Glendora Claybrooks As a County Commissioner, I would support repeal of the minimum wage preemption law in Oregon. The cost of living in the urban centers, by all of the statistics and reports I have seen, is higher. Washington County has many medium and large urban centers. I would raise the minimum wage to a Family Living Wage. I would make sure that all Oregonians working a full time job have an income above the poverty level. A living wage job with benefits will promote employee satisfaction and loyalty to the company. A family living wage job will grow the next generation and secure tenure continuity. These attributes would contribute toward employer loyalty, while demonstrating value in the workers and the sustainability and successibility of businesses and communities.
Roy Rogers* This is going to be a challenge in the future. The market either demands high skilled employees or those with more entry level service jobs. The difficulty comes from many sources including lack of manufacturing, school systems that are not developing job related skills, technology changes, and underfunding of employee displacement programs. I serve on the Board of Work Systems, Inc. and we deal with these issues all the time as the state work force provider for Multnomah and Washington Counties. There is no easy answer. It is going to take a collective effort by industry, local, state and federal government, schools and all citizens.
4. The same Middle Income Jobs Report found that Portland’s housing prices are becoming increasingly out of reach not only for low-income households, but also for middle-income households. What would you do to address housing affordability for middle-income residents in our region?
Glendora Claybrooks Affordable housing is one of my top priorities when elected to office and as such, I support the recent Legislative sessions’ bill increasing notification for rent increase and notification of “no cause” evictions. While they did not address the raise in rates specifically for Section 8 residents, it is something that as Commissioner in Washington County I would examine for residential benefits. I am aware that some property owners of affordable housing will raise their rent on Section 8 residents based upon the rise of the median income level in the county. It does not matter that the incomes for those in Section 8 housing have increased or not.
Roy Rogers* It is both a local and regional issue since people are not constrained as to where they live. There does have to be local flexibility as there is no one fits all solution for every part of our region. In Washington County I serve on our Housing Authority Board and we deal with the heart wrenching issues of homelessness. Our County Board has made affordable housing a high priority. We are adding units to our inventory and partnering with nonprofits to add even more units. I have always said that one of the biggest systemic causes is lack of living wage jobs. As we solve that issue we will hopefully start decreasing the size of this issue.
5. The 2015 Economic Impacts of Congestion report shows that the Portland-region and the state of Oregon’s competitiveness is largely dependent on efficient transportation. Failure to adequately invest in the system could cost the Portland-metro region $822 million annually by 2040 and close to 6,000 jobs. Do you support investments in the transportation system to support freight movement and remove bottlenecks to the efficient movement of goods and people?
Glendora Claybrooks Yes. My frustration over transportation planning in Washington County District 3 is one of the reasons I chose to run against incumbent Roy Rogers. He has served 31 years on Washington County Board and the transportation snafu we are experiencing today appears to be due to lack of insight and planning for the inevitable growth in residential and commercial properties. I have lived in District 3 for 21 years, and transportation and traffic problems are only getting worse. For example, one accident blocks the flow. The snarl hinders first responders from reaching the site of those in need. These issues need to be resolved, which is why I am running. I will push these identified changes needed to improve the future infrastructure. PBA should support me because I know I am that change and as such I will work toward implementing the needed changes for future planning and economic development.
Roy Rogers* I support a number of solutions to our transportation issues. I serve on JPACT, Chair both our County Coordinating Committee on transportation and Region 1 ACT. I could write a book on what I have seen over the years on possible approaches. I would simply say that we need to define the system that each layer of government is responsible for then seek funding to maintain and expand those systems for growth. This is a shared state wide problem that “all" stake holders need to share the burden on.
6. A 2013 report International Trade and the Portland Harbor’s Impact, found that Portland ranked 4th among the largest 100 metros in terms of export value as a share of metro output. Additionally, the report found that 90 percent of exports are small and medium sized businesses and that trade related jobs provide premium wages. What is your view on the role of trade to our economy and what can the city do to promote trade given international gateway facilities within the city?
Glendora Claybrooks While I respect Congressman Schrader, Congressman Blumenauer, and Congresswoman Bonamici and their votes on the various Trade agreements, I remain concerned about the passage reflecting open markets. For example, an open market outwardly would perhaps allow for an import market as well. In District 3, we have rural farmers some of whom are organic farmers. Many appear to forget that a farm is a business. In the definition of small and medium, most old homestead farms are small and medium sized businesses. Oregon has a stricter definition of the use of “organic.” Oregonians have been amongst the leaders in organic farming. The organic fruits and vegetables that are in our markets now are grown locally or regionally.

My concern is therefore, how this TPP will impact our farmers’ ability to support their own businesses and their own community to buying local produce. Hence, if TPP passes and is signed without consideration given to this particular passage, the market will possibly render flooding with “organic” produce from outside of Oregon, which do not meet Oregon standards for the term. However, from a global legal system perspective, the TPP will perhaps challenge our campaign of “Buy Local” or support local businesses or the agreements to hire locally trained & certified workers. Under these circumstances, I would work to amend this particular passage such that it would not hurt Oregon businesses.
Roy Rogers* For Washington County trade is essential for our chip makers, apparel businesses, and many, many more of our businesses. The Port of Portland has done a good job of working with local governments to inform them of the importance of keeping that mode of our transportation system functioning well. The last couple of years, difficulties on the docks have seen a loss of some shipping lines that were important to us. Our roads are being impacted as freight moves to Seattle to be shipped. We need to collectively get our local port moving more goods if our area is going to continue to grow.
7. The Alliance is committed to ensuring an adequate supply of shovel ready industrial lands in the Portland-metro region to support job retention and growth. Manufacturing, in particular, requires industrial land and provides higher wages and better benefits than non-manufacturing jobs, particularly for non-whites and non-English-speaking workers. What tools and strategies would you use to promote adequate employment industrial lands that are shovel ready for development?
Glendora Claybrooks The updates to the land use and urban growth boundaries were passed by current elected officials; are in place and would be difficult to amend. The focus perhaps should be on smart use of the proportioned land and planning the transportation necessary to support the growth of future residential and commercial expansions. Within these futuristic plans, I would seek the advisement of stakeholders such as the police, the fire fighters, the ambulance businesses, Tri-Met, other local public transportation, ODOT, neighborhood business associations, residents, and affordable housing advocates. This collaborated and collected information would potentially help me determine if the newly proposed development’s impact further exasperate the transportation problem or has become a partner in solving the problem by sharing the cost of funding improvements.

Therefore, the anticipated outcomes should revolve around whether we can get the workers to their jobs on time to produce, sell, and deliver the products. If we can get the goods to distribution hubs or to the market, then we will be productive in sales of goods. I believe that this outcome would exemplify “smart growth,“ which would likely result in helping businesses now and in the future. It is this kind of needed insight, outcome and change all of which, I represent.
Roy Rogers* I serve on the Governors local region Strategies committee and I am well aware of the shortages. In my own County we have no large lots available. This has actually caused potential industries to locate outside the state. The problems are our UBG process, petty arguments in the region about making certain everyone gets their fair share of building sites, and most of all a lack of understanding by some elected officials that the business and not them will decide where and when they will locate.
8. How would you work with other jurisdictional partners to achieve mutual interests? How would you participate in regional coalition building?
Glendora Claybrooks I would work with other jurisdictional partners to achieve mutual interests by seeking commonalities, identifying the differences and negotiating factors and examining and evaluating for intended outcomes. For example, with regard to Human and Health services, our work at the county needs to be better coordinated with municipalities and the state agencies. With regard to Land Use and Transportation, I will work to ensure the county needs such as contracts, budgets, and planning are better coordinated with municipalities, other adjacent counties, Metro, and the state agencies. However, these efforts have the potential of failure or becoming non-sustainable practices if affordable housing and transportation issues go unchallenged or unaddressed.

In coalition building, the main connector roads running through District 3 are state highways. However, the counties are financially responsible for partial maintenance of portions of these highways. Therefore, we need to reduce the bureaucratic red tape and streamline the process, minimize the traffic accidents and bicycle/pedestrian injuries/deaths with motorized vehicles. In so doing, the residents will benefit from lighter traffic flows and quicker arrivals to their destiny, and less vehicle related deaths. There are intersections that now need a complete overhaul, communities that need safe sidewalks and drop zone for schools in urban settings. To participate further in regional coalition building, I would focus on the need and benefit of providing public transportation that would reach every major business, hospital, and school grounds throughout the region and within the annexing cities and counties.
Roy Rogers* I work with our regional partners on many issues and on many occasions. While I am elected by a geographic area and am accountable to that area I need to maintain a much broader perspective and working relationship base to accomplish anything. If elected officials and those they represent begin to understand that we have a regional economy, transportation systems, air shed, and work force we can more effectively work together and really accomplish some things!