Gamba for Milwaukie Mayor

I am endorsing Mark Gamba for Milwaukie mayor in the special election on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. His stance on bettering the community and environment, such as improving the downtown district, improving bicycling and walking infrastructures, and removing Kellogg Dam makes Gamba a great choice to lead Milwaukie. Gamba is already serving on the Milwaukie City Council.

Although Gamba is running unopposed, a candidate is technically running against any write-in candidates. He may replace the current interim mayor, Wilda Parks, who was appointed after mayor Jeremy Ferguson resigned in January. If Gamba becomes mayor, he will serve the remainder of the mayoral term until the end of 2018. He will leave a vacancy in the Milwaukie City Council Position 3, which expires at the end of 2016.

Council approves bike repair station

Some good news for the bicycling community in Milwaukie tonight, especially those in need to make repairs to their bicycle.

Milwaukie City Council approved 4-1 on a motion to accept a bike repair station as a gift to be installed at city hall.

The bike repair station, costing about $2,500 and funded through donations and private contributions, would be installed on a concrete pad in front of Milwaukie City Hall.

Councilor Scott Churchill voted to oppose the bike repair station, citing that it should be installed along the Trolley Trail on the opposite side of SE McLoughlin Blvd.

Other councilors have expressed vandalism concern if the station were installed along Trolley Trail.

No date has been confirmed when the bike repair station would be installed and available for public use.

I’ve already had a couple of bike breakdowns in Milwaukie where I cold have used this repair station. I snapped a chain near Wine:30 after the Trolley Trail ride back in November. I also blew a tire departing city hall on a Bike Milwaukie ride in December.

A soggy Bike Milwaukie ride


Sunday’s Bike Milwaukie was a soaker and probably the first soaker in a long time in its four-year run. Rain fell as ride leaders Matt Menely and Greg Baartz-Bowman led four other riders gathered at Milwaukie City Hall for a short bike ride. The route toured Ardenwald, Lewelling, Hector Campbell, and Historic Milwaukie neighborhoods, plus McLoughlin Industrial district.

Matt Menely announced a couple of upcoming ideas. One is the consideration of Sunday Parkway also including routes within Milwaukie city limits, which may require closing off residential streets. The other is the proposed public bike repair station at the Milwaukie City Hall kisok, which will cost about $2,500 and funded through either fundraisers or donations. These are just ideas being passed around at the moment, but ideas I’d like to see a reality.

img_150315-093147-12A few notes on today’s ride: Part of today’s route took us on SE Monroe St., which is actively involved in the city’s Monroe Street Neighborhood Greenway Concept Plan. There is the need to pave the gravel connector in Ardenwald between SE 28th Ave. and Springwater Corridor trail, which I’ve brought up countless times at various public meetings. We also found the bicycle staple rack on SE Jefferson St. in downtown Milwaukie bent.

Bike Milwaukie rides are typically on the third Sunday of the month from March to December. The next ride is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, 2015. Rides depart from Milwaukie City Hall at 9:30 a.m.

Disbar California attorney who wants to execute LGBT

A Huntington Beach, California, attorney filed a murderous proposal in his initiative submission with the California Attorney General’s Office in February.

Michael Gregory McLaughlin of Huntington Beach filed the anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) “Sodomite Suppression Act” initiative with the state’s Initiative Coordinator on February 26, 2015.

b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.

This initiative is not a joke. It’s calling for legalized murder of certain people on the basis of one’s religious belief. Whatever religion you believe in is your business and I’ll respect that. I do not believe in allowing or respect the actions one’s religious beliefs to be imposed on other people.

An attorney who can not fairly represent the people of his or her state, much less intimidate with calling for executions of LGBT and denying one’s right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, is not fit to recognized by the state bar. I call for the State Bar of California to disbar Matthew Gregory McLaughlin (#198329) of Huntington Beach, California.