As Tigard residents ponder a charter amendment, it would be worth reassessing what Portland means to its suburbs: in jobs, in commerce, in amenities. Metro and TriMet, meanwhile, should take stock of the situation and view it not as a local dust-up but as symptomatic of something greater. Only representative democracy is at stake. If Clackamas County and Clark County are in a twist over light rail, and now some folks in Tigard can't find satisfaction in more than 100 public meetings, then what's missing in the message?
Anti-rail measure signals challenge in region's governance: Editorial Agenda 2014 | OregonLive.com