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of the boom, the city of Bend is faced with the prospect of yet another round of staff cuts and is staring down the barrel of an ever widening budget shortfall. The county, though not without its challenges, is faring much better thanks to its more austere approach that Luke insisted upon over the last decade.
command his attention as a county commissioner. However, Luke says the biggest thing that he took from his time in the Legislature was the importance of having a broad network of contacts and understanding how the system works. Luke learned quickly that it not just what you know, but who you know. And it not just what you want, but how you ask for it that determines your effectiveness.
According to Walden staff, the state was interpreting the federal guidelines too strictly. Problem solved. "I didn do anything," said Luke. "Oh well, kind of I did," says Luke in a sort of typical fashion in which he quick to point out his essential role in some happening or another, then feign modesty before again claiming credit. But credit is due where credit is due and plenty of people give Luke credit for putting the county on a solid footing both administratively and financially over the past decade. Former commission colleague Mike Daly gives Luke accolades for pushing the county to create a rainy day reserve and keeping a lid on discretionary spending during the halcyon days of the building boom when revenue was pouring into Deschutes County and other jurisdictions were spending liberally on things like master plans for high tech parks and downtown real estate. Now, on the other side Nike Roshe Run Sale Philippines
"Dennis was a stickler for getting these reserves that the county has in these tough times," said Daly, whom despite his ow.
ho ultimately prodded Luke to take the plunge. Luke recalls that he got the call in 1992 from then state Sen. Bev Clarno, asking him to run for Bend house seat. He ran against another former Deschutes County Commissioner, Barry Slaughter, that November and won. Luke served three terms in the Statehouse before term limiting out. It was during Luke tenure in the Legislature that he became interested in transportation and land use issues, areas that have continued to Nike Roshe Flyknit New York
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"When people came to me they knew that I didn necessarily have the answer, but I knew who to call," Luke said. He cites the recent example of a complaint surrounding the use of the La Pine Senior Center by a state agency. According to Luke, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality had organized a meeting at the Senior Center, a gathering that could be interpreted as a violation of the terms of the federal grant that was used to construct the center. Under the terms of that grant, the use of the center is limited to activities for seniors, Luke said. That didn seem to make Nike Roshe Run Mid New York
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