Proud of the fans, athletes at LOHS
To the Editor:
I am responding to last week's letter, 'Poor Sportsmanship is an embarrassment to the city' written by Ms. Anderson.
Our school's administrators, athletic director, coaches and entire staff take justifiable pride in the efforts we have and continue to make with our students and fans to be a positive influence at our athletic events. The booing and foul language the letter writer describes is not tolerated at any Lake Oswego school event. In fact, the truth is the opposite. We put a great deal of emphasis on promoting a supportive atmosphere that everyone in the stands and on the field can enjoy.
As the athletic director, I am present at each home game of every sport throughout the year. From my personal experience and observations, I can attest that our students, parents and community members who support the Lakers do an incredible job of representing our school in a way that makes our community members proud.
We are proud of our school, athletes and our fans. We welcome Ms. Anderson and others in the Lake Oswego community to attend any and all of our athletic events. Those who have questions or comments about any athletic event at our school are invited to contact me.
Lake Oswego High School
Maintain character of Lake Grove
To the Editor:
What a relief to read Joe Stern's letter ('Pedestrian-friendly plan according to who?' Sept. 28) in the Review.
I appreciate the value of walking and biking, and the sight of attractive landscape as much as the next person. However, I believe a thriving community must support its local (especially mom and pop) businesses.
I frequently patronize the shops in Lake Grove. They are not pedestrian destinations. I will not park and amble with my latte to pick up my dry cleaning, purchase groceries, large sacks of pet food or flats of garden plants. Nor will I park and then carry my lamps to be repaired or my wall prints to be framed.
There is no question that the proposed median will be an inconvenience. But much worse, I believe that this plan will eventually drive independent businesses out of Lake Grove, and ultimately out of Lake Oswego. We already have a mini-Washington Square/Bridgeport Village on A Avenue. Let us rethink our priorities, support small business, and maintain the local character of Lake Grove.
Willamette River is in the spotlight
To the Editor:
Several very good and interesting things are occurring to help us understand the pollution in the Willamette (River).
First, for those of you who have cable TV, our 'Water Spot' program tonight (Oct. 5) at 8 p.m. on cable 11 will feature Sierra Club's new report, 'Toxic Mixing Zones.'
Michael O'Leary, conservation organizer for the Sierra Club, will be discussing the publication, now in its last draft stages, which catalogs the locations, sizes, contents and associated hazards of nearly two dozen toxic mixing zones in the Willamette River. The report will be an excellent resource for understanding a certain type of pollution in the Willamette - the millions of pounds of chemicals and metals routinely discharged by permit into the river.
(The program will be repeated four times a week through October: Every Wednesday morning at 9 throughout the region on cable 11.)
Second, our Department of Environmental Quality guests on the August 'Water Spot' told viewers about DEQ's budgetary proposal to the Legislature to analyze and monitor pollutants in the Willamette. This $1.9 million proposal is just what we need in order to better understand the impact of pollutants on the river. To put this in perspective, remember that Tualatin Valley Water District is now considering spending almost $400 million on drinking water pipes to the Willamette. (The DEQ guests also explained some of their success in cooperative ventures to diminish pesticide pollution in some smaller streams. A happy thought.)
Third, Gov. Kulongoski is approving DEQ's budget proposal, according to a natural resources adviser, who visited the 'Water Spot' in September. Good. (Now we need the help of our legislators also.)
All these things are excellent and helpful for those of us who wish to clean up the Willamette. This is true whether we support cleanup on behalf of salmon and fish in general, including fish habitat, or whether we support cleanup for drinking water purposes.
research analyst for Citizens for Safe Water
Probe sought of LOPTTAAS project
To the Editor:
U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, 1791
'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.'
Mayor Hammerstad (Lake Oswego), please respect the rights of residents in Birdshill, neighborhoods in West Linn and Oak Lodge and Stafford areas in Clackamas County. Become aligned with my view and that of the Birdshill CPO, to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Including issues with respect to the Willamette Shore Line (aka Jefferson Street) right-of-way, Willamette Shore Line Consortium, and voting seats on the Metro LOPTTAAS (Lake Oswego to Portland Transit and Trails Alternatives Analysis Study) / Oregon Highway 43 corridor study.
My grievances have basis. My complaint to the Federal Transit Administration was based upon discussions and actions of the Metro Council on July 20, 2006 to expand the alternatives considered by the 'Steering Committee' and LOPPAC (Lake Oswego Portland Policy Advisory Committee). Specifically, a rail connection from Milwaukie to Tualatin, through Birdshill and Lake Oswego. Nullifying in my opinion and others the lack of representation south and east of Lake Oswego on LOPPAC.
Explain in writing to Review/Tidings readers, the 'Big Look' committee of 73rd Oregon Legislature, and the FTA: The concept of Demographic ID Abuse (DIDA). 'No demographic application without representation'. And the duties of 'ownership' of the Willamette Shore Line right-of-way (ROW). Especially when Multnomah County residents (Dunthorpe / Riverdale) have not contributed a dime to ROW maintenance since 2002. Yet these residents have been granted privileges by Metro / 'Steering Committee' of, four voting positions whereas Clackamas County (Dunthorpe / Birdshill) has only one and West-Linn neighborhoods, Oak Lodge, and Stafford CPO have none.
I stand by my allegations and request for an investigation of LOPTTAAS project by the FTA. The integrity of the Public Involvement Program for the Metro LOPTTAAS project has been compromised, breached, and continuously assaulted from its conception.
Charles 'Skip' Ormsby
Three efforts made to reconcile differences
To the Editor:
It's truly unfortunate that over the last two years the Concerned Shareholders and the Board Of Directors of the Lake Oswego Corporations have not been able to settle their differences.
The first attempt to settle those differences took place almost two years ago, in my home, when representatives of both parties met to discuss Concerned Shareholder concerns. The issues were discussed, a settlement suggested and the LOC was presented with a written list of questions that they were asked to respond to.
When they did not respond to the issues raised, the Concerned Shareholders began its effort to share those concerns with Lake Oswego Corporation Stockholders.
In hopes of heading off a major conflict between the two parties, the city Of Lake Oswego offered to pay for mediation, which the Concerned Shareholders immediately accepted. It took the Board of Directors of the Lake Oswego Corporations over a month to turn down the city's generous offer.
A little over a month ago representatives of the two groups met, reviewed the issues that divide us and verbally agreed to a variety of actions that would result in the Concerned Shareholders dropping their law suit.
A week before the suit was to come before the Clackamas County Court, the president of the Lake Oswego Corp. called and indicated their board had voted unanimously to discontinue our negotiations and that all verbal agreements made were null and void. When we asked why we were told that they believed the court would dismiss our law suit.
The following week the Clackamas Court denied the board of director's motion to dismiss our claim of election fraud. The lawsuit is now headed for trial
The Concerned Shareholders tried and failed more than three times to reconcile its differences with the Lake Oswego Corporation Board of Directors.
In my opinion the board of directors of the Lake Oswego Corporation must shoulder total responsibility for the substantial amount of stockholder money being spent to defend their actions.
Douglas Oliphant, Lake Oswego, is a Concerned Shareholder and party to settlement negotiations.
Visual pollution needs to be addressed
To the Editor:
It is my opinion as a property owner as well as a real estate broker, that the city of Lake Oswego should consider adopting an ordinance that directly address the issue of visual pollution, or eyesores that are created by property owners through direct intent or by obvious neglect.
The city of Lake Oswego is aging along with all the infrastructure in and around the town limits. Care must be taken that we in the city do not develop areas where a few owners of property neglect property to the extent there is not only the possibility of hazard to the general public, but the eyesore(s) created diminish property values.The right of property owners in all areas to 'quiet enjoyment of their property' is standard real estate axiom. Visual pollution and stored trash are a threat to that 'quiet enjoyment.'
In addition the city of Lake Oswego should also look into ordinances regarding stored 'trash or building debris' inside or outside a building that could possibly ignite a fire or contribute to the spreading of a fire nearby. We have all witnessed or heard of the terrible consequences of residential fires in Lake Oswego this year.
We need to do all we can to prevent fires from happening. Making sure property owners get rid of trash, debris, etc. accumulated within a certain reasonable period of time should be addressed.
I would think that other municipalities in the United States would have ordinances we could look at and adapt to our city.This would save us from 're-inventing' the wheel.
Hennagin right for city council
To the Editor:
I first met Roger Hennagin about 20 years ago when we were opposing lawyers at trial. I have had occasion to work with Roger both as a lawyer and otherwise ever since. From the first, Roger impressed me as smart, thoughtful, highly professional and very effective. Roger is a careful and respectful listener. His decision-making is informed not only by his intelligence but common sense.
Since I live in unincorporated Skylands, I will not have the opportunity to vote for Roger; but I urge Lake Oswego residents to do so. He would be a fabulous city council person and one whose skills will benefit the Lake Oswego community as a whole.
William J. Howe III
Jordan deserves voters' support
To the Editor:
I am writing to support Donna Jordan's campaign for Lake Oswego City Council. I have known Donna for over six years and believe she has the best interests of Lake Oswego and its residents in mind.
I specifically support her views with regard to development of the Foothills area. I am a condo owner at Oswego Pointe Village and am anxious to see appropriate development of the area to our north. This area is an important part of downtown Lake Oswego and is ripe for redevelopment. Donna understands, however, that development cannot take place without corresponding infrastructure improvements to manage the increased traffic demands. She is interested in working with Tri-Met to encourage regional transportation options which would allow residents of the Foothills area access to other parts of Lake Oswego as well as to Portland and Oregon City. We all know that downtown Lake Oswego is already congested during rush- hour periods and an alternative method of ingress and egress must be in place before further development can occur.
Proper development of the Foothills area would boost property values and benefit the city as a whole. We need a representative on the city council who understands the needs of the area. Donna Jordan has been active in Lake Oswego for many years by serving as a member of the Transportation Advisory Board and is acutely aware of those needs. I urge the voters of Lake Oswego to join me in supporting Donna Jordan for Lake Oswego City Council.
Possible response by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday
Our sign code has never worked
To the Editor:
I asked three times the last three years at the Citizen Information Center for the city to publish reminders to Realtors of our sign code and the promises made to the council members by their spokesperson, Chris Schetky. She had said she would be responsible for educating the Realtors about changes in the sign code made at the Realtors' request and that they would police their own members. It was only with this provision that the council members reluctantly voted to allow temporary signs. Nothing was printed in response to my request.
The first two years after the sign code was passed, over half the signs in front of my house were from Ms. Schetky's own company, Windermere Group.
Realtors are the only commercial group regularly placing advertising signs on a year-round basis. There are now many hundreds of their signs appearing seven days a week, always placed without permission, in our streetside plantings, on sidewalks, sometimes in the street. We have a 'Code Enforcement Specialist.' He said that even after he picked up one Realtor's signs five consecutive days, 'They just keep putting them up; there are no citations even for repeat offenders.'
Our neighborhoods look as if we had been sold out to the Realtors.
We don't allow this blight in 'beautiful downtown Lake Oswego.' Must we have it around our homes? It's well past time residential areas got equal consideration.