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New halfway house

surprised resident

To the Editor:

As new residents to the Bolton neighborhood, we were surprised at the subject of the article dated September 20, 2006 in the West Linn Tidings. This was the first we heard of placing a halfway house on our street, and the lack of additional information available is staggering.

Also, much to our surprise, our neighborhood association had not been made aware of the impending new addition to our neighborhood. If it weren't for the article in the paper, would we have even known that this was by our homes, families and most importantly our KIDS?

Mr. Simpson says he 'plans to meet regularly with nearby residents'.

When will these meetings occur; only if there is a problem? Current residents of the apartment complex are already moving out. When do the neighbors have a chance to ask questions and get more information?

What is the source for data on 80 percent success rate for those who move into a transitional housing facility? Is it specific to the same types of residents Simpson's building will house? Is the proximity to the freeway an ideal location for this type of residence? How might this impact our property value, safety, security? We should all have an avenue to ask these questions and get some answers.

The fact is that details are practically unknown to those potentially affected. The neighborhood has no idea what to expect. Yes it's across from the police station, but it's also across from Three Rivers Charter School (100 children grades 4-8) and within 2 blocks of the West Linn High School.

We agree these facilities are much needed in all communities. We just wish it felt more like a positive for the community with open dialogue rather than having it pushed through the system before anyone has a chance to ask questions.

We look forward to asking Mr. Simpson these questions at the neighborhood association meeting on Monday, October 16, 2006. We'll welcome him and give him the opportunity to address the questions we need answers to.

Kristal and Corben Hyatt

West Linn

Consider the best

in people, not worst

To the Editor:

As a resident of West Linn for over 50 years I have seen lots of change. Many newcomers would like growth to stop with them. Thank heavens I did not feel that way or I would not have all my wonderful neighbors on Nixon Avenue.

Before you vote for Mayor or for City Council do your own research - check out the facts. Do not let emotion get in the way of intelligent decision making. Many decisions by Planning Commission are based on Oregon Laws as advised by the City Attorney. Watch some of the meetings on local cable channels if you can.

It is easy to criticize but to insinuate that our City Council violates the law or code on purpose is not realistic. If you hear rumors check them out! Vote this election on facts rather than emotions.

The members of this City Council are doing the best they can with the emotional 'Cove', theft of city monies, development in Marylhurst Heights and others. Every candidate wants to make West Linn a better place to live. Let us try to have more positives than negatives. Think the best in people and not the worst.

Mary M. Hill

West Linn

Investigation sought of LOPTTAAS project

To the Editor:

U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, 1791

Article I

'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. Becoming 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 '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 the 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

Birdshill area

Peterson will work for residents

To the Editor:

Lynn Peterson will make an excellent Clackamas County Commissioner.

Lynn's priorities include preserving and enhancing our wonderful way of life here in Clackamas County. She will insist that the county commit more resources to preserve our natural beauty, improve our schools, and revitalize our business communities.

Lynn will also work hard to make Clackamas County government more accountable by requiring annual audits (only ONE audit has been performed since 2002) and by supporting budgets that are balanced and responsible.

Lynn Peterson deserves your vote in November.

Susan Tate

West Linn

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.

Kathy Newcomb

Research analyst, Tualatin.

Carson works

for quality of life

To the Editor:

I have known and respected Jody Carson since 1993, when I first moved to West Linn. Over the years I've been impressed by her dedication to our West Linn quality of life and by the hard work and integrity she's applied to preserving that quality in her own neighborhood and in the city at large, as a planning commission member and past Chair. She has repeatedly demonstrated her deep personal commitment to community service, collaboration, civility and excellence.

As a West Linn Leadership graduate, Jody founded what has become the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation - a small non-profit that - through Lock Fest and other education and advocacy efforts - preserves and celebrates West Linn's heritage and has succeeded in putting Willamette Falls Locks funding issues in the spotlight and on the road to a cooperative solution. Past president of our foundation, she remains an active board member and pro-active volunteer. I've admired her willingness to spend the precious personal hours needed to be a community leader while working in a demanding 'real job.'

Her experience as Willamette Neighborhood Association president and her tenure on the city's planning commission, as well as her thoughtful, even-handed approach to decision-making and her commitments to heritage, education, and environmental issues make her a great candidate for election to City Council. Please join me in voting for Jody Carson for West Linn City Council.

Sandy Carter

West Linn