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(Editor’s note: Lake Oswego’s Tom Brennan has clarified that in his Sept. 5 letter to the editor supporting Bill Tierney for re-election, he “inadvertently included” his membership on the 50+ Board of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center in the signature block.

“This was wrong and I apologize. My support for Bill is personal and in no way reflects 50+ Board support,” he said.)

Gustafson is worthy of our support

Lake Oswego is a special place with beautiful parks, great schools and thriving neighborhoods. We need to keep this city great by electing strong intelligent leaders and we are fortunate to live in a place where your voice can make a difference.

I want to lend my voice in support of Jon Gustafson for Lake Oswego City Council. Jon has experience as the past chair of the planning commission where he was a calming voice of civility and professionalism. Jon Gustafson is a highly respected local small business owner with a degree in architecture and a background in residential design and development.

With years of volunteer service to this community, Jon Gustafson has earned the respect and confidence of those who know him. He will bring a wealth of knowledge from that service to the Lake Oswego City Council.

Tracey S. Elliott Lake Oswego

Why I’m voting for Kent Studebaker

As I study our two mayoral candidates, Greg Macpherson and Kent Studebaker, I am struck by their differences and their connections.

Mr. Macpherson is a deeply connected career politician, attorney for a major Portland law firm, heavily involved in statewide land use goals and policies as a governor appointee to the state Land Conservation and Development Commission and supportive of Metro’s regional vision and agenda. According to The Oregonian, his campaign has raised over $37,000, much of it from people outside of Lake Oswego.

Mr. Studebaker is deeply connected to Lake Oswego having grown up here. He’s a humble community volunteer, local businessperson (with a law degree) and former Marine. He is not a career politician and does not have ties to regional or state government nor does he have partisan political ties.

I’ll be voting for Kent Studebaker because he’ll be a mayor who puts the citizens of Lake Oswego first, defends citizens’ rights against over-reaching Metro-supported regulations such as sensitive lands and isn’t interested in furthering a career in politics or marching to the Metro/state agenda. He’s connected to Lake Oswego.

Janine Dunphy

Lake Oswego

LOCAL releases its endorsements

Lake Oswego Citizens Action League (LOCAL) is a non-partisan Political Acton Committee created by local citizens to promote responsive city governance. Their mission is: Advocating for responsible, thoughtful city government that reflects local priorities rather than following a regional agenda.

To this end, LOCAL has recently announced its endorsements of candidates for the positions of mayor and members of the city council. Its endorsements are:

Mayor — Kent Studebaker

City Council — Karen Bowerman, Skip O’Neill and Dan Williams.

LOCAL has endorsed these candidates because it believes that they will prioritize local needs, restore fiscal responsibility and focus on essential city services. Furthermore, they will respect all the citizens and their rights.

Anyone who has lived in Lake Oswego for any length of time knows that some of the current members of the council do not support these goals and have only paid lip service to the wishes of its citizens.

In my opinion, these candidates have the ability to change the culture of the council from one that is negative and insensitive to one that is positive and responsive. Please join me in voting for them and for a better future for Lake Oswego. Thank you.

Greg Nelson

Lake Oswego

Luscher Farm open house a great success

Thank you to all for being a part of the Luscher Farm Partners Open House.

It was a great success because of the efforts of uniting and presenting an occasion to shop, visit, taste, tour, learn and talk to one another about organic foods, practices, plants and everything else under the beautiful sun.

Many thanks extend to the city parks maintenance crew for setting up and taking down the various stations. Kudos go out to our great Parks and Recreation farm staff members, instructors and caretakers for assisting the visitors with activities. The plant vendors, the petting zoo and the scarecrows were also big hits. A shout-out to Ranger Ben (LaBounty) for helping with the traffic flow at the farm, his presence helped make things run smoothly.

Our partners are such a wonderful addition to Luscher Farm and make the farm what it is today. Our wonderful community is enhanced because of Oregon Tilth, the Friends of Rogerson Clematis Collection, and the CSA Farmers of 47th Avenue. Thanks for being a part of the operations and programming at Luscher.

A special thanks to the shuttle service provided by The Stafford and parking provided the City Christian Church.

Again, we hope you had a good time this year, and if you didn’t make it to the open house this year, we hope you’ll join us next time.

Jan Wirtz

Recreation Supervisor

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation

Vote for Bill Tierney for city council

My kids are now grown, but as a sports parent and soccer club officer I observed Bill Tierney when he was chair of the Development Review Commission handling the difficult issues involving the use of the Lakeridge facilities and the development of Hazelia.

He didn't always agree with my positions, and he clearly expressed those disagreements. However, I was impressed with his respectful attitude to students and parents, even hot-headed parents.

We need that common decency on our Lake Oswego City Council.

I applaud his voice of reason to stop the streetcar. We need that common sense.

He has demonstrated a thoughtful perspective on finances. We need his depth of experience.

Larry Lopardo

Lake Oswego

Library ballot measure worth supporting

I moved to Lake Oswego 30 years ago for some of the great things our community offers and all Lake Oswegans appreciate. One of those is our outstanding library.

Our city has grown. Today 1,000 patrons a day visit the library. We have the number one rated library in the state and our library has the highest per capita amount of books and materials checked out.

I strongly support the proposal to build a new library to meet the needs of our community today and into the future. Everyone knows that the current library has woefully inadequate parking. Anyone who has attended programs at the library knows that folding chairs have to be set up in the aisle between stacks of books.

Imagine a new library that has adequate parking and a meeting room or two. Imagine a new library that costs the average homeowner (family) about $50 a year because at today’s very low interest rates, now is the time to issue bonds to build our new library.

I have been a fiscal conservative all my life. I don’t support every new proposal that someone comes up with. But a new library is a great investment in Lake Oswego’s future and I support it wholeheartedly. I am voting yes on Measure 3-405 and I encourage you to do so too.

 

Peter Glazer

Lake Oswego

City council needs Bill Tierney

Over the past few years, Bill Tierney on City Council has demonstrated his intelligence, common sense and responsibility to the citizens of Lake Oswego.

Bill studies issues and has conversations with citizens for their perspectives. I respect his decisions, even if I may disagree.

When all is said and done, Bill makes decisions that are best for our city now and for the long term. That’s why I support re-electing Bill Tierney for Lake Oswego City Council. Thank you, Bill for your dedication.

 

Paul J. Lyons

Lake Oswego

Join us in supporting Gustafson

We hope you join us in voting for Jon Gustafson for Lake Oswego City Council. Jon is an active member of our community. He blends a prudent fiscal approach with an interest in moving forward with priority investments to protect the safety and beauty of our city. As vice chair of the Lake Oswego Planning Commission, Jon has acquired a working knowledge of the key issues facing the city. He didn’t come to the work with a fixed agenda; he reviewed each issue and made decisions based on the merits.

He works well with a variety of people and knows how to develop consensus among those who have differing points of view. Jon always listens respectfully and maintains a civil approach. Jon is a small business owner in Lake Oswego and is sensitive to the needs of our business community. As a parent of a school aged child, he knows about the strengths and the issues facing our schools. We are fortunate to have Jon engaged in our community. He would make a fine member of our city council. I urge that you vote for Jon Gustafson. Lisa Adatto and Tom O’Connor Lake Oswego

Support Williams for city council

Council candidate Dan Williams is a highly respected, 20-plus year resident of Lake Oswego with a history of serving our community. With a finance background and work experience as an executive in the wood products industry, Dan brings a great business sense and years of service on the budget committee. He saw a need in Lake Oswego to provide free transportation for seniors and disabled people and founded and leads a volunteer-based, non-profit service called NeighborLink.

Dan’s platform is anchored with his respect for the citizens of Lake Oswego and his willingness to listen and serve. We share Dan's concerns on important issues such as wasteful spending and housing density. Dan will lead with integrity and put citizens values first.

We support Dan Williams for LO City Council.

Ralph and Cheryl Salamie

Lake Oswego

Macpherson backed for LO mayor

We, the citizens of Lake Oswego, want a mayor who is fiscally responsible and uses financial resources effectively and efficiently. Greg Macpherson is exactly that kind of leader.

We need a leader who can align projects with community priorities, gain consensus, and then get them done. Greg’s work in the Legislature, on PERS and local option reforms, has demonstrated that he can produce these kinds of results.

Lake Oswego needs a mayor who will adhere to prudent financial standards that ensure that we maintain our Triple-A bond rating. Lake Oswego receives the lowest possible interest rates on our bonds because the bonding agencies regard us as a financially sound city. It is a city that works. Let’s elect a mayor who will keep it that way!

Anne Woodbury

Lake Oswego

Look at voting records of candidates

One of the methods of evaluating candidates is an incumbent’s voting record. These are there even when an incumbent prefers voters ignore them. Lake Oswego has this issue in the current election.

The last two years of council has seen two groups of thought. One represented by Mary Olson, Mike Kehoe and Jeff Gudman advocating fiscal responsibility, while the other by Jack Hoffman, Sally Moncrieff and Donna Jordan advocating more taxes and spending. In the middle as the potential “swing vote” was Councilor Bill Tierney.

During that time, the council spent more than $1.5 million and $1.2 million on studies for the streetcar and Foothills against the wishes of a majority of citizens. In 2012, the budget committee voted to hold the property tax rate constant, not decrease it, for one year. The council voted against the CBC and raised the rate.

Mr. Tierney is now positioning himself as a fiscal conservative. Yet he was the swing vote on all these issues. What did he do? He chose to vote with Mayor Hoffman and against Councilor Olson and the others. There is the “talk” and there is the “walk” and our incumbent didn’t “walk the talk.”

Larry Schreiter

Lake Oswego

Put Lake Oswego ‘back in the drivers seat’

I’ve attended two recent Lake Oswego Mayor and Council Candidate forums. At both, sensitive lands were a hot topic. After all, the sensitive lands program is the most divisive policy issue in our city and citizens want to know how candidates stand on protecting our property rights from arbitrary, unfair government regulation.

I found mayoral candidate Greg Macpherson’s response to citizens’ concerns about sensitive lands alarming when he said, “Metro is in the drivers seat.” While he acknowledged that sensitive lands are a burden to our citizens, he defers to Metro for defense of citizens’ rights to the use and value of their own backyards. We’re just finishing up four years of that style of leadership and it doesn’t work.

It’s time for a new mayor that puts citizens first and will stand up against Metro. Our sensitive lands program should and can be changed to meet Metro requirements while removing the arbitrary and damaging regulations from citizens’ backyards. Kent Studebaker made it clear at these forums that he’s there to protect our rights and will fight to put Lakes Oswego back “in the drivers seat.” Mr. Macpherson has made it clear he will not.

I’m voting for Kent Studebaker for mayor.

Michele A. Thompson

Lake Oswego

Vote for Bowerman, Williams, O’Neill, Studebaker

After attending a forum of candidates running for city council positions, it has come to my attention that some of these candidates, Karen Bowerman, Dan Williams, Skip O’Neill and Kent Studebaker possess a rare trait that harbors a deep motivation to take control of situations that have gone awry, analyze how to correct them and with their life experiences, implement a plan in a timely, cost effective manner.

When voting please think of this: it’s important to vote for candidates that will serve the citizens' wants and be mindful that not everyone in Lake Oswego has the same financial situation. It is also important to vote for candidates that you feel will work well together. Our current council is so divided and when this happens, nothing gets taken care of properly. Bowerman, Williams, ONeill and Studebaker will work well together with current council members, Mike Kehoe and Jeff Gudman. They will be a breath of fresh air with new ideas, new voices and a new fresh look at our current situations.

Please join me in voting for Bowerman, Williams, O’Neill and Studebaker, the best candidates LO has seen in a long time and a great addition to our council.

Dave Marx

Lake Oswego

Studebaker — the leader we need

 At the recent Mary’s Woods forum for mayoral candidates, Mr. (Greg) Macpherson stated that concerns about the city’s future finances are overstated. He then spoke favorably about a number of projects that will add to the long-term debt of this city. Macpherson further spoke favorably about supporting yet another expensive, flavor of the month project  — converting the streetcar line into a pedestrian and bike path.  Question — where does he plan to get the millions and millions for this project? He offered no specifics. His financial reassurances may sound good if we were in a robust economy, but do not meet the tests of long-term financial viability.

 The city council now has 12 projects in the pipeline which, if implemented, would increase our debt from $154 million to $371 million, an enormous debt load for a city of 37,000. Macpherson's lack of understanding of the implications of a huge debt load on our citizens concerns me.  

 Therefore, my choice for mayor is Kent Studebaker. He has the financial know how, leadership skills and the courage to make the tough decisions that will enable our great city to prosper in the long run.

Werner Iseli

Lake Oswego

Bowerman’s experience is worth noting

Karen Bowerman.

Where shall I start to describe this remarkable person? Rarely does a candidate come along that stands out amongst all the others. Karen is a highly intelligent, no nonsense, get-down-to-business, passionately kind, experienced candidate.

Karen supports, lives and breathes disciplined spending. Karen feels we need to stop "inviting a regional agenda that overrides our own current values." Karen wants to stop increasing the city’s debt without a vote of the citizens. Karen believes in respecting citizen’s property.

Karen has been a member of LO's 50+ advisory committee. Karen Bowerman has proven experience. Karen dedicated a 32 year higher education career within California's University system. Karen, as dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at CSU San Bernadino, led the college to be named one of the top 18 most innovative colleges of business in the world — yes, in the world.

How lucky could we get, here in Lake Oswego, to have such an incredibly talented, experienced businesswoman wanting to be on our city council?

We cannot afford to lose one of the best candidates Lake Oswego has ever seen.

Please join me in voting for Karen Bowerman in November.

Tracy Marx

Lake Oswego

The Phelpses will be voting for Tierney

My wife, Jane, and I will be voting for Bill Tierney for city council. We feel Bill is doing a good job as councilor and we want him to continue doing so.

The reason Jane and I will be voting for Bill is our admiration for his decision-making process. Bill thoughtfully examines the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of an issue. His research reflects a wide-ranging effort and always includes citizen input. He respectfully listens to all citizen comments and those of his fellow councilors before voting.

Bill’s evaluation process led him to recognize the streetcar project should be discontinued, support the Oakridge Senior housing project and help our school district.

I was a small part of the city’s budget process this year. It was clear to me Bill is fully engaged in city finances and budget to ensure our city is financially strong.

Join Jane and me — vote for Bill Tierney.

Ray Phelps

Lake Oswego

Reluctantly opposing library measure

I will vote against the Lake Oswego Public Library measure in November. I regret having to do this, because I have always supported library measures. I was a founding member of the Library Foundation of Multnomah County, which raised private support for Portland’s Central Library in 1996-1997. My consulting firm has worked with public and private libraries.

As Martin Jacobs stated in his citizen’s view on Sept. 20, a new library building belongs in a central location. When citizens were asked to approved purchase of the West End Building six years ago, they were told it would house a new library. That made sense, as the WEB provides ample space and parking, has room for future expansion, is close to a majority of Lake Oswego’s citizens and is within half a mile of four public schools.

In the intervening years, the need for a new library has been co-opted in the service of another downtown redevelopment project. That project may also be worthwhile, but we should not sacrifice the opportunity to locate the new library in a central location in its service.

A new library will serve us for many years, so it is important that we get this right. The only way to do that, unfortunately, is to vote no on Measure 3-405, then work to place this important facility where it will best serve the future needs of our growing community.

James H. Lewis

Lake Oswego

JENNIFER SEARLS 
Clean water brings joy in Zambia.

Hear an update on Walk for Water

You Walked for Water in April. What impact did the Walk make?  A WaterAfrica team went to Zambia to find out. They learned that your donations helped supply water and sanitation, for sure, but did much more. Your donations are empowering the rural Zambians to pull themselves up from a subsistence life to a life filled with hope that they can create a better tomorrow for themselves and their children.

This Sunday, the Zambia travel team will report on the dramatic changes they observed.   Come see a tip-tap, a bathing shelter, a latrine. Hear about a high-school club that promotes hygiene habits. And much more. Like the WaterAfrica Walk for Water, this is a family-friendly event, focused on kids. Of course, there is a lot for adults also.

  The details:  Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 to 8 p.m., Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego, 97035. Questions — WaterAfrica  503-635-5228.

 

Diane and Bill Savage

WaterAfrica

Lake Oswego

Fluoridation message was appreciated

Thank you for a very straight forward editorial in your Opinion page about the fluoridation arguments. I especially thank you for not using the  prejudicial term  "medication" when referring to fluoride. It is a naturally occurring  element in the soil along with iron, phosphorus, calcium, iodine etc., that are beneficial to the human body.

I no longer have a dog in this fight but several things should be pointed out that seem to be lost in the frenzy. While it is important for children, they eventually do grow up and continue to enjoy the benefits of strong teeth. As for any danger that may eventually occur to one's body because of taking this chemical, it is important to note that many places in the United States, e.g., Texas and Colorado, have multiple times the fluoride occurring naturally and no unusual diseases have cropped up in those areas since more than 60 years ago, when this was first discovered as a benefit.

About the only argument that I can understand is the one from those who don't want any government  making them do anything they don't want. On reflection, this sounds a little hollow if they pay taxes, obey laws and in general are not storming the courthouse.

 

Ben W. Curtis

Lake Oswego

Library is good investment, neighbor

First Street and B Avenue is a location that has many attributes that are important when siting a library.

It is easy to find and will be easy to access. There will finally be adequate parking nearby. All this is good for a library, but we should also consider what the library can do for the economic and social vitality of the downtown.

A library is not like an office building where weekdays people come in the morning, stay at their desks all day, and leave in the evening. It is basically a city-owned retail establishment, busy with patrons coming and going all day and most evenings, seven days a week. Our library currently generates a huge amount of foot traffic (more than 1,000 visitors a day) and will generate even more in the proper setting. Right now, with our library in a residential neighborhood, we are losing the potential business that foot traffic can bring to our downtown.

People like to combine trips when they can. It makes sense to them because it helps them to save on gas and use their precious time efficiently. Having a library in a retail area makes it easy for library visitors to also stop and have food or coffee, pick up a few groceries, buy a birthday gift or run numerous other errands while they are in the area.

Studies have shown that there is a significant spill-over to the neighboring businesses from people visiting a library. Up to 25 percent of visitors to libraries with convenient access to retail respond by spending money.

If we want a successful and vibrant downtown, a library is a good investment and will make a good neighbor.

Maria Meneghin

Lake Oswego

Macpherson is an experienced leader

 Most certainly, Greg Macpherson will make a great mayor for Lake Oswego. Why? Because Greg incorporates many major components such as an informed mind, creativity and empathy, combined with dynamic energy. In addition, Greg has the experience and personality to communicate with people in a compassionate way.

I’ve known Greg Macpherson for more than 10 years and saw how effectively he represented Lake Oswego in the Oregon Legislature. He reached out to the entire community to learn their concerns.

We are now in desperate need of leadership in city hall that can draw people of different viewpoints together. This requires someone who is a good listener, who will look for solutions and not just criticize. This candidate for mayor is Greg Macpherson. Most certainly, he will enhance our community.

Lynora Saunders

Lake Oswego

‘It is a time for fiscal restraint’

This year's election season has produced lots of discussion about Lake Oswego’s debt. Currently, our city debt is a little over $150 million. In comparison, West Linn’s debt is $24 million.

As I have said before in this space, what concerns me is future debt. We are told our share of the LO-Tigard water project will be $117 million. If all of the 11 capital projects currently under consideration were built our total city debt could exceed $350 million. Big numbers for a town with a population of 37,000.

We have heard from some of our elected leaders and candidates that we shouldn’t worry, Lake Oswego has a AAA bond rating. But bond ratings are a lagging indicator and don’t really tell you much about a city’s financial condition. Remember that many of the bonds derived from subprime mortgages were highly rated and they turned out to be junk.

Mark Funkhouser, former mayor of Kansas City, recently stated in an article titled, “The subtle slide into municipal bankruptcy” that “waiting for a downgrade to adopt more prudent financial practices is like waiting until your car slams into a tree to put on the brakes.”

It is also important to remember that much of Lake Oswego’s growth occurred during economic boom years. We are still suffering an economic hangover from the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression. Five million homes nationwide are still underwater. People everywhere are focused on paying down their personal debt. Is this the appropriate time to be running up the city's credit card? Lake Oswego leaders should be wary of too much debt at this point in time. It is a time for fiscal restraint.

Jim Bolland

Lake Oswego

Co-chair of LONAC, a longtime FAN Forest Hills board member and a member of LOCAL

Become aware of Women’s Empowerment Project

I wanted to write this letter a number of months ago. October is Child Abuse Prevention month so I thought now would be a good time to write. I don’t know if many people are aware of Women’s Empowerment Project in Clackamas County. It’s an extremely important resource that explores domestic violence issues.

I took this 14-week class earlier in the year and it was excellent. We were all in different phases of the process. Some women were still in relationships but were contemplating their futures, some were newly out of an abusive relationship and others had been out for a couple of years. You didn’t feel judged and you were surrounded by women who understood your situation. A number of women said that they hadn’t realized the extent of their abuse until this class. The instructors were excellent.

The class covers in detail the many facets of domestic violence. It covered physical, psychological/mental, sexual, economic and legal abuse. We were taught the cycle of violence, coping mechanisms, red flags, blame reversal, safety planning and also what a healthy relationship looks like. We were also shown the many effects domestic violence has on children.

If anyone is looking for an excellent book on the subject, I would look at any one of Lundy Bancroft’s books. This class used some of his information as a reference.

The class is free and once a week. You can call Patricia Barrera for more information at 503-655-8776.

Donja Bunnell

Mulino