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Macpherson has the right skills, personality

Greg Macpherson’s citizen’s view in the Review Sept. 27 on the importance of keeping Lake Oswego city elections nonpartisan was very timely and to the point. He is showing that he has the skills and personality to bridge the divide that has opened up within our city council.

I’ve known Greg for more than 20 years. I watched his representation of Lake Oswego in the Oregon Legislature. Even though that is a partisan body, he built a reputation there for civility and the courage to undertake difficult issues. These are just the sorts of skills we need in Lake Oswego City Hall.

Greg is supported by people of both political parties and a wide range of viewpoints because he has shown he can connect effectively with them. There are some in Lake Oswego who seem determined to turn the city races into partisan contests. We don’t need this. We need a highly respected leader who has demonstrated the ability to find common ground and compromise. We need Greg Macpherson as mayor of Lake Oswego.

Peter Jurney

Lake Oswego

Saying goodbye to Jim Hall

Many probably knew Jim Hall better than I did, particularly if you lived in Lake Oswego more than 40 years.

I met Jim when I volunteered to serve on the North Shore Country Club Neighborhood Association some five years ago and realized how much Jim was typical of the people who make this such a wonderful place to live. Jim was not a man to make a lot of noise, but if you were ever to look for a man who would personify patience and dedication, Jim was your man.

Jim was not only a person dedicated to this community but also a man who led by example, never looking for center stage as he believed his community was the center stage and he just another person doing his part.

So while we say goodbye to Jim, let’s also thank the heavens for his presence in our community and that perhaps another star will be born to step into his special place both in our community and hearts. So thank you, Jim, for your service and for all the Jims in this community who serve and hope for you who are reading this to ask yourself if it is time to be a Jim as well.

Isaac Quintero

Lake Oswego

Chairman, North Shore Country Club Neighborhood Association

Studebaker is ‘the real nonpartisan’ candidate

I find it humorously ironic that Greg Macpherson penned a citizen’s view discussing the nonpartisan nature of Lake Oswego’s mayor and council. The irony comes in that The Oregonian reports that most of Mr. Macpherson’s support for mayor comes from outside of Lake Oswego from decidedly partisan Democrat donors and politicians. Isn’t this wanting to have your cake and eat it too?

Further, Mr. Macpherson incorrectly states that the unfortunate contentious environment our city has experienced over the past several years is a result of assuming our citizens all have a like mind. It is, in fact, due to a majority on the city council repeatedly taking positions against the preferences of a majority of the citizens. There are no nefarious “forces” in Lake Oswego — just regular citizens who don’t want to sell out our city to outside forces, including land use professionals and politicians who want to dramatically change the nature of our city. I’ll be voting for the real nonpartisan and lifelong citizen candidate for mayor, Kent Studebaker.

Andrew Ferguson

Lake Oswego

Could LO’s economy face same issues as California?

The closest thing that Burl Ross offers as an argument in his Sept. 13 opinion piece is the seeming claim that all governments tax and spend so there is nothing wrong with taxing and spending.

That is true, but historically the governments that have overtaxed and overspent have failed catastrophically. The proximate cause of most wars in the western world, including the American Revolution, the French Revolution and World War II were the result, in considerable part, of excessive national debt. The resulting tax burdens and inflation were intolerable and, all too often, death and terror were the outcome of that debt burden.

Excessive government debt is destroying cities in California today. Yes the debt may have been “in a good cause” but isn’t it time we judged government programs by the results of those programs and not simply by the good intentions of the policy makers? No one expects Lake Oswego to erupt in a civil war, but excessive taxing and spending will suck the local economy dry as it is doing throughout California. The COLA slate of candidates offers Lake Oswego a choice, and, unlike Mr. Ross, they offer educated and reasoned arguments in support of their policies.

Chana Cox

Lewis and Clark, Faculty Emerita

Portland

‘Important to keep Bill Tierney on the city council’

For 30 years I have been fiscally conservative in operating my business in Lake Oswego. It’s in my blood to be prudent and cautious when it comes to money.

I support Bill Tierney for city council because he represents two things that are very important to me: He is fiscally conservative, and he knows that most of us moved to Lake Oswego because of its excellent amenities.

Over the past dozen years I’ve seen both extremes of the political spectrum oppose investment in the kinds of amenities that make Lake Oswego great. Opponents from the far left and far right opposed the redevelopment of downtown Lake Oswego and Lake View Village. Some opposed Millennium Plaza Park, Luscher Farm and even the Farmers’ Market. Some people are so “anti” that they oppose every new idea.

What I want in a city councilor is someone who examines the merits of a new proposal in terms of what it brings to the city and what it costs. Bill Tierney has shown good judgment and wisdom (for example, ending the streetcar project), and I think it is important to keep Bill Tierney on the city council.

Peter Glazer

Lake Oswego

Gustafson deserves our vote

Our family endorses Jon Gustafson for Lake Oswego City Council.

I encourage other parents of young children to do the same. Jon is a Hallinan dad who would be the only member of city council with young children in the Lake Oswego School District. Jon has been supportive of innovation in our district, including the new elementary language immersion program. Jon now is, and will continue to be, a strong supporter of our schools. Jon also values city policies that will draw young families to our community.

Please vote all the way down the ballot this year and support Jon for Lake Oswego City Council.

Sarah Howell

Lake Oswego

(Editor’s note: Of the six candidates for Lake Oswego City Council, there are at least four with children attending schools within the Lake Oswego School District.)

Support the library measure

Here are some reasons why I am voting for Measure No. 3-405 in November. We do need a new library, and here are my reasons why:

  • 1,000 citizens visit the library each day.
  • 1.3 million items are borrowed and returned each year.
  • When a new book is ordered, a book has to be taken away.

  • We need a new library with dedicated space for programs on the arts, authors, music and computers.
  • We need a larger children’s room.
  • We need study rooms and small group rooms for tutoring.

  • Because Lake Oswego schools no longer have certified school librarians in each school, we need a library that steps into that void.

    Please vote yes and keep Lake Oswego No. 1 in the state.

    V’Anne Didzun

    Lake Oswego

    LO Stewards PAC issues endorsements

    LO Stewards PAC endorses Kent Studebaker for mayor and Dan Williams, Skip O’Neill and Karen Bowerman for Lake Oswego City Council.

    We interviewed each candidate and focused on the sensitive lands issue. Studebaker, Williams, O’Neill and Bowerman all indicated an understanding of the arbitrary, inequitable and damaging nature of the sensitive lands trade and expressed great interest in protecting citizens’ rights and altering this divisive program.

    Mayoral candidate Greg Macpherson did not express an interest in resolving the hardships this program has created for citizens and indicated that he defers to Metro. Council candidate Jon Gustafson said that he agrees that sensitive lands are arbitrary and devalue property, but he would like to retain and adjust the program to regulate “real resources.” Incumbent Bill Tierney understands the trade and inequities of the program, defers to Metro and has made claims of improvement to “sensitive lands” that have actually been meaningless changes. Terry Jordan had never heard of sensitive lands prior to our meeting.

    Sensitive lands is one of the most divisive and damaging policy issues in our community. If you want to see this issue resolved in a way that respects citizens, we recommend voting for Studebaker, Williams, O’Neill and Bowerman.

    David Streiff

    Lake Oswego

    (Editor’s note: Terry Jordan responds: “It’s true that I was unfamiliar with sensitive lands and the effects of overlays on private property. Having the opportunity to meet with the LO Stewards has inspired me to learn the complexities and layers of the issue. I am currently exploring sensitive lands from several different viewpoints. As a city councilor, I would like to loosen as much government restriction as possible while maintaining our need to be responsive to the needs of the environment.”)

    There are better solutions for the library

    h5>I do not favor the library bond issue, Measure 3-405 — a $14 million commitment that would lead us to a $35 million total cost — excessive in my view. It’s not that I don’t support our library system. It’s that I believe there is a better, more cost-effective solution.

    For our community, a library system consisting of one small main and two neighborhood branches makes more sense than building one new large, expensive main library. And with appropriately tailored management, configured around today’s technology, such a branch system could be less expensive to create and operate.

    Our community is composed essentially of three areas — old Oswego; Lake Grove; and Palisades/River Grove. I suggest retaining the present library facility as the main branch with neighborhood branches in Lake Grove and Palisades/River Grove. This will provide closer, more convenient library services for those who use those services; will reduce to and from travel; avoid additional traffic congestion (try driving through the First and B intersection during rush hours now, even before added developments); and mitigate parking issues. It will enhance our community neighborhoods. The logic for a branch library system parallels that of having neighborhood schools versus one, large central school.

    And speaking of schools, since our school district is considering closing several elementary schools, could the city “inherit” a couple of them and convert them for branch libraries? Not without some challenges, I’m sure; but if that would work, the result might be a win, win, win for libraries, schools and taxpayers.

    Bill Warner

    Lake Oswego

    (Editor’s note: The Lake Oswego School District has already closed three elementary schools: Uplands and Bryant in June, Palisades in June 2011.)

    Harnish letter ‘way off target’

    Jonathan Harnish’s letter in last week’s Lake Oswego Review criticizing Greg Macpherson’s candidacy for mayor of Lake Oswego was way off target. After Macpherson served Lake Oswego for six years in the Oregon Legislature, Harnish calls Macpherson a “career politician,” ignoring the fact that Macpherson’s ongoing career is working as a lawyer at the Stoel Rives law firm.

    Greg Macpherson has demonstrated a long commitment to volunteer public service in Lake Oswego. In addition to representing it in Salem, he served on the Lake Oswego School District Foundation and was named Community Leader of the Year by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce.

    The attacks in Harnish’s letter are another example of how city elections have become less civil. The attacks in Harnish’s letter are surprising coming from someone of his stature. Lake Oswego is lucky that Greg Macpherson is willing to bring his skills and experience to assume a position of leadership of the city.

    Lynn Hennagin

    Lake Oswego

    Now is the time for Boones Ferry Road

    It’s pretty simple. Committees of citizens have worked for multiple years to formulate a plan for Boones Ferry and Lake Grove. We’ve got that plan and now need even more citizens (you) to make it happen.

    We have the opportunity. If we act in November to pass the $5 million bond for Boones Ferry Road, we can combine that money with urban renewal (funds) to bring the road up to modern standards.

    The time is now because Lake Grove is growing. Take a look at the successful redevelopment of the old Lake Grove shopping center and its increased traffic and parking problems. Look at all the development along Oakridge. Traffic and parking issues are only worsening.

    We now have an urban renewal district in place that can capture the increased value of development as it occurs to pay for the road. And because interest rates are at historic lows, the cost of fixing the road is within reach: $18 annually per $300,000 of assessed value.

    The time is now. It will never be more affordable to fix Boones Ferry.

    Trudy Corrigan

    Lake Oswego

    We have a unique candidate in Jordan

    Terry Jordan is a unique candidate for city council. She has had a lot of community experience but none of it has been in governance. Therefore, she started the campaign with completely fresh eyes and no preconceived ideas of how things should be. She is whip-smart and has educated herself in city affairs within a few short weeks. She is now as well informed about city issues as most of the other candidates.

    Terry is a martial arts instructor. In order to practice martial arts successfully, you have to be able to find your center, both physically and emotionally, so that you can move flexibly in any direction without being knocked off-balance. That is how Terry lives her life. Her mind is open and alert, her outlook is flexible, and she is never thrown off balance by negative comments. Can you imagine a better temperament for a city councilor?

    Terry has a warm and open presence, which allows her to connect easily with people. Any citizen seeking her help will feel like they have been heard and respected. She would be an outstanding city councilor. I am voting for Terry Jordan, along with Bill Tierney, Jon Gustafson and Greg Macpherson.

    Jan Castle

    Lake Oswego

    Studebaker, Bowerman, William, O’Neil deserve votes

    During this campaign season, I have attended many of the candidate forums and find that there is a very clear difference between some of the candidates. There are four candidates who consistently speak about listening to the citizens, about managing our taxes prudently, about controlling expenses, about concern over unnecessary and unneeded projects and concern over our skyrocketing water bills — all while having a vision for continuing to build a fabulous forward-looking community. Candidates are Kent Studebaker for mayor and Karen Bowerman, Dan Williams and Skip O’Neil for city council. I hope you will join me in working hard to make sure that these outstanding candidates are elected to city council.

    It would be my pleasure to serve alongside these people.

    Mike Kehoe

    Lake Oswego City Councilor

    Vote Macpherson, Tierney, Gustafson, Jordan

    All candidates for mayor and city council acknowledge that the city is currently in good financial shape.

    All candidates also know that significant adjustments will need to be made to our budgeting, as costs such as PERS payments and rising energy prices grow while our tax base remains the same, and we face needed improvements or

    replacements of critical public service buildings. Who will you trust to make these decisions?

    Some candidates bring preconceptions about how they think financial decisions should be made. In early candidate forums, Kent Studebaker and Dan Williams both said they would like to break the city’s contract with Tigard for the water project, and were willing to accept financial penalties for doing so. Karen Bowerman said she would “re-evaluate” the contract, implying that it could be changed substantially. After receiving information from the city staff, these candidates softened their rhetoric to “renegotiate” the contract, something that is fraught with legal peril. This thinking demonstrates preconceived and poorly researched positions. Do you want this thinking to dominate future financial decisions?

    Greg Macpherson, Bill Tierney, Jon Gustafson and Terry Jordan have demonstrated far more open thinking. They would be much better stewards of our finances.

    Gretchen Dennison

    Lake Oswego

    Macpherson worthy of vote

    It is interesting that many who support Studebaker for mayor of Lake Oswego say they do so because he is not a politician, and that we should not vote for his opponent, Greg Macpherson, because Macpherson has years of experience in government.

    Yet it is experience and training that prepare one for a leadership position, and wise, informed leadership is what our city needs. Studebaker, as opposed to Macpherson, has very little political experience, and appears, instead, to simply be a naysayer: no new library, no development, no, no, no.

    The one thing we have heard Studebaker state that he does support is business. Yet how do we grow business by stopping all development? What Lake Oswego businesses would we have now without past developments like Lake View Village and Millennium Plaza Park? Yes, both cost money, but, thanks to some progressive leaders in the past, we now have a vibrant downtown with restaurants, shops, a farmers market, concerts and many more activities that bring our community together and bring dollars into Lake Oswego.

    Vote for a future and a knowledgeable leader who will take us there, responsibly and creatively. Vote for Macpherson.

    Carol and David Radich

    Lake Oswego

    ‘Get our fiscal house in order’

    Though I see the Boones Ferry Road $5 million bond (measure) would provide street and pedestrian improvements, it is time to stop and get our fiscal house in order.

    We need to digest the incredible debt generated by the former two mayors before we burden our residents with more debt and higher property taxes.

    In the meantime, we can sell the mostly vacant West End Building, take our hit and fund the Boones Ferry project. Water rates are through the roof and property taxes continue to rise even though my home has lost one third of its value. Stop already.

    Lisa Taylor

    Lake Oswego

    Elect Jon Gustafson to the council

    I feel we need someone on the city council who has experience dealing with tough and contentious issues in a calm, respectful open manner.

    Jon Gustafson is just that person. He has been chairman of the planning commission and has made sure all citizens have their opinions expressed during these meetings. Jon has the experience, knowledge and ability to build trust in our city government.

    Please join me and vote for Jon Gustafson this November.  

    Marcia Robertson

    Lake Oswego

    Keep Tierney on the city council

    Bill Tierney should be re-elected to the Lake Oswego City Council. He listens to the community, he does his homework on the issues and he works well with other members of the city council.

    Although the West End Building was purchased before Bill Tierney joined the council, he advocated for a policy allowing Lake Oswego to sell the building if a good offer comes in while supporting permanent financing to replace the interest only loan. This is a good example of his ability to work with others and come up with solutions that work for our community.

    Bill’s seven years on the Lake Oswego Development Review Commission have given him thoughtful ideas about the Foothills area of Lake Oswego. He sees how the people living there would support our downtown economy. By creating an urban renewal district, the city will be able to build streets and other infrastructure at almost no cost to Lake Oswego citizens.

    Please join me in supporting Bill Tierney for Lake Oswego City Council.

    Heather Chrisman

    Lake Oswego

    Former Lake Oswego City Councilor

    If you love Lake Oswego, pay attention

    If you love Lake Oswego the way it is and want to see it remain strong, please pay attention to the election this year and cast thoughtful votes for mayor and city council. Look for candidates who have an open mind and the skills to listen to both sides of an issue, who will strive to find solutions that serve the interests of the whole community — not just a certain segment. These candidates will do that:

  • Greg Macpherson has demonstrated an ability to forge working relationships with people of diverse views during his three terms as our state representative.
  • Bill Tierney has been an independent vote as a city councilor.
  • Jon Gustafson brought smooth working relationships to a previously polarized planning commission during his two terms as chairman.
  • Terry Jordan came to the council race with no preconceived opinions and has researched each issue objectively.
  • Other candidates have expressed dissatisfaction with the way the city is run and want to make some very questionable changes. They will be representing the people who agree with them. If you want a council that will work for the whole community, you will need to elect them. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

    Nilla Persson

    Lake Oswego

    Gustafson supported for council race

    When I first met Jon Gustafson, it was as an architect/builder; I didn’t know that he was the chairman of the Lake Oswego Planning Commission. My husband and I downsized from our home in Uplands to the First Addition and Beals Design/Build, which Jon owns with Tim Beals, had not only renovated the house we bought but added an addition after we moved in. So I knew that Jon was bright, competent, practical and concerned about the environment and the neighborhood. After hearing that he was considering a run for the city council and talking to him about the direction he saw for Lake Oswego, I told him that I would happily do all I could to help get him elected.

    It is lucky for us that we have someone who wants to serve on the council who has deep experience with issues that are facing Lake Oswego and who earned the reputation on the planning commission as a leader who brought differing viewpoints together. And we are lucky to have someone Jon’s age who is willing to step up to serve our community. We want and need young families to move to Lake Oswego to support our tax base, to support our schools and to bring new ideas and vitality to our conversation.

    I urge you to join me in voting for Jon Gustafson for Lake Oswego City Council.

    Joan Moore

    Lake Oswego

    Vote for BOWS

    Want to know how your vote will keep this city thriving, enriched with new families and businesses and with a reputation for taking loving care of its citizens’ needs at any age? Want to keep our unique LO character and not be a Portlandized suburb?

    Then vote for “BOWS” — Bowerman, O’Neill, Williams and Studebaker. This is a can-do group. That is why LOCAL endorsed them without reservation. The highly experienced mayoral candidate, Kent Studebaker, will lead by embracing challenges and being fiscally responsible. That means Kent will respect your ideas and value your tax dollars.

    BOWS has a common belief: grow the city while letting private developers take the financial risks, not you the taxpayer; especially Foothills. Also, BOWS wants to strengthen our schools by avoiding borrowing urban renewal funds (an outdated concept that balloons city debt and diverts money from our schools, fire and police). BOWS envisions better funding options for planned improvements ... yes, options do exist.

    Grab a cup of coffee and watch the virtual candidate forum where candidates answer hard questions. Vote for great leadership ... it’s crystal clear: BOWS: www.locitizens.com.

    Kristen Draper

    Lake Oswego

    Bill Tierney deserves voters’ support

    I trust Bill Tierney to do what’s right, and urge you to elect him to another term on Lake Oswego City Council. 

    Bill is a thoughtful public servant who considers all points of view and all the facts when he makes a decision, usually settling on the middle-ground choice that optimizes the situation for all. During the next council term, unresolved issues of the West End Building, the LO/Tigard water partnership, the Foothills development and additional capital projects will come up. Soon we’ll know what’s next for the library and Lake Grove bond measures. For the best results, I want experienced, responsible Councilor Tierney making policy choices over the next four years  — vote for Bill.

    Karen S. Jacobson

    Lake Oswego

    Bill Tierney should be returned to city council

    When a leader does a good job, let’s keep them on the job.

    Bill Tierney has been a key voice for our council. He is a voice for reason and compromise. In the last several years we have seen the city council become less reasonable and more polarized. This is corrosive for a small town like ours.

    We know that deep down the majority of our citizens have a lot in common and care deeply about our city. We respect those that can find compromise. Bill has shown, again and again, that he can do that.

    Please demonstrate that we believe in the values of civility and respect and vote to return Bill Tierney to the council.

    Mirella Rizzatti

    Supporter of Keep L.O. Great (KLOG)

    Lake Oswego

    ‘Who are these people ... are they a majority?’

    There are candidates for mayor and city council who say that “the people” have not been listened to, and pledge not only to listen to them, but also to do as they ask. In fact, these candidates are now boldly using the term “the majority of citizens” any time they refer to this phenomenon.

    Who are these people, and are they really a majority?

    People who are unhappy with the way things are going are highly motivated to work for change, and they show up in large numbers at city council meetings to plead their cases. However, they do not represent all the citizens of Lake Oswego, and should not expect to dictate the direction of the city.

    Do we want our council to make decisions based on a coalition that shows up at certain council meetings, or do we want them to listen to all sides, do their homework and help forge solutions that work for the broader good?

    If we elect councilors who have open minds, rather than particular agendas, then the interests of all citizens will be served. That will build a strong community, which we can all enjoy and be proud of.

    John Hanan II

    Lake Oswego

    Bill Tierney deserves another term on council

    Bill Tierney has demonstrated he has the acumen, leadership skills and talent to serve the citizens of Lake Oswego on our city council.

    He listens to the arguments on both sides of all the issues, willingly asks questions of staff, council members and citizens to fully understand the matters at hand and is an independent thinker when it comes to decision making. You may not agree will all of his votes, but you have to respect the time and energy he devotes to understanding the issues and being a husband of our resources.

    Bill has an intimate understanding of the city’s finances and has been a consistent advocate for keeping the city financially strong. He was and continues to be an advocate for helping our schools to remain one of city’s principal assets. He supports the proposed tennis center assuming the financials show it can be paid for from user fees. He supported the Oakridge senior housing project and was willing to stand up and say no to the streetcar when it became obvious the project could not be supported in the current economy.

    Bill is a team player and bridge builder and deserves our undivided support, vote and another term on council.

    Grant Watkinson

    Lake Oswego

    Jon Gustafson is the right choice

    Fifteen years ago, our family moved to Lake Oswego for its schools and its neighborhoods. Back then, Lake Oswego had no downtown, parks were underdeveloped, cultural activities few and the art scene limited.

    Thanks to the vision, enthusiasm, energy and optimism of our city leaders, we are very proud of Lake View Village, Foothills Park, Luscher Farm, the Farmers’ Market, LO Reads and so much more.

    With his experience on the planning commission, his enthusiasm, energy and optimism, Jon Gustafson is the right candidate to keep our now vibrant community moving forward. Please join us and vote for Jon Gustafson.

    Joe and Brigitte How ley

    Lake Oswego

    Macpherson has worked to make us safer

    The recent murder of Fritz Hayes near our home in Lake Oswego reminds us that even here very bad things can happen. Greg Macpherson, who is running for mayor of Lake Oswego, knows that and has worked to make us safer.

    A few years ago, Oregon faced an epidemic of home meth labs. Criminals were buying nonprescription remedies that contain pseudoephedrine off open pharmacy shelves and cooking them into meth in rental properties, poisoning the kids who lived there and forcing property owners to do expensive clean-ups. This was happening in Lake Oswego.

    As our state representative, Greg Macpherson passed legislation to restrict access to pseudoephedrine. As a result, home meth labs in Oregon dropped by over 95 percent and none has been found in Lake Oswego for years. I urge Lake Oswego residents to join me in voting for Greg Macpherson.

    Liane Cabot

    Lake Oswego

    Questions raised about political contributions

    The Oregon Secretary of State website lists contributions to political candidates. Interestingly, in our nonpartisan city council race, Greg Macpherson, Jon Gustafson and Bill Tierney have all received donations from the Clackamas County Democratic Central Committee. None of the other candidates for council has received party contributions.

    There’s more. Councilor Bill Tierney has received money from Comcast. Remember, city council regulates franchise fees. Tierney received money from the PGE Employee Candidate Assistance Fund that we pay for with our rates. PGE also stands to profit from higher utilization of electricity in high density housing and streetcars.

    But possibly the most disturbing fact is that Mr. Tierney received money from Republic Services, Inc., a major competitor of Allied Waste. They provide our current garbage service and are currently negotiating with the city on a new contract. Is Republic Services hoping to influence that vote?

    Do we have a fox in the hen house? Mr. Tierney needs to leave the city council with Mayor Hoffman.

    Vote for Dan Williams, Karen Bowerman and Skip O’Neill for true integrity. They will represent the interests of citizens on the Lake Oswego City Council.

    Mike McCulloh

    Lake Oswego

    Macpherson has been a strong school supporter

    The high quality of Lake Oswego schools depends on two sources of local funding: the Lake Oswego School District Foundation and the local option levy. Greg Macpherson, candidate for mayor, has been a leader in both in his public service.

    Greg served on the board of the Foundation and as honorary chair of its annual phon-a-thon. He contributes to the Foundation, even though his children are grown, because he understands how important strong schools are to the whole community.

    As the state representative for Lake Oswego, Greg sponsored legislation that increased the limit on what can be raised for our local schools through the local option. This law change has been critical to the funding of our schools.

    The local option levy must be renewed by voters next year. Greg will be a committed advocate for approval of this vital resource for our schools. That’s just one of the reasons I will be voting for Greg Macpherson for mayor.

    Linda Ganzini

    Lake Oswego

    Williams deserves vote for council

    (Vote) Dan Williams, city council candidate

    What makes Dan Williams so different? Well, simply put, he has a heart-felt desire to serve the Lake Oswego community and he has provided Lake Oswego residents with a new transportation service called Neighborlink that is staffed with Lake Oswego volunteers.

    This special bus takes local residents to grocery stores, restaurants, events, city library, etc. Dan Williams stands ready to serve and make “some meaningful progress with issues that affect the livability of Lake Oswego.”

    Ann Hodges 

    Lake Oswego 

    Numbers challenged in library flier

    The flier in favor of the new library does not “add up.” If you work the numbers it says every visitor to the current library is withdrawing 4.3 items on average.

    All one has to do is sit outside the library and watch. Plenty of parking spaces are always available and hourly traffic in and out adds up to no where near 1,000 people per day.

    Isn’t the total cost for this project more like $40 million? Won’t housing be added above the library. And what about the parking garage? What is the cost of that?

    What will all this do to the skyline downtown?

    We do not have the full story on this project and should not approve it until we do.

    Gerry Good

    Lake Oswego

    (Editor’s note: The Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency — whose board is made up of the Lake Oswego City Council — is planning a mixed-use project on the north side of B Avenue at First Street called the North Anchor Project. Preliminary plan concepts include a new 60,000-square-foot public library, public parking and retail and residential uses. To read more about the plan, see www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/north-anchor-project.)

    Vote Dan Williams onto council

    I am impressed by Dan Williams’ practical approach to tackling community challenges.

    His well-reasoned solutions are refreshing, and benefit us all. Dan’s proposal for the creation of a consultant registry is one example.

    Under Dan’s plan, each consultant hired by the city would be listed on the registry, documenting the dollar amount of the contract, the work to be completed, and contract duration. A listing of consultants would be available on the city website and be accessible for citizens to view.

    It should be noted that Dan has a history of success in advocating for increased transparency of city financial decision making. While on the Citizen Budget Committee, Dan pushed for the cable coverage of the budget committee proceedings. Dan’s suggestions were met with resistance; ultimately though, through continued advocacy of the community benefit, Dan’s idea was adopted.

    Another idea to promote transparency was to have CBC members’ votes recorded, something not previously done by the city. This idea was adopted, and provides a documented record of the seven elected CBC members’ votes as well as the seven citizen CBC member votes. I have found that record very interesting and useful. See williamsforcouncil.com for more.

    Bob Harris

    Lake Oswego

    Vote for Jon Gustafson for mayor

    Jon Gustafson will be an excellent addition to our city council. He brings a new prospective as a parent of a school-age child and a small business owner.

    Jon has served as the chairman of our planning commission and knows how to be both practical and thoughtful about our future. He wants to attract new ideas and new blood to the city, but he also wants to retain our small-town atmosphere.

    He is a man of intelligence, integrity and empathy and works well with other people. Please support Jon Gustafson.

    Emogene Waggoner

    Lake Oswego

    Library measure worth supporting

    I am writing to express my support for Library Bond Measure 3-405 to approve a new library at First and B in downtown Lake Oswego. I have had the good fortune to live in many desirable places in the United States and count Lake Oswego among the finest.

    However, I was surprised by the modest size and limited meeting/study space available to the public when we first arrived to Lake Oswego. After becoming a library volunteer, I was able to see firsthand how cramped the quarters are for both the public and those who work in the building.

    It is amazing to me how much the librarians and volunteers accomplish in such limited space. Ours is a consistently top-rated library. That being said, I believe our community deserves more. Compared with our surrounding communities, our library is extremely limited. It doesn’t reflect the values of education and beauty that I see reflected in the rest of Lake Oswego. We have the opportunity to create a library with room for more books, meeting spaces, children/teen areas, computer stations and plentiful parking for roughly $50 per household, per year.

    With all that this new library will offer our community, I strongly urge all Lake Oswego citizens to vote yes.

    Nancy Niland Shatsky

    Lake Oswego

    Karen Bowerman can do it

    Vote for Karen Bowerman for city council if you want to move this city forward with respect for how hard you work for your dollars.

    Karen is a can-do lady. She is passionately diving into your water bill to figure out how to unveil hidden taxes and prevent escalation of our utility bills. She is getting to answers. Karen knows that the LO Tigard Water Project needs to be viewed with a cut-the-losses mentality. The contract is based on outdated assumptions and needs to be audited and scaled properly to keep our utility rates affordable.

    Karen is willing to monitor projects for waste as we build onto this thriving small town, with amenities and services for different ages and needs. Karen will, however, put the infrastructure and safety of our people first. After all, we are only as strong as our foundation. This includes the roads.

    Karen injured her leg while campaigning on deteriorating road surfaces and remains passionate about the priorities in our special town.

    A vote for Karen is a vote for stability. She plans on retiring here in Lake Oswego and has a deep love for the needs of every age group.

    Tia Jakotich

    Lake Oswego