West Linn Letters to the Editor

Last month I (spent) a few days in the 'new' Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. While spending a significant amount of time waiting for various tests to be completed I met four 'wounded warriors' undergoing years of rehabilitation. We spoke for hours. To say I am proud to be associated with these young men would be a gross understatement. We as Americans owe these fine individuals the absolute best chance for recovery, whatever their unique limitations. What does this have to do with a new police station, you ask?

Our West Linn officers and staff need a reasonable place to train, administer and act as a starting point for their tours of duty. And yes, a few may be placed in harm's way, and God forbid suffer injury. We as West Linn citizens owe these fine men and women a safe and reasonable building so they may better carry out their duties for all of us.

Mike Taylor

West Linn

Vote yes for a new police station

To the Editor:

My family moved to West Linn in 1976 for our children (to) attend West Linn schools. Schools, parks, libraries and public safety are the heart and soul of a small city.

At that time the city's population was about 7,000 residents. Now 35 years later, the population has grown to about 24,000 residents - three times larger - with the same facility for public safety, yet we have more parks, an up-to-date library and newer schools.

The current facility was built in 1936. I've listened to the arguments for and against this bond measure. For me, the choice is very simple.

Folks, it's time to build a new public safety facility. This bond measure is scaled back from an earlier proposal submitted to the voters by the city council. Please vote yes on Measure 3-377.

Greg McKenzie

West Linn

Vote yes on Measure 3-388

No on Measure 3-386 and yes on Measure 3-388. It's that simple.

By now everyone has received their mail-in ballot for Clackamas County and most voters are probably totally confused about the two ballot measures dealing with urban renewal.

Measure 3-388 is the measure to vote yes on. It will increase local control over urban renewal and help create jobs for infrastructure renewal.

Measure 3-386 would require countywide vote for local neighborhood issues. How would anyone in East County understand a local issue in West Linn and be able to vote intelligently?

I strongly urge a no on 3-886 and yes on 3-388. It's that simple. Let's keep control local and in our neighborhoods.

Jay Minor

West Linn

Vote yes on 3-388 to protect our communities

Please join me in voting yes on Measure 3-388 and no on Measure 3-386 in Clackamas County.

Measure 3-388 protects our community's ability to create jobs and build the roads, sewers and sidewalks we need. It has the support of a giant, bipartisan coalition of business, labor and civic leaders, including Oregon Iron Works, Miles Fiberglass, Marks Metal, Pioneer Pump, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, the Clackamas County Business Alliance, the Westside Economic Alliance, the Northwest Labor Council, AFL-CIO, teachers and education professionals, nonprofit board members who care about struggling families, conservation advocates who want to prevent sprawl and Urban Green.

The other measure was placed on the ballot with help from paid signature gatherers funded by out-of-state interests.

Let's not let outsiders damage our community's ability to create jobs and meet our basic needs. Let's vote yes on Measure 3-388 and no on Measure 3-386.

David White

Lake Oswego

We're in a questionable relationship

(It's) time to assert a new 'right to vote on debt' when:

* Predetermined outcomes constrain discussion of alternatives in urban renewal project plans;

* Urban renewal project citizen committee members (are) chosen to support predetermined outcomes;

* Proclamations (are made that) an urban renewal plan will not cost taxpayers any dollar amount without supporting evidence;

* Presentations of urban renewal plan benefits (are) made by artistic views that obscure project obstacles;

* (There is) accelerating reliance on tax increment finance (TIF and) urban renewal mechanisms rather than authorizing votes on bonds or local improvement districts for projects and job development initiatives;

* (There is) development of decoy measures without restriction of '… full faith and credit …' bond clauses;

* (The) failure to permit (a) county vote on urban renewal plans that result in diversion of a portion of existing tax revenue streams by TIF mechanisms from established entities such as schools, police, fire and recreation service districts.

Two vote solution for debt control in Clackamas County:

Vote yes on Measure 3-386 - 'Right to Vote On Debt,'

Vote no on Measure 3-388 - 'Decoy Vote On Debt,'

Charles 'Skip' Ormsby


Good reasons to support Measure 3-388

In the current election regarding urban renewal, Measure 3-388 is the best choice.

Measure 3-388 lets the people within the boundaries of a proposed urban renewal district vote on it. That makes sense to me because those are the people who will be most affected, who best understand their neighborhood's needs and whose tax dollars will fund the work there.

Measure 3-388 also saves money because a local vote costs less than a countywide vote. It's cheaper to run an election that covers 1,000 voters than one that covers 200,000 voters. We cannot afford and don't need to create costly elections at a time like this, but people most affected by urban renewal still deserve a voice. That's why I am encouraging my friends to vote yes on Measure 3-388 and no on Measure 3-386.

Linda Brown

A member of the Lake Oswego School Board, Brown is voicing her opinion as a private citizen.

'Keep the vote local:' Support Measure 3-388

I question if people of Clackamas County fully understand the consequences of voting for Ballot Measure 3-386.

Measure 3-386 applies only to unincorporated communities, the small rural communities of this county. It would require the entire county to vote their approval for unincorporated villages and towns to do any form of urban improvement.

Do you honestly believe the people of Oregon City, Milwaukie - or any of the other heavily populated incorporated cities and towns (such as) the suburbs of Portland, would vote to approve a measure to improve parking in Sandy, put an improved bridge over Highway 26 between Government Camp and Ski Bowl or to improve the roads in Estacada? Requiring a countywide vote will hamstring all improvements for those of us in these rural areas that are not incorporated.

Ballot Measure 3-388 requires a vote of the citizens, but only the citizens of the area involved. Not those who live on the other side of the county and do not benefit from improvements in our small rural towns and villages. Can you imagine having to run a countywide campaign every time you need to improve your little village?

Keep the vote local. Vote for Ballot Measure 3-388

Fran Mazzara


Pantry is serving more, needs your help

As you know, Lake Oswego is a growing and beautiful place, but did you know that in the last year and a half, 120 families in Lake Oswego were hungry and needing help from your local food bank?

Were you aware that the Tualatin School House Pantry is serving Lake Oswego residents who are needing emergency food assistance?

Early in 2010 we extended our service to help cover Lake Oswego by request from the Oregon Food Bank.

We, as a food bank, were serving, on average, 501 families a month in 2010 from Tualatin, Durham, West Linn and Lake Oswego. In August, this number hit a record high of 660 families. As you can see, the need is overwhelming during these difficult economic times.

Tualatin School House Pantry, at this point, has not turned anyone away due to lack of food. Although we haven't turned people away, our selection is more limited and some items we have not been able to offer.

(People need to know that) help is just a couple miles away at Tualatin School House Pantry, but also (the pantry also needs) help in increasing our donations.

Coming up: In 2010, we gave out 425 turkeys for the holidays. We are now serving, on average over a 100 more families than in 2010, which means we will need even more turkeys!

You can drop turkeys off to the pantry or donate money, which we can buy discounted turkeys with. Help brighten the holidays for those in need in your local community.

Thank you for your concern about those in need in your own local community.

Check out more information on our website at, or email [email protected], or phone 503-783-0721. The pantry is at 3550 S.W. Borland Road.

Tracy Smith

Program Coordinator,

Tualatin School House Pantry

Vote yes on Measure 3-388 to create control locally

In Clackamas County there are two measures on the ballot this November about urban renewal. Measure 3-388 is the good choice because it creates local control: It provides for local elections to create urban renewal districts in unincorporated areas.

The other option, Measure 3-386, is the bad choice. The bad choice requires a countywide vote on urban renewal proposals. If Lake Oswego residents are asked to vote on an issue in Sandy or Estacada that does not affect them, they are more likely to vote no.

Let the residents of a potential urban renewal district vote on the issue. Vote yes on Measure 3-388. Eight is great.

E.F. and S. Chaplen

Lake Oswego

An open letter to Bob Thomas: You didn't participate

Your recent call for the defeat of Measure 3-377 prompted me to investigate this ballot issue, along with your views, more thoroughly.

The previous $10.8 million ballot measure for replacement of our city's current police facility failed to gain quite enough voter support, in part because some in West Linn considered the cost too great.

So, a new citizens' committee, which was broadly reflective of the community, formed for the purpose of bringing before the electorate a less expensive ballot measure for a badly needed replacement police station in a more desirable location.

And you, Mr. Thomas, had an open invitation to participate fully in the work of that committee.

However, you declined the opportunity to work alongside your fellow citizens, preferring instead to wait until now to rail against the current ballot measure, which resulted from their many months of good faith efforts.

What is not in question before the people of West Linn is the need to get our police department moved out of the current facility, which is inadequate for the legitimate needs of the outstanding municipal law enforcement officers who serve this community and which is seismically unsafe, as well.

Your motives in opposing Measure 3-377 to build the new police facility are, however, highly questionable, Mr. Thomas. Many in this community consider you an inveterate naysayer against any proposal that would improve the civil fabric of this fine city.

Your arguments for an even less expensive police facility in a different location are clearly disingenuous, given your refusal to participate in the community effort to bring a new ballot measure for that facility before the voters here.

Finally, your assertion that the siting of the new police facility in the Willamette neighborhood of West Linn is a pretext for extension of the city limits all the way to Stafford Road makes no more sense than the argument by blogger 'evilwestlinnian' that the Willamette property could be better utilized for a hotel, given that a developer has already declined to build a hotel on that very same site after discovering that there was too little space available for sufficient parking.

Ray D. Taylor

West Linn

Support 3-388 to allow districts to be tailored

Two measures (3-386 and 3-388) that relate to urban renewal districts (URD) have found their way to the Clackamas County ballot this November and both deal with giving the voters a say in forming them.

URDs are an important tool in the economic development of an area, but the decision to form one is best left to the residents living with in its boundaries.

Clackamas County is economically and geographically varied, ranging from forested wilderness to near urban locations and everything in between. The needs and issues facing a farming community are quite different from what you find in an area that lies adjacent to a major city.

Were 3-386 to pass, the potential for the larger, more urban areas of the county to shut down renewal projects in the less populated places could suppress any attempt for capital improvements in these locales.

As a reminder, the Government Camp improvements were made possible by an URD. 3-388, on the other hand, limits the voting to only those residents within the proposed URD.

No on 3-386 and yes for Progress on 3-388.

Paul Riggs


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