- Lake Oswego Review - Opinion
Was outdoor seating real
reason for closure?
To the Editor:
Re: 'Oliver's co-owner calls it quits'
The Review, in all fairness, should have interviewed Ms. Meadors and Westlake homeowners and ought to have researched applicable law and process. This article is embarrassingly inaccurate.
Ms. Meadors, in her role as neighborhood association president, simply followed the process set out by the city, with regard to the application for the developer's (not Oliver's owners) modification of the conditional use permit, and the process set out by the state, with regard to Oliver's OLCC application for a full liquor license. I am grateful to Ms. Meadors for her efforts on behalf of our neighborhood. I understand that she has been the target of personal attacks due to the false picture of the issues that your reporter has presented.
Bottom line, Oliver's would have been better located in a commercial district rather than in Westlake, which is a restricted residential zone.
Oliver's was located a few feet from parks (Westlake greenspace) and our neighborhood gazebo, both of which are frequented by children. Oliver's was also located within 500 feet of the LDS stakehouse. If the reporter (or the owners of Oliver's) had bothered to look up city and OLCC statutes, they would have to blame the law rather than scapegoat our neighborhood association president for simply doing her (volunteer) job.
My home lies within a couple hundred feet of the location of Oliver's and I am very familiar with the changes that have occurred there over the last seven years. At one time, the business was called Talarico's, a deli and coffee shop, and it was always packed with people because the business had a good product.
On the other hand, Oliver's has had few customers. Was this truly a seating issue? Oliver's had lots of seating inside and only a few tables outside.
During the last few months, during the business's incarnation as Oliver's, those tables inside the bar/restaurant appeared to be largely empty.
Was it the city's ordinance about outdoor tables that resulted in the closure of Oliver's, or was it simply due to lack of patrons?
Please, in the future, research your issues adequately. The Review failed its readers and the citizens of Lake Oswego when it published this 'article.'
A concerned reader and Westlake homeowner.
Is the streetcar more efficient than the bus?
To the Editor:
I read both the Lake Oswego Review and the West Linn Tidings' front-page article regarding the proposed streetcar. Most comments were favorable for the streetcar in Lake Oswego, but the streetcar is planned to go only to Portland State University. If one wants to go downtown or the Pearl, one must transfer. If one wants to go to the Lloyd Center or take Max to Gresham or Hillsboro, one must transfer again. If you are shopping downtown at the new Macy's or Nordstrom stores, one must get a bus and transfer or walk back to Portland State University to get the Lake Oswego streetcar.
Now does it look faster than Bus No. 35 which goes straight downtown, to Max, to train station, to bus station, to all other transfers and Portland State University? Is it worth several millions?
More open research should be conducted.
Note: In order to get the numbers for the research to back the Lake Oswego streetcar, the plan is to take passengers commuting from Oregon City on Bus No. 35 and forcing them to get off the bus at Lake Oswego and transfer to the streetcar. Thus if they work or want to go downtown, they will have to transfer twice and if they need to go to the Lloyd Center that would require a third transfer. I have been a commuter for years and with one transfer to downtown, I would much rather take my car-it is much faster and more convenient. Is the public getting all the information needed for this decision? Who is pushing for this big expense?
City's enforcement of codes
To the Editor:
My family and I live in Westlake, within earshot and eyesight of the entire shopping complex that includes Oliver's. I'd like to thank the city for being consistent with its conditional use guidance and enforcement for the past 10 years.
My family and friends often visited Oliver's predecessors for ice cream and impromptu social gatherings. We stopped frequenting the establishment because of the noticeable changes in business format, and attitude, of Oliver's owners.
The city's intent has always been for this shopping center to serve and be an integral part of the neighborhood. This fact is not in dispute and is easily accessible via public documents. Other (rather successful) establishments like Chili's or Applebee's are in commercial, not residential, zones for a reason. It's sad to see a business fail, but successful business owners satisfy their customers and operate within the laws governing their business. These owners did neither.
Thanks for support of LO Lion's Club pancake breakfast
To the Editor:
The Lake Oswego Lions Club would like to thank the Lake Oswego community for their continued support of our 4th of July pancake breakfast. Again this year it was a huge success with everyone enjoying a hearty breakfast while visiting with neighbors and making new friends. The weather was perfect, the music entertaining and the crowd patient while waiting in line. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
Special thanks go out to Wizer's Foods, Alpenrose Dairy, Starbucks Coffee, Glenmore Farms, Lakeside Lumber, Kobo's Coffee, Christine and Bob's pancake flour and Lakeridge Summer Baseball. Without their support, this year's event would not have been possible.
The money raised on the Fourth will help local charities such as the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, Boy and Girl Scouts of America and Salvation Army's drive for back to school supplies. Donations will also be made to Lions International, Oregon Sight and Hearing, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Gales Creek Camp for diabetic children, Clackamas Women's Shelter and Special Olympics.
For those interested in learning more about the Lake Oswego Lions, we meet at Oswego Heritage House on Wednesday at noon. If you would like to help serve at the next pancake breakfast, please call Nancy Headlee, 503-635-6575.
Our motto is 'We Serve' and are delighted to be part of such a caring community.
President, Lake Oswego Lions Club
Residents along Oswego Lake should consider entire city
To the Editor:
Re: 'Council approves interceptor go-ahead.'
What prompted one lakeside homeowner's question, 'Will the city compensate me for my loss of lake use during construction?'
Fortunately, I have the answer. Picture three lovely ladies of the lake walking three abreast on one of our narrow lakeside streets as a car approaches. Which lady, if any, will move first?
The important point is to solve the problem that affects the community- not 'me first.'
Taxpayers forced to protect their money against city hall
To the Editor:
In the July 12 edition of the Review, Judie Hammerstad laments that letters to the press regarding City Hall have become less civil. To find the root cause of all of the more forceful ('less civil,' if you will) communication, Ms. Hammerstad need only look around the table at the next City Council meeting. The taxpayers of Lake Oswego are fed up with the endless deception, deceit and arrogance of the Mayor and the City Council, and are forced to speak plainly to get through to these people.
Repeatedly, we are subjected to the same strategy - City Hall dreams up some grandiose idea (Ms. Hammerstad calls it 'visionary'), a task force is appointed (only true believers allowed), token 'public meetings' are held that are carefully orchestrated to make sure people who disagree are not permitted effective communication, and the attempt is made to either force the idea through or sneak it through. In most cases, somewhere along this process taxpayer money is spent - millions in the case of Safeco. Lest you think Safeco is the only case, think back to the attempt by City Hall to foist subsidized housing (excuse me, 'affordable housing') on us - a plan that would have you and me paying someone else's mortgage because they wanted to live in LO but could not afford it. Additionally, the 'makeover' of Boones Ferry that no one outside City Hall seems to support is also lurking somewhere.
It is ironic that Ms. Hammerstad notes that letters to the press 'have become less truthful' - and she then goes on to say that 'we [City Hall] have made the decision to NOT go forward with the community center bond in 2008.' It was only after concerned citizens of Ask Lake Oswegans easily gathered signatures well over the minimum required to put their measure on the ballot that City Hall realized the game was up on Safeco. City Hall was (finally) forced to admit that the Safeco debacle is massively unpopular and the aforementioned bond issue had the proverbial snow ball's chance of passing.