Initiative petition gets ballot measure number

To the Editor:

On behalf of Ask Lake Oswegans, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the more than 120 volunteers who helped gather more than 5,000 signatures in our very successful initiative petition drive to amend the city charter, enabling us to file six weeks ahead of city and state deadlines. Well in excess of the required number of good signatures were submitted to qualify for the ballot.

A special acknowledgement goes to former city Councilman Bob Chizum, recently deceased, for his stalwart and loyal support. His personal enthusiasm will be particularly missed, but his memory will remain in our hearts as the campaign marches on to the November election. We also want to say a special thanks to Bob's signature collector buddy, former Lake Oswego Mayor Bill Klammer.

We are also very thankful for the recent endorsement of the Lake Grove Commercial Association (LGCA, a more than 70 business member association) as announced by Ray Debord in his recent Citizen View article in the July 26 edition of the Review. Thank you very much LGCA!

A notable event occurred on Wednesday, July 25, when the Ask Lake Oswegans' initiative petition was assigned Ballot Measure No. 3-269 for the Nov. 6, 2007 general election ballot. This has enabled us to form a Political Action Committee (PAC) to support the passage of the charter amendment measure. Our PAC is called 'Ask Me First.' Please visit our Web site for the most current news on the progress of the campaign and details of the campaign kickoff coming up in September: Our address is: P.O. Box 15450 Boones Ferry Road, No. 9-255, Lake Oswego, Ore., 97035.

Lastly, we wish to thank all of you who signed the petition and kindly 'ask' for your yes vote in November on Ballot Measure 3-269.

John Surrett

Spokesperson, Ask Lake Oswegans

Lake Oswego

'More light and less heat' is needed

To the Editor:

I attended the (Lake Oswego) City Council meeting (last) week at which members of the community were invited to comment on the purchase of the former Safeco property and possible development of a community center.

While I personally support the acquisition of the property and hope that it will be used to provide adequate space for our growing library and a safe and accessible location for our children to swim and plan and learn, I respect the fact that many others feel differently.

I was deeply disappointed, however, that so many (certainly not all) of the people who spoke at the July 24 meeting against keeping the property found it necessary to cross the line from expressing disagreement with policy to making personal attacks against the integrity and judgment of Mayor Hammerstad and other council members.

Most baffling were the repeated insinuations that our elected leaders had acted with nefarious intent in making an executive decision without first seeking the permission of all Lake Oswego residents. The job of an elected leader is to lead, not to follow.

If we disagree with their decisions, we have the power to remove them democratically in the next election.

I thank the mayor and council members for giving us the opportunity to be heard on this important issue.

I only wish the public comments could have provided more light and less heat.

Eric Meyer

Lake Oswego

Many supporters were hand picked

To the Editor:

City council meeting July 24 had scheduled testimony regarding the Safeco building. Testimony was offered by 31 respondents, 16 in favor for the city's goals for the building and 15 opposed to the purchase and vision of the city. Our mayor in her closing remarks said that of those who testified it was about a 50-50 split on the purchase of Safeco. Her remark was misguided and self-serving.

Of the 16 who testified in favor of the city purchase of the Safeco building, seven were on the city's select hand-picked steering committee. We know that they were hand picked because at the April 3, 2006, council special meeting, Mayor Hammerstad, speaking of the selection process, had told the council 'It's unlikely you'd appoint someone who doesn't agree with council's vision.'

Two of those testifying expressed the notion that we should not question the judgement of those we elect to high office, in other words, they had no opinion. Fifteen addressed a wide area of concern from increased traffic to taxes, and most of all the way the city moved to acquire the property.

I was one of the many who collected signatures for the Ask Lake Oswegans petition to put the issue before the voters. I spent four hours on two different occasions in front of the library, introducing myself, explaining the petition and asking if patrons lived in Lake Oswego.

I was astonished to learn that at least one-third of those I talked to said they did not live in our city. Most of those who said they lived in Lake Oswego were registered voters. A few asked questions about the petition. All but one of the 45 people I talked with were most anxious to sign. Only one person was upset that I should question city government.

The July 26th edition of the Lake Oswego Review quoted the mayor's remark about the 50-50 split of those who testified. I felt it most urgent that we know where the city's support comes from.

Dick Johnson

Lake Oswego

Check out the 'Water Spot'

program on cable TV

To the Editor:

Tonight (Aug. 2) on cable, and repeating during the month of August, our Citizens for Safe Water program, the 'Water Spot,' is pleased to present a special guest with an important message for Oregonians.

Bill Bradbury, Oregon's Secretary of State, will appear on the Water Spot several times during August, beginning with his live appearance tonight at 8 p.m., presenting a program about 'Global Warming in Oregon.' Bradbury will be appearing as part of his personal campaign to help Oregonians understand the impact of global warming in our state. He joined Al Gore in Tennessee a year ago for training in presenting the scientific consensus about global warming, and is now western regional manager of the Gore 'presenters.'

Bradbury will be outlining what we can expect in the future due to changes in our local, in-state climate. His topics will include the loss of snowpack, the changing sea level, effects on the wine industry, and other aspects of global warming impact in Oregon. He will be joined on the program by Sallie Schullinger-Krause, global warming program director for the Oregon Environmental Council.

There will not be time for a phone-in period. However, an e-mail contact is available for suggestions, questions, and comments: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Global Warming in Oregon,' a one-hour program, will rerun four times a week during August on the following schedule: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. on channel 11 throughout the metropolitan area. For a complete listing on the cable offerings, visit the Web site

Kathy Newcomb

Citizens for Safe Water


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