'Who was here first' debate isn't relevant
To the Editor:
I'd like to make a correction regarding my citizen's view in last week's Review.
After hearing some feedback from Lakeridge High School neighbors, I checked tax records and discovered that there were actually five homes on Cloverleaf before LHS was built. Three of them are at the far west end of the street on the corner, one was a 1935 home which was torn down and one home is on the corner of Marjorie and Cloverleaf. All the other 12-plus homes on Cloverleaf were built in the early 1970s, after construction began on Lakeridge. The photo (which is shown here) shows Cloverleaf void of all homes to the naked eye, and I do apologize for the error.
In retrospect, I should not have entered into the 'who was here first' debate because it isn't relevant to our request to change the C.U.P. Schools belong in neighborhoods (pre-existing or not), they always have and they always will.
Thank you for the opportunity to set the record straight. This is an emotional issue, and I want to do my part to keep the facts straight.
'It's our money, not the city's'
To the Editor:
The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce's opposition to city charter amendment, measure 3-269 on the November Ballot, raises the question as to who do they actually represent: Their members or the city council?
As president and board member of the chamber in a city about the size of Lake Oswego years ago, I and the board continuously challenged city council actions deemed detrimental to our members' business interests.
By opposing ballot measure 3-269, the Lake Oswego Chamber in effect supports increasing taxes on all its members. The city's proposed $100 million bonded indebtedness for the purchase of the SAFECO Building/Cultural Center will require an increase in taxes affecting property owners and, indirectly, those who rent since owners usually pass the tax along as increased rents.
On top of that there is the estimated $100 million bond for the new sewer system and $73 million indebtedness for expanding facilities for water purification. These are necessary, the cultural center is not.
Ballot measure 3-269 requires the city to place the Safeco Building/Cultural Center up for sale in addition to requiring voter approval for future real estate purchases in excess of $2 million. It's our money, not the city's.