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Letters - July 21, 2011

'Vigilant neighborhood' best possible safeguard

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to all Rivergrove residents:

 It has been reported to us that a break-in and auto theft occurred at two homes in the Canal Road/Dogwood/Sycamore area. I have contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's office and requested additional patrols for the next few weeks. However, one of the best safeguards is a vigilant neighborhood. Please watch for any unusual activity that may indicate signs of a crime in progress or being planned, and report this to the sheriff immediately. And, of course, take all necessary precautions: lock front and back doors, lock car doors, and do not leave bikes or equipment out.

If you would like to provide information regarding suspected criminal activity, you can call the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (503) 723-4949. If you are the victim of a crime that occurred in Clackamas County and need to file a police report, contact non-emergency dispatch at (503) 655-8211. And of course, to report a crime in progress, call 911.

Sheri Richards

City Manager/City Recorder

City of Rivergrove

More appropriate Headlee plaque sought for walkway

To the Editor:

As a Lake Oswego resident I've been waiting for an appropriate commemorative plaque for Bill and Buzz Headlee at the beginning of the pathway named for them. This plaque should give us information about the contributions of those being honored and tell us why this community is grateful.

The current plaque is nothing more than a shrine to some public servant 'legacy' and wholly inappropriate for honoring the Headlees.

Does anyone know when this will be remedied?

Sue Stangland

Lake Oswego

Hope the city council won't rubber stamp changes

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to the Lake Oswego City Council:

I urge you not to approve the changes to the language in the Community Development Code. This is more than just a housekeeping matter. I believe changes in the language can in some cases allow the city to avoid legal precedents currently set and take citizens' property. This document needs to be carefully gone through to sort out what are truly housekeeping matters and what are not.

I particularly object to calling pathways Public Transportation Facilities. I use a lot of the paths myself and my observation is they are mainly used as walking paths. There are occasional bicycles because the paths are paved. While it seems to work out, this combined use is dangerous for both walkers and bicycles. Calling it a pathway at least seems to give precedence to walkers. I believe the city thinks by calling the paths Public Transportation Facilities it can skirt the Dolan Law and use condemnation to take peoples private property for pathways.

The Community Development Code is almost 700 pages. It is not in my opinion reasonable to assume the average citizen is going to read and understand all the implications of these changes. Our federal government may be a democratic republic but our local government is not. My past experience is that opportunities for public input are just window dressing and that city staff is going to do what they want to do, which makes it a waste of time and an exercise in frustration to be part of the public process. In spite of that I hope that city council will carefully consider these changes and not rubber stamp them.

Barbara Perris

Lake Oswego

Luscher master plan meets its original purpose

To the Editor:

As stated in the 1991 Real Estate Agreement between the city of Lake Oswego and the trustees of Esther and Rudolph Luscher trusts, 'the buyer wishes to acquire this property for agricultural, recreational, park and open space purposes.'

The Luscher Area Master plan presented to the city council last week with 79 percent natural areas, urban farming, gardening; 21 percent neighborhood park and active use; fulfills the purpose of the acquisition of the Luscher Farm property stated in the sales agreement.

Farming, recreation and open spaces are not mutually exclusive.

Marianne Conroy

Lake Oswego

Walmart is not what we need in Lake Oswego, West Linn

To the Editor:

'It must be a joke,' I said to my husband when I read that Walmart had plans to open a store in Lake Oswego and another in West Linn. Both of these upscale communities have residents that enjoy shopping in high-end stores with a reputation for quality products and commitments to being socially responsible.

The Walmart spokesperson claims these store will create jobs and improve access to affordable groceries in the community, but in reality all these stores will do is destroy our sense of community while potentially introducing crime and additional traffic. Lake Oswego residents are not interested in the 'affordable convenience' of Walmart and the products of questionable quality it offers. Residents of these communities prefer to support local shops and respect retail establishments that treat their suppliers with respect; two issues that Walmart has always failed to understand. The argument that a Walmart will create jobs for the community is an empty promise. Our residents tend to be well educated with at least a bachelor's degree; there is no reason to believe anyone living in Lake Oswego would be satisfied working at Walmart for minimum wage. I am left wondering if the company's 'marketing research' was done by a failed student from an online business school.

Walmart, with its 'everyday low prices' will not appeal to residents of West Linn and Lake Oswego.

Allowing Walmart to open stores in these communities will only lead to massive traffic increases, an increase in accidents and potentially more crime as people from Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Sherwood, Wilsonville, and even further afield will come here in hopes of saving a nickel. Walmart is NOT what our community needs!

Elena King

Lake Oswego