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CANDIDATE SPEED-DATING — The FAN-Forest Hills Neighborhood Association will host an election candidates’ night from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Monday at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.

Starting at 6 p.m., citizens will be able to examine mayoral and council candidates’ platforms, and the “speed date the candidates” event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be divided into small groups to meet with one candidate at a time, switching to a different candidate every 15 minutes.

The last time the neighborhood held this sort of event, in 2010, it was very well attended, organizers said. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, contact Maria Meneghin at 503-699-9857.

CITY COUNCIL — The council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 380 A Ave. The tentative agenda includes a briefing on a Terwilliger Boulevard sewer line, a report on the status of a new, streamlined permitting process for citizens hoping to remove invasive tree species, information about reducing personnel services costs during the budgeting process and study sessions about parks property disposition and the sensitive lands program.

PLANNING COMMISSION — The commission is set to meet Monday at city hall. Public hearings are planned on comprehensive plan updates related to transportation as part of an ongoing periodic review, and on proposed changes necessary to implement the Foothills framework plan, creating a new special district in the Foothills area.

SOLAR HOME TOUR — A free tour in Lake Oswego and West Linn this weekend will give residents a chance to talk with homeowners and see what solar energy systems can look like in local homes. For information about tour stops and for maps, go to the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, or contact Zach Henkin at 503-705-9550. The tour runs from noon to 3 p.m., and an optional workshop will take place in West Linn beforehand. More information is available at solarizewllo.org.

BUSINESS WORKSHOP — A free workshop will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 11 with tips and tricks for improving window displays. “Window reflections” aims to help business owners understand how they can keep their look fresh and make their street-side establishments more enticing. It will take place at city hall, 380 A Ave. The event is part of a series of one-hour meet-ups with storefront, merchandising and design professionals offered by Metro, the regional government, and the city. Go to oregonmetro.gov/getstreetsmart for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE — The city will hold a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at city hall. Register at givelife.org with the code “LOCityHall” or call the adult community center at 503-675-6394 for more information.

EMERGENCY PREP — The city will host a free Community Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 14903 Westlake Drive. The event offers a chance for citizens to learn about preparing for natural disasters, power outages and other emergencies.

UNSUNG HEROES — The city is accepting nominations for “Unsung Heroes,” people who spend their free time volunteering, helping neighbors and generally making a difference in the lives of those around them. To nominate someone for one of the awards, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicaffairs/nominate-your-unsung-hero. The deadline to submit ideas is Nov. 2.

BUILDING PERMITS — The building department recently reported a major improvement in the time it takes to issue permits.

The change follows a 2008 performance audit recommending that the city increase the number of permits issued over the counter the same day they are applied for. The goal: to boost same-day service from less than 1 percent to least 65 percent or 75 percent.

The department has reached that goal, according to the city. In August, 78 percent of 383 permits issued were issued the same day.

The city attributed the turnaround to new software allowing people to apply for and pay for permits online and to employees’ efforts to avoid “undue hardships” for their customers.




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