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Plenty to not like about proposed Wizer Block development

The proposed development of the Wizer Block has already stirred substantial controversy in our community and rightly so. As this project proceeds into the design review stage with the city’s planning commission.

All LO citizens, both pro and con, should demand that our commissioners hold this project to the same rigorous design standards of architectural compatibility and scale with the adjacent neighborhood as it has with other projects that have come before it. Doing anything less will affirm the concern already expressed by some that the city is willing to give this project a pass while significantly compromising the wonderfully intimate scale and design of our current downtown and allowing significant traffic congestion to the free flow of traffic we currently enjoy by the thousands of additional daily trips generated by the several hundred cars associated with this new project.

I have been looking forward to the redevelopment of this block for many years but have to say that as this project currently stands, it is a big mistake waiting to happen. Lower densities and smaller scale are all that is needed to make it a “community success.”

To members of the planning commission: There will be many of us carefully monitoring your deliberations and hold you accountable for conducting a fair and thorough review of this development.

To members of the city council: We’ll be doing the same when the project comes before you.

Rick Parfrey, architect

Lake Oswego

This circus should be eliminated

The proposed new route for westbound Sellwood Bridge traffic headed to southbound Highway 43 is far too complex and will double the traffic at the Taylor’s Ferry intersection. It involves a new left turn off of Highway 43 uphill toward Taylors Ferry, followed by a U-turn back downhill on Taylors Ferry, followed by a right turn back into southbound traffic on Highway 43.

This circus should be eliminated by a simple (temporary) left turn signal at the west end of the bridge.

Yes, there will be delays. But not nearly what is going to be happening with the current plan as of Sept. 3, 2013.

William Murphey

Lake Oswego

'Good will result from climate change'

Regarding “Even if climate scientists were wrong, good will come from their point of view” (by) Steve Holgate in the Aug. 22 Lake Oswego Review.

Reading Mr. Holgate’s “doom and gloom” musing about climate change reminded me of Vice President (Spiro) Agnew’s quote: “Nattering nabobs of negativism.” To date, I survived the nuclear winter, Cold War, MAD, global cooling, several world pandemics, Y2K, the doomsday comet and Mayan 2012. Climate change just adds to my list.Hurricane Sandy was cited as a climate change example. Post Sandy and dismissing climate scientists, hundreds of thousands of people rebuilt homes, boardwalks and businesses on the same spot. This rebuilding was with approval of governmental groups, banks and insurance companies. As perspective not cited by Mr. Holgate, Sandy paled against an “unnamed” East Coast hurricane of Sept. 21, 1938, which killed hundreds (LI Newsday). Hurricanes happen along the East Coast and people cope.

Unlike people with agendas, I see potential good coming from climate change: efficient ship commerce across the Arctic; cruises; routine transpolar flights across the waters; new oil and gas exploration; and vast areas of land able to produce food. Yes good will result from climate change.

Disclaimer: I am not a member of any organization which seeks funds or notoriety to further any agenda.

John Bogdan

Lake Oswego

Please continue to support local option school levy

One of the strengths of our country is its public school system.

One of the strong contributing factors to Lake Oswego’s livability and attractiveness to new families is its quality schools. To maintain this condition, I ask you to join me in voting to renew the local option school levy.

In 1999, state legislation provided local communities like Lake Oswego the ability to vote to supplement state school funding with a special levy. Local voters have come together to pass this important levy roughly every five years since the opportunity first arose. Lake Oswego homeowners have been paying this property tax increment since 2000 to keep our schools and community great.

The local option school levy provides 10 percent of the district’s operating revenue. The district needs the continuation of this source of funds to combine with the value added by the schools foundation fundraising and the diligent and creative efforts of the school board and administration to manage its resources.

This vital funding source must be maintained. This is not a new tax, it is the continuation of an existing tax. 

Please vote to renew our local option and keep Lake Oswego great.

Karen S. Jacobson

Lake Oswego

Everyone in Lake Oswego benefits from our strong schools

This November, the Lake Oswego School District’s school levy will be up for renewal.

As a member of the LOCAL Steering Committee, I’m voting yes for the levy to ensure the preservation of our strong schools that are so integral to Lake Oswego’s community character.

When my family moved from Ohio to Oregon 10 years ago, we had the opportunity to live anywhere in the state. With three children, the reputation of LOSD was the primary reason for our purchase of a home in Lake Oswego. That reputation has been realized by our oldest daughter, who, after a year away at college on the East Coast, reports that she was well prepared for college due to the excellent education she received at Lakeridge.

With two more children still attending LOSD, my husband and I view the renewal of the levy, which represents 11 percent of the LOSD budget, as critical to ensuring that future graduates will also have the resources needed to succeed.

Everyone in Lake Oswego benefits from our strong schools, whether having school-aged children or not. Please help preserve our community character by voting yes for renewing the school levy.

Lauren Hughes

Lake Oswego

Vote yes to ‘ensure our schools remain the best’

As parents who moved to Lake Oswego for its schools, we ask you to join us in voting to renew the school levy.

Our strong community has come together in two ways to help fund our schools and keep our district one of Oregon’s best: the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation and the school levy. In 1999, state legislation gave local communities like Lake Oswego the ability to supplement state funding for our schools with a five-year school levy. Lake Oswego voters have passed this important levy roughly every five years since the opportunity was given to us.

The school levy provides 10 percent of the district’s operating revenue. One can imagine how devastating it would be to our schools if we were to lose this vital funding that is critical to our district’s success. This is not a new tax. Lake Oswego homeowners have been paying this levy since 2000 to keep our schools and community great.

With children at Lake Grove Elementary and Lake Oswego Junior High, we want to ensure that our schools remain among the best.

Please vote to renew our school levy for a strong Lake Oswego.

Alistair and Kate Firmin

Lake Oswego

Support school levy renewal as schools do a great job

For 20 years I have been actively involved with the Lake Oswego School District from school volunteer chair to school board chair, including key roles in the first three school levy campaigns. I know how much these funds are needed and how well they are used. Vote yes for the renewal of the school levy.

By acknowledged measures of academic excellence, our Lake Oswego schools are outstanding and effective — SAT scores, National Merit Scholars, Oregon Department of Education test results. In 2012, 92 percent of Lakeridge graduates and 87 percent of LOHS graduates were college bound. To see how well your investments in our schools are used, visit the district website, particularly see each high school’s profile: edline.net/pages/Lake_Oswego_School_District/About_LOSD.

As a community, we know our district’s reputation enhances our real estate values. Vote for the renewal of the school levy. The approximate $7 million levy is crucial to our schools and our community.

Deborah Lopardo

Former Lake Oswego School Board member

Lake Oswego

Local option is worth support

Being in real estate, I personally see the strength in a strong school district.

Lake Oswego property values are directly tied to the stellar reputation of our schools. To maintain our reputation, we must renew our school levy.

The monetary support of the foundation and combined renewal of our local option school levy are critical in keeping Lake Oswego schools at the top in our state. New residents and growing families look at Lake Oswego as the place to enroll their children for a great education.

Being a graduate of Lakeridge High School and having two wonderful children, I looked at Lake Oswego being at the top of locations I wanted to reside in. As a foundation board member, it is critical to have the combined support of our school levy to continue the success of our state’s top school district.

Vote yes to renew our school levy for a strong Lake Oswego.

Troy Johnston

Lake Oswego

Enforcement seems ‘somewhat onerous, inconsistent’

As I read the Aug. 29 (Lake Oswego Review) article about Clackamas County and the state “protecting” the citizens from the Northwest Student Movers by insuring that the company had the property licenses and permits it reminded me of the city of Portland attempting to fine a 9-year-old girl for “doing business” during the Albina Street Fair because she had no permit.

Then I turned the page (A23) and saw the article about Anna Inustrial’s two kids noble project of raising $1,000 for mosquito nets in Africa and wondered if Clackamas County and the state had an interest in “protecting the public” by making sure that the Inustrials file the proper tax forms to track the disposition of the money raised, register a physical address, obtain insurance or any bonding as did Northwest Student Movers. Hopefully not.

I am assuming the Inustrials fundraiser is legitimate and should be applauded, but I also have some sympathy for the initiative of the Northwest Students Movers trying to earn money through their moving services for their education and find the enforcement by the government a somewhat onerous and inconsistent enforcement.

Nick Steffanoff

Lake Oswego

Gun background check ‘seems a no-brainer’

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. We’ve all heard that one.

So why wouldn’t thinking people support background checks on gun buying? As a gun owner and even a former NRA member, it seems a no-brainer. I’m guessing the nonsupport mostly comes from those who will never vote for anything adding to government involvement. Sad.

Lisa Cohns

Lake Oswego

Concerns raised about forestry article’s accuracy

Your recent article about forest certification (“Pulp fiction?” Sustainable Life insert in the Aug. 15 Lake Oswego Review) missed important facts about the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

First, SFI is an independent organization governed with equal representation from conservation, economic and social stakeholders. You cited Forest Stewardship Council’s supporters but did not report that SFI’s board of directors includes representatives of The Conservation Fund, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Bird Studies Canada, the Manomet Center for Conservation Studies, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, several academic foresters and the state forester of Maryland.

Second, the notion that an FSC-labeled product indicates the product comes from land in which clear-cuts have been restricted to “6 acres” is inaccurate. FSC actually has no clear-cutting restrictions over at least 45 percent of the land certified to that standard, including in Russia, Sweden, Brazil and parts of Canada.

On conversion of forestland to other uses, there is no significant difference between SFI and FSC. Both require participants to exclude lands slated for development from certified areas.

On chemical use, the SFI Standard requires use of chemicals to be the least toxic and narrowest spectrum pesticides and herbicides to achieve forest management objectives and to use integrated pest management wherever feasible. Meanwhile, FSC has granted at least 74 exemptions for companies to use “FSC-banned” chemicals, which leaves consumers in doubt about the veracity of FSC claims to forbid these chemicals.

SFI also promotes responsible forestry in many ways other than through the standard: through our chain of custody and certified sourcing labels; by investing in conservation research; by working directly with communities to promote sustainable practices; and through the innovative Forest Partners program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of State Foresters and other authorities have said the SFI, FSC and other credible certification programs all can be accepted as evidence of sustainable forestry. The reason that “academics and government foresters are avoiding the fight,” as your article put it, is that they know that the differences between SFI and FSC are insignificant compared with the need to promote responsible, science-based forest practices, regardless of the specific approach.

Kathy Abusow

President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.

Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Ontario

Sustainable Life article is challenged

Your article about forest certification programs (“Pulp Fiction?” Sustainable Life insert in the Aug. 15 Lake Oswego Review) painted an inaccurate portrait of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and left out many important facts, including several that I discussed with reporter Steve Law when interviewed for this article.

As an Oregonian running a fourth-generation family logging business, I care passionately about the health of our forests and want to make sure they thrive for generations to come. I’m also committed to protecting our watersheds and wildlife habitats, which every community in the state depends on upon.

The science-based SFI Standard has become the leading one in Oregon, and throughout North America, in improving responsible forestry practices to meet those goals. It requires practices that protect fish and wildlife, ensure clean water and soil and result in sustainable, healthy working forests.

The critical difference between SFI and other certification programs is that SFI’s network of regional implementation committees actively work to train loggers and others in best practices. Only by engaging with those doing the work on the ground can an organization make a difference in the forest. SFI makes a difference and is recognized for its community network and its logger training, its best management practices for water quality and soil protection, and much more.

Also, by excluding SFI from credit under Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), the U.S. Green Building Council is actually taking jobs away from Oregonians who practice responsible forestry. It’s wrong economically and ecologically.

It is disappointing to me that the author of the article had an opinion he was forcing on everyone without listening to and reporting on the opinions of those he interviewed. As an Oregonian, I expect more from the Portland Tribune’s (reporter who wrote the story in the Sustainable Life section).

Bob Luoto

McMinnville

New chocolate shop opening in Lake Oswego

The buzz around town is that there is a new chocolate shop opening in Lake Oswego. It’s called Mirolo: Mi for Michael, Ro for Rose and LO for, well, Lake Oswego.

Michael and Rose are the vision and backing behind Mirolo. It will be run by an up-and-coming young pastry chef, Lisa Daschel, who, for one so young, has an extremely sophisticated palate, and her assistants.

All of this has been done under the tutelage and guidance of Ian Titterton, former head chocolatier at Moonstruck and current head of the professional baking program at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

Don’t miss visiting, they’re on the corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road.

Alison Dolder

West Linn



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