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Time to rein in city staff?

The City Council held a study session May 13th. Please take time to view it on the city’s website, www.ci.oswego.or.us/meetings. Start at the 20-minute mark.

We were stunned to hear that staff has been working on a report to submit to DEQ that would not only lock in the current Sensitive Lands regulations for an additional five years but would also add to them by requiring bigger buffers and regulating additional properties - very troubling considering council has directed staff to make changes to the current Sensitive Lands policy - reducing the regulations and minimizing, if not eliminating, these arbitrary and onerous regulations from private residential properties.

It is important for citizens to know that despite specific council policy direction regarding more respect for our properties, staff is continuing down this road in direct opposition to council, ignoring the desire of most property owners in Lake Oswego. This report was scheduled to be sent without council review, and prior to the sensitive lands study session on June 10th. Council learned of the report just in time.

They were able to direct staff to hold this version of the report and provide DEQ with our data which shows our stream temperatures and shade measurements are in compliance with established standards. But, had council not learned of this report at this time, it would have gone to DEQ and prevented the reasonable revisions to the Sensitive Lands program that have been promised.

I do not have a Sensitive Lands property, but have followed this issue for years. I believe the program is arbitrary, political, broken and needs the overhaul that has been promised. Why is there an effort to prevent the needed changes? What is going on at City Hall?  Your property could be taken next.

Janine Dunphy

Lake Oswego

Thank you, Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market

We continually hear about the apathy and loss of community spirit in American communities today. Well, someone forgot to take our area into consideration when forming those opinions, as community spirit has been so consistently displayed by the management and staff at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market over the 18 years that I have lived in this community.

Nick Goldsmith and his staff have been supporting our local schools in countless ways and over many years raising over $160,000 from their bottle collection donations alone!

Their recent fundraisers in support of Lakeridge drama and lacrosse programs raised over $1,400 with the money going toward a child in need sponsored by the lacrosse team and badly needed repairs and upgrades for the drama department. There isn’t a school in this community that has not benefited from their generosity.

It is time we acknowledged the good works in the community being done by the management & staff at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market.

Jill Easley

Lake Oswego

Attention West Linn High School Class of 1964

The West Linn High School class of 1964 Committee has been busy planning our 50th class reunion activities.

Friday evening, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m., a casual buffet dinner and festivities will be held at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City.

The following day, Aug. 16, our class will be the honored class and hosting the WLHS All Alumni Picnic for anyone who graduated from WLHS prior to June 30, 1964.

The potluck picnic will be held in Hammerle/Bolton Park at 11 a.m.

Saturday evening a moonlight jet boat cruise on the Willamette River will launch at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email JoAnn Weber Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Barbara Riggs

Battleground, Wash.

(formerly West Linn)

Contract Publishing

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