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Thanks from the ACC

Thank you to the Lake Oswego community for rising to the occasion during the week when donations to the “Take it or Leave it Thursday” program at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market went to the Adult Community Center’s respite program for people with mild dementia.

On designated weeks, if a customer spends $25 or more in the store, they can opt to take 10 percent off the cost of their purchases or donate that amount to a worthy cause. More than $1,040 was donated, representing 52 sessions of respite.

For those who do not know, the ACC offers twice-weekly day respite services so that adults with memory loss can share friendship, activities, horticulture, music and art therapies in a safe, enjoyable environment. This also gives their family caregivers a much deserved break from their caregiving roles.

A debt of gratitude goes to Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market, its staff and manager Jackie LaGrande. The staff was tremendous. And thank you again, Lake Oswego shoppers!

Ann Adrian

Manager, Lake Oswego Adult Community Center

A caring community

I want to publicly thank the people who helped me in the last few months in getting help for my wife.

First, to the Lake Oswego Police Department in general and to Officer Dawn Pecoraro in particular. Also, Tami Black of the Oregon Department of Human Services, and Annie Clark of the Senior Resource Network. And to the neighbors who have been so caring and forbearing, I remain very thankful. Without their help, I’m not sure how I could have handled this whole process.

I have thanked most of these people directly, but I wanted to let everyone know about the amount of care that is available in our city.

Ben W. Curtis

Lake Oswego

Laws, not guidelines

I wanted to express my opinion for something that seems so simple, but is made complicated by too many. (This letter is to fulfill a requirement for earning a Communications Merit Badge for Boy Scouts.)

In my opinion, a law is a law. I also believe this is the opinion of all the lawyers in America, and the Supreme Court of the United States. It makes sense that if a law is the law, we should always try to follow it, and if we do not, then there are penalties. No one cares if we like the law or not. This is like the speed limit. Follow the speed limit, or get a ticket.

If the law is not a law, then it is more of a guideline, and we do not necessarily have to follow it. That makes simple sense, doesn’t it? I saw the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” in which the pirates said they had a law that was not a law but more of a guideline.

But I know that immigration laws are not guidelines. They are very important laws with rules about how to become an American citizen. I can guess that only the pirates would call this law a guideline.

So when I hear people talk about illegal aliens, they are illegal, aren’t they? In other words, they are not lawful while they are here in America. And if coming to America without the proper citizenship paperwork was a guideline, I might understand why people who come here without papers are allowed to stay. This would be because they could stay here and not violate the law. But unfortunately, illegal aliens are violating the law, and if a law is a law, then we should follow it, or face the penalties and the pirates.

Ben Loverin

Lake Oswego

Thank you, Dave!

My name is Kayden Pranghofer and I live in Washington. I’m staying at my grandparents’ home (Ken and Donna Scales) in Lake Oswego. They asked Dave from Dave’s Palisades Auto Care if I could watch the mechanic as she gave their car a checkup. Her name is Nicole.

I asked her tons of questions about the engine and what she was doing. She answered my questions and I learned a lot. It was fun. I’m glad that Dave let me do this. Thank you, Dave!

And I really liked their dogs. That makes the place super friendly.

I just want everybody to know how great Dave’s Palisades Auto Care is.

Kayden Pranghofer, age 10

Sammamish, Wash.

Story was unfair

Your Aug. 14 front-page story, “A creperie controversy,” was upsetting to us and appeared to be one-sided in its reporting.

We are employees of Kat’s Crepes and worked with Haley Russell. Russell was our manager, not just another employee, when the Simpsons opened their first permanent creperie. Kathryn Simpson gave her this opportunity and put her trust in her. Most of us knew Russell was planning to open a rival business and became uncomfortable with her divided loyalties. It was after Simpson learned of Russell’s plan through an employee that she was asked to leave.

Simpson has worked hard to establish her business and abides by all of the rules and regulations to be a legitimate vendor at the Lake Oswego Farmers Market. An additional creperie business is not a problem, but what was understated in the article was Russell’s choice of location and the fact that she is using a similar menu for her competing business. That does not seem fair.

By setting up just outside the market’s boundaries, Russell gives the appearance of being part of the market without having to obtain the appropriate permitting or meet the city safety requirements required of all other vendors who, like us, play by the rules to serve our customers.

Simpson is a kind and caring boss. Her family also lives in Lake Oswego, her children go to our schools, and we are grateful that she has given many young people like us from Lakeridge, Lake Oswego and Wilsonville high schools a great opportunity to work and make better-than-minimum wage at her stores and farmers markets stalls.    

We feel it is unfair to publicize what is a private business disagreement, especially when the full story of both parties is not given. We wish Russell every success in her business, but prefer her not to malign or compete at the expense of Simpson.

Lauren McIver, Abby McIver, Maddie Goldade, Lizzy Cohn, Claudia Herrerr, Talia Beam and Bailey Van Stiphout

Lake Oswego

Let’s follow the rules

As a long term resident of Lake Oswego, it is with concern that I write to express objection to events at the recent meeting of the Development Review Commission for the Wizer Block project.

To allow the DRC’s chairman to reject the clear and objective standards of our city code was arbitrary and inappropriate. The majority of the commission voted several times that the project met each of the city code standards and was compatible with Lake Oswego’s architectural style, but notwithstanding the committee’s deliberations, the chair moved to reject the proposal based on subjective bias — hardly a fair and even-handed approach.

The larger community of Lake Oswego is encouraged to see this project now move to the City Council, where hopefully it will be evaluated on its merits and compliance with city codes, rather than on the personal whims of a few dissenters.

The Wizer Block project will greatly enhance the aesthetics of the Lake View Village complex which, at its planning stage, also suffered from short-sighted detractors but is now embraced by locals as a triumph. More importantly, this new development will attract the next generation of professionals to live, work and enhance the vibrant future of our community. To this end, let’s be fair and follow the rules.

Estelle Mathers

Lake Oswego

DRC did its job

Recent letters in The Review have challenged the Development Review Commission’s ruling to deny the Wizer Block plan. On the contrary, the DRC should be commended as unpaid volunteers devoting their time to preserve the beauty and character of our town. Listening to the DRC, I heard many references to the various codes that it had clearly studied.

When I saw the initial Wizer proposal last year, I was very concerned about the massive size of the five-story structures. They were quite uncomplimentary to existing redeveloped downtown buildings. This winter, the DRC gave the developers the opportunity to redesign and break up the buildings into “small-scale structures.” Unfortunately, the developer did not take this opportunity to get it right. Instead, he changed some of the design to be more traditional. But one of the buildings, so clearly presented in graphic form at a DRC hearing, is nearly as large as a football field! And all three buildings still have unbroken facades. In addition, the apartment complex proposed for the Wizer Block would be built in a redevelopment plan-specified compact shopping district. It cannot, by any stretch of some individuals’ imagination, be construed as true mixed use when only 13 percent of the structures are planned to include retail.

As a Save Our Village volunteer, I am disheartened that some would suggest that the DRC did not adequately research the applicable codes. If it were not for the time and efforts of the DRC members, we Lake Oswegans would be stuck with a huge apartment complex that does not reflect designated small-scale, village character-like structures.

I can only hope that the City Council will respect and uphold the DRC’s ruling and the sentiments of various neighborhood associations, Evergreen residents and the many voices of concerned Lake Oswego citizens like me.

Lynn Haar

Lake Oswego

Decision will affect the future

“Don’t despair when things don’t go your way, maybe you were meant to be detoured.” — Anonymous.

I have lived in the Lake Oswego area for 15 years and find it to be an idyllic city with a village feel.  My appreciation of the area came as I drove though Lake Oswego on multiple occasions through the years and observed that there were no towering structures overpowering the city.

The Wizer Block proposal advocated for massive buildings that would take away from the feel of this city. The Development Review Commission evaluated this Wizer plan and found it did not meet code, and their recommendation was to reject the project as it stands. I am unclear why proponents feel that a few “squeaky wheels” are forcing decisions at the DRC level. Let us move on and agree with the DRC. The Wizer project can still be built; it just needs to be significantly modified.

Downtown Lake Oswego will be enhanced with attractive smaller buildings with multi-purpose structures built to code. Economic development is exceptionally important in our small village, and the Wizer plan needs to understand that what is needed in LO are attractive shops, apartments and buildings that bring in locals to support economic growth.

Millennium Park Plaza is a destination for all to enjoy. It is akin to a relaxing French promenade. Last night, however, parking was terrible. My husband and I wanted to go to St. Honoré for take-out, and we could not find a parking spot. The park was having a concert and there were no parking spots. I can only imagine the area with more buildings without appropriate parking.

What is done today will affect the future.

Jaymee Delaney

Lake Oswego




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