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A tradition of excellence

It is no secret that behind most, if not all, successful sports and academic institutions (public or private) is a strong group of supportive financial backers who desire and even demand excellence. So it is here in Lake Oswego.

We are fortunate to be able to provide that support. Our family has had Lake Oswego School District graduates since the late 1950s. We have personally experienced the foundation a quality education provides to achieve in life, protect community peace and pride, and stabilize real estate prices.

Please join those that support LO schools. If you can, increase your support given in the past to the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. Let’s continue the tradition of excellence. We all enjoy the benefits of that tradition.

Justin Harnish

Harnish Properties

Install ‘no parking’ signs

In a recent article in The Review (“A dangerous illusion,” Feb. 26) Lake Oswego Police Lt. Doug Treat says the city “has made adjustments on McVey Avenue to relieve the bottleneck,” including “eliminating parking along the first westbound block of McVey.” This is only a potential improvement, since, in reality, cars have been parking habitually over the white border line, significantly narrowing the merge lanes and slowing down traffic.

A “no parking” sign should be installed appropriately, and yellow ‘no parking’ paint should mark the curb. Of course, enforcement should be a deterrent.

Jacques Vaillancourt

Lake Oswego

Committee or focus group?

The hard work of the Lake Oswego School Board’s fundraising equity committee has been critically compromised by its failure to comply with Oregon state law for public meetings and records. Because the school board appointed this advisory body to make recommendations on LOSD policy, the committee is subject to statutory requirements for the content of all its written minutes. The content must include at least the following information: members present; motions and their disposition; and the results of all votes and the vote of each member by name.

This basic information is absent from the minutes of its six meetings. It is impossible for the public to read these summaries and get “a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting and the views of the participants,” as mandated by Oregon law.

Neither the school board nor the superintendent seem concerned that the hired facilitators for this committee operated it more like an ongoing focus group than a public body with the expectation of a transparent process. If the board desired informal anonymous feedback, it should have initiated a totally different approach instead of violating state law.

Karen Delaney

Lake Oswego

Editor’s Note: The Review asked school officials to explain the role of the Fundraising Equity Committee. Here’s the district’s response: “The committee was convened by the LOSD School Board to review the district’s current gift-acceptance policy and recommend whether it should be retained, revised or replaced. The committee’s actions consisted of approving meeting minutes, requesting and reviewing information, appointing two ad hoc subcommittees, deliberating about fund-raising equity, and approving its report and recommendations to the board. While broad perspective and differences of opinion were shared during committee discussions, all formal actions were unanimously approved. Members of the committee presented their report and an overview of their work at the March 9 school board meeting. Patrons are invited to view video of this presentation on the LOSD website. The School Board and Superintendent Beck are very appreciative of the committee’s efforts, which fulfilled the charge given to the committee.”

Laker auction a success

The Lake Oswego High School Parent Club hosted its annual Laker Club Auction on Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Melody Ballroom.  This event benefits the school’s academic, athletic and arts programs. Amy Troy of FOX 12 News was the emcee for the event.

It is with many thanks and gratitude to our local businesses, volunteer families, and the LOHS administration and staff that we are able to make this possible. Special thanks to our sponsors this year, including Ticor Title, Marcia Kies-Principal Broker at Hasson Company, The Springs at Carman Oaks, Guild Mortgage Company, Morgan Stanley, Directors Mortgage, Projectus, the Read family and Stacy Yost-Aspire Mortgage.

Amy Miller, chairperson

Lake Oswego High School auction

Share your concerns

A key job of the Oregon Legislature is to direct our state’s limited resources to advance Oregonians’ top priorities.  Here are the goals you have told me matter most to you:

-- Providing strong schools and affordable higher education for our kids;

-- Protecting Oregon’s clean air and water; and

-- Keeping vulnerable people safe and secure.

As a new legislator, I’m working to shine some light on Oregon’s tax giveaways. There is big money at stake.  I want to make these spending decisions clear so you can tell us if this is what you really want.

For the 2013-15 biennium, Oregon will expend over $1.6 billion to fund tax breaks and incentives for big corporations and other businesses.  At the same time, important programs suffer from inadequate funding:

-- K-12 students have large classes and less instructional time than the national average;

-- Oregon ranks 47th out of 50 states in state funding for higher education;

-- Precious drinking water is tainted by pesticides because of inadequate safeguards; and

-- Thousands of Oregonians lack safe, affordable housing.

This session, I’m supporting several bills to highlight Oregon’s spending tradeoffs. Two of these would clarify the value of income tax and property tax breaks that Oregon gives to big businesses and what we get in return.  Another would analyze the state’s business incentives and quantify the community benefits these programs create.  A fourth would require analysis of Oregon’s clean energy investments to make sure they make sense.

Oregonians want to provide good public schools, protect clean air and water, and safeguard vulnerable people.  Achieving those goals will probably require more revenue and will definitely require us to use our existing resources well.  I am working to make progress on both fronts.

Please contact me at ann@annlininger.org and share your concerns, and let me know how I can support the projects you are working on.

Rep. Ann Lininger

Lake Oswego

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