POLICE — The Lake Oswego Police Department recently issued a warning in city documents, cautioning citizens to be wary as the number of scams typically rises during this time of year. This includes online scams, so watch out for unsolicited email offers and website pop-ups.

LUSCHER PLAN — The city’s draft Luscher Area Master Plan is available online for public review. About 150 acres of city-owned land, including Luscher Farm, is included in the plan. Background information is available at To review the draft plan and provide feedback, go to Input will be accepted through 4 p.m. Friday.

CITY SALARIES — The Lake Oswego City Council last week approved pay increases for City Attorney David Powell and Municipal Court Judge Bruce Shepley. Shepley received a 2.9 percent cost-of-living increase that takes effect Jan. 1. Powell received the same cost-of-living increase. The council also bumped up his cellphone allowance to $150 monthly and gave him a one-time $1,000 increase on top of his usual $5,000 deferred compensation contribution.

CITY COUNCIL — The council is not scheduled to meet next week. The next meeting is tentatively set for 6 p.m. Dec. 18.

PLANNING — The planning commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

The agenda includes a public hearing on changes to the city’s flood management area and a work session about the community health and public safety section of the updated comprehensive plan.

DEVELOPMENT CODE — An open house is scheduled for the public to review draft concepts for improving the city’s development code.

The event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a short presentation planned for 5:45 p.m., Dec. 13 at city hall, 380 A Ave.

STIP — The city submitted two applications for Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) grants. Officials hope to obtain money for Laurel Street sidewalk improvements along with $4 million toward the first phase of reconstruction of Boones Ferry Road. If the grants are approved, they wouldn’t come through until 2016.

CARRIAGE RIDES — The city’s annual horse-drawn carriage rides are under way for the holiday season. Experience the old-fashioned fun at Millennium Plaza Park, at 200 First St. downtown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15. The rides cost $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 10. They’re free for children 2 years old and younger.

GINGERBREAD ROW — The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its third annual gingerbread house contest, pitting local businesses against each other in a competition of gingerbread house skills. From Monday through Dec. 25, you can visit locations with one-of-a-kind displays and vote for your favorite.

According to the city, participating businesses include Accessories from the Heart, Crave Bake Shop, Graham’s Book and Stationery, Lake Oswego Hunt, Lake Oswego Smiles, LOCAL 14, Nordby Design Studio/Piper Louie Boutique, Oswego Optique, Peake Academy at Play Boutique, Sixpence Antiques, Soletta Shoes, Step It Up Studios, Stickmen Brewery & Skewery, The Oilerie, World Class Wines. The winner will land a trophy and bragging rights.

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