LUSCHER FARM — Lake Oswego’s community garden at Luscher Farm recently received a bumper crop of a few hundred young tomato plants courtesy of members Dave and Midge Garrett’s Red Pot Nursery, according to the city.

DEVELOPMENT — The city’s development review commission had a busy meeting last week, tentatively approving plans for a new 64,000-square-foot office and retail development, Kruse Village, on Carman Drive, including removal of 128 trees, along with a permit for a new 4,430-square-foot commercial building and parking lot on Boones Ferry Road. In addition, the commission reviewed a request to remove six trees and construct a new home on Koderra Avenue and in another case approved the removal of one tree but denied the removal of two others for construction of a new home on C Avenue.

COUNCIL PAY — The mayor and city councilors will receive a bump in their monthly stipends. Starting in July, the mayor’s $359.67 monthly stipend will rise to $367.94, and city councilors’ monthly payment will rise from $159.80 to $163.48, according to the city.

City code calls for adjusting the stipends annually according to Portland-area inflation.

CITY COUNCIL — The council is set to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to adopt a 2013-14 budget. The tentative agenda also includes discussion of a contract with the city’s arts council, the proposed comprehensive plan update, a rate increase request from the city’s waste services provider and the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership projects. The meeting will take place at city hall, 380 A Ave.

LAST COUNCIL MEETING — Last week, the city council tentatively approved an ordinance allowing plan amendments and zone changes between Boones Ferry Road and Upper Drive, approved an ordinance prohibiting the sale, possession or use of certain fireworks in the city and voted to discontinue buying clean energy at the Lake Oswego Water Treatment Plant in West Linn, which will save about $18,000 annually, according to the city.

BLOOD DRIVE — A blood donation drive is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 at city hall, 380 A Ave. Walk-ins are welcome but volunteers can also sign up to schedule a donation time. To sign up in advance, visit and use the sponsor code “locityhall,” or call 1-800-733-3767.

LANDSCAPING FOR ENERGY SAVINGS — The city will soon host a workshop about landscaping to lower energy bills. The event, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 8, is part of a series of urban and community forestry workshops offered for free. It will take place at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. To sign up, call 503-635-0290.

CLEANUP — The city will hold a community cleanup day to accept various types of unwanted household items at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, from 9 a.m. to noon June 8.

Electronic waste can be dropped off at River West Church, 2000 Country Club Road. Donations for the Oregon Food Bank will be accepted at both locations. For details, call 503-635-0257 or visit

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