Winter weather solution needed for Westridge area

Reflecting on the previous weekend’s snow and freezing rain, a question remaining in my mind is why the city’s road maintenance department clings to the idea that it’s acceptable to isolate hundreds of Westridge residents for four to five days during a snowstorm by not focusing on a single 400-foot stretch of steep road leading into our neighborhood.

I find it hard to believe that our city is either unable or unwilling to clear this short stretch of road so that those with medical conditions requiring ongoing treatment can get to their care centers. It’s also hard to believe that our city isn’t interested in addressing the urgent need for people in critical care professions to get to their hospitals, care centers and clinics. And I also find it hard to believe that our city is unwilling or unable to help those in other critical, nonmedical professions supplying needed goods and services to get to their place of employment.

Having lived in the Midwest for many years, I know from experience that there are solutions to this problem. It doesn’t require special equipment, just an effective strategy accompanied by good timing and the use of effective, environmentally friendly road treatments.

I realize that there are other neighborhoods in Lake Oswego facing a similar situation so this is an issue that undoubtedly confronts hundreds if not thousands of our residents. I hope city officials will finally acknowledge that a major problem exists and find a solution to eliminate this ongoing problem before the next storm strikes.

Rick Parfrey

Lake Oswego

Delightful musicals for all of our citizens

A big thank you to (the) staff of the Lake Oswego Review in publishing about the wonderful productions of the theater and music departments at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools. Without this happening, I would not know about what’s going on in the two high schools since my three children are now all in their 30s.

I have always been very impressed with the outstanding performances done by these two high schools. There are so many talented students in singing, dancing and acting with excellent theater and music teachers to bring out the best in the students.

I enjoyed Lake Oswego High School’s performance of “Honk” in the fall. The students were very talented singers and dancers.

I read about Lakeridge High School’s performance of the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in the newspaper and attended it. It was a delightful musical for all ages. I attended it on opening night, a Thursday evening. I was surprised to find an audience of fewer than 50 people there.

This is a musical not to be missed. There will be performances at 7:30 pm on Feb. 20 to 22, and a 2 p.m. performance on Feb. 22. The admission price is only $5.

I highly recommend that you see this performance. It will put you in a happy mood. The finale is a song, “Happiness,” sung by the entire cast.

Cynthia E. Ruttan

Lake Oswego

Battle against Wizer plan was lost long ago

Regarding Block 137, I do hope that the Save Our Village folks know that they lost the war long before it had even began. Allow me to explain:

Mr. Wizer and W&K Development sat down years ago to formulate their vision and dreams for his block. They knew exactly what they wanted. They also knew that no matter what plan they presented to the city and the citizens, it was going to be rejected. Faced with this they did the only logical thing.

They added 25 percent to the project. They added more apartments, more parking, more height and more storefronts.

Various agencies and committees, now faced with rabid opposition, will eventually whittle away at that extra 25 percent of the proposal — down to the exact specifications that Wizer et al initially hoped for.

Groups like Save Our Village will concede defeat but with the idea that it could have been much worse had they not fought the battles. The city council and various agencies will pat themselves on their backs as they will take credit for having brokered the compromises and eventual truce.

And Wizer et al, having won the war, will skip all the way to the bank with a project finished perfectly as planned.

Brian Toye

Lake Oswego

Legally, city probably can’t deny Wizer plan

I am writing from my perspective as a former city councilor in Lake Oswego, a former part-time judge in Oregon courts and a practicing lawyer.

Most of the opposition to the development proposal for the Wizer block with which I am familiar objects to the height, the mass, the number of units and the fact that some residential units will be at ground level. In point of fact the proposal that is currently before the DRC appears to be compliant with our current code regarding those aspects of the project with a few minor exceptions, which were included to deal with topography and/or neighbors’ suggestions. 

The authority of municipal governmental bodies is limited by law. It is not boundless. The DRC’s authority and discretion with regard to development design matters are restricted by the city’s design review ordinance. Lake Oswego’s design review ordinance, as currently written, allows developments that are either three stories in height or no more than 60 feet in height. It allows either. 

The other elements of the ordinance regarding character and style cannot be objectively measured or assessed. They possess little or no impact from a legal standpoint.

Other than the itemized exceptions which have been enumerated and the placement of vehicle ingress and egress locations, I believe that, since the size, mass and number of units fall within the existing restrictions, the DRC does not possess authority to revise those elements of the plan. The developer has satisfied our ordinance in these respects. 

My concern is that any attempt to revise these elements could easily subject the city to legal challenges.

Roger Hennagin

Former Lake Oswego city councilor

Lake Oswego

‘Do you want gridlock to be part of your legacy?’    

Let’s assume, for the moment, that the proposed five-story monstrosity actually does get built.

Let’s imagine — 228 housing units, probably 400 tenants, more than 100 employees of the shops and restaurants and maybe 500 cars — all crammed into a one-block area. Let’s imagine the traffic — the cars, the vendor delivery trucks, the moving trucks (renters moving in, renters moving out), the visitors, the shoppers, the couples (and families) meeting for dinner — all searching for parking space in our already busy streets. (Think what it will be like on a Saturday morning — farmers’ market day.)Yes, I know — traffic studies have been done. Obviously flawed traffic studies paid for by the developer, and reviewed by city staff, few of whom actually live here, and most of whom have degrees in urban planning, where the rallying cry is, “Crowding is good.”

Mr. Wizer, only you know your motives. However, I wonder — do you want this mess, this destruction of our village, on your conscience?  Do you want gridlock to be part of your legacy?    

Syd Dorn

Lake Oswego

OHSU bond is investment in our future

The Oregon Legislature should support the Oregon Health & Science University request for the $200 million bond measure to finance new facilities for the Knight Cancer Challenge. It’s an investment in ourselves.

It’s a small request when you calculate who will benefit from this research. All Oregonians, nearly 4 million strong, will be the ultimate beneficiaries. It’s a mere $50 per person investment. This campaign to raise $500 million in matching funds will mean $1 billion toward finding a cure for cancer that affects all Oregonians directly or indirectly. If the Legislature passes this request, it will mean that OHSU will raise $1.2 billion in total.

It is not about just the rich writing checks in support of Penny and Phil Knight’s generous gift of $500 million. We Oregonians should do our part to support this campaign. The $200 million would not take away from any other spending priority. It would not take away money for education, health care or any other needed and necessary state funding priority. It is a bond measure that would be paid back over a long period of time without raising taxes.

It is the right priority for us to invest in cancer research and support OHSU, to make our research university become a world-class cancer research center. Support this measure — it is for all of us. Long live Oregonians.

Sho Dozono

Southwest Portland

Iwo Jima remembrance set

Please join the Canby-Aurora VFW 6057 Post and Auxiliary’s 19th annual Iwo Jima flag-raising ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Canby Adult Center followed by a breakfast.

Our World War II veterans who fought and were support for the battle on Iwo Jima are quickly passing away and we do not want them to be forgotten, so we remember each February the tremendous sacrifices they gave to this country.

Please invite a veteran to this emotional event and help our community to be forever grateful to this remarkable generation of veterans.

John Lance

Commander VFW 6057

Lisa White

Aux president VFW 6057

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