Devlin to run for re-election in May
State Sen. Richard Devlin has announced that he will seek another term in the Oregon Legislature.
"I filed to return to the Senate because I'm focused on the priorities that make a difference for our future," the Tualatin Democrat said Friday evening. "We need to deliver more investment in public education, protect services for Oregonians in need and maintain a fiscally responsible government."
Devlin was first elected to the state Legislature in 1996. He served three terms in the House before his election in 2002 to the Senate, where he was majority leader from 2007-2010. Last year, he made an unsuccessful run for secretary of state but was defeated in the Democratic primary by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.
Devlin is one of the most influential lawmakers in Salem, where he co-chairs the Legislature's joint budget committee. In 2017, he sponsored the Reproductive Health Equity Act, the Oregon Vision Screening Act and a bill to establish the Willamette Falls Locks Commission.
"I'm proud of what I've accomplished," he said Friday, "but I think one of my underlying characteristics is to never be satisfied — always believing that I can do more."
Devlin represents Senate District 19, which includes Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn, major portions of southwest Portland, Durham, Rivergrove and the Stafford area. Candidates have until March 6 to file for the May 2018 election.
Rivergrove considers traffic-calming devices
The City of Rivergrove is seeking public input to decide how to slow traffic on Childs and Pilkington roads. A link to an online survey can be found at www.cityofrivergrove.org, and the City's Transportation Committee will host a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, to hear from residents.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the River Grove Elementary School library, 5850 McEwan Road in Lake Oswego.
The committee has proposed several traffic-calming measures, including "traffic cushions" (shallow speed bumps), LED-illuminated crosswalk signs with push-button signals, "safety islands" for pedestrians and "Your Speed Is" radar signs. Most of the proposed devices would be located along Childs Road at key intersections, or possibly at the intersection of Pilkington Road and Dawn Street.
The primary goals of the calming features would be to encourage slower driving and create safer crossing conditions for children walking to River Grove Elementary. All of the proposed devices have been approved by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and the City plans to seek a 2018 Safe Routes to School grant to supplement its own funding for the devices.
LO will retain parking along Botticelli Street
Lake Oswego's traffic engineers have opted to retain the current on-street parking on the south side of Botticelli Street in the Mountain Park neighborhood. The road was repaved earlier this summer, and City staff had at one point considered a plan to replace the existing parking lane with a bike lane when the road was re-striped after the construction.
Botticelli Street runs between Melrose Street and Touchstone and is one of the only direct connections between the Westlake and Mountain Park neighborhoods. Bicyclists who use the route favored the change, but nearby neighbors objected to the loss of street parking. According to City officials, the road is not wide enough to fit both options.
Instead of a bike lane, the City has opted to paint "sharrows" in the eastbound traffic lane on Botticelli Street. The icons feature an image of a bicyclist with an arrow pointing in the direction of traffic, indicating to drivers that they should be on the lookout for bikers sharing the road. The striping was completed earlier this week.
Blazer game to beneft LO Veterans Memorial
The board of the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial hopes to raise funds for the proposed project by participating in Veterans Appreciation Night at the Moda Center on Friday, Nov. 10, when the Portland Trail Blazers face off against the Brooklyn Nets.
Ticket buyers who use the promo code LOVM will get access to special pricing, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial Fund for design and construction work. More information about the event can be found at www.rosequarter.com/LOVM, along with a link to purchase tickets.
The Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial is a 501(c)(3) corporation composed of local residents who hope to build a Veterans Memorial in Lake Oswego's Foothills Park. The City has endorsed the project and is helping to advise the corporation, but it's up to the group of volunteers to raise the needed funds for construction. To learn more about their efforts, visit loveteransmemorial.org.
LOPD arrests two for DUII in September
Lake Oswego Police arrested two motorists for driving under the influence in September during regular-duty patrols, bringing the total number of people arrested for DUII in Lake Oswego to 66 since Jan. 1.
The department also continues to work in partnership with Oregon Impact to participate in high-visibility enforcement details with other law enforcement agencies from across the nation, according to LOPD Lt. Doug Treat. The latest of those events occurred in the weeks leading up to and including Labor Day weekend; during that time, Treat said, the LOPD made one additional alcohol-related DUII arrest.
Treat said the goal of the enforcement details is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute show that alcohol-related traffic crash fatalities accounted for about one out of every three highway deaths in 2015, an alcohol-impaired traffic crash fatality occurred every 51 minutes and an average of 28 alcohol-impaired traffic crash fatalities happened every day.
A driver can be impaired by a number of intoxicants, include alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medication. If a driver is arrested for DUII, they can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.
"Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired," Treat said. "Please act responsibly and drive sober."
Help pick photo contest winners
Photos have been submitted, finalists have been chosen and now it's up to you to help pick the winners of the City's ninth-annual photo contest.
Online voting is now underway in seven categories: Life in Lake Oswego, Places in Lake Oswego, People of Lake Oswego, Positive Aging in Lake Oswego, Pets in Lake Oswego, Youth (for photographers under the age of 18) and Digitally Altered Images.
Winners will be announced in November, and winning images will be displayed at City Hall, published in the City's print and online newsletters and featured in a future issue of The Review. There are monetary prizes, too!
To cast your vote, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicaffairs/photo-contest-voting.
— The Review