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Vote Yes on 100

When Oregonians hear that elephants, rhinos and other non-native animals are victims of a mass poaching crisis, referred to as “wildlife genocide,” many think it is a problem that is worlds away. But Measure 100 reveals the shocking truth that poaching is driven by the demand for an animal’s parts and products, such as elephant ivory, and that wildlife trafficking is right in our own backyards because the demand in Oregon exists and we are the only West Coast state that has not enacted strict measures to prevent or combat it.

The United States has the second-largest market behind China in the demand for illegal ivory and other wildlife parts and products. One crucial step that Oregonians can take is to vote “Yes” on Measure 100, which will prohibit in Oregon the purchase or sale of parts and products from 12 highly trafficked animals threatened with extinction: elephant, rhinoceros, lion, tiger, cheetah, leopard, jaguar and pangolin, along with native animals like the sea turtle, whale, shark and ray that call Oregon and the United States home.

Portland’s prestigious Lewis & Clark Law School offers the most extensive Animal Law Studies program in the country. On the wall outside its offices hangs a poster from the Animal Legal Defense Fund that reads, “We may be the only lawyers on Earth whose clients are all innocent.” Animals are 100-percent innocent in everything they do, and they deserve our protection.

Vote “Yes on 100” to stop wildlife trafficking in Oregon.

Lisa Brisley

Lake Oswego

Gustafson earns my vote

“Please sir, I want some more!” Like Oliver Twist, I’m still hungry.

I want more from my city government than potholes filled. I want plenty of planners, so my little downtown maintains a vibrant mix of locally owned shops in the future and our neighborhoods aren’t overstuffed by new construction. I want more inspectors when our schools are rebuilt, so there is plenty of thorough oversight at every stage. I want our parks maintained at more than minimum standards, with plenty of amenities and events for family outings. I want more than just enough fire and police staff, able to respond to every call, no matter how small.

Managing efficiently and meeting a reasonable city budget are of course important, but cutting employees to the level of other towns won’t ensure the level of services we hold dear and consistently pride ourselves in. We pay a premium for our homes in Lake Oswego because we want more than the average.

Jon Gustafson wants these things too, and he is eager to provide them. Check out his website at He earns my vote, and I hope he has yours, too.

Linda Brown

Lake Oswego

Re-elect Studebaker

Lake Oswego has been my home for 30 years and I’ve watched many mayors and city councilors come and go. I have never judged their performance according to political affiliation — a lot of the time, I have been unaware of it. Yet in this current local election, mayoral candidate Jon Gustafson seems to want us to be very aware of his party loyalty and urges us to vote straight down his partisan ticket.

The mayor and council races in Lake Oswego are non-partisan, and I for one am thankful for that. In the past four years, good things have happened in this city with a bipartisan team headed by Mayor Kent Studebaker. Kent took over a rather divisive, polarized council and a city headed toward increased debt and the effects of some previous poor decisions about spending taxpayer money. Under his leadership, things have changed for the better.

Divisive partisan politics have no place in Lake Oswego city government. Great things have happened in the past few years under Mayor Studebaker’s calm leadership of the diverse council and this community.

I urge Oswegans regardless of party affiliation to re-elect Kent Studebaker.

Dave Ellis

Lake Oswego

Gustafson’s vision

We agree with Jon Gustafson’s vision for a culturally rich community life in Lake Oswego. We agree with him that to focus primarily on cost savings to the detriment of long-range planning does not serve our community now or in the future. Lake Oswego needs leadership that can look our current challenges in the eye while recognizing opportunities for making our community even better.

Like Jon, we support these principles:

— Short- and long-term fiscal responsibility;

— Protect our great neighborhoods;

— Support our local businesses and attract new businesses;

— Ensure Lake Oswego is a thriving community rich in opportunities for its citizens;

— Commitment to the arts;

— Control growth and at the same time provide reasonably priced housing for young families and seniors;

— Sustainability measures that decrease our contributions to climate change and lower our short- and long-range costs;

— Vibrant, well supported schools;

— Kindness and trust in our interactions with each other and our elected officials.

We think that Jon has the experience, vision, commitment and motivation that Lake Oswego needs in its next mayor. Join us in voting for Jon!

Kathy Kremer and Stephen Young

Lake Oswego

Stolen signs

Something is amiss in Lake Oswego.

I have lived at my home at the intersection of Overlook Drive and Hillside Drive since 1966. I am active in our community and vote in Lake Oswego elections. What concerns me this time around is that I am supporting Mayor Kent Studebaker and have had two of his yard signs stolen from my property. This is not in the spirit of the Lake Oswego I know and love.

The first sign that was removed was replaced with a Gustafson for Mayor sign, and the second time nothing was left in its place. I do hope that we all respect each other’s right to support the candidates of our choice.

I will soon be replacing my Vote for Mayor Kent

Studebaker sign. Please join me in voting for Mayor Studebaker — a man of integrity and proven leadership in our fair city.

Patty Melrose

Lake Oswego

Vote for Berg

There is a new form of leadership style called “Lead from the Middle,” but as a former Army officer, I was taught to lead to complete the objective.

What is the middle?

There are three groups in the city: special interests, including developers; the city manager and staff, with agendas such as a fiber network that has not been requested by citizens; and the citizens who pay the bills. An elected mayor should lead with citizens’ concerns and protection as the primary concern.

That should be the objective, and “Leading from the Middle” only reduces the ability to complete that objective. Our property rights, affordability, low density and care of our tax dollars should be the top priorities of our elected officials.

Only mayoral candidate Dave Berg has not taken money from special interests. He will lead, with a robust dialogue with City Council members, to arrive at the best solutions to meet the needs of the citizens.

Please join me in voting for Dave Berg for mayor.

Chris Foster

Lake Oswego

Guns and suicide

In a recent Citizen’s View (“Why talk about guns and suicide,” Oct. 6), Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts says, “If you are concerned about a family member or friend in crisis who has access to a gun ... temporarily remove access and store guns out of the home.”

What he neglects to mention is that now, thanks to Oregon Democrats and anti-gun police chiefs, this option is illegal under Oregon law.

Kevin Starrett


Guess who’ll pay?

I just got my monthly bill from Comcast. It went up over $11 to $231.17, with no increase in service: bare-bones telephone, internet and cable television service for just over $7.70 a day. I have no premium channels and no particular bells and whistles, except a modem that I must rent for $10 each month and a “technology fee” that lets me get HD on one television for another 10 bucks.

I consider this highway robbery, which is what you get when you create a monopoly and let it charge whatever it wants. I also pay the electric and gas companies, both of which are quite reasonable in my experience. They don’t charge whatever they want, even though they’re monopolies.

And yet the supporters of Measure 97 assure me these big bad companies won’t dare raise their prices if it passes because of “competition.” And “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

I’ll vote no, of course. But I expect that if Measure 97 passes, the month it becomes effective my Comcast bill will increase by $5.80 ... if I’m lucky.

Jim Kronenberg

Lake Oswego

The right direction

Unlike the sentiment in many places, most Oswegans seem genuinely pleased with the direction in which Lake Oswego is going. I certainly am, and I attribute much of that to the leadership of our city government.

Mayor Kent Studebaker and a team of committed councilors have put us in a situation where we can be very optimistic about our future here. Spending is under control and our tax dollars are focused on the things we want and like to have.

Mayor Studebaker does not make partisan decisions or set one ideological agenda. Our city government is working in tandem with us and with each other. In this year of all years, we in Lake Oswego should value that.

I encourage all voters for mayor and City Council to reject the urging of some to “vote straight down” a particular party ticket. The election of our city government is non-partisan, and we are all better off for that. Kent Studebaker has skillfully guided a diverse team that has coalesced around services and programs that make this city an enviable place to live.

We’re heading in the correct direction. Let’s not go off on a partisan course. Re-elect Kent Studebaker!

Alistair Firmin

Lake Oswego

Studebaker cares

Lee and I have been residents of Lake Oswego for decades, and we appreciate the leadership of Kent Studebaker, our mayor.

Kent’s desire to serve others in our city has always been motivated by how he cares for the needs of others. As a leader with a humble demeanor, he is one who listens to both sides of an issue and makes decisions that most benefit its citizens.

We get to serve with Kent at a hotel for disadvantaged folks in Portland, where we bring food and conversation. While visiting the residents, we’ve seen Kent in action as he connects with the people and shows concern for their well-being. This is the same caring that Kent brings to his leadership of Lake Oswego.

We wonder how Kent finds time to be a Sunday school teacher with his wife Kim, a member of Rotary and do all his civic duties as mayor, with the many meetings and appearances involved. Kent simply makes the time because he cares about people, this city and a future that instills the safety, health and vibrancy of the community.

We encourage you to re-elect Kent Studebaker, our best choice for mayor.

Scott and Lee Havens

Lake Oswego

Retain Collins

Enough with the political agendas and personal “visions” of what Lake Oswego and we as citizens should be.  How about making our city a better and stronger community! Strong, structure, quality, solvent and efficient are words that come to mind.  Not a councilor’s vision of who and what we should be.

Since 1993, Charles Collins has served in civic, homeowner, budget committee and City Council positions to make our community stronger and risen to leadership positions in each endeavor.  He is our current City Council president for a reason.

Honest, reliable and dedicated to who and what LO strongly represents. Retain Charles Collins on Council.

Kristi Harnish

Lake Oswego

Berg understands

Three candidates for mayor have been part of local government. Two stand for the status quo of a city government over the citizens. But Dave Berg understands the citizens hire the council to produce an efficient government, not rule.

Two candidates are backed by those unelected who seek to be close to power to guide their vision for the city. Dave Berg pledged not to take special interest money and is backed by individuals. Campaign funds raised have been about 30 percent of the other two.

One candidate wants to redirect money by expanding what is a core city service to include spending to improve the human condition. We are to trust his vision for our happiness. Another states we are in compliance with density goals of Metro, but votes for Wizer’s. More development is apparently needed to send more money to city government, even if it reduces Lake Oswego’s village character and developers make us into Portland South.

Dave Berg’s concern is affordability for those already here, their vision of LO and the fiscal responsibility to protect citizens’ assets. He understands the PERS bombshell coming in years three and four, and how it will affect today’s spending.

Vote Dave Berg for mayor.

David Barra

Lake Oswego

Choose Gustafson

Among the qualities we find most important in our elected leadership are preparation and vision. Rather than pushing one agenda, Lake Oswego Councilman Jon Gustafson has consistently demonstrated his familiarity with both large and small issues confronting our city, because he does his homework.

None of Lake Oswego’s abundant offerings happened overnight. Gustafson recognizes the achievements of our past leadership and believes a fundamental job of their successors is to protect and improve upon those accomplishments for the next generation.

A healthy, vital city embraces a mayor with vision, thereby preserving its assets. Join us in electing Jon Gustafson as our next mayor.

Paul Kachel and Mary Ann Kunkel

Lake Oswego

Collins will serve us well

I have had the pleasure of knowing Charles Collins for over 15 years. He has dedicated a large portion of his time to thoroughly understanding the issues in our community and contributing in a very critical and positive way, including as president of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, as chairman of the Budget Committee and for the past year as a City Council member.

Charles has the endorsement of both Mayor Kent Studebaker and Council Member Skip O’Neil. He seeks creative yet practical solutions to all issues, respectfully considering all views as part of his decision-making process.

Charles appreciates the uniqueness of the different neighborhoods that make up Lake Oswego and does not seek to impose heavy-handed central government contro,l e.g. mandated sidewalks on every street in the city. Instead he offers the fresh perspective of making sure city government provides for needed infrastructure and maintenance while maintaining fiscal responsibility in our budgeting process.

Thank goodness he does not see government’s role as one of imposing a “utopian” vision on us, an arrogance unfortunately held by some in elected positions today.

Charles has done an excellent job as City Council member and will serve us well during the next term.

Bill Beard

Lake Oswego

Vote no on intolerance

The problem with politics today is that people are too quick to categorize and dismiss instead of engaging in open, honest dialogue. That’s why, as a member of the Lake Oswego Citizens Action League, I was disappointed that two candidates were no-shows to our sponsored debate — mayoral candidate Jon Gustafson and City Council candidate Theresa Kohlhoff.

As part of LOCAL’s leadership, I’ve been labeled a Tea Party member, the LO Taliban and a right-winged whacko by people who hide behind anonymity on the internet and don’t know me. In reality, I’ve voted for both Democrats and Republicans and will do so in the forthcoming election.

When The Review characterizes Gustafson as “a constant reminder of the need to make sure that every one of us is heard,” they ought to consider the addendum “so long as you agree with him.” In Kohlhoff’s campaign literature, she asserts she will “lead with an open heart to the needs of all citizens.” What about the needs of the debate audience faced with an empty stage?

Candidates who think it’s their place to pick and choose who they engage with should be rejected by the voters. Intolerance has no place in our City Hall. Lake Oswego deserves better.

Rick Petry

Lake Oswego

Supporting Gustafson

I’m always excited to receive the Oregon voters’ pamphlet in our mailbox. Just for being citizens, we enjoy the right to vote without the barriers that many others must face. And I know from my eight years as your mayor that your vote, especially at the local level, has direct consequences on the kind of city that we live in. Your vote counts!

We can be proud of the vision and work of past city councils that have made Lake Oswego the wonderful place it is to live. Our beautiful downtown, where we shop and meet our friends and neighbors, our many trails and parks, the No. 1 library in the state, the AAA bond rating we have maintained throughout the many changes to our city — all are due to our careful choice of priorities.

While these accomplishments are admirable, we must carry on a tradition of excellence and forward thinking. This requires vision and planning and accomplishing necessary public works that will prepare our city and our residents for the future.

For this reason — and many more — I am supporting Jon Gustafson for mayor. Jon knows how important maintaining the livability of Lake Oswego is, and as the Lake Oswego Review said, “Councilor Jon Gustafson offers a vision of the kind of Lake Oswego where we all want to live: a community rich in educational, recreational and cultural opportunities, with smart transportation and housing options, a protected natural environment and a sustainable future.”

I hope you will join me in casting your very important vote for Jon Gustafson for mayor.

Judie Hammerstad

Lake Oswego

Return Collins to council

As 25-year residents of Lake Oswego, are writing to support City Councilor Charles Collins for a four-year term on the Lake Oswego City Council.

We have known Charles for over 20 years. In that time, we have seen Charles accept the call to civic service, serve with civility and selflessly work for the interests of all.

Charles is the past president and current treasurer, with 12 years of service, of his homeowner’s association; past president of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, with seven years of service on the board and over 20 years of membership; and he joined the City’s Budget Committee four years ago, serving first as a member, then as vice chairman and then as chairman.

Charles is a valuable Lake Oswego resident, with experience as a leader in public and private groups. He has served as a city councilor since 2015 with a commitment to a financially sound Lake Oswego that continues to preserve and enhance our neighborhoods, parks, roads and downtown.

Why should we elect Charles Collins to City Council? His commitment to a civil and productive city; his focus on continuing to make the City of Lake Oswego a safe and healthy place; and his commitment to financially responsible police, fire and road maintenance, with an emphasis on performing infrastructure improvements on a timely basis to avoid more expensive deferred work.

Jeffrey and Judi Babcock

Lake Oswego

Broken promises?

Having supported Kent Studebaker’s initial run for mayor, I was taken aback by his joining fellow council member Jon Gustafson in voting to overturn the Development Review Commission’s rejection of the Block 137/Wizer Block project in its present design. His vote contradicted promises he had made earlier to honor the commission’s decision and tossed aside the investment of many hundreds of hours of citizen action and commission time.

Mayor Studebaker subsequently maintained in his November 2014 “Hello LO” column that the DRC had determined that the proposal had satisfied the City Code’s “village character” criteria, without mentioning that the DRC had rejected the proposal for not fitting into the overall “village character” vision the commission had been entrusted to judge.

The remaining mayoral candidate — Dave Berg — has written that he opposes the proposal his opponents protected, “as it doesn’t conform to our community character and only raised more tension in our community.”

City residents who care about the respect those in government show for carrying out the will of the people as expressed through the case presented to and approved by its official commission should take these considerations into account in voting for mayor.

John Teton

Lake Oswego

Elect Humberston

As a voter and 28-year resident of Lake Oswego I, like many of you, have wished we could vote for someone who says what they mean, means what they say, keeps their word, is respectful of others opinions and is thoughtful in supporting his opinions. We have that opportunity in this upcoming election.

Ken Humberston is such a candidate. I have gotten to know Ken well over the past 18 months. Not once has he dodged a question in public or private. Not once has he been disingenuous. When he takes a position, he has thought it through and done his homework.

He has demonstrated leadership on the Clackamas River Water Board and on the Economic Development Council. He has saved ratepayers money by working as a team player. He may be the most experienced candidate ever to run for this office.

I am asking you to join me in voting for Ken Humberston for Clackamas County Commissioner, Position 4, and replace Tootie Smith.

Christine Roth

Lake Oswego

Follow the money

Is anyone looking at the contributions to candidates for mayor?

Kent Studebaker is receiving most of his contributions from developers, including Patrick Kessi from the Wizer Block development, and from real estate interests, including people who do not even live in Lake Oswego. Jon Gustafson is receiving large contributions from partisan interests and employee unions.

While all these contributions may not be inherently wrong, they indicate there are special interest groups vying for power and influence over the future direction of our city. It appears the continued concern of Lake Oswego citizens over inappropriate high density is taking a backseat to outside influences.

Mayoral candidate Dave Berg is receiving his contributions from Lake Oswego citizens and local community leaders. Berg has pledged not to accept contributions from developers, partisan interest groups or employee unions. Why? It is reasonably clear there is a conflict of interest when receiving contributions from these groups.

All of us should be asking who will represent the ordinary citizen of Lake Oswego. Studebaker refuses to admit that high density is encroaching on Lake Oswego. Is it a surprise that he is receiving support from developers and real estate interests?

Simply put, follow the money.

Tom Grigg

Lake Oswego

Supporting Collins

As we all prepare to exercise our right to participate in Lake Oswego’s future direction, I would urge voters to measure the value and wisdom provided by years of experience devoted to local endeavors.

The significance of previously demonstrated public service is a strong indicator of future behavior, and Charles Collins has already successfully committed countless hours and over 20 years helping to further the shared values of our community. His commonsense approach to challenging topics shows a mature grasp of reality and fiscal responsibility. His roots are deep and his commitment to this community that he loves has been consistent and clear.

May each of us recognize the valuable steward we have in Charles Collins!

Mignon Ervin

Lake Oswego

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