Shortsighted to withdraw from OGLO
Lake Oswego has again chosen to isolate itself by withdrawing from planning for the OGLO bridge planning process. How sad and shortsighted. Are walls next?
Council made right call
A big thank you to Mayor Studebaker and Councilors LaMotte, Manz, O'Neill and Wendland for listening to the citizens of Lake Oswego and recognizing that Metro's OGLO bridge was not only a waste of taxpayer dollars but something that would not be beneficial to the City of Lake Oswego. Thank you for not endorsing moving forward with the costly Metro study.
And shame on Councilors Kohlhoff and Nguyen for not being better informed on the entire dimensions of the project and not listening to the overwhelming opposition from the citizens of Lake Oswego by voting to move forward with the $500,000 study.
I/we will remember who did not listen to the citizens of Lake Oswego and voted for wasting taxpayer dollars and possibly devastating a beautiful Lake Oswego Park.
Council erred in prematurely ending bridge study
The Lake Oswego City council (11/5/19) voted to kill further involvement in the feasibility study funded by Metro for the Willamette River Crossing. The vote occurred, without prior public notice, following a motion by Councilor LaMotte to withdraw Lake Oswego from further participation in the study. Little discussion ensued before Mayor Studebaker called for the vote. Not all the councilors voted in favor of killing this study, however. Acclaim goes to Councilors Kohlhoff and Nguyen, not because they support the crossing — they may not — but because they demonstrated the leadership to respect the process that had the support of most of the public based on a scientific survey conducted by the project.
The crossing would have been a bicycle and pedestrian link between Lake Oswego and Oak Grove, providing Lake Oswego residents access to/from the excellent bicycle commuting infrastructure on the east side of the Willamette (Trolley Trail and Springwater Corridor), which provide a safe means of reaching Downtown Portland, Milwaukie and Oregon City by bike. Residents on the east side of the Willamette would have a means of reaching employment in Lake Oswego, particularly in the Kruse Meadows office complex.
Lake Oswego has notoriously poor investment in bicycle infrastructure, and there is no safe way to connect to Portland by bike. I know. I commuted by bike to NW Portland for over ten years; getting in and out of Lake Oswego was the least safe part of that commute. When traffic congestion is increasing and climate destruction is calling us to reduce our carbon footprint, improved bicycle access should at least be studied, not prematurely shelved. Let's continue to look toward a future Lake Oswego that seeks to improve traffic, transportation, and climate for its residents — and future generations. Let's thank Councilors Kohlhoff and Nguyen. And let's keep these goals in mind when City Council elections are once again before us.
Join LO Chamber in preparing lights for tree
The LO Chamber has a long history of opening the holiday season by lighting the community tree in partnership with the City of Lake Oswego.
You are invited to join in the pre-preparation in changing the lightbulbs! Find out how many local community members and businesses it takes to light the tree at 5th and A Street.
The lights are at the Lake Oswego city maintenance facility (17601 Pilkington Road) on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come for 15 minutes or the entire time. This is fun and easy —- and may be one of the last years we use these bulbs in preparation for new lighting next year.
Children with their parents are welcome to help and as always, many hands make "light" work! See you Sunday on Pilk-
ington and for the official lighting Friday, Nov. 29 in the Safeway parking lot at 5:30 p.m.
Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce director
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