School district needs to be fiscally responsible
When the voters approved the Lake Oswego School District's capital improvements Bond Measure 3-8 in 2000, they were responding to a Lake Oswego School Board request that included funds for needed improvements for various elementary and secondary schools. Instead, after spending twice as much for Lakeridge High School as it had asked the voters for (an extra $8 million plus $8 million more for "surprises"), the school board delayed indefinitely most improvements to the elementary and secondary schools.
When the voters approved the Lake Oswego School District's capital improvements bond measure in 2018, they were responding to a Lake Oswego School Board request that included a $7 million dollar swimming pool line item. For many decades the existing swimming pool has served both students and residents of the school district.
Now, we are told that the school board has asked the city to use parks and recreation funds approved by the voters to help build a new, much larger, much more expensive pool or pools at or near Lakeridge High School.
Is it unreasonable for Lake Oswego voters to expect that the Lake Oswego School Board would actually carry out its commitments when it asks for money?
Our community should decide
You may believe our gorgeous Lake Oswego natural parks are protected from development. Our natural parks improve our quality of life and property values. They exemplify the sylvan character of our city. They provide solace to our souls and our beloved pets too. They even provide biological banks, of a sort, for an uncertain future. However, these areas are not fully protected. Even donated land that is supposed to be protected in perpetuity. When the third attempt in as many decades was made to develop Cooks Butte Park with a huge communications tower, citizens started investigating: exploring the nuances of the City Charter, parks plans and land use codes. As a result, they found our natural parks are not fully protected. Citizens now want to protect these natural places through the Lake Oswego City Charter so their use can only be changed by your vote. Lawyer-speak can turn something good into something bad, or vice versa, so let's be clear. First, please join your neighbors and sign the petition before Jan. 31, 2020 to get our community initiative on the May ballot, despite the somewhat misleading title, "restricts improvements in certain City park properties," that was assigned. Because, yes, we DO WANT an initiative on the May ballot that "limits development" in our natural parks that is inconsistent and incompatible
with preserving their natural conditions. Visit Love LO Parks for a petition.
Second, in the May election vote "yes" on our community's measure to preserve Lake Oswego's natural parks for residents, visitors and future generations and limit development in natural areas that are intertwined into the very fabric of our neighborhoods. You never know what those "City improvements" might be.
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