Does city really want to protect parks?
The city of Lake Oswego describes itself as "good stewards of our environment." Its history of undermining our natural parks tells a different story.
In the 1950s the property between Rainbow Terrace, Uplands and Wembley Park was owned and logged by a sawmill operation. In 1969 the Pennington family donated 28 of the 52 acres that make up Springbrook Park to the city to be used as a natural park. The property sat for 20 years without the city doing anything to it.
The Friends of Springbrook Park (which Ruth Pennington was instrumental in forming) rescued the adjoining 24 acres from high-density housing with a special election in 1973. The mayor and City Council put full-page ads in the Review to defeat the acquisition. They failed to sway voters, and the property was added to the existing park parcel. The initiative to add the adjoining acreage declared it as a natural park, but the city ignored that and built an indoor tennis center on the land.
The city attempted more unnatural development of Springbrook in 1978. They failed to sway voters when 75% voted in favor of a charter amendment. Amendment X was passed to further cement Springbrook Park's status as a "natural park."
The Friends of Springbrook Park reestablished in 2003 as people saw a need for a Natural Resource Management Plan to balance the two important goals of the park: conservation and usage. The city once again was trying to add on to the tennis building. They were thwarted thanks to Amendment X.
Here we are in 2021, and the city asks us to trust their ballot measure to "protect" our parks. Can we really trust the motivations of city employees who have spent decades rebeling against the wishes of the citizens of Lake Oswego?
Gudman will create good community outcomes
Jeff Gudman's willingness to step forward and fill an unexpected vacancy on our City Council is fortunate for Lake Oswego.
Under council consideration is a state-of-the-art sewer treatment facility, planning for the new Parks and Rec building, and we are now preparing for a major change in land use with HB 2001. This city councilor must be able to understand and actively participate on day one. Jeff Gudman is the person who can step in and immediately get to work.
With his past eight years of council experience and his proven approach of collaborative problem solving, Jeff will be able to help create good outcomes for our community. He knows Lake Oswego and cares about Lake Oswego. Jeff understands finances on a city scale. He is open and encouraging of citizen involvement. (And as colder weather approaches, might I lightly add that Jeff has the knack for making us smile with his hallmark seasonal sweater selections.)
I sincerely encourage our City Council to appoint Jeff Gudman. They can do so with the confidence of knowing Jeff will bring genuine commitment and experience to the job.
A 'Gud-man' in waiting
It is apparent to me that there is really only one good replacement choice for Lake Oswego's City Council opening.
That would be, Jeff Gudman!
A person to bring back fiscal responsibility to the council, take care of how tax dollars are budgeted and spent, with the experience and knowledge of how best to represent Lake Oswego's needs to Clackamas County, Metro, the state and regional partners, Jeff is our man.
Without Jeff's hard work and tenacity in ushering the three- and five-party Intergovernmental Agreement (IGAs) through five regional governments, Metro, Clackamas County, Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn, it is very doubtful that it would have been accomplished.
Just one example of his great work with LO's best interest in mind.
Currently up to speed and very knowledgeable on city specific issues. I would bet that there isn't any specific project, budget or plan that Jeff is not fully aware of or doesn't have solutions to issues that come with them.
I would state again that Jeff is "ready, willing and definitely ABLE" to once again serve the city of Lake Oswego as Councilor Jeff Gudman.
A "Gud-man" waiting to serve again!
Former Stafford Hamlet chair
C-4 Hamlet Rep.
County-Committee for Citizen Involvement
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