Thursday, April 9, 2015

Will the WEB Be Sold?

To All COLA LO Members,

Over the past few weeks our community has learned that the city had received 11 bids on the WEB.   After nearly a decade of paying for a building that largely sat empty it seems the city has viable buyers.    The details of the bids have not been disclosed to the public.   However multiple sources are now telling us that the majority of bids are viable and that the city has contacted the bidders for follow up efforts.

Its fair to say that three separate administrations have not been able to justify the expenditure of purchasing the WEB at $20 million and the additional capital investment required to convert it to any reasonable use over the years.    At the same time the property has been removed form the tax rolls reducing the revenue to city government.   The expenditure on the WEB alone exceeds $1 million per year in costs to the city.    That does not include the costs of the programs it houses or the capital investments required to maintain it.

Over the past few weeks an initiative has been circulating to keep the WEB as some residents realize the sale is now very viable.    We have been told its being supported by former members of the Hammerstad administration.   The question is why?   Over nearly an decade no administration has provided a viable answer for the WEB.    Its simply too expensive to maintain or convert to any use.  

Unfortunately it appears a major political effort is underway to try to keep the WEB.

So who is driving this effort?   Why would the city keep an asset that has drained in excess of $10 million in taxpayer wealth so far?   Many of us are wondering if the supporters understand the cost of the WEB to the community.    How much could we do with the $10 Million?  The answer is a lot.  

Are supporters of the former Hammerstad administration covering their tracks?   Time will tell but it surely doesn't make much sense.  What will the current Mayor and City Council do to protect the taxpayers?   Will the city slide back into the massive debt accumulation of the past? Can the city afford to improve infrastructure if ti keeps the WEB?   These are all questions on the minds of the voters.    

Please forward to all friends, colleagues and supporters.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Updated Election Results

To all COLA LO Members

Here are the updated election results for our City Council:

A preliminary calculation (as of today) for both Clackamas and Washington counties showed:

Jeff Gudman  - 8760
Jackie Manz  - 8503
Joe Buck  - 9573
Matt Keenen - 5752
Ed Brockman - 3292

Please notify all members, contacts and friends.    

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

COLA Endorsed Candidates Win Again!

To All COLA LO members,

Last night's election proved to be very insightful once again.   The votes are now in across all 3 county elections offices:

Jackie Manz will be a new city councilor.  
Jeff Gudman will return as city councilor.

Both of these candidates have been endorsed by COLA over the past two elections.

Joe Buck will be a new city councilor.  

A preliminary calculation last night for both Clackamas and Washington counties showed:

Jeff Gudman  - 7992
Jackie Manz  - 7759
Joe Buck  - 8731
Matt Keenen - 5206
Ed Brockman - 2975

Congratulations to the winners.

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Council Candidate Interviews & COLA Endorsements

TO All COLA LO Members,

The Oregonian published our 2014 City Council Endorsements in early  October.  Their article also provided explanatory information on COLA and background information regarding the endorsements.

Board member Dave Berg was interviewed by Oregonian reporter Michael Bamesberger regarding COLA's activities, its perspective, and the COLA endorsement process.

The article in the Oregonian can be viewed at:  COLA Endorses

Videos of candidate interviews can be found at:
Jackie Manz
Matt Keenen
Jeff Gudman

And Our COLA Channel COLA Interviews

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Major Conflict Of Interest in The City Council Race?

To All COLA LO Members,

Our board was recently advised that some of the endorsements for candidates in LO may include significantly undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Its a shocking revelation that may surprise many residents if verified.

It appears that one local blogger has discovered a significant issue:

 In for a Wild Ride discloses major conflicts of interest in an endorsement of candidate Joe Buck.  

COLA has no idea if the details in the bloggers post are true but we refer our readers to the link above.   Usually organizations must disclose their conflicts with any endorsement.    If this was not done it may be of concern to voters.
Once again we refer our members to the post on their blog for their own evaluation.

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ballots Begin to Trickle In to County Clerks Offices!

To All COLA LO Members,

As the November election ballots arrive there are two sites that are important for citizens to observe:

Multnomah County Election Returns  and Clackamas County Election Returns

These two counties make up 99.99% of Voters in the city of Lake Oswego.  

Clackamas is by far the most representing well over 90% of  residents.    So its returns are critical to the candidates.

But Multnomah may decide which candidates are elected in close races..  

As of Yesterday both counties are showing 10-11% of ballots have been returned by voters.  

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Taxpayer Association of Oregon Endorses COLA Approved Candidates!

To All COLA Members,

This week the Taxpayers Association of Oregon (TAO) announced their endorsements for LO City Council.

 Both COLA endorsed candidates Jackie Manz and Matt Keenen were endorsed by the organization.  

They also endorsed incumbent councilor Jeff Gudman for his fiscal positions as an existing city councilor.

All endorsements in local races can be found here Taxpayer Voter Guide 

Residents throughout Lake Oswego will be receiving a mailer with the organizations endorsed candidates.

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.
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