Wednesday, September 17, 2014

COLA Board To Interview All Candidates 9/26-9/27

To All COLA Members,

The COLA board has scheduled to interview all candidates for city council next week 9/26-9/27. Four of the five candidates have already confirmed attendance. We anticipate all candidates will be interviewed to ensure members have the opportunity to review the positions of everyone running for city council.

Board members and Advisory board members will be present during the interviews.  The purpose of the interviews is to allow candidates to clearly communicate their values and their platform to the community.

As in the past two election cycles we intend to post the interviews on this blog for members and the community at large to review.  COLA televised interviews in 2010 on TVCTV and posted interviews on the blog in 2012.   This allows the community to review the positions of candidates at their leisure.

Feel free to contact any board member with questions regarding the interview process, schedule, or posting to this blog.   We anticipate that COAL will announce its endorsement decision after a formal vote by the board in mid October.

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Candidates for Council Begin to Release Their Views!

To All COLA LO Members,

There were startling revelations this week as the FIVE candidates began to release their views on the key issue impacting our community.    Some of the revelations weren't that at tall and others seemed to be very enlightening.

The Positions of the Candidates can be found in an article in the LO Review last week at  City Council Candidates  excerpts are included below..........

For example councilor Jeff Gudman refuses to answer questions on Wizers.  While he establishes his priority on infrastructure spending.  On sensitive lands he says basically "he is working on it".

Candidate Ed Brockman supports the Wizer development as the type of development needed for millennials.   At the same time he mentions a quick fix for tree grove requirements and sensitive lands.

Candidate Joe Buck supports the Wizer development.  On property rights: "We need to ensure the rights individuals have to be masters of their property are protected insofar as it affords others their reasonable right not to be unduly impacted by the actions of those individuals. 

Candidate Jackie Manz  On the Wizer Block: "I wholeheartedly support East End redevelopment as a compact retail district. However, while I appreciate the passion behind the current Block 137 project, the scope and scale are out of in sync with the village characteristics of the neighborhood.”

Candidate Matt Keenan says the Wizer block should conform to the small commercial element of the East End planning district.   On spending priorities: "“I think that transportation in Lake Oswego is under a lot of pressure, in terms of regional perspective, to invest in multi-modal transportation. In other areas of the region, I don’t disagree with it. But Lake Oswego currently does not have a whole lot of money, and we do have a street system that needs to be repaired and maintained. So putting our resources toward maintaining our streets should be the number one priority.

Combined the positions of all FIVE candidates present a mixed bag for the voters this fall.   It will be interesting to see which issues are critical to the voting public in 2014.    

COLA will interview all candidates this month and provide the board endorsement as it has in the past several elections.    Stay tuned.....

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's the FIVE now!

To all COLA LO Members,

Its FINAL.....

There are five candidates for three open council positions this fall.   Board members contacted the city and confirmed it today.

The five Council candidates are:

  1. Jeff Gudman
  2. Jackie Manz
  3. Joe Buck
  4. Matt Keenan
  5. Ed Brockman

2014 will represent a very interesting mid term election for the council. Many believe citizens will either confirm the redirection mandate of the 2012 election or voters will once again redirect the council.....

The primary question is has this council met its commitments when elected in 2010 and 2012?   

Only the voters will provide the answer to this question....

No doubt all the candidates will be actively campaigning come September 2 after the holiday.    We encourage ALL members to contact and engage ALL the candidates for this election.  

Once again the COLA board members and advisory board members will interview all the candidates and make an endorsement for the election as we have done in 2010 and 2012.    

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Candidates for City Council Election

To All COLA LO members,

The COLA board has been advised of new city council candidates who will file this week.  We will update all members on the council race and the respective candidates next week as more information becomes public.  

It appears that the race will become much more competitive once all candidates formally announce.

The LO review published articles on both Jeff Gudman and Jackie Manz who have formally declared. Details can be found at Gudman  and Manz.

More to come.......

Please notify all members,contacts, and friends.....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Citizens Seem to Support DRC Decision

To All COLA LO Members,

This week the LO Review was flooded with articles from citizens supporting the decision of the DRC on a 3-2 vote against the proposed Wizer development.     IT was an interesting show of support by a broad number of residents in the community.  

Several articles hit on key points including:

DRC Listened which asks where is our city going?

Council Should Listen  which says the council should follow the logic of the DRC.

City Going Rogue which says that the neighborhoods don't support the project.  

While at the same time at least one resident believes that the debate had lead to a Balanced Project.

While COLA has taken no position on the project its clear that members and a large group of residents have strong views of what needs to be done.    The debate has continued over the entire summer which tends to be a calm season in local politics within Lake Oswego.  

Its clear that citizens are deeply concerned about this project which requires $5 million+  in taxpayer funding to be completed.   The Funding will be through the LORA Urban Renewal District.  

Its now likely that the City Council will hear the appeal of the project in September-October just before the election of three new city councilors.    Stay tuned...

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wizer Appeal is Now Certain - Will it Decide the Election?

To All COLA LO Members,

This week the LO Review published an announcement that the developers intend to appeal the DRC vote (3-2) in opposition to the project.     This means our City Council will make the final determination on the project.   It will be an interesting situation given that the council voted in favor of the LORA development agreement to spend $5 million in taxpayer funds on the project.

The announcement article can be found here:   Kessi says he will appeal...

While COLA has taken no position on the development its interesting that we were defamed or at least grossly misrepresented by at least one comment on the posting of this article.

  • “What you should be able to count on is predictability” ...not here buddy- our crazy NIMBY/COLA/LOCAL crowd is as unpredictable as they come. Why would anyone want to do business in LO, with rabid loons like Sengenberger, Cassidy, Berg, Gibson, and Akermen screaming at you?
Board member Gary Gipson clarified the COLA position:

  • Jane: Screaming? Really. I've never seen any of the people you name screaming at anyone. Quite the contrary on the Progressive side of the coin. COLA has not personally taken a stance on the Wizer development and I doubt it will occur. What we are witnessing is a division of the former coalitions in town, many switching camps regarding Wizer's. That will lead to an interesting election this year. The SOV contingent for the most part have been in the fiscal responsibility camp. I could see them withdrawing their support from any incumbent running for reelection who votes in favor of the development as it now stands. It is the hot topic of the year and different from former issues in that some former members of LOCAL support it, and a few members of KLOG oppose it. After all our correspondence, I would have thought you could spell my name by now, but you still hide behind your alias mask.

Its an interesting twist on the entire high density issue in Lake Oswego.    It seems the City Council will make the final decision in September or October.    

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.    

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Return of Streetcar?

To All COLA LO Members,

This week the city of Portland has published an interactive map of its 20 year comprehensive plan and the transportation elements.  It provides interesting insight into the minds of the Portland Planners.   Much to the chagrin of many in LO one project appears again.  You got it right the Streetcar!  

The map proposes a streetcar line to Johns Landing which we all know is just a phase away from the old Portland to Lake Oswego streetcar proposal that wasted millions in taxpayer dollars.

The latest article on the issue can be found in the Oregonian Streetcars to Johns Landing.  

Many in the community believe that the proposed Wizer development in Lake Oswego is the anchor to justifying light rail to Lake Oswego.    Its clear here in this publication that the Portland planners are certainly looking like that may be the case, despite recent revelations by the city of Portland auditor that streetcar is fraught with problems.  

Here is a quote from the article:

"Streetcar and light rail: The city's map includes three potential streetcar routes headed by the Bureau of Transportation. There's an $80 million extension through Johns Landing, a $70 million extension to Hollywood along Sandy Boulevard and a $65 million extension along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Killingsworth Street. Beyond that, the map still accounts for a $300 million light rail extension to Vancouver, even though the Columbia River Crossing is supposedly dead."

The interactive MAP can be found at : 2035 Plan.  

All of this disclosure is occurring at the same time the community debates the proposed Wizer block development.    Please notify all members, contacts and friends.   

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