Wednesday, July 8, 2015

LO Review Editor Changing the Face of Community Journalism?

To All COLA LO Members,

Its no secret that the LO review has not embraced fiscally conservative candidates or elected officials over the years.    COLA members and board members have been contacted often on this matter.   However, there may be a real change in terms of the fairness issue at the LO Review.

Several board members and many COLA members have met with he new editor of the Review over the past year.   Most have come back with a view that there may be a refreshing change in our local press.    All would agree that is a good sign.

This past week the editor of the LO Review published an article describing the challenges he faces and decisions he has made.   It makes for a good read.   The article Objectivity & Engagement is a good read for all citizens.  

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Councilor Karen Bowerman RESIGNS!

To All COLA LO Members,

Last night in a dramatic statement City Councilor Karen Bowerman resigned after serving only 2.5 years of her 4 year term when elected in 2012.   Many in the community are stunned by her announcement.

A recent newcomer to the community, she won the most votes in 2012 in a dramatic election that saw the council direction change dramatically away form the "tax and spend" philosophy of governance.

Details can be found in an immediate update in the LO review:  Bowerman Resignation.

Who will replace Councilor Bowerman, will the council direction change?  Its on the minds of many community leaders today.  

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

More Details Emerge from the WEB Sale

To All COLA LO members,

More details are emerging on the sale of the WEB building.  The results keep looking even better than expected.    It looks like the sale was nearly $3 million in excess of what was owed on the property.

That means our City will not have to write a check to the buyer.    In addition a small parcel of land on Kruse Way near the facility may also be sold to another buyer.  

The question now is what will the council do with a one time infusion of more than $3 million in funds?   Time will tell but its certain that the extra funds are needed within the community.

More details were released in the LO Review article Yakima Products Buys the WEB.  

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

City Council Sells the WEB!

To All COLA LO Members,

Its finally been announced.   The Council has sold the WEB building to YAKIMA who will use it as their headquarters in Oregon.    They intend to remodel the interior and move employees there by the end of the year.  

Its a win-win for citizens in Lake Oswego and the company.  
This is a major step in the ongoing economic development of the west side of Lake Oswego which is observing enormous private investment.    the details can be found at:  WEB Sold to Yakima Products.

When the final details are made public we believe everyone will see the enormous benefit this decision will provide to everyone in the city.

Please notify all friends, contacts, and members.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

COLA Board Member Discusses Core Services

To ALL COLA LO Members,

This past week board member Dave Berg published another article in the LO Review.   This one discusses core services and the importance of the community survey done by the city every two years.   In the article he discusses what many residents believe are the core services of the city and how prior administrations chose a path that impacted the ability to deliver these services.  

Its an important article and one in a series that deals with key issues within the leadership of the city.  

The article can be found at:   Leadership - Willingness to Prioritize

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Council Unanimously Passes 2015-16 Budget

To ALl COLA LO Members,

Last week the city council passed the approved budget form the Citizens Budget Committee (CBC) with a 7-0 vote of the council.   it was only the second time in recent history that the council passed the recommended budget unanimously.

The budget represents a strong emphasis on infrastructure investment without any increase in taxes or franchise fees.   Its also consistent with the recent feedback form citizens in the Community Attitudes Survey.

The LO Review published an article on the budget and council opinions:   Council Approves
The community survey can be found at the city website:  2015 Community Survey

From the site:

"The results show that residents continue to have a very favorable opinion of their city. Overall, residents rate the City 8.6, on a ten-point scale, as a place to live. Results also show that satisfaction with city government improved slightly in 2015 and that residents rated street maintenance (70%) as the highest priority for the City Council to work on during the next 18 months, followed by maintenance of parks and open space (62%). In addition, results show that the Lake Oswego Review (56%) and Hello LO (55%) remain the two most popular sources for local news."

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   

Friday, May 29, 2015

Citizens Applaude Mayors Decision Not to Appoint.

To All COLA LO Members,

This week several citizen letters were submitted to the LO Review regrading the Councils decision not to re appoint a planning commissioner.    Its interesting as they are both for and against the decision.   However most are saying now that the recent community survey shows that most residents are quite happy with the new direction in LO and that many believe the decision was more than justified.  

The original article in the Review can be found here:   Planning Commissioner Appointments.  Comments include those from COLA board members who publicly identify themselves by name rather than make anonymous comments on positions.  

A variety of opinions on the issue can be found in the Readers Letters section this week.   Some of the
notable comments on citizens views include the following:

"sued his city and the people that he was assigned to represent, and cost our community in excess of $1 million. And, he lost his lawsuit. That $1 million could have been better used for our schools!"

"Additionally, while functioning in an official appointed capacity,  elected to initiate a lawsuit against the very city he represents. Given what appears to be a conflict of interest, it would have been more appropriate for ..... to have resigned from his official position long ago."

"Of course, there are citizens who are disappointed in the actions of our local officials, and the point of a survey is to gauge that level of dissatisfaction. Today, that feeling of dissatisfaction sits with the few and not the many. A majority of Lake Oswego residents have a very favorable opinion of their city, and on a scale of one to 10, they rate the city an 8.6 as a place to live."

Its an interesitng debate given the results of the latest community survey.    Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   

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