Thursday, February 23, 2012

PR "spin" continues on the Lake Access Issue

To All COLA LO members,

The PR spin has begun in an attempt to dilute the issues involved with the Lake access.

 The LO review posted a story this week describing the council session and statements made.  

 They include:  

In our actions, the city has essentially been neutral,” he said. “We have worked to maintain the status quo.”

Hoffman said he can’t control whether a different entity sues Lake Oswego Corporation, which took over lake control from Oregon Iron & Steel decades ago. But if that does happen, he hopes to keep the city out of the crosshairs.

“The only definitive answer on whether Oswego Lake can be accessed by the public and to what measure will come through expensive litigation, and that’s not what I’m about as mayor,” Hoffman said. “I do not believe it is in the best interest of our community for this city to be a part to any expensive, community-dividing litigation.”

Many in the community believe that the Mayor is actually inviting litigation by his statements rather than closing the door on the issue and addressing it with the planning commission.     

Online comments and blogs reflect this and question the motives.   

Details can be found in Status Quo.    The LO Review also published a story this week indicating that the City owns property which would give the public access to the lake.   Is it public?  

Oregonian articles on the issue can be found at Lake Oswego - Public Access.

Its becoming clear though that by not taking a firm position,  this administration is actually taking a position on lake access and "green lighting" the planning commission's efforts which many see as a personal agenda.    Details can be found in a variety of blogs and online comments. 

Let's see how this all evolves but its another divisive issue facilitated by the administration.  

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

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