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.    

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