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Thanks Dr. Palmer for all you did for children

(The following is an open letter to retiring Lake Oswego pediatrician Donald Palmer):Dear Dr. Palmer,Thank you so very much for all your tender care, wisdom and love that you so willingly gave to our children, Christi and Art (and to us, too).

We are so grateful. You are the best.

Happy retirement .Love,

Jerry and Ann North

Lake Oswego

Village label ‘is nothing less than a misnomer’

I think the definition of a village is interesting: “a small community or group of houses in a rural area, larger than a hamlet and usually smaller than a town, and sometimes incorporated.”

Don’t we need a Pied Piper to qualify as a village? Save our village or save our city? I agree with Mr. Brown when he wrote publicly that the term village is not apropos. It is nothing less than a misnomer.

Robert Lawrence

Lake Oswego

Plenty of reasons the Wizer plans are wrong

We wish to voice our opposition to the proposed development of the Wizer block for the following reasons:

The project is aesthetically out of balance with the rest of our downtown;

There is insufficient parking to accommodate residents and guests;

Rental units mean constant turnover with the congestion that entails;

Renters have no stake in Lake Oswego’s future;

Most residents will work elsewhere adding to traffic congestion due to lack of public transportation; and

It violates our city code and to grant variances will lead to future degradation of our core values.

Please do not let the greed of the developers and the lure of increased revenues ruin our city

Richard D. Cavalli

Katharine L. Cavalli

Lake Oswego

Design team didn’t have ‘its eye on the squirrel’

Since moving to Lake Oswego from my previous home in unincorporated Washington County, north of Beaverton, I have been closely following the discussion on the Wiser property.

During my lifetime, now at age 79, I have moved 25 times from one community to another, and many times to or from Europe or Asia, living in 10 different states and residing 13 years overseas in several countries and communities.

Because of these many moves, I am quite familiar with the characteristics of small towns and villages, and some of their quaint attributes here in the USA as well as the overseas areas. Sorry to say this, but I do not believe the architect team had its eye on the squirrel, so to speak; the squirrel being the character of the downtown Lake Oswego. Slab-sided buildings of four and/or five stories do not appear to match the needs of this community from what I can see with my own eyes, see in the letters to the editor or hear in my discussions with neighbors and members of my community who have lived here much, much longer than I have.

I really believe that this architect team does not have the right skills or experience to design a building befitting or complementing a small village center, and they should go back to their drawing boards and try again. This design team should listen, please, to the long-time residents who have voiced over and over their concerns about the appropriateness of the current designs and scale of buildings.

Since I shall be living here for the rest of my life, I, also, would like to look out over the quaint village of Lake Oswego in my future.

Thomas W. Steeves

Lake Oswego

Pleased that Realtor Justin Harnish spoke up

I am glad to see that Justin Harnish, a successful Realtor in Lake Oswego, put his name to a letter to the editor in opposition of the proposed redevelopment of downtown Block 137, in the heart of our city. Due to the nature of their business, Realtors usually support or maintain, at least publicly, a neutral position on real estate development projects, so we citizens do not often get a sense of their true position on projects such as these.

His company apparently is not chosen to market the finished properties — and it would be interesting to know if there is a local firm — nonetheless, his thoughtful letter does shed light on a Realtor’s point of view. It also demonstrates courage — to put his name, his company’s name and his convictions in opposition of this development proposal in our local newspaper (Jan. 9, Opinion page).

Thank you, Mr. Harnish. Perhaps you should consider a run for city council.

His views seem aligned with the majority opinion of the citizens who live here, pay their property taxes, support our schools, frequent our downtown village and use local Realtor services, such as his. I, too, support “the previously proposed project, with boutique hotel, retail and condos” as a “better use of the Wizer block.”

As it is currently proposed, the redevelopment plan is too tall, too dense and too urban and boxy, style-wise (there is a modest nod to Lake Oswego “village style” in order to meet design requirements).

This is our opportunity to speak out (editor’s note: the Lake Oswego Design Review Committee was scheduled to begin discussing this issue Wednesday night) and council before it’s too late.

I am happy to hear this Realtor’s point of view.

Susan Hereford

Lake Oswego

Please scale down the Wizer block plans

(The following is an open letter to the Lake Oswego City Council):

As a 36-year-residents of Lake Oswego, please register our opinions as being against the too tall, too dense and too overbearing proposed Wizer block apartment complex.

Please scale it down to a maximum of four stories to fit the available parking configuration and help retain some of the quaintness of downtown Lake Oswego.

Larry and Karen Hayes

Lake Oswego

‘If gridlock is your thing, move to Beaverton or Portland’

There seems to be a recurring idea that Lake Oswego needs more apartments.

I don’t believe there is a compelling reason behind this, but if so, the Wizer block is the last place to locate an apartment project of this size.

Our city is ill prepared from an infrastructure standpoint, and this project is way over the top when viewed in that light. Thanks to the lake, we only have a few routes in and out of town.

If gridlock is your thing, move to Beaverton or Portland.

I will be very disappointed if the members of the city council allow this project to move forward.

Remember you serve the citizens of Lake Oswego, not the developers of huge apartment complexes.

Larry Freeman

Lake Oswego

‘Design does not complement warm feel of downtown’

I am very much against the size and scale of the proposed development of the Wizer block.

I understand that Mr. Wizer privately owns this property and has the right to try to make as much money as possible out of every square foot, but the important word here is “try.”

When we built our home here in Lake Oswego we had endless hurdles to jump and what seemed like never-ending redesigns and meetings with the planning commission. The planning commission’s concerns were all about fitting in with the scale and style of the surrounding neighbors.

They seemed to have thrown this big concern out the window with the design of the Wizer block. The proposed design does not complement the warm feel of downtown Lake Oswego. My other concern is the 228 apartments. The increase in traffic and parking needs will overwhelm our small and pleasant town. A nice mix of retail and condominiums with an open feel and limited to three stories will fit nicely.

Don McMahon

Lake Oswego

Develop Wizer block — just not this way

I am very much for developing the Wizer block. Just like I thought the Foothills development to be a really good idea, and I voted for the new library at B and First, and I was for bringing the (streetcar) to Lake Oswego.

However, I am so not for the current proposal for the Wizer block. I actually like the architecture, but it’s way too big. That many apartments are just too many for downtown to deal with, and the building will overshadow everything around it.  

If the project gets scaled down, then I will be very happy to support it, but not in its current form.

Gertrud Otzen

Principal broker, EXP Realty

Lake Oswego

Residents should get to approve project

This (Wizer block) project should be submitted to the people for approval. Please remember the public response to the proposed streetcar project.  It was roundly rejected. Also, please remember the original West End Building purchase for $20 million. That was approved by authority of the city council and mayor at the time. A very large financial burden was placed on the city that still exists.

Here is a suggestion for the $17 million Boones Ferry Road project.  Submit the project to the people for their approval. As an additional condition, it must not be started before the city’s obligations for the West End building have been discharged through sale of that property.  This is the commonsense approach that any private family or small business would use.

George E. Edens

Lake Oswego

Seeking information on relative Shirley Moore

I am trying to find out about a relative of mine, Shirley Moore, whose last known address was 3497 SW Devonshire Drive in Lake Oswego. In 2010 my mail to her address was returned to me.

Shirley is a second cousin to me and we had been in contact at Christmas for many years. I went on the Lake Oswego site looking for funeral homes that I could contact to see if she had passed away as she is about 87 years old now.

If you can help me in anyway, I would appreciate it.

Thank you. Reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Margaret Martin

Beaconsfield, Quebec

Dash camera might be helpful in this situation

In the Jan.16 issue of the Lake Oswego Review, Norma Heyser (in her Jottings column) wrote about the arrogance of a Portland police officer and how he confused her old Volvo for Speedy Gonzales in an Audi.

Officer Cash’s quote of “I do not make mistakes” highlights the major flaw in the traffic court system — Johhny Q always make the errors while the police, meter maids and judges never make any mistakes whatsoever. Don’t we all hope to be that perfect?

To level the playing field, it is high time that motorists here do what over an estimated 1 million Russian drivers, and myself, have resorted to — the dash camera. With decent dash cameras available starting at about $50, there is little excuse not to buy yourself a bit more insurance.

Russian motorists have to deal with bad roads, questionable law enforcement, idiot drivers, road rage, hit-and-runs and all sorts of insurance fraud. Add in bridges that fall into the rivers and you have our average commute as well.

Wouldn’t it have been nice for Ms. Heyser to have been able to walk into that courtroom and show Officer Cash and the judge what had really occurred?

Brian Toye

Lake Oswego

‘Don’t forget the blunder’ made with WEB

What is the city council thinking? How can the small downtown area support such a large influx of people, cars, traffic, congestion (associated with the Wizer block proposal)?

The council should think about what the people of Lake Oswego want, not the council’s vision of a grandiose legacy for their short term in office. Don’t forget the blunder in buying the West End Building — don’t make the “buy with your eyes wide shut” in this case.

Make the improvements reasonable to match what we already have across the street.

Steve Richards

Lake Oswego resident since 1989

‘Pajama boy’ and ‘future manhood in the USA’

Regarding (Portland State University professor and associate chair of the department of psychology Eric) Mankowski’s treatise (citizen’s view) about “definitions of manhood” on Jan. 16.

If I had a son, I would like him to grow up to be “pajama boy” (a la the health care commercial).

Now that is what future manhood in the USA should look like. 

John Bogdan

Lake Oswego

Cars aren’t stopping

for pedestrians

Heading south on South State Street we reach McVey Avenue.

Right there is a pedestrian island where you can cross. There is a sign facing north to all drivers that says yield to all pedestrians. It never happens. Even cops cruise right through. This needs to stop.

Bring a camera and I will show it to you.

Cary Gatewood

Lake Oswego

Please keep striving to make county safer

(The following is an open letter to area residents):

Children’s Center stands in awe of the loyalty of our donors and volunteers who are committed to helping our community’s most vulnerable young citizens. You continue to stand up on behalf of children who have suffered from abuse and neglect — children who cannot stand up for themselves.

It is only because of the support of our neighbors and friends that Children’s Center was able to provide nearly 450 medical evaluations in 2013 alone for children who were suspected victims of abuse or neglect. More than a third of the children referred were also seen for concerns of drug exposure — a rising problem in our community.

There will be many resolutions made and broken at the start of a new year. But I want you to know, that because of Clackamas County’s commitment, Children’s Center is resolved to shine the light on child abuse as a first step in keeping kids safe. Hope will continue to live at Children’s Center bolstered by the care and compassion our community shows for vulnerable children.

We are honored to stand beside each of you — friends, advocates, donors and volunteers — as we invest in the safety, healing and justice of our children. As Nelson Mandela stated: “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in being part of our 2014 initiatives to make Clackamas County safe for all children. You can also learn more on our website at childrenscenter.cc.

Barbara Peschiera

Children’s Center executive director

Oregon City




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