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Christie, Robyn
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No on LO to Portland Streetcar
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We would like to emphatically state that we are against the LO to Portland streetcar project. We have read all
the pros and cons and feel that it is a project that will not live up to its expectations. Not many of Tri-Met's
projects have. That being said, we simply feel it is too expensive, is not needed and may bring more crime to
LO.
LO has more on its plate that it can now handle. With the WEB building, Foothills project, water project, sewer
project and Lake Grove Village plan, the resources of the city are stretched far enough as it is. The city should
concentrate on these projects rather than take on the streetcar project that we feel is not a must have. The police
and 911 people need new facilities, the schools are in trouble and the city hall needs remodeling or the city
personnel moved to the WEB. There is just too much needed that will have a return and not an ambiguous
return like the streetcar.
We will watch to see how each of the council votes on this. Again we are against it.
We have not talked to any of our neighbors that support the streetcar project.
Richard and Annette Benedetti
Christie, Robyn
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Christie, Robyn
No on LO to Portland Streetcar
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We would like to emphatically state that we are against the LO to Portland streetcar project. We have read all
the pros and cons and feel that it is a project that will not live up to its expectations. Not many of Tri-Met's
projects have. That being said, we simply feel it is too expensive, is not needed and may bring more crime to
LO.
LO has more on its plate that it can now handle. With the WEB building, Foothills project, water project, sewer
project and Lake Grove Village plan, the resources of the city are stretched far enough as it is. The city should
concentrate on these projects rather than take on the streetcar project that we feel is not a must have. The police
and 911 people need new facilities, the schools are in trouble and the city hall needs remodeling or the city
personnel moved to the WEB. There is just too much needed that will have a return and not an ambiguous
return like the streetcar.
We will watch to see how each of the council votes on this. Again we are against it.
We have not talked to any of our neighbors that support the streetcar project.
Richard and Annette Benedetti
Christie, Robyn
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Sheri MacDowell [[email protected]]
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Comprehensive Plan-too much control-City too heavy handed -a poor case to completely
change LO
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I am very concerned that this whole process has been done in a very deceitful
way. I encourage you all to do your own research on individuals and NGA's that
have been the driving force behind this since
2006. http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/plan/Sustainability/City_Sustainability_Plan/L
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0Sustainability%20Plan%20Appendix%20Final%2011-21-07.pdf.
1. Non-elected boards and counsels control local development and implement
smart growth as far back as 2006 & 2007
2. Public input meetings planted with people that have been specifically trained
to create a solution for a problem that does not exist. (at an accelerated rate) using
methods like "backcasting" and "storytelling" (found these through research) Ask
yourself , "Why is convincing the city to buy or do what it does not need, being
pushed so hard?
3. Hoards of outsiders who are dictating policy in our community.
3. Public meetings run by trained and highly paid facilitators whose job is to "CONTROL THE
MEETING AND BRING IT TO A PRE-PLANNED CONCLUSION. " E.G., NATURAL
STEPS, Kittelson & Associates, Cogan Owens Cogan. , Other influences
include:S.C.O.R.E., Zero Waste Alliance, Sustainable Oregon Schools, Global Zen,
Tranformagents (a training program offered through THE NATURAL STEPS to select
individuals), American Planning Association,Triple Bottom Line, Eartheal, WIlliamette Womens
Democrats, to name a few. Why are so many organizations involved? The people that are
"positioned" and are "in the know" stand to make serious financial gain if all of this is passed.
4. Entire agencies created for the sole purpose of telling cites (not just LO) what they can and cannot do.
5. Propaganda- We Heart LO, Next Stop Lake Oswego, Railvolution, the constant adds with
pictures in the LO Review. Who is the financial backer of all of this? The videos with all the
smiley people and happy children. If it's that hard to sell us on it, it's probably not a good thing.
Where is the truth?
6. LO Community Vision for 2035. This vision frightening because it implies that every aspect
of our lives will be planned, controlled and regulated. With words and phrases like: social
fabric, cultural identity, cultural assets, intellectual capital (see below) I don't even understand what these things mean?
Once this is passed it will be the blueprint for our beautiful little city. Thats why it is being pushed for so hard. It's the master key that
opens all doors. It will become the basis for EVERYTHING. Just like the Sustainability Plan completed in 2006-2007.
Lake Oswego Community Vision for 2035 AKA Conversion to Soft
Socialism through the Sustainability Justification
12/20/10 Vision Validation Draft partial statements below:
employment districts, and diverse services and activities are accessible to all. ( I DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT A
DIVERSE SERVICE OR A DIVERSE ACTIVITY IS? COULD BE ANYTHING)
The built environment is designed to protect, enhance and be integrated with natural systems. What does this mean? Tree
houses? Too subjective.
promote the health and social interaction of our residents. (IT IS NOT THE CITIES JOB TO PROMOTE MY HEALTH OR
SOCIAL INTERACTIONS!)
Our educational, cultural and recreational opportunities strengthen the social fabric of the community. (AGAIN, WHAT DOES
THIS MEAN?)
A CONNECTED COMMUNITY
( CONNECTED TO WHAT?)
We have safe, efficient and convenient transportation choices. (except cars) There are frequent and reliable
public transportation options that make it easy to move around our city and the region. (unless if you are in a car )( I think it's
pretty easy already to move around our city) Pathways, sidewalks,
roadways and bike routes encourage residents of all neighborhoods to walk and bike safely. ( JUST HOW WILL THE CITY
ENCOURAGE US TO WALK AND BIKE? FINES? GPA'S ON ALL CARS? OPPS, ACCORDING TO THIS THERE IS NO
PLAN FOR CARS) THIS WHOLE STATEMENTS SOUNDS LIKE ITS TALKING ABOUT A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
CITY THAN LO. I guess thats why the word CULTURE is used over and over in this Vision.
By sharing the example of our successes and our active engagement with other metropolitan area
governments, we help preserve the region’s
quality of life and Lake Oswego’s unique place in it. (AND LAKE OSWEGO'S PLACE IN IT??) Will we
be controlled by Portland and METRO?? Sounds like we will have no independence from
surrounding cities?
public safety response systems that work together with an involved community to ensure
peace and safety. (How ABOUT THE CITY TAKES CHARGE OF SAFETY AND THEN I CAN HAVE
PEACE ALL ON MY OWN?) or will we follow Portland's example and call our Police Officers "Peace
Keepers"???
PUBLIC SAFETY
Easily‐available foods from local community gardens and farmers’ markets support healthy nutrition.
Will community gardens be mandated and food controlled? (will chocolate be allowed? ) (A CITY
NEEDS TO HAVE THIS IN A PUBLIC SAFETY STATEMENT?) How about letting the free market take
care of that one?
So let me get this straight. The city of LO will be in charge of what type and where we get our
food,maybe how and where we grow it?, healthy nutrition, our transportation, our social interactions, our
cultural identity, our intellectual capital, our water, our land use, the size of homes, cultural assets,
diverse services,diverse activities, the kind of trees and plants we and are allowed to plant and how much
of our own land we can use and what we are allowed to use it for. It sounds like heaven. It's so exciting
to be on the cutting edge of socialism. Isn't it? And all in the name of sustainable, sustainability that will
be sustained. I feel so warm and righteous. I just know our population numbers and going to increase.
The plan states it, so it must be true. I have one question? Will the streetcar provide transportation to
and from the Re-Eduction facility? That ,of course is a joke. But if this is allowed to turn into more of a
snowball than it already is, there will be no stopping it and Lake Oswego will be at the point of no return.
What we do as a city will be dictated by outsiders. And we will foot the bill.
I'm all for recycle, re-use and taking care of our land. I am not for making the environment the center of
public life. If a regular pea brain person like myself can't read something like this draft and have a basic
understanding of what this means, then it is poorly written. It shouldn't be understood by only the people
that authored it. Which by the way, WHO did author it ? I have been told it was done by the community. I
don't know anyone who uses language like this.I have been at these so-called public input meetings.
Those who control the language, control the argument. I think is must be one of the aforementioned # 1
through 5 at the top of the page. Yes, I know this all sounds crazy and like a conspiracy theory. That is
why I urge you to do your own research.
Thank you for your time and your sense of humor. I only wish this was a laughing matter.
Sheri MacDowell
Christie, Robyn
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Monday, April 11, 2011 9:07 AM
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As a long time resident of Lake Oswego, it is my strong feeling that a project such as this is totally
and absolutely ridiculous.
The answers I need on this subject are:
a]
Where is the funding coming from?
b]
Who will be using this facility, and, more importantly, the percentage of the population using
this street car?
With the economy in dire straights, unemployment high, interest rates low, people struggling to keep
a roof over their head, and,
food on the table, this street car proposal is, in my estimation, the most ridiculous project you have
come up with yet.
If you will take the time to study history, you will note that people do not give up their private
automobiles to ride public transportation. And, the routes you decide on require an automobile to
utilize such transportation.
It is therefore my strong feeling that this project be abolished and your time and efforts put to better
use.
R. Beryl Church
Christie, Robyn
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Monday, April 11, 2011 8:59 AM
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Message from the web site: I've lived in LO for most of my 74 years. I've lived a pretty good life. I've liked having the good things. But sometimes I have had to say 'no' because I knew that I could not afford the cost. That has been hard for me to do to my family. That will be hard for government to say to their constituents. But I think that's where a lot of the people of LO are, but the problem is that a lot of the people aren't speaking up. They are too involved in the pace of their own hectic lives to speak up on what government is doing. So government keeps doing, and finally the people find they can't afford what government has done for/to them. But the people can't stop the spending. Government has to slow down the spending. That's where we are on the streetcar. Those running the government has to say 'no', because the future impact is going to be too expensive based on the benefits. I implore you to vote against the street car, and in favor of a less expensive alternative. Thank you. Don Nash 503‐636‐9489 Christie, Robyn
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Kirk, Christine; Williams, Brant
FW: Portland Streetcar
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:41 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Portland Streetcar Message from the web site: My recommendation to ALL of you is to vote NO on the streetcar to LO. It is a total waste of money! Christie, Robyn
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:43 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: streetcar Message from the web site: I am writing to all members on the LO City Council and telling all of you to vote NO on the streetcar. Christie, Robyn
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 7:20 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Streetcar Message from the web site: NO ON STREETCAR. MAKES NO ECONOMIC SENSE!!! WILL DO NOTHING BUT LINE THE POCKETS OF A FEW IN REAL ESTATE. NOTHING BUT A SCAM. Christie, Robyn
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FW: Street Car Option
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 1:05 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Street Car Option Message from the web site: Dear members of the LO city council, You are about cast a crucial vote for one of the options presented for the LO to Portland transportation corridor. Here is my input for your consideration. I also plan to present it at the meeting on April 12. I would like to draw the council's attention to Peak Oil Theory. In 1956, M.King Hubbert, a geologist determined that oil production in the U.S. will peak somewhere between 1965 and 1970 and then continue to decline. He was absolutely correct. For the world as a whole peak oil may occur somewhere between 2020 and 2030. Since the U.S. has about 2% of the reserves while consuming 25% of the oil production, more drilling in the U.S. will not make any difference. The situation is even worse for the U.S.in that dependable suppliers like Mexico, Canada and the North Sea have 10 to 25 years of supply while Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq have 80 to 150 years of supply. (If you don't include Canadian tar sands which have high potential to damage the environment.) All this will lead to dramatic increases in the price of oil. With higher prices cities with easy transportation connection to Portland will thrive while those without will decline. Therefore I request the City council to consider the Street Car and the concomitant development of Foothills as an opportunity to bring our community closer to Portland, increase the tax base and make the city attractive to newcomers especially young people. Thank you. Vidya Kale Christie, Robyn
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Kirk, Christine; Williams, Brant
FW: Please support streetcar!
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 1:46 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Please support streetcar! Message from the web site: What a waste it would be to pass up an opportunity like this, please support the future of our city and vote to SUPPORT The streetcar option. Lynne wintermute Christie, Robyn
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Kirk, Christine; Williams, Brant
FW: Streetcar-yes
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 1:49 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Streetcar‐yes Message from the web site: Do what is right for Lake Oswego's future, Support the streetcar. Barry Dragoon Resident Christie, Robyn
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Monday, April 11, 2011 6:39 AM
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streetcar
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To the members of the City Council:
I would like to voice my opinion regarding the proposed streetcar that has been discussed in Lake Oswego.
I am firmly opposed to it.
To spend the amount of money being contemplated is irresponsible at a time when other, seemingly more important
services (such as school funding) cannot meet budget shortfalls.
It seems the Council has made THEIR minds up Lake Oswego needs this service, when the people I talk to regularly are
opposed to it…
This discussion is reminiscent of the argument the Mayor and City Council made when “justifying “ the acquisition of the
former Safeco building…
Please count me in the group that falls under fiscal responsibility.
4948 Hampton Ct
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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Christie, Robyn
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Kris Coder [[email protected]]
Sunday, April 10, 2011 11:21 PM
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[email protected]
Please vote NO to the streetcar
letter to council vote No on street car.doc
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Dear Council Members,
Thank you for taking the time to read and consider our opinion on the street car project.
Sincerely,
Derrick and Kristine Coder
Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Every city in 2011 needs to look ahead to address future transportation issues and regional development. You are the stewards for the future generations and I am hopeful that you will continue to be forward thinking and take the next steps to help provide for both the Streetcar and the Foothills development. I strongly support both. Thank you. Mary A. Sullivan Christie, Robyn
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Smart Idea ‐ we are all for it... David & Sherri Luhr 920 West Point Road Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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I will not be able to attend this meeting, but have attended others. I would like to weigh in that I am OPPOSED to this project of building a streetcar that will bit serve enough people, will negatively impact neighborhoods and cost tax payers for more money than even estimated. I am , however, in favor of using the right away for the construction of a safe bicycle path that could connect to the existing routes all the way into downtown. I feel that is one of the biggest drawbacks to living in LO ‐ the isolation from the well‐ thought out direction of our citizens to use pedal power. The way the numbers are pencilling for the streetcar, the city of LO could pay for every resident to have a personal SEGWAY that could take people from their homes to just about anywhere. I also think that using river traffic is a valid option that hasn't been explored very deeply. It may be slower, but ask anyone who takes ferries their is a built in calming factor to being on a body of water that makes any commute a pleasure ride. Please listen to the citizens and do not approve this street car line. Thank you, Kim DeMent Lakeshore Rd. Christie, Robyn
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Sunday, April 10, 2011 7:55 PM
Christie, Robyn
Uchida letter of opposition
letter of opposition.pdf
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Hi Robyn,
Please see that our Mayor and Council members get a copy of our attached letter before the Public Hearing of
the City Council meeting on Tuesday April 12, 2011 and see that it becomes a part of the public record.
Will you also see that the LOPTP Steering Committee members get a copy?
If you need a hard copy please let me know.
Thank you.
Cheryl & Barry Uchida
Christie, Robyn
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Sunday, April 10, 2011 7:34 PM
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Streetcar Input
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To whom it may concern:
My name is Yvonne R. Campbell. Since October, 1980, I have resided at 4330 Orchard Way, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.
I would like to go on public record as having voiced my strong opposition to the proposed construction of a Portland to
Lake Oswego streetcar in the Willamette corridor. I have followed the discussion closely and have educated myself on
this subject as well as a member of the general public possibly could. The cost of this project is radically out of
proportion to the benefit to be derived by all save a lucky few (i.e., developers & their associates).
I would support an enhanced bus service as a solution to the transportation needs of the area.
Unfortunately, I have zero faith in the recommendation of the Steering Committee, which was carefully selected to ensure
support. I have zero faith in the majority of the Lake Oswego City Council to listen to the voice of the citizens and to
govern wisely. For this reason, I choose to go on written record with the hope that my voice combined with many others
will be heard somewhere and by someone.
Elected Officials: PLEASE stop trying to build your legacy selfishly on the back of the taxpayers who elected you in good
faith.
Thank you.
Yvonne R. Campbell
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A citizens Streetcar opinion
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To whom it may concern: My husband and I (together with our 2 elementary aged children) currently live near downtown LO, within walking distance of The Lake Theatre, LakeView Village and other great LO amenities. I grew up here and returned after University. I would like to voice my displeasure at the thought of a streetcar being constructed from LO to downtown. It is too much money to transport too few people. You might have noticed that the US is broke? The State of Oregon is broke? I have heard people talk about 'federal funds' and 'matching'. That is someone's hard earned money. We still need to come up with millions. What will we give up for that??? My husband is from Europe where streetcars are more common than they are here. That being said, buses are just as often (if not more)used in Europe due to their scalability. They can also run on electricity making them eco‐friendly (if that is your definition). He has said he will not ride this streetcar to work because once it terminates downtown, he still will not be anywhere near his office. He is not interested in walking 10 blocks in the dark at 5:30am to his office from Riverplace. If he is not a 'candidate' for the streetcar I don't know who is. Please don't spend millions of dollars on a Disney ride. Our schools are in crisis. We have overextended ourselves with the WEB, LOIS, the new water treatment plant, and now people are talking new city hall, new library and streetcar. This fiscal irresponsibility needs to end. I understand for the need to plan ahead but spending money we don't have is going to come back and bite us in the end. We love LO for what is is. It will NOT be Paris, streetcar or not. Thank you Jane Gjester [email protected] Christie, Robyn
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After following the streetcar debate a lot, I believe it would be (another) terrible mistake.
.The big money for limited advantages numbers are well known.
.Where has anyone shown the extra income that would pay even a small p[art of the cost millions?
.Foothills Development would not be a desirable thing, from my point of view. But if it becomes
economically worthwhile for a developer, so be it. But I seriously resent my taxes being used to
subsidize a developer to bring in commuters.
.The controversy a streetcar will mobilize serious opposition, including many who were neutral to
Safeco. The climate that would ensue could have a negative effect on attempts to finance worthwhile
projects such as roads, City Hall fixes, Library etc.
I have heard the Mayor describe how the City is in for tough financial times - why would we make it
much worse ?
.A side point; I have never before heard of streetcars being proposed as an economical way of
transporting commuters
Sincerely.
Dave Pinch
336 Ninth Street
Christie, Robyn
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Council members:
As a 24 year resident of Lake Oswego, a frequent kayaker on the Willamette River and a retired senior, I'm writing in
opposition to the transit project for three simple reasons:
1. A streetcar is not the wisest solution to the congestion on Hwy 43 - I believe additional busses are more practical.
2. The enormous cost of this project wouldn't be considered without Federal dollars and I question the probability of
access to these funds in the future - witness Republican efforts to slash the Federal budget.
3. While aesthetically the streetcar is fairly attractive, I suggest the impact to sensitive lands along the Willamette will be
negative.
Thank you for considering these objections.
Douglas Stirling
242 Iron Mountain Blvd
Lake Oswego, OR
Christie, Robyn
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Sunday, April 10, 2011 4:39 PM
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Dear City Council members, Please do not support the wasteful plan to build the Streetcar track to Lake Oswego. The Streetcar plan is based on flawed assumptions and will cost more than the City of Lake Oswego can afford to pay. Scott & Karen Watson 14035 Edenberry Ct. Lake Oswego, OR 97035 Christie, Robyn
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As a citizen of this quiet, quaint community I am NOT in favor of any thing that would jeopardize our way of life, namely
the street car. It is my opinion that the building of the street car project is an open ended project with no real cost and no
real projected dollar return. We do not have the money to invest! We are closing schools because we can not fund
them. Our schools have cut our art and physical education classes because we lack money. We have fewer
classes/electives offered in the high school. Our students and citizens have to pay for extra curricular activities such as
sports, orchestra and band because there isn't money to fund them within the school program. Shouldn't we use those
fund to be provide our children with a better educational experience?
As I drive through the town I see signs of closed businesses. We can not support what we have right now so we shouldn't
take on new projects during a economic down time.
It is also my impression that if we establish this public transportation it will have direct line to our town. I feel this street car
will allow criminal elements easy access to visit our small community. Lake Oswego is one of the few cities in this area
where our children can walk our community day or night safely. I don't want that to change. One way to keep it that way
is to make it harder for criminal elements to get here. We should not give them an easy direct way here which makes it
more difficult to track them.
In short---I am not in favor of building the street car. As my elected representative please proceed on this issue with my
point of view in mind.
Thank you,
Carol-Ann Steinbacher
Christie, Robyn
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Re: we cannot afford the street car
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council,
I want to let you know that I am very much opposed to the street car. We do not have the resources
to fund this, and we need to stop spending money that we do not have.
I wrote a letter to the editor of the LO Review a couple of weeks ago, suggesting that this issue be put
up for a vote by all the citizens of Lake Oswego. I believe the majority of LO citizens are concerned
about the vast projects that are proposed, with no way to fund them except to increase our taxes.
I believe that we have to put the brakes on all non-essential projects until we have a generous rainy
day fund for emergencies.
Sincerely,
Teresa Delaney
1123 Lakeshore Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 675-1292
[email protected]
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council,
I want to let you know that I am very much opposed to the street car. We do not have the resources
to fund this, and we need to stop spending money that we do not have.
I wrote a letter to the editor of the LO Review a couple of weeks ago, suggesting that this issue be put
up for a vote by all the citizens of Lake Oswego. I believe the majority of LO citizens are concerned
about the vast projects that are proposed, with no way to fund them except to increase our taxes.
I believe that we have to put the brakes on all non-essential projects until we have a generous rainy
day fund for emergencies.
Sincerely,
Teresa Delaney
1123 Lakeshore Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 675-1292
[email protected]
Christie, Robyn
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My name is Traci Parker. I live at 11648 Sw Military Lane Portland, OR. I ask you to vote no on the
streetcar as the preferred method of transportation.
Christie, Robyn
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The attached LPA comparison is offered as a suggestion regarding the decision and eventual
funding, depending on the decision. Thank you for your consideration and your service to the
community! Craig Stephens, 330 Durham St., Lake Oswego
LPA Comparison I suggest a comparison approach to determining the transit LPA, similar to real estate “comps” to determine sales price.
The Enhanced Bus option provides one major benefit over No Build and that is the elimination of carcinogenic diesel soot. Buses built after 2007 are clean and substantially reduce the cancer risk from one in three thousand in Clackamas County for those living near diesel bus routes to nearer to the one in a million goal. Please do not choose the No Build Option.
John Charles of the Cascade Policy Institute has suggested using buses like Los Angeles for transit. These run on compressed natural gas (CNG), much more environmentally friendly and gas is plentiful in the US so they are not dependent on foreign oil and not subject to the doubling of cost of diesel and gasoline every decade. However Trimet indicates that converting the fleet, necessary to use a common fuel, will cost $2 billion dollars and there is no source of this money! An CNG bus fleet is therefore not an option.
The Enhanced Bus will run on diesel. The US burns 20 million barrels of oil a day. According to Professor Gus Speth, co‐founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, without subsidies gas prices would now be about 5 times the current amount, $20 a gallon. This means our tax dollars are supporting gasoline and diesel consumption, roughly paying for a Streetcar project daily in today’s dollars. T. Boone Pickens estimates that without changing our consumption of oil and gasoline that oil will be three times more per barrel even with subsidies by the end of the decade. Oil will continue to more than double every decade by any estimate so that each decade any construction using oil as the energy source will pay‐off twice as fast (or faster if we accept that our habits will not change for oil consumption) each decade than the decade before. The payoff 170 years from the initial expenditure, to use an example that has been proposed, will be 130,000 times faster, for example. The cost of supporting the enhanced bus option will become unsupportable in a few decades and is already nearing that point with losses increasing. Enhanced Bus is better than No Build, for sure, but diesel‐powered buses are not sustainable for transit. Building a business park to provide jobs accessibility near Lake Oswego, another proposed alternative to allow easy transit and to support healthy property values with family‐friendly jobs, has been estimated at $20 billion. Therefore building a new business park in proximity to Lake Oswego is not an option either.
Oregon and Washington produce some of the least expensive power in the world with the Columbia hydroelectric plant and the government makes a profit by negatively subsidizing it so that it will not undercut coal‐generated energy. Oregon has pioneered construction of the Streetcar in Portland and Seattle and government expenditures will be drastically reduced by streetcar construction throughout the US to link communities with jobs allow more walk‐able communities. Recent health studies indicate as much as a 40% reduction in serious diseases where Streetcars replace “dirty diesel buses”. The only viable and economically feasible option for ALL Lake Oswego real estate value and healthy and sustainable public transit to family‐wage jobs and university‐level education is the Streetcar alternative.
Christie, Robyn
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Opposition to The Lake Oswego Streetcar Project
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council:
I am writing in opposition to the streetcar as the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Lake Oswego to Portland
Transit Project. My reasons for this are as follows:
1) It is enormously expensive but does not solve a transportation problem. The streetcar will not take a
significant amount of cars off the road. In fact, if implemented as now planned, it will add to traffic congestion.
2) The cost estimates (as much as $458 million) can in no way be justified by the projected benefits. The
streetcar will cost $1.54 million less per year to operate than enhanced bus. With a capital investment of over
$328 million more than enhanced bus, the payback period is over 200 years. There is no justification for this
alternative.
3) The enhanced bus alternative would be a far more attractive as a solution to the transportation problem if it
were routed properly and provided with the appropriate number of stops. As planned in DEIS, it is inefficient. I
believe it was designed to fail by building into it diminished service order to make the streetcar look better by
comparison.
4) It will have an enormously negative impact on the environment, both flora and fauna. The effort at mitigation
of this effect by designating citizens’ backyards as “sensitive lands” only makes this potentially disastrous
situation more of travesty.
5) The streetcar will forever change the character of Lake Oswego from the small town we enjoy living in. We
don’t want to become a “metropolis.”
6) This whole project seems really to be a scheme to develop the Foothills area. This is patently obvious to
anyone who has been paying attention. This will not benefit the citizens of Lake Oswego, only the developers
and property owners in that area. Let the developers develop the area if it suits their purposes, but don’t burden
the rest of the citizens with the costs and the consequences of the streetcar.
7) If the streetcar project comes to fruition, it will mean that Lake Oswego may have to give up other important
projects, such as a new city hall, library, maintenance facility and school funding. No one can borrow and spend
their way to prosperity, not the federal government and not Lake Oswego.
You have it within your capability to determine the future of Lake Oswego. Many citizens feel as I do, namely,
that this is not where we want to go. If you must endorse the streetcar, put it to a vote of the citizens, laying out
all of the costs, benefits, liabilities, tradeoffs and other consequences which may result.
I urge you to vote "no" on the streetcar. It is our city; please remember that as you proceed. Thank you.
Greg Nelson
62 Wheatherstone Court
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Christie, Robyn
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Dear City Council, We are opposed to the proposed Street Car coming into Lake Oswego. The uniqueness of our community and its somewhat isolation from Downtown Portland makes for a wonderful environment in which to live. I ride the trains in downtown Portland, and for those of you who have, you see a lot of the elements that will find their way into Downtown Lake Oswego, elements that are quite bad. On top of this is the cost itself. Given the negative fiscal situation in which we find ourselves in this country, this state, this county, and this city, I strongly suggest that you show some fiscal prudence and VOTE NO ON THE STREETCAR. Thank you so much for your giving thought to our suggestion. Most sincerely, Allen and Jill Culver [email protected] We can be reached at the following: 768 Cabana Lane Lake Oswego, OR 97034 (503)635‐7931 (971)732‐5017(Fax) (503)317‐5733(Jill Cell) Christie, Robyn
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Dear Honorable Councilmen,
My husband and I are very concerned about the projects that are pushed through over taxpayers' objections. The Lake
Oswego Street car appears to be another financial fiasco without the backing of the citizens. Please do not go forward
with these expensive projects without a vote of the taxpaying people who bear the financial burden of your decisions.
Thank you for taking the time to listen.
Clackamas county taxpayers,
Marc and Beverly De La Bruere
18151 SE Hwy 212
Damascus, OR 97089
Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: I would like to submit my support for the Streetcar to Portland transportation option. Thank you. Julie Bevan 2063 Crest Drive Lake oswego Christie, Robyn
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To the City Council of Lake Oswego: I respectfully ask that the Lake Oswego City Council PLEASE consider the following facts and then cast a NO vote on the
Portland-to-Lake Oswego Streetcar Project. Numerous associated Reports and Statements have clearly shown that:
-- The proposed streetcar line will NOT provide much congestion relief on Highway 43 [a mere 100 autos daily by 2035].
-- The proposed streetcar line will provide negligible ridership during rush-hour traffic [all of 425 riders daily].
-- The proposed streetcar line will force the City of Lake Oswego to waste millions of dollars it does not now have to spend
on as yet unknown, but increasing project costs, and to then be forced to pay millions more in exorbitant annual
maintenance costs should this line ever be implemented.
-- The proposed streetcar line will negatively impact, eliminate, and/or complicate bus transit choices for both the
surrounding LO community and for our neighbors, the City of West Linn and the City of Oregon City.
-- The streetcar line alternative analysis unfairly and deliberately inflated comparative bus line costs because they
included the total annual costs of each entire bus line route that either merely intersected with, or traveled along only a
portion of the north/south streetcar pathway. To be fair, accurate, and unbiased, the cost analysis should have included
only the costs of operating each bus line route where and if it actually traveled along a portion of the streetcar pathway.
-- The proposed streetcar line would present immense, negative, and dangerous environmental risks: 1) most importantly,
it would endanger riders by crossing over several major and minor earthquake faults and landslide areas; 2) implementing
it would also destroy valuable natural environmental assets such as a variety of trees, birds species, such as eagles and
falcons --- and even species of turtles!
-- The proposed streetcar line also appears to be the key component for those who would like to get the Foothills area
developed, somehow, by any means possible. Even the current Foothills-associated developers themselves have said
that if there's no streetcar, then there will be no high-density, high-rise development in Foothills. Yet, the very idea of
constructing any new high-density, high-rise development in the Foothills area is foolish. The portion of Foothills targeted
for such proposed development is a floodplain, and the very idea of trying to create the equivalent of an enormous raisedgarden-bed of soil so that developers could go ahead and build on top of the raised-bed area of the Foothills floodplain is
reckless! [Council should not only say NO to the streetcar line, but should also say NO to this Foothills high-density, highrise development idea, too!]
-- Finally, I certainly hope that Council will also remember that one of Portland's major sewage treatment facilities
pungently discharges right next door to the City's Foothills area---and that this is a facility that Portland has no intention of
dismantling or moving!
PLEASE, the wisest, most practical, and fiscally responsible streetcar decision that the Lake Oswego City Council can
make is to vote NO on the Portland-to-Lake Oswego Streetcar Project!
Respectfully,
Lake Oswego resident, Patt Thomas
PS: Aside from the streetcar, it is my hope that sometime, in the near future, the City Council will also decide to say NO to
any further ideas for high-density, high-rise development in Foothills floodplain, as well! Christie, Robyn
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To the Lake Oswego City Council:
Please vote NO on the street car proposal. There is not enough value in having a street car to justify the cost. Please use
common sense and say "NO" on this proposal.
Sincerely, Tracy Clark
Christie, Robyn
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My name is Beth Moffenbeier and I live at 1495 Oak Terrace in Lake Oswego. I ask you to vote NO
on the streetcar as the preferred method of transportation. I am unable to attend the hearing on April
12th but I want my voice heard.
Thank you, Beth Moffenbeier
Christie, Robyn
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Pleases vote no on the streetcar option--there is no need for a streetcar, only the need being created
to justify it. Thank you in advance for honestly and accurately representing me.
Nanci Cummings
Christie, Robyn
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Dear Gentlepersons: I am making time to write to you to urge you to reject the proposed Streetcar Project for the following reasons: First, the Streetcar, along with the proposed redevelopment of the Foothills area, is an effort by some City leaders to change the very nature of Lake Oswego, from a quiet, leafy suburb into a mini metropolis. These leaders, backed by developers whose only motive is profit, speak of turning Foothills into a mini Pearl District, and Lake Oswego into a place where people will come to shop and play. As a 20‐year resident, I object strenuously! And I am outraged that those who would engineer such a transformation, would do so without putting the matter to a community vote. Why not? If the proponents of major change are so certain that this change benefits our community, why not ask the citizens who live here, whether or not they prefer the village they chose, or the mini metropolis that proponents advocate? Where such a major change is proposed, and is permanent, democracy demands that the thousands of citizens whose lives and property will be seriously affected be allowed a voice. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, place this proposition for change before the people and let the majority decide! Secondly, as a practical matter, with the economy just emerging from a deep recession, and no certain date available for a return to stable good health‐‐‐and with governmental budgets stressed and strained everywhere one looks, it is highly irresponsible to commit our City to a project or projects whose costs are enormous, and not even fully known, and whose benefits are speculative at best. Proponents, desirous of obtaining Federal funds, argue that this is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity, and that the Federal funds will go elsewhere if we don’t access them now. Citizens of Lake Oswego were presented with the same argument when a former City Council, without citizen approval via a vote, purchased the WEB building. After untold millions of dollars of interest paid, the City now owns a building worth approximately half of the purchase price, and is without a concrete plan for what to do with this building. I would argue that prudence requires the City Council to first solve this continuing drain of City resources before committing the City to even greater obligations on even larger projects, whose ultimate dollar costs aren’t even known.
Further, as I’ve driven about Lake Oswego these past several weeks, I’ve noticed innumerable signs in the front yards of homes, and on street corners, pleading: “Don’t fail our schools!” I couldn’t agree more, and have contributed to the LOSD Foundation, and will do so again when volunteers come knocking on my door today. However, these heartfelt efforts are only a band‐aid. The solution lies with government, and that includes Lake Oswego’s City Council. Instead of funding studies to determine the feasibility and costs of a streetcar that the citizens of Lake Oswego have not voted to have, why not divert this money to our schools? Because there are restrictions on where monies for schools can come from, is only an excuse. Where there is a will, there is a way! And I urge each and every member of the City Council to reject the grandiose plans of profit‐seekers, and instead devote its energies to the problems facing the City and its residents now, today! Find a solution to the WEB building, and stop its drain on City resources, and find a way to put the citizens’ hard‐earned tax dollars into our schools, not a streetcar that the citizens have not voted for. Thank you for listening. I pray that each and every Council Member will actually hear, and then put democracy to work by putting these momentous proposed changes to a vote of the citizens. Most sincerely, Howard G. Franklin Christie, Robyn
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> Dear City Council Member, > I was born and raised in Lake Oswego and presently live in the Dunthorpe neighborhood. > The streetcar is NOT the answer to solve the problems for LO's increasing traffic! > I urge you to vote NO on the plan. > 1. The streetcar option is the most expensive one and will not reduce the traffic pressure on Highway 43 due to the high traffic coming in from West Linn. I urge you to enhance the bus system. > 2. Environmentally it will impact the watershed, Dunthorpe and LO already have problems with water run‐off from concrete and pollution will increase in the Willamette River. Metro has listed the area as a sensitive area. > 3. Ridership will not increase and cover the expense of the streetcar option. It is not a profitable option. > 4. It is proven that crime increases in the areas that the street car stops due to the ease of entrance and exit. > > Please vote NO! > > > > Susie Keeton > 12525 SW Edgecliff Road > Portland, OR 97219 > 503‐636‐3132 > Christie, Robyn
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Dear City Council Member, I was born and raised in Lake Oswego and presently live in the Dunthorpe neighborhood. The streetcar is NOT the answer to solve the problems for LO's increasing traffic, or I urge you to vote NO on the plan. 1. The streetcar option is the most expensive one and will not reduce the traffic pressure on Highway 43 due to the high traffic coming in from West Linn. 2. Environmentally it will impact the watershed, Dunthorpe and LO already have problems with water run‐off from concrete and pollution will increase in the Willamette River. Metro has listed the area as a sensitive area. 3. Ridership will not increase and cover the expense of the streetcar option. It is not a profitable option. 4. It is proven that crime increases in the areas that the street car stops due to the ease of entrance and exit. Please vote NO! Susie Keeton 12525 SW Edgecliff Road Portland, OR 97219 503‐636‐3132 Christie, Robyn
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I am opposed to spending 450 million dollars for at street car that could never pay for itself. I am and Oswego
resident for 32 years, and think this idea is absurd at time when all governments
find themselves without any money, especially for important things. This project should be dead
on arrival because of environmental impact to lands, habitat and our pocket books.
Your approach to the Metro sensitive land issue is also absurd as it infringes on our property
rights. What the hell is this country coming to, I that the Obama socialism was bad enough,
but now here in mine own city, it is past time for the citizens to take back what is theirs.
Lake Oswego Citizen for 32 years as wwell as business owner
Jack M. Crossley
18305 Lothlorien Way
Lake Oswego, Or
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Dear Council members and officials: While I appreciate your time and efforts on behalf of our community, I feel it is important to express my opposition to the streetcar proposal. I am for public transit, BUT not at this extreme high cost I am for better bus routes that meet community needs, not for a single path that limits accessibility to the masses, and supports the limited few. I am concerned about creating more congestion in Lake Oswego where it is nearly impossible to pass through at many hours of the day as it is. My primary concern is it is not a FISCALLY responsible use of our money. There is no free money, we all have to pay for federal, state, county and city improvements. I live in Lake Oswego, and I work on Macadam Avenue: and I do not plan to use the service since it adds time to my commute; is not convenient to get to; and costs me more money to ride it. The line is too limited for the cost and creates congestion we do not need. Bottom line: it costs too much to build; too much to operate Until we are out of a debt crisis at each of these levels, do not commit our families to YET ANOTHER cost we do not want. If for no other reason, say NO to SPENDING. We must stop SPENDING for non‐critical needs. One day, IF we can afford it AND it really makes sense, then revisit the plan. DO NOT stress our resources for what appears to be a pet project fraught with political benefits for few key folks. Pay off debt; do not add new debt. Please do the right thing and exercise restraint with my tax dollars. Sincerely, Sandi Swinford 16753 Greenbriar Road Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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Dear Council Members of the LO City Council‐ Please listen to the pleas of the residents who you represent! This is not the time, or the place to spend the outrageous amounts of money projected for the streetcar. Although the idea of “if we build it, they will come” sounds nice, the $458 million that are projected to build this streetcar that very few residents of Lake Oswego will actually use is not a wise idea. You are banking on a huge amount of funding to come from our Federal government who just barely missed shutting down today because of lack of funding!! Our schools are closing and we are laying off teachers. We have a building, owned by the city, barely being used with a loan only paying the interest! Our water rates have just seen a huge jump and another one coming! We need to have some fiscal responsibility here! You are projecting use of this streetcar by huge numbers of riders who don’t exist! To build a streetcar so that a contractor will agree to build supposedly affordable housing (like he did on the South Waterfront project?? – NOT!) against the will of most of the residents of the city is ridiculous! The Foothills development; the streetcar; sensitive lands overlays for some but not for all – what other “great” ideas will you be voting in against the will of the residents of the city!? I am tired of feeling like our mayor has his own agenda and only gives lip service to the opinions of the people of this city! We don’t want to be part of Portland, that is why we moved to a small town called Lake Oswego! We don’t want to add 35,000 people in the next few years because of a streetcar and a development built on a floodplain! We want to protect our way of life and our beautiful little town. This funding could go to many other projects that the city/county/state/country need more! Please do not vote for the streetcar. It will saddle us all with a huge debt that will wind up being too much for the residents to bear! Look around! We are already surrounded by foreclosures as it is!! Please don’t make us all leave because we can’t afford to live here! We already can’t get young families to move here for our great schools because of the expensive housing and taxes! THINK before you vote for this streetcar – it is Not the time or the place. Please vote NO! Pam Pearson Christie, Robyn
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Dear LO City Council,
My husband and I are long time residents of Lake Oswego and we think it make NO sense to build
the streetcar. Please vote NO on this measure.
Ulla Christina West
Bill Conerly
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It will come as no surprise to any of you that my wife and I oppose the streetcar alternative. We do not think it will be utilized. We do not think LO can afford it. It has been studied enough. It will not help congestion on 43. Time itself will do that as less people commute from LO to PD every year. LO residents are retiring or starting home offices. Jobs are leaving PD. Vote NO on the streetcar alternative. Gary and Gale Gipson 19 El Greco Christie, Robyn
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I am adamantly against the streetcar for many reasons which I can not fully list right now, but will list a few... I do not believe
there is as great a need for such an expensive, invasive plan as we are being led to believe by those who are promoting it.
I question the real and honest motives for having it. I question the actual long range costs and maintenance issues. Our
economy right now is a terrible time to forge ahead on such an idea. With more and more home businesses emerging and more
people out of work, and costs for necessities in every household rising, etc., etc., etc....
IT IS TIME FOR THE GOV'T (and affiliates) TO TIGHTEN BELT AND BUDGET FOR PRESENT EXISTING NEEDS FOR
MAINTAINING WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY AND PUT A STOP TO NEW SPENDING. IT IS OUT OF CONTROL
AND SOMEONE(S) NEED TO STEP UP AND SAY "NO MORE"!
It is evident that the master plan of certain people "in charge" (and some who have been in the past) is... to then add the
development to change Albertsons and do the Foothills project because the street car is being done. STOP_STOP_STOP!!!
ENOUGH ALREADY....
If we as households managed our money the way LO gov't has in the past 10 years, we would all be bankrupt and have
lost our homes. In economically challenging times, wise people pull back and conserve money and care for what they
already have. They especially show respect to others who have given them money to manage.
I am trusting the people against this whole deal (all the above projects) are really being heard and you are listening...
even if it is not what you want to hear.
I do not believe any of it pencils out as practical, wise, timely, a benefit to the majority who are actually paying for it and
will continue to do so, safe for our City (crime opportunities galore), and fair to those whose properties will be affected.
I respect their rights of ownership and privacy.
Christie, Robyn
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I am appalled that you are seriously entertaining a street car for Lake Oswego. Just because the
federal government is offering some financial incentives with money it doesn’t have doesn’t mean we
should do it. Because of poor planning on the Board’s part we, the taxpayers, are so overburdened
with increases because of the sewer system and the water fiasco.
I know my roof will need replacing someday, I need to save for it. When did government ever plan
ahead.
Our property has devalued considerably. Through your unfair actions you have taken many square
feet of private property, (nevermind that people on the board didn’t have their land taken) calling it
“sensitive lands” how much more do you think we can take with you running roughshod over the
members of this community.
We have a significant loss on the white elephant (the WEB) you thought we had to buy. We haven’t
even figured out a realistic use for it NOR have we made payments on the overprice of $20m. We just
keep floating along paying interest.
Your “redevelopment” plans making a park on State street – now there is no parking for the movie
theatre or any other business.
Because of an over-zealousness Board you want us to take on the street car.
I can’t wait to leave Lake Oswego.
Why not try listening to your community. We can’t all have everything we want in life.
STOP spending money you don’t have.
NO TO THE STREET CAR
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I am writing to express my absolute disagreement with wasting 458 million dollars on the street car project.
This project is not needed and the money could be better spent. To argue the money is from here or there and could not
be spent on more important projects shows a misunderstanding of where the money comes from. The money cities and
counties spend comes from tax payers.
Any argument that such spending opportunities in crease work or jobs demonstrates the misunderstand that cities or
counties (or federal/state government for that matter) can create jobs. This is a false assumption (giving you credit it is
an assumption and not a deliberate lie to trick gullible citizens out of more money).
Drop the street car plan. It is a bad idea.
Sincerely,
Mary Pace-Wentz
Gladstone, OR 97027
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On April 12th, the eyes of the entire region will be on the Lake Oswego City Council Chamber, watching to see what you do. This is a unique opportunity for YOU to express our community's opposition to an expensive, risky project that will cost $458 million in taxpayers' money just to build and will profoundly impact our quality of life ‐‐ damaging our environment, creating more crime, causing increased congestion, and costing precious dollars that could be going to real community priorities like schools and libraries. Every politician and governmental body that must eventually vote for or against this project will be watching to see what the people of Lake Oswego do on Tuesday night and YOU must send them a strong message by saying NO to the Streetcar. Your voice will be heard in Portland, in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, at Tri‐Met, and all the way to Washington, DC, where decision‐makers will want to know if there is broad community support for this train wreck of an idea. YOU can show your fiscal responsibility to the citizens for whom you represent and the surrounding community. OR you can demonstrate you are beholden to special interest groups and do not want to represent your constituents. Keep Lake Oswego livable and demonstrate your understanding of the need to use taxpayer’s money wisely. My daughter attends LO High School and we are concerned with the fiscal responsibility of the LO City Council Chamber if they choose to support projects like this streetcar instead of projects that make a difference in our children’s lives! Do the right thing and vote NO! Eric O. English
11639 SW Riverwood Rd.
Portland, Oregon
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Dear City Councilors:
I urge you to vote against the proposed Lake Oswego Streetcar. If you cannot vote
against it, how about putting it to (at least an advisory) vote of the people?
My issues with the Streetcar:
1. The projected $458 million cost will only go up. We all know that. Given the difficulties
that WILL be encountered engineering its path through Dunthorpe, heaven only knows
what its eventual cost will be, IF it ever actually is built.
2. The environmental destruction (to sensitive lands, to wildlife) caused by building the
Streetcar along the Willamette River will be enormous. Eventually that means that the
economic costs (as above) will be even more enormous, because you know that
eventually, there will be fights and lawsuits every step along the line between the
developers and environmental groups.
3. Who is going to ride it? I am in favor of public transportation. We actually have a bus
line, the 35. It goes, as you know, from Oregon City to downtown Portland. People who
live in Foothills can take the bus. Now. If we really needed more capacity, we could run
the bus more frequently. And the people who live in Oregon City and West Linn can
take the bus. If the Streetcar materializes, the 35 line will no longer go downtown. That
would be redundant. So if someone living along 43 in West Linn wanted to take public
transportation to downtown Portland, he or she would have to take the bus to Lake
Oswego, switch to the streetcar (to South Waterfront), then switch to a bus or
additional streetcar to get downtown? Three rides to do what might be a 25-minute
drive? Not likely.
The MAX lines are great. They serve a lot of people. The Streetcar is not a MAX line. It
will not be fast, it will not be convenient, and it will not go very far.
4. We know that the only real reason the Streetcar is proposed and supported is to
facilitate redevelopment of the Foothills region. Redevelopment that will put money, lots
of money, in the developers' pockets. Do you remember February of 1996? Foothills was
completely inundated by the Willamette River. Even State Street was flooded. I guess
if you build high-rises, people can just stay inside and look down at the flooding.
The Pearl District is lovely. South Waterfront I suppose could be lovely, but it's a ghost
town. Maybe by 2035 it will be a thriving live-and-work urban center. Why should our
village of Lake Oswego want to be the Pearl or South Waterfront? Why would anyone
choose to live in a mini-Pearl in Foothills? WHY NOW?
5. And that of course is the big question. WHY NOW?? Because we think we can get
some federal funds for a streetcar. Because we go off half-cocked without having a
firm grasp of costs, because we will lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if we don't
act now. Because what's the harm in spending another $25 million to STUDY whether
this is the direction we should go in?
When every part of our economy is hurting, when the city, the county, the state, and
the country all don't have enough money for schools, for infrastructure, for necessities,
WHY NOW? Why should we allocate any additional money to this poorly conceived
option that is primarily designed to benefit Williams, Dame, and White?
What about our schools, our roads, our failing and inadequate bridges, our libraries, our
streets, our parks, our police and fire departments? Where will the operating funds for the
streetcar come from? How much will Lake Oswego taxpayers be paying for this 10 years, 20
years, 30 years down the road? Don't we have a say? Don't we have a vote?
I know that the Lake Oswego City Council vote is just one of many, but please look very
carefully at the issues, at whether this is really something that we can AFFORD now and in
the future, and at the classic question, apropos here as always, WHO BENEFITS?
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Linda T. Franklin
15203 Lily Bay Court
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 6:14 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Portland Lake Oswego Streetcar Message from the web site: Dear Council Person, though I live in Portland I find the streetcar a very worthy and valuable form of transportation. I frequently ride both Max and streetcar if don't walk. Your affirmative vote for extending the streetcar would be a step in growing and supporting car‐free travel options throughout the metropolitan area. Thank you for your vote for the extending streetcar to Lake Oswego. Concerned citizen, Mark Sharp Christie, Robyn
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Please enter this email into the record as a NO on the Streetcar idea. We in Lake Oswego don't believe it is a priority at this time in our history; we can NOT afford it when their are priority projects which go underfunded. It will not solve a single problem. It WILL line the pockets of the developers and give some politicians the ability to build their individual "legacy" (what kind of legacy is this??). Thank you. Jonathan Harnish Attorney/Broker Harnish Properties at Realty Trust Group 333 S. State St., Suite V PMB 114 Lake Oswego, OR 97034 503‐860‐0133 [email protected] Christie, Robyn
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Enough is enough, we do NOT want streetcars in Lake Oswego or anywhere else. We can not afford them. We do NOT
want light rail that increases the crime rate in any area light rail is established. We are tired of paying for bike paths on
roads, bridges or elsewhere when the people who ride these bikes do not have to pay anything to use them. Why do you
keep shoving this stuff down our throats? WE DO NOT WANT THEM! We are getting sick and tired of taxes being raised
for things we don't have a chance to vote on, we are not your little worker bees, we are people and we deserve respect.
Give me respect and I will give you respect.
Norma Jean Kilpatrick
Oregon City, Or. 97045
Christie, Robyn
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Lake Oswego is not a Carmel, California and never will be. Don't waste money like you did with the WEB! Sent from my iPhone Cindy Christie, Robyn
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To Lake Oswego Council Members,
I wish to state my opposition to the Streetcar proposal before the Council. I am a resident of Lake Oswego and do not
want the $$$$ spent on such an expenditure in these poor economic times. We are closing schools, our country is
broke and I don't understand how we could even be considering this Streetcar proposal.
I am praying you do the right thing, which would be how to save money for our community, how to save our schools and
not create new debt.
Vote No! on the Streetcar!
Thank you.
Jean Tyseling
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What a waste of money when we need to be belt tightening!! Sent from my iPhone Christie, Robyn
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Please register my opposition to the streetcar. I do not want my tax dollars spent on the outrageous cost of the streetcar, nor do I want the crime in our neighborhoods to increase as has happened with other streetcar lines in Clackamas coutny. Karen Gilden Lake Oswego, OR Christie, Robyn
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Fast forward 10‐20 years. A streetcar connecting LO (and beyond) to the tri‐county and Clack count is a no brainer. Don’t be brainwashed by Chicken Little’s. DO IT! Jim Rodway Office: (503) 471‐5311 Cell: (503) 805‐1547 Email: [email protected] Christie, Robyn
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Email: Birdshill_Petitions_to_Register_Choice_on_Transit_n_Foothills_n_Vote
PTQS_BH_LOPT_ALTnOpt_2011_03Mar_27Su_1900U.pdf;
PTRS_BHCN_LOPT_Resp_Path_2011_03Mar_30We_1102U.pdf
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2011 April 08 Friday 13:00 U [13:00 AM PT]
Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
Birdshill CPO / NA Residents
Please forward to those who do not have internet access. (I will call upon them too.)
Subject: Birdshill_Petitions_to_Register_Community_Choice_on_Transit_n_Foothills_n_Vote
LOPT = Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project
Good Day:
For the past week I have been canvassing the Birdshill CPO / NA area
for signatures on a sequence of three petitions. This is to register our
common community opinion on the related issues of transit between
Lake Oswego and Portland along with urban renewal in the Foothills District
of Lake Oswego and the question of voter authority over project finance methods.
Participation is by choice available to residents of the Birdshill CPO / NA who
are able to cast votes at a meeting as delineated in our Bylaws. In brief – you
must live on, own or control “real property” in the area of the
Birdshill CPO / NA and have attained age 18.
This canvassing effort is your chance to record your opinion on these matters.
As the LOPT “Project Partners” – TriMet, Metro, Clackamas & Multnomah
Counties, Cities of Portland and Lake Oswego along with Portland Streetcar Inc,
will select a LPA – Locally Preferred Alternative in the next two to three months.
The first attachment is the three questions and available choices.
Title: Three Petition Questions and Responses,
File: PTQS_BH_LOPT_ALTnOpt_2011_03Mar_27Su_1900U.pdf
Pages: 3, Size 56 kb
The second attachment shows the set of consistent response paths along
with comments upon their results and meaning.
Title: Response path and Result for Petitions
File: PTRS_BHCN_LOPT_Resp_Path_2011_03Mar_30We_1102U.pdf
Pages: 4, Size 81 kb
Due to time required to go door-to-door and ascertain our community’s
common opinion I have chosen to extend the petition canvassing period
to the end of April and perhaps May. Intermediate results will be summarized
and delivered as testimony at scheduled public hearings.
Hearing for City Lake Oswego on 2011 April 12 Tuesday 6:00 pm PT and
City of Portland on 2011 April 13 Wednesday.
Hearings for Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Committees of Metro and the
Metro Council to follow within the next two to three months.
I look forward to gathering your signatures on the sequence of three petitions
and delivering your results to elected officials.
Questions: call 503.636.4483 or email.
Thanks
Skip
Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
E-mail: [email protected]
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Earthquake_Presentation_n_OR43_n_WSL_n_LOPT
CMUA_BHCN_WSL_Earthquake_2011_04Apr_04Mo_2003U.pdf; EMAL_2011_04Apr_
05Tu_1613U_BHVC_Dstr_EQAK_n_WSL.pdf
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Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
James Roddey
Geologist
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)
State of Oregon Building
800 NE Oregon St Suite 965
Portland, OR 97232-2162
Ph: 971.673.1555
Fx: 971.673.1562
Wb: http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/default.htm
Em: [email protected]
Subject: Earthquake Presentation and OR Hwy 43 and Willamette Shore Line and LOPT
OR43 = Oregon Highway 43
LOPT = Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project (Streetcar on WSL to LO)
WSL = Willamette Shore Line
ROW = Right-of-Way.
DEIS = Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Good Afternoon: Mr. James Roddey
Prior to your presentation on earthquake preparedness scheduled for
2011 May 11 Wednesday I believe you should be aware of the current issue
of the proposed extension of Portland Streetcar Inc service to Lake Oswego
along the Willamette Shore Line (WSL) right-of-way (ROW) through the
1,440 ft long Elk Rock Tunnel. This project is in conjunction with a Transit
Oriented Development (TOD) in the Foothills District of Lake Oswego.
Development in an identified floodplain with identified earthquake hazards.
Structures in the latter may be elevated by fill moved from a project to “daylight”
Tryon Creek <Cross Ref 01>.
Concerned residents such as myself and others will be asking specific and
pointed questions about these combined projects viability in light of the risk
to standing civil infrastructure as demonstrated by the recent and tragic
9.0 subduction mega thrust earthquake off the coast of Japan. An area the
press has pointed out has similarities with the Cascadia fault zone off the
Oregon Coast. Please note the issues of earthquake hazards and the Geology
of the Willamette Shore Line received limited or non existent public discussion
during all phases of study of the Metro, Lake Oswego to Portland Transit
Project. Studies which cost nearly $7 M dollars and have taken public
discussion time of seven years to deliver the recently released Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) <Cross Ref 02>
and Public Comment Report <Cross Ref 03>.
This despite my questions at the outset in 2004 and 2005 <Cross Ref 04>
about rescue operations, and emergency response, to hazards posed by the
Geology and identified Earthquake Hazard Zones along the WSL as
displayed on maps from DOGAMI <Cross Ref 05>, <Cross Ref 06>,
and <Cross Ref 07> and encapsulated in a recent presentation distributed to
Birdshill CPO / NA residents <Attachment 01>.
This week as I become aware of your scheduled presentation I released the
above abstract of 3 pages from a 24 page Microsoft Power Point presentation
<Cross Ref 08> identifying my concerns. The abstract <Attachment 01> is
attached along with the e-mail distributed <Attachment 02>to residents of the
Birdshill CPO / NA. Currently I am going door to door taking a survey by
signatures on a series of petitions with respect to LOPT and the Foothills project.
At the end of the survey I leave the household with a copy of the Oregon
Emergency Management booklet (24 pages) titled, “Living on Shaky Ground”.
This series of earthquakes have hit too close to home as I mentioned in your
return phone call of 2011 April 06 Wednesday. A niece on the North Island
of New Zealand and my brother’s wife who is a Flight Attendant for Delta
Airlines who left Tokyo 24 hours prior to the 2011 Mar 11 Friday 14:46 Q
[2011 Mar 10 Thursday 21:46 U (9:46 PM PT)] magnitude 9.0 earthquake.
I am not yet prepared, nor is my neighborhood but I aim to be so this year.
I hope you can attend the 2011 April 12 Tuesday Public Hearing on LOPT in
the Lake Oswego City Hall at 6:00 PM and give testimony on the subject of
the Geology of the Willamette Shore Line (WSL). Time allotted is 2:00 minutes.
A second public hearing is scheduled at Portland City Hall on
2011 April 13 Wednesday, time unknown. Other hearings will be scheduled
for Multnomah County, Clackamas County, TriMet and Metro in the coming
months prior to July.
Critiques and comments on the attached and cross referenced presentation are welcomed.
Thanks
Skip
Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
A joint Clackamas County Community Planning Organization (CPO)
and City of Lake Oswego Oregon Neighborhood Association (NA)
Google Earth GPS Coordinates: 45°25'42.18"N, 122°39'41.48"W
[Insert coordinates into Google Earth – Fly to box – on navigation pane]
Clackamas County
170 SW Birdshill Road
Portland Oregon 97219-8502
Phn: 503.636.4483 Residence
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: http://sites.google.com/site/sentinelskip
Web: http://sites.google.com/site/loosswur
Attached Documents (2)
Attachment 01
1. Title: Abstract Primary Earthquake Hazard Locales
Along Oregon Highway 43 and Willamette Shoreline right-of-way.
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/lopthazard/home/02reports
File: CMUA_BHCN_WSL_Earthquake_2011_04Apr_04Mo_2003U.pdf
Size: 868 kb. Pages 3.
Note: Best to view on your computer; can be magnified up to 200%.
Will blow out a color inkjet cartridge when printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper
Map coordinates can be copied and placed into Google Earth “Fly to
Window” for further locale and environs examination.
Size: 868 kb. Pages 3.
2. Title: Earthquake_Hazards_n_LOPT_via_WSL
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/lopthazard/home/02reports
File: EMAL_2011_04Apr_05Tu_1613U_BHVC_Dstr_EQAK_n_WSL.pdf
Size: 29 kb, Page(s): 3.
Cross Referenced Documents (2) (Too Large to distribute as attachments)
1. Title: Tryon Creek @ Hwy 43 Culvert Alternates Analysis
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/or43data01/home/basedata
File: REPT_LOPK_Tryon_Cr_Daylight_2007_06Jun_20We_0819U.pdf
Size: 3,647 kb, Page(s): 61
File may be uploaded in a couple of days. It’s a 2 mile round trip hike
to the LO library and a 400 ft elevation change. A bit too much walking
as I am currently canvassing the neighborhood for signatures on a series of
petitions.
2. Title: Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
Web: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=35247
File: lotp_deis_web.pdf
Size: 25,111 kb, Page(s): 514
3. Title: Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
Public Comment Report
Web: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=35247
File: public_comment_reportweb.pdf
Size: 59,407 kb, Page(s): 849
4. Title: Talking Points With Consultant to Metro Regional Government
Web: http://sites.google.com/site/or43corr/Home/loptp0906
File: TKPT_BRDH_MTRO_WSLC_2005_05May_05Th_0700U.pdf
Note: Page 22, Screen Image 2 Illustrating SW Carey Lane and WSL below.
Photo taken with permission from Waverly Golf Club.
Size: 796 kb, Page(s): 24
5. Title: Geologic Hazard Map of the Lake Oswego Quadrangle
Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties Oregon
Source: Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries DOGAMI
File DOGAMI: gms059.pdf
Web: http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/pub&data/pub&data.htm
Size [kb]: 3,332 kb
Sheet : US Size “E” (W x H) = 40.28 in x 28.36 in
Web BH: https://sites.google.com/site/lopthazard/home/02reports
File BH: MPUE_ORGE_GMS059_GEO_1989_01Jan_01Su_1700U.pdf
6. Title: Earthquake Hazard Map of the Lake Oswego Quadrangle
Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties Oregon
Source: Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries DOGAMI
File DOGAMI: gms091.pdf
Web DOGAMI: http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/pub&data/pub&data.htm
Size [kb]: 2,736 kb
Sheet : US Size “E” (W x H) = 40.28 in x 28.36 in
Web BH: https://sites.google.com/site/lopthazard/home/02reports
File BH: MPUE_ORGE_GMS091_EQH_1995_01Jan_01Su_1700U.pdf
7. Title: Relative Earthquake Hazard Map of the Lake Oswego Quadrangle
Clackamas and Multnomah Counties Oregon.
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/lopthazard/home/02reports
File BH: REPT_ORGE_GMS091_EQH_1995_01Jan_01Su_1700U.pdf
Size [kb]: 575 kb, Page(s): 6
8. Title: Primary Earthquake Hazard Locales
Along Oregon Highway 43 and Willamette Shoreline right-of-way.
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/lopthazard/home/02reports
File: CMUA_BHCN_WSL_Earthquake_2011_04Apr_04Mo_2000U.pdf
Size: 2,638 kb. Page(s): 24.
Note: Best to view on your computer; can be magnified up to 400%.
Will blow out a color inkjet cartridge when printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper
Map coordinates can be copied and placed into Google Earth “Fly to
Window” for further locale and environs examination.
Christie, Robyn
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Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
A Joint Clackamas County Community Planning Organization (CPO) and
City of Lake Oswego Oregon Neighborhood Association (NA)
Linda Hundhammer
Reporter for the Lake Oswego Review – Calendar Section
Lake Oswego Review
400 2nd Street
Lake Oswego OR 97034-3127
PO Box 548
Lake Oswego OR 97034-0248
2nd Street / A Avenue
Google Earth GPS Coordinates: 45°25'11.99"N, 122°39'56.71"W
Phn: 503.635.8815 x 100
Fax: 503.635.8817
Emal: [email protected]
Subject: Request For Calendar Notice of Regular Meeting Birdshill CPO / NA
Good Morning Linda Hundhammer:
Please post in the “Calendar” section of the Lake Oswego Review edition of
2011 Apr 14 Thursday a notice for a Regular Meeting of the Birdshill CPO / NA.
Subject: Clackamas County Board Members and Birdshill CPO / NA residents
1. Lake Oswego Comprehensive Plan Update and
no voting seats for county territory residents.
Chair is contemplating filing a complaint with OR DLCD to stop process
until mutually acceptable arrangements can be negotiated and current
conditions are remedied.
2. Locally Preferred Alternative for Metro LOPT
Failures in Public Involvement Program – Segment line at Briarwood Road.
No data for Birdshill CPO / NA for use in comprehensive plan after seven years
and nearly $7 M dollars spent on planning.
3. Transfer of OR Hwy 43 to local jurisdictions
Failures including no respect for Oregon Open Meeting Law
No assessment of Birdshill CPO / NA segment needs.
Notably surface water management.
4. Pedestrian connections
Birdshill area to Lake Oswego via Terwilliger Blvd.
Fielding Road & Stampher Road to Lake Oswego via rail tracks.
5. Vehicle issues on Iron Mt Blvd.
Proper signage for cut through traffic.
Speed of cars.
6. Condition of SW Glenn Road (devolved to tank testing track).
7. Surface water management.
8. No response to request for project and initiative list. Required as part of Bylaws.
Date: 2011 Apr 20 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, PT (19:00 – 21:00)U
Location:
Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
Forest Hills Elementary School
Lake Oswego School District 7J
1133 Andrews Road
Lake Oswego OR 97034-1717
GPS Coordinates: 45°25'32.51"N, 122°40'34.92"W
Again, please publish in the Lake Oswego Review Edition of 2011 Apr 14 Thursday.
Thanks
Skip
Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
A Joint Clackamas County Community Planning Organization (CPO) and
City of Lake Oswego Oregon Neighborhood Association (NA)
Google Earth GPS Coordinates: 45°25'42.18"N, 122°39'41.48"W
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Clackamas County
170 SW Birdshill Road
Portland Oregon 97219-8502
Phn: 503.636.4483 Residence
Web: http://sites.google.com/site/birdshillcpona
E-mail: [email protected] (Please Use This One for time being)
Christie, Robyn
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 8:28 AM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Street Car Message from the web site: 8 April, 2011 Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project Comments to Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Section 4(f) Assessment Comment I have the following comments: A. With all the evidence submitted regarding the streetcar, the most frequently noted portion is funding. The funding is most often highlighted by the use of federal funds. This seems backward to me. First, we should determine if the project is viable: is the project such a good plan we would build it ourselves if need be? Federal funds then become an enhancement, not the centerpiece. I like to think of federal funds as my money just as much as is locally obtained funding. If the project is not really viable, we have an obligation as Americans to not waste federal funds. Put politics aside; we need to use money wisely. B. From what I can see, the streetcar has markings of the "bridge to nowhere" (in Alaska as I recall). We go from a terminal in Portland which is not connected to anything and end it in Lake Oswego. Lake Oswego is not a center of population. In order to connect the streetcar should join with streetcars in Portland and extend to Oregon City. This would make it an efficient and effective urban connection. C. Some have noted the importance of the streetcar in the development of Lake Oswego. Horses played an important role in the development of the city. Times change with technology and with population density. The historical value of the streetcar, while appreciated, is not a basis for its continued use. D. Listening to the streetcar supporters, I am struck about the nostalgic aspect of the plan. One senses cars full of happy children and adults gliding through a glen. At either end of the line people are singing and dancing. Nostalgia should not be part of the plan. E. The best solution may not be the enhanced bus line or the streetcar. Give disincentives to drive a car (most of them occupied solely by the driver) and incentives to take public transportation. Were this done, there would be fewer cars on the road, giving buses better opportunity to serve the public efficiently. This leads me to favor the enhanced bus line until a better solution can be adopted. F. I recommend the streetcar project be shelved. Use instead the enhanced bus until a more regional system can be worked out. A system which includes West Linn and Oregon City. G. As a final note, for thirty years I have wondered why Highway 43 through Dunthorpe has three lanes which alternate direction about half way through Dunthorpe. I have seen numerous cases around the world where these three lanes adjusted to accommodate traffic patterns. Why don't we make that change? A State system you say? We ARE the State. James Radda 2025 Glenmorrie Lane Lake Oswego, OR 97034 [email protected] Tel: 503‐636‐6381 Christie, Robyn
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 5:47 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: street car Message from the web site: Absolutely against the city spending money we don't have to put in a light rail to downtown Portland. Bus transportation is more than adequate. That right of way would make a great bike/walking path and costs fractions of what the light rail is projected. The federal dollars supposedly received for this project is out of our pockets just as well. It is not "free" money. Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 4:13 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: AGAINST ‐ LO to PDX Streetcar Message from the web site: As a resident/owner of a home in the Oswego Pointe Condos, I am very much AGAINST the purposed street car. Thank you. Victoria Holzendorf 5063 Foothills Dr. #H Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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I don't know if this is beyond the comment period. This is NOT from the Glenmorrie Neighborhood
Association - I am forwarding a request from an individual neighbor.
The majority of the Glenmorrie neighborhood association does not favor the streetcar, but we are
NOT issuing a letter from the neighborhood association to allow individual neighbors and board
members express their personal opinions on this highly visible matter. - LIZ
-----Original Message----From: Barbara <[email protected]>
To: Liz Hartman <[email protected]>
Sent: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 11:48 am
Subject: Fwd: Council Vote for Streetcar as Locally Preferred Option (LPO)
I received this from a neighbor on Glenwood Court. It should be forwarded on tho the council. Barbara
----- Forwarded Message ----From: "Marla Hanley" <[email protected]>
To: "Barbara" <[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:30:25 AM
Subject: Re: Council Vote for Streetcar as Locally Preferred Option (LPO)
Barbara, Michael and I favor the streetcar. To us it seems a way to keep LO as an attractive living option for
people who work downtown. We believe it looks past what worked in the past to what is likely to be needed in
the future. When they learned we were moving to Portland, so many of our friends in other states commented
on the advanced public transportation here - we're nationally known for this. LO is not, currently, able to claim
much of that fame and it's one reason we looked for housing elsewhere first.
That said, I do worry about what impact there will be on Highway 43 - particularly here south of LO and I hope
that the streetcar doesn't make it harder for me, personally, to take public transportation into downtown, that it is
at least as convenient as catching the bus behind my back fence is now! These are personal preferences and
questions, however. I would never hijack something I think is the right decision for the long term (decades and
decades) because of inconvenience for me today.
Also, I recently read a letter in the LO paper by someone listing concerns about the environmental impact - on
wetlands, birds, etc. of the streetcar option. This is a long-term issue that would concern me. It is hard for me to
believe, however, that in the long run greater use of public transportation would not be gentler on the
environment than increased use of the auto. Thank you for asking for our feedback and for your work for our
community!
Marla Hanley
On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM, Barbara <[email protected]> wrote:
In case you are interested....Barbara
----- Forwarded Message ----From: "Liz Hartman" <[email protected]>
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
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[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Sent: Thursday, April 7, 2011 2:53:32 PM
Subject: Fwd: Council Vote for Streetcar as Locally Preferred Option (LPO)
For those of you with street lists, please forward to your group.
For those of you on a street list, please take a moment to forward your thoughts on the Streetcar
before Tuesday night's City Council meeting. They will take public testimony Tuesday at 6 pm if you
want to attend.
http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/council/ (to email your thoughts)
Liz Hartman, 503-697-7727
Christie, Robyn
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Dear Council,
I am a LO resident since 1948. Until last Tuesday's meeting I did not realize what you people could do. Please do not
start the wheels toward a 10 million dollar mistake, like the WHEELS were STARTED on SAFECO without voter
approval. Vote to postpone, do not start the streetcar rolling, vote to postpone the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit
Project---Postpone acting on the Project's Steering Committee's recommendation until we have more voter input. Doug
Chisholm, Chandler Road, sasc2aol.com
Christie, Robyn
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council:
I respectfully submit the following editorial from the Oregonian for your consideration. Thank you.
Greg Nelson
Lake Oswego
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/04/get_off_the_lo_streetcar.html
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By The Oregonian Editorial Board
You've heard of Mad Coupon-istas, right? People so bent on a bargain hunt that they wind up making gratuitous
purchases?
Sadly, as the debate on the Lake Oswego streetcar unfolds, it's become clear that this project may fit that archetype -- of
an extravagance that started out, once upon a time, to be a bargain.
That's not just because the price for the streetcar has gone up so dramatically through the years, although it has; the
cost is now estimated at somewhere between $241 million and $458 million.
We say that because the project is fueled by, if not a bargain coupon, a bargain coup. In the late 1980s, the region
acquired 6.3 miles of rail right-of-way between Lake Oswego and Portland. This was a farsighted acquisition. The
property, bought for less than $2 million, may now be worth in the vicinity of $90 million.
That right-of-way is squirreled away and burning a hole in the region's pocket. It is ready to be used, and ought to be
used. But for good reason, most transit projects are fueled by transportation urgency, with acquisition of right-of-way a
secondary or even tertiary concern, after the problem has been fully identified. The process has effectively worked in the
reverse with the LO streetcar.
With this project, the bargain right-of-way remains the engine driving the project. Take out the right-of-way and the
project wouldn't be moving forward. And that is, in addition to being the wrong-way around, an insufficient rationale.
One can argue that the streetcar would be a nice amenity for Lake Oswego (although it's far from clear that residents of
this city of 38,000 are convinced of that), and also that the streetcar would trigger development beneficial to the region.
But is it really a transportation necessity? That case has yet to be clinched.
What is really needed in the southwest corridor are rail connections -- not necessarily light-rail but maybe something
heavier and faster along Interstate 5 and/or Highway 99. The streetcar would be a slowpoke, traveling 13 mph on
average -- and taking 38 minutes -- to get to the center of downtown Portland.
True, our region has had a golden touch in winning federal funds. Securing them for a Lake Oswego streetcar would not
necessarily hamper the region's ability to win more in the future for a more essential connection. But coming up with the
local match is a real issue, as well as the funds to operate the streetcar, and TriMet has already said, quite properly, that
it cannot contribute to the local match.
As the agency understands, TriMet has no business shouldering this project until it's able to build back its badly battered
bus system. The bus system is a necessity; the streetcar, at least by comparison, an extra.
The Lake Oswego streetcar is right-of-way in search of the best use, not a transportation imperative in search of the best
possible right-of-way. This week, when the Portland and Lake Oswego city councils vote on this, both councils need to
take a hard look and say:
Stop here.
It's time to get off the Lake Oswego streetcar.
© 2011 OregonLive.com. All rights reserved.
Christie, Robyn
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Councilmen,
Please mark me as opposed to the proposed streetcar. It represents an expenditure which we can ill afford &
offers little with respect to a transportation solution. I had hoped that after the last election the make up of the
council changed sufficiently that we would not see a repeat of the West End Building fiasco again. Perhaps I
was wrong.
Raymond T. Miller
Mountain Park
Christie, Robyn
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Please place the Streetcar project on HOLD. We should be saving money ‐ not spending! Marilyn J. Teters, 8 Hotspur St. Lake Oswego, OR 97035 Christie, Robyn
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I am opposed to the Streetcar Project for the following reasons:
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It's too costly.
There may be a "conflict of interest" among several council members who would be voting on the
project.
Mass transit would increase our exposure to crime that increased for other communities with the
expansion of MAX stations.
I voted in the last election for candidates who campaigned to effect a change of direction in the leadership of
Lake Oswego, candidates who advocated making fiscally responsible decisions. The purchase of the West End
Building seems to have been promoted by a few and it proved to be divisive for our community. In my
thinking, the proposed streetcar project is the nothing more than a repeat of the West End Building fiasco.
From the Lake Oswego Review, Nov 2, 2010:
http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/news/story_2nd.php?story_id=128876339490468500
Kehoe, Gudman, Jordan are at the top of Lake Oswego City Council race
Kehoe is a business owner and entrepreneur also involved in commercial real estate investment.
“I’m elated. I’m humbled and honored to have this many people vote for me in the city,” said Kehoe,
who was celebrating at a party at home Tuesday night. “I feel like I have a pretty big responsibility to
serve those people who elected me … and help lead this city in the right direction.”
Kehoe, who is a former chairman of the Riverdale School Board, said that the overriding issue that he
heard during his campaign was a value for being fiscally conservative. Kehoe counts himself as a
fiscal conservative and property rights advocate. He also expressed concern for investing in a
streetcar at this time. Voters conveyed to him a desire to have a vision for Lake Oswego but grow
appropriately, he said.
“I think the citizens are saying take us in a different direction and slow down this frantic pace of new
projects,” he said.
“I’m delighted to be one of the top three,” said Gudman, who is a private investor and member of the
city’s citizen budget committee. “I think it sends a very clear message. There were very clear
differences among the candidates.”
He named dissatisfaction with Foothills and the Portland to Lake Oswego Transit project, which is
exploring the option of a streetcar, as key differences between two groups of candidates.
Gudman along with Kehoe and Dan Williams, who was in fourth place in the race, do not support either
project.
“We made it very clear … that proceeding with Foothills/streetcar was not a good idea at this time,”
said Gudman.
If the Streetcar Project is approved, I will express my disapproval in the next election.
Respectfully,
Dayton L. Miller
Christie, Robyn
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Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
Subject: Lake Oswego City Council and LOPT LPA Resolutlion (11-19) and
Request_3_For_2010_Streetcar_Summit_Docs
LOCC = Lake Oswego City Council
LOPT = Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project
LPA = Locally Preferred Alternative
Please forward so documented tresspasses may be exposed.
Good Afternoon:
On the eve of decision by 2011-2012 Lake Oswego City Council on Resolution
11-19: Resolution recommending a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the
Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project) LOPT. I must ask for the third time in
a year my request for public posting of documents received by Lake Oswego
City Council members related to the “2010 Streetcar Summit” be fulfilled.
The reason for the request is best illustrated by the attached page from the
“2010 Streetcar Summit” documents. Citizens voted on a proposed streetcar project.
Ethically this should be done prior to a vote on Resolution 11-19.
Least attending 2009 – 2010 Lake Oswego City Council members and streetcar
advocates still holding office are rightfully perceived by constituents as withholding
pertinent documents related to a transit and land use decision. A slap in the face of
Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) OAR 660-015-0000(1)
Oregon Land Use Goal One: Citizen Involvement. Please see Cross Ref 01
Note the “2010 Streetcar Summit” took place in Washington DC on
2010 Feb 24 Wednesday and 2010 Feb 25 Thursday.
It is apparent that 2011 – 2012 LOCC members Mayor Jack Hoffman along with
Councilors William Tierney (Bill), Sally Moncrieff, and Donna Jordan have no desire
to reveal these documents by public posting to the City of Lake Oswego website or
storage of printed copies in the Lake Oswego Library prior to a vote on Resolution 11-19.
Scheduled for 2011 April 19 Tuesday under Agenda 8.1 as published on page A14,
right hand column above the fold of the Lake Oswego Review. Edition dated
2011 Apr 14 Thursday.
A citizen can only presume the intention behind the desire is keep constituents within
the city limits of Lake Oswego ignorant to democratic voting opportunities afforded
citizens in other communities in the United States of America. Most notably the
Okalahoma City, Okalahoma ballot referendum of 2009 Dec 08 Tuesday that led
to a positive vote of 54% for a “sales tax” financing package ready to implement a
streetcar solution for transit and development issues. This was illustrated on Attachment
01, which is page 69 (screen page 73) of the “2010 Streetcar Summit” documents sent
after the summit to Lake Oswego City Mayor Jack Hoffman. Please see also
Cross Ref 03 (Book) and Cross Ref 02 (Table of Contents).
The entire “2010 Streetcar Summit” document may be downloaded from a website I
created instead of the correct and public manner, being a public record posted to the
City of Lake Oswego website or a printed copy available for review in the
Lake Oswego Public Library. As I have asked for three times in the past year.
And required without question by OAR 660-015-0000(1)
Oregon Land Use Goal One: Citizen Involvement.
I quote from the above cited OAR on page 2, item 4:
“4. Technical Information -- To assure that technical information
is available in an understandable form.
Information necessary to reach policy decisions shall be available in a
simplified, understandable form. Assistance shall be provided to
interpret and effectively use technical information. A copy of all
technical information shall be available at a local public library or
other location open to the public.”
Apparently 2009 – 2010 members of the Lake Oswego City Council including
Mayor Jack Hoffman, and Councilors Sally Moncrieff and William Tierney (Bill),
and Donna Jordan willingly decide, actually censor, what materials their constituents
should access and consider when formulating positions on both LOPT and
conjoined Foothills District renewal.
Please see Cross Ref 03 (Book). The Table of Contents, Cross Ref 02 and
credits pages make especially interesting reading and correlation considering the
recent flyer sent to thousands of Lake Oswego residents and delivered on the weekend
of 2011 April 09 Saturday. This flyer was printed and distributed by the City of
Lake Oswego in cooperation with Metro for a cost of $4,862.46 (Printing @ $1,539.37
and Mailing @ $3,323.09). Please see Cross Ref 04. It is worthy to note no funds
for video tape, and portable hard drives, required to capture, edit and distribute
Metro Community Advisory Committee meetings of LOPT (LOPT costs to produce the
DEIS documents are estimated to be $7 million over seven years since 2004) have been
granted to the Birdshill CPO / NA through a Neighborhood Enhancement Program
grant as recently requested and rejected. Please see Cross Ref 05, 06 and 07.
It is also pertinent to note the participants in the 2010 Streetcar Summit. One
should also view the Lake Oswego City Council Meeting of 2010 Mar 02 Tuesday
under agenda item 3.3, Streetcar Summit Congressional Meeting. To see how
complete the record and report is with respect to 2009 – 2010 Lake Oswego City
Council Members travel to Washington DC. One wonders what was learned and
so important as to make a second trip a year later to the National League of Cities
Conference as pictured on page A16 above the fold of the Lake Oswego Review
edition of 2011 April 07 Thursday? Especially considering the travel cost in these
economically distressed times for unemployed citizens in the Lake Oswego Urban
Growth Management Area (UGMA) such as myself. Who use transit when they
can afford it, walk to and from destinations, or ask for rides when buses no longer
run within a mile walk of the West End Building in the Lake Grove district of
Lake Oswego and the skies are pouring rain (La Niña year).
I also request both written and oral statements by council members who have
attended meetings in Washington DC prior to the vote on Resolution 11-19.
The statements should detail the ground transportation arrangements on trip ends
in both Portland OR and Washington DC. I am attempting for the second consecutive
year to ascertain if City of Lake Oswego Council members walk-the-talk and utilize
public transit and thereby set an example for sustainable / green travel within
established Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (US Census Term). Or is that
just for the masses they purport to represent? Or do aforementioned council
members desire to emulate the behavior of General Motors executives who flew
to Washington DC in business jets with limousine service to Capitol Hill to ask for
billions in bailouts in 2010?
One wonders further why residents in the Portland Oregon Metro region have
not been afforded the opportunity to vote on Light Rail or Streetcar funding
packages since the demise of the South – North (Oregon City OR to
Kenton District – Portland OR) Light Rail Project at the polls on
1998 Nov 03 Tuesday? Please see Cross Ref 08, 09, and 10.
Please note most of the above was the above was what I was going to ask in
personal testimony to the Lake Oswego City Council during the hearing on
2011 April 12 Tuesday. This was before my US Constitutional First Amendment
Rights were arbitrarily and capriciously denied by Mayor Jack Hoffman at about
10:15 PM (22:15 U) after I had given testimony on behalf of the residents of the
Birdshill CPO / NA. I submitted two blue completed request slips to the
Lake Oswego City Recorder as required. Watch the video of the meeting. This is
typical treatment by the Mayor for unemployed Oregonians as well as by other
government entities, consultants, and committee leaders associated with the
Portland Metro Transit Industrial Complex (PMTIC). Please see Cross Ref 11.
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at
the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take, but as for me,
give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry.
Speech in Virginia Convention,
St John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond Virginia
1775 March 23 Thursday
Sincerely
Skip
Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
A joint Clackamas County Community Planning Organization (CPO)
and City of Lake Oswego Oregon Neighborhood Association (NA)
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Attached Doc 01
Title: Oklahoma City, OK – MAPS Streetcar
Desc: Extract, page 69 from 2010 Streetcar Summit Document. Citizen vote on streetcar project.
Size: 45 kb. Page(s): 1.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/deislpax/home/050locc
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Cross Ref Doc 01
Title: Request_For_Streetcar_Summit_n_Small_Group_Documents
Desc: Email requesting Streetcar Summit Docs and Small Group meeting documents
Size: 63 kb. Page(s): 8.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/bhmodelissues/home/requests
File EMAL_2010_05May_30Su_1744U_SNSK_DBLG_RQST_SC_n_Sm_Grp_Docs.pdf
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Cross Ref Doc 02
Title: 2010 Streetcar Coalition Summit - Table of Contents
Desc: 2010 Streetcar Summit Book Table of Contents and publication references.
NOTE linkage to Portland Streetcar Inc. and Oregon Ironworks
Size: 630 kb. Page(s): 7.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/or43info01/home/smitdc2010feb
File: REPT1CSCX_SC_Summit_TC_2010_02Feb_22Mo_1700R.pdf
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Cross Ref Doc 03
Title: 2010 Streetcar Coalition Summit - Summit Book
Desc: 2010 Streetcar Summit Book of projects, locales, financing methods, and contacts.
Size: 5,809 kb. Page(s): 95.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/or43info01/home/smitdc2010feb
File: REPT2CSCX_SC_Summit_Bk_2010_02Feb_22Mo_1000R.pdf
4.
Cross Ref Doc 04
Title: Some complain Streetcar Flyer is Propaganda
Desc: Video news Segment and article regarding propaganda sent to LO UGMA
residents with the exception of Birdshill CPO / NA wrt streetcar alternative
for LOPT.
Size: 1,638 kb. Page(s): 14.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/deislpax/home/050locc
File: WSLOpt_ATVD_KATU_Propoganda_2011_04AApr_14Th_1647U.pdf
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Cross Ref Doc 05
Title: 2011 Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant Application Delay
Desc: Email requesting delay in submitting NEP Grant Application from Birdshill CPO / NA
for video media and devices
Size: 28 kb. Page(s): 3.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/deislpax/home/050locc
File: EMAL_2011_03Mar_07Mo_1212U_BHVC_LOCD_NEP_Grant_App_Delay.pdf
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Cross Ref Doc 06
Title: 2011 Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant Application
Desc: Email transmitting 2011 LO Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant Application
materials.
Size: 30 kb. Page(s): 3.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/deislpax/home/050locc
File: EMAL_2011_03Mar_07Mo_1212U_BHVC_LOCD_NEP_Grant_App_Pkg.pdf
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Cross Ref Doc 07
Title: Neighborhood Enhancement Program 2010-2012 Grant Application
Desc: 2011 City of Lake Oswego Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant application
materials
Size: 126 kb. Page(s): 7.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/deislpax/home/050locc
File: APLC_LOCP_NEP_Funds_2011_03Mar_06Su_1600U.pdf
8.
Cross Ref Doc 08
Title: November
1998 General Election Results
Desc: Multnomah County Elections Office November 1998 General
Size: 33 kb. Page(s): 1.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/deislpax/home/050locc
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Election Results
Cross Ref Doc 09
Title: TriMet Measure 26-74: South/North Light Rail
Desc: Report on TriMet 1998 Nov General Election ballot measure 26-74 for $475 million
request for South / North LR Project from Oregon Ctiy to Kenton District of Portland OR
Size: 1,638 kb. Page(s): 14.
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10. Cross Ref Doc 10
Title: Railroaded: Light rail gravy train rolls toward Clackamas
Desc: Commentary by Cascade Policy Institute on evolution of Light Rail Projects
(with application to Portland Streetcar extensions) towards Clackamas County.
Size: 56 kb. Page(s): 8. (Landscape Orientation WxH = 11 x 8.5)
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11. Cross Ref Doc 11
Title: Military – industrial complex
Desc: Articles on related to President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1961 farewell speech
including the famous quote about the Military Industrial Complex
Size: 1,027 kb. Page(s): 14.
Website Birdhill: https://sites.google.com/site/deislpax/home/050locc
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Christie, Robyn
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VOTE ON STREETCAR OPTION
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Dear Council Members: re: The streetcar option A. Who will pay for cost over‐runs? It is almost a fact of life this will happen! B. Who will subsidize operating losses? The line almost assuredly will not produce revenues to be self‐ supporting. Think WES and MAX lines. There is much to suggest a conflict of interest in the promotion of this mistake! PLEASE VOTE NO!!! Thomas & Sharon Sickler 5225 Coventry Ct Lake Oswego, OR 97035 Christie, Robyn
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Dear Gentlepersons: I am making time to write to you to urge you to reject the proposed Streetcar Project for the following reasons: (l) In that its purpose is to allow the redevelopment of the Foothills Area, thereby transforming the very essence of Lake Oswego from a quiet quasi‐rural village into a mini metropolis, such as HUGE CHANGE should be made only after the citizens of Lake Oswego approve same by VOTING . At the Public Hearing on April 12th, citizens expressed their disapproval of this proposed project by 2 to 1 as reported by the L.O. Review, so please, please, please listen to the citizens you have sworn to represent, and allow them to vote on what type of community they want to live in. (2) In that our School District is suffering , it is unconscionable to spend $2,500,000 to study the subject proposal further at this time. Priorities dictate that when our basic house is in order, then and then only should funds that should go to our schools, be diverted to projects lying well into the future. (3) In that the WEB Building, Lake Oswego’s last once‐in‐a‐lifetime project, still has no long‐term solution in place, and continues to drain City funds for interest payments, funds that could also be used for our schools, it is unconscionable plus to commit the huge sum of $2,500,000 to a projects lying in the future. You have heard the voice of the citizens of Lake Oswego at the Public Hearing. Please hear that voice, and act in a fiscal and morally responsible fashion by rejecting the proposed Streetcar Project! Most sincerely, Howard G. Franklin 15204 Lily Bay Court Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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Please don't go ahead with the streetcar plans. Sue Coburn,LO resident Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Dear Mayor and City Councilors: What a turnout you had this past Tuesday for the Streetcar Hearing!! I believe the final count was 65 opposed to the streetcar option and 29 in favor of it . I, as stated in my testimony, am opposed to it. My observations on Tuesday of both sides: Those in favor, what is commonly referred to as the Hammerstad group, had weeks of half page ads with numerous signatures; they have the vote of the Steering Committee,, the vote of the CAC, the endorsement of the Chamber of Commerce, the backing of The Review as evidenced by the coverage of Tuesday, and even more importantly, from what I can determine from people on both sides, they have the votes of four LO City Council members. What all these people seem to have in common is that pretty much the same people are involved in each of the aforementioned groups. However, in looking at the mix of those in opposition I saw Democrats, Republicans, church members, LONAC members, what Mayor Hoffman likes to refer to as "Tea Party" members, all age groups, long time and short time residents, many (most) people I had never seen anywhere before. In looking at what these people have in common what I saw was a well‐balanced cross‐section of our community ‐ people who are seriously concerned with the detrimental changes a street car will bring to this community. We did not have any coordinated group organizing the troops; we didn't have week after week of Review ads, we didn't have buttons or even stickers until the night of the testimony. We had concerned citizens, their neighbors, families and friends individuals who worked up the courage to speak and took the time to do so. We had people who turned out in force to protect our City. What you saw on Tuesday were voters, citizens and many people none of us have ever seen before in any political or civic meeting. What you also saw are people who really still believe that if they speak up, their elected officials will vote responsibility based on the opinion/comments of the clear majority. . I pray they aren't disappointed. Those in favor say that we need this streetcar to move into the future ‐ I say wrong on two counts: One, just saying something over and over and louder and louder does not make it true. And, secondly, fixed rail, street cars, trolleys are a thing of the past ‐ a relic from the 1920's and 30's. Just making the trains more sleek and faster does not make them any more effective now than they were then. Thank you‐ Janine Dunphy 15450 SW Boones Ferry Road Lake Oswego, OR April 15, 2011 Christie, Robyn
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As a concerned citizen I wanted to let you know that I am opposed to this costly and misguided project. Teresa White 1988 Bonniebrae Drive Lake Oswego TW Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Dear Mayor and Council ‐ Please vote no on the streetcar as the locally preferred option. This is a terrible idea and will ruin our city. Thank you Hunter MacDowell 62 Touchstone LO 97035 Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Dear Mayor and Council ‐ Please vote NO!! on the streetcar as the locally preferred option. Thank You Sheri Macdowell 62 Touchstone 97035 Christie, Robyn
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To all City Council members: RE: Streetcar I apologize for not being able to attend the meeting at City Hall the other night. I would like to simply state that I am against the over‐400‐million dollars project for bringing the streetcar into Lake Oswego. (1) The cost will surely double before the project is complete; we've seen it too many times in the past; regardless of WHERE the funds come from in total, I would think that our schools are a much more valuable and important project than any transportation project. Period. (2) Along the South waterfront sit empty condos by the dozens. There are empty homes which have been abandoned, foreclosed on or simply lost by the hundreds of people who can no longer afford to remain in their homes, meet their mortgage obligations, etc. Who is this streetcar going to serve? Lake Oswego, I am sorry, is not a "destination" for shopping, dining or otherwise. It is a very small community. We are NOW building ANOTHER park on State Street, a block from Millenium Park and 3 blocks from the "new" park on the river bank. CAN THE CITY FIND ANY OTHER WAYS TO WASTE THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY?????? We don't need more parks; we don't need a streetcar. If commuters need to get to West Linn and more southerly areas, let MAX run a line down the I‐5 corridor which is intended for commuting, not our backyards. (3) Who does the Council actually think this streetcar is going to serve??? Not ONE person that I know or speak to would ever use it....and that's quite a lot of people who are all represented by this letter of opposition. Sincerely, Cathy Cutrera 12760 Fielding Road Lake Oswego Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Dear Mayor and Council ‐ Please vote no on the streetcar as the locally preferred option. Thank you. Wendy Lucia 10 Northview Court Lake Oswego, OR 97035 Christie, Robyn
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MAX
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LO Council,
I would like to voice my support for the streetcar.
First and foremost my family and I would use it.
Second, I am convinced it is vital necessity for our community as it ages and continues to strive to be relevant to the
Portland Metro Area.
Heather
Heather K. Hill
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503-635-0805
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:49 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Cc: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Subject: Feedback from the web for Citizen Information Center This is an automated message from the web server. Do not reply to this message. Topic: Streetcar On 4/14/2011 6:49:13 PM a user kindly commented: I am outraged over the streetcar approval process. Can see the newspaper article now: " Streetcar ridership falls far below projections." Just another boondogle like the WEB. Citizen input counts for nothing with those who make decisions. Time to move away from this mismanaged town. Christie, Robyn
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OR43_Work_Group_Meeting_2011_Apr_11_Mon_Commentary_n_Request
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Subject: OR43_Work_Group_Meeting_2011_Apr_11_Mon_Commentary_n_Request
OR43 = Oregon Highway 43
LOPT = Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project (Streetcar on WSL to LO)
WSL = Willamette Shore Line
ROW = Right-of-Way.
DEIS = Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Good Morning:
Unmarked roadside gravesites for neighborhood involvement with respect to protocols,
procedures, and precedence in the potential transfer of ODOT State Highway facilities
to local jurisdictions continue to be dug with calloused indifference. As evidenced at the
OR Hwy 43 Work Group meeting of 2011 April 11 Monday 14:30 U (2:30 PM PT)
at the Metro Headquarters Conference Room 505.
It was unfortunate I was unable to film this meeting due to my inability to check out
a camera from Willamette Falls Media Center. I have too many hours of taping and
not enough displayed programs on local or regional public cable access channels. This
is but one indicator of the rapidity of contemplated changes proposed along the OR 43
corridor to accommodate a questionable streetcar alternative, contemplated between
Lake Oswego and Portland. Even in these depressed economic times and climate.
A side note, it currently takes me at least three hours of post production time for each
hour of meeting time to get a program ready to be aired.
Amongst the many issues the Working Group meeting ignored were responses to
the reason why these meetings have been kept secretive since they began in 2010 April.
With no public notice on website calendars of ODOT, TriMet, Metro, Clackamas County,
Multnomah County, City of Portland City of Lake Oswego, City of West Linn or Oregon
City. Or perhaps the newspapers of the Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Lake Oswego
Review, and West Linn Tidings
Further the Working Group members and consulting planners and policy formulators
from the aforementioned “partners” do not acknowledge and refuse to allot meeting
time to for neighborhood leaders in attendance to reveal relevant issues that they might
bring to the table with respect to the issue of OR 43 transfer. This failure to illuminate
issues pertinent to neighborhoods and citizens adjacent to or which OR Hwy 43 divides
for example again slaps the concept of OAR (Oregon Administrative Rule) –
OAR 660-015-0000(1) Oregon Land Use Goal One: Citizen Involvement, across the face.
I quote from the above cited OAR on page 2 item 3:
“3. Citizen Influence -- To provide the opportunity for citizens to be involved
in all phases of the planning process.
Citizens shall have the opportunity to be involved in the phases of the
planning process as set forth and defined in the goals and guidelines for
Land Use Planning, including Preparation of Plans and Implementation
Measures, Plan Content, Plan Adoption, Minor Changes and Major
Revisions in the Plan, and Implementation Measures.”
Issues that affect neighborhoods and voting citizens now rather in an “envisioned”
“radiant future” that include:
1. Riverdale NA of Multnomah County, road ruts which create splash zones at
the intersection of OR 43 / Military Road, MP_04.45, that renders west side
TriMet Bus Stop (SID 4900) and pedestrian crossing useless except during summer dry spells.
2. Birdshill CPO / NA a Joint Clackamas County / City of Lake Oswego Community
and its neglected, ignored and dismissed efforts to have roadway surface water
managed across jurisdictional boundaries from OR 43 / Breyman Ave, MP 04.90
– Multnomah County south to OR 43 / “D” Ave, MP 05.86 – Lake Oswego.
3. Glenmorie NA of Lake Oswego and efforts to get any stop lights with traffic controlled
pedestrian crossings between OR43 / Lake Oswego Creek, MP_06.77
south to OR 43 / Holy Names Dr , MP_07.75. Which preclude transit advocates
(“Streetcar Mafia” enforcers) such as former Lake Oswego Mayor (2001 – 2008),
Judy Hammerstad from effectively utilizing existing or contemplated TriMet bus
service at OR 43 / Glenmorrie Drive, MP_07.39, TriMet Stop ID(s): Eastside
(Northbound) SID 6317 and Westside (Southbound) SID 6318, on commutes
to / from Lake Oswego City Hall and Metro Headquarters.
4.
Robinwood NA of West Linn where the sight line for approaching northbound
TriMet Line 35 buses is obscured by a traffic control signal box from a bus shelter
at SID 6309, OR 43 / Cedaroak Drive (Hidden Springs Road).
It is apparent in the “Working Group” process as controlled by Metro Councilors
Carlotta Collette (District 2 – SW Portland, Multnomah County and Clackamas
Counties and former Governor Barbara Roberts (District 6 – SW Portland and
SE Portland) that neighborhood leaders, such as myself that contest a streetcar
alternative will be labeled “difficult to work with”. And summarily dismissed,
demeaned, disparaged and discriminated against, without possibility of parole,
or political redemption ever, by associated politicians and planners in their employ.
And the issues they attempt to illuminate along with neighborhoods they represent
will be sent to roadside graves to rot. With respect to all aspects of the collection,
tabulation and display in reports [notably recent LOPT DEIS] of pertinent statistics,
relevant to planning of transit modes and connected land use endeavors. Not to forget
terms to be proffered in intergovernmental agreements [IGA(s)] for transfer of
jurisdictional control of Oregon Highways adjacent to or that divide communities
the roadway traverses such as OR Highway 43 and Willamette Shore Line (WSL)
right-of-way (ROW).
Further and unfortunately the above Metro Councilors will be aided in their
decision making in Clackamas County by Commissioner Anne Lininger and in the
City of Lake Oswego by Mayor Jack Hoffman who long ago committed to the
Streetcar Alternative. Without responding to in writing to resolutions about
transportation planning and modeling or requests for documents – citizens need
to know about today.
My phone number is attached and I walk to the Lake Oswego Library to collect
my e-mail about every two days given the weather and need to assist my mother.
Perhaps you will reach out and contact an unemployed / underemployed Oregonian
neighborhood leader who must use transit and walk along OR Hwy 43 for ideas to
include in OR Hwy 43 IGA(s) and attempts to resolve issues of roadway financing.
But I doubt it after witnessing the displayed indifference to which my neighborhood,
Birdshill CPO / NA, has been exposed to in the past seven years and $7 M dollars of
planning and public involvement on both OR Highway 43 and the Lake Oswego to
Portland Transit Project.
Thanks
Skip
Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
A joint Clackamas County Community Planning Organization (CPO)
and City of Lake Oswego Oregon Neighborhood Association (NA)
Google Earth GPS Coordinates: 45°25'42.18"N, 122°39'41.48"W
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Clackamas County
170 SW Birdshill Road
Portland Oregon 97219-8502
Phn: 503.636.4483 Residence
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: http://sites.google.com/site/sentinelskip
Web: http://sites.google.com/site/loosswur
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Google Earth Coordinates of selected locales with respect to
Oregon Hwy 43 corridor and travel shed
OR Hwy 43 Intersections North to South
Common Name
Burnside Bridge
Hawthorne Bridge
Marquam Bridge
Caruthers Bridge (PMLR) Proposed
Ross Island Bridge
Sellwood Bridge
Line 35 @ Kelly Stop
OR 43 / Boundary Cn
Line 35 @ Gibbs
Moody / Bancroft Cn
OR 43 / Bancroft Cn
OR 43 / Ham Ct Cn
OR 43 / Pendleton Cn
OR 43 / Nebraska Cn
OR 43 / Nevada Cn
OPB Broadcast Entry
OR 43 / Taylors Cn
OR 43 / Sell West Cn
OR 43 / Sell South Cn
OR43 / Riverdale Rd CN
OR43 / Breyman Rd CN
OR43 / Riverwood Rd CN
OR43 / Palatine Hill Rd CN
OR43 / Military Rd CN
OR 43 / A ave
SID 4896 OR Hwy 43 / Elk Rock Road NB
OR 43 / Midvale
SID 4899 OR Hwy 43 / Midvale Road SB
OR 43 / Briarwood
UP TBL Rail Bridge
OR 43 / Terwilliger Bv
State St / E Ave
State St / D Ave
State St / B Ave
State St / A Ave
SID 05513 TMB 035 North Shore Rd
State St / N Shore & Village Place
SID 05512 TMB 035 Village Place
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45°31'22.75"N, 122°40'3.25"W
45°30'47.49"N, 122°40'15.03"W
45°30'28.38"N, 122°40'8.64"W
45°30'20.77"N, 122°40'2.99"W
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45°27'51.60"N, 122°39'55.57"W
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45°26'29.59"N, 122°39'17.32"W
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45°25'52.10"N, 122°39'20.54"W
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45°24'56.66"N, 122°39'49.80"W
45°24'56.12"N, 122°39'49.44"W
45°24'55.71"N, 122°39'49.08"W
OR 43 / MarysWoods (So of Glenmorie Dr)
OR 43 / Marylhurst
OR 43 / Hidden Springs (Ceadaroak Rd)
Hidden Springs P&R
OR 43 / I-205
Oregon City Bridge
45°23'58.46"N, 122°39'17.02"W
45°23'52.18"N, 122°39'10.15"W
45°23'14.56"N, 122°38'29.60"W
45°23'13.10"N, 122°38'23.47"W
45°21'46.27"N, 122°36'34.78"W
45°21'32.40"N, 122°36'34.60"W
Key Public Facilities along and about OR Hwy 43 – North to South
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Google Earth Coordinate
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Convention Center
Metro Headquarters
Pioneer Court House Cupola
Portland City Hall
Multnomah County Headquarters
Portand State Urban Center
I-5 / Terwilliger Bv CN
Iron Mt Bridge
Kaady Carwash So Entry
Public Storage LKOS Entry
Lake Oswego City Hall
Tryon Creek WTP
Foothills Area
Albertson's LOPT Terminal (Clock Tower)
I-5 / I205 CN
Oregon City Elevator
Willamette Falls View Point
West Linn City Hall
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Clackamas County Development Services Bldg
Clackamas County Public Services Bldg
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45°31'38.95"N, 122°39'36.91"W
45°31'6.79"N, 122°40'41.76"W
45°30'53.61"N, 122°40'43.63"W
45°30'44.25"N, 122°39'37.50"W
45°30'39.68"N, 122°40'57.61"W
45°28'13.01"N, 122°41'9.36"W
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45°20'59.08"N, 122°38'13.83"W
45°20'2.23"N, 122°35'56.43"W
45°19'57.47"N, 122°35'55.50"W
Christie, Robyn
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Testimony_Before_LOCC_wrt_LOPT_LPA_Resolution_11-19
TSTM_BHCN_LOCC_LOPT_LPA_2011_04Apr_12Tu_1700U.pdf
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Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
Subject: Testimony_Before_LOCC_wrt_LOPT_LPA_Resolution_11-19
OR43 = Oregon Highway 43
LOPT = Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project (Streetcar on WSL to LO)
WSL = Willamette Shore Line
ROW = Right-of-Way.
DEIS = Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Good Morning:
Attached is a PDF file copy for the record of the Lake Oswego City Council
Hearing on Resolution 11-19: Resolution recommending a Locally Preferred Alternative
for the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project that occurred on 2011 April 12 Tuesday 6:00 PM PT (18:00 U).
The attached PDF file is the same as the paper copy I delivered in person to the City
Recorder after my testimony at about 10:30 PM PT (22:30 U).
Thanks
Skip
Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
Acting Chair Birdshill CPO / NA
A joint Clackamas County Community Planning Organization (CPO)
and City of Lake Oswego Oregon Neighborhood Association (NA)
Google Earth GPS Coordinates: 45°25'42.18"N, 122°39'41.48"W
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E-mail: [email protected]
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1. Title: Testimony upon Locally Preferred Alternative by
Residents from Birdshill CPO / NA
Site: None at this date
File: TSTM_BHCN_LOCC_LOPT_LPA_2011_04Apr_12Tu_1700U.pdf
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Lake Oswego City Council,
I am a citizen of LO. I live at 18086 Jenifers Way, LO, 97035. I am requesting a no vote on the
streetcar. I do not think we should spend our limited resourses on an project that is not needed.
Expanded bus service would be a better alternative.
I moved to LO from Texas in 1991 because it was a charming small town. I do not want to see the
culture of this lovely town changed with the build up of the Foothills area.This Streetcar issue is just a
part of the overall plan to transform LO from a relatively quiet small town into a sprawling suburban
concrete mass. I do not want to be caught in traffic while moving around in my own little town. I did
not move into Tigard or Beaverton. I paid a premium to purchase a home in Lake Oswego because it
is smaller and more manageable. I do not want to fight the traffic that will naturally ensue with added
residents and added travelers who might use the Streetcar.
Please preserve the charm and livability of Lake Oswego for its current residents, vote no on the
streetcar.
Thank you.
Cyndi Calabria
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As a long time resident of Lake Oswego, I urge you of the city council to NOT move forward on this streetcar
matter.
I have done my research looking at facts and viewpoints from all sides. I feel that your decision, has not been
handled with the best interest, or true voice of your citizens!
I feel a move forward is the wrong decision for Lake Oswego, and would show your lack of respect for the
very people you should represent.
Madelene Andre
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Dear City Council,
We have been reading and studying all the material about the Streetcar issue in the LO Website, LO Review and
the Oregonian. The April 12th review meeting on this subject once again shows that a definite, serious negative
view of this project exits in our city. So why not put it to a vote of the citizens? Just the Streetcar, not
alternatives! "Do you want the Streetcar--Yes or No". The idea of the Council relying on a few "citizens" of the
area to opine about the future reminds me of the "Pope and Bishops" problem. Who says we need to do
anything at all?
By the way, we think this whole Streetcar notion is outrageous. The cost is almost half a billion dollars!!!
Come to grips with that number. The City does not have money sitting around for this project; the County does
not have money for this project, nor does the State with its multi-billion dollar deficit, nor does the Federal
Government with its multi-trillion dollar deficit.
Why would one think that people would want to ride to/from LO to St. John's Landing? Why, what for?
Enough to justify the massive cost? When I look at the light-rail in Portland (where it does make some sense), I
see the transit cars are never full of passengers, in fact only a few folks riding. But when I drive along HWY 43,
it is never gridlocked with cars and buses, as some claim it is.
We like LO just the way it is. People who like the Pearl District should move there, not try to make LO look
like the Pearl.
Arguments put forth about saving oil, creating jobs, etc., are simply unsupportable. As exhibited by Jeff
Gudman in his columns.
Let us put this to a vote instead of leaving the recommendations/decisions to chamber-of-commerce types,
futurists and real-estate developers. Or you can save us the trouble and simply say "No Streetcar".
There simply is no driving need for this project, and the downside is immense.
William and Suzanne Bigas (Homeowners)
1708 Village Park Lane
Lake Oswego
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Dear Councilman Tierney: Please see Martin Forbe's editor's article on the rail project. I hope you agree that it makes sense to take the project one step further in order to get closer to the true costs. I am communicating with ODOT to get road, highway and Freeway repair costs most of which are a serious safety issue and some of which are, an extravagance more than a necessity. Please vote to continue this rail project. Thank you, Norma Heyser Christie, Robyn
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To Whom It May Concern:
I live on the WEST side of Lake Oswego. I know that all my family will ever get from the streetcar is THE BILLS. I will
campaign against and vote against any council member who votes for the streetcar next week.
This is our money you are wasting to take care of a few developers, business owners and residents on the east end of
the town. Lake Oswego does not end at Chandler in to the east and McVey to the south.
Sincerely,
Tom Maginnis
Wk: 503-620-5608
Cel: 503-860-5513
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I want to register my opposition to the proposed street car project. If transportation is to be enhanced, do it through bus service. PMM Sent from my iPhone Christie, Robyn
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I cannot believe that the City Council would even consider funding this boondoggle using the limited funds available from
your citizens and at the same time watch two LO Schools close their doors. We have better, more urgent programs that
should be funded and this streetcar is simply not one of them.
In addition to my opposition related to the costs of this proposal (and those costs will be higher than what you are
looking at currently ...if you don't believe it, you're not paying attention to other projects in the Metro area or the history
of this streetcar proposal) I am further concerned with the potential for increased crime in Lake Oswego. The streetcar
is two way system and TriMet's current light rail system has provided the vehicle for increased personal and property
crimes in the locations served by light rail.
A couple of the points mentioned in Brad Schmidt's Oregonian article from March 26 about the streetcar really resonated
with me- see the following:
“I'm concerned that the money isn't there to build it and that the money isn't there to operate it," said Multnomah County
Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, whose district includes Southwest Portland and unincorporated Dunthorpe. "And I'm also
concerned about the message that it sends to the community. We're telling people we're going to continue to move down
this track and we'll find money when I think there are other more pressing issues in our community."
"Streetcar estimates have risen dramatically since officials began considering the project. Projections
from 2007 suggested the line could be built for $157 million. That didn't include land costs, much of it
along the trolley right of way owned by Portland, Lake Oswego and agencies such as TriMet and Metro. At the
time, officials guessed the land could be worth as much as $50 million. Three months ago, a report estimated the
streetcar's cost at $347 million, a 68 percent jump. Factoring in inflation, the report puts the final cost in 2017, the target
opening, at as much as $458 million"
"Literally, there appears to be no price too high to satisfy their obsession with new trains," said John Charles, who heads
the Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland-area think tank that generally opposes rail projects."It is unconscionable to be
spending public dollars on this project that makes no economic sense, that serves so few people, and is basically putting
money into the pockets of Homer Williams and his firm, the Obletz firm, and making a name for a few public officials," said
Dunthorpe resident Elizabeth English, whose property abuts the right of way."
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Sincerely,
Larry Cartier
20 year Lake Oswego resident
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The decision regarding the streetcar has such an enormous effect on the citizens of Lake Oswego
that the city council should not have to bear the burden of deciding whether we should have it or not.
That decision should be made by the full citizenry. It should be placed on a ballot so all citizens can
have a vote.
Bud Gillison
1909 Palisades Terrace
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503 635-7135
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I think Chris Dudley said it well on Tues. It would be NICE to have a Ferrari too. I don't need a Ferrari and I can't afford one either Please stop this madness and fiscal malfeasance Do the enhanced bus Call it a first step and reunite the community If the Foothills is such a good idea it will still happen Darrell Brett Sent from my iPad Christie, Robyn
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My wife Susan and I have lived and worked in Lake Oswego for over thirty seven years and currently reside at 1780 Yarmouth Circle in The Green at Glemmorrie. This streetcar idea is a BAD IDEA. In watching the early hearings, they seemed to me to just be a ruse to move this trolley idea along and never for seeking the best solution for Lake Oswego. It would cost a fortune and never, ever provide anywhere near the benefit its proponents say it will. It is almost laughable watching those in favor when you can see they either believe they stand to personally benefit as downtown land or business owners, or are the usuals like Judie Hammerstad that never saw a tax dollar they did not wish to spend. To us, it is crazy that the council has not trash canned this idea long ago. The truth is ridership will be lousy, it will cost more than the proposed 458 million and we can not afford this sort of folly. The proposed developer for Foothills has a past record that has left a trail of busted projects ALWAYS using someone else's money and then needing someone else to cleanup his mess when his investors pull the plug. Why in the word would we want Portland State students living in lower income housing in Lake Oswego? The Foothill land owners would but we certainly do not. Graham's Stationary would but we don't. Please, get real. When the time comes add a few more busses and we will be just fine. Richard and Susan Reinhart 503‐635‐5054 Christie, Robyn
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To support this ridiculous expenditure at a time when we are already going bankrupt with wastefull spending of our hard earned tax dollars is grossly negligent and irresponsible. Put the money where it is really needed‐ educating our children, instead of closing our schools. Where do you people think you have found this bottomless pit of our hard earned money for your wasteful discretionary spending on projects such as this. David Morthland Christie, Robyn
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Dear Mayor and Members of the Council,
I fear that I may have not articulated my point very well during my testimony as I was running out of time.
My final points were this:
1) How many years will it take to save $450 million in gasoline by using the streetcar assuming it is completed in 2020, and assuming
the true cost of gasoline goes up every year by 5% from the figure disclosed by a comprehensive by a study in 1998 to be over $15.00
a gallon. Now, with three wars, a major cleanup, and the cost of production going up, its likely close to $30.00), and the annual gas
savings goes up 5% from the 100,000 gallons mentioned in the DEIS. In 27 years, $450 million in gas expenditures would be saved,
and by 51 years $450+ million would be saved annually by taxpayers annually. No other form of transportation offers these savings.
2) Road construction never recovers the cost, as it increases our reliance on the ever increasing price of oil. For example, the current
construction on 217 near Hy 26 (Cost - over 40 million for an additional lane of about 2 miles) and the construction on 1-5 near the
curves (Cost - over 40 million for about a mile of work) will never recover the construction costs. The $400 billion construction of a
new bridge over the Columbia River may recover the cost as it will include light rail, but it will take centuries.
3) The streetcar should be championed by conservatives, as it will play a part in preserving our economy, reduce our reliance on oil
from countries that do not like us, and be a financially prudent investment for business.
At the very least, Council should proceed to the next step, and endorse the streetcar as the locally preferred alternative. Too much is at
stake for the future of Lake Oswego.
Thank you for your consideration.
David Jorling
971.998.2320
[email protected]
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My name is Suzanne Regan and I wanted to just be counted in the masses to let you know that as a
homeowner, and a business owner here in Lake Oswego, I completely support the street car coming to
Lake Oswego. As a business owner, I celebrate the possibility that more people will be coming into our
City. For too long Lake Oswego has closed it's doors to 'outsiders' and having grown up in Portland, I can
say this without hesitation. It is long passed due that the many, excellent businesses we have here get
some exposure.
As a homeowner and resident, I also am excited that the possibility might exist for me to take full use of
the streetcar, and that friends of mine who live at South Waterfront, or in surrounding areas of Portland,
can take advantage of coming out to Lake Oswego. Opening up our beautiful, lots to offer, Art Mecca City
to the outside world is (hopefully) almost there.
Sincerely,
Suzanne Regan
Tucci
220 A Ave Suite 108
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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Dear Councilers , and Jeff The term "game changing " yes you are right . Think about the "game changers" this past three months alone, Japan hit a black swan with the double whammy of the tsunami and quake leading to plant power back up failure , no where near being resolved. The prices that we pay for short term reactive policies ‐ like "no action" assuming that the offer will stand , well that may or may not be true . Public transportation in America is what we need to as society to move forward . The dig in your heals attitude will be remembered. Competing agendas are at stake. The issues of oil and energy stability also have tacked a downward spiral . This project is not going to wait indefinitely . Think about Oregon ballot measures and all the GOOD that voter referendums have given us ‐ like now the fact that we as a State pay more for incarceration than higher education and have mandatory sentencing . Leadership is needed to create a vision so that we don't lose our share of the Metro resources that we export out of the tax base every year. Create a dialogue at least .Please ask. We have a lot to offer through this project. Please show some respect to the Chamber when they say we need the growth opportunities . Stagnation is not good ,and we have a lot more MOM and Pops than just about any other community in Metro area that are despite the bad economy are ‐‐well hanging in there at least. We are a cultural district that offers a degree of quality you don't get in a lot of small towns in Oregon . If each of the 100 businesses added 2 employees, that means better stability to 100 families. Does Metro have any jobs data relative to the impact for this project ? Do you agree that jobs ‐ (eg family wage) are good right now? We have a very bleak jobs report, and please be aware that this juncture a next phase study design is all we are committing to . Question If six years from now you knew the desired outcome was that LO could continue to flourish or would become increasing more isolated ( as some wish ) It might benefit very many more people ‐ like( 25 to 1 ) to have this system functioning . I see that many of my elderly neighbors are getting the short end of the bargain, as are the workers who travel ‐ either to and from Portland . At no time has the CIty ever polled the largest groups that would truly benefit ‐ the prospective "users". Would you please consider doing so ? Kate Miller LEED AP [email protected] 503.459.2292 "Integrity has no need of rules" ‐ Albert Camus On Apr 13, 2011, at 12:25 PM, Gudman, Jeff wrote: > Good morning Kate, > > Thank you for your e‐mail. I am sorry you had to leave before the end. There were many thoughtful comments made by people and your comments below are an addition to that thoughtful list. > > You make some excellent points about community and I agree. Where we differ is how to get there. WE are in disagreement about the Streetcar/Foothills project being the vehicle by which we acheive the goals of community and vibrancy. > > But, for any number of reasons, the Streetcar/Foothills project is not a good project at this time. I am in favor of retention of the right of way and a citizen vote on this "game changing" decision before us. > > Please feel to contact me if want to discuss in more detail either in person, by phone or by e‐mail. > > > Jeff Gudman > City Council member > > ________________________________________ > From: Kate Miller [[email protected]] > Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:46 AM > To: COUNCIL > Subject: Streetcar Hearing > > Hello City Council, > I am writing to give my testimony ‐as the attendance was so jam packed I had to leave prior to adjournment, I am strongly in favor of the next step of approving the streetcar project . We cannot live like ostriches here. We have to think more long term and "systems" . There is
a shift in the age demographics has been profound since I lived here. Lake Oswego need to think about where we want to be ‐ do we want a vibrant community that is intergenerational ? It is important to look at this startling trend of aging, and the related implications . The real estate shift over the past decade was reactive and exasperated the age shift , as the whole trend of a family friendly environment gave way to being more like Carmel California. Aging empty nesters from out of state came here to buy up the houses , and the existing senior population that was here is choosing to stay . MAny seniors cannot predict how their vision impairments and need might change their independence . It must be brought up the serious ADA consideration on how they might not be able to drive into their advanced age . Is that realistic ? > > The Foothills development is an excellent idea to compliment the long term needs for increased density and work life proximity. We need the" 20 minute neighborhood concept" to be applied to as many parts of Lake Oswego as possible . > Here is the question I ask you to consider. > Do we want to be a community or a retirement area? If you want to attract a family oriented community with professionals , you must assume that people need transportation . Sustainability requires a more thoughtful approach than just reacting to developers and real‐estate pressures that contract as quickly as they expand . > > Additionally the local service jobs that employ people require transportation to make things work for people on the lower end of the pay scale . Even the City employees organized their own carpool with van . It is a normal to use public transportation but the enhanced BUS alternative is not cost effective. More congestion, more pollution not using the resources we have prudently. HWY 43 is not a great option for adding additional lanes. That is obvious . > > Gas prices are more on the front burner over the cost of the past year than they were when this Streetcar dialogue began . > > It is clear that oil and car maintenance expenses will increase, and we must speak up as a community to embrace a more "one car or no car" . > Additionally , more people who age can stay living independently, if and only if they have public transportation and services , grocery , health, shops etc in a pedestrian area. Or they can move somewhere that offers them these benefits . The choices are very limited at present , due to geography, we have choices . > I live in the Lakewood neighborhood , and have been in the community for over 11 years. I have sons who have attended high school and one is a junior . I moved here , although I work in Portland. It is a terrible problem to have a vocal minority who does not work or need to be conservative fiscal (as I do) to maintain their families well being being against the recommended next step of a preferred alternative There has been a public process that was well run . I would love to have a light rail to Portland and having the my commuting options for the future years improved . I am convinced that many would use it regularly ‐ and the interconnected community would attract quality people to LO. > > We have people in Lake oswego who work and live here and try to manage on more limited incomes , I am annoyed by the fact people " cannot deal " with the fact that we are too dependent on the car , and that many people need to work , and get home to take care of families so need more planning to make transit accessible. > In general , We need to give better services to Portland and around Lake Oswego . This is a one time option to leverage federal funds and Metro is working with us . USE IT OR LOSE IT ! > My career has been as a sustainability professional for over thirty years . > I am about to start a job as a Project Manager to install commercial truck electric charging stations for long haul truck at 50 locations nationally . This is to reduce waste ‐
and improve air quality . It makes sense and saves money . > the good news is that this stuff works . We are forced to think in more practical terms , change is eminent , and we can either steer or wait and be passive and lose opportunity . . > > Last night I saw the level of frustration on both sides last night escalate. I believe that Albert Einstein wrote ‐ "you cannot use the same thinking that created the problem to solve the problem ". > > The addiction to oil is not without it's price .OPen your eyes and read the newspaper and maybe lose a son or daughter in the MId east over a "Conflict" Oh I forgot we as a community don't have to send our children to war ‐ we let the poor rural people do that . ANd they never get any offers for public transportation either do they ? It is true that this is a privileged community ( Two Thirds of Our Enlisted forces come from RURAL America) > > Here is the paradigm " FILL UP MY SUV !!"or move as a community to a actionable plan from the engineering next option and an inner generational development plan for Foothills . > > Here is the choice: Pay now at a reasonable price or pay MUCH MUCH MORE LATER , compare apples and apples , and see the gridlock over the Vancouver area , as they rejected a federal resource to build light rail there over 20 years ago . Good Luck to them as they now struggle put in a toll bridge and try to get Oregonians to pay for that too. > > Kate Miller LEED AP > [email protected] > 503.459.2292 > > PUBLIC RECORDS LAW DISCLOSURE > This e‐mail is a public record of the City of Lake Oswego and is subject to public disclosure unless exempt from disclosure under Oregon Public Records Law. This email is subject to the State Retention Schedule. Christie, Robyn
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A strong NO note for a streetcar from LO to Portland. We are in such dire straits currently
and can't believe this council is seriously considering it! Look at the debacle in in the
Kruse Way building purchase! Look at our economic times. It does not pencil out and
someone must begin using common sense and the concept that we simply cannot afford
this. One cannot continue to forge ahead on "projects" that are simply not worth their
price, especially when those who will actually use it never make it worthwhile.
My mother moved here from NYC at 75 years old to be near her family. She had to walk a
mile simply to get to a bus stop. Perhaps adding two smaller buses to LO to loop near
actual neighborhoods where residents live so they can take advantage of the limited bus
system we have on the major arteries. Please, someone use some common sense
there! No money, no projects. Your legacy is not what is important here, the taxpayers are
sick of this out of control, wasteful spending! Chris And Nick Rulli
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LO Councilors:
As a long time LO resident, LO home owner, LO business owner, and LO parent of three, I urge you to vote "NO" on the
streetcar for a number of reasons.
We the citizens of LO, do not need to be saddled with another boondoggle like the WEB. This is not the time to be using
funds for a streetcar, not when our schools are challenged, the people are challenged, and the property values are
challenged (yes, even in LO).
Recognizing the tendency of recent governments to try to make the population act in certain ways, as compared to really
recognizing the current and future needs of the population, this is a mistake. It's like Portland spending resources to
create additional bike lanes and making it difficult for vehicle drivers in an effort to ensure that people ride their bikes to
work. Unlike the Field of Dreams quote, "If you build it, they will come", this is truly someone’s dream, and not one that
can come to a good end. Bringing the streetcar to LO is not going to force people to use it for their commute - this is truly
backwards thinking. I'd like to see the study that validates the profitability of this venture... or even the realistic usage if it
is built!
Here’s a scenario: Many working LO citizens are in managerial positions, or even own their own business (how many
home businesses do we have??). With work demands on time that may vary (how many 8 hour days are they really
working), along with offsite business meetings, travel, and other matters, do you really think they are going to use the
streetcar for their commute? Really?
We could find many better uses of our resources. And you say, well, we are getting federal funding. My response - think
of how much money the Federal government would save if these projects were postponed or stopped! And where do they
get their funding? The taxpayers. Just like the state, just like the city. It all comes from we the people. So, as
representatives of we the people, please listen to the overwhelming desire of the people of LO and vote against
this incredibly costly waste of public funds.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications.
Respectfully,
Gina Chiotti-Hovey
Lake Oswego, OR
503.697.4297
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FOR THE RECORD: Council Members: I must, as a taxpayer in Lake Oswego, and in the most emphatic terms, express my vehement opposition to the City of Lake Oswego contributing one more dime to this ridiculous street car proposition. There is no justifiable, sustainable reason for this concept. Period. I’ve reviewed the concept and it smells – if it smells it’s rotten – if it’s rotten in comes from Multnomah County and Metro. Anyone who is serious about continuing this fiasco has a serious reality deficit and will be subject to a short political career. Back away from this gracefully and you will reap the gratitude of all taxpayers. VOTE NO Jon J Renner and Joyce A. Renner 464 Livingood Lane Lake Oswego, OR 97034 503‐970‐4960 Christie, Robyn
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I urge the Lake Oswego Council to vote NO on the proposed Streetcar, connecting Lake Oswego to
the waterfront.
I hope you are willing to listen to what the majority wants, voting accordingly.
Thank you,
Lori McElmurry
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I would like to voice my opposition to the streetcar project and ask our city council men & women to vote NO !!
Carol Self
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To Whom it May Concern: My family and I are emphatically opposed to the streetcar and are residents of Portland on the border with Lake Oswego. These dollars, better spent, are desperately needed in our schools. This is a weak and sorry example of an attempt at wasteful government spending and unneeded infrastructure. Examining the motives and the proposed efficiency reveals that this is a half baked idea that brings unneeded traffic to our riverfront. We all know that studies have proven that people are not inclined to leave their cars behind, especially when this transit route does not even achieve a meaningful distance. We ALREADY have buses!! We are hopeful that reason will prevail in this matter. Ashley Campion Christie, Robyn
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To Lake Oswego Council Members,
After partaking in last night's meeting, it is obvious that our community cares very much about the decision
regarding the Streetcar alternative with almost 2 to 1 citizens against it. As a Council Member, it is your
responsibility to listen to those who put you in office. Below is an article that was in the Lake Oswego Review
on June 12, 2008, over 2/12 years ago. I find it amazing that it not only pertains to today's issues but we have
been obviously dealing with the same problems for too long. Shame on you...
A new city council must be proactive and reach out to its constituency and so avoid the current council’s
conundrum. Only a new Lake Oswego City Council can bring this community together again with an agenda that
reflects the economic reality the taxpayer is going to face in the very near future. Integrity, honesty, responsibility,
and respect must be the watchwords for this new city council.
This city deserves capable leadership that does not rely on consultants for everything. When consultants are hired
to provide vision for what should be inherent in elected officials, it is time for change.
Lake Oswego deserves to have elected officials who listen to their constituents. Lake Oswego deserves to have
elected officials who are able to reach out to their constituents. Lake Oswego deserves to have elected officials who
use as their consultants the citizens of this community. The taxpayers of Lake Oswego need elected officials they can
afford.
Corinne Strauser
175 Berwick Road
Lake Oswego
Christie, Robyn
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Hello there,
I am from the Lake Oswego area and am currently away at college. I hope to return to the area and put my education to work in my community. As a member of Generation Y, I would love to be able to live in an urban setting with convenient transit options for travel to and from my place of work as well as easy access to eating, recreation and convenience retail for my family. The Streetcar offers that opportunity. I cannot see Lake Oswego as a convenient place to live in the next 20 years if I am destined to sit in traffic on Highway 43. People of my generation will require other alternatives. Please vote yes on the LPA.
Best,
Justine Ariel Blount
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I came last night to speak in opposition to the streetcar extension, but
only had an hour, had to leave. I emailed my comments regarding this extension
to all council members earlier this morning.
As a former LOPAC committee member, I hope I can give a unique perspective
on this issue.
I am terribly concerned about the two council members and
their potential conflict(s) of interest. I understand
the difference between potential and actual conflicts of interest, yet surely
the council is aware that even the appearance of a conflict of interest will
make for an even more divisive and controversial vote.
Are there options available such as abstaining from the vote, recusal,
temporarily stepping down as a council person, tabling the issue, or any
other way of resolving? This looks bad, and I am concerned for our city politic as it
approaches this momentous vote.
As always, I appreciate the hard work that the council,
and staff are doing on this and other issues.
Brian Lantow
1195 Sunningdale Court
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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It is clear from the overwhelming opposition the majority of the community does not want the
streetcar. Be good stewards about our money and concerns and put this issue to a vote.
Ridge Taylor
17303 Grandview Ct
Lake Oswego
503.706.3635
Christie, Robyn
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WE the people have spoken- please vote no on the Streetcar NOW and stop spending money - our money- on
what will eventually be voted down. Do the right thing by listening to all of your constituency - Thank You
Kathe Worsley
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My name is Patricia Kawamoto and I live at 840 Boca Ratan Drive, Lake Oswego, OR, 97034. My
husband, Scott, and I moved to Oregon in 1992 to buy a small industrial distribution business in
Northwest Portland, and during our search to find a great neighborhood to buy a home, we stayed
here in Lake Oswego at the Lakeshore Inn, dined at WanFu and took in a couple of movies at the Lake
Twin. The charm, character, safety and small town atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for,
and over the past 19 years, we haven't been disappointed. I'm not suggesting that we live in a "time
warp" but the streetcar project will change the dynamics of the city in a negative way. I've heard Lake
Oswego likened to "Carmel by the Sea" or "Georgetown", well, we are'nt, nor do most of us want to
be. Why don't we stop trying to be something we're not and get back to basics? Cut unnecessary
spending, fix what's broken and use our tax dollars wisely for projects that matter to our citizens and
make sense for the community as a whole, and do it in a carefully prioritized manner. Not to mention
what makes sense for our country. We're looking at funding 60% of this project with Federal funds???
are we joking?? this country is already broke and this is the kind of program we should be cutting at
the Federal level as well!! The streetcar is a misguided, unfounded attempt to make our city something
it's not and there hasn't been much due diligence in the process. It will have unintended consequences
and cost more of our tax dollars in the long term than any of us can imagine. This idea is worse that
the purchase of the West End Building and we didn't get to vote for that either. Please put this issue to
a citywide vote!!!
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Patricia Kawamoto
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As a 14 year resident of LO and a business owner who commutes to Portland every day, I want to express my
support for the streetcar. My property abuts the streetcar line and I think this would be the best thing we can do
right now for the future of our community and our children. I encourage the city council to vote YES for this
progressive transportation initiative. See also my letter to the editor (first one I've ever written) attached.
Christie, Robyn
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While much remains unknown (and that is the planned condition at this stage of the process), the streetcar is the viable long‐term solution for issues involving scarce petroleum resources, traffic congestion, carbon pollution, infill, economic development, attractiveness and livability of our region and city. Continue investigating and moving towards the streetcar. Vote yes. Karen
Karen S. Jacobson, C.P.A., CFP®
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Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
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Don’t do it. We can’t afford it. It will bring more crime to us. It will ruin neighbor hoods. It is environmentally destructive. W C Kaesche Christie, Robyn
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DearCouncilMembers:
IhavefollowedtheproceedingsontheStreetcarwithinterest.Whileyourhearingchambersmay
appeartohaveamajorityofpersonsseemingtospeakoutagainsttheStreetcar,thereisalarger
majorityofusanxioustoseetheStreetcarextendtoLakeOswego.TheStreetcarwillreplicateanat‐
capacityHighway43corridorwithanewnorth‐southsustainabletransitalternative.Streetcarswill
helpusgrowthekindofwalk‐able,neighborhood‐orientedcommunityLakeOswegohasstrivenfor
thesemanyyears.OpponentsofthisprojectaresimplywrongwhentheysaythatStreetcarfundingwill
onlycomeatthecostofotherimportantservices.Therearefinancingmodelsacrossthecountryaswell
asinourownregiondemonstratingthatStreetcarscanbefundedwithdevelopment‐deriveddollars
leadingtoincreasedeconomicvitalityfortheentirearea.Whilerhetoricalflourishhasitsplace,Iprefer
thefactsandonthefacts,theStreetcaristhefarsuperioralternative.Thankyouforyourleadershipon
thisandthemanyissuesfacingtheCouncil.DavidBlount
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I support the Streetcar project. The opponents of the Streetcar like to use fear to hide the facts. “Schools will
be hurt,” “Crime will increase.” In one very disturbing example, parents of a 15-year old boy had him testify
that he was worried about the riff raff that would be walking his streets if the Streetcar project is built. After his
parents put him up to it, they left, not daring to testify themselves. This is the kind of fear mongering that can
ruin a community. The facts are that there is no increased crime associated with a Streetcar. Both the Portland
and Lake Oswego police have confirmed this statistic. Moreover, the City and School District have agreed that
the extension of the Streetcar will not impact school funding. In fact, the opposite is true; Streetcar has the
potential to add badly needed students to the LOSD. Please ignore the vitriol rhetoric and support the Streetcar;
protect the future of Lake Oswego.
-Paula Abrams
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Message from the web site: Regarding the Streetcar and Foothills project: Please allow the citizens of Lake Oswego to vote on this matter. Christie, Robyn
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I'm 100% AGAINST this ridiculous idea of street cars in our town. Want the hard love truth?
1- Your OWN studies have shown only 300-400 max will ride it from 97034-97035
2- The estimates are FICTION and you know it. Expect multi millions in over runs. Just look at any
major city/state/gov project - PGE Park- Sam The Sham Adams Tram project- Anything involved with
TRI-METH.
3- Let's face it kids, People in Lake Oswego will drive their 4 wheel CARS and SUV's. Let's not kid
each other here.
4- PROVEN! Tri-Meth brings the undesirables into the neighborhood. Classical music at Tri-Meth
stops will not cure the gang bangers taking a ride from downtown & Gresham to bust into homes, rob
business owners, steal purses and deal dope.
5- You will not have enough to fund and will start up with taxation or begging on the phone for dollars.
You are in the land of FICTION if you don't believe this.
6- Why don't they run TRI-METH from a heavy populated area with a freeway access? Doesn't that
make sense?
7- HAVE ANY OF YOU OTHER THAN MIKE KEHOE MADE A PERSONAL PAYROLL?
Dave Rogoway
Lake Oswego, Or
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Message from the web site: I watched the community comments last night. I stand with those that oppose streetcar. Our Federal government is broke, our state government is broke and property values are still falling. It is a time to cut spening not increase it. Also, after hearing the conflicts that the two members of the council have, there is no way they should be voting. Working for companies that stand to benefit from passage..are you kidding me!! Please vote this down, don't waste anymore tax money on this. Thanks, Jim Blinkhorn. 215 Greenridge Ct. L.O. Christie, Robyn
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Hello City Council, I am writing to give my testimony ‐as the attendance was so jam packed I had to leave prior to adjournment, I am strongly in favor of the next step of approving the streetcar project . We cannot live like ostriches here. We have to think more long term and "systems" . There is a shift in the age demographics has been profound since I lived here. Lake Oswego need to think about where we want to be ‐ do we want a vibrant community that is intergenerational ? It is important to look at this startling trend of aging, and the related implications . The real estate shift over the past decade was reactive and exasperated the age shift , as the whole trend of a family friendly environment gave way to being more like Carmel California. Aging empty nesters from out of state came here to buy up the houses , and the existing senior population that was here is choosing to stay . MAny seniors cannot predict how their vision impairments and need might change their independence . It must be brought up the serious ADA consideration on how they might not be able to drive into their advanced age . Is that realistic ? The Foothills development is an excellent idea to compliment the long term needs for increased density and work life proximity. We need the" 20 minute neighborhood concept" to be applied to as many parts of Lake Oswego as possible . Here is the question I ask you to consider. Do we want to be a community or a retirement area? If you want to attract a family oriented community with professionals , you must assume that people need transportation . Sustainability requires a more thoughtful approach than just reacting to developers and real‐estate pressures that contract as quickly as they expand . Additionally the local service jobs that employ people require transportation to make things work for people on the lower end of the pay scale . Even the City employees organized their own carpool with van . It is a normal to use public transportation but the enhanced BUS alternative is not cost effective. More congestion, more pollution not using the resources we have prudently. HWY 43 is not a great option for adding additional lanes. That is obvious . Gas prices are more on the front burner over the cost of the past year than they were when this Streetcar dialogue began . It is clear that oil and car maintenance expenses will increase, and we must speak up as a community to embrace a more "one car or no car" . Additionally , more people who age can stay living independently, if and only if they have public transportation and services , grocery , health, shops etc in a pedestrian area. Or they can move somewhere that offers them these benefits . The choices are very limited at present , due to geography, we have choices . I live in the Lakewood neighborhood , and have been in the community for over 11 years. I have sons who have attended high school and one is a junior . I moved here , although I work in Portland. It is a terrible problem to have a vocal minority who does not work or need to be conservative fiscal (as I do) to maintain their families well being being against the recommended next step of a preferred alternative There has been a public process that was well run . I would love to have a light rail to Portland and having the my commuting options for the future years improved . I am convinced that many would use it regularly ‐ and the interconnected community would attract quality people to LO. We have people in Lake oswego who work and live here and try to manage on more limited incomes , I am annoyed by the fact people " cannot deal " with the fact that we are too dependent on the car , and that many people need to work , and get home to take care of families so need more planning to make transit accessible. In general , We need to give better services to Portland and around Lake Oswego . This is a one time option to leverage federal funds and Metro is working with us . USE IT OR LOSE IT ! My career has been as a sustainability professional for over thirty years . I am about to start a job as a Project Manager to install commercial truck electric charging stations for long haul truck at 50 locations nationally . This is to reduce waste ‐and improve air quality . It makes sense and saves money . the good news is that this stuff works . We are forced to think in more practical terms , change is eminent , and we can either steer or wait and be passive and lose opportunity . . Last night I saw the level of frustration on both sides last night escalate. I believe that Albert Einstein wrote ‐ "you cannot use the same thinking that created the problem to solve the problem ". The addiction to oil is not without it's price .OPen your eyes and read the newspaper and maybe lose a son or daughter in the MId east over a "Conflict" Oh I forgot we as a community
don't have to send our children to war ‐ we let the poor rural people do that . ANd they never get any offers for public transportation either do they ? It is true that this is a privileged community ( Two Thirds of Our Enlisted forces come from RURAL America) Here is the paradigm " FILL UP MY SUV !!"or move as a community to a actionable plan from the engineering next option and an inner generational development plan for Foothills . Here is the choice: Pay now at a reasonable price or pay MUCH MUCH MORE LATER , compare apples and apples , and see the gridlock over the Vancouver area , as they rejected a federal resource to build light rail there over 20 years ago . Good Luck to them as they now struggle put in a toll bridge and try to get Oregonians to pay for that too. Kate Miller LEED AP [email protected] 503.459.2292 Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: April 13, 2011 My name is Brian Lantow, and I am a resident of Lake Oswego. I served for 2 years on Metros' LOPAC committee, and am a supporter of mass transit. I occasionally use the #35 bus from Safeway to downtown Portland ‐ in fact I was on the bus yesterday. However, speaking as all three: a Lake Oswego resident, a former LOPAC committee member, and finally, as a mass transit supporter, I ask for this council to oppose the extension of the streetcar into Lake Oswego and instead support enhanced bus alternatives. The streetcar proposal is a misallocation of public resources ‐ resources that this Council needs to be extremely prudent about in these times, regardless of whether these are Lake Oswego dollars, or Federal transportation dollars. Aside from the streetcar, there is the question as to whether Foothills' future is to be driven by the Metro planners and Portland developers who will be using the streetcar both literally and figuratively as a conduit for federal transit‐oriented development funding. Shall we allow them to define the terms of that infrastructure ‐ and a large chunk of our own money in the process? Or will the Foothills area be allowed to grow organically ‐ albeit more slowly ‐ as a logical outcome of a citizen‐supported plan that is more fiscally sustainable and responsible? Enhanced bus service is the alternative that preserves our choices (and our money). I and many of my fellow LOPAC committee members preferred this choice because of buses' flexibility, speed, reliability, and cost savings. And despite an institutional bias by Metro and its' staff towards the streetcar, our LOPAC committee was split when it came to choosing enhanced bus service vs. the streetcar. Some quick points and questions‐ 1) Metro's projections and assumptions for congestion on hwy 43 corridors are just that ‐ projections and assumptions. Many of my fellow committee members at LOPAC were skeptical because these numbers are only as good as the assumptions they are built upon. Indeed, our own purchase of the WEB Building on Kruse was based on assumptions and projections that were, to put it mildly, imperfect, and that decision is now costing our city dearly. 2) Who will pay for the sewer plant to be relocated ‐ what costs will we, the ratepayers, pay over the long term? 3) Is our school district supportive of a new public school in Foothills ‐ one outcome of "affordable housing"? Or will students be bussed to Forest Hills? 4) The "peak oil" theory is a red herring argument from those trying to get rid of the automobile. Oil "shortages" will still follow the laws of economics, i.e., as oil becomes more expensive, demand is reduced and substitutes (such as electric vehicles) appear. 15 years ago, nobody owned a hybrid vehicle, but now they're commonplace. And Americans continue to choose the independendence, productivity, and autonomy that automobiles provide. 5) Many on LOPAC questioned the suitability of using the streetcar in this area ‐ it is (derisively, perhaps) called a "bar‐bell" extension as it connects on a long run through an area with extremely low residential density (from Sellwood Bridge south all the way to Foothills). Many miles of the route would serve an extraordinarily low number of residents in‐between, meaning lower ridership numbers and higher costs‐per‐passenger. 6) City‐conducted resident surveys in Lake Oswego have consistently ranked the streetcar as low priority 7) Lake Oswego will be required to build low‐income and other public‐housing projects as just one of the many strings attached to TOD money. 8) Representatives from interested and affected neighbors such as West Linn were completely shut out of this process. In conclusion, please support the enhanced bus alternative. Lake Oswego is not, and never will be, as dense as New York City, or Boston, or even the Pearl, and I doubt most residents wish it to be. It's why we choose to live here. Brian Lantow LOPAC Committee 2005‐2007 1195 Sunningdale Court Lake Oswego, OR 97034 [email protected] Christie, Robyn
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Dear Council, I am writing in strong support of the streetcar and it's expansion along the waterfront and into lake Oswego. I have lived in John's Landing for 2.5 years and the sw Portland area for over 8 years. I love the area and my neighborhood. I also love the Lake Oswego area as I grew up there, and the downtown area for numerous reasons. The streetcar is crucial to the growth and increased value of all of our communities. I am 32 years old and plan to stay in the John's Landing area as do many of my friends. We all see the importance of the streetcar and what it can provide to our communities...transportation to jobs, schools, events, restaurants, farmers markets, airport, etc. The list goes on and on. Most importantly more people will spend time and want to visit both our area and Lake Oswego. More people will want to live in these areas. More money will be spent in these areas, more jobs will be created in these areas, and more people will have the ability to easily and affordably get to their jobs. Around the city and the country most communities are connected by public transportation and we are behind and will get passed by if we do not allow the street car to connect our communities. As a younger member in this community I strongly support the street car along with many other neighbors and friends, and we ask you to consider what it will do for our future. Please bring the street car to Lake Oswego! Thank you, Ann Marie Fallow Sent from my iPhone Christie, Robyn
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council,
I am strongly opposed to the streetcar that is being proposed to run through Lake Oswego into Portland.
First and foremost, this is an incredibly ridiculous and disgusting amount of money to be spending on a streetcar
that is entirely unnecessary when the educational system in our cities is losing millions of dollars. Teachers are
losing jobs, children are being shown that education is not an important place to put our money. Why invest
in the future?
We don't need a streetcar. We need to educate our children. There are many more important and needed places
our money can go- and a streetcar is not one of them. The streetcar is a huge waste of taxpayers money, of the
people's time, and will be of very little benefit in the big picture.
Please do not allow this to happen!!
Nicole Grayson
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To whom it may concern;
I live where the tracks go right through our property. Of course we don't want to have it blowing by.
The opposition I have follow:
I've been told the streetcars will go by every 6 to 8 min approx at 35 miles per hour.
I worry about the safety of our family, visitors and pets,
I believe the 6 mile stretch is over priced. More than seventy-six million per mile seems ridiculous,
We currently take the bus from our house into downtown often. My son took the bus everyday to school for two years
transferring downtown and taking two buses each way. But we have been told once the streetcar is working there will no
longer be a bus running between LO and downtown. That will be a big problem for us because there will be no safe way
to access the streetcar from our house by Riverdale Rd. We would have to walk south on the highway and down to
Riverwood Rd. to Military a mile away to board a streetcar. That is not an option we will be able to use so we will loose
our public transport.
Obviously many supporters of the streetcar in LO and Trimet don't care about the people who live along the line. They
don't care if the streetcar runs through their property, they don't care if there is an option for us to use public transportation
and they don't care if they are spending a ridiculous amount of money on this streetcar because it is not their money.
I believe if the Streetcar is as successful as promised LO business will loose patronage (not gain it) because of the
streetcar. Hwy 43 at Albertsons and A and B street by Safeway will become places to avoid because of the traffic
problems.
If the streetcar line between LO and South Waterfront is not successful we will be paying a lot of money for it as taxpayers
for a very long time.
Please acknowledge that the push for this Streetcar is just a mistake. It is too expensive. Trimet seems to think because
they have the line they have to use it whether or not they need it or it's a good idea. Please help make a sensible
resolution.
Thank you,
Debie Stellway
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Lake Oswego City Council;
Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the meeting tonight.
However, we strongly OPPOSE the streetcar project.
We cannot afford to build the streetcar…we DO NOT have the money. That should be obvious
to you!
As longtime residents here, we know that it would impact the quality of life we so dearly
cherish in Lake Oswego.
We need to support our schools and libraries!
We know the streetcar would NOT be utilized with your expected ridership and buses would be
sufficient.
Sincerely,
Joyce and Carroll Cox
1603 Bay View Lane
Lake Oswego, OR.
97034
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Dear Ms Christie:
I sent the following email to you yesterday, Tuesday, to deliver to the
Council members and just found that it was returned. I was unable to
attend the meeting and hope that you will deliver my message to the
Council members.
Thank you, Dorothy Martin
To our City Council members:
I regret that I was not able to attend the Tuesday evening hearing about the
streetcar. If I had been there this is what I would have said.:
At the present time, we have the right-of-way and a streetcar minimally
operating between Lake Oswego and Portland. Money from other sources
is currently available, but there is no guarantee it would be available in
the future. This is the time to make the important decision to proceed
with plans for the future Streetcar.
Highway 43 cannot be widened in certain areas and enhanced buses would
add to the congestion of commute traffic already on 43. The attraction
of this southwest section of the metro area will continue to increase in
coming years. Will we be ready for it?
Lake Oswego's outstanding schools and the beauty of this area attract
many people. Other attractions are also important to many people in
their residential decision making: easy access to their places of work
and entertainment, easy access to other parts of the metro area
including metro trains, train and bus stations and the airport. and
students appreciate accessibility to PSU.
Please move ahead now to planning for the Lake Oswego Streetcar.
Let us avoid future regrets of not being foresighted.
Dorothy Martin
17480 Holy Names Drive #414
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503-675-5396
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To whom it may concern: My name is Olivia English ‐ I am a student at Lake Oswego High School as well as a resident of Riverwood Road. I was unable to attend the meeting this evening to express my opinion about this street car, but I feel very strongly that it would be a useless investment. As a student at the local high school, I know first hand that there are serious financial issues in the community, specifically the schooling system. The Lake Oswego community is being forced to make serious budget cuts: shutting down elementary schools, and even looking at the possibility of combining Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge in the next few years. These facts are proof that the community does not have the funds to support the schooling system, let alone a street car that will be used by only a fraction of the city, and will have a serious potential to increase crime rates due to new accessibility to two of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Portland. The hundreds of millions of dollars being put towards this street car could be put to far better use in supporting the local schools. I feel that this street car is not in the best interest of the community, and I sincerely hope that the city does not waste these funds on such a frivolous and unessential feature. Thank you for being fiscally responsible, Olivia English Christie, Robyn
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council:
We have four active voters in our house. All four of us oppose the proposed streetcar as too
expensive, and not a viable solution for the highway 43 traffic.
We are also opposed to the so-called Foothills development plan, which the city has done a poor job
of communicating information on. What we have heard is enough to oppose it, however.
We would like to see the city stick to more traditional issues with running a city. Like fixing potholes,
and keeping (y)our expenses as well-managed as we must do ours.
Sincerely,
The Buskuhl Family
Christie, Robyn
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We are against Streetcar. As homeowners in Lake Oswego, we cannot afford any more property taxes. The
property taxes on our home were $34,000 for 2010-2011. We cannot afford to retire and stay in our home and if we have
to sell our home, we won't be able to sell it because our taxes are so outrageous! Lake Oswego will "NOT" be livable due
to the high property taxes!
The federal "piggy bank" is broke and so is the state of Oregon's "piggy bank". Neither one can afford to subsidize
Streetcar. And, just because Lake Oswego has a good bond rating doesn't mean that the taxpayers of Lake
Oswego should go further into debt! It is the "taxpayers" who will pay for this boondoggle not the voters as many of the
voters don't pay taxes! Also, our business cannot afford any more payroll taxes. We are competing against businesses
that are not paying payroll taxes!
There are many others in this town who do not approve of Streetcar either and do not support the City Council in wasting
our hard-earned tax money. Streetcar is not worth the high cost nor is it necessary.
Mike and Pam Roach
956 West Point Road
Lake Oswego, OR
Christie, Robyn
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To the Lake Oswego City Council My wife and I are totally against spending any money on the Street Car. Waste of time, effort and money. The city needs to focus on issues that reduce costs and not increase them. Herb and Joan Koss 2643 South Shore Blvd Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 6:04 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: streetcar Message from the web site: Dear City Council and Mayor Hoffman, I am unable to attend the public hearing tonight as I'm home ill. Since I am not able to attend the meeting I want to share my position about the proposed streetcar project. I attended the meeting held at the Lakewood Center and after listening to the proponents and opponents I believe that now IS NOT the time to move forward with this project. I do not believe that the city should be spending taxpayers dollars for the funding of this project. Lake Oswego has too many other issues to deal with at this time including figuring out what to do with the WEB building along with other city issues that require using taxpayers dollars. Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion about this issue. Regards, Cindy Maddox Christie, Robyn
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Thank you for including this as written testimony.
Robert and Sharon Borgford
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We cannot attend tonight's Council Meeting, and respectfully ask that our e-mail be included as part of the
testimony that you receive.
We are against the proposed streetcar. We support an enhanced bus system.
We have observed that Judi Hammerstad and Ellie McPeak are on committees that are pushing this streetcar.
Please remember how they are remembered by many for their incorrect judgement in the purchase of the WEB
building for an excessive price. Please consider how you, the Council,will be remembered for an incorrect
judgement call in voting for this boondoggle. I heard Judi Hammerstad observe that if we didn't go for this federal
money, some other entity would. This is just pork barrel politics, and the money is substantial for a
guaranteed money-loser project.
The City is g oing to have to raise many millions of dollars for a start on this. A huge hit when school funding,
public works projects, the WEB refinancing at more $ per year than previously spent are drawing on our limited
resources.
Our population has not increased. The projected increase in population may not come about in the predicted
numbers.
Our population is older, and cannot afford the City's heavy spending on unnecessary projects. We do need to
spend on schools, street upkeep, etc.
If Homer Williams wants to buy the WEB at $25 million, we may reconsider his development at Foothills, which
seems to "need' the streetcar in order to be viable.
Further, building homes in a 500 year floodplain subject to the fill liquefying in case of an earthquake....and next to
an odorous sewage plant at that....seems to be less than prudent.
We urge you, because of all of the above, to vote against this unnecessary project. If you have been prepared to
vote for it, please strongly consider being flexible enough to change your vote to "NO".
Respectfully,
Robert and Sharon Borgford
15930 Twin Fir Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Christie, Robyn
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We cannot attend tonight's Council Meeting, and respectfully ask that our e-mail be included as part of the testimony that
you receive.
We are against the proposed streetcar. We support an enhanced bus system.
We have observed that Judi Hammerstad and Ellie McPeak are on committees that are pushing this streetcar. Please
remember how they are remembered by many for their incorrect judgement in the purchase of the WEB building for an
excessive price. Please consider how you, the Council,will be remembered for an incorrect judgement call in voting for
this boondoggle. I heard Judi Hammerstad observe that if we didn't go for this federal money, some other entity would.
This is just pork barrel politics, and the money is substantial for a guaranteed money-loser project.
The City is g oing to have to raise many millions of dollars for a start on this. A huge hit when school funding, public
works projects, the WEB refinancing at more $ per year than previously spent are drawing on our limited resources.
Our population has not increased. The projected increase in population may not come about in the predicted numbers.
Our population is older, and cannot afford the City's heavy spending on unnecessary projects. We do need to spend on
schools, street upkeep, etc.
If Homer Williams wants to buy the WEB at $25 million, we may reconsider his development at Foothills, which seems to
"need' the streetcar in order to be viable.
Further, building homes in a 500 year floodplain subject to the fill liquefying in case of an earthquake....and next to an
odorous sewage plant at that....seems to be less than prudent.
We urge you, because of all of the above, to vote against this unnecessary project. If you have been prepared to vote for
it, please strongly consider being flexible enough to change your vote to "NO".
Respectfully,
Robert and Sharon Borgford
15930 Twin Fir Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Christie, Robyn
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I strongly oppose the Streetcar plan implementation and support the statement of the LO Neighborhood
Coalition. I have been a Lake Oswego resident for over 20 years. I agree that streetcar proponents have not
proven that project benefits are commensurate with the estimated $458 million project cost. Congestion
will not be significantly reduced and the streetcar does not provide a better transit opportunity for all
Lake Oswego and local area users. I believe that the purported economic and development benefits of
the streetcar are overstated and unrealistic. I believe that streetcar construction will cause irreversible
environmental damage to sensitive lands and wildlife located along the proposed route. I agree that
currently unknown local funding requirements for construction and operation of the streetcar will place a
significant future burden on Lake Oswego taxpayers. I also believe that streetcar construction and
operation will divert financial resources away from important new projects supported by the whole
community as well as schools, street maintenance, parks, library, police and fire.
Virginia Morthland
34 Morningview Circle
Christie, Robyn
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I'm opposed to the streetcar project because it’s too expensive and our community cannot afford it. I don't feel that it's something our community needs. The reasons Mayor Hoffman cites that it may be more efficient than other options don't matter to me. Just because something may be efficient doesn't mean it's the right thing for our community.
Any expenditures or approval of this project should be put to a VOTE by the community.
Terri Hearon
Lake Oswego, OR
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Dear city council,
I am writing to express my support for the streetcar option in downtown Lake Oswego. As a parent to three small
children living close to downtown, I'm excited about the idea of a streetcar transport into the PDX downtown area, and
the opportunities that will provide for our family as we explore the metro region.
With the streetcar option, we are benefitting from the 6.3 miles of rail right of way which was purchased for only $2
million two decades ago. This land would be utilized in an optimal way to reduce congestion on Hwy 43 while attracting
business and tourism to Lake Oswego. If Lake Oswego does not move forward with the streetcar option, other
neighborhoods in Portland will likely be the beneficiaries of a significant federal investment and job producing projects
that will benefit our region for years to come.
Transit options that cut carbon emissions and reduce congestion are necessary to protect our environment moving
forward. This project will be an economic driver for growth in our area.
It just makes sense. As residents of the Lakewood neighborhood near downtown, we are excited to welcome the
streetcare to Lake Oswego.
Sincerely,
Sarah Howell
411 Ridgeway Rd
Lake Oswego OR 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Mayor Hoffman and Council Members,
Years of driving to Blazer games during the week and returning from fishing around the Sellwood Bridge early
in the morning have shown me the transportation needs on Hwy. 43.
From my home near Lakeridge, I have found the fastest and least trafficked route to a Blazer game during the
week is Hwy. 43. Whether it is 5pm, 5:30pm, or 6pm, there is little traffic north bound and it takes 15 minutes
at most to reach the Marquam Bridge.
Returning from early morning salmon fishing during the week it is the same for at 7 or 7:30 am there is little
traffic heading south. That trip is 10 minutes.
Yes, there is traffic heading the other way during both these trips. A $450 million investment of public money is
not warranted for 10 trips a week (there is no congestion on the weekends) which result once each day from a
morning trip to Portland and an evening trip return south.
Vote NO on the streetcar option and support the enhanced bus service.
Thank you,
David Barra
628 Clara Ct
LO 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Dear Council Members: Please do not go forward with this project. 1. Its planning is based on the rear view mirror. The locus of business moved from downtown Portland a decade ago. Technology will make the downtown core even more irrelevant than it is today. 2. We have 1,000,000 square feet of vacant office space in the Kruse Way area. Would you rather have an office close to home or commute to downtown Portland? 3. What population growth? In review of the rankings of the State of Oregon and Portland, it is apparent that we are only slightly above average in our overall attractiveness to business (23rd out of 50 states), but rank lower than average for workforce, overall economy, cost of living, business friendliness, and education. If we do not attend to the real issues of importance in Oregon and the metro area, we will end up like California with a net population decline. 4. The economics of the project are not good. Why not sell Lake Oswego's portion of the right of way and use the proceeds to pay for the West End Building. 5. Given the realities of the Federal budget, the likelihood that there will be funds for this project are rapidly diminishing. Thank you for considering my comments, Michael R. Fraser Fraser Consulting Telephone: 503.951.1339 www.fraserconsulting.org CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: Please do not read, copy, or disseminate this communication unless you are the intended addressee. This e‐mail may contain confidential and/or privileged information intended only for the addressee. If you have received this in error, please notify me via return e‐mail. Christie, Robyn
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Williams, Brant; McGarvin, Jane; Frisbee, Denise
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Hi Robyn— Sorry this comment letter did not come to you earlier, the chairs were still word‐smithing after our meeting yesterday. I assume we can still get it in the record; I am expecting a couple of NRAB members to attend the meeting tonight as well.
Thanks, Jonna Jonna Papaefthimiou, AICP Natural Resources Planner City of Lake Oswego, OR 503‐675‐3990 / [email protected]ego.or.us PO Box 369 / 380 A Ave. Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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SUPPORT THE STREETCAR AS THE PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE
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Dear City Council Members,
My wife and I support the Streetcar as the preferred alternative for transportation between Portland and Lake
Oswego. We have lived in Lake Oswego since 1970 and we hope to stay here the rest of our retirement years.
The street car would give us a pleasant and cost effective mode of transportation into Portland for shopping,
church, and cultural events such as the Oregon Symphony and Theatre. Though we realize the initial cost would
be substantial the Federal Transit Administration is offering 60% of that with most of the rest coming from
development in Foothills. There would be very little cost to individual tax payers.
Other aspects such as carbon dioxide reduction, traffic congestion on Hwy. 43, travel time to Portland, seating
capacity of streetcar versus enhanced bus, annual operating costs all favor the street car hands down. We cannot
afford to let this opportunity go by.
Sincerely,
Warren and Lynne Bacon
Warren R. Bacon
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752 Lake Forest Drive
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034-2862
Christie, Robyn
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We are writing to make sure you know that we, Anne and Mario Bisio wholeheartedly disagree with the streetcar proposal. We have lived in Lake Oswego for since the late 70’s and we have never seen anything like this. What are you thinking??? Lake Oswego has beautiful character and a sense of a small town, but you want to change it into something else and why, we are not sure of the motivation. You need to have forethought on this because it will ruin the character of this town and all we have worked so hard to keep. There are so many reasons not to do the streetcar and so many other ways we need to spend money in our community that would benefit it. We don’t want more crime, more taxes, congestion etc., we want livability and a peaceful place to live. Why would you promote something that is not warranted by the studies of future or current traffic patterns? Enough said, you get my point, please use your intelligentsia to understand the future ramifications this can have on out community AND listen to the people…they say NO! Respectfully submitted by Anne and Mario Bisio
Christie, Robyn
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Ladies and Gentlemen:
We in Lake Oswego do not need or want a streetcar, max train, or high speed rail car into
Portland, nor do we need any such mode of transportation running through Lake Oswego
on the way to any other city.
We are doing just fine with our cars and buses. We are doing just fine without large parking
lots for park and ride. We have long survived without
expensive rail lines which must be subsidized in order to be built and subsidized in order to
remain viable. One look at Amtrack is enough to
convince us that government-built and controlled rail systems are boondoggles which
require our taxes for survival. We in Lake Oswego are already sustainable and viable as a
thriving community. We do not need to bus in new clients, customers, and visitors, some of
whom may not have the respect for Lake Oswego which is needed to keep our community a
beautiful place in which to live and work. Several years ago, Lake Oswego bought the
Safeco building, and is still paying at least one million dollars in interest a year for it, as it
sits virtually empty. Now the city is rebuilding its sewer system at great cost to the
taxpayers. In this stressed economy we cannot afford a new rail line. Take a deep breath,
and forget about it.
Nancy Muller, resident of Lake Oswego
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Christie, Robyn
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The Transportation department has testified that the enhanced Bus as well as Street can will sufficiently provide the
increased transportation need adequately. Internet and video conferencing will allow workers to work from home and
therefore will reduce the traffic growth and traffic will not increase as projected. The proposed Lake Oswego to Portland
street car is very wasteful of public money.
Sheela S. Paranjpe
11150 SW Riverwood Rd.
Portland, OR 97219
503-740-6282
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I live in unincorporated Clackamas County in the Birdshill area of Dunthorpe. I am opposed to the proposed streetcar
project being pushed on Lake Oswego and nearby residents. With the government broke it is an unnecessary project
whose merits are unsubstantiated.
I urge you to listen to your constituents and oppose the streetcar.
Jim Bassett
1425 SW Midvale Rd
Portland, OR 97219
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council,
I am a resident of West Linn. I am opposed to the LO Streetcar for the following reasons:
1. Metro has told West Linn that we were not part of the study for this project and that fact draws
the results into question.
2. Currently people from Oregon City and West Linn can board a bus and will be able to travel to the
transit mall at Pioneer Courthouse without interruption.
But with the streetcar or enhanced bus options they will have an added transfer in Lake Oswego and
a second transfer in Portland to get to the transit mall (confirmed by a Metro representative at the
West Linn briefing). This will add anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes to the transit each direction. This
could very possibly put people who commute today via Tri-Met back into their cars.
3. Metro's transportation modeling process indicates that there are many factors in why people use
different travel methods and since ridership beyond Lake Oswego and the changes brought about by
the streetcar or enhanced bus options were not considered in the project the resulting conclusions
are now questionable.
http://library.oregonmetro.gov/files/transportation_modeling_overview_sept09.pdf
4. The information on how many cars the streetcar will take off the road can be found in the chart on
Page 5 of Chapter 6, "Evaluation of Alternatives," in the draft environmental impact statement. The
traffic volume for the no-build option is 5,600 cars; the traffic volume for the streetcar option is 5,500
cars. that means the report shows the change of 100 cars however without looking beyond Lake
Oswego this number can be called into question.
This is a project that will cost half a billion dollars and you as decision makers need to be diligent in
your decision on this project. You need the best information possible and I believe you do not have
that in this case. Lake Oswego should not be advocating for a project that could be seen by others
as a "bridge to nowhere". Please oppose the LO streetcar.
Respectfully,
Roberta Schwarz
West Linn citizen Christie, Robyn
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No, I will NOT "get on board," Jack and Judie!
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I am 100% OPPOSED to the proposed streetcar project.
The January 15, 2009, issue of the Lake Oswego Review contained a "retrospective" of Judie Hammerstad's time as
Lake Oswego mayor, written by Lee Van Der Voo. The piece was the usual biased, uncritical, glowing "City Hall
press release" that we've come to expect from the Review. The article contained the following passages:
1) "Metro Councilor President David Bragdon, who serves with Hammerstad on the Big Look task force, said she has
taken her strongest role in advocating for an extension of the Portland Streetcar to Lake Oswego to ease traffic
congestion on Highway 43."
Well, now that the "easing of traffic congestion" as an excuse to extend a streetcar from Portland to Lake Oswego has
been thoroughly debunked, Judie and the supporters of this streetcar folly have now taken to claiming it will prevent
"urban sprawl" by allowing the Foothills area to be developed (which, of course, couldn't possibly be developed
without a streetcar, right?). Their utter contempt for the citizens of Lake Oswego is boundless as they continue to
insult our intelligence.
2) "Though Hammerstad anticipates opposition to the streetcar, her stance on the issue is characteristically
unwavering. “If you look at the cost benefit and you consider you’re about to benefit tens of thousands of people and
you’d be inconveniencing maybe 50 households (emphasis added), you have to say that there is no real alternative,”
she said. “I want it to be accomplished in my lifetime.”
The outright arrogance, selfishness, and narcissism behind this statement is appalling, but not really that shocking to
anyone who lived in Lake Oswego during Queen Judie's divisive reign (and now followed by more of the same from
our equally arrogant mayor, Jack Hoffman). That Judie Hammerstad and her supporters presumably still think that
there will be some "cost benefit" to Lake Oswegans, that the streetcar will "benefit tens of thousands of people," and
only "inconvenience" maybe 50 households pretty much says it all about how seriously Lake Oswegans should take
the potential approval of this project by the current City Council.
As someone who reviewed and approved NEPA documents for the federal government, I can state unequivocally that
the DEIS for this project was one of the weakest such documents I've ever read, and should be rejected outright by
the decision makers at the federal funding agency. Without wasting time even reading the entire document, the
funding agency should reject it based solely on the inadequate number of viable alternatives that were analyzed. It is
abundantly obvious that the "applicants" were hoping that the DEIS analysis would clearly show that the street car
was the preferred alternative when compared to the only alternatives the consultants were instructed to analyze,
the "enhanced bus" alternative and "no action" (which is always included as an alternative in any event), which it
notably and decisively, failed to do. Where was an "express bus" alternative? What about the use of newer, more
energy efficient busses that Tri-Met has been touting? Oh, no, no, no, they couldn't allow those to be analyzed; the
result might expose the unethical, corrupt, and self-serving process, not to mention the utter bullshit, of the streetcar
cabal.
When federal dollars are being offered to solve or improve a local or regional infrastructure or transportation problem,
the funding agency and the applicant(s) have the responsibility to ensure that tax dollars go to proposed projects that
are both demonstrably necessary and analyzed in an honest, professional, and thorough fashion.
By disingenuously using the "congestion on Highway 43" and the "no development is possible in the Foothills area
without the streetcar" as the bogus "purpose and need" for the project while dishonestly excluding other viable options
from being analyzed in the DEIS, the proposed street car project has failed on both counts.
It is not the federal government's job, nor Lake Oswegans' responsibility, to fork over enormous sums of money to
pay for an ill-advised, slow-pokey streetcar (not to mention the millions already spent on planning and environmental
impact documents, with more to come) that will not work as a viable commuter option, will increase rather than ease
congestion on Highway 43, and will cause significant environmental damage, just to publicly subsidize Foothill
developers who will then return the favor through political donations to further the political aspirations (delusions) of
Jack Hoffman and other streetcar supporters. Do you think we haven't figured out this sham and scam?
One final quote from "socialite" Judie Hammerstad in the Lake Oswego Review "retrospective" article, and my
personal favorite:
3) “I think if you have a vision – and not just your own hair-brained (sic) scheme, a collective vision (emphasis
added) – there are times when the opportunity presents itself to make that vision occur and if you pass it up, you may
have passed up either the only time or the only time you could afford to make that vision occur.”
Unfortunately for Lake Oswego, this "personal legacy" project is the epitome of hare-brained, opportunistic schemes.
There will never be a time when a Portland to Lake Oswego streetcar will be beneficial to the community at large, as
a commuter option or any other invented "need" the promoters use to manipulate the public, so it is assuredly not a
"collective" vision. Furthermore, given our City's financial constraints (caused in large part by other hare-brained
decisions inflicted on Lake Oswegans by the illustrious Judie Hammerstad and Jack Hoffman), this is an
unnecessary luxury that Lake Oswego can not afford and this is definitely not the time for Lake Oswego to be
spending any additional money on this ludicrous, self-serving "vision."
I urge the Lake Oswego City Council to vote NO on the streetcar boondoggle. There are more pressing priorities
facing Lake Oswego that require our tax dollars, like valid projects that will benefit the entire community, .
Thank you,
Mona Ellison, Reality-based Liberal
3100 Wembley Park Road
Christie, Robyn
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Please, please do not allow this project to be approved. I oppose it 100 percent. Katherine Fleming Christie, Robyn
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Here is an electronic letter to Mayor Hoffman and to Lake Oswego City Council members that Ms. Frank asked
me to send since she had trouble with sending it herself. Please include her comments as public record.
I feel that we should take care of paying for the white elephant building first and foremost ‐ We do have the trolley line now ‐ why not use it ‐ for commuters ‐ I'm sure arguments could be made for lack of speed ‐ etc., however, compare the time spent and number of commuters on the bus system on hwy. 43 ‐ probably it would be very close in numbers and time. Will a new $458 million (plus so much more when / it finally happens) change the ridership enough to pay the difference? Also, were we to bring it here, then it should go all the way to West Linn ‐ now ‐ in the initial planning stage/cost consideration. To develop the streetcar for the benefit of certain developers and a few investors interests ‐ is shameful.... Thanks, Connie Frank
4261 Country Woods Ct.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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Councilors:
I am a small business owner in Lake Oswego, and I am opposed to the construction of the Streetcar due to the enormous
cost to the taxpayers and businesses. I believe the only people who will benefit from this are the developers, such as
Homer Williams. I will view any positive vote by the council as proof of the fact you are beholden to the developers, and
not the people in your community whom you represent.
I urge you to vote against construction of the Streetcar at this time.
Monica O'Brien
Monica M. OʹBrien
Scarborough, McNeese, OʹBrien & Kilkenny, P.C.
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Lake Oswego City Council I am NOT in Favor of the Lake Oswego Street Car Stuart S. Bingham 503‐224‐2676 Christie, Robyn
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Dear city council,
I am writing to express my support for the streetcar option in downtown Lake Oswego. As a parent to three small
children living close to downtown, I'm excited about the idea of a streetcar transport into the PDX downtown area, and
the opportunities that will provide for our family as we explore the metro region.
With the streetcar option, we are benefitting from the 6.3 miles of rail right of way which was purchased for only $2
million two decades ago. This land would be utilized in an optimal way to reduce congestion on Hwy 43 while attracting
business and tourism to Lake Oswego. If Lake Oswego does not move forward with the streetcar option, other
neighborhoods in Portland will likely be the beneficiaries of a significant federal investment and job producing projects
that will benefit our region for years to come.
Transit options that cut carbon emissions and reduce congestion are necessary to protect our environment moving
forward. This project will be an economic driver for growth in our area.
It just makes sense. As residents of the Lakewood neighborhood near downtown, we are excited to welcome the
streetcare to Lake Oswego.
Sincerely,
Sarah Howell
411 Ridgeway Rd
Lake Oswego OR 97034
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I am a resident of West Linn and I hope you will look at how the information you have today does not
give you the full picture. Metro has told West Linn that we were not part of the study for this project
and that fact draws the results into question.
When you look at transit as it currently exists people from Oregon City and West Linn can board a
bus and will be able to travel to the transit mall at Pioneer Courthouse without interruption. With the
streetcar or enhanced bus options they will have an added transfer in Lake Oswego and a second
transfer in Portland to get to the transit mall (confirmed by a Metro representative at the West Linn
breifing). This will add anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes to the transit each direction. This could very
possibly put people who commute today via Tri-Met back into their cars.
Metro's transportation modeling process indicates that there are many factors in why people use
different travel methods and since ridership beyond Lake Oswego and the changes brought about by
the streetcar or enhanced bus options were not considered in the project the resulting conclusions
are now questionable.
http://library.oregonmetro.gov/files/transportation_modeling_overview_sept09.pdf
The information on how many cars the streetcar will take off the road can be found in the chart on
Page 5 of Chapter 6, "Evaluation of Alternatives," in the draft environmental impact statement. The
traffic volume for the no-build option is 5,600 cars; the traffic volume for the streetcar option is 5,500
cars. that means the report shows the change of 100 cars however without looking beyond Lake
Oswego this number can be called into question.
I am not against publicly funded projects, but this is a project that will cost half a billion dollars and
you as decision makers need to be diligent in your decision on this project. You need the best
information possible and I believe you do not have that in this case. You don't want Lake Oswgo
advocating a project that could be seen by others as a "bridge to nowhere" type project.
Kathleen A. Lairson, MA
6126 Irving St
West Linn, OR 97068
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Dear Lake Oswego Council Members:
The purpose of this email is to oppose the proposed Portland-Lake Oswego Streetcar.
The $458M cost will escalate, soar. So current cost estimates are unreliable and misleading.
The Streetcar funding would crowd out projects essential to the citizens of Lake Oswego.
The Foothills urban renewal project will negatively impact City and school funding. How many
teachers will it eliminate?
There have been no proper environmental impact studies presented for the habitat damage which will
be sustained along the Willamette River by the Streetcar line construction and operation.
My personal experience is that traffic on Hiway 43/Macadam is not a bottleneck and has remained
consistent for many years.
It is the quickest north-south route through the center of Lake Oswego.
By far the majority of those persons supporting the Streetcar are connected with the project. Some as
engineers, contractors, real estate developers or 'government' employees with some tie to
transportation. Or have a grandiose personal political agenda.The group supporting the Streetcar is,
however, a minority of the population.
The vast majority of the citizens of Lake Oswego view the Streetcar proposal with disbelief. "What?"
"You have got to be kidding!" "How do we stop it?"
In summary, the Streetcar does not make sense. It is not a sound financial decision even at the
greatly under estimated cost. It would have a negative impact on the environment. And certainly act
as magnet to attract an ever increasing scrutiny of Lake Oswego government by the governed.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration and your votes against the Streetcar.
Sincerely,
Larry Talbert
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Good day.
As you may have surmised, I hope that you will derail the latest gambit by Homer Williams, Dyke Dame, and others
involved in the Foothills floodplain development "opportunity". As I don't live in Lake Oswego, it may seem that I should
have no interest in the project, but this is a regional issue, and in point of fact Portland politicians are fully prepared to
borrow yet more money to throw at this; money which I - and my children - will be expected to repay. And for what?
Look for the ten thousand biotech jobs that were promised by Homer and Dame, if only South Waterfront got an aerial
tram, a streetcar, and light rail. Let me know if you find any of those jobs. What I see is a ghost town.
They talk about the Pearl District, and how the streetcar and light rail have "spurred development". Left unsaid is that
redevelopment was underway before any rail hit the street. Also left unsaid is any mention of the funds yanked away from
public services - for decades - due to its hastily-annointed "urban renewal" status.
I do hope that you won't fall for the song and dance.
Thank you for your time, and
Best regards,
Jay Haight
9560 SW 62nd DR
Portland, OR 97219
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Please find my written comments regarding the Lake Oswego to Portland Streetcar attached.
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TO ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS:
We are writing to you to express our adamant opposition to spending funds the City of Lake Oswego does not
have for a street car to take us to Portland. Why you think the Federal Government will have funds to give to
this project when it is trillions of dollars in debt now is beyond logical thinking. DO NOT saddle your citizens
with another wait and see project!
Gersham and Pauline Goldstein 38 Condolea Court, Lake Oswego 97035
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As a resident of Lake Grove/Lake Oswego - I want to submit my strong opposition to the proposed Lake Oswego streetcar
project. I find it unfathomable, that this project would be even considered at this time. It is unneeded, poorly planned,
without return to LO residents and a waste of funds. In a time when the city has serious issues with water and sewer
expansion projects, an underutilized West End Building and declining education budget- it is had to imagine why you are
even spending our time on this.
One assumes, it is motivated by a small team with personal and financial motivations.
I am opposed to the project and want you to hear that input.
Sincerely,
Jan Monaco
4301 Collins Way
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Hello, This citizen did not list any contact information. Diana ‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:57 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Cc: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Subject: Feedback from the web for Citizen Information Center This is an automated message from the web server. Do not reply to this message. Topic: Streetcar On 4/12/2011 12:57:09 PM a user kindly commented: To the Mayor and Council Members of Lake Oswego: The majority of residents in Lake Oswego do NOT want the streetcar option despite how the feedback is being presented in the media. The streetcar (and related development) presents more problems than solutions and, most importantly, is unaffordable. We choose to live in Lake Oswego because we prefer the suburban life. For those who prefer dense housing and mass transit in an urban environment, downtown Portland offers an abundance of options and a surplus of inventory. If the streetcar is pushed through, other more important priorities will have to be put aside and residents will ultimately pay the price. In these economic times, we can't afford to be put in this position. The voters are counting on their representatives to support the will of the residents in this city. Please vote NO on the streetcar option. Christie, Robyn
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Is LORA committed to paying the total cost on the new library?
When did we decide that it was going to be there in the EXTREME, FAR EAST END of the City and not located near the
demographic center of L.O.?
Arthur
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Just Say NO to the streetcar boondoggle
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We really don’t have the money right now ( half a Billion dollars!!!).
Why didn’t we have a straight UP or DOWN vote on this issue by the residents????
You have loud, aggressive voices of special people who will benefit, NOT the GENERAL RESIDENTS.
Thank you, all.
Arthur
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We must plan for the future! I support taking the next steps to see if the street car is the right option for Lake Oswego. I urge you to finish giving a good look at a process that could bring vitality to our city. I love the idea of a better connection for our city to downtown Portland for me, my children and grandchildren, in addition to bringing people this direction to shop and work efficiently. I also love the idea of the Foothills area developing in a planned manner that may even provide some more affordable housing as the city explore's its connection to the street car. I want options for the future and trust the city government to be forward thinking and explore the best options for our city's future. Thank you, Anne Lider 2071 Wembley Park Rd LO 97034 Christie, Robyn
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I am writing to oppose the streetcar project. Lake Oswego city is very close to built-out. I do not believe the current
population justifies the initial and on-going costs of this project. I do not believe the current population will ride the
streetcar in sufficient numbers. Because we will not see a significant population increase, I do not see where adequate
ridership will originate.
These are still very trying economic times. I cannot support a $400+ million project, even though LO's piece of that will
be less, that is not supported by a need.
Respectfully, Lisa B. Strader, Lake Oswego Resident
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Dear Lake Oswego City Counselors: Please vote no on the proposed trolley line. This is a ridiculously expensive program to benefit a disproportionately small number of people. Now is not the time to spend this money. Beyond that, I am not convinced that the negatives of environmental damage and increased traffic and crime outweigh the benefits. Thank you, Kate Kate Myers, GRI, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Barbara Sue Seal Properties
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4200 SW Mercantile Dr, #700
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
office: 503-241-7325
We support equal opportunity housing.
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April 12, 2011
To LO City Council,
You are already spending significant city funds planning for the streetcar in conjunction with Homer
Williams and his development of the foothills area. Were you to put this project to a vote, you would
lose. The public doesn't want it.
Without the profligate federal government, you would only be dreaming. But they have no money.
They would only run up more debt to the Chinese.
Enough! Congressman Paul Ryan is going to defund impractical projects like the LO streetcar and
high speed trains alongside freeways in Florida. The Westside Express between Wilsonville and
Beaverton is a prime example of public waste. I doubt that it collects enough fares to pay for the
diesel fuel.
Respecfully,
George Edens
309 10th ST
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503 636 6298
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This is absolutely crazy- please do not burden our community with this harebrained idea. We already have more on out
financial plate than we can afford. Do NOT add to the burden.
Judy Tobolski- a resident of Lo since 1986.
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To Whom It May Concern: My name is Tom Lang. I live at 1847 Woodland Terrace, LO. I am a resident of Lake Oswego. I would like to take this opportunity to express my strong opposition to the proposed street car in Lake Oswego. We just can’t afford it right now. It’s very simple. The proposed budget is inadequate and you know it. You also know that the first thing to do in a project like this is to scrap the budget. If the recommending members of the city council are so sure the project won’t exceed the budget (and leave us holding the bag, AGAIN), I would like to propose a deal with them. If it comes in under budget, they can personally keep the money. Otherwise they personally have to cough up the balance. With this deal in mind, I’d like to ask them again; can we afford it? You know the answer. Come on, say it. Tom Christie, Robyn
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Council, I would like to express my opinion that the construction of a street car from Lake Oswego to Portland will have a very negative impact on the following: The construction costs and long term operating costs are not currently a part of a responsibly run physical plan. These costs will have a sever impact on other services that our community currently needs, and will need in the future. The street car will also have a big impact on the character of the neighborhoods that the street car passes through. Studies have shown that where the street car and other rail transit systems have been installed that there is a marked increase in vandalism and crime. The street car will also impact the livability of our streets as people will likely turn our neighborhoods into park and ride lots adding to the current shortage of on street parking. For these reasons and many more I want to request a no vote on the street car. I would be in favor of enhanced bus service servicing these two areas. Bus services can be added and deleted as ridership dictates, and involves a significantly less upfront capital outlay, and future operating deficit coverage. Regards, Derek Mannelin CEO Pavilion Construction Direct: 503‐290‐5007 Mobil: 503‐720‐2801 Fax: 503‐244‐1810 6720 SW Macadam Ave Suite 310 Portland, OR 97219 Christie, Robyn
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Please do not support this incredibly ill advised expenditure of our tax payer dollars. This is not what we need as Lake Oswego citizens and we need you to oppose any further discussion regarding moving forward with this ridiculous project. Homer Rathbun 18760 Wood Duck Circle Lake Oswego, OR 97035 Christie, Robyn
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Having read the Cascade Policy Institute's economic analysis of the streetcar proposal, we know that there is no logical economic rationale for approving the streetcar option. Simply stated, it is an economic boondoggle for urban planners who are enamored with their streetcar toys without regard to the costs. As Old Town Neighborhood residents, we know of the detrimental effects it will have on the shopping area anchored by Albertsons and directly upon Old Town. Therefore, we strongly oppose the streetcar option. Philip R. and Olivia C. Rossi 59 Wilbur Street Lake Oswego OR 97034‐3920 ____________________________________________________________ Obama Urges Refinance If you owe under $729k you probably qualify for Obama&#39;s Refi Programs http://thirdpartyoffers.juno.com/TGL3141/4da49a003f9c163dbdm04vuc Christie, Robyn
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Tonight's Streetcar Hearing
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Mayor and City Council,
I plan on attending tonight's hearing on the streetcar and may or may not testify so I wanted to provide you with my written
comments in advance of the hearing. They are attached. They are the same comments I attempted to make at the
January 21, 2011 Project Steering Committee Hearing but was discourteously cut off by Chair Harrington before I could
conclude them. I have simply changed the date to today's because in rereading them this morning I found that they
remain as applicable today as they were on January 21st.
Ever since my first planning job in Tucson and throughout my 31 year planning career in Corvallis, Lake Oswego and
Tigard I have learned that all future planning/visioning has to be tempered by reality. If it isn't, it will not gain the support of
the public and it will fail because it cannot overcome the fiscal restraints imposed by our economic system - regardless of
the amount of public subsidy. When a planning exercise produces a politically and fiscally unacceptable solution it will fail.
I believe the streetcar is such a planning solution.
When circumstances are right, such as was the case with Block 138, then a planning project can be implemented.
Jumping on the streetcar trend when it is not justified and believing in a redevelopment scheme that is out of character
with the community and not financially feasible in embracing a solution in search of a problem - that is not realistic.
In the debate on the streetcar, experts have been trotted out to justify its selection as the locally preferred alternative. So I
would like to add the observations of Jane Jacobs who wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities and was a
neighborhood activist in NewYork City. Paul Goldberger reviewed her work in an article entitled "Uncommon Sense" in
The American Scholar Journal - Autumn 2006. He said:
What Jane Jacobs really taught wasn't that every place should look like Greenwich Village, but instead that we
should look at places and figure out their essences, that we should try to understand what makes cities work
organically and to think of them as natural systems that should be nurtured, not stymied. I think of her less as
showing us a physical model for cities that we need to copy and more as providing a model for skepticism.
Unlike other cities who claim to be unique, Lake Oswego's urban design and physical setting is unique and it should be
nurtured not stymied by the imposition of the latest planning toolkit solution of rails and mixed used transit-oriented
redevelopment.
Thank you for listening,
Tom Coffee
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I am a Lake Oswego resident and am opposed to the $458 million dollar street car plan. I believe we have
many more pressing current uses for that money than a street car from LO to PDX - for example schools.
Alan Dinger
-Alan Dinger
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Portland, OR 97210
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STOP & THINK!! If our citizens liked being part of
Portland, they would have purchased or rented
in Portland. This will destroy are small town
atmosphere and cost us a fortune FOREVER.
Stop this nonsense while you can.
Joanne Talbert
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LO streetcar issue
Begin forwarded message:
From: Kathy Fleming <[email protected]>
Date: April 11, 2011 2:54:01 PM PDT
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Subject: LA Streetcar issue
I vehemently oppose the development of this project! We cannot continue to spend money we don't have.
Nationally and locally, politicians are not being fiscally responsible - I'm from the old school - if you don't have
it - don't spend it!!
Kathy Fleming
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Attached you will find a copy of our letter.
Thank you,
Cheryl & Barry Uchida
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Dear Mayor Hoffman and City Councilors, Again, we want to thank all of you for your time and hard work on the Streetcar issue, as well as all of the other work you do. Since the city now will be commissioning a Streetcar survey, we wanted to express our concern that the survey address the Streetcar/Foothills Redevelopment issue in a clear way. 1. Since the LO streetcar and Foothills redevelopment are tied, i.e., no Streetcar without Foothills redevelopment, and no Foothills redevelopment without Streetcar, can we please make sure that the surveying firm understands that the survey must reflect this duo, and not simply ask about one or the other. There is no one or the other at this time; there is only both or neither. 2. Can the survey, to the greatest extent possible, be clear about the projected magnitude of Foothills Redevelopment, e.g., not just “Do you favor redevelopment in the Foothills District?” but “Do you favor redevelopment in the Foothills District that is projected to add 10,000 residents to the city of Lake Oswego’s population, while providing an estimated $____ in tax revenue?” We appreciate your consideration. Sincerely, Howard and Linda Franklin 15203 Lily Bay Court Lake Oswego Christie, Robyn
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From: Winterbottom, Doreen [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 10:18 PM
To: Christie, Robyn
Subject: FW: Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project
Dear Council Clerk:
I sent this letter yesterday, but I typed in the wrong address. I think the meeting was held last night, but is it still possible
to be given to the council members?
Please let me know.
Thanks, Doreen
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From: Winterbottom, Doreen
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:52 PM
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Cc: Bartz, David
Subject: Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project
Dear Council Clerk:
Attached is a letter that I am forwarding on behalf of Dave Bartz for the council meeting to be held tonight.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Thanks, Doreen Winterbottom
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Message from the web site: Dear Council Members: I am strongly opposed to this streetcar project, for many reasons to numerable to mention here. Respectfully yours, Kristin Weinbeck 4452 Bernard St Lake Oswego, OR 97035 952‐412‐8994 Christie, Robyn
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Dear Council Clerk:
I sent this letter yesterday, but I typed in the wrong address. I think the meeting was held last night, but is it still possible
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Please let me know.
Thanks, Doreen
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Dear Council Clerk:
Attached is a letter that I am forwarding on behalf of Dave Bartz for the council meeting to be held tonight.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Thanks, Doreen Winterbottom
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Our sincere thanks to you, Jack, Donna, Sally and Bill for your support of the streetcar extension.
Your progressive, forward thinking is very much appreciated. We know how life throws curve balls
and can be contentious and unpleasant. But you all have prevailed and can now move on to
address the other myriad issues that face our City.
All the best...Gay Graham and Ron Hanson
Christie, Robyn
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Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
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Good Afternoon:
Meeting agenda is very late due to emails and testimony given to both
City of Lake Oswego and City of Portland.
Attached file 01 – 1 Page agenda suggest print
MTAG_2010x23_Agenda_2011_04Apr_20We_1900U.pdf
Attached file 02 -18 page agenda packet
MTPK_2010x23_Agenda_2011_04Apr_20We_1900U.pdf
This document is intended to brief Clackamas County Commissioners
1. James Bernard.
2. Paul Savas
WHO WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE (PLEASE COME).
And get issues with respect to the Birdshill CPO / NA on the record with
actions in the coming years rather than current state of affairs.
Please note packet was assembled fast to reflect agenda items.
Time of meeting is 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM this evening of
2011 April 20 Wednesday at
Forest Hills Elementary School – Multipurpose Room (MPR)
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1. Lake Oswego City Council voted as expected 4 to 3 in favor of the
Streetcar as the Locally Preferred Alternative at about 9:00 PM PT.
2011 Apr 19 Tuesday.
2. Portland City Council voted as expected 4 to 3 in favor of the
Streetcar as the Locally Preferred Alternative at about 1:00 PM PT.
2011 Apr 20 Wednesday.
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Charles B. Ormsby (Skip)
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A joint Clackamas County Community Planning Organization (CPO)
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Dear Council Members, The people you represent have let you know that they do not want the streetcar. Please do what you were elected to do represent the people not a feel good project we cannot afford and do not want. We will not forget in 2012. Joe Dahl 1104 Boca Ratan Dr Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 10:04 AM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Streetcar Vote Message from the web site: To the City Council: Thank you for voting to support the streetcar plan. This is an important long‐term project that will improve our community. The future generations of Lake Oswegans will benefit from your support of this choice to embrace change and alternative transportation options. As a community, I feel we cannot afford to NOT make this happen. Sincerely, Brian van Kleef Lake Oswego Christie, Robyn
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The necessary obligations have not yet been addressed:
1. WEB - how will it be paid?
2. Maintenance facilities - not even discussed except for one city council member bringing this up,
I stopped watching after Mr Gudman's whiteboard presentations. You don't even have any metric
for its costs.
3. Public safety and emergency facilities should there be an earthquake- same comment at #2
Overall Mary Olson brings up the issues basically ignored.
So why is Foothills development so important when basic infrastructure is being ignored?
So why is looking good more important than basic infrastructure?
Yes you'll all get into deep protracted discussions of what is basic infrastructure providing endless
hrs of public entertainment.
Basic infrastructure would be services for the public for safety first, senior and impaired people, not
superficial retail which does not provide significant revenue though it looks nice on the surface.
Most people here shop elsewhere as prices are generally lower. Gudman's white board presentation
that the streetcar is of a commuter function which sounds nice on the surface but overall a
justification for Foothills development.
If there was truly foresight and understanding of the long term development for Foothills why
wasn't the garage at The Village made much larger to accomodate this rather than building more
parking for the anticipated streetcar? After all its been in discussion for over 23 yrs, so do you truly
understand long term planning? If so how come we don't know how to pay for the WEB/
I would like to have a response not just from 1-2 city council.
jim
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Long time LO resident urges NO vote on streetcar
Cindy Reed
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LO
"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship"
Louisa May Alcott
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Please vote NO on the streetcar.
What perspective of reality are you basing financial decisions on ?
This is NOT the time to reach into our pockets via tax or slush funds and spend it on peripheral transportation luxuries.
You do NOT have the support of the majority of people in this endeavor.....
If you vote ... It better be NO.
Sincerely, Jeff Smathers
Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Please think about what you are voting on tonight. Be responsible. Here's a thought: Maybe you should let the people of Lake Oswego vote on it. I believe the majority will vote NO. Vote NO to the streetcar, there are many, many more pressing issues (schools) that we should be dealing with at this time. $400 million, $25 million for an environmental impact study? Are you crazy? Completely irresponsible and unnecessary. We voted for you in the hopes that you would be fiscally responsible. Thank you. Christie, Robyn
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Just a quick e-mail expressing our opposition to the proposed street car running between Lake
Oswego and Portland’s South Waterfront. At best, this streetcar would be a $450 million dollar
novelty ride into Portland for a night on the town. At worst, this project will be an expensive project
that will destroy the character/nature of our community while creating a gridlock of commuters headed
for the streetcar parking garage for the ride to South Waterfront.
We have a number of major projects and needs facing our city ranging from “must haves” (LOIS,
Water, fire, police & schools) to would be nice (Library, new city hall, Westside Building, Foothills
Park, etc.). The total tax/fee burden is rapidly increasing placing burdens on existing citizens and
barriers to new young families from moving into our city. Clearly, a streetcar is not a “must have
project”.
Traffic reduction seems to be a stated goal. I’m still trying to understand how by bringing in
commuters from the outreaching areas of Lake Oswego (Westlake) and the surrounding communities
into the downtown core of Lake Oswego with the limited feeder roads is a solution to gridlock. It’s the
polar opposite, I can’t imagine the additional traffic gridlock at 5PM on State and A.
This is not a project that we either afford or even want, please vote no.
Sincerely:
Jay & Babs Hamachek
15575 Village Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 636-4072
Christie, Robyn
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City Council,
Please vote NO on the streetcar. How is it that all of the cities and counties are in favor of these massive expenditures
that the people do not want? We vote NO and you do it anyway. Why do you have this elitist attitude that you are better
and smarter than we are? Surprise, that is not the case!
1. An expense the city and taxpayers cannot afford now and in the near future due to the US and regional economic
situation. (Many citizens here are on fixed incomes).
2. The streetcar will only take 100 cars off the road for the $458 million?? price tag, (that figure is only approximate and
we know what happened with the massive extra cost for the tram).
3. We need to take care of our schools and pay for the WEB building (another financial disaster).
4. I chose Lake Oswego for the small town feel and resent paying more taxes as you just voted on because of poor fiscal
management. You took an oath and have a fiduciary responsibility.
5. Any sizeable expenditure such as the WEB building and certainly the streetcar should be voted on by the citizens who
will be paying for the project. You are trying to tax us without representation.
Please vote NO on Tuesday.
Respectfully,
S Gheen
Christie, Robyn
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Please read the following response from my good friend of 31 years, Michael Feeley, who lives in
Berkeley, CA. Michael retired in 2004 as a high-level manager (GS-15) at EPA in San Francisco. He
then got a degree in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley, where he studied urban planning,
including the total failure of streetcars nationally as commuting options or any kind of "remedy" to
traffic congestion.
I see the proponents are now down to about #5 on the phony "reasons" that Lake Oswego "needs"
the streetcar: we need it for future generations! Well, news flash, ''future generations" ain't gonna
use it, either, for commuting. At least, not in the numbers that would justify the expense of operating
and maintaining it. Plus, future generations hopefully/likely will have access to vast improvements in
transportation technology, in both automobiles and mass transit.
If you want to start a conversation about a high-speed Max line, or high-speed rail in general, I'm "on
board." Otherwise, we're talking about a huge waste of money for not much return. Except, of
course, for developers, but that's really the point, isn't it?
I don't care if Barack Obama and John Kitzhaber personally show up at tonight's meeting in support
of this 19th century technology (and I voted for both of them) - it's still a supremely stupid idea for
Lake Oswego. Think for yourselves! As elected officials we expect you to consider what's best for
the financial health of our entire community, not what's politically expedient for a self-serving "vision"
or "legacy."
Mona Ellison
Reality-based Liberal
3100 Wembley Park Road
----- Original Message ----From: Michael Feeley
To: mona ellison
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2011 3:26 PM
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Yes, yes, yes. There are dozens of examples nationally of money wasting streetcar systems. None of them run in
the black and none relieve congestion. California examples include Sacramento, San Jose, Los angeles/long
beach/Pasadena, and San Diego.
Hope the project is killed.
Michael
On Apr 15, 2011, at 1:18 PM, "mona ellison" <[email protected]> wrote:
Thought you might enjoy my letter to the LO City Council and county officials re the
proposed streetcar.
----- Original Message ----From: mona ellison
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Subject: No, I will NOT "get on board," Jack and Judie!
I am 100% OPPOSED to the proposed streetcar project.
The January 15, 2009, issue of the Lake Oswego Review contained a "retrospective" of Judie
Hammerstad's time as Lake Oswego mayor, written by Lee Van Der Voo. The piece was the usual
biased, uncritical, glowing "City Hall press release" that we've come to expect from the Review. The
article contained the following passages:
1) "Metro Councilor President David Bragdon, who serves with Hammerstad on the Big Look task force,
said she has taken her strongest role in advocating for an extension of the Portland Streetcar to Lake
Oswego to ease traffic congestion on Highway 43."
Well, now that the "easing of traffic congestion" as an excuse to extend a streetcar from Portland to Lake
Oswego has been thoroughly debunked, Judie and the supporters of this streetcar folly have now taken
to claiming it will prevent "urban sprawl" by allowing the Foothills area to be developed (which, of course,
couldn't possibly be developed without a streetcar, right?). Their utter contempt for the citizens of Lake
Oswego is boundless as they continue to insult our intelligence.
2) "Though Hammerstad anticipates opposition to the streetcar, her stance on the issue is
characteristically unwavering. “If you look at the cost benefit and you consider you’re about to benefit
tens of thousands of people and you’d be inconveniencing maybe 50 households (emphasis added), you
have to say that there is no real alternative,” she said. “I want it to be accomplished in my lifetime.”
The outright arrogance, selfishness, and narcissism behind this statement is appalling, but not really that
shocking to anyone who lived in Lake Oswego during Queen Judie's divisive reign (and now followed by
more of the same from our equally arrogant mayor, Jack Hoffman). That Judie Hammerstad and her
supporters presumably still think that there will be some "cost benefit" to Lake Oswegans, that the
streetcar will "benefit tens of thousands of people," and only "inconvenience" maybe 50 households pretty
much says it all about how seriously Lake Oswegans should take the potential approval of this project by
the current City Council.
As someone who reviewed and approved NEPA documents for the federal government, I can state
unequivocally that the DEIS for this project was one of the weakest such documents I've ever read, and
should be rejected outright by the decision makers at the federal funding agency. Without wasting time
even reading the entire document, the funding agency should reject it based solely on the inadequate
number of viable alternatives that were analyzed. It is abundantly obvious that the "applicants" were
hoping that the DEIS analysis would clearly show that the street car was the preferred alternative when
compared to the only alternatives the consultants were instructed to analyze, the "enhanced bus"
alternative and "no action" (which is always included as an alternative in any event), which it notably and
decisively failed to do. Where was an "express bus" alternative? What about the use of newer, more
energy efficient busses that Tri-Met has been touting? Oh, no, no, no, they couldn't allow those to be
analyzed; the result might expose the unethical, corrupt, and self-serving process, not to mention the utter
bullshit, of the streetcar cabal.
When federal dollars are being offered to solve or improve a local or regional infrastructure
or transportation problem, the funding agency and the applicant(s) have the responsibility to ensure that
tax dollars go to proposed projects that are both demonstrably necessary and analyzed in an honest,
professional, and thorough fashion. By disingenuously using the "congestion on Highway 43" and the "no
development is possible in the Foothills area without the streetcar" as the bogus "purpose and need" for
the project while dishonestly excluding other viable options from being analyzed in the DEIS, the
proposed street car project has failed on both counts.
It is not the federal government's job, nor Lake Oswegans' responsibility, to fork over enormous sums of
money to pay for an ill-advised, slow-pokey streetcar (not to mention the millions already spent on
planning and environmental impact documents, with more to come) that will not work as a viable
commuter option, will increase rather than ease congestion on Highway 43, and will cause significant
environmental damage, just to publicly subsidize Foothill developers who will then return the favor
through political donations to further the political aspirations (delusions) of Jack Hoffman and other
streetcar supporters. Do you think we haven't figured out this sham and scam?
One final quote from "socialite" Judie Hammerstad in the Lake Oswego Review "retrospective" article,
and my personal favorite:
3) “I think if you have a vision – and not just your own hair-brained (sic) scheme, a collective
vision (emphasis added) – there are times when the opportunity presents itself to make that vision occur
and if you pass it up, you may have passed up either the only time or the only time you could afford to
make that vision occur.”
Unfortunately for Lake Oswego, this "personal legacy" project is the epitome of hare-brained,
opportunistic schemes. There will never be a time when a Portland to Lake Oswego streetcar will be
beneficial to the community at large, as a commuter option or any other invented "need" the promoters
use to manipulate the public, so it is assuredly not a "collective" vision. Furthermore, given our City's
financial constraints (caused in large part by other hare-brained decisions inflicted on Lake Oswegans
by the illustrious Judie Hammerstad and Jack Hoffman), this is an unnecessary luxury that Lake Oswego
can not afford and this is definitely not the time for Lake Oswego to be spending any additional money
on this ludicrous, self-serving "vision."
I urge the Lake Oswego City Council to vote NO on the streetcar boondoggle. There are more pressing
priorities facing Lake Oswego that require our tax dollars, like valid projects that will benefit the entire
community.
Thank you,
Mona Ellison, Reality-based Liberal
3100 Wembley Park Road
Christie, Robyn
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The views of Lake Oswego citizens were revealed with distinct clarity at last Tuesday's
City Council Meeting. Their answer to the question of whether Lake Oswego needs and/or
wants a streetcar eminating from Portland was a resounding NO. No to the cost. No to the
ecological hazards. No to a new accompanying "Pearl-like" development in Foothills. And
no to changing us from a self-contained village into a predictably mundane adjunct to
Portland. If you are truly representing Lake Oswego residents, you will vote no to the
streetcar tonight.
Nancy Muller
Lake Oswego
Christie, Robyn
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Dear City Council Members I urge you to vote against the $458 Million streetcar for Lake Oswego. I am a concerned Lake Oswego citizen and would like to present the following reasons: 1. We cannot afford the price tag because of Our Schools Our Lake Oswego School District cannot balance their budget without extreme cost cutting measures. This includes the possibility of closing the doors to several of our schools, if not this year then next year. Our schools should be our primary focus and our tax dollars need to fund them first. 2. A public funded transit project should not benefit a private developer. 3. Many people moved to Lake Oswego for the small community because it was NOT the "Pearl District". 4. The MAX train brought more crime to Clackamas Town Center. Is Lake Oswego prepared to deal with this unintended consequence? 5. Why pay such a large price tag for a small amount of users? It would be naive to think that many people will drive to the streetcar to park their car and take a longer ride to downtown Portland. when they are already seated in their vehicle. Keep our budget out of future debt and not vote for this expensive project that would benefit so few. Thank you Dienne Irwin 4343 Sunset Dr Lake Oswego OR 97035 503‐636‐8859 Christie, Robyn
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This message constitutes my first public comment regarding the LOPT project...I have hesitated to weigh‐in; however, after reading the DEIS cover to cover, watching last week's testimony, and, reviewing the public comment associated with tonight's agenda, I feel it is no longer responsible to sit on the sidelines. I strongly oppose the continued commitment of public dollars to the study of "the streetcar". As I read the DEIS, my first generalized reaction was "someone is being played"; my sense was it was either the Federal Department of Transportation or the City and citizens of Lake Oswego‐actually, at this time, I've concluded it's both. If the objective is a better transportation system that truly serves the daily needs for the majority of Lake Oswegans, now and in the future, please support an enhanced bus system‐the ultimate addition of a circulatory local shuttle would be lovely. My family supports increased public transportation opportunities; regrettably, however, the LOPT route provides little benefit for the majority of our community. I share this both from my thorough review of the DEIS, and with the knowledge gained from my husband's more than twenty years of Tri‐
Met use commuting to downtown Portland. As a former Chair of the Citizen Budget Committee, I appreciate concerns about providing an adequate tax base to serve the continuing and future needs of the community we all love; however, the LOPT and development of Foothills (especially through Tax Increment Financing/Urban Renewal)is not the means to secure that need for our community. Please let us explore the other opportunities available to secure economic security for Lake Oswego. Related to your decision tonight is its impact on the overall "state of the city". I am concerned, I am very concerned. Never, in my more than twenty years of residency and involvement, including during my tenure on the Community Center Steering Committee, have I seen such outrage. The outrage has become wide‐spread and pervasive. I am truly concerned that depending on tonight's decision, any and all projects which require voter approval‐
including the usually fail‐safe Public Safety measures‐will meet with defeat, IF Lake Oswegans conclude their elected officials are not listening. Please tonight have your vote reflect you have listened to Lake Oswego's "common man"; that you respect them and the concerns they have expressed. Please tonight do NOT choose the streetcar as Lake Oswego's "Preferred Option". Instead, please support further comprehensive study, begun in earnest, about a bus system that serves the needs of your constituents. Sincerely, and respectfully, Erin O'Rourke‐Meadors, 5261 Coventry Court, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035 Christie, Robyn
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Jack Hoffman
Mayor, City of Lake Oswego
From: Grumm, Matt [[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:01 PM
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Mayor Hoffman and Ms. Blackstone, here is Dan's memo to the Council as well as Mayor Adams email to Council with the
binding principles he'll be introducing at our Council meeting tomorrow. Good luck today and this evening on your
meeting.
Thanks
Matthew Grumm
Office of Commissioner Dan Saltzman
1221 SW 4th Ave. # 230
Portland, OR 97204
503-823-4151
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Subject: RE: Mayor Sam Adams LOPT Letter to City Council.doc
Sam- Thank you, this is helpful. Please see the attached memo with a proposed amendment. I believe it is consistent with
the principles you have articulated and hope it can be discussed tomorrow.
Dan
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Importance: High
I will make a motion to add this letter as an exhibit to the LOPT Resolution.
>>>>
April 19, 2011
Dear Portland City Council Colleagues,
I appreciate the consideration each of you have been giving the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit
(LOPT) project.
As you know, this is a 23-year-old proposed project, with a history of regional partnership dating back
to the purchase of the Willamette Shore Line right of way in 1988. As the first in a series of City
Council due diligence phases, as required by the federal government, Wednesday’s action selects a
Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). It is not a vote to approve, to fund or to build the project; it is a
vote to send it to the next step of analysis.
As we discuss the LPA, I want to propose several binding principles for Council’s to consider.
Unlike other streetcar projects that have come before this Council, planning for the LOPT project has
been led by Metro and TriMet, with the City of Portland as one of several project partners. In previous
streetcar projects, formal City approval of each line was preceded by significant planning efforts. In the
Pearl District, South Waterfront and the Eastside Loop, zoning amendments and transit-oriented
development strategies were already in place when Council voted to move those streetcar projects
forward. In this case much of that work remains to be done.
Wednesday’s LPA decision simply affirms that based on the analysis to date, with additional work to be
done, streetcar is the best choice of modes to address the long-term transit needs in the Highway 43
corridor given the physical constraints of the corridor.
Te DEIS shows that existing bus service will not meet projected corridor demand in 2035, and that
TriMet can meet that demand more efficiently by operating the streetcar than the enhanced bus
alternative.
While preliminary analysis shows great development potential in Johns Landing in Portland and the
Foothills area in Lake Oswego, we need a much better understanding of the costs, opportunities and
potential benefits of that development before committing to build the LOPT project.
We also need updated information about the value of the Willamette Shore Line right-of-way and the
availability of federal funding for the project.
The only way to answer these questions is to approve the LPA and move forward for further work and
analysis.
Thus, I propose the following binding principles to guide the City of Portland’s work on the LOPT as
we move forward:
1. Complete due diligence on Lake Oswego’s Foothills redevelopment: analyze feasibility,
benefits, and contribution to LOPT costs.
a) Before agreeing to move into Preliminary Engineering (late 2012), Council recognizes that
the City of Lake Oswego’s Foothills District planning process must be well enough advanced
to determine that the development is viable and will financially anchor the southern terminus
of the LOPT project.
b) Before moving into Final Design (2014), a development plan for the Foothills District must
be completed.
2. Complete development opportunity analysis in Johns Landing area
a) Before agreeing to move into Preliminary Engineering (late 2012), Council needs greater
certainty that the John’s Landing neighborhood will be in a position to leverage a streetcar
investment to realize transit-oriented mixed-use projects that
 are compatible with the neighborhood,
 support a diversity of housing options, and
 help revitalize the Macadam commercial district.
3. Confirm value of the Willamette Shore Line right-of-way
a) The Lake Oswego City Council has requested that TriMet update the appraisal of the value
of the Willamette Shore Line right-of-way by early 2012.
b) The Portland City Council will require that information before moving forward with an
application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for approval to proceed with
Preliminary Engineering and preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement in
2012.
4. Streetcar operations shall not be at the expense of transit service elsewhere
a) In the near term, TriMet is not contributing to the capital cost of the project – so the decision
to move forward with the LOPT project does not affect other bus and rail service in the
region.
b) Before moving into Final Design, City Council will require additional assurances that
TriMet can operate the LOPT streetcar alignment without degradation to bus operations
elsewhere.
5. No general fund or urban renewal money shall be used for capital costs
a) Portland’s contribution to capital financing will come from parking meter revenues and other
sources related to the LOPT investment, such as Local Improvement Districts and System
Development Charges.
6. If agreement cannot be reached on a regional project, the City of Portland will consider
proceeding with a Minimum Operating Segment (MOS) of the project, which could be located
in John’s Landing, at the Sellwood Bridge, or in Powers Marine Park.
In the summer and fall of 2011, project staff will complete several tasks necessary to inform the next
City Council decision point – whether to move forward with a New Starts application to enter
Preliminary Engineering. These tasks include:
 Further engineering studies to narrow alignment options;
 Developing the work plan for the next few years;
 Updating the project schedule;
 Refining the capital cost estimate, including an updated appraisal of the Willamette Shore Line
right-of-way; and
 Developing a conceptual finance plan.
Based on this work, Council would vote in 2012 on whether to authorize project staff to prepare a New
Starts application. FTA review of a New Starts application typically takes 6-8 months.
FTA approval of the New Starts application and issuance of an initial rating for the project is anticipated
in Spring 2013. The rating will give us a much better indicator of whether it is reasonable to expect a
60% federal funding match for the project. At that point, City Council will consider whether or not to
actually approve the project by allocating funding to support the City’s share of the costs to enter
preliminary engineering and completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
As TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane stated in his March 16 letter of support for the LOPT
project, “It is normal at this early stage in a project for the project’s finance plan to be under continued
development. This is one reason why the FTA has a series of check-points with progressively stringent
requirements about the capital and operating finance plans.” Wednesday’s vote is only the first of these
checkpoints.
I believe the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit project has tremendous potential to serve Portland’s
transit and development needs at an extremely low out-of-pocket cost to the City. However, we need
more information and due diligence before we commit to build the project. A vote to accept the LPA on
Wednesday will enable us to engage in that due diligence.
Thank you, as always, for your careful consideration of the issues that are so important to our city.
Best,
Sam
Christie, Robyn
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Dear Lake Oswego City Council,
My husband and I live on SW Midvale Rd off Highway 43 in the Birdshill Neighborhood. We moved here in 2005 with the
plan on starting a family. What drew us to this neighborhood is the Lake Oswego Schools. With the severe economic
downturn, we are astonished that there is discussion recently of closing 3 elementary schools, and possibly combining
middle and high schools. Yet, Lake Oswego Mayor Jack Hoffman, and select Lake Oswego City Council Members, and
many in the county, state, and Metro continue to promote a half-billion dollar Streetcar project?
This Streetcar project is expected to cost up to $460 million dollars (future 2017 dollars). I keep hearing by law "we can't
use money from budget "A" for budge "B" for the school budget. I keep hearing that "If we don't take the federal
money, then somebody else will". But does that mean we have to take it and spend it?
Oregon is facing over a $3.0 billion dollar general fund deficit. Our country is $14 trillion dollars in debt. We do not know
how long and how bad the economy is going to get. What are our priorities? Is educating our children and providing
public safety by not cutting police or fire positions more important? Or is a transportation project like the Lake
Oswego/Portland Streetcar more important? And what budget is the money going to be taken from? Some of the
money has to come from somewhere locally?
We have entered a new, very uncertain time in our state and country. We are asking our elected officials to put the
brakes on spending projects that are not a necessity right now. We must prioritize better. In our household we have
done just that. We are not spending like we used to. We have adjusted our lifestyles. We are saving more because we
are uncertain at what the future holds.
My husband and I have always tried to stay informed at how our taxpayer money is being spent but have always sat on
the sidelines and not getting involved much. It seems our elected officials from local to the national levels are just not
getting it. They are not adjusting spending as they should be right now. This is unacceptable to us. What kind of debt
filled future do our children have to endure? How is it going to be paid for?
We are asking that you vote NO on the Lake Oswego/Portland Streetcar project. It is simply a very risky project that is
not a priority right now for our community. Please listen to your citizens and reflect the public's concerns in your vote.
Thank you,
Michelle and Amir Mehrabi
1750 SW Midvale Rd
Portland, OR 97219
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To all;
FYI
Jack Hoffman
Mayor, City of Lake Oswego
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LOPT Partners Attached please find Mayor Adams' letter to his fellow Council members regarding the LOPT LPA vote tomorrow. He will
introduce an amendment in tomorrow's Council discussion to attach a substantially similar Exhibit C to our Resolution to
show legislative intent and criteria for moving forward. The letter is also posted on our website:
http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=49521&a=345
Feel free to call me if you have questions. Thanks for all of your work on this project.
Catherine
Catherine Ciarlo
Transportation Director
Office of Mayor Sam Adams
City of Portland
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 340
Portland, OR 97204
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City Council,
Please vote NO on the streetcar.
1. An expense the city and taxpayers cannot afford now and in the near future due to the US and regional economic
situation. (Many citizens here are on fixed incomes).
2. The streetcar will only take 100 cars off the road for the $458 million?? price tag, (that figure is only approximate and
we know what happened with the massive extra cost for the tram).
3. We need to take care of our schools and pay for the WEB building (another financial disaster).
4. I chose Lake Oswego for the small town feel and resent paying more taxes as you just voted on because of poor
fiscal management. You took an oath and have a fiduciary responsibility.
5. Any sizeable expenditure such as the WEB building and certainly the streetcar should be voted on by the citizens who
will be paying for the project. You are trying to tax us without representation.
Please vote NO on Tuesday.
Respectfully, Dale and Tina Troutman
Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:15 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Streetcar Message from the web site: Dear Council, I wanted to voice my strong adversity to the LO streetcar project. I believe it is fiscally irresponsible, and inappropriately located. Please vote NO. Thank you, Patricia Eddy 503‐969‐8544 Christie, Robyn
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As a long time resident of Lake Oswego I can not understand how the City of Lake Oswego can even come close to
entertaining the thought of spending so much money on a streetcar that will burden us even more and not create any
relief for our economic woes.
VOTE “NO” to the streetcar in Lake Oswego
Larry Schreiter
Christie, Robyn
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Metro brainstorming how to make commuters ditch cars
POSTED: Friday, April 8, 2011 at 01:18 PM PT
BY: Angela Webber
Tags: electric vehicles, emissions, Metro
According to proposed rules issued by the state Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission earlier this
month, Metro should plan to reduce per-capita carbon emissions from passenger vehicles from 2005 levels by 21
percent by 2025. To achieve this goal, Metro is examining strategies to encourage people to travel more by public
transit, bicycle and foot, ...
ellie
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To whom it may concern:
This missive tells of our opposition of the proposed rail service over the previously purchased right-of-way. The
"council preferred" alternative is extraordinarily expensive, highly speculative, and ill-considered. We do not
see the validity of the arguments for the streetcar. As the purchase of the Safeco office building demonstrated,
undue speculation puts LO taxpayers in a too-risky of a position for added tax liability.
An argument of the supporters of the proposed streetcar line is that "the federal money is there"; it should used!
Well the money really isn't there; the federal government is broke. The added spending is just more debt that
will not be retired for decades and will incur higher interest costs. Thus, debt that spawns even more unmana
geable debt (interest costs), an overlooked cost not cited because its on the federal tab. This death spiral of
runaway federal debt, further prompted by the proposed, local streetcar spending MUST STOP.
Finally, this project can be summed up by this: most local taxpayers are facing the odious outcome of having to
pay for a dubious, probably unneeded transportation project that primarily benefits the interests of a small
number of folks who stand to profit by development of the foothills park area...... and most LO residents want to
keep the village aspect of downtown area and not have it become a transportation hub
for the south Portland metro area.
Rodger and Sue Chapel, LO
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:00 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Support for the Lake Oswego Street Car Message from the web site: I write to express Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) support for an extension of the streetcar from the South Waterfront district to downtown Lake Oswego. The Portland to Lake Oswego Streetcar Project will provide increased access to the Southwest Macadam business corridor, adjacent neighborhoods, and OHSU's south waterfront clinics and campus. With nearly ten stops along the way, this extension will open up an entirely new transit link to Portland's South Waterfront District for thousands of OHSU's faculty, staff, and patients. OHSU is a top ranked academic medical research institution and health center. As the fourth largest employer in the state and the largest employer in Portland, OHSU has played a major role in the development of the South Waterfront District. To date, OHSU has constructed the Center for Health and Healing, a 400,000‐square‐foot building that is connected to Marquam Hill via the Portland Aerial Tram. The Portland streetcar also conveniently stops in front of the Center for Health & Healing, accommodating pedestrians, bikes, and wheelchairs. Expanding streetcar service to Lake Oswego would ensure more patients, faculty and staff can access the vital services provided by OHSU. The Portland to Lake Oswego Street Car Project also dovetails well with current plans to improve multi‐model access to the South Waterfront district of Portland. This district is the last major underdeveloped area of our city and plays an integral role in the newly‐
created Portland Innovation Quadrant ‐ which includes OHSU's Marquam Hill and South Waterfront campuses, Portland State University (PSU), the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland Opera, and Portland Community College (PCC). Extending the current street car line from South Portland to Lake Oswego will offer reliable and timely access to institutions of higher education, community centers, and private sector partners while enhancing the connections and collaboration between these entities. The Portland to Lake Oswego Street Car Project will help spur inner city redevelopment by accommodating planned densities for residents and employment within the Portland Innovation Quadrant. OHSU fully supports the Portland to Lake Oswego Streetcar Project and looks forward to next phase of this important project. Mark B. Williams Associate Vice President for Campus Development & Administration Oregon Health & Science University Christie, Robyn
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City Council,
My name is Wayne D. Greene and I live in Clackamas County.
Please vote NO on the streetcar.
1. An expense the city and taxpayers cannot afford now and in the near future due to the US and regional
economic situation. (Many citizens here are on fixed incomes).
2. The streetcar will only take 100 cars off the road for the $458 million?? price tag, (that figure is only
approximate and we know what happened with the massive extra cost for the tram).
3. We need to take care of our schools and pay for the WEB building (another financial disaster).
4. I chose Lake Oswego for the small town feel and resent paying more taxes as you just voted on because of
poor fiscal management. You took an oath and have a fiduciary responsibility.
5. Any sizeable expenditure such as the WEB building and certainly the streetcar should be voted on by the
citizens who will be paying for the project. You are trying to tax us without representation.
Please vote NO on Tuesday.
Respectfully,
Wayne D. Greene
Christie, Robyn
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City Council,
Please vote NO on the streetcar. We do not need another costly expenditure that will never pay for itself.
Please act fiscally responsible. Spend your time finding ways to SAVE money.
Sincerely, Eric Gambee
Another overtaxed citizen.
Christie, Robyn
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Vote No. The Oregonian editorial this week had it exactly right. This is a project where the analysis is deeply flawed.
The LO streetcar won’t solve the area’s future transportation needs, is widely expensive, and will serve only to support
developers in the foothills area.
VOTE NO>
Bill Hurst
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Robert Powell
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Councilors For so many reasons, please vote NO on the Streetcar project. The cost is prohibitive. Any money is Taxpayer money. We need the money elsewhere. Portland will survive without it. Lake Oswego will be fine without it. We MUST start receiving a return that captures the expenses in a reasonable period, and this project never does. You are citizens voted for by the people not METRO, or SPECIAL INTERESTS. In conclusion, for so many reasons, have courage and vote NO. Kindest to you all Robert Powell Christie, Robyn
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Dear Mayor and Council,
Please vote no regarding the streetcar.
Thanks,
Dan and Anne Schauffler
232 Ridgeway Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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Council Members,
If it's not to late to add my voice, I would like to go on record as a Milwaukie citizen who stands with Lake Oswegians
opposed to the planned streetcar. The community of Lake Oswego does not need more taxes to pay for disruption due to
rail traffic. Please vote "no".
Thank you.
Sarah Pierzchala
25 15 SE Harrison Street,
Milwaukie OR 97222
Christie, Robyn
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Mayor Hoffman and City Council Members:
You know for sure that the streetcar is opposed by a very large majority of the citizens of Lake
Oswego (the people that you are supposed to represent). Tonight you have the opportunity to do the
right thing and vote against Resolution 11-19.
The real drivers behind this project are a travesty, and it is a total waste of taxpayer money.
Regards,
David Luck
26 Del Prado
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
503-913-6212
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As a citizen of Lake Oswego I highly support a streetcar linking us to Portland. My husband and I
have lived in Lake Oswego for over 14 years and plan on never leaving. We live just down the
street from city hall and love what a real town Lake Oswego is. We see the streetcar as another
improvement for our wonderful city. My husband now commutes by Tri-met to Portland and would
certainly use it. We attend many events in downtown and would certainly use it on weekends and
evenings as well. Streetcar transportation would also be ideal for our teenagers. Yes it is
expensive and slices through Dunethorpe ,but the positives (linking us with Portland, decreasing
congestion along 43, environmental benefits of decreased car use ) outweigh any potential
negative of cost or letting non-Lake Owegians enter our city. The the steetcar speak for Lake
Oswego: we are an open progressive city and we welcome you.
Holly Curran
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Don't waste our tax dollars on un needed streetcars!!!!!
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City Council,
Please vote NO on the streetcar.
. Streetcars are an expense the city and taxpayers cannot afford now and in the near future due to the US and
regional economic situation. (Many citizens here are on fixed incomes).Besides, A streetcar will only take 100
cars off the road for the $458 million?? price tag, We should be taking care of our schools FIRST
You took an oath and have a fiduciary responsibility.
When do the citizens get to vote on this expense? What gives you the right to make decisions like this without
the support of a majority of the citizens?
Please vote NO on Tuesday.
Respectfully,
Donald N. Belisle
Concerned citizen and VOTER
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: Tim Davis [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:24 AM To: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Subject: Re: FW: I support the Lake Oswego Streetcar line Thanks so much for writing back, Jeff! I must say that if we can only have one, a great bike path would be incredibly wonderful. It would be immediately useful to thousands, as well. I spent my undergraduate days at UW‐
Madison in the 1980's, and I guarantee that the main reason that Madison led the nation in cycling per capita was the phenomenal cycle track along University Avenue that still exists today. If we are the LEAST bit serious about getting cars off the road and saving the region many $BILLIONS in road maintenance, cost of auto ownership, insurance, health costs, stress, and hundreds of other intangible factors, we MUST build fully separated bicycling facilities. If not, we will never, ever get the bicycle mode split above 10% in Portland or 5% region‐wide. We are falling ever more miserably behind other cities on this front. So, if we can only have one transit option along the corridor to LO, I would fully support a nice, wide bike trail. I could easily get downtown via a bike trail than taking ANY transit, no matter what it is. I clearly understand the unparalleled development tool that the Streetcar represents. I never take it (I can WALK faster, when wait times are factored in), but it leverages development like nothing else invented in modern history. As you know, that can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. But with bike trails (truly away from all auto traffic), there are nothing but incredible upsides, at less then one hundredth the cost of auto infrastructure and for 100 times the payback. It's a no‐brainer that almost no one seems to recognize, probably because of the oil lobby. Let's see what happens, and thanks for writing, Jeff and Diana!! Cheers, Tim On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 12:11 PM, Smith‐Bouwer, Diana <[email protected]> wrote: > > Good afternoon Tim, > > Thank you for your e‐mail. We are in disagreement about the Streetcar. I am in favor of retention of the right of way and a citizen vote on the project. A bike/walking pathway is a better use of the right of way. > > Jeff Gudman > City Council member > > ________________________________________ > From: [email protected] [[email protected]] > Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 4:16 PM > To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS > Subject: I support the Lake Oswego Streetcar line > > Message from the web site: > > Let's do it and move forward! :) > > However, I am BEGGING everyone to make sure that it includes a BIKE trail parallel to it! Just imagine the amenity that would be! No other city in the country would offer such beautiful waterfront choices between two beautiful cities. > > Thank you so much for your consideration, > > Tim Davis > > PUBLIC RECORDS LAW DISCLOSURE > This e‐mail is a public record of the City of Lake Oswego and is subject to public disclosure unless exempt from disclosure under Oregon Public Records Law. This email is subject to the State Retention Schedule. > Christie, Robyn
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I urge you to vote for the streetcar as the LPA tonight. We don't yet know enough to turn down an opportunity
to improve both transportation and opportunity for those of us who live in Lake Oswego.
ellie
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I was originally a fan of light rail in Portland. But by using street level cars that are bound up in normal car and bus traffic you really only make things worse, not better.
“If” these were elevated or underground tracks, you would make more sense on a traffic and people moving level. That winds up greatly increasing your cost. So it is a no starter.
But not doing that leaves you competing with the buses which will always be a better option for public transport.
Better not to spend on this and find better uses of the tax money or just not spend at all and place yourselves
in a more positive position down the road.
Mike Andrews
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Message from the web site: i'm totally against it...there's no guarantee of government money and tax payers are done with funding !!put any money we have into infastructure ..our roads are pathetic!! how about a bike path between oswego and portland ?? Christie, Robyn
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Bill McKee
Connect Realty
(503) 913-4846
City Council,
Please vote NO on the streetcar.
1. This is a huge expense the city and taxpayers cannot afford now and in the near future due to the US and
regional economic situation. (Many citizens here are on fixed incomes).
2. The streetcar will only take 100 cars off the road for the $458 million?? price tag, (that figure is only
approximate and we know what happened with the massive extra cost for the tram). Where is the cost/benefit
logic? Fiscal insanity seems to be the rule, not the exception .. let's change that NOW.
3. We need to take care of our schools and pay for the WEB building (another financial disaster). Why insult
taxpayers again?
4. Any sizeable expenditure such as the WEB building and certainly the streetcar should be voted on by the
citizens who will be paying for the project. You are trying to tax us without representation.
Respectfully,
Bill McKee
Christie, Robyn
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Dear Councilors: It is my opinion that Mayor Hoffman and Councilor Tierney should recuse themselves from a vote on the City of Lake Oswego participating in the Streetcar project and funding. While it is not up to me to decide whether actual conflicts exist, and both persons are respected members of our community, have excellent reputations and careers, if there is even an appearance of a conflict, even a slight possibility of a conflict, they should not participate by voting. Our citizens in Lake Oswego expect and deserve the utmost of integrity and transparency from it's leaders. Thank you. Jonathan Harnish Attorney/Broker Harnish Properties at Realty Trust Group 333 S. State St., Suite V PMB 114 Lake Oswego, OR 97034 503‐860‐0133 [email protected] Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 9:33 AM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Street car Message from the web site: My wife Monica and I are opposed to the streetcar. We don't have the money to support it. We don't have the ridership numbers to support it. And Tri‐Met already has flexible service, in the way of buses, to serve Lake Oswego. We're funding LOIS; we're funding the WEB. Let's not fund the streetcar boondoggle. And as a Beaverton businessman, I already pay Tri‐Met taxes. I like Tri‐Met; I use Tri‐Met. I think a train is necessary down Barbur & Hwy 99W into Sherwood. It will have greater ridership and ease rush‐hour commutes. But a streetcar from Portland to LO is foolish. Christie, Robyn
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 9:45 AM
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Dear Councilors,
My wife Monica and I urge you to not support the Portland to Lake Oswego streetcar. We don't have the
money to support it. We shan't have the ridership to support it. There is no need for it.
Currently, Lake Oswego citizens have 2 large ongoing expenses: LOIS and the WEB. The streetcar will create
great economic strain upon the residents for little gain. Tri-Met bus ridership is not that large. The streetcar
will provide less service and compete with the bus service. The buses provide flexible routes. Streetcars don't.
Buses use existing infrastructure, roads, at little extra costs. Streetcars require additional infrastructure capital
investment, some of which is used only by streetcars.
I practice law in Beaverton. I am near WES's line and extensive Tri-Met service. I pay TM taxes and have for
years. I like Tri-Met. Regionally, a train/streetcar is needed from downtown Portland to Sherwood, through
Barbur Blvd. and Tigard, not LO. I urge you to vote "no" and not support streetcars to Lake Oswego.
-Mark John Holady
Monica L. Holady
480 Iron Mountain Blvd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Elected officials,
I am against the streetcar option. Please vote against this transportation option. It is clear that not only are their
conflicts of interests in this process, but this is not the most prudent option.
I believe that the citizens of Lake Oswego and Portland should vote on this issue in an election. It is only then
can you remove the conflicts of interest and truly know if the people want this project AND if they are willing
to pay for it.
I voted for the new city councilors on their platform of fiscal responsibility, which includes no streetcar. The
city council members were elected by the citizens of Lake Oswego!
Specifically in Lake Oswego, we have many other issues that our community faces that will require funding –
schools, Went End Building, 911/Police Headquarters just to name a few.
City council members, I ask you to please vote against the streetcar option. The citizens of Lake Oswego and
Portland deserve your proper fiscal stewardship.
Thank you.
Doug Greenberg
2880 Upper Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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Another expensive, ill‐considered bad idea. Spend hundreds of millions of dollars to degrade the environment, ruin the livability of hundreds of homes and use more gas to build the project than it could ever save. Remember turning 43 into a toll road? Christie, Robyn
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 7:11 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Streetcar Message from the web site: NO! Christie, Robyn
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Dear Members of Lake Oswego City Council,
I urge you to Vote YES in support of the streetcar option. This decision is perhaps the most important you will
make as a city council member to influence Lake Oswego’s 21st Century success. The streetcar is a crucial link
to the region’s economic engine of Portland and is critical for growing Lake Oswego’s business and residential
base, for increasing our tax base, and for our community’s long term economic vitality.
Vote YES for the streetcar.
Sincerely,
Mary Bosch
431 Lakewood Avenue
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
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Respectfully, On a day in which Standard & Poor down‐graded US debt due to concerns about the nation’s ability to take action to curb debt and deficits, any thinking person should realize we are seriously in trouble in this nation. To approve a streetcar project that cannot be justified economically or environmentally, would be irresponsible and insane. I have travelled Macadam avenue regularly for years at all times of day and have never waited longer than a few minutes enroute to and from Portland. Please vote NO. Jim Westfall 1287 Boca Ratan Drive Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Council, Please vote NO on the streetcar. 1. An expense the city and taxpayers cannot afford now and in the near future due to the US and regional economic situation. (Many citizens here are on fixed incomes). 2. The streetcar will only take 100 cars off the road for the $458 million?? price tag, (that figure is only approximate and we know what happened with the massive extra cost for the tram). 3. We need to take care of our schools and pay for the WEB building (another financial disaster). 4. I chose Lake Oswego for the small town feel and resent paying more taxes as you just voted on because of poor fiscal management. You took an oath and have a fiduciary responsibility. 5. Any sizeable expenditure such as the WEB building and certainly the streetcar should be voted on by the citizens who will be paying for the project. You are trying to tax us without representation. Please vote NO on Tuesday. Respectfully, Paula Westfall 1287 Boca Ratan Drive Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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I moved to Lake Oswego about 5 ½ years ago and have observed from a distance how the Lake Oswego
City Council operates. True to form, your stance on the Streetcar project appears have a disregard for
the opinions of many in our community who have the right to voice our opinions and have them both heard
and seriously considered.
This project is ill conceived, way too expensive for our small community to undertake and many of us feel
that no clear need for the Streetcar project has yet to be demonstrated. Lake Oswego is already one
of the most expensive communities in the greater Portland in which to live and such an additional
financial load will only cause many to leave the community.
Many of us, including me, feel that you are collectively trying to shove this Streetcar down our throats.
How else can we feel when opposition is so great, the issue is so divisive and you refuse to even discuss
putting the matter to a vote of the citizens. The poor and hasty decision to purchase the West End
Building pales in comparison to what a Streetcar will cost our community, both financially and in the loss
of our “village” environment.
When you took your oath of office, you committed to represent all the people of Lake Oswego. That
carries a weighty responsibility to consider both sides of an issue and realize when your vote will be
detrimental to the community as a whole. The Streetcar issue should not be about your legacy, Mr.
Mayor. This decision should be made in the best interest of Lake Oswego. This is one of the few times
that I agree with The Oregonian and say that you should stop now and give up the push for a project
that is tearing our community apart.
I urge you to do the right thing and listen to the people. Vote NO on the Streetcar tomorrow night!
Mike McCulloh
1198 Boca Ratan Drive
Christie, Robyn
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Lake Oswego City Council, The people have spoken. There has been a continuing outcry against this streetcar project now that your decision is imminent. The vast majority of the public, whether they live in Lake Oswego or along the ROW have been clear in their lack of support for this very expensive project which seems more of a tool to enrich those with property at either end of the ROW than to provide a public service for those who will bear the brunt of the expense. I have a feeling the council does not want a citizen's vote on the matter, as it has been made clear that the citizens do not want this project. It is clear that any councilor/mayor who votes to force the streetcar will have their political career come to an end when the next election comes around. The council wants to install a streetcar‐a slow moving, low capacity passenger car meant for‐
streets. This is clearly not the solution to traffic issues on highway 43. In fact, building a mall in the Foothills will only increase traffic issues on 43. The problem with 43's Southbound traffic tie ups today are all of the stoplights you have in downtown Lake Oswego. Without them, traffic along the route from the Sellwood bridge to West Linn would flow freely. If traffic congestion is truly your concern, then install a bypass through Lake Oswego so that the Southbound travelers may continue unimpeded. Environmentally speaking, the streetcar will be a net loss to the health of our environment. An immense amount of fuel will be burned to construct this railway, and there is no guarantee that once the streetcar is operating that it will serve to reduce any amount of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. As stated above, a development in Foothills will only contribute to traffic congestion, proving to become a net loss in any imagined reductions in emissions from automobiles. The plan is to fill wetlands and greatly disturb the riparian areas along the Willamette river. This would be shameful along a river which needs no further degradation, in fact, is in need of a great deal of restoration. Do not expect me to believe the benefits of fish passage will come when the streetcar line is installed. All together, the streetcar will be a net deficit to the river and it's precious few remaining sensitive areas. I urge you to, Councilors, to vote no on the streetcar. It is a project which your own citizens and the residents along the ROW do not want. It is an enormously expensive project which the American people and taxpayers of the region cannot afford. Tri Met doesn't have the money to effectively operate what they already have. Crime will follow this streetcar project, just as it has each and every rail project in the Portland Metro area. Finally, I would like to thank Councilors Gudman, Kehoe and Olson for their commitment to common sense, economic reality and concerns for the future of the lovely town of Lake Oswego.
Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Mark Mahler 11445 SW Riverwood Rd. Portland, OR 97219 Christie, Robyn
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Dear Mayor and Council Members:
I hope that you took note of the editorial by the Oregonian's Editorial Board in today's Oregonian. Indeed, we
do seem to have a solution in search of a problem--and the issue right now is, WHY spend $2.5 million dollars
of Lake Oswego's money to further STUDY an alternative that in reality just doesn't make sense, certainly not
at this time. Especially when we have so many pressing financial problems, including our schools, right now.
Please stop this process right now by voting against the streetcar as the locally preferred alternative, and, at the
very least, save the City $2.5 million.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful consideration.
Sincerely,
Linda Franklin
15203 Lily Bay Court
Lake Oswego
Christie, Robyn
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Monday, April 18, 2011 7:08 PM
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Simply vote
NO on this financial boondoggle.
We don't have the money. We NEED the money for other things. Only the minority will truly benefit while everyone else
uselessly pays for it.
You can't have it all!
Let's manage the budget down, not up. Let's get a budget based on revenue and then make plans within those limits.
What about the school, the library, the new city hall, etc., AND the inevitable cost overruns ON EACH AND EVERY
PROJECT TO COME?
That's why YOU were favorably elected, to make these tough choices of fiscal responsibility in tough times.
Thank you for your patience and fortitude,
Arthur the toublemaker
Christie, Robyn
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Monday, April 18, 2011 6:16 PM
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Mayor Hoffman and City Councilors, Gudman, Jordan, Kehoe, Moncrieff, Olson and Tierney : I oppose the Streetcar and urge you to vote it down. In the alternative, I urge you to submit the issue to the vote of the citizens of Lake Oswego for their approval or rejection. The issue here affects all citizens, young, old, students, and businessmen. They should be given a voice in the debate of the issue. There are many very cogent reasons to oppose the Streetcar. The first is that there is no demonstrative need for the project: traffic on Hwy. 43 has decreased over the last 10 years, not increased, according to ODOT; doesn't reduce congestion, increases it; doesn't take enough cars off the road; exacerbates the commute south of Lake Oswego; more citizens are working out of their homes; most job creation/growth is west, south and east of Lake Oswego; and no mention in the DEIS of likely technological changes in our transportation modes over the next 25 years. The second is the same reason given by many communities across the nation that have rejected offers of Federal money to build a rail system. They could not afford to operate the system after it is built. There is not one light rail system in the world that pays for its upkeep, salaries for employees and general expenses. The rails that pay the most toward these required funding needs are in areas where there is a dense population that must have a system, which is certainly not this community. Given Tri‐Met’s fiscal problems, the Streetcar operating expenses become the elephant in City Hall and to the detriment of all other community essentials… police, fire fighting, roads, schools, library, sewers and water.
The local government entities involved in this Streetcar project don't need to spend another $25 million to confirm that this will be an unworkable project, costing tens if not hundreds of millions more than estimates to build. Only look to less‐engineered challenging projects that have exceeded estimates several fold. This really isn’t about the Streetcar, folks…. it is about a major real estate project in Foothills that supporters say is critical for the City’s economic well‐being. The site is probably one of the most expensive to develop: issues such as flood plain, dramatic changes in elevation, earthquake zone, environmental, ingress and egress from 43, PGE sub‐station, existence of Union Pacific tracks. This development is not to solve a social problem for Lake Oswego, but to help the developers of Foothills and fund consultants during this economic downturn. The City needs to husband its resources and not take the risks of a developer. Invoking a "new normal" in which the City takes upfront development risk is inappropriate at anytime in the economic cycle and is ludicrous in these times. The upfront infrastructure costs will undoubtedly be huge in attempting to overcome these obstacles, in the tens of millions, at a time when major project developers have their hands full… licking their wounds from failed projects, having burned their private capital, pension and debt sources and currently focused on chasing bargain, distressed properties. I predict the timing mismatch between upfront expense and tax revenue receipts will be insurmountable without heavy City subsidies. In the meantime, there are several pregnant opportunities to develop "shovel ready", limited infrastructure costed projects: Lake Grove, WEB site, Kruse Way, Pilkington to I‐5 triangle, Wizers, Safeway, and underutilized properties in the downtown. I wish I had a couple of hours to discuss the costly and important issues in this Streetcar project, and why I feel Express Bus and a bike path to Portland are more feasible, environmentally sound and cost efficient. I know I could convince the homeowners along the Right‐of‐Way to convert the R‐O‐W to a bike/jogging path rather than let the R‐O‐W revert to the adjacent landowners. Some of the cost could be paid for with salvage money from railroad ties and rails. Your votes on this issue will keep us on a sustainable path and maintain the fabric of values which we hold dear, or head us in the direction of incurring unserviceable debt. > Peter Sweet > [email protected] Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: I am strongly opposed to spending any further money in consideration of the Streetcar option. I do not believe this project is warranted. The city has already adopted the goal of turning the railway into a bike path. It is in the master Trails plan. This, along with enhanced bus service, should be the direction we take. The cost of operating the proposed streetcar ALONE is reason to drop the plan ‐ not to mention parking, slow commute via streetcar, cost, duplication of existing bus line. As I understand it, the next phase of "study" is about $2 million (I may have that wrong. Aren't we searching for $2 million to direct to the school district? Let's stop this now. Please. Sandy Kennedy 1451 Horseshoe Curve Lake Oswego, OR Christie, Robyn
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Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 4:16 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: I support the Lake Oswego Streetcar line Message from the web site: Let's do it and move forward! :) However, I am BEGGING everyone to make sure that it includes a BIKE trail parallel to it! Just imagine the amenity that would be! No other city in the country would offer such beautiful waterfront choices between two beautiful cities. Thank you so much for your consideration, Tim Davis Christie, Robyn
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Dear Councilmembers:
Please vote no on the streetcar. We already have enough other things that we need to fund.
Thank you,
Marianne Greer
Christie, Robyn
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Council, Please vote NO on the streetcar. 1. An expense the city and taxpayers cannot afford now and in the near future due to the US and regional economic situation. (Many citizens here are on fixed incomes). 2. The streetcar will only take 100 cars off the road for the $458 million?? price tag, (that figure is only approximate and we know what happened with the massive extra cost for the tram). 3. We need to take care of our schools and pay for the WEB building (another financial disaster). 4. I chose Lake Oswego for the small town feel and resent paying more taxes as you just voted on because of poor fiscal management. You took an oath and have a fiduciary responsibility. 5. Any sizeable expenditure such as the WEB building and certainly the streetcar should be voted on by the citizens who will be paying for the project. You are trying to tax us without representation. Please vote NO on Tuesday. Respectfully, Teri McCulloh Teri McCulloh, General Manager
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I am against having the streetcar. Last week I heard some very gifted people give all the reasons why Lake
Oswego should not consider this project . Please vote No on this. Alice Gregoire
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As a 20 year resident of Lake Oswego, I would like to strongly encourage the Council to vote "no" on tomorrow's streetcar
vote. Rarely do I agree with The Oregonian editorial staff, however today's editorial is spot on in noting that it appears
that the right of way is burning a hole in the City's pocket. My concern is that it will be the citizens that will really get
burned in the end. It is time that the Council, as representative of all of the residents of L.O., consider all of the people
they represent and not just those with a direct vested (and financial) interest. This project has "boondoggle" written all
over it.
If nothing else, the environmental and land use issues by themselves suggest killing this idea. If the streetcar is approved,
it will be just another example of local government playing by one set of rules while forcing the people they represent to
play by another.
Thanks
Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: Richard Reamer [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 2:39 PM To: Christie, Robyn Subject: Old Town NA Robyn ‐‐ I apologize for asking you to do this but Sarah Selden suggested this might be the easiest way. I heard testimony last Tuesday night from LONAC at the hearing on the locally preferred option. The testimony intimated that it represented neighborhood associations. I wanted to make clear to the council and staff that LONAC does not speak for the Old Town Neighborhood Association on this matter or any other. We have not renewed our membership and have not been active for a while. LONAC, in our mind, has become more of a PAC representing certain political causes and does not represent many neighborhoods. It is important to us that anyone on staff relying on LONAC comments understand our position. I would request that you please pass this on to council. Thank you, Dick Reamer, Old Town NA Chair Christie, Robyn
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Very bad idea. Will run millions over budget The argument is: in 30 years when gas is 15.00 a gallon then what? REALITY? In Lake O they will drive their electric Lexus's!!!!! That is reality!!! Bad idea. You will be held accountable at election time voting for this boondoggle. Also... The Mayor and Jordan should not be able to vote on this due to their direct ties with Tri‐
Meth. David Rogoway Lake Oswego Ps: this will make the tram look like childs play. Sent from my iPhone Christie, Robyn
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Sirs: We wish to express our strongly held opposition to the expensive, risky streetcar project that will cost $458 million in taxpayers' money just to build. It will profoundly negatively impact our quality of life by damaging our environment, creating the likelihood of greater crime, increased traffic congestion, and will cost precious dollars that should be going to real community priorities like infrastructure maintenance, schools, libraries, etc. Please do not pursue this wasteful effort. Respectfully, George L. & Claudia M. Page Christie, Robyn
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Dear Council Members,
We are writing to express strong opposition to the planned Lake Oswego Street Car. The financial commitment is far to
drastic to burden the citizens of Lake Oswego. It is hard to justify an investment of $458 million dollars when there are
many other needs that face the community. Schools, Library, Sewer and Public Safety are far more in need of funding.
The impact on downtown Lake Oswego will be drastically changed. Traffic congestion and crime will be new additions to
the community. This plan appears to be a grand redevelopment project not a transportation project in the works.
Please consider making the right choice for the community and letting the federal dollars go to citizens that will benefit
from public transportation where the demographics support the ridership.
Thank you for your consideration.
Jennifer and Jim Field
Christie, Robyn
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From: Bruce Goldson [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:20 AM
To: Christie, Robyn
Subject: Lake Oswego Portland transit system
Please have my opinion included in the public comments for the City Council.
Having reviewed the alternatives to improve the transit facilities along the highway 43 corridor I agree with the steering
committee and the project management group recommendations for the streetcar alternative.
I don't feel that a "no-build" option can be considered in this situation and the enhanced bus option puts increased traffic
pressure on highway 43 where expansion is not really possible. Higher fuel costs,reliance on fossil fuel, and reduction in
air pollution make the streetcar option attractive.
Bruce D. Goldson, PE
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Dear Council Members,
We are writing to express strong opposition to the planned Lake Oswego Street Car. The financial commitment is far to
drastic to burden the citizens of Lake Oswego. It is hard to justify an investment of $458 million dollars when there are
many other needs that face the community. Schools, Library, Sewer and Public Safety are far more in need of funding.
The impact on downtown Lake Oswego will be drastically changed. Traffic congestion and crime will be new additions to
the community. This plan appears to be a grand redevelopment project not a transportation project in the works.
Please consider making the right choice for the community and letting the federal dollars go to citizens that will benefit
from public transportation where the demographics support the ridership.
Thank you for your consideration.
Jennifer and Jim Field
Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 10:22 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: For the streetcar Message from the web site: I would love to see if the streetcar is a good fit for LO so I hope you will be able to move forward to the next phase. Sincerely Deb Hollister Christie, Robyn
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Mayor Hoffman and Council Members In your consideration of this issue tonight I urge a vote in favor of continued support of the streetcar alternative. The recent increase in tension in the middle east and escalating gas prices highlight the benefit of moving people from cars to mass‐transit. The forecast for increased ridership by a streetcar in the Hwy 43 corridor which realistically allows no other significant method of higher use, together with the potential for development within the City of Lake Oswego, strongly support this choice. While those jobs are not assured, neither is the decision at this point final on the streetcar.
Given the sharing of costs among different government entities the City of Lake Oswego’s share is relatively small for the benefit we should receive. The wisdom of the decision 20+ years ago to acquire the right of way, probably seen then as too expensive, should offer support for the decision to today to keep moving forward. Each reviewing body that has considered this decision to date has supported the streetcar alternative. Not as a follower of the pack, but to make the best decision for the future of Lake Oswego, vote in favor of the streetcar as the preferred alternative. Douglas Cushing 4311 Glacier Lily Lake Oswego, OR 97035 CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: Please do not read, copy, or disseminate this communication unless you are
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None of the above. Dave Yaden is an old friend of mine. Our kids are friends.
Dave couldn’t testify at the hearing and asked me if there was a way to get send a message and I told him there was an
email distribution site. He wrote an email and copied me. He’s one of the best writers I know and I was impressed, so I
inadvertently copied you in reply.
So you know, I stopped being a paid consultant on this project in January. I was just admiring Dave’s work. You should
too. In fact, it should move you.
Adios Mike.
Tom
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Tom,
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distribution list?
Mike
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Geez you’re good. Thank you Dave.
From: David Yaden [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 7:32 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Streetcar yes--its value, not cost, that counts for building a vibrant community
For all the noise and fireworks over cost, please stay focused on the real issue: is this an investment that builds a
stronger, vibrant community and region? History is clear: yes. We are now hearing the same threadbare
arguments raised against every light rail and streetcar project the region has done. Sure, we need to keep the
pressure on to keep costs under control. But that is different from turning our backs on 30 years of successful
work to use rail to make this region an international model of making transportation and land use, public and
private investment, work together for livable communities. (OK, it wouldn't make any difference to us to be an
international model if it didn't work for us. But it does. That is why the public overwhelmingly supports rail
and transit investments.)
You are under siege by a wheel-heeled, lobbyist-led effort to be the first in the region so "just say no" to the
progress this region has made, to say "we want to turn back." Please have the courage of your convictions. Say
yes to what you know is right for Lake Oswego and right for the region.
David Yaden
275 North Shore Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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Jeff, I agree whole heartedly with Eric English on the Street Car. I think this is a ridiculous venture at this time. It not only will increase traffic to the east end of the city but will compromize many reidents personal lives along the way. In addition the city does not need any more debt at this time . Although the people living in Dunthorpe are not in Lake Oswego city proper, Lake Oswego is our town. WE shop here for everything we do, have dinner and drinks, raise our kids in the sports programs etc. Ther are far better things to spend the city’s money on then connecting to Downtown Portland. I work at the Burnside mission for breakfast Thursday mornings. You will not believe how many homeless there are in Portland. I hate to say it but this is just another avenue for the homeless to travel to Lake Oswego in a warm train. Keep Lake Oswego distinct from Portland. Steve Reaume Cambridge Realty Advisors LLC Direct 503 488 5406 Cell 503 703 3907 [email protected]‐pdx.com http://www.cra‐pdx.com From: Eric English [mailto:[email protected]]
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Good evening Eric,
We are in agreement. The Streetcar is not a good idea at this time. I encourage you and others to come to City Hall
Tuesday April 12 at 6:00 to testify.
Jeff Gudman
City Council member
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Subject: STREETCAR Disaster
On April 12th, the eyes of the entire region will be on the Lake Oswego City Council Chamber, watching to see what you do. This is a unique opportunity for YOU to express our community's opposition to an expensive, risky project that will cost $458 million in taxpayers' money just to build and will profoundly impact our quality of life ‐‐ damaging our environment, creating more crime, causing increased congestion, and costing precious dollars that could be going to real community priorities like schools and libraries. Every politician and governmental body that must eventually vote for or against this project will be watching to see what the people of Lake Oswego do on Tuesday night and YOU must send them a strong message by saying NO to the Streetcar. Your voice will be heard in Portland, in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, at Tri‐Met, and all the way to Washington, DC, where decision‐makers will want to know if there is broad community support for this train wreck of an idea. YOU can show your fiscal responsibility to the citizens for whom you represent and the surrounding community. OR you can demonstrate you are beholden to special interest groups and do not want to represent your constituents. Keep Lake Oswego livable and demonstrate your understanding of the need to use taxpayer’s money wisely. My daughter attends LO High School and we are concerned with the fiscal responsibility of the LO City Council Chamber if they choose to support projects like this streetcar instead of projects that make a difference in our children’s lives! Do the right thing and vote NO! Eric O. English 11639 SW Riverwood Rd. Portland, Oregon PUBLIC RECORDS LAW DISCLOSURE
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Please have my opinion included in the public comments for the City Council.
Having reviewed the alternatives to improve the transit facilities along the highway 43 corridor I agree with the steering
committee and the project management group recommendations for the streetcar alternative.
I don't feel that a "no-build" option can be considered in this situation and the enhanced bus option puts increased traffic
pressure on highway 43 where expansion is not really possible. Higher fuel costs,reliance on fossil fuel, and reduction in
air pollution make the streetcar option attractive.
Bruce D. Goldson, PE
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WE ARE AGAINST THE PROPOSED STREETCAR. WHAT A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY FOR
THE ALLEGED BENEFITS THAT MAY COME FROM IT. SCRAP THE PLAN AND AT THE VERY
LEAST PUT IT UP FOR A VOTE. THE IDEA WILL FAIL. I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE
MIX WILL GET RICH FROM ALL THE CONTRACTS THAT GET LET OUT IF THIS SCHEME EVER
GETS OFF THE GROUND. I WONDER HOW MANY "FRIENDS" OF SOME OF THE LAKE OSWEGO
HIERARCHY WILL BE ON THE LIST?
Christie, Robyn
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I urge the City council to keep the "long view" of recent history when making a decision regarding preferred alternative for
the Highway 43 corridor. Prior city councils made decisions that give Lake Oswego the livability that it has today. Many
of us in Lake Oswego will be approaching retirement by the time this streetcar is put into service. What you are really
doing is providing for the transportation needs of the next generation of Lake Oswegans who will be dealing with a much
increased population base in the Metro area. We are not proposing to build merely a line but a connection into a system
of streetcars, light rail, pedestrian and bicycle paths that has come to define Portland and what causes young people from
all over the country to move here.
Attached is an opinion piece that I have submitted to the Oregonian and the Review
Rob
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Instead of starting with what we are against, here is what we are for:
- educating our population - find a solution to K-12 funding - that is the top reason people move to
Lake Oswego
- transporting our local population - establish a local means of transportation
- to get teenagers across town safely (remember, drive later than when you were growing up)
- to get the aging across town safely - a lot of neighbors don't want their 90 year old neighbor driving
and a lot of aging drivers don't trust or know the cost effectiveness of taking a cab
- a City Council that deals with the infrastructure that individuals cannot do alone: sewer, water,
public safety, local transportation and traffic flow
Factors against a streetcar:
1) Tri-Met never exhausted (or mildly attempted) increasing Lake Oswego ridership
a) I sent requests to Tri-Met on behalf of Glenmorrie neighborhood @ 9 years ago requesting "safe"
waiting areas -bus stops - when Glenmorrie area riders expressed safety issues were causing them to
decrease bus use. Tri-Met responded that ridership did not warrant a bus stop because there were not
enough riders. Our neighborhood association brought up the issue with planners are that time,
especially at neighborhood grant time - not an item to be considered for funding.
- I understand that THIS city council did not make those decisions to ignore the need to publicize
and enhance public transportation. THIS city council does have the opportunity to do that now and
avoid an extremely costly and unpredictable project that does not benefit the majority of Lake
Oswegans.
- Get back to the basics - educate your population, take care of their basic needs, plan for the future
by planning locally - which does not include getting senior citizens and juveniles into Portland. It
means taking care of their basic needs in the town where they live.
b) The City has not exhausted public transit encouragement - cross walks are not conveniently in
line with mass transportation stops, shelters do not guard citizens from weather elements and
vehicles
2) The "Lake Grove" side of town transportation problems have not been adequately addressed, but
the city progresses to another project before completing an area that has needed addressing to
promote businesses for many years
3) Federal dollars are not being maximized to the greatest degree - the romantic notion of a streetcar
will benefit a small audience. The City Priority should be to get aging population (and ANY of our
Lake Oswego population) around town, not downtown Portland.
4) the tear up of the highway, properties and natural areas will weaken the landscape to make it more
prone to slides -and by the looks of the currently "leaning" trees, they will be ready to fall with more
this additional work pressure
5) the right of way could still be used -but at lower cost by an increasing population - bike riders who would have greater safety through a dedicated bike/pedestrian path than by a path added as a
last thought enhancement to a trolley. Lake Oswego already has an increasing number of bike riders
who would have less impact on homeowners and the surrounding environment by insuring a pathway
into Portland.
6) The trolley is a public transportation project. Very few public transportation systems operate
without on-going subsidies. When the already uncertain capital funding uncertainty is combined with
the unknown on-going operating economics, the resulting "where is the money going to come from"
unknown becomes a very large x factor in the equation. once in, somebody other than users will have
to support this thing for a very long time.
Sincerely,
Liz and Dennis Hartman
1748 Glenmorrie Terrace
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503-697-7727
Christie, Robyn
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Tom,
Was this forwarded to you and you forwarded it to us, or as a paid consultant to streetcar, are you on the council e-mail
distribution list?
Mike
From: Tom Markgraf [[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 10:34 PM
To: 'David Yaden'; Council Distribution
Subject: RE: Streetcar yes--its value, not cost, that counts for building a vibrant community
Geez you’re good. Thank you Dave.
From: David Yaden [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 7:32 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Streetcar yes--its value, not cost, that counts for building a vibrant community
For all the noise and fireworks over cost, please stay focused on the real issue: is this an investment that builds a
stronger, vibrant community and region? History is clear: yes. We are now hearing the same threadbare
arguments raised against every light rail and streetcar project the region has done. Sure, we need to keep the
pressure on to keep costs under control. But that is different from turning our backs on 30 years of successful
work to use rail to make this region an international model of making transportation and land use, public and
private investment, work together for livable communities. (OK, it wouldn't make any difference to us to be an
international model if it didn't work for us. But it does. That is why the public overwhelmingly supports rail
and transit investments.)
You are under siege by a wheel-heeled, lobbyist-led effort to be the first in the region so "just say no" to the
progress this region has made, to say "we want to turn back." Please have the courage of your convictions. Say
yes to what you know is right for Lake Oswego and right for the region.
David Yaden
275 North Shore Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: You can keep the door open to a better future for Lake Oswego by voting for the streetcar as the preferred alternative on 4/19. That vote will allow us to have all the needed information about design, engineering, costs, and financing arrangements before we make a final decision after the FEIS is published. Don't be stopped by unknowns now. Find out the answers, then make a fully‐informed vote. For the future of Lake Oswego, support the streetcar alternative on April 19th. Christie, Robyn
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City Council Members,
I ask you to vote NO on the streetcar as a preferred method of transportation. The cost, damage to the environment
and safety are all large concerns.
Thank you,
Suzie Halberg
11 Tanglewood Dr.
Lake Oswego 97035
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Hi, all,
I won't be able to speak tonight, but my position hasn't changed since I first wrote letter below (sorry for repeat;
new to Tom, I think).
I'll only add that in a recent chat w/neighbor on Briarwood, I was alarmed to learn (after digging a little --- ride
to airport was my first clue!) he was confusing MAX with the streetcar. I'm sure he's not alone, so you might
want to bring that up to the madding crowd! It might make a difference to people on the fence. (He was, and I
think hearing truth of it might've made a difference to him.)
Maybe bring some visual (and sound!) aids, and continued good luck tonight ~
Franni
Dear people,
I'm in favor of public transportation, in theory and in practice (I ride the 35 *or* 36 to get to work at 2nd and
Pine, whichever rolls up first).
Our little house is betw 43 and the river, adjacent to the Willamette Shore Line tracks (which are still right
where they were when I bought the property 20 years ago).
Don't forget the planned stop @ ~ Briarwood and Fielding! and don't forget pedestrians and bicylists.
Thank you, and GOOD LUCK! I'd like to see the colorful cars whirring by in my lifetime . . .
Franni
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From: John Schick <[email protected]>
Date: April 11, 2011 10:34:30 PM PDT
Subject: A look at the Streetcar/Public Hearing April 12th
Subject: A look at the Streetcar / Public Hearing April 12th
It is not an easy task to view with full transparency the current undertow of politics on policy in the plans to
finance the proposed streetcar. You have and will hear more discussion on the pros and cons of these efforts on
Tuesday evening. I have no dog in this fight. I am 87 years old , a combat and disabled veteran of WWII and a
former MIA and POW and will not likely be around when the reality arrives and the bills come due. We have
lived in Lake Oswego over 37 years and don't like the idea of burdening the next generations with the results of
decisions that do not pencil out in an era where no one wants to even discuss the worst-case economic impacts.
I would briefly like to make you aware of few of the non-vetted issues -- (there are many more) -mechanical and hard fact issues, as examples-With largely single track operations -- when a shutdown on-line occurs both directions of traffic flow are
are impeded until the problem is resolved. If we view the operation in present Portland streets we'll note the
delay in accidents of the police,fire,ambulance and other agencies to assist those injured and the legal
obligations to get all the answers to satisfy future insurance and legal liabilities that will accompany. This
results in alternate service requirements -- some in difficult terrain.
The need (and location) of several hundreds of poles to support the overhead power lines and their
proximity to trees and branches, which if damaged by wind or condition
could drop on the power lines -- causing power outage and electrical hazard.
Probably 40% of our city's population lives in the area of Mountain Park, Lake Grove and Westlake --there has been no mention of the benefits accruing for this element of
the population.
Our personal priorities on the street car are pretty low --- we want our schools and libraries at the top
of the list, our streets to be better maintained, and a fiscal policy that looks at balanced income and manageable
debt obligations. Many support all the schools in our city including the private high school, Our Lady of the
Lake's new school, as well
as others outside our boundaries. They are the future !
This present era of debt hanging over our nation and state is something we can can do little about --but we can and must judiciously count our local community outlays.
This does not present a NOW (or never) situation --- the non-transparency of the developers demands is not
on the city but on its citizens and their inability to absorb additional taxes and fees at a point in time when most
are struggling.
The street car can wait while we all get our economy,our lives, and our priorities in order.
John H. Schick
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Geez you’re good. Thank you Dave.
From: David Yaden [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 7:32 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Streetcar yes--its value, not cost, that counts for building a vibrant community
For all the noise and fireworks over cost, please stay focused on the real issue: is this an investment that builds a
stronger, vibrant community and region? History is clear: yes. We are now hearing the same threadbare
arguments raised against every light rail and streetcar project the region has done. Sure, we need to keep the
pressure on to keep costs under control. But that is different from turning our backs on 30 years of successful
work to use rail to make this region an international model of making transportation and land use, public and
private investment, work together for livable communities. (OK, it wouldn't make any difference to us to be an
international model if it didn't work for us. But it does. That is why the public overwhelmingly supports rail
and transit investments.)
You are under siege by a wheel-heeled, lobbyist-led effort to be the first in the region so "just say no" to the
progress this region has made, to say "we want to turn back." Please have the courage of your convictions. Say
yes to what you know is right for Lake Oswego and right for the region.
David Yaden
275 North Shore Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Dear City Council Members,
My name is Brian Dunkley, and I am the current president of the Atherton Heights Homeowners Association.
I have lived in Lake Oswego for over 20 years, with my wife Karen and three boys.
How in the world can our city even consider such an enormous expensive project when we have many other
"in the works" projects left to complete, including the Lake Grove Redevelopment plan, a new City Hall, the disposition
of the West End building, and the relocation or expansion of our library.... not to mention the need for affordable housing.
Just because our Federal Government has "money for the taking" to help build such a project, does not mean we should
commit to something that has not been shown to pay for itself. Our city will have to continue to support the Streetcar
operating
budget for years to come, with no end in site. We have too many other important projects to complete that are competing
with
an ever dwindling pot of money. This will only result in the need to raise our taxes, and that will make Lake Oswego even
more
expensive to live in.
Do not be held hostage by any developer who says that they will not develop the Foothills area of Lake Oswego unless
the Streetcar is built.
The vast majority of Lake Oswegans DRIVE A CAR......... and will continue to do so. Very few will ever use this mode of
transportation.
PLEASE VOTE NO on the Streetcar proposal.
Respectively submitted,
Brian Dunkley MD
President, Atherton Heights Neighborhood Association.
503 806 3550
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We are opposed to the Street Car Project:
1. Those of us in Lake Grove live close to I-5 and would not use the street car.
2, We do not want to pay a share of something we would not use.
3, We don't want the City to use our city resources for something that would benefit only a small portion of our
population,
4, We are appalled at the size and location of the parking garage that would be built.
Please register our opposition.
Thank you,
George and Sandy Reay
4132 Harvey Way
Christie, Robyn
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Dear Council Members,
I am unable to attend the hearing tomorrow so I am writing here to voice my support to move to the next phase of the
streetcar project. I believe it is an important option for Lake Oswego to use as it considers ways to accomplish our vision
in this time of stretched resources. I view the streetcar as a potential funding tool to get private money applied to the
projects we want to get done as a city. Please take the time to view this project in that light. Also please remember that
the streetcar doesn’t cost $450M. That is the value of the project not the cost. The cost to LO is in the range of $20M. If
we do our jobs even that $20M will get absorbed in the development projects. So if the streetcar is done correctly we will
get a system valued at $450M for less than $20M.
Regards,
Frank Hall
307 Northshore Rd.
Lake Oswego 97034
Christie, Robyn
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LO does not need a streetcar due to the fact that it will bring more negatives than positives. A bus stop was placed in front of a friends business and within two days he had homeless men sleeping in his back wooded lot. That had gotten there by bus. This could easily happen in LO. People do not go to downtown on the bus to shop, they will not come to LO either. Before spending millions of dollars on unnecessary transportation, please see the incredible negatives it will bring and what the money could really be used for in this wonderful city of ours. Thank you for your consideration Sabrina Christie, Robyn
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To whom it may concern. I wanted to let you know that I am a Lake Oswego resident that pays property taxes, has a child in the LO school district.
I strongly oppose the Streetcar. It adds no value to our community and is a wasteful use of our taxpayers money. Marlin Galiano 97035
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To Mayor Hoffman and Members of the Lake Oswego Council,
I've been a resident of Lake Oswego for almost 50 years. I am very disappointed in any
consideration the City Council may have to spending any time or money evaluating an extension of
the street car route from Portland to Lake Oswego. After the cost of the new sewage interceptor line
and the pathetic condition of many of our streets, this is a project that will be a proverbial "black hole"
for cost over-runs and the lack of usage which is only made somewhat sustainable from federal
grants.
I propose a different solution which may be more environmentally friendly from extending the street
car route or widening Highway 45, not to mention possibly less expensive. Have you thought about a
water taxi system? What could be much easier without the complication of easement rights or
building a new rail line? Seems to me, this would be a system easier to implement, operate and
encourage people to avoid the congestion that 45 or I-5 present. What could be more enjoyable than
a pleasant trip down a highway system that nature has already provided?
Let's be innovative and creative. The street car line is a waste of tax payer money!
Thank you,
John R. Stageberg
17438 Cardinal Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Home: (503) 697-7108
Mobile: (503) 317-1551
Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Please consider this a YES vote for the Lake Oswego Streetcar. I was a Dunthorpe resident for 12 yrs., and most lately have been staying with a friend who lives just off of Terwilliger on my many visits to Portland. My husband and I now reside at Black Butte Ranch in central OR, but have always been proud of the forward thinking of the city of Lake Oswego, OR. You have done the state proud with your innovative positions ‐ please don't stop now! This is OREGON, so son't be swayed by a few self‐interested souls who decry the public good!
Christie, Robyn
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Lake Oswego City Council ‐‐ We are writing you to express our strong OPPOSITION to the Lake Oswego Streetcar Project. Your duty to the citizens of Lake Oswego is to concentrate on taking care of the urgent needs in the areas of Education, Fire, Police, and Road Maintenance. Please vote NO on the frivolous and totally unnecessary Streetcar project. Cordially, Everett M. and Ellen Lundsberg 810 Timberline Drive Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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Monday, April 11, 2011 7:32 PM
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Streetcar yes--its value, not cost, that counts for building a vibrant community
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For all the noise and fireworks over cost, please stay focused on the real issue: is this an investment that builds a
stronger, vibrant community and region? History is clear: yes. We are now hearing the same threadbare
arguments raised against every light rail and streetcar project the region has done. Sure, we need to keep the
pressure on to keep costs under control. But that is different from turning our backs on 30 years of successful
work to use rail to make this region an international model of making transportation and land use, public and
private investment, work together for livable communities. (OK, it wouldn't make any difference to us to be an
international model if it didn't work for us. But it does. That is why the public overwhelmingly supports rail
and transit investments.)
You are under siege by a wheel-heeled, lobbyist-led effort to be the first in the region so "just say no" to the
progress this region has made, to say "we want to turn back." Please have the courage of your convictions. Say
yes to what you know is right for Lake Oswego and right for the region.
David Yaden
275 North Shore Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: Dear Mayor Hoffman and City Councilors: There are three choices in the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project, the goal of which is to improve transit along Highway 43. Each option has consequences and costs. No‐build, i.e. doing practically nothing, does little to address or solve the problem of increasing vehicular traffic on Highway 43; its consequences are that traffic will only worsen over the years and ongoing costs will increase in terms of time lost, fuel wasted, and air polluted. Enhanced bus does little to solve the problem since buses will have to travel at generally the same speed and in the same lanes as the congested vehicular traffic; its consequences are money wasted and the problem not solved. Only the streetcar addresses the issues and helps to solve the problem. While its consequences are more costly in the short term, it makes the most sense in the long term. In addition to providing a real solution to the problem of moving people between Lake Oswego and Portland, it also promotes intelligent design and development of Lake Oswego in the Foothills area, and it provides easy access to employment opportunities in South Waterfront and at OHSU, and it may allow an eventual link with the education facilities of Marylhurst and the city of West Linn. The streetcar solution also includes the capacity for the eventual construction of a bike and pedestrian trail in the streetcar right‐of‐way, providing even more transportation choices. Choosing the streetcar is an investment in the future. We strongly support the Streetcar option as the Local Preferred Alternative. Nancy H. Gronowski, ASLA Ronald P. Gronowski, FAIA 2160 Crest Drive Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Christie, Robyn
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Message from the web site: I've lived in LO for most of my 74 years. I've lived a pretty good life. I've liked having the good things. But sometimes I have had to say 'no' because I knew that I could not afford the cost. That has been hard for me to do to my family. That will be hard for government to say to their constituents. But I think that's where a lot of the people of LO are, but the problem is that a lot of the people aren't speaking up. They are too involved in the pace of their own hectic lives to speak up on what government is doing. So government keeps doing, and finally the people find they can't afford what government has done for/to them. But the people can't stop the spending. Government has to slow down the spending. That's where we are on the streetcar. Those running the government has to say 'no', because the future impact is going to be too expensive based on the benefits. I implore you to vote against the street car, and in favor of a less expensive alternative. Thank you. Don Nash 503‐636‐9489 Christie, Robyn
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Please enter the following into testimony for the 4/12/11 City Council meeting in lieu of verbal testimony. I've lived in LO for most of my 74 years. I've lived a pretty good life. I've liked having the good things. But sometimes I have had to say 'no' because I knew that I could not afford the cost. That has been hard for me to do to my family. That will be hard for government to say to their constituents. But I think that's where a lot of the people of LO are, but the problem is that a lot of the people aren't speaking up. They are too involved in the pace of their own hectic lives to speak up on what government is doing. So government keeps doing, and finally the people find they can't afford what government has done for/to them. But the people can't stop the spending. Government has to slow down the spending. That's where we are on the streetcar. Those running the government has to say 'no', because the future impact is going to be too expensive based on the benefits. I implore you to vote against the street car, and in favor of a less expensive alternative. Thank you. Don Nash 503‐636‐9489 Christie, Robyn
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STREETCAR
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KEEP THE CHARMING STREETCAR WE NOW HAVE AND FORGET DISRUPTING DOWNTOWN
LAKE OSWEGO WITH THE NEW BIGGER EXPANDED STREETCAR PLAN!.
REMEMBER, 'THE FEDS' THAT ARE KICKING IN ALL THESE $$$$ , 'IS US'!!
WE UNFORTUNATELY ALSO HAVE THE ILL-GOTTEN SAFECO BUILDING TO DEAL WITH... SO
HOW CAN YOU NOW EVEN THINK OF HITTING THE TAXPAYERS WITH AN EVEN HEAVIER
BURDEN?
'THINKING 'TO THE FUTURE' AS THE REASON FOR THIS PROJECT, WHEN THE BAD ECONOMY
OF THE PRESENT IS OVERWHELMING US, DEFIES COMMON SENSE...
Christie, Robyn
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To Whom it May Concern at the Lake Oswego City Council: My name is Amber Garrison, I am a homeowner at 7015 SW Virginia Ave., Portland, OR 97219 in the Johns Landing neighborhood. I am writing to voice my support for the Streetcar extension from South Waterfront to Lake Oswego. I believe this will provide several benefits to myself as well as the community in general. It would relieve some of the traffic congestion on Macadam and Virginia in front of my home. I would use it at least once or twice a week to go into downtown and out to Lake Oswego. I am currently beyond walking distance to the Waterfront access, and I believe driving my car down to the Waterfront to take the streetcar in defeats the purpose. Having it extend and be accessible to those in Johns Landing and all the way south to Lake Oswego will greatly increase it’s use, I believe. It would also be a fun way for friends that meet in the Johns Landing area to get into downtown. Thank you for your time and feel free to contact me with any follow‐up as necessary. Sincerely, Amber Garrison Christie, Robyn
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MY WIFE AND I LIVE AT 16915 GREENTREE AVENUE IN LAKE OSWEGO.
WE ARE BOTH STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THE PROPOSED STREETCAR. AS AN ASIDE, HOW MANY TAXPAYER DOLLARS
AND HOW MUCH COUNCIL TIME HAVE BEEN WASTED TO DATE ON THIS PIPE DREAM???
William Klammer
Christie, Robyn
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I vehemently oppose the development of this project! We cannot continue to spend money we don't have. Nationally and locally, politicians are not being fiscally responsible ‐ I'm from the old school ‐ if you don't have it ‐ don't spend it!! Kathy Fleming Christie, Robyn
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Dear sirs:
I am opposed to the LO streetcar line. It will cost too much for the few riders who will use it. Also it is way
too expensive per mile compared to other lines that have been built. We can't afford this.
Sincerely,
Chris Eddy
Christie, Robyn
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To the council:
VOTE NO ON THE STREETCAR!!!
Please vote NO on the streetcar project. The City of Lake Oswego has bigger priorities, e.g the Public Schools, than an
incredibly expensive project (already known) with an incredible of unknowns that will drive the cost higher. The benefits on
traffic congestion seem questionable at best, from all the reading I have done on the subject.
I also do not understand the desire to change the entire village cultural felling of community we have here in Lake Oswego
by linking the streetcar with the Foothills project to transform our quaint village into a "South Waterfront lite" type
community (UGH!).
I am also befuddled on the council's inconsistent approach to environmental matters, e.g. focus a lot of energy on
sensitive lands in some areas of Lake Oswego, but destroy sensitive lands in the Foothills area???
Please exercise financial prudence and do not commit the citizens of Lake Oswego to unknown costs due to the street in
the midst of a recession.
Let's focus our energies and treasury on local Lake Oswego initiatives; we have many that desperately need our
attention.
VOTE NO ON THE STREETCAR!!!
Randy Zmrhal
968 Lakeshore Road
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
Christie, Robyn
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Gelineau, Jill; Benjamin, Keith S.
Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project - Letter to Council Members
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Attached you will find three letters that we received in the mail. They may be duplicates but I wanted to make sure you received them prior to tomorrow night's hearing. Robyn Christie, Robyn
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I would like to voice my objection to the proposed Streetcar linking Lake Oswego to the city of Portland. In view of the
current financial shortcomings within the city as well as our schools, it makes no sense to add more future debt to the
citizens of Lake Oswego. There is little evidence that this would relieve traffic congestion on highway 43. After reading
Jeff Gudman's article in the April 9, 2011 Oregonian it's clear this is not what we should be spending our money on right
now. We're still trying to find $2 million to help out the school shortfall. With a looming deficit for the next five years in the
general fund..... just say NO! I have to balance my budget, please balance the city budget!
S. Donahe,
Lake Grove
Christie, Robyn
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‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 1:43 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Streetcar vote Message from the web site: Just for the record: we are not in favor of this project. Purchasing the Willamette Shore ROW was a forward thinking move but times have changed. A streetcar is a very limited and expensive solution with a fairly small payback (too few riders). If the line was slated to extend to Oregon City then it would make more sense (but then, as a resident of Glenmorrie Nghd, we'd probably have to oppose it!). Placing the terminus in an already constricted area would draw even more traffic to that spot. And a parking structure is unlikely to be an attractive feature. We are not swayed by the thought that this will be paid for by "free money" (from the federal government and others). We don't think that way and would appreciate it if our elected official didn't either (and we're not even Republicans!). Why didn't you push Metro for a LO stop for the Westside commuter rail? That would have been much more useful ‐ taking us out to jobs in Bvtn and Hillsboro. Somewhere that you can't currently get to by bus (in less than 2 hrs). And a parking structure over in that area would have been less out of place. Brenda and Jim Troisi p.s. the ROW would make a lovely grass grown walking path... Christie, Robyn
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record ‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: Gudman, Jeff Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 8:22 AM To: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Subject: RE: Portland Streetcar Good morning, Thank you for your e‐mail. We are in agreement. The Streetcar is not a good idea at this time. I encourage you to come to City Hall Tueasday April 12 at 6:00 to testify. Jeff Gudman City Council member ________________________________________ From: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 6:48 AM To: COUNCIL Cc: Kirk, Christine; Williams, Brant Subject: FW: Portland Streetcar Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:41 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Portland Streetcar Message from the web site: My recommendation to ALL of you is to vote NO on the streetcar to LO. It is a total waste of money! Christie, Robyn
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Having experienced gridlock on Rte. 43, I support the Lake Oswego to Portland
Streetcar. By 2035, Metro predicts peak period traffic volumes on that road to increase
by 40 to 99%, depending on location. The increased congestion will incur significant
increases in fuel cost and greenhouse gas emissions and will degrade the quality of life
for Lake Oswego commuters. Because, unlike the “enhanced bus,” the streetcar will
not compete with car traffic for most of its route, its riders will find their commute times
predictable and relatively stress free. Streetcar riders will also save a lot of money on
fuel, depreciation and parking. Medical costs for the treatment of stomach ulcers will
also be minimized. And they can read or use their laptops or cell phones while riding.
As a former resident of a New York City suburb, my family and I experienced the
critical importance of rail-based mass transit to the quality of life in a large metropolitan
area.
Our economy has entered a period of long-term stagnation. Although the jobless rate
has declined somewhat and this decline likely will continue, many of the jobs being
created pay a lot less than the jobs that have been lost. As a consequence, the
number of families that can no longer afford two cars (or even one car) is likely to
increase. This means that our society will become much more dependent on
inexpensive, efficient public mass transit. If we wish to maintain Lake Oswego as a
diverse community which caters to the interests of all of it's residents, rather than as a
retirement community similar to Charbonneau, it is vital that we improve access to
mass transit.
Metro estimates the total capital cost of the streetcar at 380-460 million dollars. Nearly
100 million dollars will be defrayed by the value of the Willamette Shore Line which is
owned by Lake Oswego and which will be used as a local match for the Federal funds.
Sixty percent of the capital cost will be available from the Federal Government, but
only if we choose the streetcar as the preferred alternative. Some Lake Oswego City
Councilors suggest that now is not the time for a streetcar. But we have a rather
narrow window of opportunity during which those Federal funds will be available. If the
streetcar is not supported by Lake Oswego, Federal funds will be used by other
jurisdictions and the streetcar option will be dead for the foreseeable future.
Those who oppose the streetcar seem to have lost the vision of a better future, clinging
instead to a narrow, shortsighted notion of self interest. For the sake of Lake Oswego’s
future livability, I support the streetcar as the locally preferred alternative.
Christie, Robyn
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Please count me as a no on the street car option. It is too expensive, it will not improve the traffic enough to
justify the capital cost or the operating costs. Please vote no on the street car.Vote for the no build option.
Our town has other priorities:
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Water and sewer projects. (These are very expensive projects that are costing the residents a lot of
money now & into the distant future)
Getting rid of the West End Building. (Sell this white elephant at a loss and move on)
Library and public safety needs.
Finding funds for road repair and parks maintenance.
Please listen to reason and shut this project down.
-Regards,
Kevin Poling
4320 Snowbrush Ct.
Lake Oswego, OR. 97035
503.635.6844
Christie, Robyn
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record ‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: Gudman, Jeff Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 8:19 AM To: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Subject: RE: Street Car Option Good morning Vidya, Thank you for your e‐mail and thank you for your plans to testify before the council Tuesday.
We are in disagreement about the Streetcar. There are better uses of our limited resources such as a new library or other transportation projects like pathways or bikeways. The incremental taxes generated from development are unilkley to be sufficient to pay for the infrastructure required for the Streetcar and Foothills, will not be available to the city for decades and will likely require dollars from the already projected general fund deficit which means we take money away from parks, librayry and other services. I am in favor of retention of the right of way and a citizen vote on the benefits and costs of the project. Jeff Gudman City Council member ________________________________________ From: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 6:45 AM To: COUNCIL Cc: Kirk, Christine; Williams, Brant Subject: FW: Street Car Option Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 1:05 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Street Car Option Message from the web site: Dear members of the LO city council, You are about cast a crucial vote for one of the options presented for the LO to Portland transportation corridor. Here is my input for your consideration. I also plan to present it at the meeting on April 12. I would like to draw the council's attention to Peak Oil Theory. In 1956, M.King Hubbert, a geologist determined that oil production in the U.S. will peak somewhere between 1965 and 1970 and then continue to decline. He was absolutely correct. For the world as a whole peak oil may occur somewhere between 2020 and 2030. Since the U.S. has about 2% of the reserves while consuming 25% of the oil production, more drilling in the U.S. will not make any difference. The situation is even worse for the U.S.in that dependable suppliers like Mexico, Canada and the North Sea have 10 to 25 years of supply while Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq have 80 to 150 years of supply. (If you don't include Canadian tar sands which have high potential to damage the environment.) All this will lead to dramatic increases in the price of oil. With higher prices cities with easy transportation connection to Portland will thrive while those without will decline. Therefore I request the City council to consider the Street Car and the concomitant development of Foothills as an opportunity to bring our community closer to Portland, increase the tax base and make the city attractive to newcomers especially young people. Thank you. Vidya Kale Christie, Robyn
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Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:54:25 -0700
My name is Chad L. Fleischman. I live at 11648 S.W. Military Lane, Portland and I own a home on Lake Oswego at 1135
Lakefront Road. I am writing to voice my opposition to the Streetcar project and strongly urge to city council to vote
against this unreasonable and wasteful project. My opposition relates to what is in my view an unrealistic expectation that
such an expense represents the best use of public funds at this time. The fact that "free Federal money" is available for
such folly seems to be clouding the judgement of what represents value to the community and the highest use of scarce
resources.
Christie, Robyn
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I have lived in Lake Oswego for 29 years and I must admit that the Street Car Project has to be the most ridiculous project
EVER !! Are you people living in reality? We do not have enough money for our schools and our taxes are way over the
top as it is. If you are trying to force people to move out of Lake Oswego, you are doing a good job of it ! Who will be
paying for this?? Why don’t you forget about such an absurd proposal and work on figuring out how to better fund our
schools and lower our taxes so when the economy improved, families can actually AFFORD to move to our little city. The
reason we moved here almost 29 years ago was because of it’s affordability and OUR SCHOOLS!! Lot’s has changed !
I am a firm believer that the THE PEOPLE (remember us? ) of our city need to vote on ALL proposals and not just our
council members. I am tired of government running the show and not allowing citizens to have the deciding vote
regarding what is good for our city and exactly what we can and cannot afford.
Please reconsider your vote and try to understand that this IS NOT a necessary project ! Try to put your efforts to better
use!
K.L. Wojda
Christie, Robyn
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For the record ‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:41 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Portland Streetcar Message from the web site: My recommendation to ALL of you is to vote NO on the streetcar to LO. It is a total waste of money! Christie, Robyn
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For the record ‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:43 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: streetcar Message from the web site: I am writing to all members on the LO City Council and telling all of you to vote NO on the streetcar. Christie, Robyn
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For the record... ‐‐‐‐‐Original Message‐‐‐‐‐ From: Gudman, Jeff Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 8:09 AM To: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Subject: RE: Streetcar‐yes Good morning Barry, Thank you for your e‐mail. We are in disagreement about the Streetcar. There are better uses of our limited resources (like a new library) before we consider a Streetcar. I support retention of the right of way and a citizen vote on the benefits and costs of a Streetcar. Jeff Gudman City Council member ________________________________________ From: Smith‐Bouwer, Diana Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 6:42 AM To: COUNCIL Cc: Kirk, Christine; Williams, Brant Subject: FW: Streetcar‐yes Diana Smith‐Bouwer Citizen Information Center Public Affairs Department City of Lake Oswego 503‐635‐0257 ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 1:49 PM To: PUBLIC_AFFAIRS Subject: Streetcar‐yes Message from the web site: Do what is right for Lake Oswego's future, Support the streetcar. Barry Dragoon Resident 

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