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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sultan of Scam heads south

Willy Week reports this morning that the City of Lake Oswego has hired Homer Williams, master architect of the financially disastrous SoWhat District in Portland, to create a development plan for a 30-acre project called the Foothills District. Doing the hiring for L.O. is a guy named Brant Williams, a former Portland transportation honcho who, like Uncle Homer, was active in foisting SoWhat onto the hapless taxpayers of the Rose City. More here (scroll down a ways). Go by streetcar, suckers!

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These weasels are like a disease. They spread to to the next area over. If only there was a CDC like entity for scammer eradication.

Weasels is the right word-the Ciyt is busy confiscating land under the guise of "Sensitive Lands Ordinance" while shoving the streetcar down our throats...
We are NOT happy campers.

The good people of LO really f'ed up when they elected Hoffman mayor. Looks like they will pay for that mistake for decades to come.

Homer is no dummy...if you want to rob people, go where the money is.

I actually wish him well there - my property taxes aren't involved, and the longer he stays and the more money he scams out of LO taxpayers, the less he's inclined to come back to mess up Portland.

However, as they say, nature abhors a vacuum. I'm sure Sam has reserves on the bench to step in and backfill Homer.

Oswego Lake used to be called Sucker Lake...so maybe 'ol Homer landed in the right place?!

This makes me sick. I have lived in LO for over 30 years, my husband for over 55. We raised our kids here and felt like this was our home. With Jack Hoffman in the mayor's seat, things have taken a nasty turn and we now have invaders from the North and from Washington DC trying to make inroads with their transportation plans for streetcar and trains. LO can't even fill enough buses to run more than a few at rush hour and none on evenings and weekends. Just who is supposed to ride these things?

Mix this with the pie-in-the-sky development of the Foothills district and it is like the invasion of the city-snatchers! Who ARE these people that want to make LO into SoWhat South?

Take it from me, NONE of the regular folk who live here want this! It is just politicians trying to make their mark on the backs of citizens who don't want the programs they are pushing. Add this to the Sensitive Lands debacle that robs people of the right of legitimate use of their homes and property, and you see a city government out of control.

Jack was elected with no mention of his grand plans for the city, and now that this train has left the station, the citizens of LO are being run over. Most of us just want to be left alone to enjoy our homes and lives with little interference from government, but the politicians have grander plans than just taking care of sewers and roads. It's as if politicians want to be developers themselves, but lacking money of their own, they do it though OPM (taxes).

Get out of LO Jack Hoffman, and take the other snakes with you.

I don't keep up with events in Lake Nonegroes... Is Jack Hoffman related to Hoffman Construction? If so, welcome to Hell LO.

Try this link to see the various gov. and land use agencies and orgs Jack Hoffman is and was involved with. He is an attorney specializing in land use, condemnation and general litigation.

http://www.dunncarney.com/attorneys/84-jack-d-hoffman

I apologize for the long post, but this is a topic that I haven't seen on Bojack and is only just now being discussed within LO - maybe too late to do much about it.

Hoffman, the LO Chamber of Commerce, and Foothills landowners have contributed to efforts to bring the streetcar to LO and/or develop the Foothills area. Note: most of the land in the Foothills area is within the 100-yr flood plain, about 1/3 was flooded in 1996, the area in question is zoned light industrial, and, according to a source, suggested use is for new buildings to be between 4 and 26 stories high. Like SoWhat, Foothills is serviced by only one connecting road in or out of the area. Oh, and unlike SoWhat, we have a sewage treatment plant in the area -- a cause of problems for current condo residents in the area.

A streetcar (and high capacity train) would cut through residential areas coming within feet of homes, back yards, pedestrians, bicyclists and school bus stops. Traffic on HWY. 43 would be cut off by HCT passing through, but not stopping in LO,causing traffic jams and neighborhood cut-throughs throughout the First Addition neighborhood.

Residents and taxpayers are opposed to these plans, but they just keep coming. ODOT and METRO are heavily involved in transportation planning to bring rail to LO, even when there are cheaper and more efficient means available (See "Excessive Cost of the Milwaukie Light Rail Line" at http://www.cascadepolicy.org). Since LO has an older population that does not go into Portland daily (if at all), and the rail is loacated at the extreme end of the city, why is anyone talking about rail at all? And why re-zone the limited light industrial land we have and develop it, at taxpayers expense, when it isn't a blighted area and there is no need to accommodate more housing or commercial space?


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