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The people pushing the car-hater, condo-tower-lover agenda in Lake Oswego are forming a new "grassroots" organization to advance the Goldschmidt and "planner" party lines in Portland's toney suburb to the south. And it's going to be named "The Coalition." But the best part is the subtitle: "Citizens Supporting a Vibrant Lake Oswego"!

Ah, "vibrant." Yes indeed, the ultimate buzzword of the 2010's. Code for "character destruction."

And they use it twice on the same page:

We invite you to join us, our organizing committee and your friends and neighbors for the unveiling of a vibrant new organization.

Funny thing, they just had an election about this down there four or five months ago. "Vibrant" lost.

Comments (19)

The flyer says L.O. took a big turn to the right, now they need instructions on how to make a right turn. Or someone down there read the AP article on just how great it is to live in a crapartment without any parking, Portland is just so wonderful and L.O. wants to be just like Piddletown.

Jack, I take exception to LO's last vote meaning a vote against vibrancy. But I know what you're saying.

The vote to most met not having a trolley going 4mph at a cost of $20 per trip compared to an express bus trip taking 1/3rd the time and cost. Not having 8 to 9 story condos along the river separating LO downtown from the river. Not having tremendous congestion. Not having a $300 Million plus debt. And all the rest.

All these "nots" is what recreates vibrancy, along with sensible growth or changes a city makes naturally with time.

Hello!? most people own and! in the Portland metro area.
The bus service stinks, the trains are unsafe and don't go any place people wish to go, and most folks can walk faster than the trolley rolls.
Vibrancy, my Aunt Fanny! What a load of B/S!
Follow the money; it all leads to Neil's front door, in southern France.

Even though the voters roundly rejected the toy trolly, these smart-growth urban plannery types will just keep trying until they finally get their way.

Why? Because they have a 100% track record so far of it working.

MSF, don't count on it. They found a slippery slope in 2008 with Mary Olson's election. In 2010 Mike Kehoe and Jeff Gudman were put on council.

In 2012 the election resulted in some common sense people being elected, but a funny thing happened. They disagree instead of voting lockstep. We have an actual council of a couple conservatives, 3 moderates, and 2 libs. Life is good except for debt locked in by the two prior mayors.

2014 feels more to me like the Battle of the Bulge. We will be ready.

All these "nots" is what recreates vibrancy, along with sensible growth or changes a city makes naturally with time.

Can't have sensible growth or changes a city makes naturally with time now, can we?
Instead we have the smart growth cookie cutter blazing through our city.

An example of that vibrancy is the grey concrete walls along Barbur Blvd. replacing the greenery that used to be there!

I don't think "their word" of vibrancy fits too well when it replaces natural green with grey! Unless they may be referring to vibrancy as in green dollars.

But then when plans actually deaden the original vibrancy of a city character, what better choice of words to call the destruction/redo than Vibrant!!

From their site:

"In 1968 we witnessed the Prague Spring. In 2011, the Arab Spring took hold. On April 3rd get ready as Lake Oswego Springs FORWARD!"

The Arab Spring worked out real great, maybe they should watch their similes.

The Prague comparison is resible - I think that was about casting off the chains of the communard. This is the opposite having the few speak for the many.

THE COALITION FOR LAKE OSWEGO. One of it's Organizing Committee Members is Doug Fish. He owns Fish Marketing.Rob LeChevallier is an attorney at Buckley in Lake Oswego.Sally Moncrieff is on the LO City Council.So is Tierney. Shetkey is a Realtor.Another one of them is a CPA.
Sounds like a stacked deck that's up to no good. Kind of Fishy.

The Prague comparison is resible - I think that was about casting off the chains of the communard. This is the opposite having the few speak for the many.

Risible? Yes. And the irony of it all is completely lost on them.

2013 Mar 22 Friday 15:45 U (3:45 PM PT)

Note on the "Coalition" organizing committee. Most of the organizers were supporters of the streetcar. Sad fact about the forthcoming meeting is the West End Building (WEB) is in a "black hole" for TriMet service to Lake Grove during the scheduled block on 2013 Apr 03 Wed from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Last Line 037 - North Shore Bus from LO Transit Center to Lake Grove and WEB departs LO Transit Center at 4:25 PM.
Last bus from Lake Grove (LG) to LO Transit Center leaves the LG Post office at 5:03 PM.

Attendees can always walk or walk and push elderly people in a wheelchair nearly a mile (uphill) to about the LO High School and catch the Line 078 Beaverton / Lake Oswego.

Source is the TriMet schedule book dated 2012 Sep 02 Sunday. One series of books published since 1982 that seldom if ever has been examined by any member of the LO Chamber of Commerce, LO City Council, and any appointee on any transportation committee for a project in the environs of Lake Oswego.

Moncrieff and Tierney are no longer on city council. He lost his bid for re-election in Nov. and is a bitter sore loser. She is moving to Seattle, but still wants to control our town. This is just the same group of players who were formerly known as KLOG (Keep L.O. Great), trying to reinvent themselves. They lost long held power in Nov. and are desperate to get it back.
Prague Spring? Arab Spring? Really?

L.O. Resident,
Thank you for the update. I searched their names and found them on a site that still showed them on the council. What is the connection with the rest of them?
Thank you again for correcting my information.

This would be funny if it weren't so pitiful. It makes me realize how addictive power and control really is to so many people. These folks enjoyed feeling superior and having things their way, but now... I guess this is what does when one loses their power. Go out and round up some people to be in charge of. I think now that (most) all these so-called civic leaders become addicted to the control and influence they have and build an identity around that. I put planners in that cataegory too - planners who like and need to plan our lives.

It must be hard to have your identity ripped away by the ungrateful and inferior masses. It almost makes me feel sympathetic. I said almost. Certainly not with unrepentant KLOGs or pompous SamandRandys. Here's the rub - if nice guys are fair and work with the control freaks, will the control addicts reciprocate or just take over?

I was just wondering what the 'mind your own damn business busy-bodies' were up to. Word-smithing the same tired and expensive utopia, so they can price riff raff out of their houses and homes. The storm season must not have panned out at the "other" house at Cannon Beach? Thus it is back to see if one of the 'gang' from the public servant sector is ready to try and sneak back into town.

The current LO city council and mayor are doing commendable work. And they are doing it like citizen legislators should. Enough of the Jack's, Judies, and Oracles that hold sway in their salons. Their admirers are limited.

"Citizens who promote thoughtful investment in Lake Oswego....."

As opposed to the thoughtless people now running the city?

Hey Vibrantians,
Good luck rallying the public you sought to roll over without any regard for their will.

Maybe you should charge a membership fee to raise money for your little club of disgruntles?
Or try and get an initiative petitioned signed by citizens to get a vote something you believe needs to happen.

Oh wait, you like to impose your will upon the public.
That's why you were removed.

Why you are not embarrassed by your new venture is nearly as astounding as your callous disregard for the public will.

So sad.

Please keep commenting on Oregonian stories so we know you're still miserable.

Keep up your perpetual pandemonium and forecasts of horribles from anyone challenging anything Metro, TriMet or central planning.

Your ridiculous stuff,
invented motivations and mischaracterizating of whoever you don't like.
Your endless amateur legal opinions with the certainty of the almighty.
Embellishing and fabricating galore with irrelevant nonsense peppering every discussion.

You first meeting should be a doozy.

Way to go Clackamas! You put more adjectives into a sentence than anyone I know - and they all fit! Talk to you later.

And of course these spendthrifts and egotistical peacocks miss the irony of holding their kick-off meeting in the building that was once Lake Oswego's largest property tax payer (Safeco). It was inbred corruption of the devoted 'public servant' class and phoney 'survey' they used to buy up that bargain property at the height of the market for over $20 million. Had LO government under Hammerstat and Hoffman been run like a private company the board would have removed them and their shifty allies for novice land speculation. We'll be paying off their lunacy for decades.

2013 Mar 04 Sunday 11:50 U (11:50 AM PT)

RE: “Coalition” Organizers and Support of Streetcar option
Source of opinion posted 2013 Mar 22 Friday 15:45 U (3:45 PM PT)

From Lake Oswego Review Advertisement
Placement: Print Edition
Advert ID: 375270.031711
Issue ……: 2011 Mar 17 Thursday
Section …: A / News – Lake Oswego
Page ……: A5
Title ……: Streetcar = Preferred Alternative
Header …: “WE’RE ON BOARD
Sub Head : We among many others, share a fundamental belief that the streetcar is the unique transit option that will enable economic growth necessary to keep Lake Oswego a vibrant and healthy city.

Multiple names listed including:
Column 1 of 3
Doug Fish
Column 2 of 3
Karen Jacobson
Rob LeChevallier
Joan Moore
Column 3 of 3
Chris Schetky

With respect to:
Bill Tierney
Salley Moncrief:
Elected to Lake Oswego City Council on 2008 Nov 04 Tuesday
Term of office
Begin: 2009 Jan 01 Thursday; End: 2012 Dec 31 Friday
Council Sessions 2009 – 2010, and 2011 – 2012
Positions support interwined issues of Streetcar, Foothills, and Sensitive Lands;
can be found in City of Lake Oswego meeting minutes.

Birdshill CPO/NA evolving summary charts (annotation for future deliberations)
On issue of Sensitive Land Overlays and evolution of Tryon Cove Park
may be downloaded from:

Note how no Sensitive Land Overlays [SLO(s)] were applied to
Tryon Cove Park. Especially land owned / controlled by Metro and
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (PBES).

Charles Ormsby (Skip)
Sentinel – Birdshill area

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