Westridge Neighborhood General Meeting Notice

7:00 – 8:00  on  Wednesday, October 15 at Westridge Elementary School Library

The following outlines what will be discussed at the October 15 meeting:

The role of the Association and how it can complement our neighborhood.
Brief recap of the recent neighborhood survey revealing concerns of our neighbors.
Suggest ways to address these concerns by forming small committees.
Open meeting for discussion, i.e., comments, opinions.   Agree to an action plan.
Invite folks to become more involved in the WNA.

We look forward to seeing you.

WNA Board

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WESTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY RECAP – as of 08/13/2014

I would like to give thanks to the 70 households who responded to our survey. As more surveys are submitted, the Recap will be updated. So far, we have received surveys from 36% of the homes. This sample revealed the following:

Of the 70 homes that returned the survey, only two are rentals. The average length of residence in these homes is 17½ years. 10 owners have lived in Westridge for over 30 years.

In the 70 homes live 189 residents:

41 are children 0-17 years old

2 are preschool age

18 attend Westridge Elementary 

9 attend Lakeridge Jr. High School

12 attend Lakeridge High School

20 are 18-39 years old

22 are 40-49 years old

29 are 50-59 years old

77 are 60 years old and above

43% of our neighbors are retired, and 31% of the homes have at least one person over 60 residing.

Of these 189 residents

45 residents work outside of Lake Oswego

22 work in Lake Oswego

14 work in home offices

46 are retired

All those employed commute by car. 44 ride their bikes in the neighborhood, 28 ride bikes elsewhere. A few of the kids take their bikes to school, weather permitting.

Our neighbors enjoy walking, an average of 4 times a week and run an average of once a week.  Only two residents run in areas outside of Westridge.

65% have accessed the Westridge web site

65% have had some experience with a neighborhood association

51% expressed some interest in getting involved with the association

Our goal is to have a general meeting in September to discuss some of the concerns voiced in the survey, establish the priorities, and form action committees.

27% of the households expressed concern about traffic issues, such as speeding and not obeying stop signs.

17% of the households are less than pleased with some of the homes and yards that are not being maintained.

Other issues raised were:  gardening power tool noise, water rates, and overgrown tree growth.

7% would like more pathways, whereas 6% do not want more paths.

13% are opposed to expanding government involvement.

For the most part, all of those surveyed love their neighborhood for the following reasons:  quiet, nice homes, safe environment, great neighbors, and quality schools.

Please consider some additional topics of interest which we can explore at the September meeting – date to be announced.

 

Many Thanks,

Dave Sengenberger, Chair.

Bill Bregar, Treasurer

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 11/26/2013 – Lake Oswego School District Open House December 9th, 2013

The School District is holding an open house at the Lakeridge High School Library on Dec 9, 2013 at 6:30pm to discuss some “major” improvements to the Lakeridge High football field incl a press box, 6-foot high fence around the field, accommodations for concessions, team room and weight room.  No mention of cost. This is open to anyone who would like to come.

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5/22/13 Lake Oswego May Meetings

As spring turns toward summer, Lake Oswego has a series of meetings coming up regarding city and community business. 

The Lake Oswego Citizen Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow; 5/23/13, at City Hall.  The main purpose of the advisory committee is to advise the city council and the planning commission using the Lake Oswego Comprehensive Plan as a guide.  The committee also acts as an advocate for the concerns of city residents in years to come, helping our council make choices that look toward the future as well as the present. 

Starting at 4:00 pm, the CAC will engage in their regular meeting.  From 5:00 to 7:00, the CAC will be joined by members from the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and Sustainability Advisory Boards.  The discussion will focus on the goals for Healthy Ecosystems actions and key policy issues.   Please find the meeting agenda here

On 5/29/13 at 6:30 pm (also in council chambers of City Hall), the Planning Commission will meet with the Commission for Citizen Involvement to discuss how we contribute to our community as individuals and neighborhood organizations.   Citizens are, as usual, invited to share their concerns and ideas.   This topic especially lends itself to the public platform!  Here is the agenda.

Finally, next Tuesday, 5/21/13, the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency (LORA) will meet at 6:30 pm (agenda) , followed at 7:00 pm by the City Council (agenda). 

All of these meetings are opportunities to find out what’s going on in  your neighborhood and to hear the hopes and plans of your neighbors. 

 

 

 

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4/23/13 Annual Lake Run

The Lake Run, hosted by the Lake Oswego Women’s Club, is coming up on Saturday, May 11th.  The annual event features a variety of courses for runners of all abilities and ages and is open for registration now. If you’d like to participate or cheer on your fellow citizens, more information can be found here.  

However, the long routes of this half day run can cut off the roads for Westridgians and leave us trapped on the hill if we aren’t prepared!  This year, check out the run routes for the 10k and 5k races early and plan ahead.  

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4/1/13 Westridge Playground Improvement Project

As mentioned before on this site, the Westridge Elementary School playground is in need of serious repair and improvement.  Lacking available funds from the district, the Westridge PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) has taken on the effort of fundraising and planning.  The renovations will involve improving drainage in the play area (which currently becomes unusable in wet weather),  resurfacing the black top and play areas, and replacing aging, worn out play equipment.  

The PTSO is now selling personalized paving stones to fund the project.  You can read more about the scheduling, funding, and how to get involved at the PTSO website’s Playground Project page.     

Please feel free to contact Angie Baker for more details (information available via the WNALO Member Directory).

 

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3/25/13 – Spring  Daffodils in Westridge

 Have you seen the sign? 
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3/21/13 – Agenda for Joint City Council Agenda and a New Literacy Newsletter

On March 26th, 2013, the city councils of Lake Oswego and Tigard will come together for a special joint meeting.  The councils will discuss the water partnership between the cities.   The public is welcome to attend.   You can find more information at: 

Tigard and Lake Oswego Council Agenda 

Check out Lake Oswego Public Library’s new Early Literacy Newsletter here.  It has great recommendations for helping young kids get excited about reading.  

 

 

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3/20/13 – City Council votes to Remove Sensitive Lands Designation from Residential Property

In a great success for our neighborhood association, the Lake Oswego City Council has voted 5 to 2 to remove the “Sensitive Lands” designation from residential properties.  Westridge Neighborhood Association has advocated for this position in the past as a means to both treat our residents with fairness and respect and use our resources to protect our region’s natural areas efficiently.  Read this notice from the LO Stewards for more information:

LO Stewards Newsletter

You can also visit the LO Stewards website for discussions about this and other local issues at www.lostewards.org 

Thank you for paying attention to this issue!

 

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3/14/13  Local Awareness Resources

If you are ever searching for current news, statistics or information about local government, city planning and projects, here is a list of links that may be valuable:

LOCAL: The Lake Oswego Citizens Action League 

  www.locitizens.com

LOCAL is a non-partisan political action committee with a mission to inform the public about local issues. 

The Lake Oswego Review 

 www.lakeoswegoreview.com

The Lake Oswego Review is the LO community paper in league with the Portland Tribune and other community-based papers in the greater metropolitan area.  Look for the paper around town or online.  It’s always free and isis frequently updated with relevant local news, opinion sections, classifieds and feature stories. 

Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Committee

   www.lonac.shutterfly.com

This site provides a nexus for several neighborhood organizations. It’s an excellent database for current city meeting schedules, budget information, planning committees, and general city and government information.

City of Lake Oswego Neighborhood Website

   www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/neighborhoods

All current neighborhood associations, their websites, and current projects are listed here. 

The Mayor and City Council 

 http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/mayor-and-council

Are you familiar with the mayor of Lake Oswego?  How about the city council members?  Look here for a profile of the mayor and each councilor, and explore further to get to know election prodecures, government organization and the current leadership’s vision for our city. 

 

These links are also available on the LO Info page under “Local Awareness.”  

 

 

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