Westridge Neighborhood Meeting 5/27 @ 7pm

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7-8pm
Where: Westridge Elementary School Library
Why: To participate in making our neighborhood awesome
Who: You, yes, you. Bring your neighbors too. Seriously, bring everyone on your street.

Agenda

  • Website orientation
  • Publishing new neighborhood directory
  • Proposal of new committees
    • Street Captain Committee
    • Welcome Wagon Committee
    • Spring Picnic Committee
    • Parent’s Networking Committee
    • Directory Committee
    • Social Committee

While you’re here, ‘subscribe’ to the website for timely neighborhood updates by entering your email address in the menu to the left. You will not be spam’ed and you will only get about 1 email per month. You can easily unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe link in the emails.

For agenda suggestions, contact Dave: dave.sengenberger@frontier.com

Lake Oswego Sustainability Network Event

Please join us for a special Lake Oswego Sustainability Network event on May 14, at 7:00 PM at the West End Building.    Learn about the Japanese earthquake from someone who was on the ground.  Understand the risks for Oregon and how we can minimize them in Lake Oswego!

Surviving A 9.0: Lessons From Japan’s Earthquake

How Do They Apply to a Sustainable Lake Oswego?

Presentation on May 14

Join the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network as geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch shares her experiences as part of an engineering delegation that travelled to Japan following their 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Areas that were not inundated by the tsunami recovered quite rapidly. What did they do to prepare that we can apply to Lake Oswego, to insure that we not only survive and recover, but thrive, after the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake which we are expecting?

Japan has built a large capacity for resilience into their built environment and their society. Many of the strategies they have employed are the same ones which build a sustainable future and apply to other kinds of emergencies. We’ll hear a report on the state of Lake Oswego’s infrastructure (spoiler alert: there is some good news here!) and what need to be done to make it more resilient.

Come early to browse exhibits of information and equipment, talk to experts, find your neighborhood on the City’s Hazards Map and enjoy some light dessert refreshments.

No RSVP required.

For additional information, please contact Jan Castle at 503-636-6709

Presentation sponsored in part by the City of Lake Oswego.

 

Lake Oswego Mailing Lists

The City of Lake Oswego has a number of different mailing lists that allow citizens the ability to stay up to date with things that are going on.  If you want to subscribe to one, you can do so here: LINK

Here is  list of the categories:

  • Boones Ferry Road/Lake Grove Village Center

Upcoming Building Code Changes

Upcoming  Building Code Standards for Lake Oswego . . . and how this might impact the Westridge Neighborhood, will be presented at a public hearing at the Tuesday March 3 City Council meeting which begins at 6:30pm at City Hall.

Your local government  (specifically the staff at the Planning Department – many of whom are not residents of Lake Oswego) have proposed legislative amendments to sections in the Community Development Code pertaining to nonconforming structures and adjustments, alternatives and variances intended to update, streamline and simplify these code sections so they are easier to understand and administer. Upon hearing testimony, the City Council will probably vote on these issues at the next City Council meeting.

Our character of our neighborhoods are now subject to change due to these variances, specifically the means to increase population density in Lake Oswego.  An example of this new variance is now being presented by Eslinger Homes which is representing the property owners at 17430 Kelok Rd. who want to want to make a ‘minor’ partition change on a legal lot of record. The proposal is asking for a result in two legal lots of record.  This will discussed at a meeting at the West End Bldg on Kruse Way at 6:00pm on Monday, March 16.

These events should be cause for concern for our community since it will have an impact on the city.

Website Update – Jan 2015

The website is getting an update. Here are some changes to note:

  1. Simple – the layout is simple but that is for a good reason.  It’s dynamic now. Which means, it resizes windows, text, and orientation nicely depending on the size of the window or device you are using.  Go ahead and tried it out. Change the size of the window or orientation and the layout will change with it.
  2. Google-able – let’s be honest, we forget the website address of wnalo.org. However, now if you Google “Westridge Lake Oswego” the website shows up as a top result.
  3. The menu – the menu is now on the left sidebar normally. If however, your window is small, or you are on a mobile device, you might see the menu as a small icon above to the right. This is done to maximize the reading window for small windows. Notice in the menu that it has some submenu items, so please explore the different pages.
  4. New pages – there are some new pages, such as the map, people pages, etc. Please explore these too. Many of these pages need to be populated with info and pictures.
  5. Email subscription – there is a place on the left sidebar to enter your email. Please do so to subscribe to new posts. Because posts in here are so few and far between this will be a good way to get you the information quickly without having to check the website often. You can always unsubscribe if you want to.
  6. Mobile device friendly – the new website layout allows for easy use with a mobile device. The layout is simple, but it works well on all devices.
  7. Website contributors – we now have the ability to add any neighbor as a website contributor. This will allow neighbors to write new posts to quickly get the word out about a new topic. Moderators will approve the posts before they are published. If you want to become a contributor, just email me your contact information.
  8. Suggestions – If you have any suggestions about the website, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

Contact me through email: webmaster@wnalo.org

Westridge Neighborhood General Meeting Notice

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

WESTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY RECAP

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

Lake Oswego School District Open House December 9th, 2013

 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.

5/22/13 May Meetings

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. 

 

 

 

Annual Lake Run

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.