Tree removal process on Boones Ferry is dismaying
As I passed the area on Lower Boones Ferry Road that is being demolished for future retail and condos, I was totally shocked and horrified as to what I saw. I realize demolishing buildings is a very complicated and tedious job but what was particularly disturbing was seeing each and every tree that had lined the street between the construction area and the small shopping area had been fractured, broken in half or torn and it appeared as though dynamited. They had not been cut but looked as those they were ripped in half leaving a very horrible sight. The trees, and there were several of them, that in the past had provided beauty and shade for us all. I understand they had to be removed but to do it in such an insulting way is beyond me. I couldn't help but think about the process we here in Lake Oswego have to go through just to remove a dead or dying tree and then to see this! It makes no sense and I had to express my dismay and disappointment to whoever let this happen in our beautiful city. At least you could have shown them the same respect they did for you by showering you with their beautiful canopies of leaves and shade and even nesting homes for our birds. Shame on you!!!!
Editor's note: Lake Oswego Planning & Building Services Director Scot Siegel responded as follows:
City staff contacted the developer after receiving calls about the appearance of the site. While city regulations do not prescribe a method of tree removal for residents or developers, city code requires protection of the trees that are to remain. The city also requires protection of trees and other vegetation in natural resource areas, such as the stream and wetland at the west edge of the Mercantile site. The developer is planting over 150 on-site trees with a complete street tree canopy along Kruse Way, Boones Ferry Road and Mercantile Drive that will eventually provide beautiful fall color and summer shade.
Guns and suicide go hand-in-hand
In their Citizen's View remarks in the May 16th issue of the L.O. Review, Senators Wyden and Merkley correctly note the prevalence of guns in suicides and call for more research into gun violence. More research is never a bad idea, but with regard to guns' involvement in suicides, the results are already in. In our own state of Oregon, for example, according to a report published by the Oregon Health Authority, from 2003 to 2012, 54 percent of suicides were by firearms. Clearly, access to firearms should be foremost in any discussion about suicide.
I support HB 2619
I'm writing in support of HB 2619, which would ban the use of chlorpyrifos. This toxic chemical compound has been shown in government and academic studies to be highly dangerous to people and to hundreds of other species. California and New York have recently banned it on the basis of this scientific research. Oregon should do the same, reinforcing our state's legacy of sound environmental policies and leadership.
What's the plan for Uplands?
While this is more of a local question, the Lake Oswego Review seems like a good place to ask. I live in the Uplands Neighborhood and daily walk to what was Uplands Elementary School. There is major remodeling and construction going on and I understand that next year the students from Oak Creek Elementary will be attending Uplands while Oak Creek is being remodeled.
My question is what happens to Uplands Elementary School the following year. Perhaps someone from the school board will respond.
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