Employment Opportunity

The HR Department has posted a job announcement for the position of Administrative Support II (Part-Time) in the Finance Department. This position will respond to questions from the public and handle basic bookkeeping transactions. This is a regular status, part time position scheduled to work 20 to 29 hours per week. This position will close on Thursday, July 6, 2017. More information can be found on the City’s Human Resources website.

New turnouts rooms at two stations

Both station 211 (Jean Road) and station 212 (South Shore) now have dedicated rooms to place their turnouts (firefighter clothing). In the past the gear was hanging in the apparatus bays which made them vulnerable by being exposed to both exhaust and UV light. The firefighter gear uses a Nomex fabric to protect against the heat in a fire. If exposed to a lot of sunlight, the fibers in the Nomex could breakdown.

We were able to have one room added at the South shore station and converted the shop area at the Jean Rd station. Each set of gear now also has it’s own locker type area to keep all of it organized and together.

A Quick Resolution for a Victim of Financial Loss

On June 12, 2017, at about 1:30 pm, Officers were called to the Bank of America bank located on Bryant Road. When officers arrived they learned that while an elderly customer was filling out his deposit slip, another customer took advantage of his money laying on the counter. The suspect grabbed the large wad of cash and dashed out of the bank. The elderly customer tried to stop the suspect but the suspect jumped into a vehicle a left the scene. 

Patrol Officers, working with our detective division, were able to identify the suspect and learn of his location.  They were able to contact him and eventually take him into custody. They were also able to recover all but about 100 dollars of the original amount taken. The suspect, identified as Scott Baksis 28 of Portland, was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on an outstanding warrant and the case for the theft of the cash will be referred to Clackamas County District Attorney for charges.

What made this case especially nice was the total time it took for our officers to recover the missing money. In less than 4 hours they had identified the suspect, found where is was staying, identified the driver of the vehicle the suspect left in, contacted the suspect and recovered most of the cash taken. A great example of team work and following the leads.  

~ Captain Dale Jorgensen


Community Clean Up Day Stats

This year’s Community Clean Up Day was bigger than ever as it featured a few new exciting vendors and services. Green Century Electronics joined the fray, alongside Agilyx- the new Tigard based foam and polystyrene recycler that turns foam into fuel. The Youth Leadership Council helped run the event, directing traffic and selling donated baked goods from Babica Hen. A free espresso and smoothie cart from Pacific Perks coffee kept volunteers and nonprofit staff hydrated and happy.  The LO Football team and coaches showed up in large numbers to keep the event running and (literally) move cars along (seriously, they physically picked up a stray Mini and moved it).

Event partners this year included: Community Warehouse, Habitat ReStore, Bike Farm, Tools 4 Troops, Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, Green Century Electronics, Agilyx, and Republic Services.

Scrap Metal
Agilyx recycing

Clean Up Day is a popular event for Lake Oswegans who want to clean out their homes and gives them a one stop shop for making donations, recycling, and ultimately dropping off bulk waste with Republic.  The amount of material diverted from the landfill this year includes:

Habitat ReStore:

  • 1,000 cubic feet of lumber, cabinets, beds, electrical, plumbing, gardening equipment and HVAC materials.

Community Warehouse:

  • Over 100 resale household goods and furnitures

PPB Sunshine Division:

  • 449 lbs of clothing

Republic Services

  • 8.37 Tons of trash
  • 1.65 Tons of scrap metal recycling


  • 175 lbs of foam

Tools 4 Troops

  • 750 lbs of home and workplace tools worth over $2,000

Green Century Electronics:

  • 3245 lbs of electronics (786 computers, 39 laptops, 18 cell phones, 1711 consumer electronics, 626 TVs, 65 CRT monitors)



The Planning Department is accepting written comments to assist in the preparation of a Public Hearing Draft of proposed Community Development Code amendments (LU 17-0039) that address design variances within the Downtown Redevelopment Design District (DDRD). All written comments received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017, will be considered in preparing the Public Hearing Draft of the proposal for the Planning Commission hearing on July 24, 2017.

To view the Public Review Draft, click here.

Bryant Road Railroad Crossing Gets a Facelift

Last weekend, the Bryant Road Railroad Crossing between Upper Drive and Lakeview Boulevard received a much-needed pavement repair. The work required full road closures in both directions. Thank you to citizens and the traveling public for your patience during this work!

And, a big thank you to our Maintenance and Engineering staff, for collaborating and coordinating with the Portland and Western Railroad crews to make this happen!



June week 3

Parks Maintence
Our hero’s thwart clean living in LO. Well, a soapy fountain anyway.
Superstar Bill Heggie blows out end of the school year shenanigans from the reflecting pool at Millennium this morning. Blow Bill Blow!


Take a look around as you plant native species in the parks’ natural areas and you just might spy a sneaky Stewardship gnome! We’re introducing our 3 newest Park and Rec friends that will be popping up here and there in the parks’ natural areas during Stewardship work parties.   We invited the public to help name our gnomes in a contest run by Megan BigJohn and Babs Hamachek at the May 20 Farmers Market and the ACC Fitness Fair. Over 200 gnome names were submitted. It was a challenge to select just 3 names from all the creative entries. We’d like to introduce the winners of the contest:
Gnome #1, Blossom       Named by MacKenzie (8 yrs) and Maverick (6 yrs) Allen.  They selected Blossom to represent flowers in the woods natural areas.

Gnome #2, Oak                Named by Daphne Sorensen (12).  Daphne chose Oak as this gnome looks like a Viking and Vikings remind her of an Oak tree that stands strong and sturdy in the forest.

Gnome  #3, Greenie       Named by Claire Cohen (ACC Patron)  Claire enjoys nature and has pots of cheery plants on her patio. She really likes coming to the classes at the ACC.

Each Name the Gnome Winner was delighted to receive a small garden gnome, a packet of native seeds and information on planting native species.  We also launched friendly Stewardship gnome tattoos at the Farmers Market during Arbor Week. The gnome tattoos are a huge hit with all ages. Feedback is very enthusiastic on the Stewardship Gnomes and we know they will bring smiles from volunteers that restore natural areas of the parks starting this Fall!

Let’s Get Fitsical!
If you didn’t make it the ‘Let’s Get Fitsical’ fitness 80’s style was a truly unique and fun event. Not to be turned off by a little rain our brave participants exercised like Richard Simmons with all of Parks’ Fitness instructors. The Blender Bike was on hand for free smoothies and some amazing raffle prizes were distributed to lucky winners. A collaboration between Rec, Maintenance, Fitness instructors, Fire and Police thanks for all who helped and participated to make it a fun evening at West Waluga Park.

 Happy Fathers Day!



The Tree Pruning Workshop at Foothills Park was a BIG success! Despite a little rain and wind, over 40 people were in attendance. Foothills Park was a perfect location for such a large group, with the covered pavilion, seating, restrooms, and plenty of easily accessible trees and shrubs to work on.  

Damon Schrosk, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and the owner of Treecology graciously volunteered his time to lead the workshop and share his pruning knowledge. Numerous participants made sure to tell how much they enjoyed it and some commented that they appreciate the City hosting these types of events. All in all, it was very well received, and a lot of fun.


Waluga Reservoir Site: the view from above

Last month, all construction was completed for the Waluga Reservoir 1 roof replacement, and the site was restored. The 4 million gallon reservoir is back online, servicing both Tigard and Lake Oswego. The pathways through the reservoir site are now reopened.

Neighbors, thank you for your patience throughout construction and replacement of the WR1 roof.

Pictured below, both Waluga Reservoirs (1 and 2), work together in tandem to store and provide clean, drinking water for Lake Oswego and Tigard communities.

Aerial photos by Unique Perspectives Aerial Photography

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