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January 2021 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Garbage/Recycling Rate Increase Distracted DrivingStreet Sweeping Internet Access & Wireless PrintingSandbags Available Identity Theft 3 Parks & Rec Living Well Programs ACC RehabilitationLibrary Multicultural Children’s Book Day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration 4 Community CalendarBooktique Be Safe in the Dark HoursLO Sustainability Network EventARTmart ReturnsTaking Care During Difficult Times Trusted Sources of Information Insert Library Inside For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. O . O L . THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGOHelloJanuary 2021THANK YOU! A FEW WORDS FROM MAYOR JOE BUCK On behalf of the entire city council, thank you for entrusting us to lead our community in the years ahead. We on the council are a mix of parents, educators, business owners, veterans, dog (and cat) fanatics, brothers and sisters, and above all, we love our city and value everyone in it. As a united group, we will bring our diversity of thought and life experiences to the table to ensure LO is a healthy, sustainable community for each and every person who is a part of it. We cannot do it alone, and we are excited to hear your input, especially from voices that have not been traditionally heard as much as others. So please reach out, apply to serve on our city advisory boards, and share your ideas with us. We look forward to engaging with you all out in the community. Stay safe and stay healthy. Lake Oswego has much to look forward to in 2021! Continued on page 2 SHOP LAKE GROVE #SHOPLAKEGROVE AND WIN A $100 GIFT CARD! To continue supporting the Lake Grove business community during ongoing construction of the Boones Ferry Road project, we are relaunching our #ShopLakeGrove monthly raffle and going virtual! Two winners will be drawn monthly to receive a $100 gift card to a local #ShopLakeGrove participating business of their choice. It’s easy to enter: • Take a photo at a participating #ShopLakeGrove business (in front of or inside) • Post it on your social media account (make sure the post is public to enter!) or email info@ boonesferryproject.org • Mention the business and use #ShopLakeGrove Visit boonesferryproject.org to see the full list of participating businesses, and the raffle rules. Support your community by shopping local! NEW COUNCIL MEETING TIME The City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. (note - new time!) and 3 p.m. respectively. Special meetings are held on an as-needed basis. At this time, because of COVID-19 restrictions, all members of the City Council attend remotely by Zoom. For more information about Council meetings, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/citycouncil/city- council-meetings. DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION TASK FORCE REPORT AVAILABLE The Lake Oswego Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force conducted focus groups and surveys from August through October 2020 to determine whether barriers to inclusion exist in the City’s community and civic practices. The Task Force presented its outreach-based recommendations to City Council on December 15, 2020. The final report is available on the Task Force’s website: www.lakeoswego.city/DEItaskforce. HB2001 & HB2003 In 2019, Oregon passed into law two bills aimed at increasing housing choices in Oregon. House Bill 2001 requires cities to allow “middle housing”, defined as duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes, and cottage clusters (developments with multiple small detached homes), in areas zoned for single family homes. The City has initiated work to comply with the minimum requirements of House Bill 2001. This work will consist of two phases. For the first phase, the City has secured grant funding from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to gather information and conduct technical analyses in order to develop a set of conceptual alternatives for the City to consider in its work to comply with the bill. This work will take place from January through May 2021 and will include opportunities for residents to provide input about which aspects of their neighborhood they feel are most significant to its character. This first phase 2021 CITY COUNCIL GOALS INPUT In preparation for its annual goal setting retreat, the Lake Oswego City Council would like to hear from the community. Please take a few minutes to share your input online at www.lakeoswego.city/ formslf/2021CouncilGoals. You can also mail your comments to Lake Oswego City Council, 380 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Submissions will be accepted through January 15. Comments will be shared with the City Council before their retreat. The City Council will hold its goal setting retreat on Saturday, January 23 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The retreat is expected to take place virtually. PARKS & REC PROJECT UPDATES RECREATION & AQUATICS CENTER The preliminary design of the Lake Oswego Recreation & Aquatic Center at the LO Municipal Golf Course is currently being developed. The key elements include a 25-yard stretch competition swimming pool, a warm water recreation pool, dry activity exercise rooms, cardio/weight room, gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, and Parks and Recreation offices. The Public Advisory Committee has been selected and will begin meeting in January 2021 and Continued on page 3 Duplex in First Addition Neighborhood Daniel Nguyen City Councilordnguyen@lakeoswego.city Jackie Manz City Councilorjmanz@lakeoswego.city 2 Massene Mboup City Councilormmboup@lakeoswego.city Aaron Rapf City Councilorarapf@lakeoswego.city Rachel Verdick City Councilorrverdick@lakeoswego.city John Wendland City Councilorjwendland@lakeoswego.city Joe Buck Mayorjbuck@lakeoswego.city City Council503-635-0215 City ManagerMartha Bennett503-635-0215 DISTRACTED DRIVING KNOW THE LAW Nationwide, every day about eight Americans die and 1,000 are injured in distracted driving crashes. In Oregon, a distracted driver crash occurs every 2.5 hours. In Oregon, between 2014 and 2018, there were 1,193 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver (all ages) reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 18 fatalities and 1,752 people injured. Distracted driving is not limited solely to cell phone use. It is illegal to use any mobile electronic device that is not hands free or built into the vehicle. A mobile electronic device includes, but is not limited, to “a device capable of text messaging, voice communication, entertainment, navigation, accessing the Internet or producing electronic mail.” Here are some important points relating to Oregon’s Mobile Electronic Device law (ORS 811.507): • The goal of the law is to keep a driver’s head UP and hands on the wheel, even if waiting at a red light or stopped in a line of traffic; • Driving means operating a motor vehicle on a highway or premise open to the public including while temporarily stationary due to traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delay; • Mobile electronic devices are any devices not permanently installed in a motor vehicle and are capable of but not limited to activities such as voice communication, texting, entertainment, navigation, accessing the internet and producing email; • Drivers 18 years of age or older may use their devices when coupled with a hands-free accessory or permanently installed hands-free accessory in their vehicle; • Drivers are allowed only one swipe or touch to activate or deactivate a function even while it is not being held or sitting in the driver’s lap; • The only time it is legal to use a mobile electronic device in the car is when a driver is parked legally on the side of a road or in a parking space in a parking lot. The Lake Oswego Police Department has once again received a generous traffic safety grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact for targeted distracted driving enforcement. Officers will continue to enforce the distracted driving law both on regular duty time as well as on traffic safety grant overtime missions. GARBAGE/RECYCLING RATE INCREASE Republic Services, our local waste management provider, has increased residential and commercial rates for 2021. The average household will see a $1.80 rate increase for residential 20, 35, 60, and 90 gallon carts to their Republic Services bill. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Republic Services directly at 503-636-3011. STREET SWEEPING WHO, WHAT, WHEN & HOW Public Works has a robust street sweeping program to prevent debris from entering stormwater systems and to ensure roadways are clear of debris. The stars of the program are our two sweepers named Oscar and Sweep Caroline. There is a third sweeper that serves as a backup, but is nearing retirement at 14 years old. With more than 178 miles of streets, Public Works has divided the city into seven zones to sweep most effectively and efficiently. Once one zone is done, our sweepers move onto the next zone. To prioritize high traffic areas, our downtown and commercial areas of the City are swept every other week, while main roads are swept monthly. Curbed residential areas are swept as time allows with a target of 12 times per year. Non-curbed residential areas are swept four times per year as these streets do not affect stormwater systems in the same way as curbed streets. In addition, the City also sweeps bike lanes as a safety measure. Recently, the City made the decision to double the amount of times that bike lanes are swept and now bike paths are swept weekly. For questions, please call Public Works Maintenance at 503-635-0280. Here is what you can do at your property to help us sweep close to the curb: 1. Clear vegetation, such as overgrown bushes that hang over the street; 2. Trim trees that hang over the road back to a height of 13 ½ feet; 3. Remove basketball hoops that are in the right-of-way. SANDBAGS AVAILABLE During the rainy season, the City offers sand and bags to residents of Lake Oswego. Sand and bags are available at Hazelia Field, 17800 Stafford Rd (parking lot). Overhead lights will be on throughout the night so that citizens can fill the sandbags more easily. Citizens can take as many bags as necessary, but will need to fill their own bags. Some shovels are provided. Sandbags will be available until the risk of flooding recedes. For tips on filling and placing sandbags, plus additional sandbag locations, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/sandbags. DID YOU KNOW... According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 5 of the people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2018 were not in vehicles - they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside a vehicle. will also include a presentation from DLCD to the Lake Oswego Planning Commission at their meeting on January 11. This presentation will provide a general summary of the minimum requirements for HB 2001 that were recently adopted by the state. The second phase will begin in May 2021. This phase will involve more public discussion – including numerous outreach and engagement opportunities – about how the City should proceed with Code and Comprehensive Plan amendments to comply with the bill. This second phase is anticipated to be finalized prior to June 2022, which is the final deadline for cities to attain compliance with the bill. For more information about the City’s work on addressing House Bill 2001, please contact Erik Olson, Senior Planner, at eolson@lakeoswego.city or 503-697-6524. HB2001 & HB2003 Continued from page 1 RECOVERING FROM IDENTITY THEFT IS SOMEONE USING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO OPEN ACCOUNTS, FILE TAXES, OR MAKE PURCHASES? Visit IdentityTheft.gov, the Federal Trade Commission’s one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process. The site also connects you to organizations that are critical to the recovery process, like credit bureaus, the Social Security Administration, the IRS, and local consumer protection offices. INTERNET ACCESS & WIRELESS PRINTING Did you know that the library provides free WiFi from the parking lot? WiFi is available Monday- Thursday 6 a.m. to 8:50 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.to 5:50 p.m. Parking spaces are reserved for WiFi users. The public can also print wirelessly from the library parking lot, and we’ve recently expanded our wireless printing hours to match our outdoor holds pickup hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Instructions for wireless printing can be found at www.lakeoswego.city/ library/remote and also posted next to the signs for the parking spaces reserved for WiFi users. The library also lends free WiFi hotspots and laptops through our Library of Things collection. Place a hold online or call the library to reserve equipment. Once available, make an appointment for outdoor pickup - call 503-636-7628. For details on these and other events, visit www.lakeoswegolibrary.org or call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 Donate online, www.lopl.org/donate 3 Your Community Resource for Information and EnrichmentCITY LIBRARY PARKS & RECREATION Location: 17525 Stafford Road Mailing: PO Box 369For more information or to register for Parks & Recreation (LOPR) programs, call 503-675-2549 or visit www.loparks.org. LIBRARY CLOSURES New Year's Day - Friday, January 1, 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 18 LIVING WELL CONNECTED It’s the Little Things Whether it’s an indoor camp-out with your family, a virtual class with your favorite instructor, or a fun craft for the kiddos… Parks & Recreation has your back! We miss seeing you in person, but we’ve been working hard to keep you connected to the community through free events, virtual classes, curated recipes and tutorials. This season, join Parks & Recreation in #LivingWellConnected and see all the little things that can help us get through the day. Visit www. lakeoswego.city/parksrec/living-well-connected for a list of all the new virtual classes, craft inspiration, community resources and outdoor adventures Parks & Recreation has to offer. Registration is open now for Winter/Spring classes. We’re excited to see you soon! LIVING WELL TALK SERIES Our nationally award winning, Living Well Talk Series is an interview style program featuring presenters on a wide range of topics. The presentations are available on Tualatin Valley Community Television (TVCTV) and on YouTube! With YouTube you can watch at your leisure, any time, any day. The talks can be accessed online at www.lakeoswego.city/acc/health- wellness-chats. Topics include: Online Dating, Childlessness, The Gut-Brain Connections, and Addiction. Coming soon, the very popular Intermittent Fasting with Gin Stephens! Join us in December as Leslie Nwoke, MD, MPH, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, Georgia presents on Narcissism. VIRTUAL CLASSES 22297 - WHOLE HOUSE ORGANIZATION Ages 18+, 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays, January 14 - March 18, $134. 21984 - AEROBICS EXERCISE TO MUSIC Ages 50+, 9-10 a.m., Thursdays, January 7 - February 25, $58. 22018 - YOGALATES Ages 18+, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Mondays, January 4 - February 22, $51. 22019 - YOGALATES Ages 18+, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, January 6 - February 24, $68. 22079 - OIL PAINTING FOR ADULTS Ages 18+, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Tuesdays, January 12 - February 16, $158. 22134 - ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR KIDS Ages 8-12, 4-5 p.m., Wednesdays, January 13 - February 17, $158. MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY Friday, January 29 This year we are going virtual! Join us for our fifth annual celebration of diversity in children’s literature and in Lake Oswego. Watch videos of Lake Oswego community members reading children's stories in many languages. Get diverse book recommendations for all ages straight from your LOPL librarians (perfect for your stay at home readers, or to update your classroom libraries). Honor the similarities and differences that make our community shine. For more information, please visit: www.lakeoswego.city/library/mcbd. “A BOOKISH AFFAIR” ROMANCE BOOK GROUP Sunday, January 10, 11 a.m. Open to all devotees of romance and happily-ever- afters! This monthly book group reads every kind of love story. For January, the group will read The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite. Registration is required. For more information, email librarians Shannon Dickinson at sdickinson@lakeoswego.city or Shannon Sedell at ssedell@lakeoswego.city. Be sure to check out the “A Bookish Affair” podcast for more excellent romance reading suggestions! You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcasts, or wherever you find your podcasts. COOK THE BOOKS BOOK GROUP Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Join Librarians Shannon and Alicia on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. via Zoom to eat and talk (about food). Each week will feature a new theme. Please register at www.lakeoswego.city/library/cook-books- virtual-book-group to receive the meeting link and password. Use whatever cookbook or recipe you'd like and please consider participating in our recipe exchange. For more information, please email Shannon Sedell (ssedell@lakeoswego.city) or Alicia Yokoyama (ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city). LOPL TRIVIA! Thursdays at 7 p.m. Join your hosts, librarians Chris and Carissa, for a family-friendly virtual game of trivia! Registration required. To register and to learn more, go to www.lakeoswego.city/library/remote. PERSONALIZED READING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADULTS Fill out a reading profile at www.lakeoswego. city/library/webforms/ten-ten-personalized- recommendations, and librarians will use your answers to create a customized reading list for you. FOR KIDS Tell us what they like at www.lakeoswego.city/kids/ you-need-read-weve-got-books, and librarians will assemble a customized bundle of books. opportunities for community involvement will be announced in the near future. For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ parksrec/recreation-and-aquatics-center. ADULT COMMUNITY CENTER REHABILITATION The ACC project is now under contract with the construction company and the construction schedule is being finalized. The goal for the project is to begin construction in early 2021. The remodel of the interior will address long-term issues with heating, venting, air conditioning, electrical upgrades, wayfinding, and accessibility. It will also provide better circulation for users, improve programming space, relocate the front desk operation, and improve office layout. To keep up to date on current Parks & Recreation projects, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/ parks-recreation-projects. PROJECTS Continued from page 1 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATION Sunday, January 17 The Bahá’ís of Lake Oswego have coordinated commemorations for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for the past 30 years. At one time the events were held in the City Council chambers, other years in the Lake Oswego Public Library. For the last several years, the event has been a collaboration with and hosted by the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ (UCC) and Beit Haverim. This year, the beloved tradition continues with a new twist – it will be a virtual recording that will include a video clip of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and will feature inspiring performances by children and youth from the Bahá’í, UCC, and Beit Haverim communities. Check the library’s website (www. lakeoswego.city/library) on Sunday, January 17, for the link to this special community celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. 44 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. Contributing writers:Joe Buck, MayorNell Diamond, LibraryAnthony Hooper, Public WorksKaty Kerklaan, Engineering Robin Krakauer, Arts CouncilCharity Taylor, City Managers OfficeMadison Thesing, City Managers OfficeJan Wirtz, Parks & Recreation Citizen inFormation speCialist and hellolo editor/writer Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@lakeoswego.city This newsletter is printed on Processed Chlorine Free 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. Community Calendar In order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City implemented strategies including canceling programs, camps, and meetings. The City is in the process of reopening and many of these programs will be rescheduled. To see the status of City services, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus. For updates to events and meetings, please visit the online community calendar: WWW.LAKEOSWEGO.CITY/CALENDAR The health and safety of our community members and staff is of utmost importance, as is providing the community with essential services such as police and fire protection, quality drinking water, and well-maintained infrastructure. STAY CONNECTED The City has made it easy! Choose how you want to stay connected at www.lakeoswego.city. BE SAFE IN THE DARK HOURS According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, approximately 122,000 runners, walkers and cyclists are hit by cars each year. Whether you are a runner, walker or cyclist, the likelihood of you getting injured when exercising outside at night increases. You are less visible to others and your own vision is restricted. The biggest tip? Be Reflective! To help maximize your safety and minimize your risk of injury: • Wear a reflective vest. Plus, wear reflective bands on arms and legs if your workout gear does not have reflective strips - the motion of the reflection when running, walking or cycling makes you more noticeable to drivers at night. • Wear blinking red lights on the front and back. • Wear a headlamp so you can see the path. • Bike with traffic and run against traffic. This rule of thumb applies for all times of the day. Running against the flow of traffic allows you to watch everything coming your way - cars, buses, bikes, etc. TRUSTED SOURCES OF INFORMATION COVID-19 GUIDELINES, VACCINE UPDATES, DATA AND MORE • Oregon Health Authority 971-673-1222 http://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA- COVID-19 The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response for COVID-19. For vaccine updates, mask requirements, specific data (number of cases, deaths, hospitalization information, etc.) and more, please refer to the Oregon Health Authority. • Clackamas County 503-655-8224 www.clackamas.us/coronavirus Clackamas County Public Health provides guidance to all cities in Clackamas County. • Governor's Website 503-378-4582 http://coronavirus.oregon.gov An abundance of information, including guidelines, executive orders, business and other resources. • Safe + Strong Resources (multiple languages) www.safestrongoregon.org • United States Response www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov The Center for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response. • Lake Oswego Public Information Office 503-635-0257 cic@ci.oswego.or.us For Lake Oswego specific questions. • Lake Oswego School District 503-534-2000 www.losdschools.org Roadmap for reopening schools in Lake Oswego. • 211 Info Call: 211 General information, including business and individual assistance programs. ARTmart RETURNS The Arts Council of Lake Oswego (ACLO) is excited to announce the ever-popular ARTmart returns January 8 through February 5 at the ARTspace Gallery, located at 41 B Avenue. ARTmart offers the community an excellent opportunity to clean out their art collection and collectibles while finding some new treasures. Every piece is for sale, and you can take what you purchase home that same day. This year, due to the pandemic, the exhibition will be a little different in that ACLO will not be holding opening or closing events. Stay tuned for virtual offerings and highlighted pieces offered online. All artwork that is not sold will be donated to Community Warehouse in Portland with the mission of providing artwork to neighbors in need. More information is available on our website www. artscouncillo.org or by calling 503-675-3738.Bonnie Cartwright shows off some of the great donated art. Photo is from last year’s event. LO SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK EVENT You are invited to the sixth annual LOSN Celebration Event on Thursday, January 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Although we are disappointed that we will miss seeing all of you in person, we are grateful that we have the technology to still hold our celebration and we are very excited about the program. In addition to Joe Buck, our featured speaker and incoming mayor, we will have time to network with each other, and hear brief updates from some of our community partners about their 2020 sustainability activities - challenges and successes - and plans for 2021. Please register at http://bit.ly/SixthAnnualLOSNCelebration. TAKING CARE DURING DIFFICULT TIMES Winter can be difficult even in the best of times, but this year people might find the season even more troubling. Setting small actionable steps can be helpful when coping with stress and anxiety. Here are some ideas: • Make a list of the top three things that you want to get done each day. • Find time to practice deep breathing. • Make a list of things that you feel grateful for. • Decide to do something physical. Even a short walk around the block or doing some stretches can be helpful. • Help others while you help yourself: check in with friends and neighbors to offer support, especially to those who might be struggling more during this time. BOOKTIQUE - SHOPPING JUST GOT EASIER The Booktique is now open on your computer or smartphone at TheBooktique.Org! Order books, DVDs, CDs, and jigsaw puzzles - the website is shopper-friendly and so are the prices. You will find recent fiction, classics, mysteries, romance, children’s books, cookbooks and more! Armchair travel has never been more appealing, or find some inspiration for your next at-home project in the gardening, home improvement or art sections. Every purchase helps support programs of the Lake Oswego Public Library, including LO Reads. When you order online, you can save on shipping by picking up your order at The Booktique store, 4 Monroe Parkway Ste. D. Beginning in January, pick-up hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Your items can also be shipped anywhere in the U.S.A. If you would like to volunteer at the store, please contact Margaret Ogren at 503-699-9109 during pick-up hours.