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Yes. The petition to Protect Our Natural Parks is a separate, formal petition certified by the elections office for circulation to solicit Lake Oswego registered voter’s signatures in order to qualify the initiative for the ballot.
Your signature on the Save Cooks Butte petition aided in our community’s success to show our solidarity against a telecommunications tower in our natural park.
Yes. The information card’s purpose was to collect contact details so we could contact you when the official petition was available for signing.
Oregon law requires the City Attorney, in our case Mr. David Powell, to author local prospective initiative petition ballot titles (caption, question, and summary) based on the initiative’s text. There is no public comment period; just a public notice period. The community has 7 days once published to petition the Clackamas County Circuity Court to appeal a ballot title. The process to appeal a ballot title is not well-documented, involves costly attorneys (estimated at $3000 – $8000), and delays ability to circulate petitions. There is no guarantee that an appeal after all this effort would render a favorable ballot title. To be clear, the ballot title does not change the initiative’s text.
In 1978, the ballot title appeal process appeared more simple. The community could petition the City Council to appeal a ballot title. The Uplands community did just this and achieved a favorable ballot title that is representative of “Chapter X – Park Development Limitation”:
“Shall the City Charter be amended for the purpose of preserving Springbrook Park as a natural area?”City Resolution R-78-53, September 5, 1978
We are revising Chapter X – Park Development Limitation to: (a) include additional natural areas, (b) include additional development limitations, (c) allow improvements that maintain health ecosystems for wildlife, flora, and fauna, (d) prohibit commercial logging, (e) allows existing adopted park master plans to be implemented, and (f) improve the process to include additional natural areas in the future.
An appropriate title would have been: “Shall the Lake Oswego Charter be amended for the purpose of preserving certain City parks as natural areas?”
One has to question the motives for the City Attorney’s choice of language. While the City may disapprove of the community’s petition, it is our democratic right under Oregon law and the City should be ashamed of misrepresenting our community’s initiative. We deserved an unbiased ballot caption and question.
Mr. Powell’s caption and question omit “natural,” equate the development limitations to “restricting improvements,” and ignores the fact that the original ballot title given this chapter in 1978 was to “preserve” Springbrook Park as a “natural area” while the same is true in 2019 for these additional natural areas. These are natural areas that by definition in published City parks documents do not have developed recreational facilities. And, one could argue strongly that any above-ground structure, yet alone, telecommunications towers or commercial logging are not “improvements” to natural areas. In fact, improvements would be ensuring these natural areas are ecologically healthy and vibrant for wildlife, flora, and fauna to flourish — which we have included specifically in the revised amendment!
Yes. We will publish locations you can come to learn more about this 100% grassroots, citizen-led initiative and to sign in-person on this website.
Or, you can download, print, sign, and mail back a petition e-sheet from the comfort of your own home: Click here to get the petition.
Oregon law allows you to download an electronic single-signer petition form, print it, sign it, and mail it back to us via postal mail. Click here to get the petition.
Signing the petition means you believe our community should be given the opportunity to decide and vote on the intent and merits of this prospective initiative. We need 4,365 Lake Oswego voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Donations. We are a 100% grassroots, local citizen-led effort. Funding comes from our friends and neighbors from all around Lake Oswego who want to preserve these natural areas with nominal donations of $25, $50, $100, and more.
There is no “big money” nor out-of-town group behind our efforts. Who wants to save our natural parks? The citizens who love our City’s natural parks. That’s it!
Our success will be communicating (advertising, mailers, yard signs, website, etc) to every Lake Oswego resident with factual information about OUR initiative to Protect Our Natural Parks through the petition phase and all-the-way through the election phase. We couldn’t do this without our friends and neighbor’s generous time, effort, and financial support.