News & Notes

Community Shred Day – Lake Oswego and EFI Secure Shredding holds another shred day geared toward helping citizens get rid of sensitive documents. This one will be held at the West End Building in the rear parking lot. Three boxes to a person will be allowed. Hours are 10AM – 1PM on April 30th.

Walk for Water – A 1-mile loop returning to Foothills Park seeks to bring awareness to the issue of a dire need for clean drinking water in developing countries… and strollers are welcome! You are invited to simulate the trek of villagers in Zambia who walk for their water twice every day. The walk will be held April 30th and begins at 9AM in Foothills Park.

Lake Run – Speaking of exercise… The much-anticipated annual “Lake Run” is coming up fast- May 7th starting at Millenium Plaza Park! Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. There will be a 12k run, a 5k walk/run where strollers will be included, and a 1/2 mile kids-dash (11 and under). For registration Click Here. For more information including maps, approximate times runners will pass through various neighborhoods, and traffic changes click Here for 12k, and Here for 5k.

Tidbits from PMAR
(Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors) –

– Americans appear to be more confident about home-ownership and the stability of home prices than they were at the beginning of 2010. This is per Fannie Mae’s latest national housing survey. Nearly 80% of all respondents including homeowners and renters surveyed anticipated prices holding steady or increasing in the next 12 months- Up from 73 percent in January 2010.
Click Here for more detail.
– Portland is ranked among the top ten cities nationally where it is best to buy rather than rent according to Click Here for more detail.

Remodeling Costs Recouped – Realtor Magazine and Remodeling Magazine came up with a list of the most cost-effective remodeling projects. You can click Here for info on the Portland metropolitan area and download the 12-page report.

News & Notes

The holiday season is in full swing! It also means we are nearing year’s end, and the City of Lake Oswego is busy on many fronts related to planning in various areas, and of course there are toy drives, food drives and blood drives as well. Here are a few activities and events coming up in the next few weeks:

* Lake Oswego is hosting a Blood Drive at City Hall on Friday, December 10th from 10:00AM till 3:00PM. They say that walk-ins are welcome, and/but making an appointment in advance helps them to keep things moving along smoothly. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call 503 675 6394.

* The discussion and debate on new codes relating to “Sensitive Lands” is entering a new phase. The City Council is holding a hearing to discuss the code changes, and says that the changes have been designed to “…maintain legal compliance while decreasing regulations on sensitive lands.” The hearing is set for December 13th at 6:30PM in Council Chambers.

* Lake Oswego is exploring the possibilities for enhanced public transit between Lake Oswego and Portland. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be viewed here: DEIS A public hearing before the Project Steering Committee is scheduled for January 24th from 5:00PM – 8:00PM at the Lakewood Center.

* It’s Free Shred Day again!!! Bring your shred-ables to the West End Building at 4101 Kruse Way on Saturday, December 11th from 10:00Am till 1:00PM or until the truck is full.. For more information/guidelines etc, click HERE.

* Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation has a Questionnaire for your input. The purpose is to solicit feedback that will help them determine the way the park system will look in the next 10 – 15 years. To participate, click HERE.

* Lake Oswego’s Toy and Food Drives are nearing their deadlines. There are stockings that can be picked up and returned filled for needy families in Clackamas County. Drop off sites include City Hall, The West End Building and the Adult Community Center, but time is running out. Also, the Oregon Food Bank is in dire need of more donations this year. You may make a non-perishable food donation at any of the same drop-off locations. For more information please call 503 635 0257.

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Real Estate News ~

House Set to Extend Rural Home Loan Guarantee Program – A unanimous vote by the House Financial Services Committee will send the Rural Housing and Stabilization Act of 2010 to the full House of Representatives where it is said that it has been fast tracked for a vote as early as next week.  Passing HR5017 will continue the availability of government guaranteed mortgages for rural home-buyers.  If passed it will correct section 502 of the Single family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program to make it self-funding. Section 502 assists home-buyers living in rural areas to obtain affordable mortgages guaranteed by USDA.  There has been great concern of late at announcements that there were no more funds for this program, so this is a welcome announcement for many. You must qualify credit-wise of course, and have reliable and adequate income.  The average guarantee in 2009 was for $112,000.

Lock Box Activity – According to RMLS, when comparing the week of April 5th through April 11th with the week prior, the number of times a lock box was opened increased 33% in Washington and 26.6% in Oregon.  Spring is in the air!

Community ~

Shred Day! Bring your shred-able items in to the West End Building on May 1st & protect your identity while you recycle. Credit Cards, staples, paper clips and rubber bands are all said to be acceptable.  Up to three boxes per person will be accepted, and all are encouraged to bring cans of food to support the Oregon Food Bank.  10:00 AM till 1:00 PM or until the truck is full!

I LOVE LOPR  Video Challenge – Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation is asking all those who love our parks to grab a camera and illustrate why!  Take a photo of your favorite event, your favorite park, your favorite park activity… the list is endless.  Details can be found HERE The list of prizes and sponsors is growing.  Sign up for the challenge, OR sign up to be a sponsor.

Child Safety Seat Clinic – Come & make sure you know how to install your child’s safety seat property. This clinic will take place May 1st from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM at 300 B Avenue/The Main Fire Station.  Each seat takes about 30 minutes to check.  Come and spend some time building peace of mind.