Oswego Lake Lawsuit Now in State Court

The State of Oregon is now being sued along with the City of Lake Oswego

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The fight for public access to Oswego Lake has changed venues.A lawsuit seeking to open Oswego Lake to the public tossed from federal court earlier this month was re-filed in Clackamas County Circuit Court earlier this week.As with the federal lawsuit, plaintiffs Mark Kramer and Todd Prager are demanding the city of Lake Oswego stop blocking public access to the lake in the center of Oregon’s wealthiest ...   More
 
Friday, November 2, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Oswego Lake Access Issue Heads to Federal Court

Lawsuit says the city has a responsibility to “protect and preserve the public’s right of access to and use of the Lake.”

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A federal judge may decide if Oswego Lake is open to the public. A lawsuit filed this morning in U.S. District Court in Portland seeks to force Lake Oswego, Oregon’s wealthiest city, to open its namesake lake for public access. (You can read the suit here.)The lake was declared open to the public by the state attorney general way back in 1959, but it's been dealt with as if it belongs to private ...   More
 
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Martin Cizmar

Can You Land a Seaplane on Oswego Lake?

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Lake Oswego’s city council made it a crime to go from a public park to a public lake last week.Safety, they claimed, is the issue. Yes, there are stairs leading from Millennium Park into the water of Oswego Lake, but the average Oswegan apparently can’t be trusted to safely walk down five stairs.They could slip! They could fall!  INTO WATER!But are there are other ways onto ...   More
 
Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Martin Cizmar

Locking Up Oswego Lake

Lake Oswego’s city council has voted to bar park access to the public lake.


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All of Oregon’s navigable waterways are public, but some are more public than others. Or so it goes in Lake Oswego...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Will Oswego Lake Close Tonight?

Lake Oswego City Council may vote to ban public access.

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Oswego Lake may only be open to the public for a few more hours.Tonight, Lake Oswego's city council will vote tonight on a resolution which would prohibit people from entering the public lake from the city-owned public parks on its shores. If passed, the rule would be effective immediately.This means an occupation of Oswego Lake, unlike the paddle I took last month, would involve breaking the ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Martin Cizmar

Occupy Portland Debates Occupying Lake Oswego

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WW Arts and Culture Editor Martin Cizmar struck a blow for the 99 percent recently by kayaking around Oswego Lake, and Occupy Portland has taken note. Spurred on by a quote from Lake O Mayor Jack Hoffman—“If there was an Occupy Oswego Lake, what would happen? I just don’t know”—its adherents have been debating following Cizmar's revolutionary paddle strokes by occupying the lake themselves, ...   More
 
Thursday, March 8, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Lake Affront

Oswego Lake’s big secret: It’s public and you can paddle it. In fact, I did.


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Carrying a big green kayak down the sidewalk in Lake Oswego gets attention. “You know you can’t just go in there?” “They’ll ding ya if they catch ya in there!” To hear it described by townsfolk...   More
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

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