Day: June 3, 2010

IN THE RING: Who’s to blame for state budget woes?

This week’s question is: Who’s most responsible for the state’s recently-announced $500 million budget gap? A.  Governor B.  Legislature C.  Voters <b>Marlene Quinn, event planner:</b> “B.. They can’t seem to get it right…and A. goes along with B..” <b>Stu Crosby, Multi-Tech Engineering:</b> “The power to make those decisions rests solely with the legislature. The true answer to your question however is none of the above ……..the economic downturn is the major player…………….and our system of setting budgets for future bienniums ……..hard calls to make but easy to point political fingers when it doesn’t work out.” <b>Warren Franklin, KYKN radio personality:</b> “I believe all three have played a part in our our $500 million budget gap. First, the voters for voting tax and spend liberals and progressives who believe bigger government is the answer to our problems “Second, the legislature for having absolutely no self control.  They have a budget, but I’m not sure they know what to do with it except blow it up and over spend. “Third, a governor who is like minded and won’t cut spending.  He is working right along side the tax and spend legislature.  He doesn’t seem to have any self control either. “The only way to change this trend is to start with the voter who will send the tax and spend legislators home and bring in individuals who will reign the budget in and get...

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Developer: Big box won’t bust cap

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A developer planning a big-box store in Area C of Keizer Station said this week the store will be about 116,000 square feet. Alan Roodhouse of RPS Development said the property would include one store of about 116,000 square feet along with several other buildings that will include “ancillary retail” and office space, consistent with requirements that mixed use development be included with any store larger than 80,000 square feet. Roodhouse declined to name a tenant but said there would be a “discount grocery” component to the development. [MAP: 1] “We have always believed a discount grocer component was essential to the success of Keizer Station,” Roodhouse said. “We still believe that, and that’s what we’re going to accomplish in Area C.” Meanwhile, a group protesting a Walmart possibly coming to Keizer on Facebook garnered more than 500 fans in a week, and had more than 1,000 as of this writing. A counter-group, encouraging a Walmart to come, has about 50. The issue centers around the amount of retail square footage allowed in the four areas of Keizer Station – and how big buildings can be within them. City staff recently put forth a proposal that would allow developers to request a change for the cap within the master planning process. The council voted 5-2 in support, which means a second reading on...

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Playoff run ends for Celts

The McNary express derailed one game shy of its ultimate destination. On Tuesday, Grants Pass edged the Lady Celts, 4-3, by scoring the winning run with two outs in the seventh inning in semifinal action from the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs. With the win, the Lady Cavers meet Sunset in Saturday’s title game at Oregon State. With the loss, McNary’s season ends with 25 wins in 28 games. Grants Pass rode the strong arm of senior Morgan Barnes to victory. The pitcher, who is headed to Bosie State, struck out 12 of the first 16 McNary batters she faced. “We struggled for five-and-a-third-innings,” said McNary Coach Jeff Auvinen. But then Genetta Bennett singled to end Barnes’ bid for a perfect game. Hannah Bouska followed with a home run and just like that McNary led 2-1. It was Bouska’s third home run of the playoffs. Grants Pass went up 3-2 in their half of the sixth. “We did not play very well defensively and gave them the lead right back,” said Auvinen. “To our credit, though, we scraped out the tying run in the seventh.” In the seventh, Hailey Decker drew a leadoff walk and then stole second. A Taylor Jones infield single moved Decker to third. She then scored on a squeeze by Brook Ross. “Then (Grants Pass) won it on a two-out RBI single to right in...

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