Month: September 2010

Signature gathering is not an election

To the Editor: Councilor Cathy Clark’s guest column (Keizertimes, Aug. 27) was titled “A big box ban has consequences.”  Thank you, Councilor Clark, for making that point.  That’s exactly what Keep Keizer Livable (KKL) has been trying to say.  There are, indeed, consequences, and those consequences are in the best interest of Keizer neighborhoods. However, for clarity’s sake, please know that signing an initiative does not make it so.  All one’s signature does, along with 2,799 others, is to allow the initiative to come before the voters for a community decisiion.  Even if KKL gets the required 2,800 legitimate signatures, only the voters, not one’s signature on the initiative, can determine the outcome. What the initiative does is limit the size of a retail building to 65,000 square feet in the mixed used areas.  For instance, Safeway is a pretty good sized store.  Would you want anything larger that that in your neighborhood?  All KKL is saying is keep the big box stores in Area A of Keizer Station, not in the middle of our neighborhoods.  If you look at the mixed use areas in Keizer, most are surrounded by residential  neighborhoods. Both Councilor Clark and Mayor Lore Chrisotpher seem to believe that banning a big box store anywhere in Keizer would stifle business growth and opportunity.  I think we have to understand that what a big box store...

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Sheila ‘Shayla’ Lisbeth Goodman

Ms. Goodman, of Keizer, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. She was 18 years old. She was born Dec. 18, 1991, in Willingboro, N.J., was a 2010 McNary High graduate and was enrolled at Chemeketa Community College, with plans to transfer to University of Oregon. She worked for Adidas and Costco. Survivors include: her parents, Jeffrey and Lisbeth Goodman; brother, Marcos Goodman; and many family members and friends. Services were Thursday, Sept. 2, at Salem Evangelical Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Sheila Goodman Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Keizer Police Officers Association. Arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral...

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