Day: October 15, 2010

Keizer needs to enforce all codes

To the Editor: I found this article surprising that after several complaints City of Keizer community development department “ordered” La Hacienda Real to repaint their building a more “muted” color.  I personally never found the original color offensive (too vibrant) and that it complimented the restaurant’s interior design.  This establishment serves wonderful Mexican cuisine and has been a real plus for the Keizer community. If the Community Development Department is going to be vigilant on color code enforcement of business buildings, I would like to see them become more vigilant on code enforcement of vehicles parked improperly in residential zones, especially RVs that are never used (and often not licensed) but use the Keizer streets for storage of these unused, unwanted vehicles.  Not only do these vehicles devaluate surrounding properties, they also hinder monthly street cleaning which then affects sewer drainage – something Keizer residents pay dearly for. One can register complaints with the code enforcement office, which will send out violation notices and sometimes involve the police to issue “warning” citations, but in the past 12 years I have never seen this particular Keizer Development Code enforced in my surrounding neighborhood—Arcade Ave.N.E., Kimberly Ct. N.E., Lisa Ct. N.E.). Chris Koch...

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Kim Thatcher should be re-elected

To the Editor: Kim Thatcher should be re-elected as your Oregon State Representative for House District 25 because she understands the threat to public safety posed by foreign national criminals (criminal aliens) living in Marion County. Marion County on October 1st had 287 criminal aliens incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections prison system, more than any other Oregon county. Of the 531 inmates incarcerated at the Marion County Correctional Facility (MCCF) on October 11th, sixty-two prisoners were criminal aliens, approximately 12 percent of the jail population. During the 2009 Oregon State Legislature legislative session Rep. Thatcher sponsored and supported House Bill 3440 that would have required the MCCF to verify the immigration status of prisoners in the jail and allowed the Marion County Sheriff to enforce federal immigration laws pursuant to an agreement with the federal government. Kim Thatcher, showing her empathy for crime victims, sponsored HB 3440 at the request of Craig Cox in memory of Judy Cox who was killed by a criminal alien who had been convicted numerous times for drunken driving. Voters should reelect Kim Thatcher as their- State Representative for the public safety of all House District 25 residents. David Olen Cross...

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Big box store limit likely to make ballot, backers say

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Organizers of a proposed ballot measure limiting where big box stores could be built in Keizer are “confident” they’ll have enough signatures to put the issue before voters. Keep Keizer Livable, founded in 2007 in response to a proposed big-box store at the southeast intersection of Lockhaven Drive and Chemawa Road, have raised about $6,673 in total contributions, according to ORESTAR. If it makes the ballot, Keizer voters would make their voices heard in a special election in March 2011. Members have been canvassing neighborhoods for the past several weeks. And Kevin Hohnbaum, a co-founder of Keep Keizer Livable, said last week his group has attained the minimum number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. But the group is shooting for about 800 more. They need 2,739 qualifying signatures to make the ballot, and estimate they currently have about 3,300. “I’ll be happy if we get up over 3,500,” Hohnbaum said. If you’re a registered voter in Keizer there’s a decent chance a group representative has knocked on your door in recent weeks. Hohnbaum said the most resistance to signing the petition to put the measure to voters came from more affluent neighborhoods. The reason voters give? “They don’t want to limit any business,” Hohnbaum related. “We tell them we’re not limiting business,” Hohnbaum said. “All we’re doing is keeping our...

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Milne makes her case for re-election to county commission

Patti Milne, a Republican from the Woodburn area, is running for her fourth term as one of Marion County’s commissioners. The Keizertimes spoke with Milne recently and got her take on a wide variety of issues affecting county residents. Q: What accomplishments are you proudest of in your time on the commission, particularly the past four years? A: “It’s been ongoing to just really bring Marion County into the 21st century and to be more responsive to the citizens and the taxpayers, to bring in accountability, transparency to county government that was so needed. That’s not just something you say, ‘I accomplished it this year, and you move on.’ These are ongoing … We have new department heads, a lot of other new faces at the county, and I think we’ve really raised the level of knowledge and expertise people bring to their jobs. we have wonderful leadership of the county and they’ve been supportive of new ways to do things … “I implemented a rainy day fund, I have pushed very hard for reserve and contingency funds and that we maintain appropriate levels in those funds so when there’s an emergency, we have the ability to respond to those needs. Department audits is something else I led the charge on, and doing audits, it’s not about looking for criticism, it’s about helping our department heads and supervisors, actually...

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McNary defense needs to shut down Saxon running game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary wide receiver James Lowells’ game plan for varsity football team’s clash with the South Salem Saxons bears a striking resemblance to Chicago politics: hit early, hit often. “Our linebackers need to hit [Jake Fohn] a few times early and make him think twice about running,” Lowells said. The Celtics travel to meet South Salem Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Fohn rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries in the Saxon’s recent barnburner with Sprague High School. “He can’t have a big game,” said McNary’s Zac Fegles, a sophomore. Combined with double threat Junior Espitia, Saxon quarterback, who completed 9 of 14 for 139 yards and carried the ball himself 14 times for 84 yards last week, the Celts will be facing a formidable opponent. South currently holds the No. 3 slot in the Central Valley Conference while McNary is resting at No. 5. “Defensively, [South] likes bring people in off the edges, but we should be able to give them some grief if they play man against the receivers,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. McNary is still trying to get its ground game moving in the right direction, which would help alleviate pressure on Celtic quarterback Kyle Ismay. Ismay completed 33 of 51 for 358 yards in the team’s clash with West Salem last week, but...

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