Day: January 10, 2011

McKane says he’s not resigning

Councilor David McKane announced Monday he’ll stay on the city council. The decision was announced in a joint meeting with reporters and Mayor Lore Christopher Monday afternoon at the Keizer Civic Center. Because the council has not yet formally declared a vacancy, McKane will not need to go through the application process. The two also said they’ll support postponing implementation of a 3 percent wireless telecom fee so the issue can be voted on in the November 2011 election. Petitioners opposing the fee, which McKane voted against, have submitted enough signatures that the two believe it will qualify for the ballot. In addition, both Mayor Lore Christopher and McKane said they would support hosting town halls, “listening sessions” and finding other ways to address the notion McKane himself put forward that the council has a listening problem. “We’ve been accused, and probably rightfully so, that we don’t listen to people effectively, that maybe we have an opportunity to improve,” he said. “If I can be a part of that – and I think the rest of the city council feels the same way – we’re going to give it the best shot we can and try to make people proud of what we do up there again.” It puts what the two hope will be a soothing coda to a rather tumultuous few days for the city council. McKane...

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Ex-councilor: Private talks hurt process

Now-former City Councilor David McKane sat down to share his take on issues of the day and on the way the Keizer City Council operates. On why he resigned: “Have you ever done anything in your life where you just had enough? You had enough and you could actually choose to do something else? That’s all.” On his relationship with the mayor: “Like (Lore Christopher) said, there’s no bad blood. I just wish we could have done things a little differently, but it’s a seven-person council. Majority rules. All I was asking for was, at least listen to me and give me an opportunity. I don’t think I have that anymore.” On transparency: “We have a lot of discussions outside council meetings. It’s appropriate, but at some point that limits our meaningful discussion at the city council. … You really have to keep in mind the decision isn’t made until the deliberation is done, after the public meeting is closed, after you have the opportunity to hear from everybody. I think the danger is when you work these issues, to a great extent, out of the meeting people tend to close their minds a little bit. And I think it hurts the public process a little bit.” On public input: Some testifying “don’t feel they’re being listened to. And I don’t think that’s always the case, but from time...

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