Day: April 17, 2011

Layoffs proposed to balance city budget

Several city employees may lose their jobs as part of balancing the 2011-12 budget, City Manager Chris Eppley said. In a memorandum sent to city employees Friday afternoon Eppley said three employees – one each from community development and police support, along with the assistant to the city manager – would be laid off as part of “measures that I must implement in order to bring our budget into balance with the current economic positions.” The final decision is up to the budget committee and the Keizer City Council. In addition under the budget proposal no non-represented employees would get cost of living or step pay increases. They would pay a higher percentage of their health insurance costs. The memo states other cuts will be made in materials and services, supplies and training along with “additional cuts that are more external to the organization.” “Getting there was the hardest exercise that I have ever personally been through because the results are going to have  a very personal impact on a number of our co-workers,” Eppley wrote. Concessions from the Keizer Police Association could save the police support position, he...

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“It Gets Better”, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

“It Gets Better”, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller c.2011, Dutton $21.95 / $27.50 Canada 339 pages By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER High school, it seems, was built for drama. Maybe it’s because of hormones or because everybody’s searching for who they are or the person they’ll become, but one thing’s certain: Mean Girls, jocks and cheerleaders, nerdy kids, geeks, and bullies generally cannot co-exist in peace. And therein lies a problem, particularly if you’re on the receiving end of brutality, teasing, or ostracism. Not only does that stuff hurt, but it makes life so unpleasant that you can sometimes see only one way to stop it… Columnist Dan Savage, with his husband Terry Miller and a friend, decided to do something about that. In “It Gets Better”, they explain what happened and how their un-splashy video became a tidal wave of support. Just a hundred videos. That’s the response that Dan Savage and Terry Miller hoped they’d get from a YouTube post they made in the aftermath of several suicides by LGBT teens. In an AHA! moment, Savage had realized that those kids had no vision of a future and no idea that things get better – hence, the video. But one video begat two, then a hundred, then a computer crash, a presidential message, and a movement. In this book, they gather notable messages to LGBTQ teens; some poignant,...

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