Month: October 2012

Naked man takes a dip at Keizer Station

A naked man bathing in water at Keizer Station got police attention Monday morning, but they said no crime was committed. Keizer Police were called near Men’s Wearhouse at 8:17 a.m. Monday, October 22, on a report the man was swimming in water near the footbridge across Keizer Station Boulevard. The complainant was concerned he could be in danger from the cold water. “The subject could not explain why he was naked in the water, but thought because he was in the canal out of the sight of the public he was OK,” said Lt. Alan McCowan of Keizer Police. The responding officer told the man his conduct was inappropriate and the man said it wouldn’t happen again. Police checked to see if he needed medical attention before...

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Vote Christopher, write-in Smith

To the Editor: I worked with the mayor and citycouncil for three years as a Budget Committee member and got to see first hand the internal workings and personalities of the city staff, mayor and councilors.  I am supporting Lore Christopher as the best choice as mayor of Keizer.  Lore is a very caring, and dedicated lady who has spent countless hours as our current mayor, and has done an outstanding job.  She works hard to serve the needs of the all the citizens of Keizer, to listen to their needs, and to make it a beautiful and wholesome place to live.  She spends countless hours at council meetings and city events to support her home town, all of which are in a volunteer capacity without pay.  She cares deeply about the needs of the city and those who live here. In addition – Please write in Brandon Smith to remain as councilor in position #2.  He also has served many hours working hard to keep our city safe, while making it a better place to live.  He is the best choice for council cosition #2, and I ask you support Brandon as your councilor in position #2. Please join me in voting for Lore Christopher as mayor, and Brandon Smith as councilor position #2 as the most respectful, caring, fair, balanced decisions, and best people to guide the...

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Council Positions 2 and 3

To the Editor: I was pleased to learn that Brandon Smith would agree to continue serving as a Keizer City Councilor if he wins as a write-in candidate. This is very fortunate for the residents of Keizer. Brandon’s years of experience along with his institutional memory on the city council are especially important this year as we need continuity in order to maintain our momentum as the city continues to move forward after the recession.  Brandon has been a strong supporter of improving the quality of life in Keizer on issues ranging from supporting youth baseball to business development. For position number 3, Marlene Quinn is the best qualified candidate because she has demonstrated her passion for Keizer by having the most experience in volunteer committees of any of the other candidates for position number 3.  I will be writing in Brandon Smith for position number 2 and I will be voting for Marlene Quinn for position number 3 for the Keizer City Council. Rich Walsh...

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Lore Christopher for mayor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This editorial has been corrected. For the full correction, see below the text.   For the first time in 10 years Keizer voters have a choice for mayor. Incumbent Lore Christopher is seeking her seventh two-year term; she is being challenged by Councilor David McKane. This is really a race between personalities and styles. But voters should make a decision on what is best for the city of Keizer. We are no longer a small town with ‘howdy neighbor politics,’ we are a sizable city with issues that will affect city traffic, city budgets and more. What is at stake in this mayoral election? In our eyes this election is about the near future of Keizer which includes economic development that will bring tax paying businesses to our city. In her 12 years as mayor Lore Christopher has built relationships with the other government entities that have some say over our future. Christopher has effectively used her networking skills to push along a number of projects. Of course, she didn’t do it alone—no mayor does—but she knows who to turn to when she wants something for Keizer. In his eight years as a councilor David McKane has been relatively quiet until the last few years when he found his voice on issues like public safety fees and the annexation of the Clear Lake area from Marion County...

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Marlene Quinn for council

Keizer is lucky to have three thoughtful and involved candidates seeking City Council Position 3. Marlene Quinn’s experience and preparation put her at the top of the heap, which is why we endorse her for the job. Her record of service is impressive: Four years in the U.S. Air Force and a decade of  committee activity within the city, in addition to other groups. Her familiarity with the wide variety of issues prepares her to be an effective and assertive councilor right off the bat. Her background and demeanor suggest she won’t back down if her opinion differs from that of her fellow councilors. She understands Keizer must consider some sort of urban growth boundary expansion, but wants to emphasize living wage jobs and is skeptical of projects that could undermine the rest of the local economy. She opposes the mean-spirited and pointless rule banning non-citizen teens from serving in the city’s youth councilor role, which for all the fireworks surrounding the issue is essentially a ceremonial role where  youths can learn about government. Eamon Bishop and Matthew Chappell are also seeking the position, and we encourage them to stay involved in local government and continue to exert influence. That is the path that led us to endorse Quinn....

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