Day: May 16, 2014

Push Big Toy project to June 2015, Caillier says

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Barring a surprise next Monday, it seems pretty clear the Big Toy project at Keizer Rapids Park is being delayed nearly nine months. Mark Caillier, the general coordinator for the community build play structure project, made his recommendation at the May 7 Community Build Task Force meeting. “Right now it’s scheduled for September,” Caillier said. “With the parks master planning process, we’re not going to be able to meet that date, so I was asked to look at other dates. Most of you have heard the dates of June 10 to 14 (2015). It’s not that we couldn’t do it earlier, but April and May in Keizer the calendar is absolutely full. June 10 is the last day of school next year. I don’t see anything else in that time period.” The final decision is expected to be made at the May 19 Keizer City Council meeting, but a reversal among the six councilors and mayor Lore Christopher would be unexpected. Councilors Marlene Quinn and Jim Taylor spoke in favor of the delay from this September to next June at the CBTF meeting, while Christopher had expressed support for a delay earlier in the week. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board also recommended the delay in a 6-1 vote Tuesday (see related story, pg. 2). For months it looked like...

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Keizer’s big weekend

Keizer’s biggest community event—the Iris Festival—is happening now with the main attractions coming this weekend. The big story for this year is the move of the KeizerFEST grounds from Keizer Station to the Keizer Lions Club-Cherry Avenue area. Development at the shopping complex next to the freeway forced the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the festival, to find a new home. The KeizerFEST tent is already up and ready to invite the region under its tarp to enjoy music, food and socializing. The Iris Festival tent is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s like a reunion, friends seeing friends they haven’t seen for a while.  It’s a good time for Keizer to collectively let down its hair and celebrate all that is good about our community. The move to the new location necessitates the closing of Cherry Avenue N.E. beteween Alder Drive and Manbrin Drive. Cherry Avenue wll be closed through Sunday night (the carnival rides and midway will be set up in the street itself). Drivers will need to see detour signs; hopefully the closure of Cherry Avenue will be met with a shrug rather than a rant. The festival is offering a variety of entertainment, contests and activities for every member of the family. Live music on the main stage and on the community stage promise to showcase some our best local...

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House District 25 primary election

To the Editor: I am a Marion County PCP and as such I have had the opportunity to meet the candidates running for office this cycle. As most of us do, I look for two things in a legislator: competency and integrity. I do confess to having a dog in this fight since I know Bill Post personally, but that gives me better  than average insight into his qualifications. I can say without reservation that given Mr. Post’s extensive background in the highly competitive broadcasting industry, his grasp of Oregon politics and the issues that impact all Oregonians, along with numerous other accomplishments, I believe  he meets the  competency requirements to effectively discharge the office of state representative. I can also vouch for his integrity not only as an avid listener to his radio show that was so informative regarding issues of importance to the state and the nation, but also as someone I attend church with. He is my Sunday School teacher and after approximately seven years in his class, I can say candidly that I have every confidence in his integrity. As for his opponent, Barbara Jensen, I know little, having met her only once at a central committee meeting. I  have reservations about Mrs. Jensen based on her extreme lack of voter involvement, apparently lackluster performance in  state information and data technologies, and some very questionable...

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McNary multi-purpose field benefits all

By JOHN HONEY I would like to respond to Mr. Zaitz’s editorial “Even the Playing Field” in the May 2 Keizertimes. First I would like to clarify and correct some of the information presented and then share why this project is an excellent investment of time, energy and, yes, finances, for our entire community. First of all, the projected cost cited by Mr. Zaitz of $2 million is the anticipated fair market cost of such a facility.  Our actual costs will be about half of that figure. Early estimates have the project coming in on budget at about $500,000 in cash with an additional $500,000 in material, labor and skills, donated by area construction and field development professionals (in-kind donations). Those numbers will change depending on the type of product selected by the committee and the actual amount of donated labor and materials.  Absolutely no district, city or state funds will be used for this project as it will be spearheaded by the McNary Athletic Booster Club, a non-profit organization. Mr. Zaitz insinuates that funding a multi-purpose field short-changes kids interested in other things—such as theater and music. If that logic holds true, we should never fund improvements or accept donations for any program because there may be students not interested in that particular activity. During the past several years, we have dedicated thousands and thousands of dollars and...

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Donald Sterling is no victim of racism

By ERIC A. HOWALD Jason is one of the few people I remember from my grade school days. I remember him because he was the first African American student in the same grade and same classroom as me. This was in the late 1980s when I was growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Mo. I attended private, Catholic schools for the first eight years of my education and there simply wasn’t a lot of diversity in my classrooms, or the school as a whole. The main reason I remember Jason is because of his hair. It was buzzed short and probably no more than a quarter-inch at its thickest. Yet, every day he would pull out of his back pocket an ovoid rubber comb with a loop he could slide a finger through. Those combs were all the rage then, and I understood wanting to be part of the cool crowd, but Jason was already a cool guy without it. What puzzled me more was Jason running that comb through his hair multiple times every single day. It took me quite a while to summon up the courage, but I eventually asked him why he did this. “It doesn’t look any different after you do it,” I told him. “You just wouldn’t understand,” he replied. Better understanding was my purpose in asking at all, and it frustrated...

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