Day: September 4, 2015

Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting

CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION AGENDA KEIZER CITY COUNCIL REGULAR SESSION Tuesday, September 8, 2015 7:00 p.m. Robert L. Simon Council Chambers Keizer, Oregon CALL TO ORDER ROLL CALL FLAG SALUTE SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS a. PROCLAMATION – Constitution Week 5. COMMITTEE REPORTS a. Volunteer Coordinating Committee Recommendation for Appointments to Keizer Budget Committee PUBLIC TESTIMONY This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing. PUBLIC HEARINGS a. ORDINANCE – To Vacate a Portion of Manbrin Drive NE, Keizer, Oregon (MMAK, LLC) 8. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION ORDINANCE – Amending Ordinance Adopting the Keizer Medical Marijuana Facility Permit Process; Declaring an Emergency; Amendment of Ordinance No. 2014-702 ORDINANCE – Amending Ordinance Establishing a Tax on the Sale of Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, and Marijuana-Infused Products in the City of Keizer; Declaring an Emergency; Amendment of Ordinance No. 2014-706 ORDINANCE – Providing for Keizer Public Art and Public Murals; Repeal of Ordinance No. 2014-710 RESOLUTION – Adopting Public Art and Public Murals Policies ORDINANCE – Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Section 1.200 (Definitions), Section 2.102 (Single Family Residential), Section 2.103 (Limited Density Residential), Section 2.104 (Medium Density Residential), Section 2.107 (Mixed Use), Section 2.118 (Urban...

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Celts take on Vikings in first outing

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If the McNary High School varsity football team has its way, the North Salem High School Vikings will be cowering on the opposite side of the field Friday, Sept. 4. “I definitely want to see us set the tone and show aggressiveness that will instill fear,” said Sam Farr, a McNary junior. “Our coaches have come out insanely confident in our potential and we’re feeling excited about what we can do.” The Celtics and Vikings take the field at North Salem beginning at 7:15 p.m. McNary’s new head coach, Jeff Auvinen, is focusing on developing a new sense of toughness in his first year on the job and hopes the team establishes dominance out of the gate. “We want to have them control the tone and the tempo. We don’t want to have to react. It’s not going to be perfect, but we’re going to try to be as tough as we can be,” Auvinen said. Headed into the game, McNary lacks the established playmakers of some recent years, but returns a number of players in key positions along with some lessons learned. “We knew we had potential last year, but we didn’t really live up to it. We can’t go into games thinking we are going to be good, we have to prove ourselves and prove it every week,” said Brady...

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Food fight escalates

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An ugly grocery store battle has escalated into an all-out war. Casualties in the Haggen vs. Albertsons battle include 27 recently rechristened Haggen stores, such as the one on River Road in Keizer. As mentioned recently in the Keizertimes, Haggen announced in mid-August the Keizer location – rechristened in late April after formerly being an Albertsons – will be closing by mid-October. Store closure and going out of business signs are all over the store, including a large banner on the store front. Washington-based Haggen purchased 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores last December, the result of a merger between the two large grocery store chains. Prior to the purchase of the new stores, Haggen had just 18 stores in Washington and Oregon. In July, Albertsons sued Haggen for $41 million, claiming Haggen failed to pay for inventory that was part of the changeover at 38 of the acquired stores. Now Haggen is fighting back. On Tuesday, Haggen attorneys filed a complaint against Albertsons seeking more than $1 billion in damages. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and makes a number of accusations about Albertsons acting in violation of various federal and state laws, including Federal Trade Commission orders, and attempting to eliminate competition. Haggen alleges the actions by Albertsons forced the announced store closures....

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Yes to childhood vaccinations

By JULIANNE BROCK, FNP-C As a family nurse practitioner, I get many questions from parents about whether to vaccinate their infant or child. While I understand their concerns, my overwhelming answer is yes. It’s also important to understand the recent law changes effective next February regarding religious exemptions (noted at the end of this article). Many myths and non-evidence-based statements have circulated around childhood vaccinations in the last two decades. The most common is that childhood vaccinations can cause autism. The scientific community doesn’t fully understand how and why autism develops in certain children. What we do know is that numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown no link between vaccinations and autism. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in 2013 supporting the fact that childhood vaccinations do not cause autism. As a parent, I understand the need to protect your children from harm and/or permanent disabilities; however, vaccinations are not the source of this. Another follow-up question I’m often asked: “What about the additives that are in vaccinations? Don’t those cause health problems?” This is a great question, and it refers to the fact that prior to 2002, several vaccinations contained the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal. This preservative is no longer used in childhood vaccinations, except for some multi-dose vials of influenza—also, science has shown no correlation between thimerosal and autism. I hope...

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Gun violence

To the Editor: It was just a few hours after the tragic shooting of the journalist and cameraman in Virginia before the Democratic progressive liberal governor of that state blamed gun violence for the crime. That was followed shortly afterwards by the Democratic progressive liberal former secretary of state and the current president’s press secretary with the same comments. Their mission is to blame the possession of guns for the crime instead of the mentally unstable humans. These are the same humans who have killed each other with stones and wood since the days of the cave people. It is not the guns, it’s the knives; knife violence. These are the same knives that have beheaded people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.  The very same knives that have threaten people all over the world with beheadings—including here in the United States.  It is not the crazed murderous Islamic terrorists. We have to get those knives out of their hands and do background checks on them. That will solve the problem. No, it is humans who kill people with sticks, stones, vehicles, poison, arrows, spears, bats and shovels. Democratic progressive liberals must think the people of the United States are stupid. Could it be a civilization entertained by violence from childhood by murderous graphic game violence, or the daily shoot ‘em up cop shows or demolition movies with carnage beyond...

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