Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, April 28, 2017, Page PAGE A2, Image 2

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Mayor will ask for $5K to support
homelessness project manager
presented by
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Today in History
In an effort to forestall what he claims will be a “communist
dictatorship” in the Dominican Republic, President Lyndon
B. Johnson sends more than 22,000 U.S. troops to restore
order on the island nation. Johnson’s action provoked loud
protests in Latin America and skepticism among many in
the United States.
— April 28, 1965
Food 4 Thought
“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but
the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals
the Bible for that.”
— Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Born April 28, 1926
The Month Ahead
Through Saturday, April 29
Willamette University’s theater department presents
Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the M. Lee Pelton Theatre on
campus. General admission is $10. 503-370-6221. thtr-tix@
Through Saturday, May 6
Jesus Christ, Superstar at Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Avenue
N.W. on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and
Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets $27.50 to $29 for weekends, $26.50
to $28 for weekdays. $1 more for opening night, includes after
party. 503-485-4300,
Friday, April 28
Avamere Court’s 2nd Annual Arbor Day honoring those with
Alzheimer’s disease. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Network’s 7th annual Affair to Remember at the
Willamette Heritage Center in the Spinning Room, 1313 Mill
Street S.E. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for individuals
and $80 for couples. 21 and over only event.
Saturday, April 29
Dance with music by “Lee Nicholas and Dianne” at the
Keizer/Salem Area Senior Center, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $5 per
person. Contact Bo Allen at 503-390-7441 or boallen555@
Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30
30th Annual Oregon Ag Fest at Oregon State Fairgrounds in
Salem. Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Cost is $9 for ages 13 and up, free for children 12 &
under. Parking is free.
Sunday, April 30
Chipotle restaurants from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the
Portland metro area, Salem, and Vancouver will donate 50
percent of sales to the American Lung Association’s Oregon
cycling fundraiser.
Monday, May 1
Keizer City Council meeting, 7 p.m., Keizer Civic Center.
Tuesday, May 2
Keizer Budget Advisory Committee meeting, 6 p.m., Keizer
Civic Center.
Thursday, May 4
Keizer Budget Advisory Committee meeting, 6 p.m., Keizer
Civic Center.
Salem Grow and Show Club meets at Center 50 Plus in
Salem, 7 p.m. This month’s speaker is Linda Beutler of the
Rogerson Clematis Garden in West Linn.
Of the Keizertimes
The Keizer Budget Advi-
sory Committee will have at
least one new staff position
to discuss when it meets next
month, but it will only indi-
rectly affect the city’s parks
and police.
At a work session Monday,
April 24, Mayor Cathy Clark
told the council of her in-
tention to request $5,000 of
the city’s 2017-18 budget be
put toward funding a project
manager position at the Mid-
Willamette Valley Council of
Governments (MWVCOG).
The position, which has yet
to be formally established, will
oversee collaborative efforts
between the public and pri-
vate sector to combat home-
lessness in Marion, Polk and
Yamhill counties.
“The request will be vetted
by the budget committee, but
I want Keizer to have some
skin in the game,” said Clark.
came toward the end of
an hour-long presentation
to council that detailed a
year’s worth of meetings by
the Mid-Willamette Valley
homeless Initiative. Clark
served as a co-chair on the
The position would pri-
marily be funded by Marion
County and the City of Sa-
lem, both of which pledged
$40,000 toward setting up
the offi ce within the MWV-
Clark spent most of her
time rehashing the fi ndings
of the Initiative, but said that
homelessness at it’s core is
about people.
“We are concerned about
taking care of people in our
community who are home-
less and at risk of becoming
homeless,” Clark said.
One of the most pressing
issues is housing, and afford-
able housing, capacity in the
Willamette Valley.
“It’s diffi cult for people
who are employed to afford
a home and even more diffi -
cult for those who aren’t. The
worse it gets in Portland, the
worse it gets here,” Clark said.
There is currently a 6,400-
unit defi cit in housing avail-
ability for those making
$25,000 a year or less, and
that is just one example of the
shortfall. The wait for Sec-
tion 8 housing is two to three
years and there are already
those with housing vouchers
and no place to redeem them.
Clark said Keizer has al-
ready made some strides
by incorporating accessory
dwelling units and cottage
clusters into its development
code and that other munici-
palities are currently looking
at doing so.
When asked how the re-
cent rise in visible homeless-
ness is affecting the Keizer
Police Department, Chief
John Teague said the problem
needed a resolution other
than handcuffs.
“An arrest is an incon-
sequential matter for them.
They have no job to lose and
there’s no additional stigma.
The police have been the an-
swer for decades and it’s not
working,” Teague said.
He added that dealing with
where to store a detainee’s
Drug collection event April 28
In partnership with the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Agency,
Keizer Police Department is
hosting a prescription drug
turn-in event on Saturday,
April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at several locations in the
Salem/Keizer area.
The Keizer site will be
in the Safeway parking lot
at 4990 River Road N. Ad-
ditional locations outside of
Keizer include Peace Plaza at
500 Commercial Street S.E.
and the Roth’s parking lot at
702 Lancaster Drive N.E.
The one-day event encour-
ages citizens to properly dis-
pose of expired or unwanted
medications at designated col-
lection sites to keep drugs out
of the wrong hands and out of
the environment.
Acceptable items include:
• Expired or unwanted pre-
scription medications.
• Unneeded over-the-
counter medications.
• Veterinary medications.
• Medication from deceased
family members.
• Unknown tablets and cap-
Do not bring:
• Thermometers.
• Needles/syringes.
• Medical waste of any type.
• Non-medication over-
Scouts invite public
to annual Camporee
Looking for some offbeat
entertainment this weekend?
Make Keizer Rapids Park
your destination.
About 300 Boy
Scouts will descend
on Keizer Rapids this
weekend to partici-
pate in survival
skill competi-
tions and sev-
eral grounds-
keeping projects
throughout the
park. It’s all part of the Wil-
lamette District Camporee.
Scouts will check in Fri-
day afternoon, but the lion’s
share of spectator-fare will
take place all day Saturday,
April 29. Beginning at 9 a.m.
and ending around 4 p.m.,
scouts will engage their sur-
vival skills in competitions
like tomahawk throwing, fi re
building, fi rst aid, tent set-up,
and bridge building among
Competitions are ongo-
ing throughout the day and
most stations will be in
operation for the dura-
tion while groups of
scouts cycle through
About 8 p.m.,
perform skits
for attendees
in front of a
campfi re in the
Keizer Rotary Amphitheater.
the-counter items.
(shampoo, hair spray, deodor-
ant, hygiene products).
• Bug repellent, leaking
liquid containers, nutritional
When medications are dis-
posed of improperly, it poses
risks to community health and
safety. Drugs that are insecure-
ly placed in trash receptacles
can be scavenged and abused.
When drugs are fl ushed, they
are not completely removed
by sewage treatment facili-
The Salem metropolitan
statistical area’s (MSA) unem-
ployment rate edged up to 3.7
percent in March. Overall, Ore-
gon’s statewide unemployment
rate was 3.8 percent in March,
slightly down from its revised
rate in February of 4 percent.
Salem’s March employment
gains were smaller than normal.
Salem added an estimated 200
jobs in March when an increase
of roughly 600 would be ex-
pected, meaning seasonally ad-
justed non-farm employment
decreased 400. Salem’s employ-
ment was more than 9,300, or
6.1 percent, above its pre-reces-
sion employment peak, which
occurred in February 2008.
Track teams take
down McKay
The McNary High School
girls and boys varsity track
teams claimed victory over
the Sprague High School
Olympians in a dual meet.
Friday, May 5
St Edward Catholic Church
5303 River Rd N - Keizer
A 70 year old man involved
in a car crash in the US Post
Offi ce parking lot was arrested
on charges of DUII. Police
responded to a complaint that
the man could be under the
infl uence of intoxicants.
Saturday, May 6
2nd Annual Evening with
David Roth
Kennedy Elementary School Kindergarten Orientation, 6-7
p.m. Learn what a typical kindergarten day is like by touring
the school and what you can do over the summer to help
your child be ready. Please RSVP.
Show opens at 7pm
with Fred Bassett
at the door for
$15/each or call us
at 503-364-3210
Add your event by e-mailing
Listen at
Thursday, May 11
back in
the KT
Car wreck nets 70
year old man DUII
Keizer author Carolyn Bennett-Hunter returns with her
latest mystery inspired by true events, The Powell Mountain
Matter. Hosted by The Book Bin, 450 Court Street NE. The
event is free and open to the public.
Keizer Kindergarten Orientations, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Clear
Lake, Weddle and Forest Ridge, 6-7 p.m. at Cummings,
Gubser and Keizer Elementary. Learn what a typical
kindergarten day is like by touring the school and what
you can do over the summer to help your child be ready.
Please RSVP.
Employment in the Sa-
lem MSA grew by 3,200 jobs
over the past year, a 2 percent
increase. Salem’s growth was
outpaced by the state, but grew
faster than the nation. Salem’s
private sector added 2,300 jobs
over the past year, growing 2.0
percent. The public sector add-
ed 900 jobs, growing 2.1 per-
The fastest-growing major
private-sector industries over
the past year included: informa-
tion (+100 jobs, or 9.1 percent);
and construction (+700 jobs, or
8 percent).
Enter digits
from 1-9 into
the blank
spaces. Every
row must
contain one
of each digit.
So must every
column, as
must every
3x3 square.
Friday, May 5
Tuesday, May 9
ties and septic tank systems
and can enter the soil, surface
water, and groundwater, risk-
ing contamination of impor-
tant resources for drinking
water and irrigation. Studies
have shown that drugs found
in waterways also have a seri-
ous impact on fi sh and other
aquatic life.
For those unable to drop off
medications during the event,
there is a permanent drop-off
receptacle inside the Keizer
Police Station accessible dur-
ing regular business hours.
Unemployment up slightly
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Keizer Civic Center,
930 Chemawa Road NE., 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. $10 per person.
Collecting donations of peanut butter for local food bank. or 503-393-9111.
Free Comic Book Day at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics, 3856
River Road N. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Two free comics per visitor
and costumed pop culture icons will be in attendance.
belongings also stresses lim-
ited resources.
One of the goals of the
new position is to have a fa-
cilitator for fostering collabo-
ration between non-profi t
and private sector efforts.
“We want to have a con-
tinuum of care and having
good hand-offs (from one or-
ganization to another) is criti-
cal,” Clark said.
While the council mem-
bers did not debate or delib-
erate their position regard-
ing the $5,000 contribution,
several councilors thanked
Clark for her work. Coun-
cilor Roland Herrera said it
was important to overcome
the current stigma associated
with homelessness.
“I think it’s overblown,
the view that people choose
to be (homeless). The big-
gest surprise to me was that
all the (homeless people) I’ve
talked to, they didn’t choose
to. They had lost a job, or
had a medical event or some
tragedy struck and suddenly
they were living out of their
truck,” Herrera said.
Police arrest Keizer
teen in gang graffi ti
Keizer police arrested a Keizer
teen in connection with a
graffi ti spree that left gang
markings on at least three
Water tower going up
The Keizer City Council
approved the building of a 35-
foot high water tank before
a crowd of 40 neighbors
opposing the plan. The water
tank will be built on a city
owned lot on Northeast
Wiessner Drive.