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APRIL 98, 9017, KEIZERTIMES, PAGE A9
PLUG: ‘One thing speaks to FISTS,
business and that’s money’
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led group after Day expressed dissatisfaction
with an answer supplied by Mayor Cathy Clark.
Commissioner AJ Nash, a commercial real-
tor, said for economic development to begin
in earnest, the city needs to put money on the
“One thing speaks to business and that’s
money, and until that happens we are not as
open for business as the surrounding commu-
nities,” Nash said, adding that system develop-
ment charge credits and grants would be a start.
He also suggested that the new group lobby
for some of the proceeds gleaned from the sale
and lease of city property be reinvested in eco-
Commissioners agreed to take part in the
initial meeting of the new group, but several
hoped the Chamber would include non-mem-
ber voices on the new committee.
“Healthy, targeted diversity and removing
the requirement of being a chamber member
would move it in the right direction,” Nash said.
While the commission was not formally dis-
banded by the current members, it is not ex-
pected they will meet after the establishment of
the Chamber-led group. No timeline was es-
tablished for putting the new group in motion.
Talk quickly turned to the future of the
commission and what role, if any, the current
commissioners would play.
One of the ideas fl oated at earlier meet-
ings was hosting a business-oriented event
at the Keizer Civic Center as a show of be-
ing “open for business.” However, Brown said
that fell more under the umbrella of marketing
and might be a task better-suited to the Keizer
Chamber of Commerce. Regardless of the pur-
pose of such an event, the city does not offer
much in terms of incentives for luring busi-
nesses to Keizer.
Commissioner Carlos Soto, who is also a
member of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce
board, said the group is enthusiastic about tak-
ing on a larger role in enticing businesses to
“I think it will be a good thing for us be-
cause that’s exactly what we do,” Soto said.
Day requested clarifi cation as to whether
the existing commission would be disbanded
and whether city staff would still be available
as a resource.
Brown said city staff would be available to
work in collaboration with the new Chamber-
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“That being said, if I had to ask my
drivers to come in and pay $50 apiece to
do pick-ups here, no one would come
in,” Wakefi eld said.
Until recently, Keizer had honored
taxi licenses issued in Salem, but Brown
said the development department was
recently approached by a single opera-
tor who wanted to get his license in
Keizer and have Salem honor it. The
Keizer license is cheaper.
It ended up being the only Keizer
taxi license issued since the adoption of
the ordinance covering vehicle-for-hire
operators in 1994.
“The city manager before Chris Ep-
pley directed staff to simply honor the
Salem licenses,” Brown said.
However, with the rapid expansion
of ridesharing services like Uber and
Lyft, there is now more money on the
In the case of Willamette Valley Yel-
low Cab, Wakefi eld said he employs
about 70 drivers. If each of those driv-
ers had to pay for an additional license,
Keizer would see revenues climb about
$6,000 in the fi rst year. After the initial
licensing, the amount would drop to
about $2,500 annually.
That may seem like a drop in an
oversized bucket, but consider this: for
the 2017-18 fi scal year, city staff are pro-
jecting a budget increase of only about
$30,000 after making a substantial pay-
ment to help cover Public Employee
of my goals was to bring in
something new and exciting
and targets a younger audience
and maybe get some people
that don’t normally go to the
To reach that group, the
cast of Hearts Like Fists had a
booth at Cherry City Comic
Con. They’ll also be at Tony’s
Kingdom of Comics on Satur-
day May 6—Free Comic Book
The playwright, Adam
Szymkowicz, has created a four
panel comic strip about the
play that will be handed out
at the event. The strip will be
illustrated by Annmare Cruz,
daughter of Tony Grove, owner
of Tony’s Kingdom of Comics.
Hearts Like Fists tells the sto-
ry of four female crime fi ght-
ers, Lisa, played by Rachael
Wiggins, Sally, played by Penel-
ope Wright Bays, Nina, played
by Elizabeth Ming and Jaz-
min, played by Kyrie Haskins,
as they defend the city against
Retirement System (PERS) costs.
“The issue has been elevated with
the questions about Uber and Lyft, but
there is still some disagreement over
how to proceed among the leadership at
the city,” Brown said after the meeting.
Keizer ordinances would have to be
modifi ed to permit ridesharing services.
The City of Salem is already working
on plans to do so.
At the city council meeting, Mayor
Cathy Clark requested city staff develop
a report on how the city has handled
taxi licensing in the past and a look at
potential options for the next steps.
“I would like to look at the impact
on a business with a large number of
drivers and how (the current ordinance)
meets Keizer’s needs,” she said.
and Craig Will
Friday, April 98
at 7:30 p.m.
Doctor X (Craig Will), who is
sneaking into apartments and
injecting lovers with a lethal
The cast also includes Sam
Byers-Tibbits, who portrays
Peter, a lonely heart surgeon
who has failed at love until he
meets Lisa. Mike Jaffe plays the
commissioner of the city and
Mathew Willem and Elijah
Rodriguez make up the en-
“It’s very strongly feminist,”
Gipson-King said. “It’s an all
female crime fi ghting team and
they get to wield weapons and
fi ght the bad guy and it’s all
The cast worked with John
Elliot, a choreographer from
Eugene, blocking the fi ve fi ght
scenes over just three days.
“It’s pretty amazing and
speaks very highly of John’s
skill level as a choreographer,”
Gipson-King said. “He special-
izes in exciting fl ashy style of
fi ghting as well as the weap-
ons. Every night (of rehearsal)
we do fi ght call over and over
Additional shows are April
29 and 30 and May 5, 6, 12
and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees
are scheduled for April 30 and
May 7 at 2 p.m. Doors open 30
minutes prior to the start of the
Tickets are $15 and available
at the door or online at Brown
Paper Tickets www.brownpap-
The show is recommended
for ages 10 and older.
“There’s one pretty sexy
kissing scene,” Gipson-King
The fi rst 25 ticket holders
can enjoy a free cupcake happy
hour with sparkling cider and
The auditorium is in Build-
ing 6 at Chemeketa Commu-
nity College. The closest park-
ing is in the purple lot.
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