Futsal spins into town FRIDAY EXTRA • 1C Artist’s Sketchbook: Tuba Quartet WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY EXTRA • 2C FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 142nd YEAR, No. 163 ONE DOLLAR WILL THE WALDORF GET ANOTHER REPRIEVE? Seaside couple’s trial set in toddler murder Judge denies defense request to bar cameras By KYLE SPURR The Daily Astorian Photo by Jeff Daly This photo is part of an exhibit at Toni’s Boutique, 1130 Commercial St., during the Saturday Art Walk. Shot at night with a 3-minute exposure, this is the Waldorf Hotel lobby with the registration desk in the foreground. Someone scraped some of the paint off the front window to give passers-by a glimpse into this building, which has been shuttered for more than two decades. In its day, the entrance was impressive with 14-foot ceilings. Astoria library expansion into the venerable, but vacant, hotel in doubt one,” said LaMear, a retired librar- ian, who hopes the council will instruct city staff how to proceed ommunity Action Team Inc., a after the work session. 6W+HOHQVQRQSUR¿WWKDWKHOSV Price would prefer the focus combat poverty, conducted a be back on the library, which has two-year study on the potential rede- structural and accessibility chal- velopment of the old Waldorf Hotel lenges, and not the fate of the Wal- and came to some unavoidable con- dorf. She would also like to put the clusions: the historic hotel appears to library into the broader context of have little, if any, value in its current urban renewal, such as the redevel- condition. And it is clear that demoli- opment of Heritage Square. tion is not yet an acceptable answer to “I just really want us to look many in Astoria. outside the box,” she told residents That was in 2004. A decade lat- Thursday afternoon at a “saloni- er, Astoria appears to be in exactly cal,” or meet-and-greet, at the li- the same place. brary. The Astoria City Council might Exploring other options for the undo a decision made last year to library would take the City Coun- expand the Astoria Public Library cil off the track it had committed to into the Waldorf, sparing the va- last year — a track endorsed by the cant hotel between the library and city’s Library Board — and pro- City Hall from a wrecking ball that vide another unlikely reprieve for has hovered since the building was the Waldorf. closed for health and safety code Politics, preservation violations in 1989. The latest spark to spare the Mayor Arline LaMear, who supports the estimated $4.6 million Waldorf, formerly known as the library renovation into the Waldorf, Merwyn, was triggered by politics has called a work session Tuesday and historic preservation. Larry Taylor, the Intel technol- to hear where the council stands. Three councilors — Drew Herzig ogy manager who lost to LaMear and the newly elected Zetty Nem- in the November election, opposed lowill and Cindy Price — have the demolition of the Waldorf misgivings about the library ren- during the campaign. A Save the ovation plan, suggesting that the Historic Merwyn Hotel Facebook page — which shares a similar council might change direction. “I want to make sure that this is See WALDORF, Page 10A a council decision, not a personal By DERRICK DePLEDGE The Daily Astorian C Photo by Jeff Daly The Waldorf Hotel sign behind some railings inside the Merwyn Building. Photo by Jeff Daly The east wall of the hotel is almost attached to the remodeled Asto- ria City Hall. This the light well between the two buildings. A trial date has been scheduled for the mother and her live-in boy- friend accused of murdering the woman’s 2-year-old daughter at their Seaside home Dec. 20. Dorothy Ann Wing, 24, and Ran- dy Lee Roden, 26, are tentatively scheduled for trial beginning April 5, 2016. The couple will be tried to- gether as co-defendants at the trial. The couple appeared Thursday in Clatsop County Circuit Court, which was heavily secured with a metal de- tector outside the courtroom and half DGR]HQVHFXULW\RI¿FHUVRQJXDUG Roden allegedly made threats prior to the hearing regarding media cameras in the courtroom. Roden’s defense lawyer Conor +XVHE\ ¿OHG DQ REMHFWLRQ EHIRUH Thursday’s hearing to deny both still and video cameras in the courtroom. Judge Paula Brownhill denied Huseby’s objection, stating there has to be a substantial reason to bar cameras. At this point in the case, Brownhill felt there was no such rea- son. “What I’m asking for is not cra- zy,” Huseby said. “It happens in federal courtrooms every single day across the county.” Most of Thursday’s hearing was VSHQWRQ¿QGLQJDWULDOGDWH%RWKWKH prosecution and defense said they have other capital murder cases in the next year, so scheduling would be limited. 7KHSURVHFXWLRQVSHFL¿FDOO\FLWHG their preparation for the June 2016 trial of Jessica Smith, the mother ac- cused of drugging and murdering her 2-year-old daughter and attempting to kill her 13-year-old daughter in a Cannon Beach hotel last summer. The lawyers on both sides ini- tially wanted a trial in fall 2016, but Brownhill refused to wait that long, citing the defendants’ right to a speedy trial. Huseby felt an earlier trial date would end up being pushed back anyway, and both parties would not be properly prepared. He said it tra- ditionally takes at least 18 months to prepare. Brownhill allowed the possibili- ty of postponing the trial date if re- quested at a later hearing. “The enormity of the job we have to do is massive,” Huseby said. “It’s a huge undertaking.” Wing, who is being represented by defense lawyer John Gutbezahl of See TRIAL, Page 8A Democrats ask Governor Kitzhaber to quit Party leaders say trust is gone speculate about the mental state of Kitzhaber, who turns 68 March 5. Kotek was also unsure of Kitzhaber’s plans. SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber “I really don’t know,” Kotek is now under renewed pressure by said. “I really don’t know. He did Democratic leaders to resign in re- not give any indication either way.” VSRQVHWRWKHLQÀXHQFHSHGGOLQJDO Although Courtney and Kotek OHJDWLRQVDJDLQVWKLPDQG¿UVWODG\ agreed Kitzhaber should resign, Cylvia Hayes. they cited different reasons. Senate President Peter Courtney, “It has become clear to both of D-Salem, said he and House Speak- us that the ongoing investigations er Tina Kotek, D-Portland, urged surrounding the governor and Cyl- the Democratic chief executive to via Hayes have resulted in a loss resign — just one month into his of the people’s trust, and have un- fourth term — when they met in the dermined his ability to effectively JRYHUQRU¶VSULYDWHRI¿FH7KXUVGD\ lead as our state’s chief executive,” Kitzhaber’s response? “The man Kotek said. is struggling,” Courtney told report- See KITZHABER, Page 9A ers afterward, though he declined to By PETER WONG and HILLARY BORRUD Capital Bureau Gov. John A. Kitzhaber AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez Peter Courtney Media gather around Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek during a news conference in her office at the Capitol, in Sa- lem, Thursday. Oregon’s top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fian- cée, a green-energy consultant accused of using her relation- ship with the governor to land contracts for her business.