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Our 109th year • October 30, 2015
Academy comes with possible cuts to district schools
State requires diverting funds for Cannon Beach school
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal EO
The new Cannon Beach
Academy, on track to open
next year, will get at least
$250,000 of the Seaside
School District’s budget.
Funds will come from
the district’s existing four
schools in order to serve
the charter school students,
but where cuts will be made
has yet to be determined.
“We’re going to have to
make some hard decisions,
but we’ve done that in
the past, and we still have
a great school district,”
School Board Chairman
Steve Phillips said.
The academy won con-
ditional approval to open
from the district’s board of
directors during a special
meeting Oct. 14.
The district’s overall
budget is slightly more than
$21 million.
“There are an awful lot
of things that are still to
be negotiated,” Superin-
tendent Doug Dougherty
said, adding the district will
work with Jim Green, an
attorney from the Oregon
School Board Association,
to ¿ nalize details.
To start, the board will
craft a three-year contract
with the academy admin-
istration that allows the
institution to begin with
kindergarten and ¿ rst grade
and then add a new grade
level each subsequent
school year. The academy
plans to offer education for
kindergarten to ¿ fth-grade
Figuring the cost
Oregon state law re-
quires any school district
sponsoring a public charter
school to help pay for its
students’ education. Those
funds are diverted from the
district’s operational bud-
get, Dougherty said.
Rather than attempt to
¿ gure average individu-
al student costs for each
district, the Oregon De-
partment of Education
determines each district’s
See Academy, Page 10A
License to
may go
Seaside tables fees to keep
panhandlers off the city streets
By R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
An amendment to a Seaside city ordi-
nance designed to regulate panhandlers,
musicians and itinerant merchants got no
further Monday night than it had this sum-
“The intent of this is to deal with aggres-
sive panhandling, and to put some controls
on street entertainers so they’re not block-
ing traf¿ c or business,” Councilor Jay Bar-
ber said, but added “I think we can do better
than we do here.”
“I’m horri¿ ed that you would do this,”
Seaside resident Sam Condron said. “Yes,
there’s a homeless problem, but it’s nation-
wide. Let’s look to the cities that are suc-
ceeding, not the ones who are failing.”
Halloween costume fun with “Princess Leia” Cynthia Inzunza and “Jack Sparrow” Chuck
Miner at the Seaside Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Tuesday night as Chamber of
Commerce Executive Director Susan Huntington looks on. Seaside’s Fred Loser was hon-
ored with the chamber’s Meek award, following the best costume competition seen here.
Longtime volunteer
wins Byron Award
25-year resident gives time
to Kiwanis, Seaside Service
Club and many others
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
Seaside Fourth of July Parade volunteer ex-
traordinaire. Outstanding “ticket-hawker” for
weekly Seaside Downtown Development Asso-
ciation meetings. Reliable Community Flower
Basket distributor. Ham radio operator.
Now Seaside resident Fred Loser can add
“Byron Award winner” to his lengthy résumé,
replete with examples that demonstrate how he
embodies the spirit of volunteerism and commu-
nity service.
The Seaside Chamber of Commerce an-
nounced Loser, a 25-year Seaside resident, as this
year’s recipient during the organization’s annual
banquet and awards ceremony, held Tuesday at
the Best Western Ocean View Resort in Seaside.
Several individuals nominated Loser for the
Byron Award, which is given to a member of the
Seaside community who has shown outstand-
ing qualities in community service. He was de-
scribed as “always willing to help out, lend his
support and offer his expertise
and wisdom” in support of
the Seaside community.
“Loser is one of those
tireless workers for our
community that keeps a
low pro¿ le, but is key to
any project he is involved
with,” Seaside resident
Karen Murray said in
submitting one of many
nominations on Loser’s
Murray said she has
worked with Loser about 25
years on the Seaside Service
Club’s annual Christmas dinner
for seniors, which provides a
holiday get-together for elderly
individuals in the area. Both Loser and Murray
are members of the Kiwanis Club of Seaside and
have worked together on several events, such as
the annual Pancake Feed and the Christmas tree
sales, Murray wrote.
“Both of these events would not happen
without his support,” she added.
See Chamber, Page 10A
Vigorous debate
Longtime Seaside
resident Fred Loser
accepts the 2015
Byron Award during
the Seaside Chamber
of Commerce’s annual
banquet and awards
ceremony Tuesday
The ordinance, in place since 1984, re-
quires a license to solicit and applies to “a
person occupying a temporary ¿ xed loca-
tion, who promotes, solicits or sells from
stock or inventory on hand or displays sam-
ples and solicits orders for merchandise in
The amendment seeks to expand the
de¿ nition to include any person who pro-
vides a service “or solicits for any form of
compensation or remuneration.”
License fees would start at $50 per day,
with a maximum of $1,000 in a calendar
year. Fines would also be increased, from
$500 to $700.
Mayor Don Larson said that panhan-
dlers with signs in dusk can provide a traf-
¿ c hazard for drivers.
He also mentioned musicians who
blocked traf¿ c on the Prom. “I think they
would be more responsive if they had to be
licensed,” he said.
“Sadly, the panhandlers I’m encounter-
ing in Seaside are giving the homeless a
bad rap,” Barber said. “They are not local
people. They are on their way somewhere.
They are not hanging around for groceries
and food.”
Members of the audience vigorously
opposed the ordinance and the proposed
“Why can’t somebody ask for help?”
asked Seaside’s Anne Danen. “I don’t like
See Panhandlers, Page 7A
Middle School
students unite
against bullying
Members of student body ‘go orange’ to
observe national Unity Day
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
When Broadway Middle School students
showed up to school Oct. 21, many wore some
orange article — a shirt, tights, a headband or a
simple badge — symbolizing their commitment to
take a stand against bullying for Unity Day.
“We’re a school community, and we’re going
to rise and fall as a community,” Vice Principal
Robert Rusk told students during an afternoon as-
On Unity Day, the signature event of National
Bullying Prevention Month, students are encour-
aged to “go orange” as a statement that they will
not participate in nor tolerate bullying. The halls of
Broadway Middle School hosted handmade signs
in recognition of Unity Day.
See Unite, Page 10A
Daylight Saving Time
ends on Sunday at 2 a.m.
when clocks are turned
backward one hour to 1 a.m.
Sunrise and sunset will be
earlier, which means more
light in the morning.