Subscribe to get tough, fair journalism seven days a week.
Subscribe today

Day: July 20, 2015

Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting

480x270-City-of-Keizer-Logo

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers

Keizer, Oregon

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. FLAG SALUTE

4. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a. RESOLUTION – Amending the Community Build Task Force

6. 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.

7. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing The City Manager To Enter Into A Transaction For The Sale Of City Owned Property In Keizer Station – Area C To Mountain West Senior Housing LLC dba Bonaventure Senior Housing

8. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

a. ORDINANCE – Amending Solid Waste Management Ordinance; Amending Ordinance No. 2010-612

RESOLUTION – Repealing Resolution R2005-1617 (Resolution Determining the Recyclable Material for Solid Waste Management

b. ORDINANCE – Amending Ordinance Adopting The Keizer Medical Marijuana Facility Permit Process; Declaring An Emergency; Amendment Of Ordinance No. 2014-702

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase 2016 Ford Fusion S Hybrid FWD Vehicles for Police Department

b. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Enter Into Agreement With DeSantis Landscapes, Inc. For Vegetated Stormwater Facility (VSF) Maintenance

c. Approval of July 6, 2015 Regular Session Minutes

10. COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS

11. OTHER BUSINESS

This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda.

12. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS

To inform the Council of significant written communications.

13. AGENDA INPUT

August 3, 2015

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

August 10, 2015

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

Tour of Salem Keizer School District Career and Technical Education Campus

August 17, 2015

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

14. ADJOURNMENT

Upon request, auxiliary aids and/or special services will be provided. To request services, please contact us at (503)390-3700 or through Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900 at least two working days (48 hours) in advance.

“Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana” by David Casarett M.D.

Stoned

Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana” by David Casarett M.D.

c.2015, Current
$27.95 / $32.95 Canada
304 pages

BOOK REVIEW
by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

You can barely breathe.

You hurt so much – your back hurts, your shoulders hurt, your head hurts. You feel like you’ve gone ten rounds with Rocky Balboa, three quarters with an NFL team and two performances of Swan Lake. You. Ache. So what’re you going to do about it?  Read “Stoned” by David Casarett M.D. and see if hemp can help.

Skeptical.  As a doctor specializing in hospice and palliative care, that’s what David Casarett was when it came to marijuana and the supposed effectiveness of its medical benefits. On one hand, anecdotal evidence said that pot could help people suffering an array of afflictions and symptoms. On the other hand, Casarett wanted to know what science said – never mind that in most states, marijuana is an illegal substance.

Bottom line: does medical marijuana work? And if it does, is it safe?

Though it contains many ingredients, there are two main substances present in cannabis sativa: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The first, says Casarett, is what makes your brain feel euphoric, while the second ingredient tempers the effects of the first. Or, well, at least they think that’s how it works. There are a lot of things about weed that we don’t know.

It looks, for instance, like it could be a sleep aid, and its calming properties might help dementia patients and PTSD sufferers. Though it may seem counterintuitive, marijuana can enhance memory and it could improve the chances of survival of a traumatic brain injury (although, says Casarett, there’s one final word on the subject of marijuana plus motors: “don’t”). Studies hint that cannabis oil can help with seizures, but it’s unlikely that it’s a cure for cancer – at least not yet, but medical laboratories are always looking for (and at) new drugs. Marijuana appears to be effective in alleviating neuropathic pain, but probably won’t benefit bone breaks or pulled muscles.

Some help. Sometimes not.

That’s what observant readers will note here, and despite acknowledged unknowns and despite that he was skeptical on the subject of cannabis’s benefits, author David Casarett M.D. saw that, too. He surprised himself by changing his mind on marijuana, and that new outlook leads to a lot of fun learning inside “Stoned.”

Don’t, however, think that this is a frivolous book. Casarett’s background comes into play a lot, and he uses real scientific terms and medical information that may take some time to understand but that, once grasped, will further explain what you read. He also strongly cautions, through one anecdote, that we really don’t totally understand what kind of damage marijuana can do to our brains. That balance, his cautions, and his willingness to use himself as an unconvinced guinea pig to assess intake methods, recipes (included here!), and methodology makes this a well-conceived, thoughtful book.

But will it change minds?  It might – it did the author’s – and even if it doesn’t, it’s informative and enjoyable to read. So put on the tunes, grab a seat, and grab “Stoned,” take a deep breath, and read…

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders last Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted, the president has issued 89 commutations—more than the previous four presidents combined.

Among the 46 commutation recipients, 14 were serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes. That’s why the president had to act. The war on drugs distorted the criminal justice system so completely over the past few decades that, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 42 percent of life sentences imposed in federal courts in 2013 were for drug offenses—as opposed to 12 percent for murder.

As a younger candidate, Obama had been highly critical of federal mandatory minimum sentences. Critics of the war on drugs had expected Obama to use his unfettered pardon power granted in the U.S. Constitution to commute the sentences of nonviolent offenders serving decades for their small-fish roles in the drug trade. After all, Congress could not stop him.

Instead, the president signed the Fair Sentencing Act, a compromise bill to reduce the disparity of crack cocaine to powder cocaine sentences in 2010—and asked Congress to pass further reforms.

In 2014, then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced an initiative to grant commutations to nonviolent inmates who had served more than a decade in prison, had good conduct records and would not have received such long prison terms under today’s sentencing terms. This big batch of commutations establishes that the administration can do more than just talk.

PardonPower blogger P.S. Ruckman is disappointed that it took six and a half years for Obama to act. He sees all the commutations that could have been. Obama to Blaze Past Franklin Pierce, read his blog’s headline on Obama’s moving from eighth place to ninth on his list of the 10 least merciful presidents. Still, Ruckman is impressed with how it is being done. So many presidential pardons and commutations in the past two decades, he told me, reflected what looked like “random acts of mercy;” they were “idiosyncratic.” Monday’s commutations, on the other hand, are generally in sync with pronounced policy positions. They’re smart. Ruckman expects to see regular commutations now.

Will one of these 46 turn into a Willie Horton—the convicted murderer who raped a woman while wrongly furloughed from a Massachusetts prison, thereby undermining the 1988 presidential hopes of then-Gov. Michael Dukakis? There is no reason to believe it, said Julie Stewart of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, who noted, “Most people who go to federal prison are not violent.” The presidential commutation recipients to whom Stewart has talked are eager to prove that the trust the president put in them was well-placed.

The White House likes to point out that criminal justice reform has become a bipartisan cause. It should be. There is no justice in sending people to prison for decades, even life, for nonviolent offenses.

(Creators Syndicate)

Ed Dougherty

To the Editor:

Ed Dougherty was an icon. For years in the Salem-Keizer area and beyond, Ed touched many lives through EJD Enterprises. Ed along with his wife,  Jan, worked together for years to bring concerts and events to the people of our community.

Some of the greatest musicians from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s were brought here thanks to Ed’s dedication, passion and connections. Just a few of the many great musicians he brought to our area included; Johnny Cash, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Sonny and Cher, The Kingsmen (Louie, Louie) Paul Revere and the Raiders, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and the Mandrell Sisters.

Although I had known Ed for 40 years, I recently had the chance to get to know Ed much more in depth in the last six months. After he fell ill back in February, I spent quite a bit of time with him and heard many of his incredible life stories. What was reaffirmed was just how big his heart was. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known and was always helping others. The love he had for his wife and family was immeasurable. Ed taught me a lot about the music industry, concerts and events. I admired and respected him so much and he will be incredibly missed.

Clint Holland
Keizer

I fought the good fight this year

From the Capitol
by Bill Post

The legislative session just came to a close and as your state representative, I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some of the highlights from the past months. You may remember that this is my first time representing you in Salem, and it has been an incredible experience. There is one thing that has stood out to me most: the power of building relationships. Relationships are how good things get accomplished for our state.

Keep in mind, the majority party didn’t need the minority party votes for any bill this session, they had all the numbers, yet they killed many of their own bills including a transportation package that would have made a real difference for Oregon’s roads and bridges. The partisan bickering you often hear about was not as prevalent this session as was the bickering between the House Democrats and the Senate Democrats.

Before coming to the Capitol I made a couple of promises: I would do nothing to hurt Oregonians and I would try to make a positive difference. I introduced very few bills. One bill made life easier for small businesses. I was honored to be there as Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law (HB 2969).

I was privileged to serve on the Judiciary Committee and as such was pleased to support bills that would increase the statute of limitation for rape victims and make it easier to prosecute sex traffickers (HB 2317 and HB3040).

By far, the issue I heard from you most about, though, was SB941, the universal background check bill. I want you to know I tried to do everything I could to protect your Second Amendment rights. I introduced a HB3528, a workable alternative to SB941. I also championed HB3093, a concealed handgun license reciprocity bill that passed on a strong bi-partisan vote out of the House 57-1, only to die in the Senate Judiciary Committee without letting the Senate vote on it (this speaks to the interparty bickering).

There were more than 4,000 bills introduced this session. I voted no 285 times (more than every representative except one) because that is not good government. Some of those no votes included the controversial “Clean Fuels” bill, the mandatory paid sick leave bill and the bill that would require small businesses to provide a retirement plan—all of these laws will hurt small business and agriculture.

The legislature will not convene again until February 2016, but that doesn’t mean I won’t keep working for you. Our committees have quarterly meetings to prepare for the next session, and my office is always here to serve you.

Don’t ever forget that I work for you. We may not agree on every issue, but I always appreciate hearing from you and you’ll always know where I stand. Hopefully I’ll see you at a summer event or just around town in our community.

(Bill Post represents House District 25. He can be reached at 503-986-1425 or via email at [email protected])

The flag that still divides the nation

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll of 1,000 adults conducted in June revealed that 42 percent of those polled view the “Stars and Bars,” the most popular among the flags of the Confederacy, as a racist symbol of hate that should be removed from state flags and other official locations.  Another 42 percent among those polled see it as representative of Southern history and heritage and not racist.  Do these percentages stand to represent all Americans?  We don’t know.

In the wake of the Charleston massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise, Ebay says it will stop offering Confederate items on electric auction,  Mississippi’s GOP speaker of the house calls his state flag “a point of offense” and even Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, majority leader of the U.S. Senate believes the statue of Jefferson Davis, the Confederacy’s president, now in the state capitol, belongs in a museum.

However, there is no doubt that the battle flag of the northern Virginia army will—until we decide unanimously to put it away—survive any inclusive effort to send them to museum locations. Why? Because it is so entrenched a symbol of yesteryear’s glorifications of manhood, even though it was short-lived over five years of efforts to protect and preserve a 300-year history of slavery that the northern states’ fought to end.

Looking for its appearance in post-Civil War times finds examples of the flag’s survival from its raising by Marines on Okinawa during World War II to more recent appearances in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Pentagon has never tried to do anything about its ubiquitous appearance in fields of battle overseas and on U.S. bases subsequent to the Pentagon’s dedication on January 15, 1943.

The Confederate flag regularly flew over the barracks of the U.S. base in Cam Ranh Bay. in Vietnam. Then, too, not only did the Confederate flag fly in Vietnam but the burning cross, the Klan robe and hood and racist slurs were common there.  On Christmas Day, 1965, during a Bob Hope troop performance, a number of white soldiers in a mixed audience paraded in front of the attendees with a Confederate flag to an apparent Hope approval.  It’s been reported that Confederate flags were commonly sold on the streets of Saigon.

After the surrender at Appomattox, former Confederacy soldiers who became Union soldiers flew it when they fought Native Americans throughout the West.  The war with Spain in 1898 saw vindication of the “Old Cause” when troops from the South reveled in the exploits of former Confederate generals as they attacked with rebel flags in hand.  With Spain defeated, President William McKinley took a victory tour of the South, hailing the valor and the heroism that the men from the South showed in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and China.  Congress soon thereafter authorized the return to United Confederate Veterans the Confederate flags captured by Union forces during the Civil War.

World War I brought more goodwill by North to South.  Before American troops were sent overseas, they marched in Washington, D.C.  Some 10,000 in number wore the gray and were reviewed by President Woodrow Wilson—the Stars and Bars flag of the Confederacy was carried at the head of the parade.  When in 1917, Wilson finally got the U.S. into the war he segregated Washington and purged African Americans from federal jobs in order to generate support for entry among Southern men he wanted to serve. Incidentally, it was Wilson who started the presidential tradition of laying a Memorial Day wreath at Arlington Cemetery’s Confederate War Memorial.  President Barack Obama continues the tradition.

The Confederate flag has continued to fly overseas.  It was carried into Iraq in 2003.  In Afghanistan, at the infamous Bagram Theater Internment Facility, a platoon implicated in the torture of detainees, known as “The Testosterone Gang,” hung a Confederate flag in their tent.  Many Americans have wanted for years to have the flag disappear due to the desegregation of American troops that took place 67 years ago during President Harry S. Truman’s administration.

The U.S. could be so much better and safer than it is. A major part of what holds it back is that so many American citizens of darker skin color are reduced in status due to prejudicial attitudes towards them.  This fact persists in American life even though African American and Hispanic population numbers are slowly taking over as the majority of persons living in the U.S.

The location of Confederate flags makes no difference whatsoever when we do not change our outlook on others who differ only in appearance while under the skin are the same in every way.  It is high time Americans work much harder at a one nation union which is the only way we can truly represent ourselves to the world as a country that walks like it talks and displays only the American flag in all public places, here and abroad.

(Gene H. McIntyre’s column appears weekly in the Keizertimes.)

Salem-Keizer notches first sweep of season

Volcano Nicholas Gonzalez winds up on the mound in the Volcanoes loss to Tri-City last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Volcano Nicholas Gonzalez winds up on the mound in the Volcanoes loss to Tri-City last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes completed a five-game series sweep, their first sweep of the season, and on the road. There were no Northwest League games Tuesday.

July 9: Volcanoes 9, Vancouver 3

Salem-Keizer started this road series like an active volcano, or an active bunch of Volcanoes.

The visitors led all the way, scoring two runs in the second inning, three in the third and three in the seventh before the Canadians scored all three of theirs in the bottom of the seventh. One more Volcano run came in the eighth.

Brad Moss had three hits in the victory and teammates Miguel Gomez, CJ Hinojosa and Julio Pena two each. Junior Amion and Moss drove in two runs apiece, and Amion, Hinojosa and John Riley each scored two.

Volcano starter Logan Webb won his third game of the season, striking out four and allowing five hits but no walks in his six innings. Newcomer Mac Marshall pitched three innings for a save.

July 10: Volcanoes 8, Vancouver 2

The Volcanoes were in command from the start, moving past the .500 mark for the season in their second straight win over the Canadians.

Everyone in Salem-Keizer’s starting lineup had at least one hit for a total of 17. Fernando Pujadas hit his third home run of the season; he, Miguel Gomez and Steven Duggar drove in two runs each. Ronnie Jebavy, who stole his fourth base, scored two runs, as did Pujadas and Mark Nelson.

Nolan Riggs, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, ran his record to 2-0 and had four strikeouts in his five innings. Nathaniel Santiago and Jarret Leverett pitched in relief. Vancouver starter Francisco Rios took the loss.

The Volcanoes scored four of their runs in the second inning and three in the third.

July 11: Volcanoes 4, Vancouver 2

Salem-Keizer clinched the series with its third straight win over the host Canadians.

The first Volcano run came in the third inning. After singles by Junior Amion and Ronnie Jebavy and a walk to Steven Duggar, Miguel Gomez drove in Amion with a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Jose Vizcaino Jr. tripled, Chase Compton walked and a sacrifice fly by Shilo McCall scored Vizcaino. Amion tripled Compton home, and Jebavy singled Amion home.

Vancouver scored once in the third and once in the fifth. Both runs came on errors, so Drew Leenhouts, the starting and winning pitcher, had no earned runs in his five innings. He ran his record to 3-1.

Cory Taylor relieved Leenhouts for three innings, and Ryan Halstead pitched the ninth for his third save. Ryan Borucki was the Canadians’ starting and losing pitcher.

July 12: Volcanoes 10, Vancouver 5

This made it four in a row for the road series. The Volcanoes came out of the game with a team batting average of .263 and a team earned run average of 3.82.

Salem-Keizer had to come from behind this time, trailing 3-0 before scoring a run in the fourth inning. The Volcanoes scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to take a one-run lead. The Canadians came back with two runs in the seventh, but the Volcanoes had two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth.

Vancouver’s three runs in the second inning came on three singles and a double by Earl Burl and were the only earned runs for the Canadians. The two in the seventh resulted from errors, a problem the Volcanoes have had in several recent games. Not all the same Salem-Keizer players have been making the errors, however.

The Volcanoes’ Julio Pena and Shilo McCall hit the only home runs of the game, both in the seventh. In the four-run ninth, Francisco Pujadas hit a double and Ronnie Jebavy, John Riley and Pena hit singles. A wild pitch scored Christian Lichtenthaler.

Michael Connolly, the starting Volcano pitcher, gave up all three of the earned runs in his six innings. EJ Encinosa relieved him and got the win, and Caleb Smith pitched the ninth. For the Canadians, Stuart Holmes was the losing pitcher in relief.

July 13: Volcanoes 7, Vancouver 3

The Volcanoes scored the first run of the game in the first inning, but the Canadians came back in the first to take a one-run lead. The visitors tied the score in the third and took a one-run lead in the fifth, going ahead for good.

The big inning was the Volcanoes’ four-run seventh. Brad Moss singled and went to third base on a double by Steven Duggar. Miguel Gomez drove both home with a single and went to second on a throw. CJ Hinojosa reached first on an error with Gomez going to third. Hinojosa moved to second as Chase Compton walked, and Julio Pena singled both runners home.

Vancouver’s Andrew Guillotte hit the only home run of the game with two out in the ninth, but that was as far as the Canadians got.

Nick Gonzalez, who was the opening day starting pitcher for Salem-Keizer, continued to have trouble and was relieved after one inning. Luis Pino, the second of four Volcano relievers, got the victory. Vancouver starter Clinton Hollon took the loss.