1994: Citizen's Voice tries for new city charter


The Republicans North Dakota gubernatorial candidate William Langer had been deposed as governor due to being convicted on federal charges of conspiring to solicit political contributions from federal relief workers.

Undeterred, the Republicans nominated his wife for governor.

The paper described Mrs. Langer as a “home-loving woman” from a socially prominent New York family, but never before having taken part in politics.

Should she win, the paper noted it would be hailed as a vindication of her husband.

In local news, G.P. Rose, the new manager of the Liberty Theater in Estacada was praised for the extensive improvements to the venue.

“Since Mr. Rose took over management of the Liberty theatre he has run only first class pictures, some of them being run in Estacada before they are in Portland or at the same time,” the paper gushed.

That week, the theater was screening “Jimmy the Gent” and “Operator’s Opera.”

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A live elephant was expected to lead a procession of Clackamas County Republican candidates in the Clackamas County Fair Parade.


In 1973, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed new regulations defining a dog as a public nuisance if it bit a person, habitually chased vehicles or people, damaged or destroyed the property of anyone besides its owner, scattered garbage, habitually trespassed on private property, disturbed anyone with prolonged noises or was “running at large.”

Owners would be cited for violations and their dogs would be impounded until the owner paid the fee.

In addition, anyone whose livestock died or was wounded by a dog attack now had cause of action against the dog owner for twice the amount of damage.


Following the protests of more than 160 residents alongside the proposed Trestle Trail, the state Transportation Commission revoked Estacada’s permit to develop the 12.4 mile-long recreational trail from Estacada to Boring.


Citizen’s Voice, a political action committee opposing the expansion of Estacada’s water system, was planning to put a new city charter to the people’s vote.

The new charter would eliminate the city manager’s job and establish a city police department.

The charter proposed by Citizens Voice was nearly identical to one that voters had rejected in 1986.

City Manager Shelley Jones said the new charter would prompt “major litigation” and that entire sections of it violated state law.

Robert Santangelo, a Citizen’s Voice spokesman, said that while the group of petitioners didn’t have time to meet the deadline for the November election, they would begin collecting signatures soon to get the charter proposal on the next available ballot.

In a related development, city officials confirmed that a referendum on a recently approved five percent increase on water rates would probably go to voters.

The increase had been unanimously approved by the city council a month earlier.

Santangelo turned in signatures toward that effort earlier in August 1994.

He said that an effort to repeal a sewer rate increase was also in the works.

Meanwhile, city officials were scrambling to determine whether the proposed vote on the water rates was intended to be an amendment or a repeal.

Santangelo said the vote was merely intended to do away with the five percent water rate increase.

However, city officials said the referendum could be read as a repeal of the entire water ordinance.

“If you repeal it, the whole ordinance is gone,” said City Recorder Denise Carey. “There would be no charges for water.”


Sheriff’s deputies discovered an inmate at an Estacada address after he walked away from a Clackamas County inmate work crew that was moving office furniture at the Clackamas County maintenance building in Oregon City.

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