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Graffiti, pets, bikes and cars on chief's mind this month

Remember that Saturday, April 30, is Drug Drop-off Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at King City City Hall, and the following Saturday, May 7, is free shred day, also at King City City Hall.

Reporting graffiti

What is graffiti? Under Oregon law, graffiti means “any inscriptions, words, figures or designs that are marked, etched, scratched, drawn, painted, pasted or otherwise affixed to the surface of the property.”

As spring and summer approach, and you are out walking or just enjoying the good weather, and come upon anything that appears to you to be graffiti, call the non-emergency police line - 503-629-0111 - and report the location and the description of the markings and request an officer. Early discovery and subsequent removal is effective in preventing repeat vandalism. If you have any questions, call me at 503 620-8851 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Walking your pet

For pet owners, it is a joy to walk your dog and/or cat. So pet owners are reminded that the city has a municipal ordinance that prohibits dogs and cats from roaming at large.

An animal at large is defined by the municipal code as “an animal off or outside the premises of the owner, not restrained by a rope, line, leash, chain or other means or not under the immediate control, restraint or commands of an owner. If an animal is not restrained by a tether of some kind or is not at heel, the animal shall be deemed at large.”

Animals at large may be captured and impounded as well as the owner may be subject to a fine.

When walking your dog or cat, you are responsible for the removal of animal droppings; failure to adhere to this rule may not only lead to a fine, but also the wrath of your neighbors.

The city contracts with Washington County Animal Services for dog and cat violation enforcement, in addition to the King City Police Department response. Specific information on the rules for cats and dogs can be obtained from Washington County Animal Services at 503-846-7041.

Bikes and cars

With the good weather, more people are riding their bicycles. Both bicyclists and motorists often ask the police about the rights of motorists versus bicyclists. The thing to remember is that motorists and bicyclists have the same rights and duties when on the roadways in Oregon. In King City, we encourage residents to share our streets and offer street courtesy to all users including cars, bikes, and golf carts.

Here are some simple tips for motorists and bike riders:


-- When passing a bike, slow down and allow 3 feet clearance;

-- When turning left, watch for and yield to oncoming bikes;

-- Look for bikes when opening your car door;

-- Be alert and expect the unexpected.


-- Obey traffic controls and laws;

-- Signal turns and lane changes, and watch for oncoming traffic before making a change;

-- Drive on the right side of roadway in the direction you want to go;

-- You may pass on the right only when safe to do so;

-- Do not pass stopped cars at a crosswalk or intersection or if the car ahead of you is signaling to turn right.

These and more tips can be found in the Oregon Driver’s Manual (pick one up at City Hall) and the Bicyclist’s Manual. Either publication can be found online at Oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/forms/manual.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

We all can agree that grocery shopping can be laborious yet necessary, and we all complain about the price of food. In this case our food shopper and dollar-saver approached the task in a unique manner.

Our saver-shopper decided to use a stolen credit card to grocery shop, and being one who saves, she used her personal grocery discount card to demand a discount. Needless to say, this zeal to save landed her in jail where she eats free and doesn’t need the grocery-saver card.

Until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.