The Redmond Spokesman: State Rep. Zika Calls For Action To Help Central Oregonians
“State Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, last week called on the state Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown again to take swift action this week to help Central Oregonians who are suffering from the effects of the coronavirus and its impact on the local and state economy. “
KTVZ: Zika Calls For Quick State Action To Help Suffering Residents
“ REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — State Rep. Jack Zika (R-Redmond) called on the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown again Wednesday to take swift action this week to help Central Oregonians who are suffering from the effects of the coronavirus and its impact on the local and state economy .”
KTVZ: Zika, House Republicans Urge Urgent State Action To Address COVID-19 Impacts
“Oregon’s focus must be to shorten the duration of the disruption by rapidly increasing testing capacity and health care capacity to care for those who are sick, and to ease the burden on working families and small businesses while the disruption persists, so that suffering is minimized and we are in a position to return to normal more quickly once this crisis passes.”
The Bulletin: Editorial: Helt, Zika Bill On Child Care Has Real Promise
“State Reps. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, and Cheri Helt, R-Bend, are asking Oregon lawmakers to approve a measure that should make a dent in the state’s damaging lack of child care. House Bill 4096 may undergo tweaking, to be sure, but the pair’s approach to the problem is both thoughtful and likely to be successful.”
The Bulletin: Deschutes County Donates Land To Redmond For Housing.
“Skyline Village will have 485 housing units, along with parks, trails, a day care facility and more, according to Redmond city staff. Half of those units will be affordable housing, intended for families who earn 80% of Redmond’s average median income or less, according to the city. That means households with an income of $40,516.80 from 2013-17, according to U.S. census data, won’t pay rent that’s more than 30% or more of their income.
The development was made possible with the passage of Oregon House Bill 2336, signed by Gov. Kate Brown in April. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, will allow Redmond to build Skyline Village outside its urban growth boundary without having to go through the state’s strictest land-use rules.”
The Bulletin: Bill Would Improve Fire Prevention In Communities Near Forested Areas
“An under-the-radar bill with support from Central Oregon’s legislators could go a long way toward improving fire-prevention efforts in communities near forested areas in Deschutes County and beyond.
House Bill 2222, sponsored by Reps Jack Zika, R-Redmond, and Cheri Helt, R-Bend, passed unanimously out of Oregon’s House of Representatives last week. The bill expands a groundbreaking state law that went into effect more than two decades ago. The law sought to expand fire-prevention efforts on private property by requiring the Oregon Department of Forestry to provide regular reports on their efforts.”
Jack Zika Statement on Bend/Redmond Affordable Housing Competition
Redmond, Ore. – Oregon House District 53 candidate Jack Zika issued the following statement regarding Bend and Redmond’s competition to qualify for a state program to expedite development of affordable housing outside the cities’ respective urban growth boundaries.
“The need for more affordable housing is one of the biggest problems facing Central Oregon families,” Zika said. “Both Bend and Redmond lack quality housing that is affordable for many residents. The fact that our two cities have to compete so that only one of them can add more housing is infuriating. As State Representative, my top priority will be cutting Oregon’s tangle of red tape to give all communities more flexibility to add much-needed housing.”
Zika is a member of the Redmond Planning Commission and owns a small real estate business in Redmond.
House District 53 includes the communities of Redmond, Tumalo, Sunriver, and portions of Bend and unincorporated Deschutes County.