Author: Kathleen Hughes

City of Salem Passes Its First Strategic Plan

This week The Salem City Council unanimously approved the city’s first Strategic Plan, a road-map into Salem’s future that has been in the works for over a year. This is the first time the City of Salem has addressed the community’s needs in an over-all Strategic Plan that will serve as a blueprint for Salem policy decisions. Michael Slater, a member of the community who has  been following this year-long process said, “This is the Council’s first strategic plan that involves such lengthy public participation. It identifies a set of seven goals that are well aligned to the challenges...

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Will Oregon continue to be a sanctuary state?

Five states in the U.S. have laws that limit how local police can cooperate with federal immigration agents, and Oregon, the first state to pass this kind of law, is one of them. But maybe not for long. Three of Oregon’s Republican Representatives are now working to overturn Oregon’s sanctuary law in order, they say, “to allow law enforcement to more easily assist Federal Immigration and Customs agents (ICE agents) in removing criminal aliens from our communities.” The main issue here is should local police gain more authority over identifying, arresting and detaining suspected immigration violators or, as Oregon’s current law makes clear, keep these two law enforcement agencies separate. While these state representatives are hoping to place repeal measure IP 22 on the November 2018 statewide ballot, and have already started collecting the required 88,184 signatures they need from registered Oregon voters by July 2018, the opposition is also gearing up to save Oregon’s “Sanctuary” law. This state law, passed in 1987, did not begin life as a specific sanctuary law for undocumented immigrants. Some say it was in response to racial profiling of U.S. citizens born in other countries, while others believe it was a way for local police to get out of footing the bill for enforcing Federal Immigration laws. Whatever the original intent, this law is a tug-of-war issue in the controversies over the rapidly...

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City of Salem Will Now Hire Certified Arborists

In last week’s story, Report From Tree City, Salem Weekly highlighted The City of Salem’s policies on urban forestry management, asking why the city does not have certified aborists on staff to maintain parks and trees, as do Beaverton, Corvallis and Eugene. Kenny Larson, Communications and Community Engagement Manager for the City of Salem said last week the problem is that the City of Salem cannot afford the cost of hiring and maintaining certified arborists or recertifying their current arborists. However, contacted this week for reactions to Salem Weekly’s story, Larson noted the City would now be encouraging current...

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