Category: City of Salem

City of Salem “not considering tolling”? ­True or false?

A February 10 Facebook post on the City of Salem website highlights an ongoing dispute over who may be expected to pay for a possible 3rd Bridge across the Willamette. The post states that “the city of Salem is not considering tolling any of Salem’s bridges.” But community observers say the Facebook post is disingenuous, because at the same time the post denies that tolling will be considered, it specifically states that tolling may be considered after an environmental impact review is completed and the process moves forward. They also claim the wording is deliberately misleading. In the post,...

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SALEM BECOMES EVEN MORE PROGRESSIVE

In January, 2015, Salem Weekly reported on how Salem was a more progressive city than most people think. The secret’s out: Salem Is actually a progressive City That story presented analysis of recent election results in Salem’s eight City Council wards showing that Salem voters are actually nearly as progressive as voters in cities like Eugene and Portland. Most of the analysis for the January, 2015, article was done by Tina Calos who chairs a local organization called Progressive Salem which was formed in 2015 to elect more progressives to local office in Salem. Calos has recently done some...

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Don’t gather at your Salem city hall

A city rule clarification adopted in October 2015 formally limits public use of Salem’s City Hall “Atrium,” the wide covered courtyard inside the civic center. Also affected is public use of the breezeways adjacent to city offices. Now, officially, neither is available for public assembly. The policy to clarify city management of the space was introduced by City Attorney Dan Atchison last fall. Prior to the vote, councilors reviewed a staff report in support of the clarification. The report that said the Atrium, while open to the public and for visitors coming to the Civic Center Plaza for specific...

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What Salem people say

We recently asked Salem residents on Liberty Street and in South Salem if they knew who Salem’s mayor was, and if they knew who was running in May to replace her. We also wondered what issues they hoped the city would prioritize after the election. We were surprised that so many younger people were unaware of the name of their city’s top elected official, or candidates who have been running to take her job. We enjoyed the range of good ideas Salem people have as the city moves forward.                              ...

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Salem PACs -local money influences election

by Helen Caswell Political Action Committees (PACs) have existed in the United States since 1944, but have not come to the attention of most Americans until recently, when issues of campaign finance became central to public conversation. Here in Salem, they are a factor in local elections. Typically representing labor, business, trade union or ideological interests, PACs raise and spend funds to elect – or defeat – candidates for public office, ballot initiatives or legislation. Each PAC is allowed to give up to $5,000 to a candidate per election (primary and general elections are counted separately) up to $5,000...

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