Category: Salem-Keizer News

Jonathan Baker running for Salem Keizer School Board, Zone 3

Jonathan Baker is running for Salem-Keizer School Board, to represent Zone 3.  (While candidates run for specific Zones, all voters vote for one candidate in all zones.)

Baker is a lifelong Salem resident, married, with children who have attended Salem Keizer Schools, as well as private schools. He has worked in Marion and Linn-Benton Housing Authority for 18 years. His job involves administering numerous HUD programs and ensuring program compliance with federal and state funding.  Primarily working with low-income families, the elderly and disabled, he is responsible for a budget of over $1.5 million annually.  Partnering and working closely with numerous government agencies to meet the needs of Housing Authority’s clients, he sees and experiences all levels of citizen needs, and solving their problems gives him (and the clients) great satisfaction.  

“I get results through my ability to bring competent team members together to assess and resolve housing-related issues as they arise.”  Baker also cites his leadership skills and streamlining approach as the major factors in the savings of tax-payer funds for these basic-needs housing programs.

“I believe my many faceted experiences in the past would serve the community well on the SKSB.”

His Vision for the Salem-Keizer Schools is “making students stronger, better and more successful.”

Some of his goals include:

  • Expanding the successful CTE program  
  • Safety for students and staff
  • Developing policies that give parents more of a voice in their children’s education
  • Identifying and reducing waste of taxpayer dollars
  • Bringing more balance to the Salem-Keizer School Board

Learn more about Jonathan and the Salem-Keizer School Board race. 

Jesse Lippold running for Salem-Keizer School Board, Zone 5

After much thought, Jesse Lippold decided it was time to enter the SKSB race.  Yes, he’s young, but his experience and successes in overcoming childhood challenges, and becoming a strong advocate for children, while working in the banking industry and attending college, motivate him to serve the community where he grew up and finished his secondary education. 
“I’m a persistent person and understand the challenges students face today. I know I would bring a perspective to the SKSB which would challenge the status quo.  Some may say I do not have enough experience, but I ask, what has 10-20-30 years of ‘experience’ done for students?  Are our graduation rates higher? “
Jesse and his sister were abandoned and homeless during their high school years, but he managed to survive, and thrive.  His persistence personality helped him finish high school in Salem.  Now, in addition to working in the banking industry as a Premier Banker and going to college, he has just organized a non-profit, “SALEM TOGETHER, focused on helping kids, homeless, and others in need.”  
“My vision for the SKSB is seeing that we are providing the appropriate opportunities for all students, and that parents are a part of the policy making the Board undertakes.”  He admits he has no PACS giving him money, or endorsing him, and that he likely would not be a union favorite.  “I’m not a part of the professional administrative, political system, which in my view is a benefit. Doing the same thing over and over hasn’t worked.  Maybe it’s time for a change?”

Bud Pierce Ready for Challengers in Republican Governor Race

Salem, Oregon (March 7, 2016) – Bud Pierce, candidate for Oregon governor released a statement today acknowledging Allen Alley’s late entrance into the Republican primary.

Pierce said, “Ever since I entered the race last September, I have been ready for challengers in the primary. I don’t take Allen’s candidacy lightly, but I am still confident that I am the right candidate for this election.”

Pierce began preparing for a race last February and announced his candidacy last year on Sept. 10 on the steps of the Oregon Capitol, followed by a celebration that attracted over 300 supporters. Since the fall, Pierce has been building his campaign team, opening an office, hiring staff and travelling around the state listening to fellow Oregonians.

Kevin Mannix, attorney, former candidate for Governor and former Oregon Republican Party Chair, said, “We already have an excellent candidate for Governor in Bud Pierce. He is smart and qualified and he will bring prosperity to Oregon. Allen had a chance to step up and be part of this process since last year and did not commit until now, which is late in the process. Bud has proved his worth to Oregonians over and over again through his involvement with the business community, his medical practice, his support of solid causes, and his generous support of charities. He has developed a dynamic campaign over the last year and has traveled all over the state. It is a mistake for Allen to think he can drop into the process at the last minute and be able to achieve that same momentum.”

While there are a number of people who have filed on the Republican ticket, Allen is known because of previous runs for office. Pierce comments, “Allen’s been around Oregon politics for a long time and has run before, albeit unsuccessfully, but that doesn’t dissuade me. For my part, I believe that Oregon needs new blood, fresh ideas and a break from the one-party rule we’ve had in the governor’s office for 30 years. I still expect to become the nominee of Oregon Republicans and, ultimately, the voice of working Oregonians.”

Bud Pierce, Ph.D., M.D., of Salem, Oregon, is an oncologist, business owner, veteran, and Republican candidate for Oregon Governor. See more details about his agenda for Oregon on www.BudPierce.com.

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Willis Announces Legislative Leadership Team

Stayton, OR — Colm Willis’ bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District was bolstered Thursday when the campaign announced the endorsements of 8 local lawmakers.

The Colm for Congress legislative leadership team will play an instrumental role in providing policy background and support for Willis’ campaign for Congress. Members will be added as the campaign progresses.

“I am honored by the support I have received from state lawmakers who represent hundreds of thousands of working Oregonians across the state,” said Willis. “The needs of the hardworking people in Oregon will continue to be my primary focus every day.”

Colm for Congress Legislative Leadership Team

  • Senator Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls)
  • Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem)
  • Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles)
  • Representative Mike Nearman (R-Dallas)
  • Representative Cedric Hayden (R-Roseburg)
  • Representative Greg Barreto (R-Cove)
  • Representative Bill Post (R-Keizer)
  • Representative Gail Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls)

Colm Willis was born and raised in Oregon.  He is a husband, father of two daughters, and a small business attorney in Stayton. Willis previously served as the political director of Oregon Right to Life and as an aide to the Joint Economic Committee in the U.S. Senate. He attended Willamette University College of Law where he earned the Civil Rights Award and graduated first in his class as valedictorian.

Willis is a Republican candidate for Congress in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. The primary will be held on May 17, 2016. The Republican nominee will face incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader in the general election.

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Representative Mike Nearman Calls For Immediate Changes Within Department Of Human Services

Asks For Resignation Of Senior Agency Official, Full Account Of Public Records Practices

Salem, OR – Representative Mike Nearman (R-Independence) today called on Interim Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki to replace Public Affairs Director Gene Evans immediately. Rep. Nearman issued the call after learning that Director Evans oversaw the stonewalling of a routine public records request by an Oregon citizen. In his letter to Director Saiki, Rep. Nearman also asked that the agency be prepared to fully explain to the Legislature the circumstances surrounding this failure of transparency and what steps the agency will be taking to ensure similar situations do not arise in the future.

“I am saddened and angered by media reports that an Oregon citizen, Anne Marie Gurney, made simple requests for Department of Human Services records that were clearly public and that she was subjected to delays by the Director of Public Affairs, Gene Evans, which resulted in the records not being delivered. Furthermore, it appears that the delay was intentional, so as to ‘wait out the clock’ on pending legislation,” Rep. Nearman wrote in the letter dated December 7. “I find it outrageous that taxpayer funds are used to pay the salary of a Director of Public Affairs, whose job is to inform the public, and that person engages in tactics to keep public data from a member of the public. I therefore call for the termination of Director Evans, immediately.”

Records show that Director Evans and his staff mishandled, and ultimately denied, a routine request for information, even despite previously acknowledging the legitimacy of the records request. Director Evans, citing an exemption signed into law just one day earlier, denied the request nearly six months after first receiving it.

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New Parking Technology Installation Begins at Capitol Mall

Salem, Ore. -Beginning Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, the City of Salem is replacing coin operated meters around the Capitol Mall with new parking technology. Work crews are installing parking stations that allow Capitol Mall visitors to pay for parking with credit and debit cards, as well as coins. The new stations also allow more flexible time options, such as pre-paying for parking in advance of the 8 a.m. enforcement time.

Installation and operation of the new parking stations will be phased over several weeks. The area surrounding the Capitol building will receive the new technology first. Installation will continue north of the Capitol building over a two-week period. All of the new parking stations are scheduled to be operational by mid-Nov. 2015. During the installation of new technology, visitors parking in spaces with operational coin-meters will continue to pay for parking at that meter. In order to minimize any confusion for those parking in the affected areas, new signage will be installed. Once the new parking technology is installed, the old coin-based meter heads will be bagged or removed.

City of Salem-issued Cash Keys will not be compatible with the new parking stations, but they can continue to be used where coin-based meters are located.

An informational web page that includes an implementation map and Frequently Asked Questions is available at www.cityofsalem.net/capitolmallparking. For specific questions regarding the new parking technology implementation, please contact Sara Long at slong@cityofsalem.net or 503-589-2065.

Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem’s Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages City’s Urban Renewal Areas (URAs) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

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Senator Thatcher to Hold Town Hall Series on Disaster Preparedness

Senator Kim Thatcher (SD-13) will join Representatives Bill Post (HD-25) and John Davis (HD-26) along with state and local officials for a town hall series about disaster preparedness in Oregon. Disaster preparedness is a major issue confronting our state today. Emergency management experts will be presenting on the ways Oregon is preparing for the possibility of a high magnitude earthquake the Pacific Northwest. All citizens and public officials are invited to attend.
Dates and locations for the town halls are:
  • November 3rd at the Newberg Police Department from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The address for the Newberg Police Department is 401 E 3rd St, Newberg, OR 97132.
  • November 4th at the Keizer Fire Station from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The address for the Keizer Fire Station is 661 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, OR 97303.
  • November 10th at the Wilsonville City Hall from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The address for the Wilsonville City Hall is 29799 Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville, OR 97070.
  • November 12th at the Sherwood Police Department from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The address for the Sherwood Police Station is 20495 SW Borchers Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140.
Sen. Thatcher represents Senate District 13, which includes the areas of Keizer, Newberg, Wilsonville, Sherwood, King City, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Aloha and Tigard. Rep. Post represents House District 25, which includes Keizer, St. Paul, and Newberg. Rep. Davis represents Wilsonville, Sherwood, King City, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Aloha, Tigard, and Bull Mountain.
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Freedom Foundation Expands into Oregon

SALEM, Ore. – The Freedom Foundation – Washington’s most assertive citizen watchdog group – has extended its influence into Oregon with the opening of a branch office in Salem.

And just to show it means business, the organization is also filing a class-action lawsuit against Gov. Kate Brown and SEIU 503 on behalf of a Bend home care worker who was illegally unionized and forced for years to pay dues and representation fees.

More than 20,000 other Oregon home care workers could also benefit from the ruling should the Freedom Foundation prevail in court.

Both moves will be announced during a press conference at:

2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 13,
in the Capitol Press Room
at the Oregon State Capitol Building,
900 Court St SE, Salem OR 97301

Founded in 1991, the Freedom Foundation is a member-funded, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the principles of free markets and smaller, more transparent government. Its main focus these days is exposing and ending the undue influence of government employee unions on the political process.

Freedom Foundation’s Oregon coordinator, Anne Marie Gurney, recently appeared on the Gator’s Radio Experience show to discuss the organization’s goals and mission, explaining the group’s desire to challenge Oregon’s unions; both private and public sector.

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House Democrats Kill Bills Aimed At Economic Growth And Job Creation Measures Sought To Support Working Families And Local Employers

Salem, OR – Right before considering another costly government mandate on Oregon’s employers and local shops, House Democrats voted down seven measures aimed at growing Oregon’s economy, creating jobs, investing in research and development, and supporting local employers and small businesses.

On nearly party-line votes, House Democrats rejected House Republican attempts to pull common-sense measures to the floor for a vote, including House Bills 2390, 2242, 3313, 2245, 3457, 3055, and 2752. House Democrats, including House Majority Leader Val Hoyle and Representatives Paul Evans, Tobias Read and Brian Clem, sponsored several of these measures.

“House Republicans today stood with Oregon employers and local job creators by moving forward these common-sense bills to grow our economy and bring jobs into our communities,” said House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). “It’s unfortunate, but not surprising, that Democrats voted down every single one of these measures as they continue to create a roadmap that destroys Oregon businesses.”

The bills that House Republicans pulled to the floor today include:

· HB 2390, which creates a subtraction from federal taxable income for up to $300 in cash dividends paid by an employer to an employee for participation in a workplace wellness program. (Failed 25-32)
· HB 2242, which establishes a personal income tax credit of $250 per dependent child (Failed 26-31)
· HB 3313, which designates certain lands in Clackamas County for the purposes of economic development (Failed 25-32)
· HB 2245, which increases the crop donation tax credit so that growers are encouraged to donate additional food products to charitable organizations and food banks (Failed 26-31)
· HB 3457, which creates an income tax credit for investment in business that hires employees in rural areas (Failed 27-30)
· HB 3055, which directs the Legislative Revenue Office to report to the Legislature on how taxpayers use the deduction for business expenses (Failed 25-32)
· HB 2752, which increases the maximum amount of corporate excise tax credit allowed for qualified research activities (Failed 25-31)

Democrats that supported at least one of the bill pulls included Representatives Tobias Read, Brian Clem, Caddy McKeown, Shemia Fagan, Paul Evans, Carla Piluso and Susan McLain.

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Salem City Council Considers Changes for Capitol Mall Parking

A big change for those parking along the Capitol Mall, an anti-smoking ordinance and bicycle boulevards are items on the next Salem City Council agenda.

Here’s a breakdown of the council’s Monday, June 8 meeting:

–Salem currently doesn’t impose fines when someone with a disabled parking permit parks at a meter and doesn’t pay, or parks all day in a time-limited spot. But the city’s lenient rules for those with Americans with Disabilities Act placards have contributed to parking congestion.

At the council’s meeting on Monday, the council will hold a public hearing about a proposal to remove exemptions to parking time limits and metered parking rules. City staff recommended the change because a high percentage of the metered parking around the Capitol Mall — a spot where parking is particularly tight –is being taken by employees with ADA placards.

The proposed changes in parking rules wouldn’t apply for those with Wheelchair User placards from Oregon or other states. Wheelchair users could continue to park for free at any meter marked 30 minutes or longer.

If the council votes to advance the parking ordinance, it could have a second reading for enactment at the council’s June 22 meeting. The city could begin enforcing the new rules as early as mid-July.

—The council on Monday will also deliberate and vote on an ordinance that would ban smoking at many city-owned properties, including parks, trails, and the city hall campus. The ban would include vaping devices, also known as electronic cigarettes.

Proponents of the new ordinance say it would protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and improve the community’s health. If the ordinance is approved, smoking would still be allowed on most public sidewalks, at Salem Housing Authority properties and properties leased by the city.

Councilors previously took testimony on the anti-smoking ordinance at their May 26 meeting and agreed to hold the record open for written comments.

–The council will also take up the topic of bicycle transportation. Bicycle advocates have urged the city to develop low-traffic volume, low-speed bike routes known as bicycle boulevards.

A state grant on the council’s agenda might advance plans for the city’s first bicycle boulevard. City councilors will discuss a proposal to apply for the state’s 2015 Transportation and Growth Management Program.

Funds provided through the state program would be used to create a refinement plan for the proposed Winter-Maple Bikeway. The bike route would connect the Capitol Mall and downtown to the Grant and Highland neighborhoods.

The Transportation and Growth Management Program would provide about $140,000 for planning, including $110,000 in state funds plus $30,000 in city matching funds. It is a competitive application process and there are no guarantees that the city will get the funding.

Salem currently doesn’t have funding to construct the Winter-Maple Bikeway, or any the 60 miles of bicycle boulevards outlined in its long-term plans. Completing a refinement plan, however, could be a step towards public outreach and seeking funding opportunities.

Salem City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 8, at the Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE. To view the complete council agenda and staff reports, go to cityofsalem.net and click on “City Council” and then “Meeting Agendas”

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