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Extly Log: OGSmartLoader post found ID: 27 Title: “Tyranny of the Majority…Wow!” Introtext: Do Salem and our broader region need another bridge? Many think so, and are working with Salem Bridge Solutions, and have signed the petition at salembridgesolutions.org, to help focus support for getting it built. Not everyone agrees, however, as is to be expected within a diverse community. There are even a few in West Salem, who happen to be in leadership roles on the West Salem Neighborhood Association (WSNA), who are adamantly opposed. Linda Bierly’s Guest Opinion on September 22 was revealing, and a great example of why there have been contentious moments during WSNA meetings over the past few months. In essence, her belief seems to be that WSNA should be like other associations, where a board makes the decisions rather than the members. She talks about her fellow residents, who she thinks she should represent, as an uninformed, antagonistic “mob” who use fear, and even physical and verbal intimidation tactics to achieve their single-purpose agenda! It all sounds so sinister, so what’s really going on in WSNA? In a word…change. Until recently, WSNA was a sleepy neighborhood association with about a dozen, mostly retired people, regularly attending. In May, the news came out that WSNA had declared itself to be “neutral” on building a bridge. Knowing the overwhelming majority of West Salem residents want the new bridge, a group of residents began attending WSNA meetings and requested a vote to support a bridge. After promising a vote, the leadership of which Linda is a member, refused to put it on the agenda, stating repeatedly, “we don’t want to be run by a TYRRANY OF THE MAJORITY.” Residents were put in the position of having to overcome this attempt to disenfranchise them by their own “leaders.” They proceeded to have the biggest turnout in Salem neighborhood association history, with over 350 people attending to vote for the bridge! This did not sit well with the leadership, who continued to oppose their own community at every step. As details came to light, including the Land Use Committee recommending confusing plans that happen to directly benefit themselves, using $3.6 million taxpayer dollars, their plans began to unravel. With the community now involved, the leadership turned to bully tactics with their Parliamentarian shouting in the face of a community member, as leadership refused to tell the community about the upcoming election process. Fortunately, these mini-dramas are coming to a close as WSNA elects new leadership on October 16th. Our community needs leaders who listen and represent the will of the vast majority. That’s true at the neighborhood association level as well as at City Council. We need leaders who are not stuck in the past, but leading toward the future we want for our city. That means people who understand that we must build the infrastructure to serve our current and future needs, and leave a legacy for our children. To become part of the solution, join over 2,800 local residents on the Salem Bridge Solutions Facebook group. Image: http://salembridgesolutions.org/images/WSNA_Meeting_6-19-17_1.jpg

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Bike Path to Nowhere!

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We passed a 99.8 million dollar bond measure in 2008 to pay for roads and bridges. One of the major projects that was supposed to happen was purchasing the land to build Marine Drive to lead to our new bridge. The 3.6 million dollars dedicated to that is still sitting in the bank even though they were supposed to be purchasing the land in 2010.

Now our own West Salem Neighborhood Association has recommended to the Budget Committee that those funds be diverted to build a two mile bike path rather than construct the road. This is unnacceptable! Salem City Council will be voting this Monday evening on the budget recommendations. If you want to change this outcome and see those dollars spent for the road to our bridge, you need to do two things.

  1. Attend the City Council meeting at City Hall this Monday at 5:30. Sign up to speak and let them know you want the road you paid for not a bike path to nowhere! We'll be there to coach you before the meeting. They MUST see us in force or they are going to steal the funds for their bike path. Wear your green shirts. If you don't have one of our shirts yet wear a green shirt if you have it.
  2. Write an email to the city manager to include in the writen testimony. (This is in addition to showing up!) Here is a sample that you can just copy and paste. Feel free to modify it.

Here is the link to the original bond measure: Bond Information

Dear Salem City Council,

As a Salem resident, I'm am asking you not to divert the funds passed in our 2008 bond measure from their intended purpose of building Marine Drive. The voters' pamphlet and supporting materials were very clear that this was one of the projects that the bond would spent on. Diverting these funds from the intended purpose, to create a bike path to nowhere, violates the promise the city made to the voters. This is a critical piece of the infrastructure we need to make our bridge possible in the near future. 

Please do what you promised the voters in 2008, and purchase the land for Marine Drive. Then use any leftover funds to begin construction of the road. This is the only way of relieving congestion as was the clear intent of the bond when we passed it. 

Sincerely,

Your Name and address

 

Written comments

Written comments can be submitted to the City Recorder by noon on the day of the City Council meeting by personal delivery or e-mail. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Salem Bridge Solutions Has a Website!

 

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Salem Bridge Solutions has a website! This is a huge step for us in getting our bridge built. The site is still being developed with lots of great stuff to come. Currently, we have our petition link, events sign up, T-shirt and gear order, and news articles. In the near future, we will have picture and video areas, and a resources area with lots of helpful information to help us advocate intelligently. Cruze around the site and see what you think!

Our permanent link to our petition is right up top so anyone looking for it doesn’t need to look long. Please start sending your friends to here to get them signed up.

In addition to being able to sign the petition you can register for upcoming events. Registering for an event will allow us to send you a reminder email the day before and for you to add the event to your Google calendar. Before you can register, we will have you join as a member so we only have actual supporters using the site.

Requesting T-shirts and gear is simple with our new site. Just click on the items you want and we’ll get them for you. As you know, we are a grassroots organization and these items cost. We are not trying to make a profit, just be able to keep providing them to new members. When you request items, you’ll see the cost and we ask you to go to the PayPal link and donate that much (or more to cover those who can’t). We’ll send you an email letting you know when it’s ready for pick-up. Items can be picked up at Craig Evans’ Crown Real Estate office at 110 Wallace Rd NW at the base of the bridge as you are turning onto Wallace Rd. You’ll see the signs!

Soon you’ll see our picture and video section with lots of great pictures of us in our great green gear! We would love to have lots of you make a short (2-5 minute) video about your bad bridge situations so we can use these with our politicians. Think of the times you have been impacted and make a video.

Finally, we will have lots of great information, tools and resources on the site to help us advocate. There will be talking points that we want to use every time we go to a meeting to advocate. We’ll have links to useful information for those who want to get into the details. We want to remember, however, that our group isn’t about arguing the siting issues or funding, we are just about one thing...BUILD IT NOW!

Welcome to our site!!

 

Get your Gear

 

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 Hey everyone...Gear is here! We want each of us to have a T-shirt and wear it every time we go to a meeting to advocate for our bridge. That way, whether we speak or not, they know why we’re there. Also, we want to spread the word all the time with our yard signs, window clings and buttons. Ordering is easy now that we have our website!

To order T-shirts and gear, just click on the items you want and we’ll get them for you. As you know, we are a grassroots organization and these items cost. When you request items, you’ll see the cost and we ask you to go to the PayPal link and donate that much (or more to cover those who can’t). We are not trying to make a profit, we just want to be able to keep providing these to our members to help us build awareness of our cause.

We’ll send you an email letting you know when it’s ready for pick-up. Items can be picked up at Craig Evans’ Crown Real Estate office at 110 Wallace Rd NW at the base of the bridge as you are turning onto Wallace Rd. You’ll see the signs!

Gear up! Get involved and let’s BUILD IT NOW!

 

 

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