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June 09, 2013

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Here is the staff report:

http://www.cityofsalem.net/CouncilMeetingAgenda/Documents/272/7b.pdf

The names I recognize on the steering committee include: Mary Lou Zeek, Gayle Doty, and Casey Campbell. I don't see how that group is somehow less "representative" than any other group that has been awarded the EID contract in the past.

Curt, there is a big difference between...

(1) A downtown organization that has a contract with the City to vitalize the area, with open meetings, clear goals, and accountability, and:

(2) A group of people hand-picked by the City Manager that meets in undisclosed locations and has no contract, no goals, and no accountability.

Imagine if the Mayor dissolved the City Council, then picked a few people from the old Council to advise her on running Salem dictatorially.

Would that be the same as the old City Council? Think about it.

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