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June 24, 2014


This is good documentation of what went on last night, Brian. Much superior to what Michael Rose wrote about it. The only thing you left out: not only did our Mayor assert that they were the "deciders," she said several times that they were "visionaries." What a joke! These are a group of people who take most of their direction from the power elite in Salem (e.g. the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem Hospital — which we saw evidence of last night).

Keep fighting city hall! Transparency is government is needed.

You have an interesting, but uninformed perspective on things. Salem Community Vision is a scam, run by an unlicensed architect who has been cited on numerous occasions. He ran an illegal PAC to stop renovations to Eugene Fields School in Silverton, then bid on renovating it... at a "too good to be true" price. The mayor and city council have the good sense not to take their "proposal" seriously. No one should take Gene Pfeiffer and Geoffrey James seriously. They are barely legal flim-flam men. Give the mayor more credit.

These words (about the Mayor)from this post could be precisely what could be said about the President of the U.S. of A.

"Repeatedly Mayor Peterson emphasized that she and other City officials are empowered to make decisions, and they are going to do just that.

Whether the decisions make any sense; reflect community values and desires; are based on solid facts; flow out of an open public involvement process... not important.

In the Brave New World of the Mayor, City Manager, and city councilors, Big Brother (oops, should say Big Sister) is in charge and Must Not Be Challenged.

To which I and others said last night (in so many words), screw that."

Thank You for helping the community to be heard and for promoting true dialogue and transparency with our City Servants - which needs to be everyone!

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