Today Salem Community Vision released it's long-awaited position paper, "Salem's New Police Facility: The Best Way to Achieve It."
That link takes you to the Scribd document, which is an easy way to read a PDF file without Acrobat Reader. Here's the PDF version. The formatting is a bit cleaner on the PDF file, but the Scribd version is completely readable.
I said "long-awaited" not because other people have been waiting for the position paper (nobody outside Salem Community Vision knew we were working on it), but because I volunteered to write it -- and after a week of countless cups of coffee and visions of police facility planning running through my mind (not as pleasant as sugar plums, believe me), I was more than ready to have the paper released.
It turned out great.
Though the writing job was difficult, because of the complex subject, it was made a heck of a lot easier by all of the fine work my Salem Community Vision colleagues had done over several years on this issue.
Here's the SCV Facebook post announcing the release of the position paper:
READ THE SALEM COMMUNITY VISION POSITION PAPER ON PLANS FOR THE NEW POLICE FACILITY
Salem Community Vision has issued a comprehensive position paper to inform the community about the choices we need to make on a new police facility and seismic upgrades for the Library and City Hall.
By reading our position paper you will be fully informed about the history of planning efforts to date, about the proposal that is currently being contemplated by the City Council, and about SCV's recommendation for what we should be voting on this November, and why.
Please click on the link above and read our position paper. Then give us your comments on it below, and share this post with others.
This is a one sentence summary of the Salem Community Vision position on a new police facility.
Salem voters should be asked to approve a $50 million bond measure that includes full funding for a $30 million police facility at Commercial and Division streets, along with $20 million for seismic upgrades and other renovations at the Civic Center.