Salem can't tolerate this. "Tough guys" trying to take over a neighborhood association meeting, pushing people around and creating an uproar.
I've gotten two reports of how supporters of the Salem Bridge Solutions group that wants the Third Bridge billion dollar boondoggle built disrupted last Monday's meeting of the West Salem Neighborhood Association.
Read the mildly edited reports below. (I've taken out information that could identify the people who contacted me, given that the Salem Bridge Solutions goons are so nastily uncourteous.)
I think you'll agree with me that this kind of behavior can't be allowed to take root in Salem. Or anywhere, for that matter. Salem Bridge Solutions already has very little credibility, given the "alternative facts" it's been spreading.
The behavior of the Evans brothers, who are leading the group, is totally unacceptable. They need to apologize to the West Salem Neighborhood Association and vow to behave like decent human beings from now on rather than goons.
Read on for the reports about what went on at the WSNA meeting.
Quite an amazing story developing here in West Salem's neighborhood association: The Chamber has put together a goon squad who at the last meeting hi-jacked the meeting and, very stupidly, voted to build a third bridge.
Nothing on where, how much, how in the Hell do we pay for it. Just build one.
The latest meeting was even more interesting as their tactics escalated into what can only be characterized as thuggery. They started off by reviling the chairlady of our planning committee, charging her with conflict of interest - she is a licensed Real Estate agent who ironically is also a committed environmentalist.
Then things got really rough with the Evans brothers shouting at the [West Salem Neighborhood Association] co-chair Steve Anderson for not answering all their email. From there it degenerated into a shouting and shoving match between the Brown Shirts and WSNA officials including our parliamentarian.
Another interesting aspect is the type of thugs the chamber has recruited for their takeover of the association: they clearly are not Chamber members (ie business owners), but possibly employees of members with several looking like pretty rough sorts. Whatever, thought this might be of interest to you, and the story plot is rapidly "thickening" awaiting the Chamber's attempt to actually takeover the association at our annual meeting.
Room was set up for 205 people at Roths [originally I had 500 people, but have learned it was 205]. Room filled up. Meeting started at 7.00.