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UPDATES: Salem City Council meets to discuss sheltering as camping comes to an end

May 17, 2021 at 5:08pm

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon lawmakers reestablish residential eviction moratorium

Oregon Capitol (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

On Monday, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill intended to prevent a potential wave of foreclosures. 

THE ISSUE: The pandemic-induced downturn has caused many homeowners to be behind on their mortgage payments. 

THE BILL: House Bill 2009

WHAT IT DOES: Reestablishes a moratorium on residential foreclosures through July 1, 2021. It also gives the governor the ability to extend the moratorium for 90-day increments through the end of the year. 

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: Proponents of the bill say they’re trying to avoid a repeat of the 2008 recession when many Oregonians saw their homes foreclosed, which had a broader effect on neighborhoods and the economy.  


The bill passed the Oregon Senate May 17 on a 19-9 vote.

Sen. Brian Boquist, I-Dallas: Yes

Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem: Yes

Sen. Fred Girod, R-Lyons: No

Sen. Deb Patterson, D-Salem: Yes 

Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer: Excused

The bill passed the Oregon House April 6 on a 38-21 vote. 

State Rep. Teresa Alonso León, D-Woodburn: Yes

State Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem: Excused

State Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth: Yes

State Rep. Rick Lewis, R-Silverton: No

State Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, R-Salem: No

State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence: No

Sate Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer: No

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: It heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature. 

-Jake Thomas

May 17, 2021 at 3:31pm

Fewer than one in five Marion, Polk voters have turned in ballots for May 18 election

Stickers on top of a ballot box on Wednesday, September 30. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

With one day left to turn in ballots, just under 20% of Marion and Polk county voters have voted to determine the makeup of local school boards and fire services.

For Salem voters, Tuesday's election will decide four of the seven seats on the Salem-Keizer School Board.

Voters in Marion County Fire District #1, which covers the area just east and north of Salem and Keizer city limits, will decide on a levy that could fund additional firefighter positions.

Voter turnout is generally lowest for local elections in even-numbered years, when there are no contests for governor or president to draw in voters.

By midday on Monday, Polk County elections had received 11,488 ballots, or just shy of 19% of those mailed to eligible voters. Marion County had received 40,849, or 19.16%, with several drop box pickups not yet tallied for the day.

The results mean Marion County will likely surpass its turnout for local races in 2019, the last time voters selected local school board members. Just 19.73% of county voters cast a ballot in 2019. Polk County turnout in 2019 was higher - about 28%.

Election results will be available Tuesday shortly after 8 p.m. on county election websites, though early tallies won't include many ballots returned Tuesday.

Because Salem-Keizer School Board races include voters in both Marion and Polk counties, the Oregon Secretary of State will post results shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday so voters don't have to add up tallies from each county website.

Voters have until 8 p.m. May 18 to return ballots to a drop box in either Marion or Polk counties. A list of Salem-specific locations is below.

Voters who need additional information or a replacement ballot should contact their county elections office by visiting in-person or calling.

Marion County: (503) 588-5041 or 555 Court St. N.E.

Polk County: (503) 623-9217 or 850 Main St. in Dallas


Marion County Clerk, 555 Court St. N.E., Ste 2130, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Election Day

Marion County Health, 3180 Center St. N.E. - Curbside (24 hours) until 8 p.m. Tuesday

Roth’s Fresh Market, 3045 Commercial St. S.E. - 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Roth’s Fresh Market, 4555 Liberty Rd. S. - 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Roth’s Fresh Market, 4746 Portland Rd. N.E. - 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Marion County Public Works, 5155 Silverton Rd. N.E. - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Election Day


Roth's Fresh Market, 1130 Wallace Rd N.W. - 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

-Rachel Alexander

May 17, 2021 at 9:40am

AGENDA: Salem City Council meets to discuss homeless sheltering as camping comes to an end

Trees fell onto tents in Wallace Marine Park during an ice storm on Valentine's Day weekend. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

The Salem City Council will meet for a work session Monday night to discuss what lies ahead for the approximately 500 unhoused people living in Wallace Marine and Cascades Gateway parks as the city plans to end camping allowed in those places under an emergency declaration during the pandemic.


Camping in the parks is slated to end June 1.

During the work session members will hear an update from the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance and get a preview of what types of shelters can be sited in different zoning areas.

While the city has highlighted two social service agencies that would be willing to operate managed shelters, land and funding remain an issue.  

How to participate: People can watch the meeting on YouTube or CC:Media Channel 21. Submit comments on agenda items by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at [email protected]

-Saphara Harrell