July 23, 2020

We stand with our community partners Latinos Unidos Siempre and Salem-Keizer Coalition in Equality, and the call to remove School Resource Officers (SROs) from Salem-Keizer schools. At a moment when our communities are crying out for the protection of Black lives, a dismantling of white supremacy, and demanding racial justice, we must commit to non-police strategies in our schools.

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May 26, 2020
SKATS, the regional transportation planning agency for the greater Salem/Keizer area, has approved the 2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP establishes the schedule and priority for the near-term funding and implementation of transportation improvement projects. Approximately $15 million in federal funds were available for this cycle. 
 
We submitted comments in support of infrastructure and programming investments for projects that will improve safety and access for people who walk, bicycle and use transit in the Salem-Keizer area.
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April 29, 2020
Funding opportunities now open in Washington and Oregon to apply for grants supporting SRTS infrastructure projects.
April 2, 2020

During this period of uncertainty and change, transportation planning efforts are still moving forward for the Salem-Keizer area. Weigh in on important funding for Safe Routes to School, transit fleet upgrades, future city development and more!

“Our Salem” Moves Online

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March 19, 2020

During this uncertain time for health, economic, and community stability, we are all adjusting our routines to help combat the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Through our mission-driven work to improve the health and well-being of people of all races, income levels, and abilities, and build healthy, thriving communities for everyone, we know that many families rely on schools to be more than just a source of education, but also as community, caregivers, and, most importantly, meal providers.

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February 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 Update:

Salem City Council has adopted a Sit-Lie ordinance that prohibits people from sitting or lying on public sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The ordinance was approved a week after Council’s decision to ban loitering in public spaces during the next 5 weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Sit-Lie ordinance is permanent and has a $250 penalty attached for violators.

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December 17, 2019

The City of Salem has launched the Safer Pedestrian Crossings Program, a new online tool for requesting improved crossings. Earlier this year, we participated in the Safer Crossings Project Advisory Committee to help develop this system for community members to request pedestrian crossing facilities, and track the status of those projects. We provided feedback on best practices for equitable scoring of infrastructure projects, to be included in the Safer Crossings Program.

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November 24, 2019

11/26/19 Update:

On Monday November 25, Salem City Council approved the “sidewalk behavior” ordinance without the “sit-lie” element. Essentially, the ordinance has been narrowed to ban camping on sidewalks or public spaces, and restricts leaving personal items unattended for more than 24 hours. 

October 10, 2019

SKATS, the regional transportation planning agency for the greater Salem/Keizer area, is in the process of prioritizing projects in the region for the next 6 years. The SKATS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) establishes the schedule and priority for the near-term funding and implementation of transportation improvement projects.

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September 24, 2019

Our Salem is a multi-year project to update the Comprehensive Plan, which guides future development for the city. The first phase of the project focused on looking at existing conditions, with a focus on livability and sustainability.

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