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Celebrating 47 Years
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September 12, 2014 program.

Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Program, Noon

Willamette Heritage Center
at The Mill
1313 Mill Street, SE
Salem, OR 97301-6351

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Member Lunch, $12
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Nonmember Lunch, $15
Nonmember No Lunch: $5

Vegetarian or vegan entrees are available and must be requested at time of RSVP
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Doors open at 11:30 a.m

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Salem City Club is looking for a Few Good People!

Membership Drive

Who better to recommend Salem City Club than current members? Do you know someone who would enjoy attending our informative lunch meetings? Then invite them to the next meeting and be eligible to win a prize.
  • Each meeting all members who bring a guest will be entered into a raffle
  • At the end of each meeting a drawing will be held for a winner who will receive a prize
  • Ask a greeter for a guest raffle ticket in order to be entered
  • Special Bonus: If your guest becomes a member you receive another raffle ticket at the next meeting
Let’s grow the club. I challenge you to bring a potential new member to the next meeting, share our benefits, and maybe win a prize.
Allan Polack,
Chair, Membership Committee

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 SCC programs can be seen on CCTV, Comcast Cable Channel 21, for two weeks starting the Wednesday after the meeting on Wednesdays at 4pm, Thursdays at 4:30pm, Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 1pm.

 Salem City Club’s mission:

“ provide a common meeting ground for persons of divergent  beliefs, politics and occupations, for the interchange of ideas and stimulation of intelligent thinking and action on civic affairs; and to inform and activate its members and the community in public matters, and to arouse in them an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship.”



September 2, 2014,  Volume 47, Issue 3

First Election Debate:
Should Oregon Legalize Marijuana?

 Friday, September 12, 2014
 Salem City Club will launch a series of four pre-election debates Friday noon, September 12, with a spirited pro and con discussion of a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana for all Oregon adults.

 If voters approve Measure 91 in November, Oregon would become the third state to legalize marijuana for other than medicinal purposes. All adults (age 21 and up) could buy and possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana and grow up to four plants. It could not be used in public places or by juveniles. The State Liquor Control Commission would regulate its marketing.

The New Approach Oregon committee wrote the proposed law and led a campaign which acquired about 145,000 signatures to place this on the ballot; 87,213 valid signatures by Oregon registered voters were required.

 Liz Kaufman, campaign director for the “Yes on 91” campaign, will advocate the initiative at our opening debate. Kaufman, who has directed campaigns throughout Oregon for schools, libraries, parks, public safety and individual candidates, is a co-author with Thalia Zepatos of “Women for a Change, a Grassroots Guide to Activism and Politics.” A former high school teacher, she lives in rural Clackamas County.

Josh Marquis, Clatsop County District Attorney, will speak in opposition to Measure 91. Marquis, who has served in that office since 1994, is a recognized expert on the death penalty and is co-author of “Debating the Death Penalty.” This year, Marquis was named one of the “Top Ten Animal Defenders” by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. A resident of Astoria, Marquis is often quoted as a spokesperson on behalf of the National District Attorneys Association.

If approved by voters, the sale of recreational marijuana would begin in January 2016. The measure calls for a tax of $35 per ounce on most marijuana products. State experts have estimated this should produce revenue of between $17 million and $40 million per year in 2016-17, roughly half of one percent of the state budget. They acknowledge it's difficult to estimate, starting with guesses about current marijuana consumption and about how many current black market marijuana buyers would shift to legal outlets, where prices probably would be substantially higher. It's also difficult to estimate how much Oregon marijuana consumption would increase if voters legalize the drug. Revenue would be divided between the state school fund, mental health services, alcohol and drug services, drug-abuse prevention, state police, and city and county law enforcement.
This should get our pre-election series off to a bang.
  Fall programs include a debate on Ballot Measure 90, the top-two primary initiative on Sept. 26, a candidate forum featuring candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District Oregon, on Oct. 10. And, on October 24, a debate on Ballot Measure 88, the referendum concerning driver cards for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States.  The club also will co-sponsor with the League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk Counties evening candidate forums featuring candidates for the State House of Representatives, the State Senate, and the Marion and Polk County Commissions.

We have important issues to decide. Don't miss our opening kickoff Friday, Sept. 12 
 As is our tradition we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill. For lunch reservations please visit our web site at and register on line.  Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, September 10, 2014Parking is free.  Doors open at 11:30 AM

 Public Forum

 Candidates for the State House of Representatives
Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 p.m.
Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library
Free and Open to the Public
Co-Sponsored by
Salem City Club
League of Women Voters Marion and Polk Counties
Invited candidates include:
 District 19: Bill Dalton (D) and Jodi Hack (R)
 District 20: Paul Evans (D) and Kathy Goss (R)
 District 21: Brian Clem (D) and Beverly Wright (R)
 District 22: Betty Komp (D), Matt Geiger(R),Thad Marney(LP), and Michael Marsh (CP).  
 District 25 Bill Post (R, LP), Chuck Lee (I,WFP), and Josh Smith (PG)
 League member Sandra Gangle will be the moderator.


FALL, 2014
The Salem City Club Program Committee is planning a
 series of Friday luncheon programs focused on the 2014 General Election.

Friday, September 26: Ballot Measure 90
Debate: Should Oregon Adopt a Top-Two  Primary System? 
Friday, October 10: 
Forum: Candidates for the United States House of
Representatives, 5th District, Oregon
Friday, October 24:  Ballot Measure 88
Debate:  Should Oregon Voters Approve Alternative Driver Cards for Those Who Cannot Prove Legal Presence in the United States?
Friday, November 7:
Outcomes and Implications: The 2014 General Election.Dr. Ed Dover, Department of Political Science, Western Oregon University

And don't miss these
Co-Sponsored by
League of Women Voters Marion & Polk Counties
Salem City Club

Wednesday, October 1:
Marion & Polk County Commissioner Candidates Public
Forum. Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 7:
Oregon State Senate Candidates Public Forum, candidates for Districts 10 and 11.
Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, 7:00 p.m.

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