Program Archive

Welcome to the Salem City Club program archive for the 2021-22 season.  Here you will find links for both the audio-only and audio-video recordings for each program.

Most Salem City Club programs are recorded for broadcast on KMUZ Community Radio and CC:TV.  

The SCC Podcast

Audio-Visual Recordings

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  • 23 Jan 2023 3:27 PM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    In this past election we heard many candidates and individuals and read media reports

    commenting on the rise of crime in our country. Recently, the FBI published their 2021 crime statistics for the nation. It showed overall crime has decreased slightly with violent crimes climbing and property crimes dropping. Do Salem’s law enforcement and neighborhoods agree with those directions on this issue?



  • 10 Jan 2023 11:29 AM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    There is a nationwide shortage of public defenders. The shortage is especially acute in Oregon. There are several reasons for this, the main one appearing to be a lack of funding. This has led to the abrogation of the constitutional right to have an attorney for at least 500 defendants and to unconstitutionally long detentions of some of them. At least 300 cases in Multnomah County alone have been dismissed; there simply was no one to represent the defendants, preventing the criminal cases from legally proceeding.

    According to Mike Schmidt, the Multnomah County District Attorney, “This is a public defender crisis.“ Carl Macpherson, Executive Director of Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, commented on OPB’s Think Out Loud, “This is a total public safety system failure.”

    Please join us to hear a panel of experts discuss this important issue.




  • 08 Nov 2022 10:42 AM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Mayor-elect Chris Hoy, who currently represents the residents of Ward 6 on the Salem City Council and is the state representative for House District 21 until 2023, will present a comprehensive look at the bond measure and what the City hopes it will accomplish if passed. The proposed bond measure was designed for use in improving streets, sidewalks, parks and public safety without increasing the City's property tax rate. Several previous bond measures will be retired and removed from the tax rolls over the next decade, providing up to $300 million to invest – supposedly without increasing tax rates. This informational program will include a segment for Hoy to take questions from the audience.




  • 12 Oct 2022 2:52 PM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Candidates Tom Andersen(D) and T.J. Sullivan(R) will tell us why they are running and their stand on important issues of the day. After answering a few selected questions, time will be available for audience members to ask questions of the candidates. We expect this to be a cordial, informative and lively debate for the hour.



  • 04 Oct 2022 11:37 AM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    No matter what happens on November 8, the literal face of SD11 will change when the 82nd Oregon legislature convenes next February. Peter Courtney’s retirement after 25 years of service to the district, coupled with redistricting, made this a race for an open seat. Candidates Kim Thatcher (R) and Richard Walsh(D) will be with us to answer questions and speak to the issues. We expect this to be a cordial, informative and lively debate for the hour.


  • 04 Oct 2022 11:31 AM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Long-time Salem City Club members, Senator Deb Patterson (D) and Representative Raquel Moore-Green (R) will appear in-person at the Willamette Heritage Center on September 9 for the club’s fall opening program.

    Both well-respected members of the Salem community, the politicians will debate what qualifications are needed to represent voters in Senate District 10, which includes South and West Salem, Monmouth, Independence, Turner and Aumsville, and parts of Four Corners and unincorporated East Salem.


  • 04 May 2022 9:37 AM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Join us for an evening program to hear from Council Candidates in Wards 2, 4, 6 & 8; Plus Municipal Judge.


  • 25 Apr 2022 10:21 AM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Join us for our second program on the upcoming primary elections. The two candidates for Marion County District Attorney will participate in this debate. The candidates are: Paige Clarkson, incumbent Marion County District Attorney and Spencer Todd, challenger.


  • 07 Apr 2022 2:28 PM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Salem City Club is pleased to announce the first program in our series focusing on the political season. In any election 2-year cycle, Salem city government always has four of the eight council positions up as well as the mayor, who of course serves 2-year terms. For the first time in many years, much change could be in the works, since none of the five races has an incumbent. Our first program on Friday, April 1 focuses on the mayoral position, and will feature a debate between Chane Griggs and Chris Hoy. Join us as we give the two announced candidates an opportunity to share their views on the future of our city.


  • 21 Mar 2022 4:46 PM | SCC Office Administrator (Administrator)


    PGE Slides

    NWPPCC Slides

    Changing technology and energy resources are impacting how energy is generated, transmitted, and used in Salem and the broader Northwest. One of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s responsibilities is to develop plans for our regional electrical needs. At the same time, under Oregon law private electric utilities are required to phase out fossil fuel sources of power as climate change puts more pressure on the electrical system. Speakers from Portland General Electric and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council will tell us what they’re doing to meet the challenges of green power and how consumers can help.

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