A previous iteration of the council imploded in September after political acrimony and a wave of resignations left the city’s governing body with no members. The Baker County Board of Commissioners appointed new councilors in October, who faced one of their first challenges when they took action on a contentious public safety fee that helped tear apart the last council.
Baker City's government and political system essentially ceased to exist for weeks this year, and the pieces are just now getting put back together. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, editor Ryan Haas and reporter Antonio Sierra discuss the political acrimony in Baker City and much more.
The new salary scale makes Baker among the best paying districts in a state where the average starting salary is $39,000, according to the Oregon Education Association. The move is making waves as the Legislature mulls a statewide salary floor.