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Keeping in touch: Notes from the Mayor

Mayor Lucy VinisThis blog aims to nurture our conversation and understanding of the issues before us. Every week, I will provide a weekly update on the activities in the city government, my activities as mayor, and brief reflections on progress, opportunities and challenges. You are invited to respond with reactions, insights and questions. We do this work together.

Feb 15

Weekly Recap- February 15, 2019

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 4:38 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Council is in the midst of a series of meetings related to climate change. On January 30th they considered an array of options for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels through our franchise agreement with Northwest Natural Gas; and this week, held a joint session with EWEB to better understand the utility’s capacity and planning for increased conservation and use of renewable energy sources.

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Feb 08

Weekly Recap- February 8, 2019

Posted on February 8, 2019 at 3:22 PM by Nicole Bernstein

It was a quiet week for council which doesn’t meet on the first week of the month.  My mayoral commitments took me to a few noteworthy and promising meetings.

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Feb 01

Weekly Recap- February 1, 2019

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 5:14 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Monday’s council meetings began quietly enough, with few members of the public in Harris Hall.

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Jan 25

Weekly Recap- January 25, 2019

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 4:53 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Last weekend was filled with highs.  I was proud to see so many people assembled for the Women’s March; moved by the Sunday afternoon dedication of the MLK Jr. mural on the south wall of the First Christian Church; astonished by a musical performance at the Korean Church later that evening in Springfield in honor of Korean War veterans and Korean adoptees and their families; and inspired by Monday’s MLK march and gathering.

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Jan 22

Weekly Recap- January 18, 2019

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 8:49 AM by Nicole Bernstein

Our first full week after the holidays began with a robust public forum and the advancement of a pair of key initiatives.

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Jan 11

Weekly Recap- January 11, 2019

Posted on January 11, 2019 at 4:14 PM by Nicole Bernstein

It was a relatively quiet week for council which held its first worksession of the year on Wednesday.  Our time was divided between an executive session and a brief discussion about the process for hiring or contracting with a new Municipal Court judge to replace Judge Wayne Allen who retired Dec. 31st.

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Dec 21

Weekly Recap- December 21,2018

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 9:45 AM by Nicole Bernstein

Council’s last week before taking a break over the holidays was tense with a pair of big issues: the report and recommendations from the Housing Tools and Strategies workgroup and action on the transition plan for the Highway 99 camp.

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