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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.

Jun 26

June 26, 2020

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 4:08 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Another week challenged us to respond to the demands for racial justice and police reform, and to continue to attend to ongoing council businesses.

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Jun 20

June 19, 2020

Posted on June 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM by Nicole Bernstein

Today our community is brightened by two celebrations of Juneteenth, the annual recognition of the final emancipation of slaves in Texas in 1865. This day began early with artists who assembled at 5 am and volunteered their skill and time to paint “Black Lives Matter” in bold yellow on 8th Avenue in front of the Federal Courthouse.  This afternoon, the first of two celebrations with food, music, children’s games, and historical information will draw the community together; followed by another Juneteenth celebration at Alton Baker Park on Saturday.  This is all good: protests demanding action; and community gathering to honor Black culture and history in our community, State and nation.  I am grateful to the organizers and volunteers who have orchestrated peaceful nightly protests and who bring us together in community this weekend.  As a city, we’re respecting the call to gather for Juneteenth, counting on the organizers will do all they can to ensure safety with respect to COVID by encouraging people to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.  

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Jun 12

June 12, 2020

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 4:11 PM by Nicole Bernstein

In the midst of continuing demonstrations for racial justice and turbulence about the police response, Council stepped into the work of COVID recovery and ongoing commitments.  Council sessions reviewed the police response; updated the status of our investment in the TAC report and solutions to homelessness; considered a charter change to institute STAR voting for mayoral and council races; and discussed renewal of the library levy.

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Jun 08

June 6, 2020

Posted on June 8, 2020 at 7:08 AM by Nicole Bernstein

Following is the statement I made at the joint press conference on Friday, June 5th,  where I was joined by Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg and Lane County Commission Board Chair Heather Buch

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May 22

May 22, 2020

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 7:48 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Council addressed a pair of big issues this week. 

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May 16

May 15, 2020

Posted on May 16, 2020 at 5:39 PM by Nicole Bernstein

This was a big week for the community and the state, and that was reflected in council discussions.  The week was bookended by a staff presentation on Monday of the city’s Recovery Planning; and on Friday, Lane County joined 27 other Oregon counties in beginning Phase 1 re-opening. 

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May 08

May 8, 2020

Posted on May 8, 2020 at 4:49 PM by Nicole Bernstein

This was a quiet week for council which doesn’t meet the first week of the month. A couple of the key issues on my calendar this week were my weekly meeting with downtown and Fifth Street business owners and my monthly meeting with the leadership of the 4J and Bethel Schools.

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