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.

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Jun 23

Weekly Recap - June 23, 2017

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 3:33 PM by Elena Domingo

A quick sketch of my week ranges from global to local and personal.

Monday: I met with the Shelter & Supportive Housing group of the Poverty and Homelessness Board. Members and public heard updates of three supportive housing projects in the works, each ultimately to include about 50 units – two for adults; one proposed for women and children. My working group will hold our second discussion about a permanent shelter next week, June 29th.

Tuesday: Our local Refugee Resettlement Committee, supported by Catholic Community Services, celebrated their success in resettling two Syrian families this year. They have the capacity to do more, but uncertainty about federal immigration policy makes it difficult to proceed.  Five immigrants told their stories about resettling in Eugene – including our own Police Captain Sam Kamkar, who came to the US as a teenager from his native country, Iran, in 1979.

Wednesday: Council held a work session about new housing development on unimproved roads. Unimproved roads lack sidewalks, drainage and sometimes paving. This will be a long, complicated conversation about whether road improvements extending beyond the new development’s frontage could or should be required and who should pay for it.

Thursday: University of Oregon, Mozilla, and Technology Association of Oregon hosted an orientation and brainstorming workshop for educators, cultural organizations and others to submit proposals for school projects that will use the new high speed cable. The 4J Schools connected to the new high speed network (EugNet) this week. For the schools, the connection is 10 times faster at half the cost.

Friday: We are gathering as a community at the Hult Center to honor Dave Hauser, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, who passed away from cancer two weeks ago.

For the updated “Mayor’s Report” on any other issue of interest, click on this link: here.