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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.

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Jun 30

Weekly Recap - June 30, 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 2:18 PM by Elena Domingo

This final week in June and final week of the City’s fiscal year brought a packed agenda to the City Council.

First, Council appointed Jennifer Yeh to replace George Poling in representing Ward 4.  She was universally welcomed as the Council’s top choice.  Her perspective and can-do attitude will be a great addition to our Council deliberations.

Council also unanimously agreed to the framework of a deal with Lane County to swap the former city hall block for the block that houses the butterfly parking structure and farmers’ market.  There are two parts to the deal: the land sales and purchase prices; and the intergovernmental agreement that addresses our mutual commitment to the farmers’ market, addressing parking, and the option for the City to purchase the current County courthouse after the new courthouse is built and occupied.

Also on Monday, council approved the FY18 budget with a couple of changes: a win-win deal expanding the ambulance services of the Fire Department and a language clarification regarding the $1 million set- aside to support a “shelter” rather than “shelter options.” This second amendment is intended to signal the Council’s commitment to a permanent shelter.

And finally, Council approved the Transportation System Plan with an amendment to develop an implementation plan to guide our progress in meeting the Climate Recovery and Vision Zero goals.

The rest of the week seemed calmer with this behind us – but we devoted Wednesday’s session to a performance review of the City Manager. Several themes emerged: in general, a strong appreciation for the quality of the manager’s work and leadership; the need to continue to improve communications, particularly with the public; and the expectation for broad, inclusive public engagement in the search for a new police chief.

And finally, on Thursday night, I attended the ceremony honoring this year’s graduates of MEChA, an educational and cultural organization for and of Chicano students. Several inspiring  testimonials by this year’s graduates talked about their challenges of finding a sense of connection and self-worth before joining MEChA. 

Select this link to review the Mayor’s Monthly Report.