Although Council is on break, August has been busy.
Last week I attended the annual conference of the Mayor’s Innovation Project in Burlington, Vermont. It was helpful to see Eugene’s challenges in the context of 30 other cities who grapple with the same issues. Among the planned topics was the unplanned – a robust discussion of the implications of the violence in Charlottesville. I was heartened to hear the mayor of Toledo, Ohio talk about her confidence in the framework of the ACLU in defining free speech protections; and grounded by the statement from the Burlington chief of police that crises don’t come out of nowhere, they emerge out of policies – a reason that Eugene has a Civilian Review Board.
And speaking of diversity, I also traveled to London in August with TrackTown to observe the IAAF World Track and Field Championship. We have an incredible opportunity to build partnerships through our preparation of this event in 2021. London is bigger, but we are home to track and field, and our increasing diversity as a community will be a gift and an asset as we anticipate welcoming the world.