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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.

Aug 10

Weekly Recap- August 8, 2020

Posted on August 10, 2020 at 2:44 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Council is now out of session until early September, but this past week was bookended by my participation in two events: Reclaim the Movement on Monday night and the collaboration between Eugene Pride and Black Unity on Saturday. 

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Jul 31

July 31, 2020

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 4:12 PM by Nicole Bernstein

 This last week of Council meetings before the summer break was packed with time-sensitive decisions.  The week opened, however, with reaction from another night of violence in our downtown last Saturday.  Chief Skinner, Councilor Evans and I all spoke at a Monday morning press conference.

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Jul 24

July 24, 2020

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 6:55 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Council stepped forward on two major issues this week: public safety/police reform; and missing middle housing.  

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Jul 17

July 17, 2020

Posted on July 17, 2020 at 4:27 PM by Nicole Bernstein

 It was a full week for Council meetings on a number of long-standing projects. 

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Jul 10

July 10, 2020

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 7:16 PM by Nicole Bernstein

Council, staff and I continue to try to balance to the urgency of demands to address racial justice and police reform with the ongoing policy decisions before us.  We face four concurrent crises: homelessness, climate change, the pandemic, and racial justice.  They are interrelated.  All are equity issues and all require both immediate action and sustained commitment to implement structural change in our city, county, state and nation.

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Jul 03

July 3, 2020

Posted on July 3, 2020 at 9:05 PM by Nicole Bernstein

There were no council meetings this week as the first week of the month.  It was a challenging week for our community.  A peaceful children’s protest on Sunday night was disrupted and endangered when a car struck Isiah Wagoner, a leader of Black Unity, as he was trying to ensure safe passage for the marchers. 

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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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