I have been asked to participate in the State of the City program on January 9, 2013. I would like to thank Mayor Piercy for asking me to attend.
As I leave the Eugene City Council, after a total of ten years, I am forced to reflect on the time I spent here.
I won my first election when Ruth Bascom was Mayor and Mike Gleason was the long-time City Manager.Through the years I served with three mayors: Bascom, Jim Torrey and Kitty Piercy.Through those years I worked with no less than eight City Managers and acting managers: Gleason, Linda Norris, Vicki Elmer, Jim Carlson, Jim Johnson, Dennis Taylor and Angel Jones (while I was in the Legislature) and Jon Ruiz.
The list of Councilors I served with is extensive and impressive: Jim Torrey, Tim Laue, Laurie Swanson-Gribskow, Shawn Boles, Barbara Keller, Nancy Nathanson, Kevin Hornbuckle, Bobby Lee, Scott Meisner, David Kelly, Ken Tolenaar, Gary Rayor, Gary Pape, Betty Taylor, Bonny Bettman, Andrea Ortiz, Chris Pryor, George Brown, George Poling, Mike Clark, Alan Zelenka, Claire Syrett.
Much happened to change the face of Eugene during my years of service with these 22 Councilors, including:
…We reopened Charnelton, Agate and Willamette Streets and Broadway;
…We tore down the old pedestrian mall and jack-hammered the Broadway/Willamette fountain;
…We wrote a groundbreaking Telecommunication Ordinance;
…We built a remarkable downtown Transit Station;
…We built a new Fire Station 2 and regional training center;
…We built a new Downtown Fire Station;
…We remodeled the Bethel, Sheldon and Churchill fire stations;
…We changed the WWII Memorial on Skinner Butte from a cross to a US Flag;
…We enacted changes mandated by Measure 5;
…We enacted changes in service mandated by Measures 47 and 50;
…We rode the dot-com bubble of prosperity in the ’90′s;
…We endured the budget cuts and service realignments resulting from the bursting bubble;
…We put a new runway at the airport;
…We rebuilt downtown Eugene adding the Bennett Building, an LCC Campus and facilitated renovations to 5th Street Public Market and Center Court.
…We tore down Sears, endured years of a hole in the ground and watched Lane Community College build a new campus;
…We built and rebuilt no less than eight parks in Bethel;
…We built overpasses and extended Beltline Road toward West 11th;
…We formed the Council Committee on Homelessness and Youth and redefined services to homeless families and singles;
…We added hundreds of low-income housing units;
…We conducted Envision Eugene, a vision for the land-use future of our city;
…We closed the old City Hall;
This is but a fraction of the happenings and events. Forgive me if I missed your favorite.
I will now move on to serve on the Lane County Board of County Commissioners. The challenges are great, ranging from natural resource use to budget management, public safety, youth and mental health services, transportation, land use and on and on and on.
My dedication to service as a Eugene City Councilor will be continued on the Lane County Board of Commissioners.
I look forward to years of increased coordination and cooperation between the cities and the County.