Neighborhoods are and should be diverse and vibrant places where people feel safe to engage with each other.
As your City Councilor, I pledge to hold regular Town Halls in the Ward.
I’m proud to live in South Eugene’s Ward 2. We are a great example of healthy and dynamic civic engagement. For example, at the Southeast Neighbors General Meeting on November 12, 2019, one hundred and twenty people attended to share their views on LTD’s bus route changes proposed in their Transit Tomorrow plan. Neighbors needed to feel heard on the issue of possibly losing their bus service.
Members of the LTD Board, and LTD General Manager were on hand and able to describe LTD’s decision to reorganize the system in a way that disenfranchises much of Ward 2 from it’s tax supported public transportation. This was an example of worthwhile, people oriented civic engagement.
In addition, we have here in South Eugene, a robust Disaster Preparedness Program, informed by a comprehensive Disaster Plan. Hundreds of people have now completed the Map Your Neighborhood process, connecting closely with their neighbors in the process.
Civic Engagement Connects Us
I believe civic engagement of this kind is the heart of a democratic society.
As your city councilor, I want to continue the work of strengthening people’s sense of connection to each other and to city government.
Eugene is a gem of the west coast. Together, we can welcome the inevitable growth on its way, and do so with the collective grace unique to Eugene.