[NLC] Neighborhood "empowerment" and EE
pconte at picante-soft.com
Fri Jan 7 09:22:49 PST 2011
January 7, 2011
Please consider this a formal request on behalf of the Jefferson
As you'll be aware, the City Manager has established a schedule in
which, as he calls them, major "deal points" for Envision Eugene will
be decided by City Council at a work session on February 28. (Note
that public comment is not allowed at work sessions.)
A "public hearing" on the CM's recommendations to Council is
scheduled for February 22.
According to the CM, a first draft of the recommendations will be
presented to the EE Community Resource Group before the CRG's
February 1 meeting. If past history is any guide, the information
will be distributed just a few days prior to the CRG meeting.
The JWN Executive Board meets next week, and the JWN General Meeting
is February 8, which means the board is very unlikely to have a
chance to consider the draft EE recommendations prior to our general
meeting. It also will be very difficult to prepare for a
well-informed discussion of these important issues in the short time
prior to the general meeting. Obviously, we also cannot include any
information about the draft recommendations in a printed neighborhood
newsletter mailed to all JWN members prior to the February 8 General Meeting.
Consequently, the EE schedule effectively precludes the JWN
membership from any reasonable ability to take a well-informed,
thoughtful position -- as a neighborhood association -- on these
I believe most other neighborhood associations are in a similar or
I would like to request that you take this issue to the City Manager
on behalf of neighborhood associations and advocate on our behalf for
a public process that doesn't cut the City's chartered neighborhood
associations out of this critical stage of Envision Eugene.
Please know that the JWN board and I are very appreciative of all the
work and genuine support you and your Neighborhood Services staff
provide our neighborhoods and volunteer neighborhood leaders.
Thank you and best regards,
Paul Conte, Chair
Jefferson Westside Neighbors
2010 Eugene Neighborhood of the Year
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