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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />Work Session <br />McNutt Room—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> April 10, 2006 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, David Kelly, Betty Taylor, <br />Gary Papé, Bonny Bettman, George Poling, Chris Pryor. <br /> <br />The Honorable Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order and <br />welcomed Lane County Commissioners Bobby Green and Faye Stewart. <br /> <br /> <br />A. Committee Reports and Items of Interest from Mayor, City Council and City <br />Manager <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy announced that the Osprey Group was in town with representatives of the United <br />States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to begin an assessment of the West Eugene <br />Parkway and ascertain if a cooperative process was possible. She then reported that The Green <br />Guide selected the City of Eugene as the Number One Green City in the nation. Mayor Piercy <br />congratulated the community, the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), Lane Transit District <br />(LTD), City staff, and others who worked tirelessly to make Eugene the most energy-efficient, <br />least polluted and healthy space in which to live. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy also reported that she and Mr. Pape? joined urban foresters and volunteers to <br />celebrate Eugene’s 27 consecutive years of recognition as “Tree City USA.” In conclusion, <br />Mayor Piercy shared a letter of appreciation addressed to the Public Works Leaf Crew. <br /> <br />Ms. Ortiz reported that she continued to work on the payday loan issue with representatives of <br />Food for Lane County. She announced that a public hearing on the issue would be sponsored by <br />the State Legislature at the Campbell Senior Center, on Tuesday, April 18, at 5 p.m., and noted <br />that the council had a work session on the issue scheduled in May. Ms. Ortiz then reported that <br />she and other residents of Ward 7 participated in a “Pick-Up Trash” day on Saturday, April 8. <br />She spoke of the recent River Road/Santa Clara Task Force meeting and voiced concern <br />regarding the direction in which Santa Clara appeared to be heading. <br /> <br />In conclusion, Ms. Ortiz shared that she visited with some of the area’s Hispanic population as <br />members protested the national immigration proposals at the Free Speech Center. She said that <br />this population felt vilified by leaders at the national level. Ms. Ortiz thanked the Eugene Police <br />Department and Human Rights Program staff who worked diligently to ensure that all <br />participants were safe and obeying the laws. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman asked that the following exchange be included in the minutes in verbatim form: <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman: I have an issue I would like to ask a few questions about. Um, I sent out an e-mail <br />this morning—I hope everybody has seen it—if they haven’t seen it, I noticed it’s not at our <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council April 10, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />