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annexations. Additionally, she thought the reason for the annexations was that if the City annexed the <br />streets on its own, it would have to pay the fee, but by tacking it on to an existing annexation request this <br />was not so. <br /> <br />Claire Syrett <br />, 363 Adams Street, stated that she was a member of the Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) <br />Task Force and a representative of workers’ interests. She hoped the council would support the recom- <br />mendations of the SBI Task Force and would understand that they were the first steps in moving the local <br />economy towards true sustainability. She related that initially the task force had no idea what a daunting <br />task they were undertaking. The process, approach, and goals, she felt, were uncharted territory for <br />Eugene, as bringing business, environmental, government, and worker interests together to seek ways to <br />promote sustainable business practices had never been done before. She hoped the council and community <br />would build upon this work to continue to move the initiative toward success. She averred that success <br />must include equal footing for the consideration of workers in the local economy. She noted that the press <br />had focused on the environmental recommendations. She underscored that without the deliberate inclusion <br />of the needs of workers and the greater community the initiative would fail. She said how workers were <br />encouraged to do the work of the sustainable business would be critical to the success of the initiative. The <br />Eugene/Springfield Solidarity Network (ESSN) and the Labor Education and Research Center researched <br />local workers’ views on sustainable business and found great support for the concept and those businesses <br />seen as sustainable. She related that workers also expressed skepticism that business would give the <br />workers and their needs co-equal status with the needs of protecting the environment. She asserted that <br />workers wanted real standards by which they could judge whether or not a business was sustainable and <br />that included worker treatment and positive interaction with the community. She noted that there was <br />struggle within the task force about how to set measurements for sustainability with regard to workers’ <br />concerns, while environmental measurements were seen as acceptable. She felt this should be of concern to <br />those who wanted the initiative to succeed. She also felt it offered an opportunity for leadership on the part <br />of the City Council to work through the “sticking points.” <br /> <br />th <br />Kartar Khalsa <br />, 795 East 37 Avenue, member of the SBI Task Force, thanked the Mayor for the vision <br />and courage that it took to put the SBI group together. He highly encouraged the City Council to support <br />the recommendations of the SBI. He said the most important part would be to set up a system that would <br />live beyond this current administration and be self-sustaining for the length of time it would take to achieve <br />the goals that had been set. He urged the council to establish a system to set an office or commission of <br />sustainability to ensure the efforts were continued. He felt this was an opportunity for the City to take a <br />leadership role and to partner with business and the Chamber of Commerce, in order to develop sustainable <br />business and to bring new sustainable business to the community. He asked the council to look at the SBI <br />recommendations carefully and to make the investment now for the future, because the future would be <br />different. He averred that the resources available in the future would be different. He stated that he wanted <br />a sustainable future for the children. <br /> <br />Kathy Johnson <br />, 465 Covey Lane, echoed the points made by her Quail Run neighbors. For he, it boiled <br />down to an issue of safety, which should be the first priority. She believed EWEB was putting dollars and <br />cents above the safety of the community. She urged the council to help bring EWEB to the table to come <br />up with a viable solution that would be safe for all of the community. <br /> <br />Randy Stender <br />, 2898 Powderhorn Street, recommended the Council Chamber be converted into a Cultural <br />Center. He reminded the council that DIVA submitted a statement of interest, signed by many of the <br />cultural organizations in town, requesting the opportunity to do so. He noted that the signers included <br />David Turner, director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum, and Bob Hart, of the Lane County Historical <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council September 25, 2006 Page 3 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />