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agencies and had political party experience. The delegation traveled to the United States under the <br />sponsorship of Open World Leadership Center. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman said Angie Sifuentez, Vice Chair of the Police Commission, invited councilors and councilors- <br />elect to the October 12 Police Commission meeting. She announced that Tod Schneider of the Eugene <br />Police Department would offer a presentation on crime prevention through environmental design, and patrol <br />officers would talk about strategies for making downtown safer. <br /> <br />Mr. Pryor reported he attended the Workforce Summit sponsored by the Lane Workforce Partnership. He <br />said a key point made at the event was the notion that economic development was not so much about jobs as <br />about creating skilled workers, which placed a great emphasis on education and emphasized the need to be <br />supportive of students in the Eugene area. Mr. Pryor thanked Richie Weinman, City of Eugene Planning <br />and Development Department staff, and Pearl Wolfe, Lane County Human Services Commission staff, for <br />their work on a presentation regarding an ambitious project of ending homelessness in ten years in Lane <br />County. He expressed hope that the City Council would be able to dovetail its efforts on the priority issue <br />with that project. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé reported he attended the League of Oregon (LOC) Cities Conference, noting incoming councilors <br />Mike Clark and Alan Zelenka also attended. He recommended an article in the September LOC newsletter <br />entitled Large Format Stores and Transportation Choices: Where We Put Things Matters. He expressed <br />his appreciation to City Manager Taylor for the manner in which the residents of Santa Clara had been kept <br />informed about the construction schedule delays on River Road construction. <br /> <br />Ms. Solomon indicated that the Housing Policy Board received a report that would be forwarded to <br />councilors in the near future regarding on the first year of the rental housing code. She opined the first year <br />of the code had been successful. She said the Active Bethel Citizens meeting at 7 p.m. on October 19 would <br />feature a debate between candidates Chris Edwards and Debi Farr. She added that the Friends of Golden <br />Gardens were hosting a walk in the park on October 21, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor extended congratulations to City Recorder Mary Feldman for her recent election as <br />First Vice President of the Municipal Recorders Association. He went on to say that he recently toured <br />Martin Luther King Avenue in Portland, a linear tax increment district, with the Portland Development <br />Commission (PDC) in which development activities occurred on a neighborhood scale. He encouraged <br />councilors to visit a business called Henry V Events, a national events management group that was an <br />excellent example of adaptive reuse of what was once a warehouse, now transformed into a 100 percent <br />green building. <br /> <br /> <br />th <br />B. ACTION: Supplemental Funding for WestTown on 8 <br /> <br />Stephanie Jennings of the Planning and Development provided the staff report. She recalled that in 2005, <br />the City Council selected the Metropolitan Affordable Housing Corporation (Metro) development proposal <br />th <br />for the WestTown on 8 project. She said the project consisted of 102 affordable rental units, and nine <br />market-rate live-work units that would support the Downtown Plan with street-level activities and downtown <br />housing. During the past year, Metro had worked to assemble financing for the project, overcoming a <br />number of design-related and financing challenges. The project went out to bid during summer 2006, with a <br />planned ground breaking in September 2006. When bids were returned, a significant funding gap remained <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council October 9, 2006 Page 2 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />