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Delegation’s relationship with China dated to the year 2000. He stated that in that time there had been at <br />least a dozen exchanges on a cultural and educational level. He underscored that the relationship developed <br />without any governmental assistance, having been entirely funded by donors with an interest in promoting <br />the area’s relationship with China in general and the Hunan Province in particular. He said it was the hope <br />on of the cultural education exchange program that these visits would form the basis for a much more <br />intensive business and governmental relationship. He averred that business was good for culture and culture <br />was good for business. He felt there were many opportunities for the business component of this relation- <br />ship. He distributed handouts that summarized where they had been, where the process was now, and where <br />they hoped it would go. He also passed out copies of a Memorandum of Understanding between represen- <br />tatives of Hunan Province and the Oregon Cultural Delegation. He pointed to item (6), which stated that <br />they would collaborate in organizing a visit to Oregon of approximately 15 top governmental heads from the <br />province in order to discuss specific job creation opportunities in both Hunan and Oregon. He stated that <br />the representatives of Hunan understood that “jobs, jobs, jobs” were the top three priorities of this country. <br />He believed that something would come from this relationship to create economic opportunities for <br />businesses in the Willamette Valley and for the work force in general. <br /> <br />Peter Leung <br />, no address given, chose to speak on diversity from his position as an NAACP official. He <br />related that he came to the United States in 1972 and he felt that much had changed since then. The country <br />moved from being “Eurocentric to world-centric.” He likened China to a rising giant and underscored the <br />importance of working to understand this large nation and to cultivate a working relationship with it. He <br />said there was an opportunity to join in three events this year, but the City Council needed to take the <br />initiative. He related that he spoke with the Mayor about this and she indicated that Eugene had “a lot of <br />sister cities” in mostly Asian countries. He did not think that should mean that all of the resources were <br />allocated. He encouraged the council to show its leadership and that the City of Eugene cared about its <br />evolving relationship with China. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy thanked Mr. Luvert, Mr. Leung, and Dr. Carlson for coming and for the presentation of the <br />gift from Shangqui, Hunan. <br /> <br />John Brown <br />, 101 East Broadway, thanked councilors Solomon and Poling for their willingness to serve <br />another four-year term. He also thanked Councilor Kelly for his service. He said Councilor Kelly always <br />did his homework and was diligent and respectful. He noted that he disagreed with Councilor Kelly on some <br />things, but nonetheless he would be “sorely missed.” He also thanked Councilor Papé for doing a “great <br />job.” He said Councilor Papé made the example of getting out “and actually doing it” in his efforts to clean <br />up trash along the Willamette River and participate in other civic endeavors. He felt the two incoming <br />councilors were “admirable replacements” for the two councilors who were departing. <br /> <br />Zachary Vishanoff <br />, Patterson Street, wondered why the old federal building was not slated for any sort of <br />adaptive reuse. He thought it could be a police station or a city hall. He wanted a detailed explanation of <br />why it could not be reused for either one of those purposes. He thought if it could not be used it should be <br />“wiped out” and a park should be constructed. <br /> <br />Mr. Vishanoff said he had heard that the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) would engage in master <br />planning with the City regarding its riverfront property and that this was required by law. He wondered if <br />the Governor or “somebody in Salem” had done anything to make the council conduct this master planning <br />process. He said it was “interesting if the Governor was prompting it.” <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council December 11, 2006 Page 2 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />