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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 /> November 20, 2006 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Bonny Bettman, David Kelly, Andrea Ortiz, Gary <br />Papé, George Poling, Chris Pryor, Betty Taylor. <br /> <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reported that a great deal of hate graffiti had been painted Sunday night at various locations <br />throughout the community, including at Amazon Park, South Eugene High School, and the YMCA. The <br />comments were appalling and property damage was serious. She said the graffiti was aimed at the African- <br />American, Asian, Latino, and Jewish communities. She asserted the actions were despicable criminal acts <br />of hate that would be aggressively investigated to bring those responsible to appropriate justice. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy wanted the perpetrators to know that the City of Eugene had a demonstrated record of success <br />in bringing to justice those who committed crimes of hatred and intended to keep that record. She asked <br />anyone with information that might lead to identification of those responsible to call the Eugene Police <br />Department. Mayor Piercy asserted that the Mayor, City Council and fellow community members clearly <br />would not tolerate that kind of activity, would support and stand by all of the communities and would take <br />action when called for. It was important for everyone to respect others, honor differences, and enjoy living <br />together. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reported she had a discussion earlier with the City Council Committee on Race regarding the <br />need to develop agreed-upon community protocols for response to hate crimes, which she intended to make a <br />priority. She said the idea of City employees acting as the eyes and ears in the community tracking such <br />occurrences was discussed. She added this kind of hate was experienced outside the City limits and she <br />pledged to work with mayors in other local communities. Mayor Piercy believed it was important to work <br />with other groups and organizations. She commended everyone who in their daily lives went out of their <br />way to show they cared about fairness and justice, and that that community cared about everyone. <br /> <br /> <br />A. CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION—City Council Priority Issue—City Hall Complex <br /> <br />Ms. Solomon arrived at 5:32 p.m. <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor thanked Mayor Piercy for speaking on behalf of the community on the hate crime <br />issue. <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor introduced Mike Penwell from Facilities Services. <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council November 20, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />