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sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a <br />people strong enough and well-enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government.” <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman said whether or not one approved of the policies of Mayor Piercy, she thought all could agree <br />that the mayor deserved respect for the many qualities she brought to office, including her exuberance. She <br />congratulated the mayor, Mr. Pryor, and Ms. Ortiz on their first year in office. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor thanked Mayor Piercy for the opportunity to speak. She said the state of the city was somewhat <br />diminished by the loss of long-time resident Charles Porter, deemed by some to be an authentic American <br />hero who did not place re-election above principle. Ms. Taylor also thanked those who spoke the truth and <br />worked for the long-term good of the community, including Nancy Stapp of KOPT for providing a radio <br />voice to individuals like Jim Weaver, George Beres, and Hart Williams. She thanked the Eugene Weekly for <br />offering a forum for what she termed diverse views and the “courageous” writing of Alan Pittman, Kera <br />Abraham, and Ted Taylor. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor said the community was enriched by many neighborhood groups that had the courage to see, the <br />commitment to speak the truth, and the desire to work for the common good. She cited the Chambers Area <br />Families for Health Neighborhood (CAFHN) effort as an example of that. Ms. Taylor hoped for similar <br />success for other neighborhoods groups in their efforts to preserve or improve their areas, such as the Crest <br />Drive, Nectar Way, Santa Clara, and College Hill neighborhoods. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor wished continued success to the Oregon Research Institute in its efforts to build in downtown <br />and called on the City to lend the organization the money it needed to do so. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor wished that rather than “submitting blindly” to growth predictions, the community would work <br />toward Robert Emmons’ alternative 2050 vision as outlined in a recent guest commentary in The Register- <br />Guard, in which the environment was healthy and there were far fewer residents living in Lane County. She <br />considered it a daring vision, and hoped that all residents would dare to dream of what was best for the <br />community. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly thanked Mayor Piercy for her good and hard work in her first year as mayor. He noted that this <br />was his last year attending the State of the City event as a sitting councilor, and thanked those present, the <br />voters in his ward, and countless other Eugene residents for their encouragement, support, and critical <br />feedback he had received over the years. He thanked the community for being allowed to serve it, as his <br />council service was the most fulfilling experience of his life. Mr. Kelly said he would continue to serve in <br />the remaining months of his term. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly said Eugene had stunning assets in the form of its people, institutions, and natural resources. The <br />community had the tools to accomplish a great deal but it will require the assistance of residents. Mr. Kelly <br />said that Eugene was sometimes described as the City of Endless Process. While he believed process was <br />important, he suggested there could be truth to the reputation. There was a time to set specific, measurable <br />goals and act to accomplish them. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly asked those present to take the “long view” and talk with each other about what they could agree <br />on. He asked them to stretch beyond their comfort zones and easy answers. He quoted H. L. Mencken: <br />“Every problem has a solution that is easy, obvious, and wrong.” Mr. Kelly cited sustainability and growth <br />as examples of issues facing the community that would require resolution. He said the City’s Growth <br />Management Study polices established a blueprint for the future in those regards, and he urged the <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council January 5, 2006 Page 2 <br /> State of the City <br /> <br />