Eugene mayor presents annual state of city address

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis gave her annual State of the City address on Thursday night, outlining her four priorities for 2019.

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 11:12 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2019 7:26 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene State of the City address has been made and goals for the city have been set for the coming year.

Thursday evening was about more than just the current state of the city of Eugene. Musical performances and videos on the city council's reflections on the last year offered a celebration leading up to Mayor Lucy Vinis' State of the City address.

"Year three begins," Vinis said.

Since taking over as mayor, Vinis has made it her goal to make homelessness and housing one of her top priorities.

Going into 2019, that hasn't changed.

"Homelessness and housing, climate resiliency, public engagement and government accountability, and inclusiveness," Vinis said.

Those are the mayor's four main goals for the coming year.

With housing and homelessness, Vinis discussed the work she and the council have done to create strategies for a permanent public shelter and noted the insight they gained from a community group that created recommendations for more public housing.

Resident Timothy Morris said seeing the steps the council took over the last year is encouraging.

"It was clear in 2018 that the city of Eugene was focused on homelessness and housing, but more about gaining information and what the citizens wanted," Morris said.

Another main point Vinis made was about inclusivity; sharing her goal of honoring the different cultures within the city.

"We will honor our city's varied cultural traditions and perspectives by focusing on one each month, beginning in November 2019 and culminating in a multi-cultural festival in July of 2021 before the August World Track and Field Championship," Vinis said.

Resident Patricia Wilson said to her, that's one of the more exciting goals in the coming years.

"Eugene is becoming more and more diversified, and how we need to come together as a community with that divisions of cultures. I think that is one of the most exciting prospects for this city."

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