August 27, 2009
This summer marks my one year anniversary on Portland City Council.
I took office in June of 2008 as Commissioner-in-Charge of Portland Fire & Rescue and the Bureau of Housing & Community Development. In January, Mayor Adams asked me to lead the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau, and to create a new 21st-century Portland Housing Bureau.
I could not have asked for better, more rewarding, assignments.
This past year, our community faced many challenges. None was bigger than the worst recession in our lifetime. Hunger, homelessness and unemployment rose to historic levels. This crisis has caused each of us to rethink our priorities and refocus on helping those in need.
I am inspired by the way Portlanders responded to these challenges: volunteering in record numbers to support non-profits; providing emergency shelter to homeless families and individuals during the winter weather emergency; answering the call to save the Washington Park Summer Festival; and replanting a vandalized community garden.
Building on this spirit, and working together, we will weather this storm.
It is an honor to serve on the Portland City Council. I am grateful for the support of my Council colleagues, the hard work of my talented staff, and the dedication of City employees who serve the public every day. Finally, I want to thank my family for their love and support.
We have much to be proud of, and much work ahead.