After being sworn in on January 6, it has been my honor to serve the people of Bend as your City Councilor this year. During 2021, the global pandemic continued to threaten the health of our community and hinder efforts to get together in person as much as we would have liked. Even so, the Bend City Council made good progress on our goals to create a Bend that’s an even better city for everyone. Below are some highlights of our accomplishments this year. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do this work as a policymaker and elected leader of our beautiful city.

Wishing you and your loved ones good health and happiness in the new year,

A few photos from this year:
Virtual Swearing In
New Council members were sworn in on January 6, 2021.
Standing with workers
I was proud to support our medical techs and other healthcare workers in their fight to secure a fair contract.
Testifying in Salem
I testified to the legislature in 2021, in my individual capacity, to advocate for common sense gun reform laws.
Transportation projects start
I attended the Wilson corridor open house this summer and talked with residents about the project.
Memorial Ride
I spoke to the cycling community at a memorial ride honoring those we've lost to traffic violence.
Managed village to support homeless vets
I visited the Veteran's Village project with Councilors Goodman-Campbell and Schenkelberg. The project was completed this year!
More affordable housing
I attended the groundbreaking for Kor Community Land Trust's latest net-zero affordable housing project with Councilor Schenkelberg and Mayor Russell.
Even more affordable housing
I helped cut the ribbon on new affordable homes on the east side of Bend.
Bend Christmas Parade
I had a ton of fun riding in a 1920's fire engine in the Christmas parade!
Addressing the housing crisis
Investing in equity work
  • We appointed an incredible group of residents to the brand new Human Rights and Equity Commission, which has already been doing important work.

  • We hired an amazing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion director, a position created to work with the HREC and help the City in its DEI work both internally and externally.

  • We directed our communications department to work on ideas to improve communication and access to government, and the City recently hired a new Community Relations Manager to focus on connecting with our Latinx community.

More connected and safe ways to get around
Protecting our environment
  • We took a strong stance on climate action, including passing a resolution on dangerous oil trains and advocating at the state and federal level for better transportation guidelines and funding to help reduce vehicle emissions and promote alternative forms of transportation.

  • I worked to reform parking regulations, resulting in changes in our new middle housing code and an update to the pilot Old Bend Parking District to make it a smarter, more equitable policy. Parking reform is one of my key policy initiatives to fight climate change by reducing car dependence and promoting sustainable development.

  • Our Environment and Climate Committee updated Council about priorities for implementing the City’s Climate Action Plan, and Council will be considering a potential climate emergency declaration in 2022.

Planning for a sustainable future
  • We worked with our legislators to create a process to bring the Stevens Road tract into the City, with provisions to provide educator housing and more affordable housing.

  • We formed the Core Area Advisory Board and appointed a group of residents who will help us shepherd re-development in the core of our city as we grow up and in, preventing sprawl into our natural surroundings.

  • We increased staffing in key areas, such as the housing, planning, and permitting departments, to help us meet our growth management obligations and goals.

Maintaining a safe city
  • After banning fireworks temporarily due to an incredibly hot Fourth of July weekend that was declared an emergency, we created a permanent ban on fireworks in the City, aligning with our neighboring cities of Sisters and Sunriver and sending a strong message about the risk of wildfire in Central Oregon.

  • We continued to support our local businesses and community members struggling with the effects of the pandemic, through measures such as making the parklet program permanent and prudently spending our American Rescue Plan Act dollars.

  • We supported the revision of the Police Chief’s Advisory Council, which will be re-created in 2022 into a body that can more meaningfully connect our community members with our police department and provide valuable resident feedback.

  • We supported police reform bills at the State level, several of which passed into law.

The above list is incomplete – City staff and the City Council have been working hard all year to keep our essential City services working efficiently while we step boldly into addressing some of the most challenging issues facing our community today. In 2022, I look forward to continuing the work to put real action behind the words that guide our policymaking:

We believe Bend can be a city for everyone. We can all share in the prosperity and promise of this unique and beautiful place. We honor the people that came before us on these lands and acknowledge that the health of our community relies on the health of our environment. As stewards of the city, we are accountable to the people of Bend and are responsible for delivering excellent city services. We are committed to serving everyone equitably, creating a more connected community, and preserving Bend’s spirit as we grow. We will strive to achieve equity and justice for everyone in Bend. ”

– the Bend City Council, 2021-23 Council Goals

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