Another interesting opinion on the conversation of salmon versus dams and hydroelectric generation capacity, our northwest's largest source of renewable energy. I'm not taking position on this because I feel both concerns are valid. However, this debate does have real implications for our future regardless of the path we ultimately choose.
In addition to federal policies and the courts imposing measures to preserve fish, habitat and endangered species, hydroelectric generation capacity, one of our largest sources of renewable energy is also being reduced by drought. We must find a way to navigate these unprecedented times.
Eugene's first supervised Safe Sleep Site opens and can accommodate up to 55 RVs, trailers and vehicles occupied by people without housing in our community. This is the first step in humanely getting the unhoused in Eugene off the streets and reclaim our parks, public spaces and right-of-ways.
A note of clarification from Councilor Randy Groves: My council motion that precipitated this ordinance change was based on blocked access for trucking into and out of businesses, lawlessness (serious criminal behavior), chronic dumping of garbage and raw sewage into city streets and wetlands, and the uncontrolled camping that was placing workers, other unhoused campers, customers and businesses in jeopardy in West Eugene. A council majority then moved to expand the motion to include all of Eugene. The ordinance change is intended to support the establishment of the "Safe Site" camps which will come on line shortly and provide organized and managed safe spaces giving our unhoused community a place to go. This ordinance is not about picking on the unhoused, it's about restoring order to an unmanaged, chaotic and dangerous situation. The ordinance change will only be effective if we dedicate enough resources to support enforcement.
Ashley Espanoza will be a great asset to our Bethel School Board. I met Ashley during my campaign for the Eugene City Council and was impressed with her character, accomplishments and vision for developing our next generation. I am very pleased that the Bethel School Board selected Ashley to fill their vacancy seat!