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May 23, 2019

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Brian, another explanation for the Public Works Director's comment might be that he worked for about 15 years for a City Council made up almost entirely of Climate Change deniers or agnostics. There are still two of them on the Council, Councilors Lewis and Nanke, that he works with very closely on water (Nanke) and transportation issues (Lewis). What we really need to do is replace Nanke next year and Lewis in 2022. The Public Works Director's boss, the City Manager, has also shown no interest in planning to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, as most other Oregon cities our size have already done. He failed to recommend any funding to embark on a Climate Action Plan in the upcoming fiscal year, even though developing such a plan is in the Council's adopted strategic plan. Councilor Andersen appears to have the votes to add $50,000 to the Manager's budget to get started. But it's concerning that the staff is unenthusiastic, at best, about this.

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