Message from the Mayor
By Mayor Denny Doyle
Summer is in full swing and this issue has lots of info on all of the events, including many new events in neighborhoods. Speaking of which, how cool is it that our neighborhood program is 30 years old? These amazing volunteers do so much for our city. They are the backbone of our community clean-ups and help put on lots of local activities. In fact, we have tracked an interesting statistic. In the last 10 years, these volunteers donated enough hours to the city to equal $2.7 million of their time. What an amazing group of change agents. It’s truly inspiring!
I am constantly amazed at what our community is able to accomplish when we come together. In June, the city sponsored the Westside Economic Alliance’s Housing Summit which featured a keynote speech from Senator Jeff Merkley. The Council Chambers was standing room only, with people from all sectors wanting to learn and share ideas about how we can work together on issues of affordable housing development and more.
It is so easy to find inspiration in rooms filled with people who are bound together by a common desire to make their communities better. We can focus on the challenges and feel overwhelmed—but I choose to focus on the opportunities. And Beaverton, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve this great city and for the chance to work with the dedicated people who call Beaverton home and give so much of themselves to our city.
On another note, I’d like to remind all of us to go back to the basics and stop, look, and listen, when we are on city streets. We’ve had some recent tragedies in the area with pedestrians walking into oncoming trains. Please, talk to your family members, talk to your kids, talk to people you know and care about, and remind them to keep their heads up and be alert when walking on our busy streets.
I also want to address the recent tragedy that occurred in Portland on the MAX line. There is no place for hate in our community. We extend our sincerest condolences to all of the victims’ families. I am so grateful for all of the community leaders who have stepped forward in Beaverton to affirm we are a Welcoming City. We stand together fostering a welcoming, inclusive and tolerant place for all.