Beaverton is looking much different than last year and we welcome the new changes
A word from leadership
People want to be part of our community because of the quality of life and diversity we enjoy. In fact, Beaverton thrives as an ethnically diverse, welcoming city, where all its residents are an essential part of the community. Unfortunately, many existing residents, especially those in our aging, BIPOC and youth communities, increasingly struggle to remain in Beaverton. That needs to change.
The City Council and I are focused on investing in resources and working with partners to address housing affordability and availability head on. We want more home options in all of our neighborhoods to meet the needs of our changing city. I’m proud of the efforts already underway and look forward to more affordability projects in the future. I feel the work to make this happen has never been more important, so that every person who wants to live in Beaverton can.
~ Lacey Beaty, Mayor
Support Local Restaurants by Dining Outdoors!
Our local restaurants have been some of the hardest hit during the pandemic. The city is pleased to continue to support The Commons, a socially distanced, outdoor dining space located on Southwest 1st Street in the heart of Old Town’s restaurant row, where parties of six or less can bring takeout from any of the area restaurants. Newly installed heaters and fire pits can even take the chill away on those colder days.
Find out more at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/openairbeaverton.
Know Your Government: What Does a City Manager Do?
Beaverton voters approved a new city charter in the May 2020 election that changed the city’s form of government from a strong-mayor to a council manager structure. The Beaverton Charter of 2021 became operational on Jan. 1. The office of city manager is the administrative head of the city government. The city manager is responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of all city business. The City Manager is the administrative head of the city who:
- Oversees daily operations and delivery of city services,
- Proposes and administers the city budget,
- Appoints, supervises, and removes city staff,
- Make reports and recommendations to the council about the needs of the city,
- Has no authority over the mayor, councilors, support staff of mayor or council, city attorney, municipal judges, or city auditor.
The city appointed Kurt Wilson interim city manager as of Jan. 1. Kurt will serve in this role for approximately six months. The interim city manager supports the transition to the new city charter and the recruitment, selection and early onboarding of a long-term city manager. The search (talent acquisition) process for the position, which follows appointment of an interim city manager late last year, was discussed during the Jan. 19 City Council meeting. A recording of the meeting is available for viewing at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/council. The discussion featured conversation on the upcoming search process, hiring of an external search firm for facilitation support, staff and public engagement, opportunities for feedback, and timelines.
Initial plans call for the competitive process to begin in March in conjunction with outreach. Next steps include development of a candidate profile and a refocus on key competencies, skills and leadership abilities of the ideal candidate.
A community survey and a number of tactics to help keep residents informed are in development. A virtual public social hour to meet future candidates, similar to the event that occurred during the interim city manager search process, will be planned for late-spring.
A decision by City Council is expected to be announced in early-summer followed by onboarding of the incumbent.
Stay informed on the talent acquisition process and learn more about upcoming opportunities for involvement at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/citymanager.
Check out downtown’s newest murals
Downtown is receiving two new murals as a result of the Beaverton Downtown Association’s partnership with two local artists.
The first mural is on the side of the Nak Won building next to Koya Sushi. The muralist, Hampton Rodriguez, is a Puerto Rican artist whose style reflects his Puerto Rican culture and heritage. Hampton has been doing murals in the area for over 20 years, and he loves to convey feelings happiness and community in his creations.
His mural is meant to be a visual reminder of the value outdoor dining and connections have been for so many people over the past year. After the pandemic struggles end, his mural will remain a gentle reminder of the value of community.
The second mural is on the west wall of Ickabod’s. This mural, courtesy the creative talent of Susan Charnquist, will reflect a wilder and more natural environment, while still evoking feelings of warmth and welcome. The Ickabod’s owners loved this mural because it reminded them of Ichabod Crane’s night ride through the forest.
Susan Charnquist is also an amazing chalk artist, so you may have seen her work at the last La Strada dei Pastelli chalk art festival in 2019 or her street mural in front of Ringo’s in 2020.