Together we can build a better Beaverton, We can get there!
What a month we’ve all had. Some of us didn’t bother setting resolutions, but I hope you will join me in resolving to work together towards recovery and reimagination. We aren’t there yet, but together we can get there.
In January, we hit the ground running in City Hall with the transition to a new form of government, new interim city manager, and new mayor, among other changes.
As you know, with our new form of government the role of the mayor has shifted from a focus that was primarily internal (city management) to primarily external, focusing on relationships with constituents, regional leaders, business owners, legislators, and representatives. It’s more important than ever that we work together across the region in collaborative efforts to distribute the COVID vaccine quickly, safely, and efficiently; reimagine public safety; and address climate change, housing affordability, and transportation.
Moving towards COVID-19 recovery and reimagining public safety are at the top of my list. Also in January, the Human Rights Advisory Committee submitted their public safety recommendations to City Council and myself. One of the major considerations in the public safety conversation is the reality that we are part of a region where we depend on each other across city lines. Late at night, first responders are called to where the needs are across the county, regardless of jurisdiction. We do not and cannot operate in silos – we must work together to adapt and adopt necessary reforms to our practices.
For three weeks in a row, my staff and I walked around downtown Beaverton meeting with small business owners to learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on their business, ensuring they know about available grants, and learning what other kinds of support they need from the city. We have a way to go, but together we can build a better Beaverton for all!
Lacey Beaty was elected Beaverton’s Mayor in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on Beaverton City Council.