Ever since I suggested Council look at removing parking mandates from our code, I've had people writing in about their concerns and ideas for parking policy in Bend. Here's a thread of resources for people who have questions and want to know more! 👇

Formed right here in Oregon, the non-profit Parking Reform Network @Parking_Reform is an excellent, smart group of people with great resources on their site. Read an intro to what parking reform is and why it's important here: parkingreform.org/what-is-parkin…

I also really enjoyed this article (third in a series) by @Parking_Reform 's Lindsay Bayley, answering the question "won't parking meters hurt poor folks?" parkingreform.org/2020/11/12/won…

From our own Department of Land Conservation and Development and ODOT, here's a page all about parking management, costs, benefits, and ways to improve. oregon.gov/lcd/TGM/Pages/…

To start diving in deeper on parking minimums, head to @StrongTowns and check out their Parking Minimums page full of info and links: strongtowns.org/journal/2020/1…

You also can't go wrong with the classic, @DonaldShoup's "The High Cost of Free Parking," available at our local library!


To learn about other cities making this policy change, start with Portland's Residential Infill Project. It included reform of parking minimums, recognizing parking policy is intrinsically linked to housing availability. From @Sightline Institute:

And here's a great article (@StrongTowns again!) about Edmonton's move to eliminate parking minimums and what lessons can be learned from the work parking reform advocates have done there.


Change can be hard, especially change that impacts a daily activity like parking. But I am committed to making progress on affordable housing, better transportation options, and protecting our environment. And to do that, we have to evolve our thinking about parking in Bend.


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Hi everyone! Here's the thread for tonight's City Council meeting. It starts with a closed session so I'll start tweeting once that's over, probably 5:15-5:30 or so.

I have had a stressful day and there's a VP Debate on so apologies in advance if I don't catch every detail! 😅
We are starting with scheduling requests for future Council meetings. Council agrees to talk about Brooks Promenade pilot program at next meeting. Discussion of two items is delayed new council comes in: railroad track safety and new tree protection code.
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I'll commit to putting a new tree code on the docket if elected. I think we need to look at that for sure. 🌲
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SO glad the Blazers game was last night, fam.
We start with a statement from Eric King, referring to "events locally this past week," saying it's important to think about how we listen, engage, and create change. Now moving into the discussion about recommendations from the DEI Task Force to form a Human Rights Commission.
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Bend City Council meeting 6/3/2020: A thread.

On the agenda tonight:
- budget cuts
- response to public outcry over police brutality and racism
- roundabouts
- COVID-19 update

Let's go!
Currently waiting on everyone to get in the virtual meeting, which will start with convening the Budget Committee.

The City just put out this statement about the budget: bendbulletin.com/localstate/cit…
Looking at $7-15 million dollar shortfall in 2019-2021. City has already frozen hiring for vacant positions and asked departments to propose 5/10% budget reductions.

Still big uncertainty as to whether fed grants and $ will help city backfill our COVID-19 costs and lost revenue.
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✅ Twitter
✅ Agenda
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Ready for City Council meeting to start! (Participating while imbibing is a nice perk of virtual meetings)

Let's go 👇
First up: technical difficulties 😀

But we've got Councilors on camera tonight!
The Council ratifies the emergency declaration extension by City Manager Eric King through May 6. Further extensions could happen. Mayor Russell says that the economic and emotional impacts of this pandemic are big.
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