In the July 12, 2017, issue of the Register-Guard, Eugene resident John C. Helmer writes in a letter:
Since at least 2002, Eugene government has been under attack by Bonny Bettman and associates in an effort to replace Eugene’s council-manager form of government with an alternative that circumvents the city manager.
In recorded council meetings, George Brown, one of the most intelligent and conscientious of councilors, complained bitterly that he could not control the city manager. Yet in the public record he joined the rest of the council in giving a unanimous favorable evaluation of the city manager in his employment review.
The city of Eugene has an outstanding city management. It is better to improve what you know than to replace it with what you don’t know. Please be careful of what you ask for.