In the May 13, 2018, issue of the Register-Guard, Eugene resident Duane Daggett writes in a letter:
I’m voting for the independent auditor for one reason: Our city officials in Eugene have lost my trust, and I’ll vote for anything that attempts to hold them accountable.
I’ve lived here for 50 years and, unfortunately, have to visit downtown often each week. As a result, I’ve witnessed the deterioration and growing increased crime, drugs and homelessness.
I’ve been amazed at how many times the city spent millions of taxpayers’ dollars in attempts to make downtown a more attractive and safer place — and yet the leadership promoted policies that seemed to sabotage that goal, like making Eugene another “sanctuary city.”
You cannot have policies that allow, or promote, homelessness and crime and expect anything different than what we presently have: a downtown that many avoid. Furthermore, hiring more police and building more shelters are just Band-aids.
Before we start spending more dollars on another downtown project it might be prudent to start examining the decisions of our officials that got us here in the first place.
For me, this leads to a vote of no confidence that translates into voting yes on Measure 20-283.