19.4 after the mayoral debate

I use two measures for a good City Club program: the quality of the questions from the audience, and the amount of time people linger afterwards because conversations that have been sparked are just that compelling. The format City Club is using for debates doesn’t allow for questions in the usual way, so that’s no use. The program was finished at 1:20 or so, and a full hour later, there were knots of people chatting about what they heard inside the DAC, on the street, in the parking garage, and no doubt all over town. Kudos! Double kudos to the community, which turned out in droves. It was standing room only, and it was all political stripes. A proud moment for City Club and for Eugene. And yes, Jim Ray and Nick Urhausen did spot me afterward and come up to me (together!) to recognize that I was the scoundrel who suggested they should be included in the debate.