First and foremost, it's vital to recognize that we are on the brink of an economic cliff, the likes of which none of us have ever seen. Revenue is plummeting, unemployment is skyrocketing, and so many Portlanders are barely holding on. We have to take strong steps as a city and as a community to prepare for the worst, and ensure that we're doing everything we can to brace ourselves for the brunt of the potential economic devastation ahead. In particular, we have to make sure our most vulnerable citizens are shielded from the worst impacts of this crisis.
We also have to believe public health care leaders and practice social distancing to manage the severity of this pandemic until a vaccine is produced. We have to support the nonprofits and businesses on the front lines: healthcare, human services, distribution of goods and food services to be strong for the rest of us who are doing our part to lower the curve. We have to be ready to support the innovation that will organically rise up from our neighborhoods and communities. As we rebuild, we have to use this moment as a paradigm shift that will streamline and improve the way our 5.6B organization called the City of Portland is run.
My life experience on the front lines of an epidemic most of my life, coupled with my tested leadership to galvanize results for our children and youth after years of inaction is because I am bold, humble and persistent to build success from the ground up. Public and Private partnerships is how you move forward. Finally, let us never forget we need to connect again and I will advocate for the big three that bring us joy as a community: Schools, Arts and Parks.
It is time to be the City we want to be. Join me in bringing us together.
I am interested in learning from you. Please reach out and send me your ideas on how we can improve and bring our city together.