Cornelius hosting bilingual town hall for Spanish speakers
The City of Cornelius and Centro Cultural of Washington County are holding a town hall meeting for the benefit of members of the community — particularly those who speak Spanish.
The "Spanish-speaking town hall," which will feature a bilingual translator to bridge the language gap between Spanish and English for members of the audience who are more comfortable conversing in Spanish, will be held at Centro Cultural, located at 1110 N. Adair St. in Cornelius, from noon to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 6.
The town hall will be an opportunity for the public to hear from both city officials and community organizations like Centro Cultural, Adelante Mujeres and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, all of which provide programs and services in the Cornelius, Forest Grove and Hillsboro areas.
Ryan Wells, the city's community development director, will also give a presentation on the work that Cornelius is doing to craft a town center master plan that will guide redevelopment in the downtown area. The Spanish-language town hall is being held in advance of several other public events regarding the Cornelius town center master planning project, and it will be used to gather input from the Latino community.
In addition to people from Cornelius, Forest Grove and Hillsboro residents are also invited to attend the event.
This is the 18th such "Spanish-speaking town hall" to be held in Cornelius, according to the city. The events have been hosted by the City of Cornelius and Centro Cultural on a regular basis since 2012.
Census estimates indicate that Cornelius is one of very few "minority-majority" cities in Oregon, with 51 percent of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino. However, Latino residents tend to participate at a lower rate in city government than non-Latinos, for a variety of reasons.
According to the city, bilingual town halls like the one next Saturday are held to furnish "a positive and safe environment for candid discussions and joint problem-solving" between the city, community organizations like Centro Cultural and Virginia Garcia, and the Latino community.
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