Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

The state approved Eugene’s new urban growth boundary this week. It’s the first major expansion in the city for 33 years. The project, called Envision Eugene, will develop 969 acres of land in the Bethel and Santa Clara areas.

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A task force just released the “Vision Zero Action Plan.” It has a goal to eliminate all deaths and life-changing injuries on Eugene’s streets by 2035.

The Eugene City Council officially adopted the Vision Zero policy in the Fall of 2015. That’s after three young children were hit and killed while trying to cross Main Street in Springfield with their mom. Transportation advocates throughout Lane County put more pressure on city governments to make streets safer.

One of the measures on the ballot for Eugene’s special election next Tuesday is an amendment to the City Charter. It has to do with what happens when a City Councilor is appointed.
Measure 20-274 amends a city charter amendment from 2005.

A contentious ballot initiative in Creswell has both sides of the issue calling foul on each other.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one of the more prominent spats is over a fake voter guide.

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Last year, Creswell residents voted to ban sales of marijuana.  Now a new ballot initiative backed by investment group One Gro aims to lift that ban.  They say Creswell stands to become a cannabis empire, raising thousands of dollars in annual revenue.  Critics say it’ll not only hurt the character of the city, but also pave the way for a marijuana monopoly.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Recorded On: October 27, 2017

Air Date: October 30, 2017

The income gap separating the average working family from the very rich is widening in Oregon. In 2015, the top 1 percent earned more income than the bottom half of all Oregonians combined.

Data from the Oregon Department of Revenue shows that in 1980, the average income of the highest-earning one tenth of one percent was 26 times that of middle income Oregonians. In 2015, it was 126 times that of middle income Oregonians.

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A deal reached last night  has ended a week-long strike by hundreds of Lane County workers.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, both sides seem mostly satisfied with the new three-year contract.

Brian Bull / KLCC

As of today, about 150 Lane County workers have left the picket lines to return to their jobs.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, AFSCME leaders hope to see many of them back on strike soon.  

Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County officials say as of today, about 150 of nearly 700 striking workers have gone back to their jobs…enabling some services to start up again.  

Recorded On: October 20, 2017

Air Date: October 23, 2017

On November 7th, Eugene voters will decide whether or not to approve a third bond measure to fix streets and fund bicycle and pedestrian projects. At a cost of $51.2 million, this would fund rebuilding 78 streets among the 91 listed projects. Two advocates speak on this transportation measure that will appear on mail-in ballots.

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