Politics & Government

Springfield City Council
12:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Springfield Considers Paying City Councilors

The Springfield City Council is considering a measure to pay its members. Monday they asked a committee to look into crafting a proposal that could go before voters in November.

The measure would require changing the city charter, which forbids such compensation.  Springfield spokesman Niel Laudati says councilors do get expenses reimbursed. But they're doing up to 35 hours a week of work. Laudati says the proposal is not meant to be a living wage.

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City Club of Eugene
9:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Electoral Reform In Eugene

Date of meeting: January 15, 2014

Air Date: February 10, 2014 

ELECTORAL REFORM IN OREGON

Guest Speaker: Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State

The City Club of Eugene welcomes Secretary of State Kate Brown to a special Wednesday meeting in Gerlinger Lounge at the University of Oregon.

copyright, 2014 KLCC

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Oregon Legislature
7:34 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Oregon Considers Measure To Limit E-Cigarette Access

Justin Newman exhales vapor from an e-cigarette.
Credit Chris Lehman

Sometimes technology outpaces the government's ability to regulate it. That's what's happening with electronic cigarettes. Oregon lawmakers will consider a measure this month to restrict minors from buying e-cigarettes. The idea has broad, bipartisan support. But the details of the legislation are getting criticism from a surprising source.

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KLCC program
9:03 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Trans Pacific Partnership Forum

This Tuesday, February 4th  at 6:30 pm KLCC will be airing a special forum on the Trans Pacific Partnership.  Representative Peter DeFazio organized the public forum to air his concerns over the Fast Track trade agreement now being negotiated. The forum was recorded on January 22nd.Alternative Radio will take the night off.

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Civic Stadium
5:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

School Superintendent Recommends The City Of Eugene Purchase Civic Stadium

Superintendent Sheldon Berman
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Superintendent Sheldon Berman is recommending the 4J School Board select The City of Eugene's offer of 4.5 million dollars to purchase the Civic Stadium Properties.

Berman acknowledged the district is currently strained financially. He said there were three main reasons he came to his decision.

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Homeless Issues
1:56 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

30-Day Deadline For Whoville

The Whoville camp has been at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene since September.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Whoville residents have a month before the City of Eugene will shut it down. Meanwhile the City Manager is tasked with finding somewhere else for the 30 to 40 homeless people to go. The City Council voted 6 to 2 Wednesday to set the deadline.

Counselor Claire Syrett made the proposal. The City Manager recently announced the Whoville camp at West Broadway and Hilyard would have to close. Police put up no trespassing signs, then a fence with openings around the lot. Syrett says the council heard from community members asking for the camp to stay.

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State of the Union
7:46 am
Wed January 29, 2014

DeFazio Responds To President's State of The Union

Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio praised President Obama for his focus on the need for jobs in his state of the union address. The Springfield Democrat agrees these jobs can come from investments in transportation infrastructure. And, DeFazio says Oregonians who are unemployed need their extended benefits.

Peter DeFazio: "I agree that it’s time for Congress to renew unemployment insurance for Oregonians and Americans who want to work but can't find a job. There are 5 unemployed Oregonians chasing every job in our state."

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Homeless Issues
9:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Eugene Considers Expanding Homeless Rest-Stops, Restricting Fireworks

Eugene Police have put up a fence around Whoville with openings to enter and exit.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Eugene City Councilors Monday proposed extending the sunset date on the rest-stop ordinance until October 31, 2014. This will require a public hearing.

Councilor Claire Syrett says she'd like the city to add a third rest-stop for homeless people at 8th and Mill or another location near downtown. Residents of Whoville, a homeless camp at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene have been told they'll have to leave that site. Last Friday, police erected a fence with openings around the lot. Michael Adams was among those who testified to council.

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Columbia River Crossing
7:22 am
Tue January 28, 2014

The Hour Of Decision Is Near For The Columbia River Crossing

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Credit Colin Fogarty

Time is running short for Oregon lawmakers to take the lead in building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. That's according to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. This week the Democrat issued an ultimatum to lawmakers to act before the end of the 2014 session in March. Otherwise he'll shut the project down. The warning is just the latest twist in the decade-long effort to break ground on the mega-project.

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Politics & Government
3:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Trade Agreement Protesters Deliver Message to Wyden

Rally signs show opposition to new trade agreement.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

At a small rally at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene today (Monday), community activists and union representatives held signs in protest of the new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (or T-P-P.) KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports.

As the group sang re-worked verses of the popular Bob Dylan protest song, a delegation prepared to hand deliver about 55 letters to Senator Ron Wyden.

Shelley Pineo-Jensen is with Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network. She criticized Wyden for not taking a stronger position  on the TPP.

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