Politics & Government

Eugene City Hall
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Eugene City Hall Designers Discuss Their Vision

Project Manager Kaarin Knudson and Architect John Rowell
Credit Rachel McDonald

The latest design for a proposed new Eugene City Hall was unveiled Monday at  a City Council work session by Rowell Brokaw Architects of Eugene and the Miller Hall Partnership of Seattle. The building would be constructed on the site of the existing city hall, closed nearly two years ago. John Rowell, a principal architect in the Eugene firm, and Project Manager Kaarin Knudson discuss the new municipal center.

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Deadline Extended For Civic Stadium Fundraising

Credit Jes Burns

The effort to save historic civic stadium in Eugene continues. Yesterday (Wednesday) supporters were given an extension to raise money to renovate the dilapidated ball park.

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 4 to extend the fundraising deadline from September 5th to December 1st. Earlier in the year, the city of Eugene won a bid to purchase the site for 4.5 million dollars. That selection was contingent upon the success of groups like “friends of civic stadium” to raise      $3 million dollars *and find an entity to operate the facility. So far they’ve raised about $200,000.

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Eugene Sick Leave
7:48 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Eugene's Sick Leave Proposal Draws Opposition

Credit tallasiandude / Flickr

Eugene is looking to follow in the footsteps of Portland and Seattle with a sick leave ordinance. It would require employers to provide paid sick time to their workers within city limits. This endeavor has been welcomed by many low-wage workers and their advocates and met with dismay by many employers. The Lane County Board of Commissioners is trying to sideline the effort.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Rep. Phil Barnhart on Taxes, Schools, Global Warming And More

Oregon Rep. Phil Barnhart
Credit www.oregonlive.com

State Representative Phil Barnhart serves Oregon House District 11 in Salem.  A Democrat, he's been in Salem since 2001.  His constituents are in Central Lane and Linn counties, including parts of Eugene and Springfield.  Barnhart is hosting three issue town halls in Eugene this summer.  They deal respectively with pathways to prosperity, education funding and global warming and jobs:

Pathways to Prosperity: "Growing Middle Class Jobs" (with Sec. of  State Kate Brown, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy) Monday, July 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Eugene Public Library.

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Eugene Sick Leave
11:09 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Eugene Mayor Pursues Sick-Leave Despite County Opposition

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy
Credit City of Eugene

Tuesday, the Lane County Board of Commissioners moved to stymie the City of Eugene's sick leave ordinance before it's passed. It's unclear what effect the county's actions will have.

The County Board proposed three ordinances in reaction to Eugene's proposed sick leave-- one would exempt county employees from the city's rule. Another would exempt other cities in the county from it, and a third forbids other cities in Lane County from making similar rules. The vote was 4 to 0, with Commissioner Sorenson absent.

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Politics & Government
1:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Lane County May Hinder Eugene's Sick Leave Ordinance

Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County may throw a wrench in the City of Eugene's efforts to pass a sick leave ordinance.

The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday  moved forward on their own ordinance that exempts Lane County from the city's sick leave. It may also exempt any business outside Eugene and restrict the ability of other cities in Lane County from passing similar sick leave rules. Board Chair Pat Farr says there are a lot of unanswered questions about how the city's ordinance would affect county government and private businesses outside Eugene.

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Politics & Government
3:32 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Garry Weber Steps Down From Springfield School Board

Credit Springfield Public Schools

Garry Weber will step down on July 31 after serving on the Springfield public schools board for 15 years. Weber says he feels it’s time to step down from the position and open it to a parent of a current student in the school system.

The Springfield board of education is now seeking someone to fill the position. Applicants do not need to live in a certain area of Springfield to qualify. The board will appoint a new member to serve out the remainder of the current term which expires June 2015.

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Politics & Government
4:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

DeFazio Criticizes "Drill Everywhere" Legislation on U.S. House Floor

U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio is Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.

U.S Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon blasted republicans in congress today (Thursday) for passing legislation that will mandate drilling off U.S. coasts and public lands.

As a Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, DeFazio criticized the party line vote to approve H.R. 4899, saying it is the same proposal that passed last year and the year before that and the year before that.

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May 2014 Primary
12:23 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Stewart, Bozievich Will Keep Board Seats

Jay Bozievich won re-election for the West Lane County Commission Board seat after a re-count in the May primary.
Credit Lane County

Faye Stewart and Jay Bozievich will not face run-off elections this fall. The Lane County Elections office finished re-counting votes in the West and East Lane County Commissioner races from May.

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May 2014 Primary
11:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Recount Underway in Lane County Commissioner Races

Elections officials in Lane County are re-tallying votes from the May primary. Both East Lane and West Lane County Commissioner races were so close that the Secretary of State said recounts are necessary.

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