Politics & Government

Politics & Government

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is expected to decide the fate of the shuttered, 50-year-old city hall this week. The council voted earlier this month to postpone the demolition of city hall for two weeks to have another debate about the building's future.

City spokeswoman Jan Bohman says councilors will hear from the design team  at their Monday evening meeting.

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Reduced timber revenue has been impacting Oregon's public sector for years, and the trend is not expected to change.

Lane County is developing its 2015-2017 strategic plan, focusing on how to do more with less. After a workshop in June, Commissioners identified three priorities: health and safety, infrastructure, and vibrant communities. They hope to continue to tailor the plan to residents' concerns.

County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the passing of the sheriff's levy was a helpful indicator:

Postcards should arrive this week in nearly one million Oregon mailboxes.  They’re promoting a higher turnout in November’s election.  But they’re not being sent in support of a political party or candidate.  

Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the postcards will come from the Secretary of State’s office.  They’ll contain instructions on how to register to vote:

Levis:  “It’s a statewide effort to people who, through multiple different data bases, seem as if they’re not a registered voter and try to get them to register and be able to vote.”

Meeting Date: September 12, 2014

Air Date: September 15, 2014

Speakers both for and against four of the seven ballot measures will try to persuade members and guests to vote pro or con. City Club has invited proponents and opponents to explain the measures and answer your questions about Alternative Driver Licenses, an Equal Rights Amendment, Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms, and the Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative.

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New guidelines in Oregon are designed to direct state agencies to purchase fewer toxic products. Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan approved the new guidelines Wednesday. Some examples are; using owls to control rats instead of poison, or buying less toxic cleaning products. The changes were prompted by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2012 as part of an effort to increase the number of people and plant friendly products state agencies use. Department of Administrative Services Spokesman Mathew Shelby says what makes Oregon unique is its size.

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Springfield is slowing down its efforts to expand its Urban Growth Boundary. The city has proposed designating more areas for industrial development. Residents along Seavey Loop Road near Mt. Pisgah have voiced opposition to plans to develop along College View, which parallels Interstate 5. Springfield spokesman Niel Laudati says the City Council decided Monday to make the effort more collaborative with neighbors.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners heard 2 hours of public testimony Tuesday, much of it opposing a lifting a moratorium on spraying herbicides on county roads. The board will form a task force to look at the issue.

Lane County Commissioners adopted the no spray policy in 2008.
Mary Gabriel is a doctor at Peacehealth. She urged the board not to go back to roadside spraying.

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The Eugene City Council pressed the pause button Monday night on taking down City Hall. 

Meeting Date: September 5th, 2014

Air Date: September 8th, 2014

A successful petition drive has placed the Open Primary/Top Two election system on Oregon’s November ballot. The statutory measure will be listed on the ballot as “Changes general election nomination processes: provides for single primary ballot listing candidates; top two advance.”

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Lane County's new Poverty and Homeless Board recently met for the first time. The 17 member panel is charged with finding solutions to persistent homeless problems.

Last year Lane County Board of Commissioners formed the board following the removal of two homeless camps in Eugene. The board consists of elected officials, community leaders, and a formerly homeless person. Lane County Human Services spokeswoman Pearl Wolfe is excited for the diversity of board members.

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