Politics & Government

Oregon Ports
9:59 am
Thu October 24, 2013

US House Approves Small Port Dredging

Tug boat in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Credit City of Coos Bay

The US House of Representative has passed legislation that would provide harbor maintenance for small ports along Oregon’s coast.  A lack of federal funds has led to a major backlog on dredging and maintenance projects, threatening the economy of several cities.

Representative Peter DeFazio is one of 47 co-sponsors of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013.  He spoke on the House floor Wednesday.

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November 2013 Elections
7:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Lincoln County Voters To Decide Whether To Keep The Partisan In Politics

Credit Lincoln County

As politics in Washington, DC have become increasingly partisan and dysfunctional, one county in Oregon could potentially move the opposite direction.   

On Election Day, November 5th, residents of Lincoln County will decide whether to change the way they elect their county commissioners.  

Currently commissioners in Lincoln County run partisan races – meaning they declare their candidacy as a Republican, Democrat or another political party.  If challenged within that party, they go through primary elections, and then move to the general ballot.

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City Club of Eugene
1:35 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Making Great Cities: Democracy + Design

Meeting:  October 18, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  October 21, 2013

Maurice Cox, former City Councilor and Mayor of Charlottesville, VA, and now Director of the Tulane City Center Initiative in New Orleans, LA.

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Government Shutdown
3:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

DeFazio Speaks On Shutdown And Next Steps

Congressman DeFazio
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Peter DeFazio was in Eugene today (Friday) to give a recap of the government shutdown and look forward to the next legislative hurdles.

Congressman DeFazio expressed relief to be at home for a long weekend, and to be done with what he called the disruptive, unnecessary and expensive shutdown. DeFazio said tourists, timber workers and retirees were among those who contacted him with questions and concerns over the past three weeks. He said the shutdown caused a broad range of unexpected consequences.

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Transportation
9:59 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Bike Lanes Part Of Willamette Paving Project

New bike lanes on Willamette St.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A paving project on a portion of Eugene's Willamette Street includes new bike lanes and some other changes.

The project includes the stretch of street between 18th and 23rd avenues. It's the portion that passes by the shuttered Civic Stadium. Reed Dunbar is a transportation planner with the City of Eugene.

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November 2013 Election
7:59 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

River Road Park Seeks Voter Support For Operating Levy

Oregonians will be considering a relatively thin ballot in the coming weeks, dominated by local measures.

In Eugene, voters in the 4000 households in the River Road Park and Recreation District will decide whether to continue supporting their community center.  

The River Road Park and Recreation District covers about 8 square miles in north Eugene. The district's original tax base eroded over the past few decades as the City of Eugene annexed properties in the area.  

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Politics & Government
1:39 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Timber Companies File Suit To Restart Logging

Timber companies filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government. They claim there is no legal reason to suspend logging during the partial government shutdown.

The American Forest Resource Council joined Murphy Timber Company, High Cascades Inc., and South Bay Timber in the lawsuit. It seeks an injunction to lift the ban on logging during the government shutdown. AFRC Spokeswoman Ann Forest Burns says there is no provision in the contracts that says logging must be stopped on projects already approved. She says the lack of timber will hurt workers and mills.

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City Club of Eugene
9:27 am
Mon October 14, 2013

When And Where Is Sleep A Legal Right?

Meeting:  October 11, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  October 13, 2013

Guest Speakers: Alley Valkyrie, activist and community organizer; Pat Farr, Lane County Commission; and

Professor Ofer Raban, University of Oregon School of Law

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Budget Gap
6:35 am
Mon October 14, 2013

City Of Eugene To Host Meetings Addressing Budget Problems

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett
Credit Photo Courtesy of The City of Eugene

The City of Eugene is facing a multi-million dollar gap in its budget, so it's asking residents' help to shape a solution. A series of community meetings starting this week are being held at local high schools to discuss the situation.

Last year, Eugene voters defeated a City service fee. To balance the budget, funds were transferred from its Reserve account. But, that fix was only supposed to fill the gap for one year. City Councilor Claire Syrett says if they are not able to find some new solutions, they might be back in the same position as last year.

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Food and Agriculture
8:54 am
Sun October 13, 2013

March Against Monsanto Rally In Eugene

Protesters at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza
Credit Photo by Desmond O'Boyle

About three hundred people attended a rally in downtown Eugene Saturday as part of a worldwide "March Against Monsanto" protest.

Concern has steadily grown over the use of Genetically Modified Organisms being used in farming practices. The agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto is the main proponent of such practices. The Oregon Senate has approved a bill limiting the ability for counties to ban the use of GMO's. Organizer and spokeswoman Sabrina Siegel says politicians need to stop taking money from big businesses.

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