Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

Neighbors who opposed Springfield's plans to expand into an area West of Mount Pisgah can breathe a sigh of relief. The City Council decided Monday not to increase the urban growth boundary into the controversial College View area.

Springfield City Councilors proposed new sites for urban growth — and did not include a contentious area near Mount Pisgah known as College View. The City's Anette Spickard says North Gateway and the Mill Race were chosen after extensive analysis.

Oregon Senator Floyd Prozanski of Eugene survived a recall effort last week. Backers objected to legislation he sponsored that strengthens background checks for private gun sales. A petition drive fell short of required valid signatures.

Eugene Safe Spots

A crowd of homeless people and their advocates showed up at Monday's Eugene City Council meeting to urge the city to repeal its camping ban. They asked for at least a moratorium on the ordinance that prohibits camping in public parks and on city property. Councilor Claire Syrett spoke with KLCC Tuesday.

Coburg City Council Bans Marijuana Sales

Sep 15, 2015

The City of Coburg voted Monday to ban all marijuana sales. Measure 91 allows cities whose voters passed pot legalization by less than 55 percent to make their own decision on marijuana sales.

In a 5-1 vote, the Coburg City Council approved an interim ban on the sale of medical and recreational marijuana. No dispensaries are currently located in Coburg. Mayor Jae Pudewell says voters in the community were divided on Measure 91.

Prozanski Recall Effort Falls Short

Sep 13, 2015
Senator Floyd Prozanski

Democratic State Senator Floyd Prozanski will not face a recall election. The Oregon Secretary of State's office said Friday that recall organizers fell short by just over 200 signatures of the 8,415 they needed.

Sandra Mann Enters County Commissioner Race

Sep 11, 2015
Sandra Mann

Thursday another candidate filed to run for Lane County Commissioner District 4. Sandra Mann is a Democratic precinct committee person and a substitute teacher. She joins 32-year-old Tony McGowan currently vying for the seat held by Pat Farr. Mann considers herself a progressive politician and will focus her campaign on economic issues.  

MANN: "I'd like to leave Lane County a better place than I found it. I think there's a lot of problems now. For one I see a lot of people now that don't have living wage jobs."

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson filed Thursday to run for a sixth term on the board. He was first in line at the elections office on filing day for the 2016 primary election.

Lucy Vinis Announces Bid For Eugene Mayor

Sep 8, 2015
Corinne Boyer

Lucy Vinis announced today she will run for mayor of Eugene in the 2016 election. New to politics, she is currently the development director for Shelter Care. KLCC's Corinne Boyer reports.

Dozens of people gathered in Skinner Butte Park as Lucy Vinis spoke about raising her children and spending time in Eugene parks. Vinis says she decided to run because her family was able to live well and thrive in Eugene. She wants the same opportunities for other people in the community.

Newport Public Hearing To Discuss Fluoridation

Sep 7, 2015
City of Newport

The Newport City Council is looking for the community’s input on adding fluoride its water supply. The city will hold a public hearing on Tuesday.

Lane County Democratic Party Chair Chris Wig announced Tuesday that he is running for Eugene City Council. He is vying for the ward one seat currently occupied by George Brown. Brown hasn’t yet announced if he is seeking another term.

Chris Wig works as a drug and alcohol counselor and is a founding member of a Latino community action group. He has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon.