Politics & Government

Lane County
1:39 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

County Moves Forward On Hiring New Administrator

Credit Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will use a Washington State recruitment firm to find candidates for their new Administrator.

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City Club of Eugene
6:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Digital Privacy And The NSA

Meeting:  Friday, October 4, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  Monday, October 7, 2013

Digital Privacy and the NSA - Who Is Reading Your E-mail and What You Can Do About It

Guest Speakers: Seth Woolley and Kyu Ho Youm

The first Friday Forum of October focuses on practical privacy in the digital age. Is privacy possible? If so, how can you protect yours?

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Homeless Issues
12:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Whoville Residents Meet With Eugene Mayor

Whoville camp at Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless people who've pitched their tents around town in small communities they're calling "Whovilles" met with the Mayor of Eugene Monday. The group wants the city to lift or change its camping ban.

Currently a group of about 30 people is camped at Hilyard and Broadway in Eugene. Whoville representatives met Mayor Kitty Piercy and asked her if they can stay there. Police have cited the campers for violating Eugene's camping ban.

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Budget
11:20 am
Mon October 7, 2013

City Of Eugene Seeks Budget Input

The City of Eugene is inviting the community to attend workshops devoted to shaping the budget. Eugene is currently facing a significant gap due to the recent recession and low property tax revenues. The deficit in the general fund over the past four years has caused the city to decrease its expenses by $24 million. Last year, the city faced a similar gap of $5.3 million and was forced to dip into the reserve fund. There will be five workshops in all, the first at South Eugene High School on October 15th.

Government Shutdown
4:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Oregon Military Department Affected By Shutdown

Approximately 1,000 full-time personnel in the Oregon Military Department are being furloughed due to the government shutdown.

The Oregon Military Department is comprised of Citizen-Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians. The shutdown will affect training activities, equipment maintenance, and efficiency at military bases. Capt. Stephen Bomar says to maintain readiness they are forming plans in case the shutdown is prolonged.

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Politics & Government
7:41 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

"Grand Bargain" Passes Oregon Legislature

Oregon Capitol Building.

The so-called "Grand Bargain" has passed in Salem. Oregon lawmakers have approved all five of the bills on their special session agenda. The package includes targeted tax hikes and tax breaks, as well as cuts to pensions for some retired public employees.

Many of the bills passed with very narrow margins. And some lawmakers who voted for the measures said they were doing so against their better judgment. Here's Republican representative Sal Esquivel.

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Food
1:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Local Food Ordinance One Step Closer to Lane County Ballot

Local produce at the Lane County Farmers Market.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A group called "Support Local Food Rights" is one step closer to placing a measure on the November 2014 ballot in Lane County. Their initiative would restrict Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, from being planted in the county.

The group's original ballot measure for its "Local Food System Ordinance" was rejected by the County Clerk because it addressed more than one subject.
Kneeland: "We're very excited that we've worked in cooperation with the county to submit an initiative that has been approved for the single subject rule."

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Oregon Special Session
7:03 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Special Session Bills Finally On The Move

The five bills on the agenda for Oregon's special legislative session are finally on the move. Nearly two full days after lawmakers arrived in Salem, a legislative panel voted Tuesday evening to advance the measures out to the floor. The full legislature could vote on them Wednesday.

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Federal Shutdown
6:45 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Representative DeFazio Blasts Republicans Over Federal Shutdown

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio
Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is blasting Republicans in the US House for forcing a government shutdown. 

But in a speech on the House floor Tuesday, the Democrat said he's even more concerned Republicans, with the support of wealthy contributors, are threatening to block an increase in debt ceiling.  

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Government Shutdown
12:20 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Govt Shutdown Won't Have Immediate Affect in Lane County

The government shutdown may not have immediate impacts on most Oregonians. But, officials say, if it continues for several weeks, veterans and others who depend on federal programs could be affected. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

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