Politics & Government

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans on African-Americans Today

Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans
Credit City of Eugene

On Martin Luther King day and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, we’re joined by educator and community activist Greg Evans. Evans is a City of Eugene councilor for Ward 6. He’s also a Lane Community College instructor, and coordinator of its African-American student program.  In conversation with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher, Evans discusses the current status of African-Americans:

Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans. He’s an LCC instructor, and coordinator of its African-American student program. Evans spoke with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher.

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Civc Stadium
4:01 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Fans Want Soccer At Civic Stadium

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Proponents of refurbishing Eugene's historic Civic Stadium into a soccer venue are continuing to gather community support. About 50 people attended a rally Saturday that started downtown and ended at the Stadium.

Fans of the Lane United Football Club and the group, Save Civic Stadium hope the 4-J District considers an option to turn the aging venue into a soccer field. Protester Jac Thomas says soccer is popular in Oregon, and Eugene could support a semi-pro team.

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Homeless Issues
2:22 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

City Posts No Trespassing Signs At Eugene Whoville Camp

Eugene Police Sergeant Larry Crompton Friday at the Whoville camp.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene Friday posted "no trespassing" signs at a homeless camp near downtown that calls itself Whoville. The community of around 30 people has been living in tents at Hilyard and Broadway since September.

Eugene Police Sergeant Larry Crompton came to the camp to talk with residents and explain what's going on:

Crompton: "The signs that are up right now say 'prohibited camping' and those will be changed to 'no trespassing'. And there will come a time in the near future when there will be notice that  the people here will have to leave."

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
12:49 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans on African-Americans Today

On Martin Luther King day and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, we’re joined by educator and community activist Greg Evans. Evans is a City of Eugene councilor for Ward 6. He’s also a Lane Community College instructor, and coordinator of its African-American student program.  In conversation with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher, Evans discusses the current status of African-Americans:

Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans. He’s an LCC instructor, and coordinator of its African-American student program. Evans spoke with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher.

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City of Eugene
10:33 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Eugene To Take Closer Look At Fossil Fuel Divestment Options

Credit City of Eugene

An initiative to add Eugene to a growing list of U-S cities choosing to divest from fossil fuel companies gained early traction Monday night.  With a unanimous vote, the City Council decided to take up the issue at a future meeting.

Currently Eugene does not directly invest in any fossil fuel companies, but it does invest about a half million dollars indirectly through the state-run Local Government Investment Pool.  

 Mayor Kitty Piercy is pushing the divestment initiative, in part, to further the city’s sustainability goals.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Former Lane Co. Commissioner Files Public Records Lawsuit

Attorney Daniel Stotter and former Lane Co. Commissioner Bill Fleenor announced a public records lawsuit against the county Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Credit Angela Kellner

Former Lane County Commissioner Bill Fleenor filed a lawsuit against the county Monday to force the release of un-redacted public records. The records pertain to the investigation and firing of former County Administrator Liane Richardson.

Richardson was fired last year for converting earned leave into take home pay. Former Commissioner Fleenor filed a public records request last fall and received 27 heavily redacted pages. Fleenor's appeal was denied, so now he's filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to get all records related to the Richardson investigation.

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City Club of Eugene
8:11 am
Mon January 13, 2014

2013 Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey

Recorded on: January 10, 2014

Air Date: January 13, 2014

The City Club of Eugene opens the New Year with a program on what Oregonians think about fundamental issues. The 2013 Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey gathered the views of more than 9,000 Oregonians from all parts of the state and all walks of life on education, health and wellness, conservation and climate change, crime, public transportation, economic development, and taxes.

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Springfield State of City
10:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State of City Address An Ego Boost For Springfield

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg describes successful pet waste removal project during her State of the City address.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Last night (Thursday 01/09/2014), Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg gave her fourth State of the City address. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, her speech included accolades and accomplishments--and the assurance that a little attitude can go a long way.

Mayor Lundberg: “In 2014, my hopes and plans are that the city of Springfield continues to build on our new attitude. I hope that those still clinging to inaccurate and uninformed stereotypes take another look at Springfield and at themselves and leave the stereotypes at the door.”

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Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio Opposes Fast Tracking Trade Policy

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio says he strongly opposes a bill that would give President Obama the authority to fast track U.S. trade deals.

According to DeFazio, fast track authority grants power to the executive branch to negotiate free trade agreements with little congressional input. He says when a free trade agreement is submitted this way, Congress must pass it within 90-days with an up or down vote, no amendments, and limited debate. 

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Eugene City Government
9:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Downtown Revitalization Tops Eugene Mayor's Success List For 2014

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy awards Community Service Award to Occupy Medical at the 2014 State of the City event.
Credit Jes Burns

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gave the annual State of the City address Wednesday night at the Hult Center.   She expressed pride about the successes and new initiatives of the past year, but there was an undercurrent of sobriety because of the budgetary challenges ahead.

Downtown revitalization – it’s been an item on Mayor Piercy’s and the City Council’s to-do list for at least a decade.  Now they’re checking it off.

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