Politics & Government

Employment
8:47 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Eugene Council Discusses Sick Leave Ordinance

Credit City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance that would require employers to provide sick leave to their workers.

The proposal was brought forward Monday night by Councilors Alan Zelenka and Claire Syrett. Eugene would follow Portland and Seattle, which have sick leave ordinances in place. Syrett said 25-thousand workers in Eugene don't have sick leave.

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Homelessness
9:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Eugene Council Extends Sunset Date On Overnight Camping Pilot

Advocates say Eugene does not have enough shelter beds to meet needs of homeless community.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Eugene City Council voted Monday night to extend the pilot rest stop program, designed to provide the city’s homeless with temporary shelter on city-owned property.

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Homeless Issues
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Whoville Won't Have To Move After 30-day Reprieve Is Over

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett.
Credit City of Eugene.

The Eugene City Council plans to extend its sunset date for a program that allows homeless people to camp in designated 'rest-stops'. This means Whoville residents have more time at their camp near downtown.

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City Club of Eugene
6:20 am
Sat February 22, 2014

The Beating Heart Of The City: What To Do About Kesey Square

Recorded on: January 17, 2014

Air Date: January 20, 2014

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Politics & Government
7:39 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oregon Secretary of State Website Still Not Fully Functioning Two Weeks After Being Hacked

After being hacked more than two weeks ago, the website for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office is still not fully functional. According to the state, the computer hacking was allegedly perpetrated by foreign entities. Law enforcement is investigating. The site is undergoing emergency repairs.

Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains what's been affected.

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Lane County
6:57 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lane County Announces Finalists For County Administrator

On Tuesday, Lane County announced its five finalists for County Administrator.  The candidates will meet with County Commissioners on Wednesday evening at 6:30 at Harris Hall.

The candidates all come from city or county government backgrounds.  Only one is from Oregon.  The five candidates are:

Ronald Bates, City Manager for Pico Rivera, California

Christopher Jordan, City Manager for West Linn, Oregon

Jeffrey Mihelich, Assistant City Manager for Surprise, Arizona

Steve Mokrohisky, County Manager for Douglas County, Nevada

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Civic Organizations
6:56 am
Tue February 18, 2014

League of Women Voters Faces Dwindling Membership

Election Ballot Counting.
Credit Liam Moriarty

The League of Women Voters has been a fixture of elections for nearly a hundred years, organizing candidate forums and promoting voter participation across the country. Now, especially in rural areas, changing times mean those familiar civic programs are in danger of disappearing.

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City Club of Eugene
9:34 am
Mon February 17, 2014

A Farwell To Newspapers: What I Learned In Four Decades On The Beat

Recorded On: February 14, 2014

Air Date: February 17, 2014

Farewell to Newspapers: What I Learned in Four Decades on the Beat

Guest Speaker: Bob Welch
Program Coordinator: Marlene Nesary

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Eugene City Hall
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Eugene City Hall Architectural Design Updated

Aerial view of Eugene City Hall site.
Credit City of Eugene

This week, Rowell Brokaw of Eugene presented its architectural design for phase one of a new Eugene City Hall. The existing 50-year-old structure was vacated in 2011, and a project to rebuild a new one on the existing site was launched.  Mike Penwell, Eugene facilities design and construction manager, says the Council was supportive of the proposed design concept:

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Springfield City Council
12:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Springfield Considers Paying City Councilors

The Springfield City Council is considering a measure to pay its members. Monday they asked a committee to look into crafting a proposal that could go before voters in November.

The measure would require changing the city charter, which forbids such compensation.  Springfield spokesman Niel Laudati says councilors do get expenses reimbursed. But they're doing up to 35 hours a week of work. Laudati says the proposal is not meant to be a living wage.

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