Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

Early sales of recreational pot begin October 1st at medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. A proprietor in downtown Eugene expects big things for the state's pot industry.

John Rosman / OPB

Oregon voters approved recreational marijuana last fall, but not every city is ready for pot sales to begin on October 1st. The City of Albany decided to temporarily halt recreational sales at medical dispensaries.

Bend Asking Residents For Urban Growth Boundary Input

Sep 24, 2015
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The City of Bend grew 47 percent between 2000 and 2010. In order to accommodate this boom, the city is asking for community feedback on how to expand. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has more.

Bend is offering an online survey as an alternative to attending the upcoming Urban Growth Boundary planning meeting.

Anne Aurand (Or-and) with the city says the online survey is also an educational tool designed to help people understand more about growth scenarios.

Sandra Mann

Two weeks after filing to run for a seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, Sandra Mann is dropping out of the race. Citing health reasons, Mann says she felt withdrawing now is better than waiting until later. She says she does not plan to run for office again.

Mann was seeking the District 4 seat currently held by Commissioner Pat Farr, representing North Eugene. Farr has not yet filed for re-election.

Oregon's senior U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, has drawn his first democratic challenger in next year's election.

29-year-old Medford City Councilor Kevin Stine is running against Wyden. Stine told the Mail Tribune he saw a lot of waste in his nine years serving in the U.S. Navy and would try to tighten defense spending if elected. He is working toward a political science degree at Southern Oregon University.

Lane County Seeks Input for Parks

Sep 21, 2015
Rick Obst / Lane County Parks

Lane County is updating their master plan for parks and is inviting the public to comment. There are meetings this week in Eugene and Veneta.

1980. That’s when Lane County first created a Parks Master Plan. 35 years later the county is seeking comments on its updated draft. Once finalized it will guide management of county parks from 2016 into 2036.

Meeting Date: September 18, 2015

Air Date: September 21, 2015

The Eugene City Council will hold a public hearing on October 19th to discuss the proposal to create a South Willamette Special Area Zone. At the hearing, citizens can express their opinions about the long-range plan that covers the area from 23rd to 33rd Avenue, roughly from the base of College Hill on the west to Amazon Parkway on the east.

Governor Kate Brown has confirmed she'll stand for election.

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Eugene residents love their parks. Yet a lack of funding has caused maintenance cuts and kept new parks from opening. Yesterday (Wednesday) the City Council approved having a public hearing on a proposal to collect a fee for parks operations.

The Council voted 5 to 3 to look at changing a city ordinance, allowing it to increase an existing stormwater fee. Public Works Spokesman Eric Jones says the small addition to the monthly utility bill would be an efficient solution:

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