Politics & Government

May 2014 Primary
11:33 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ballots In The Mail For May Primary Election

Ballots go in the mail Friday for the May 2014 Primary. Election Day is May 20th. Even though it's an off-year election-- with no presidential primary-- officials hope for a good voter turnout.
 

Only 39 percent of Oregon voters participated in the 2012 primary.  Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart expects turnout to be comparable this year-- but hopes for better.

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May 2014 Primary
7:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Candidates Rely On Ground Game in Commission Race

Dawn Lesley canvassing in Veneta on a rainy Saturday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Making an impression on voters one-at-a-time could make a big difference in the contest for West Lane County Commissioner this month. Conservative commissioner Jay Bozievich is being challenged by moderate candidate Dawn Lesley. Both are relying on the "ground-game" to reach voters.

Bozievich: "Hello. I'm Jay Bozievich. I'm your County Commissioner and I'm running for re-election. I'm coming around asking people for their support for May 20th."

Lesley: "Hi. Are you Nancy?" I'm Dawn Lesley and this is my son Clayton and I'm running for County Commissioner."

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City of Eugene
11:53 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Eugene City Manager Presents Budget

Eugene's Sheldon Branch Library will remain open next year with one-time funds. Voters may be asked to fund the branch long term.
Credit City of Eugene

 

Eugene City Manager John Ruiz presented his budget recommendations Tuesday for the next fiscal year. Voters may be asked to pass a levy to support Eugene's Sheldon branch library.

Eugene faces a 2.5 million dollar gap in its general fund for fiscal year 2015. The proposed budget includes cuts to library and recreation programs, park maintenance, human rights and neighborhood services. Eugene Budget Committee chair Laura Illig says this comes out of a nearly year-long process of public meetings.

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2015 Budget
11:38 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Lane County Budget Outlook "Stable" For FY2015

Credit Lane County

It's budget season for municipalities and counties all over Oregon.  Tuesday night, the Eugene City Manager offered his recommendations on how to plug a $2.5 million budget gap.  A few blocks away, Lane County's administrator was doing the same.  The immediate outlook is much rosier for the county.

Interim Administrator Alicia Hays delivered her budget message to the Lane County Budget Committee, saying it has been a rocky year for the county.  Despite this…

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Sen. Wyden Spokesman Retires June 30th

Tom Towslee (left), with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher
Credit Jes Burns

Tom Towslee, state communications director for U.S.  Senator Ron Wyden for almost seven years, will retire June 30th.  After gathering news for United Press International in Washington, D.C., and for Oregon newspapers, Towslee became a news source instead.  In an interview with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher,  Towslee begins by describing how he came to work for Senator Wyden.

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May 9 at Noon
2:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

East Lane County Candidates Forum at KLCC

On Friday, May 9 from Noon to 1 p.m., KLCC will host a Candidates Forum for the East Lane County Commissioner’s race, live in the KLCC studio.  KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer will ask questions of the four candidates:

Faye Stewart  (Incumbent)

Joann Ernst

Kevin Matthews

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City Wastewater
12:31 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Wastewater Fees Could Get a Boost

Eugene and Springfield residents could see a boost in their monthly utility fee for wastewater. 

Tammy Smith is with Eugene Public Works. She says the cost of processing wastewater has gone up. In order to meet expenses the wastewater commission is proposing a 3.5 percent increase in regional wastewater rates and a 2.75 percent increase for city residents. Smith says in the city of Eugene…

Smith: "A typical standard residential customer would see $1.09 increase in their wastewater utility fee."

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City Club of Eugene
10:34 am
Mon April 28, 2014

West Lane County Commissioner Candidates Debate

Recorded on: April 25th, 2014

Air Date: April 28th, 2014 

The nonpartisan West Lane County Commissioner represents the western portion of the county from West Eugene north to Junction City and west to the coast. Lane County commissioners will face many challenges in the years ahead, including adjustments to a new county administrator, budget issues caused by decreased federal funding, and rapid expansion of the county’s Community Health Centers to address the needs of the newly insured.

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Same-sex Marriage
7:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Federal Judge Hears Arguments To Overturn Oregon's Same-sex Marriage Ban

Federal Courthouse in Eugene.

KLCC's Angela Kellner speaks with Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman about the oral arguments heard in a federal courtroom in Eugene Wednesday. The plaintiffs are urging Judge Michael McShane to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban.

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City Club of Eugene
8:48 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Growing Forward: Maintaining Liveability Through Better Town-Gown Relations

Air Date: April 21, 2014

Meeting Date: April 18, 2014

A large institution of higher education in a small- or mid-sized town inevitably influences life in that locale. The Eugene-Springfield area is no exception. The UO brings the benefits of research and innovation, economic development, and employment opportunities. It brings new ideas, resources, and diverse people into the community.

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