Politics & Government

General Election 2014
9:48 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Zelenka To Seek Re-Election In May

Alan Zelenka
Credit eugene-or.gov

Eugene City Councilor Alan Zelenka announced Saturday he will seek another term to represent Ward 3 in the upcoming May election.

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Homelessness
8:08 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Whoville Residents Have Mixed Feelings About Fence

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Residents of the Eugene homeless camp referred to as Whoville have mixed feelings about a new chain link fence. The Eugene Police Department set up the barrier Friday and left two openings for people to pass through. Some, like Whoville resident Marty, say they feel safer with the fence up.

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Homelessness
7:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fence Goes Up; Eugene Mayor Declines To Legalize Whoville

Whoville camp in downtown Eugene.
Credit KLCC Staff

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will not use her executive powers to declare the Whoville homeless camp legal.  

Advocates had been asking the mayor to declare an emergency in order to legalize the encampment at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene. Instead, Piercy said in a statement issued late Friday, she will ask the Eugene City Council on Monday to extend the pilot “rest stop” program, clearing the path for a second site.  

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Lincoln County
3:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

What To Do About Lincoln County's Aging Fairgrounds?

Credit newslincolncounty.org

The Lincoln County Fairgrounds is suffering from years of neglect. Officials are starting to consider options to renovate or rebuild some of the facilities.

"Poor." That's the word Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall used to describe the state of the Fairgrounds. He says numerous buildings are worn down, and rising operating costs are prompting the county to look at options for the property.  

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Homeless Issues
1:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Homeless Advocates Call On Mayor To Declare Housing Emergency

Homeless advocates say the city is wrong to close Whoville.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless advocates are calling on Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy to use her executive power to declare a housing emergency so a homeless camp can remain. The group held a press conference Thursday at Whoville.

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Civic Stadium
6:53 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Eugene City Council Tweaks Civic Stadium Offer

Civic Stadium is up for sale, lease or trade by the Eugene 4j School District.
Credit Jes Burns

Facing a Monday deadline with no sign of major donors in sight, the Eugene City Council Wednesday tweaked its offer to purchase Civic Stadium. Last November, the city proposed buying Civic for $4.5-million on the condition that donors stepped up with $5.5-million. At Wednesday’s work session, the council voted to remove the contingency requirement. Councilor Mike Clark expressed doubt about the school district choosing the city’s proposal. And he doesn’t think the city should over extend itself financially.

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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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