Politics & Government

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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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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