Politics & Government

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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Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio Opposes Fast Tracking Trade Policy

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio says he strongly opposes a bill that would give President Obama the authority to fast track U.S. trade deals.

According to DeFazio, fast track authority grants power to the executive branch to negotiate free trade agreements with little congressional input. He says when a free trade agreement is submitted this way, Congress must pass it within 90-days with an up or down vote, no amendments, and limited debate. 

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Eugene City Government
9:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Downtown Revitalization Tops Eugene Mayor's Success List For 2014

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy awards Community Service Award to Occupy Medical at the 2014 State of the City event.
Credit Jes Burns

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gave the annual State of the City address Wednesday night at the Hult Center.   She expressed pride about the successes and new initiatives of the past year, but there was an undercurrent of sobriety because of the budgetary challenges ahead.

Downtown revitalization – it’s been an item on Mayor Piercy’s and the City Council’s to-do list for at least a decade.  Now they’re checking it off.

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Oregon Immigration
7:14 am
Wed January 8, 2014

A Border Divides, But Cannot Conquer, A Mother's Hope

Brian Tapia, 21, and Karleen Tapia, 13, took a 20-hour bus trip from Bend to visit their mother in Tijuana.
Credit Jordana Gustafson

Tuesday, we heard the story of three siblings in the city of Bend whose mother was deported to Mexico more than two years ago. The Tapia children were left in the care of their undocumented grandmother and remain with her today. Their mother, Liliana Ramos, moved to Tijuana– a city she had never lived in and where she knew no one.

Liliana Ramos has a routine that she follows every single day.

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Lane County
12:30 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Public Safety Levy Boosts Jail And Youth Services

The public safety levy passed by Lane County voters last may has allowed the jail and youth services programs to expand. Yet the numbers are not back to pre-recession levels.

The Lane County Sheriff's office will soon hire its second wave of about 20 deputies. Additional jail beds will be opened accordingly. Sheriff Tom Turner says the prospect of hiring that many new positions is challenging, but the jobs are attractive:

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Lane County
1:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Pat Farr Elected Chair Of Lane County Board Of Commissioners

The Lane County Board of Commissioners elected Pat Farr as chair Tuesday for 2014. He will set the agenda for the governing body that represents more than 350 thousand people.

Farr says one of the first things the board will do is hire a new County Administrator:

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Oregon Immigration
7:16 am
Tue January 7, 2014

US Immigration Policy Leaves Behind "Orphans of Deportation"

Ashley, 18, left, Brian, 21, and Karleen Tapia pose for a photo outside their home in Bend. Their single mother was deported to Mexico in September 2011.
Credit Jordana Gustafson

According to the Pew Hispanic Center estimates, there are about four-and-a-half million American citizens with at leas t one parent who’s undocumented. This has led to a growing number of children in the U-S who are living without their parents. That’s because the number of deportations under the Obama administration has reached record levels – 400 -thousand in 2012 alone. And many of those deported are parents. Latino communities across the country have borne the brunt of these deportations, and researchers say children’s mental health suffers as a result.

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