Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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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Neighbors who opposed Springfield's plans to expand into an area West of Mount Pisgah can breathe a sigh of relief. The City Council decided Monday not to increase the urban growth boundary into the controversial College View area.

Springfield City Councilors proposed new sites for urban growth — and did not include a contentious area near Mount Pisgah known as College View. The City's Anette Spickard says North Gateway and the Mill Race were chosen after extensive analysis.

Oregon Senator Floyd Prozanski of Eugene survived a recall effort last week. Backers objected to legislation he sponsored that strengthens background checks for private gun sales. A petition drive fell short of required valid signatures.

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A crowd of homeless people and their advocates showed up at Monday's Eugene City Council meeting to urge the city to repeal its camping ban. They asked for at least a moratorium on the ordinance that prohibits camping in public parks and on city property. Councilor Claire Syrett spoke with KLCC Tuesday.

Coburg City Council Bans Marijuana Sales

Sep 15, 2015

The City of Coburg voted Monday to ban all marijuana sales. Measure 91 allows cities whose voters passed pot legalization by less than 55 percent to make their own decision on marijuana sales.

In a 5-1 vote, the Coburg City Council approved an interim ban on the sale of medical and recreational marijuana. No dispensaries are currently located in Coburg. Mayor Jae Pudewell says voters in the community were divided on Measure 91.

Prozanski Recall Effort Falls Short

Sep 13, 2015
Senator Floyd Prozanski

Democratic State Senator Floyd Prozanski will not face a recall election. The Oregon Secretary of State's office said Friday that recall organizers fell short by just over 200 signatures of the 8,415 they needed.