Politics & Government http://klcc.org en Tax Day Protestors Urge Elected Officials To Fight Climate Change, Not War http://klcc.org/post/tax-day-protestors-urge-elected-officials-fight-climate-change-not-war <p>Tuesday, several local activist groups rallied in front of Eugene’s downtown post office to call on Congress to redirect the country’s tax dollars.</p><p>The theme of this year’s tax day gathering was “Fight Climate Change, Not War.” As local taxpayers mailed their returns to the IRS, leaders of social and environmental groups took turns speaking and singing. They asked the government to spend less on defense and allocate more for the environment.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:43:44 +0000 Karen Richards 11815 at http://klcc.org Tax Day Protestors Urge Elected Officials To Fight Climate Change, Not War HUD Announces Millions In Funding For Homeless Projects http://klcc.org/post/hud-announces-millions-funding-homeless-projects <p>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to support homeless projects in Oregon. The money will be spread across 118 programs this year. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to one of the agencies providing critical housing and services to families in Lane County.</p><p> Catholic Community Services in Eugene is a basic needs provider. They sponsor McKenzie Transitions, which helps people take long term steps to move out of poverty. Tom Mulhern is Executive Director. He describes what the nearly $600,000 in HUD funding will do.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:53:29 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 11731 at http://klcc.org HUD Announces Millions In Funding For Homeless Projects Lane County To Consider Resisting National Defense Authorization Act http://klcc.org/post/lane-county-consider-resisting-national-defense-authorization-act <p>This week, the Board of <a href="http://www.lanecounty.org/Pages/Default.aspx">Lane County Commissioners</a> could vote to refuse to cooperate with a federal law. The board Tuesday will hold a public hearing and discussion of concerns about renewing the National Defense Authorization Act.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:48:09 +0000 Rachael McDonald 11721 at http://klcc.org Lane County To Consider Resisting National Defense Authorization Act Eugene Withdraws Rest-Stop Near Science Factory http://klcc.org/post/eugene-withdraws-rest-stop-near-science-factory <p>The Eugene City Council voted today [Wednesday] to withdraw a proposed rest-stop location for homeless people near the Science Factory and Cuthbert Amphitheater. Last Friday, Eugene police shut down an illegal homeless camp near downtown called Whoville. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:38:57 +0000 Rachael McDonald 11442 at http://klcc.org Eugene Withdraws Rest-Stop Near Science Factory Eugene Considers City-Wide Sick Leave Ordinance http://klcc.org/post/eugene-considers-city-wide-sick-leave-ordinance <p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:35:32 +0000 Rachael McDonald 11441 at http://klcc.org Eugene Considers City-Wide Sick Leave Ordinance Newport City Councils Votes To Delay Medical Marijuana Dispensaries http://klcc.org/post/newport-city-councils-votes-delay-medical-marijuana-dispensaries <p>Newport City Councilors have voted to place a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.&nbsp; Earlier this year, state lawmakers agreed to allow cities to regulate dispensaries and enact temporary moratorium in order to prepare.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:26:41 +0000 Jes Burns 11387 at http://klcc.org Newport City Councils Votes To Delay Medical Marijuana Dispensaries More Cities Decide On Medical Pot Bans http://klcc.org/post/more-cities-decide-medical-pot-bans <p>Newport has joined the list of Oregon cities placing a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Springfield has decided against a ban and Creswell may enact a moratorium.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:46:56 +0000 Rachael McDonald 11349 at http://klcc.org More Cities Decide On Medical Pot Bans Oregon Senator Speaks Out On Hobby Lobby Case http://klcc.org/post/oregon-senator-speaks-out-hobby-lobby-case <p>Last week, the US Supreme Court heard “Hobby Lobby vs Sebelius.” The case could allow for-profit companies to deny health insurance coverage to women for birth control and other services if-- the CEO has a moral objection. Today, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, business owners and women’s health advocates called on the land’s highest court to protect women’s health care.</p><p>Nearly fifty years ago, a landmark Supreme Court case ended state bans on access to birth control, ruling it was protected in the Constitution as a “right to privacy.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:08:25 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 11170 at http://klcc.org Oregon Senator Speaks Out On Hobby Lobby Case Coos Bay Library Is Sinking http://klcc.org/post/coos-bay-library-sinking <p>The Coos Bay Library is slowly sinking. Tuesday, the City Council heard presentations from firms hired to evaluate the structural integrity of the building.</p><p>Like many buildings in downtown Coos Bay, the library was built using pilings on soft "bay mud." After years of adding books and a new addition in 1998, signs of settling are evident. The City contracted with two consulting firms to perform geotechnical and structural investigations on the library. Coos Bay Mayor Crystal Shoji says the pilings holding the building up are half as tall as they need to be.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:15:39 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11103 at http://klcc.org Coos Bay Library Is Sinking Benton County Looks For Public Direction On Abandoned Rail Line http://klcc.org/post/benton-county-looks-public-direction-abandoned-rail-line <p>Last fall, Benton County commissioners OK-ed the purchase of about 18 miles of the defunct Bailey Branch rail line.&nbsp; Now they're looking to the community for ideas on how to use the land.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Jes Burns 10967 at http://klcc.org Benton County Looks For Public Direction On Abandoned Rail Line