Politics & Government http://klcc.org en Growing Forward: Maintaining Liveability Through Better Town-Gown Relations http://klcc.org/post/growing-forward-maintaining-liveability-through-better-town-gown-relations <p>Air Date: April 21, 2014</p><p>Meeting Date: April 18, 2014</p><p>A large institution of higher education in a small- or mid-sized town inevitably influences life in that locale. The Eugene-Springfield area is no exception. The UO brings the benefits of research and innovation, economic development, and employment opportunities. It brings new ideas, resources, and diverse people into the community.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 12050 at http://klcc.org Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights http://klcc.org/post/youngster-challenges-city-officials-sleep-outside-him-two-nights <p>An unexpected voice has come forward advocating for the homeless in Eugene. 10 year old cancer survivor Keegan Keppner has spent the last 4 months trying to change the way people treat those with no place to sleep. He's met with legislators and Governor John Kitzhaber. Now, Keegan is challenging members of the Eugene City Council to join him for a "sleepover" of sorts. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the youngster about his unique proposal.</p><p>Keegan: "I'm gonna got to Mr. Ruiz…uh…where is he at dad?"</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:49:02 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 12023 at http://klcc.org Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System http://klcc.org/post/three-major-upgrades-needed-bends-sewer-system <p>Three major upgrades are needed for Bend's sewer system, and they need to happen soon. That's according to results from two private engineering firms hired to provide modeling solutions.</p><p>Bend's Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group was presented the results Thursday. The upgrades include a large gravity pipeline, a sewage pumping facility, and several pipe capacity upgrades in the northern part of the city. Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore says in some areas, existing sewer pipes routinely approach overflow levels.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:46:43 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 12000 at http://klcc.org Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System Financial Aid To Help Four Oregon Counties After February Ice Storm http://klcc.org/post/financial-aid-help-four-oregon-counties-after-february-ice-storm <p>Financial assistance is now available to repair utilities and roads in four Oregon counties after February's ice storm.&nbsp;</p><p>It's been two months since the ice storm hit the Willamette Valley. But residents and businesses are still paying the price. Recently, federal aid became available for Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln counties after President Obama declared the storm a disaster on April 4<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, or O.E.M., announced the Public Assistant Grant Program to help repair property and rebuild infrastructure.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:41:48 +0000 Amanda Butt 11957 at http://klcc.org Financial Aid To Help Four Oregon Counties After February Ice Storm 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