City of Eugene

Homeless Issues
11:37 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Anonymous Donor Gives $400,000 for Homeless Camp in Eugene

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

An anonymous donor from Eugene has stepped forward with $400,000 to purchase property for a homeless camp in the city.

The $400,000 will be used to buy a piece of private property to create a place for homeless people to sleep. The donor has also asked that a health clinic be on site for residents and others in need.

Attorney Mary Broadhurst is a homeless advocate who's worked with SLEEPS and residents of the recently shuttered illegal Whoville camp. She says she's grateful.

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Transportation
7:26 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Eugene May Implement Test of Traffic Change

The city of Eugene is trying to improve the safety of a portion of Willamette Street. Three alternatives are being considered for the stretch between 24th and 29th avenues. The first would be to keep the busy street in its current configuration with 4 vehicle traffic lanes and no bike lanes. Another would turn the roadway into three lanes with bike lanes on each side. The center lane would be a turn lane.

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Homeless Issues
2:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Eugene Withdraws Rest-Stop Near Science Factory

The illegal camping site called Whoville was shut down last week.
Credit Karen Richards

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.  

City Councilor Chris Pryor made the move to withdraw the rest-stop because it's problematic for the Science Factory, Nearby Nature and a car-camping program. Councilor George Brown bemoaned the fact that Whoville was closed before another site was made available for its residents.

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City of Eugene
2:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Eugene Considers City-Wide Sick Leave Ordinance

Credit City of Eugene

The city of Eugene is considering a sick leave ordinance modeled after one recently passed in Portland. They discussed it at their meeting Wednesday. Not all councilors think it’s a good idea.

Councilor Mike Clark says a citywide sick leave ordinance would be great in an ideal world but…

Clark: "My concern here revolves around the fact that this will cost, in the real world, this will cost our community hundreds and hundreds of jobs."

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Oregon Parks and Recreation
4:55 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Skaters Flood Washington Jefferson Park

The flood of skaters, BMXers, and others at Eugene's Washington Jefferson Skate Park
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

One park closed, and one opened today (Friday) in Eugene. After Police cleared the homeless camp "Whoville" about 5-6 hundred people flooded Washington Jefferson Skate Park in the afternoon to try out the new rails, half-pipes, and bowls.

The Park officially opened at 3 o'clock. About 100 members of the design company, Dreamland got to test the concrete while hundreds of enthusiasts waited on the other side of the fence. Chief Designer Mark Scott has been skateboarding his whole life and said the City of Eugene was great to work with.

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Eugene Downtown
12:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Eugene's Downtown Makes Top Ten List

The Barnlight is one of the many new businesses in Eugene's downtown.
Credit Eugene Cascades and Coast Blog

Eugene has made Livability-dot-com's top ten list of Best Downtowns for 2014.

The website points to the transformation of Eugene's center over the past several years from a place with empty pits and vacant buildings to one with housing, theaters, and lots of restaurants and offices. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy credits the efforts of city staff, residents and a 200 million dollar investment. Piercy says being on a list with cities such as Alexandria, Virginia and Fort Worth, Texas is a nice recognition.

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Education & Recreation
7:27 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Eugene YMCA Could Build New Facility Where Roosevelt Middle School Now Sits

The Eugene YMCA could build a new facility on the property where Roosevelt Middle School currently stands.
Credit Eugene Weekly.

The Eugene YMCA is hoping to build a new facility. The Eugene 4J School District needs to build a new middle school. The two entities are working together to find a solution.

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Eugene Budget
1:33 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Eugene Budget Committee Looks At Ways To Cope With Shortfall

The city is considering reducing Sunday hours at Eugene's downtown library to cope with budget shortfalls
Credit Eugene agogo

The public has the chance this week to comment on the latest ideas for shoring up Eugene's $2.5 million deficit. The budget committee will have a public hearing Wednesday.

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Crime & Law
6:41 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Eugene Wants Community Input On New Community Court

Credit Chris Potter

In an effort to reduce costly jail sentences, the city of Eugene is planning to establish a Community Court for certain offenses. City officials are asking residents to help choose which low-level crimes should be routed through the new system. 

Eugene Municipal Court Administrator Cheryl Stone became interested in this court model while doing research on high rates of failure to appear and recidivism. She asked herself this question:

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Employment
8:47 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Eugene Council Discusses Sick Leave Ordinance

Credit City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance that would require employers to provide sick leave to their workers.

The proposal was brought forward Monday night by Councilors Alan Zelenka and Claire Syrett. Eugene would follow Portland and Seattle, which have sick leave ordinances in place. Syrett said 25-thousand workers in Eugene don't have sick leave.

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