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The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Wednesday to slow down discussion of zoning changes in south Eugene.

The Embodiment Project Presents "Chalk Outlines"

Aug 27, 2015

“Chalk Outlines” is a performance piece by the Embodiment Project in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which will be performed on the Hult Center Plaza in Eugene on Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m. Eric Alan speaks with artistic director Nicole Klaymoon and musical director Valerie Troutt.

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Eugene has been gathering people's opinions about the city's system of soft trails. Those include hiking, running, mountain biking and even water trails. There are plans to add more.

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Eugene is working on a plan for growth into the next two decades. The City Council Monday approved a "baseline" Urban Growth Boundary crafted by its Envision Eugene project.

Several years ago, Envision Eugene got started, mapping a course for the city's future into 2032 when its population is expected to grow by 34 thousand. Terri Harding is Principal Planner:

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The Eugene City Council Monday decided to put a 5-year property tax levy on the November ballot to fund expanded library services.

The $2.7 million levy would add back hours to Sunday mornings at the downtown library. It would also restore 22 hours a week at the Bethel and Sheldon branches.

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At just about a year since its formation, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network or “RAIN” in Eugene is thriving.

RAIN Eugene is a collaboration of the Chamber of Commerce, the Cities of Eugene and Springfield and the University of Oregon. It strives to help startups launch and generate local jobs and growth. Sixteen companies have completed the program. Only a couple of those have closed. Most are looking for partners, funding or to hire employees. Chief Startup Officer Joe Maruschak (MARUSE-CHECK) says momentum is building.

Eugene voters could see a property tax levy on the November ballot to help fund library services. The City Council discussed several options at its Wednesday work session. The previous library levy was allowed to expire four years ago. The Sheldon, Bethel and downtown branches now receive about 10-million dollars a year from the city's general fund. But the needs of other departments, as well as increased benefits and payroll costs have led to cuts in library hours.

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The City of Eugene has coordinated a pilot project to bring high-speed fiber optic cable to three buildings downtown. Two were connected last week.

Fiber optic lines already span much of Eugene. The schools, the city, and major medical facilities have it. But a lot of other fiber is “dark.” It hasn’t been taken from its source to people who would use it. The city spent 100-thousand dollars to help light some of the dark cable, hoping to attract and retain businesses downtown. Economic Development Planner Anne Fifield says it’s not just tech companies who can benefit:

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Whole Foods is finally coming to Eugene. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday downtown.

Eugene Public Works Day Expects Record Attendance

May 19, 2015
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Eugene Public Works Day is expected to have a record turnout on Thursday. The event is geared towards students and teachers.

For nearly 30 years, Eugene Public Works Day has provided the community with the opportunity to learn more about the maintenance, repair and engineering services provided by the city.

City spokesman Eric Jones says the event allows people to have a better understanding of where their tax dollars go.

Jones: “People may not be quite so aware though that

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The City of Eugene is launching a new program, E-Build, that allows people to apply for building permits on-line. The goal is to make the process more convenient and save paper.

People planning commercial and residential building projects formerly had had to go to the city building permit office with piles of paperwork. With E-build, the process can be done on the computer. Laura Hammond is with the City of Eugene.

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For the first time in 6 years, Eugene is not looking at a budget shortfall.

The 516-million-dollar proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 maintains the city's current level of services. The Sheldon branch of the Eugene Public Library will get another year of funding.

Twyla Miller is the city's Acting Budget and Analysis Manager.

Miller: "Our revenue picture really has improved. So, we are seeing property tax revenues in particular at pre-recession growth levels. And our general fund is almost 70 percent funded by property taxes."

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On Earth Day, the Eugene City Council passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to implement a carbon tax to help fight climate change.

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The bridge that connected the old Eugene City Hall to the Lane County Building has been sent to the scrap heap. The city tried to give it away, but there were no takers.

Mike Penwell, Eugene City Hall Project Manager, says the bridge was steeper than what's allowable under Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. It was also narrower than what is standard for bike and pedestrian bridges. The city had wanted to give the bridge away.

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The popular trail to the summit of Spencer Butte in south Eugene will be closed Thursday. The city is building a new clearly marked trail at the rocky top of the butte.

Crews started work on the new trail last week.
Philip Richardson is with the City of Eugene's Parks and Open Space Division.

(sub)Urban Projections is a two-day digital art and media festival at the Hult Center on April 2nd and 3rd, including a free multi-media event Thursday evening in the lobby, and the world premiere of Quixotic: Gravity of Center in the Silva Concert Hall on Friday. Composer Jeremy Schropp and choreographer Brad Garner of Harmonic Laboratory speak with Eric Alan about the cutting-edge creative festival. 

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The Eugene Springfield Fire Department is gearing up for a fire season that's expected to start early and end late. The Department always has an eye on the South Hills in case a fire breaks out.

The South Hills in Eugene and Springfield has the most trees and more difficult topography to navigate around. Every year the Fire Department updates evacuation routes and containment strategies for that area. Al Gerard is the Fire Marshal for Eugene / Springfield. He says the merger of the two departments has helped response efforts.

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Eugene is hoping to be the first Oregon city with a bike-share program. The city received a $900-thousand grant last week from the Oregon Transportation Commission to help launch the project.

The grant would help pay for initial start up costs. But Eugene still needs a plan to fund operations. The idea is to initially put bike-share stations downtown, at the University of Oregon and in the Whitaker neighborhood. Reed Dunbar, a transportation planner for the City, says the bikes would be for short trips.

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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy met with Uber this week. The city has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing service because it has refused to comply with rules around permitting. KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with the mayor about Uber, train quiet zones, and the passing of former University of Oregon president Dave Frohnmayer.

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The City of Eugene Thursday filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing service Uber. The lawsuit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court. The city is seeking an injunction to stop the company from operating until it meets the city's minimum safety standards. This includes driver criminal background checks, proof of commercial auto insurance, and proof of vehicle maintenance inspections. The city also wants Uber to get a license to operate, similar to the ones taxis are required to have.

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The City of Eugene announced Friday it will move forward to buy Civic Stadium from the 4-J School District and sell it to a non-profit group committed to its restoration. According to the city manager’s office, Eugene Civic Alliance met the deadline to provide “assurances” that the $4.1 million dollars needed to purchase the defunct stadium has been raised.

7-year old Leo Rickard, a first grader at The Village School,   represented the generosity required by many when he presented his donation of 84 dollars to the cause.

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The ridesharing service Uber has started a petition to continue operating in Eugene. On Monday, the city passed an ordinance requiring Uber to apply for a business license.

Uber’s petition asks the city of Eugene to adopt new regulations allowing the ridesharing service to continue operating. Laura Hammond with the city’s planning and development department says the city has updated their regulations.

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Eugene and Springfield have been sharing an Urban Growth Boundary since 1982. In 2007, the state legislature passed a law requiring the two cities to establish separate UGB's.  Eugene's Principle Planner Teri Harding speaks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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New Study Shows Economic Benefits of Eugene's Parks

Feb 5, 2015
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Eugene’s parks, urban forests and natural areas save the city millions of dollars every year. A new study assesses the benefits green spaces provide, including air quality improvement and natural filtration along waterways.

The first-ever study of Eugene’s ecosystem shows the city’s parks and forests provide 42 million dollars in economic benefits. The report says the natural filtration of the city’s waterways saves about 5 million dollars a year in storm water processing.

Tom Larsen is the City of Eugene’s Traffic Engineer.  His purview includes traffic signals, calming zones and street signs. In conversation last week, he began with what brought him to the position he's now held for a decade.

Just What Do Neighborhood Associations Do?

Jan 26, 2015

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Eugene is reminding Uber drivers that they will be penalized if they operate in the city without certification. The city has asked the ride-sharing app to cease its services.

Uber drivers will receive notices this week that they're violating city code when they operate without a license or certification in Eugene or Springfield. Uber has refused to get taxi licenses for its drivers since it came to Eugene last summer. City spokeswoman Laura Hammond says the council is looking at its rules around public passenger vehicles.

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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy presented community and employee awards, watched the swearing-in of city councilors and gave her State of the City Address at the Hult Center last night (Wednesday.)

“Today begins my 11th year as mayor.”

Mayor Piercy has announced she will not seek another term as Eugene’s mayor.

“And I am grateful for the privilege to serve in 2015.”

Piercy then prepared the crowd for her “Saint Nicklaus-like” work style.

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If you’re planning to celebrate the New Year with fireworks, remember Eugene has new restrictions on their use. Now, there are two windows for legal fireworks to be set off: December 31st through January 1st and around the 4th of July.

Fireworks are no longer legal year round in Eugene. The city approved the changes due to frequent use and a concern for fires and the wellbeing of community members.

Scott Fellman a lieutenant with the Eugene Police department says he wants to remind people that they are only allowed to buy fireworks at licensed stands.

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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy has announced she won't run for mayor after her term expires in two years.
Kitty Piercy was first elected Mayor of Eugene in 2004.

Piercy formerly served in the Oregon legislature. During her tenure as mayor, she oversaw the revitalization of Eugene's downtown. Several people have expressed interest in running, including city councilors Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka and Mike Clark.  
 

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