Eugene City Council

Architecture
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Eugene Architect: Planned "City Hall is The Wrong Building in the Wrong Place"

Credit University of Oregon

Even though a new Eugene City Hall is now in preliminary design phase, some Eugenians still have reservations.  Among these is architect Jerry Diethelm. Although having no direct involvement with the project, he thinks the proposed city hall is the wrong building in the wrong place.  He’s asked how his city hall vision differs from that of the City Council.  On July 18, John Rowell of Rowell-Brokaw architects, a principal designer of the new Eugene City Hall, was on KLCC discussing his firm’s plans.  That interview can be heard below this story.

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Politics & Government
6:07 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Eugene City Councilwoman Still Prefers a Refitted Hall Over Building Anew

Eugene City Hall
Credit sworegonarchitect

Betty Taylor, at age 88, is the senior member in age and service on the Eugene City Council.  She’s represented the City’s Ward 2 since 1997. Of the Council’s eight members,  she’s the only one advocating retention and remodeling of the current City Hall, even as the Council seems to have moved on by approving design work on a new building.       Tuesday, KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher asked her why she remains the lone holdout:

Taylor: “I agree that it’s already out of the barn, but I still think it was the wrong decision, and that’s what I’ll say if I’m asked.”

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City Of Eugene
3:10 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Eugene City Council To Vote On Climate Change Ordinance

Councilor Alen Zelenka
Credit City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is set to vote on a Climate Recovery Ordinance tonight. The proposal includes a plan to reduce the city's output of greenhouse gasses, monitor progress, and requires the city manager to bring back a community gas reduction goal. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed the ordinance. He says the majority of Eugenians showed support for the measure during the public comment period last week.

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Deadline Extended For Civic Stadium Fundraising

Credit Jes Burns

The effort to save historic civic stadium in Eugene continues. Yesterday (Wednesday) supporters were given an extension to raise money to renovate the dilapidated ball park.

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 4 to extend the fundraising deadline from September 5th to December 1st. Earlier in the year, the city of Eugene won a bid to purchase the site for 4.5 million dollars. That selection was contingent upon the success of groups like “friends of civic stadium” to raise      $3 million dollars *and find an entity to operate the facility. So far they’ve raised about $200,000.

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Transportation
8:45 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Eugene Mayor Breaks Tie To Test Bike-Friendly Layout of South Willamette Street

Credit Rachael McDonald

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy broke the tie on the city council to approve a motion to test a more bike-friendly plan for a 5-block stretch of South Willamette Street.

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Homelessness
8:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Homeless Rest Stop Approved Near Autzen Stadium

Sign at Whoville, which the Eugene Council on Monday voted to close completely by April 15.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Eugene City Council voted to open another homeless rest stop at a work session Monday evening.  The move comes after residents of the illegal homeless camp known as Whoville objected to a previously-approved site near the Whiteaker.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Whoville Homeless Camp Must Close

Eugene City Council hears the City Manager's recommendation to close Whoville homeless camp.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

In a work session today (Wednesday) the Eugene City Council voted to shut down the homeless camp known as Whoville. The motion includes opening an alternate location in West Eugene.

Eugene City Manager John Ruiz moved that Whoville, currently located at Broadway and Hilyard, be closed by no later than April 1st. Ruiz also recommended authorizing a second "rest stop" at the Northwest Expressway location.

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Homelessness
9:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Eugene Council Extends Sunset Date On Overnight Camping Pilot

Advocates say Eugene does not have enough shelter beds to meet needs of homeless community.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Eugene City Council voted Monday night to extend the pilot rest stop program, designed to provide the city’s homeless with temporary shelter on city-owned property.

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Homelessness
11:26 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Whoville Coalition To Hold Open House

Whoville camp on East Broadway and Hilyard
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Whoville coalition will hold an open house Saturday. Its intention is to bring awareness to the urgency of finding a new site for residents. Nathan Showers, known as "Red", is one of Whoville's counselors and managers. He says he hopes the open house will give an inside look into how the establishment operates.

Red: "It's just to let everybody come together and see Whoville people and how we interact together in a group and our living situation. So, you can see how well we do get along and coincide together."

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General Election 2014
9:48 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Zelenka To Seek Re-Election In May

Alan Zelenka
Credit eugene-or.gov

Eugene City Councilor Alan Zelenka announced Saturday he will seek another term to represent Ward 3 in the upcoming May election.

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