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City of Eugene voters will be deciding on parks and recreation funding measures this May. City councilors moved the levy and bond proposals to the ballot Monday night. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports.

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The Eugene City Council voted 4 to 3 Wednesday to advance a city auditor measure to the May ballot. Voters may have a choice between two competing proposals.

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A task force just released the “Vision Zero Action Plan.” It has a goal to eliminate all deaths and life-changing injuries on Eugene’s streets by 2035.

The Eugene City Council officially adopted the Vision Zero policy in the Fall of 2015. That’s after three young children were hit and killed while trying to cross Main Street in Springfield with their mom. Transportation advocates throughout Lane County put more pressure on city governments to make streets safer.

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Air Date: October 23, 2017

On November 7th, Eugene voters will decide whether or not to approve a third bond measure to fix streets and fund bicycle and pedestrian projects. At a cost of $51.2 million, this would fund rebuilding 78 streets among the 91 listed projects. Two advocates speak on this transportation measure that will appear on mail-in ballots.

Rachael McDonald

Based on recent data, Eugene has the highest per capita number of approved licenses for marijuana dispensaries in the state. At their work session Wednesday City Councilors were unwilling to place a 1,000-foot buffer zone between shops.  

Colleagues of former Eugene City Councilor Andrea Ortiz are remembering her for her compassion and leadership. Ortiz died Monday at age 59.

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The contest for Eugene City Council Ward 1 finally has a winner.  Emily Semple pulled a slim margin of victory over Joshua Skov, with just over 50 percent of the vote.

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“Too close to call”: that was a phrase heard throughout the night at the Democratic watch party in downtown Eugene.

In their run off race, Joshua Skov and Emily Semple, both Democrats, ran neck and neck for Ward 1 Eugene City Council seat. Skov says the closeness of the race reflects how similar they are as candidates.

Skov: “I’m really hoping that Eugene can be much more of a model of unity. You know, we wanna fight for our candidate, fight for our agenda but we really need to remember that we are, at the end of the day, neighbors.”

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Recorded on: October 21, 2016

Air Date: October 24, 2016

Eugene City Council Ward One race is the only contested race for Eugene’s eight-person City Council in the 2016 General Election.

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The only contested Eugene City Council race in the November election is for Ward 1. Candidates Emily Semple and Joshua Skov faced off at a City Club forum Friday.

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The Cascadia subduction zone is likely to rupture sometime in the next 50 years causing major devastation to the northwest. Eugene leaders may decide this week whether to spend extra money to build the new City Hall to withstand an earthquake.

City Unveils 3 Proposals For Kesey Square

Jan 23, 2016

The City of Eugene unveiled three options to revitalize Kesey Square, Friday.

Rachael McDonald

At a meeting Wednesday the Eugene City Council and Human Rights Commission talked about ways to move forward to end the homeless crisis in the community.

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Homeless people and their advocates gathered Monday evening at the Eugene Free Speech Plaza. They're asking the City Council to lift its camping ban.

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Eugene's City Council will likely not pursue a total fireworks ban, but it wants increased enforcement against those who use already-illegal fireworks next year.

Eugene residents love their parks. Yet a lack of funding has caused maintenance cuts and kept new parks from opening. Yesterday (Wednesday) the City Council approved having a public hearing on a proposal to collect a fee for parks operations.

The Council voted 5 to 3 to look at changing a city ordinance, allowing it to increase an existing stormwater fee. Public Works Spokesman Eric Jones says the small addition to the monthly utility bill would be an efficient solution:

Chris Wig Announces Eugene City Council Run

Sep 2, 2015

Lane County Democratic Party Chair Chris Wig announced Tuesday that he is running for Eugene City Council. He is vying for the ward one seat currently occupied by George Brown. Brown hasn’t yet announced if he is seeking another term.

Chris Wig works as a drug and alcohol counselor and is a founding member of a Latino community action group. He has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

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Citing severe drought conditions, the Eugene City Council has banned fireworks in the south hills. 

Facing a forecast in the 90’s through the holiday weekend, councilors held an emergency meeting Wednesday.  The result was a unanimous vote to ban all fireworks within City limits south of 18th Avenue and all areas east of Agate Street.

Chris Pryor: “But I don’t want to support anything that doesn’t have teeth behind it.”

Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Department has been considering a smoking ban for years. They happened to present their idea to the City just as the City Council began debating a downtown smoking ban.

There’s plenty of precedent for these kinds of bans. All Oregon State Parks are smoke free. Craig Carnagey is with Eugene’s Parks Department. He says the ban is a logical step:

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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.


Eugene City Council held a hearing Tuesday night to discuss the ride sharing app, Uber. It's been violating city code since it arrived in Eugene. The council is considering changing the code to accommodate Uber.

If Eugene's public passenger vehicle code is updated, it would allow ride sharing, smart phone applications to charge fares and would require the services to be licensed by the city.

Eugene asked Uber to cease its services in November and has been fining the business 2,000 dollars a day since December 15th.

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The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to extend the suspension of giving tax breaks to developers of multi-unit housing projects.

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This week the City of Eugene is installing signs on the sidewalks to indicate the designated zone for where bicyclists and skaters need to dismount and walk. In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the Eugene City Council in July approved new laws prohibiting people from riding skateboards or bikes on sidewalks in the downtown area. The laws went into effect August 29. Since then, police have been issuing warnings and citations. The maximum fine is $50.

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Eugene is among many cities and counties in Oregon considering a tax on recreational marijuana. The City Council wants to hear from the public before the November Election.

Mobile Tool Shop Designed To Help Homeless

Sep 12, 2014
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Students at the University of Oregon and volunteers with Opportunity Village are unveiling a new mobile workspace Saturday (today). This weekend, it will be parked at the transitional housing community to allow residents to maintain dwellings and fix bicycles.

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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.


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.”

Eugene City Council To Vote On Climate Change Ordinance

Jul 28, 2014
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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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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.

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.