Eugene City Council

Rachael McDonald

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.

Rachael McDonald

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.

Rowell Brokaw Architects

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.

Rachael McDonald

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.

City of Eugene

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:

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.

City of Eugene

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.”