Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy

Tiffany Eckert

Lucy Vinis took the oath of office last night (Monday) to become Eugene's 36th mayor. Before a small but enthusiastic crowd at the Hult Center, Mayor Vinis gave her first State of the City Address as outgoing Mayor Kitty Piercy and the city council looked on.  

Rachael McDonald

Recorded on: December 9, 2016

Air Date: December 12, 2016

In the final month of a 12-year run as Mayor of Eugene, Kitty Piercy will share her experience as mayor of one of the largest cities in Oregon.

Kitty Piercy

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy visited the White House this week to be honored by First Lady Michelle Obama for the city’s work to house homeless veterans.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will retire from her post at the end of the year. With 12 years in office she’s the city’s 2nd longest serving mayor of Eugene.  She spoke with KLCC’s Rachael McDonald.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene police and community leaders say they won’t tolerate hate and will work to improve relations between police and the minority community. They held a press conference Wednesday in response to recent national events.

Tiffany Eckert

There were five candidates running for Eugene Mayor but it quickly came down to two. Elections results give Lucy Vinis the victory over closest competitor, Mike Clark. Early numbers showed (Tuesday) Vinis captured a majority of the votes, preventing a run-off in the general election.

Vinis celebrated with fellow Democrats at the Wild Duck in the University District in Eugene. The progressive candidate was happy with the turn-out.

Journalists Say the Popular "Mic Drop" is Dangerous

Apr 1, 2016
University of Oxford

A growing trend has broadcast journalists across the country concerned. The phenomenon known as the “mic drop”—when someone drops a microphone for added emphasis—has nearly caused injury for many reporters. Now, this potentially dangerous trend has come to Oregon.

Volunteers Honored at "Heart for the Homeless" Event

Feb 12, 2016
First Place Family Center

Friday community members gathered to celebrate volunteers and staff at Eugene’s First Place Family Center. It provides services to at-risk families.

Kyra Buckley

In Eugene Monday hundreds gathered to march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, hosted by the NAACP, began at Autzen Stadium and traveled to downtown Eugene.  

Eugene VA Healthcare Center Officially Open

Jan 16, 2016
Desmond O'Boyle

Veterans have a brand new facility to get healthcare in Eugene. After nearly ten years of delays, mismanagement, and funding issues, dignitaries and veterans formally unveiled the new building Saturday (yesterday).

Mayors from western cities met in Portland this week to discuss issues like homelessness and affordable housing.

Sander van der Wel, Wikimedia Commons

A vigil for victims of gun violence is scheduled for Sunday night in Eugene. The gathering will include musicians of all ages and benefit those affected by the Umpqua Community College shootings in Roseburg.

Rachael McDonald

Earlier this fall, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy wrote a letter to city staff expressing concern about the people who hang around downtown, often panhandling. They can make the neighborhood feel unwelcome to others.

Tiffany Eckert

On Monday, the Eugene City Council is expected to vote for a legal overnight camping spot for homeless people during the winter.

Andy Nelson/Register Guard

When tragedy strikes a region, it is up to The Head of City--the mayor--to respond with empathy along with prompt, reliable information and a plan of action. This is no easy task. The recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has city leaders reflecting on the past and uncertain about the future.

Desmond O'Boyle

Lane Transit District received a large gift Friday from the federal government for its Em-X bus extension to West Eugene.

Karen Richards

Elected officials and Chamber of Commerce leaders gathered in Eugene today (Thursday) to recognize a company that's hired 250 people in just four months. FirstSource Solution plans to more than double that number in its next phase.

The Mumbai-based company signed a 10-year lease on the Chad Drive property. FirstSource provides online chat support for a large telecommunications company. Chris Autrey is the Site Director. He says even though the Eugene area has several other customer support centers, his company hasn't had difficulty finding workers:

Angela Kellner

As City of Eugene staff continue to refine plans for the new city hall, students at Camas Ridge Elementary shared their design ideas with the mayor this week.

Inside Donna Dubois' 4th/5th grade class, teams of students proudly show off their city hall plaza designs to Mayor Kitty Piercy. They glued down small pebbles to make pathways, painted plastic lids to represent fountains and added green material to represent grass.

Barbara Elliot and Isabella Shaft got the Mayor's attention with the small details of their multi-dimensional design.

City of Eugene

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.

City of Eugene

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.  
 

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.

What RAIN Can Bring To The Southern Willamette Valley

Jun 2, 2014

Meeting Date: May 30th, 2014
Air Date: June 2, 2014

Last summer, the Oregon legislature approved $3.5 million seed funding for the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN). RAIN’s goal is economic development for our area, which is slowly making the transition from a dependence on natural resources to a knowledge-based economy.

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.