Eugene

Eugene Budget
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Eugene Seeks Budget Solutions

Credit City of Eugene

Eugene budget planners are trying to find a long-term solution to recurring financial shortfalls. Last spring city voters rejected a proposed fee to pay for services. The city faced a $5.2 million dollar budget shortfall. Currently it's tapping into reserves to fund libraries, recreation and other services.

Ken Beeson is a citizen member of the Budget Committee. He says over the past 5 years the city has reduced its general fund by about 24 million dollars.

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Youth Education
7:59 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Youth Empowerment Symposium Kicks Off Sunday in Eugene

YEPSA members Elliot Glaser-Flynn, Denise Velasco and Aimee Fischer.
Credit Angela Kellner

Members of a Eugene-based youth empowerment group are hosting a symposium this weekend on issues of sexuality and gender identity.

Youth for the Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA) was created more than five years ago by two students at the Network Charter School in Eugene. After months of planning and fundraising, the group is ready to host the Youth Empowerment Symposium on Sunday and Monday. The keynote speaker is Cree Gordon who identifies as gender-queer and is HIV-positive. Network Charter School teacher Denise Velasco describes one of the highlights.

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Homelessness
3:15 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Is Sleep a Human Right?

Homeless people have been camped in high-profile places in Eugene to raise awareness of their plight.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless activists have made headlines in Eugene since the Occupy movement of 2011 brought issues of income inequality to the forefront. There aren't enough shelter beds for the nearly 2000 homeless people in the area. For several months different groups have set up tent camps on public property trying to bring awareness to the problem. They say safe, legal places to sleep are a human right that the city is violating with its camping ban.

Hurlburt: "My name is Tod Hurlburt. Here in the camp, they call me Tinman."

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Crime & Law
11:38 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Eugene Police Preventing Stolen Cars

The Eugene Police are working to decrease auto thefts with a new prevention program.

It’s called the Combat Auto Theft program, or CAT. Residents who normally don’t drive between 1 and 5 AM can volunteer to receive a sticker to place in their rear window. The sticker allows police to pull the car over during those hours to confirm that the driver is the owner. Program Manager Debbie Janecek says cars are often stolen at night, and the owners don’t realize it till the morning.

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Transportation
9:59 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Bike Lanes Part Of Willamette Paving Project

New bike lanes on Willamette St.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A paving project on a portion of Eugene's Willamette Street includes new bike lanes and some other changes.

The project includes the stretch of street between 18th and 23rd avenues. It's the portion that passes by the shuttered Civic Stadium. Reed Dunbar is a transportation planner with the City of Eugene.

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Homeless Issues
12:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Whoville Residents Meet With Eugene Mayor

Whoville camp at Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless people who've pitched their tents around town in small communities they're calling "Whovilles" met with the Mayor of Eugene Monday. The group wants the city to lift or change its camping ban.

Currently a group of about 30 people is camped at Hilyard and Broadway in Eugene. Whoville representatives met Mayor Kitty Piercy and asked her if they can stay there. Police have cited the campers for violating Eugene's camping ban.

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Budget
11:20 am
Mon October 7, 2013

City Of Eugene Seeks Budget Input

The City of Eugene is inviting the community to attend workshops devoted to shaping the budget. Eugene is currently facing a significant gap due to the recent recession and low property tax revenues. The deficit in the general fund over the past four years has caused the city to decrease its expenses by $24 million. Last year, the city faced a similar gap of $5.3 million and was forced to dip into the reserve fund. There will be five workshops in all, the first at South Eugene High School on October 15th.

Homelessness
7:27 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Opportunity Village: Eugene's Newest Gated Community

Front gate opens only for approved guests.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Homelessness came to the forefront locally two years ago when members of Occupy Eugene put the issue at the top of their list of concerns. Since then, advocates have continued to press for safe places for people to sleep. The new "Opportunity Village" is a pilot program aimed at giving people a second chance.  Its grand opening is Saturday (October 5, 2013.)

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Homelessness
8:16 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Councilor Outlines Plans for Homeless Camps

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett.
Credit City of Eugene.

The Eugene City Council Monday voted 6 to 2 to allow small homeless camps. I spoke with City Councilor Claire Syrett Tuesday to get more details on the ordinance. Syrett says it was proposed by City Manager John Ruiz who will bring the council a list of potential sites on public or private property or religious and non-profit organizations.
Claire Syrett spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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Civic Stadium Sale
7:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Eugene Council Enters into Civic Stadium Conversation

This story originally aired on September 17, 2013.

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