The percentage of undecided voters on the various measures on Oregon’s 2014 statewide ballot can be seen here. The percentage of undecided is usually a good indicator of how much information voters have, or think they have, about a contest on the ballot.
A perceptual map of voter attitudes on the seven ballot measures on Oregon’s 2014 statewide ballot can be seen here.
Jail beds provided by the public safety levy keep violent offenders behind bars. reported by Pat Farr
In May of 2013 the voters of Lane County passed a local option levy that funded additional jail beds in the Lane County Jail. We are pleased to report back a fiscal year comparison of capacity based releases (CBRs) for the year prior to the levy and the year following the levy. As many community members know, prior to the levy, the lack of funded jail beds resulted in the early release of defendants and offenders each day. Many of these early releases went on to commit more crimes and create more victims. Thanks to community support and the desire for a safer Lane County, we are headed in the right direction.
In July of 2013 with the passage of the public safety levy, the jail opened 131 previously empty beds, increasing the capacity for local defendants and offenders to 256 beds. Since the opening of the additional jail beds, CBRs have decreased significantly. In the fiscal year following the levy (FY 13/14), the number of CBRs dropped almost 75% to 1,289 (as compared to 5,129 in the prior FY). Please see the chart below to view CBRs for FY 12/13 and FY 13/14.
Prior to the levy between January and June 2013, 123 pretrial defendants who were being held on violent felonies were released early due to lack of funded jail beds. Since the passage of the levy and the opening of the additional beds, that number is down to zero.
Between January and June of 2013, the jail was forced to release 21 Measure 11 pretrial defendants. Since the passage of the levy and the opening of the additional beds, that number is down to zero.
The additional jail beds provided by the public safety levy have assisted in keeping dangerous defendants and offenders in jail, allowing for safer neighborhoods and an increased quality of life.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Board of County Commissioners thank the community for their support in helping keep Lane County a great place to live!
(And Thank you, Sergeant Carrie Carver for this report)
Support for Eugene’s Paid Sick Leave ordinance, by Eugene region, can be seen here.
Familiarity with Eugene’s Paid sick leave ordinance, by Eugene region, can be seen here.
The Eugene City Council’s approval rating, by Eugene region, can be seen here.
Mayor Kitty Piercy’s approval rating, by Eugene region, can be seen here.
BEFORE THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF LANE COUNTY, OREGON
ORDINANCE NO: 14-16
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A TAX ON THE SALE OF MARIJUANA
AND MARIJUANA-INFUSED PRODUCTS
IN LANE COUNTY (RELATING TO MEASURE 91)
WHEREAS, Lane County is a Home Rule Charter county with all powers which the constitutions, statutes and common law of the United States and this State expressly or impliedly grant or allow counties, as full as though its Charter specifically enumerated each of those powers, as well as all powers not inconsistent with the foregoing and, in addition thereto, shall possess all powers herinafter specifically granted…
…The amount of tax levied shall be 50% of the rate imposed by Measure 91, Section 33 or any clarifying legislation adopted by the Oregon Legislature taxing marijuana related items…
Passed by the Lane County Board of Commissioners on October 21,2014 with Stewart, Leiken, Bozievich and Farr as “aye,” Sorenson as “nay.”
See the full agenda item here, including full text of the passed ordinance.
Mayor Kitty Piercy’s favorability rating, by Eugene region, can be seen here.
Tell the County Commissioners what you think! Here’s a way to let Pete Sorenson, Faye Stewart, Jay Bozievich, Sid Leiken and me know exactly what you think. Without a three-minute time limit! Engage with Lane County here.
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