Trend on Eugene’s Relaxing Homeless Camping Enforcement

The Eugene homeless camping enforcement trend can be seen here.

Disapproval for Relaxing Eugene Homeless Code Enforcement

Do you approve or disapprove of the City of Eugene relaxing code enforcement on homeless camping?

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City of Eugene Internet Service Fee Meets Strong Disapproval

Do you approve or disapprove of a fee for Comcast Internet service averaging $3.15 per household per month for the City of Eugene’s general fund to be used at the discretion of the City Council?

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Initiative process in Lane County needs to be reviewed and fixed, but not today. by Pat Farr

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

Today, August 31, 2016, Lane County faces the possibility of two lawsuits– one: if the commissioners change the current process for gathering signatures and filing for a voter initiative and, two:  if commissioners don’t change the current process for gathering signatures and filing for a voter initiative.  Hmm.  Looks like courts will likely be involved whatever action or inaction the commissioners engage in.

Clearly, with hours of public testimony and volumes of written testimony and drafts of law suites already heard and seen, Lane County Board of Commissioners (BCC) need to take time to take a close look at the current process that allows–in fact, encourages (as it should)–voters to gather signatures and file for an initiative.  But, with limited time actually spent in study of how the system works in the Lane County Charter and Code and how it fits into the system prescribed in the Oregon Constitution, now is not the time to make decisions on any changes.

Much work needs to be done, and much more public involvement in the process needs to be charted.  With three current initiatives in process any fast decisions on the part of the BCC would at least have the appearance of targeting specific initiatives and not addressing the system and process.

An article in today’s Register Guard (click here) partially covers the limited debate that BCC has had.

Three initiatives are currently in process.  Two lawsuits have been thrown into the melee.

Much more to come.

Homelessness can be reduced–and Lane County has a plan to do it. by Pat Farr

 

The Poverty and Homelessness Board (PHB) provides advice to the Board of County Commissioners and the intergovernmental Human Services Commission with the goal of reducing and preventing poverty and homelessness in Lane County.

Operation 365 was part of the Poverty and Homelessness Board's strategy to reduce homelessness in Lane County.

Operation 365 was part of the Poverty and Homelessness Board’s strategy to reduce homelessness in Lane County.

It assists the development of the delivery of housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are impoverished or homeless improving their stability. It assists to maximize the allocation of local, state and federal funds made available for this purpose. It serves as the administrative board for the Lane County Community Action Agency and as the oversight board for the Lane County Continuum of Care.

On Thursday August 25, 2016, PHB Chair Pat Walsh, PHB member Mayor Kitty Piercy,  PHB Staff Steve Manella and Pearl Wolfe joined me in a discussion with Register Guard Editorial Board Jack Wilson and Ilene Aleshire about the makeup and strategies of the PHB.  They published an article in Sunday August 28, 2016 Register-Guard:  “Intractable, but not impossible” which gives the reader good insights about the PHB strategic plan to reduce homelessness in Lane County.

See the entire PHB Strategic Plan here.

Lane County Board of Commissioners agenda for August 2, 2016. by Pat Farr

Lane County Courthouse, home of Lane County Government, in 1908

Lane County Courthouse, home of Lane County Government, in 1908

To see the agenda for Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting August 2, 2016 click here.   This link includes links to all materials provided to the board for discussion.

To see all past agendas including links to all agenda material click here.

Messages or thoughts?  Contact me at pat.farr@co.lane.or.us

 

Oregon Republican Senate Primary Trend

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Oregon Republican Presidential Primary Trend

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Oregon Democratic Secretary of State Primary Trend

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Vinis Name Familiarity Key Demographics

Key demographics of Lucy Vinis’ name familiarity can be seen here.