City of Eugene Office Space: Lease or Build if Leasing Cheaper

Monday, January 13th, 2014

If leasing space was cheaper than building a new city hall, would you still support building?

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Lease or Build Eugene City Office Space

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Should the City of Eugene build a new city hall or lease space downtown?

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SLEEPS Favorability Trend

Monday, January 6th, 2014

This post, which can be seen here, shows the favorability trend for SLEEPS.

SLEEPS Favorability: Eugene vs. All of Lane County

Friday, December 6th, 2013

This post, which can be seen here, compares attitudes towards the SLEEPS group in Eugene and countywide.

SLEEPS Homeless Protest Group Favorability

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of The SLEEPS Homeless Protest Group?

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Lane County Commissioners pass Order for “Emergency Temporary Closure” of Wayne Morse Terrace. by Pat Farr

Thursday, September 5th, 2013


During a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Pete Sorensen, high atop his self-built pedestal, proclaimed that his fellow Commissioners, myself included, had “A new-found interest in public health…”  This is typical of the distortion of truth that he regularly reads into the record.  It makes all else he says suspect.  (to see a webcast of the entire meeting, indexed for viewing go here)

Public Service Building

The campsite that had been occupied by protesters for nearly two weeks in front of the Lane County Courthouse was (more or less) peacefully evacuated on the evening of September 4.  Several of the campers chose to stay in place in order to be arrested.  Eugene City Police assisted with the closure and associated Municipal citations.

That afternoon, the Board of Commissioners had voted to temporarily close the Wayne Morse Terrace (and its designated free speech area) for a period of up to seven days for sanitation and cleaning.  The recommendation for cleaning came from the Dr. Patrick Luedke, Lane County’s Public Health Officer.

Another motion to redefine appropriate use of the Terrace, as an amendment to the Lane Manual, was put on hold until a Lane Code change process is completed.

The Lane Manual can be amended by Board Order without public hearing.  Amendments to the Lane Code involve a public hearing process with at least three readings spaced at least 13 days apart.  First reading on the code amendment took place at the September 4 Special Board Meeting.

Public comment and input will be received throughout the process.

The Terrace has been closed temporarily closed for up to seven days for sanitation.  I have requested that the area designated as “Free Speech Area” be returned to public use as quickly as possible.  I expect that it will be available for use before the weekend of September 7 and 8.  Commissioner Faye Stewart amended the motion for temporary closure to include provision for an ongoing designated free speech area during the cleaning of the Terrace.

Additional consideration for reopening of the area used by Eugene’s Farmers’ Market and Saturday Market is high on the list of sanitation priorities.  I expect it to be available for fully functioning markets by September 7.

Downtown Eugene Public Safety Zone Approval Stays High

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Do you support or oppose the City of Eugene having a Downtown Public Safety Zone?

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Capstone Approval

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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Subsidize Downtown Eugene Developers Approval Drops

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Do you approve or disapprove of the City of Eugene subsidizing developers to build in downtown?

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Eugene Downtown Going in Right Direction

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

In general, do you feel downtown Eugene is heading in the right direction or do you think things have gotten off on the wrong track?

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