Vehicle Registration Fee Trend and Polling Error Margins

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The polling trend through election day on Lane County’s Vehicle Registration Fee, with error margins, can be seen here.

Vehicle Registration Fee Trend with Election Results

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The polling trend through election day on Lane County’s Vehicle Registration Fee can be seen here.

Drought in Lane County? by Pat Farr

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

 

Go here to view Lane County Board of Commissioners Agendas and accompanying materials provided for deliberation (dated from current back to 2003) .  (go here  for a guide on how to navigate)

The Lane County Board of Commissioners, after hearing testimony from staff and the State Water Authority has asked the Governor of Oregon to allow for certain provisions in the event of further deepening of the drought occurring currently in Lane County.

While the flow of the McKenzie River, while projecting historical lows, is not in jeopardy, the flow Willamette River (as clearly evident if you drive past Lookout Point Reservoir adjacent to Highway 58, The Willamette Highway) is in immediate danger of being inadequate to provide water to farms and other businesses down stream.

This order was passed on May 12.

BEFORE THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF LANE COUNTY, OREGON

ORDER NO: 15-05-12-07

IN THE MATTER OF REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO DECLARE A DROUGHT EMERGENCY FOR LANE COUNTY

WHEREAS, annual streamflows on the mainstem Willamette from snow pack, rainfall and stored water releases are 55% of normal and therefore insufficient to fully support public uses in streams and lakes; and
WHEREAS, the definition of “public uses in streams and lakes” inculdes fish protection, pollution control and recreational use; and
WHEREAS, restricting water rights to natural streamflows for two businesses in the construction industry in order to retain minimum flows for public instream uses would cause irreversible economic harm to the two businesses and, create financial hardship for their
approximately 200 employees and their families through potential layoffs; and
WHEREAS, Lane County has activated its “Emergency Operations Plan, Section ESF 7.2 Legal Services, Mitigation Phase” which provides legal advice to the Policy Group of Lane County to “advise and recommend county ordinance or orders to reduce the effects of disaster”;
and
WHEREAS, the Oregon Water Resources Department may exercise emergency water
rights authority following a Governor’s drought declaration to help industry in Lane County cope with low streamflows; and
WHEREAS, we find that appropriate response is beyond the capability of Lane County
because Lane County does not have the same authority as the Oregon Water Resources Department for addressing water rights which is the only remedy for this drought emergency.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of County Commissioners of Lane County ORDERS as follows:
1. A local drought emergency is declared within Lane County.
2. Pursuant to ORS 401.165 we are declaring a state of emergency for the purpose of protecting .local economy through the Oregon Water Resources Department’s authority to mitigate the impact of low streamflows on the Willamette mainstem.
3. Pursuant to ORS 401.165 that the Governor declare an emergency so that state assistance may be immediately released. 
ADOPTED this 12th day of MAY, 2015.
LANE COUNTY

Pay more to register your car? Not now. by Pat Farr

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

People are telling me how to make Lane County roads last longer.  Here’s a sample of an email I received and my response:

Subject: Reg fee

I’m sorry your reg fee went down in vote but I am 66 years old retired and live on SS. My wife has a car with over 200 k and I have same. I also own a 1974 14 ft travel trailer I use 1 time per year so for a man on a fixed income of $1240.00 per mo to live on your reg fee was hard to choke down. So based on that my reg fees would have jumped from $255.00 every 2 years to $455.00 so I would be giving up almost 1/3 of 1 months income to you.

As it is I have difficult time keeping warm and housed. Let’s deal with all county vehicles sitting on streets in park, engines running to keep them warm and cool in summer for employees while 6 stand around watching 5 work. Spend a day with me sir lets ride around in one of those county vehicles I can show you first hand the waste of resources I see daily. Not just in county but city of Eugene as well. Reduce pollution shut the vehicles off same loads in fuel. That would be an interesting experiment for 60 days. You can tell me you have such a rule and maybe so but out on the street it just does not happen. Maybe a 3 cent gas tax in lane county for roads then everyone using our roads get to pay not just the few who try and live here the best they can. Ban studded tires which we all know do far more damage to our roads then my 1974 travel trailer.

How about the tons of log trucks that run highway 36 every day and take poodle creek road to avoid weigh station and overweight tickets. Maybe no good because there NEVER is an officer there to inspect.

It’s just not fair, to single out Lane county residents when thousands of non Lane drivers use our roads tear them up and drive away.

Not your issue but odot repaved hwy 36 last fall. Not 2 days after it was done log truck over turned cut big groves in the road. Messed cleaned up but the deep ruts cut into new road bed were left and not repaired do new surface already is being to become a pot hole on the road we just spent millions to fix. Did trucking company insurance get billed for road damage? Most likely not.

I REPLIED:

Thank you for your message.

I know that I am not alone in wanting to find ways, at all times, to use time and resources more effectively and efficiently. Your input is valuable and, by me, well-received.

I intend to work ever more closely with my colleagues and with the men and women who work hard every day in public works, health and human services, the Sheriff’s Department and throughout Lane County to make our place a great place to live, work and raise our families.

Please rest assured that my observation, and I have worked at school board, city, state and county levels as well as in private industry and non-profit, that our staff wastes little or no time in doing their work in as professional and effective a way as I have ever seen at any level.

I urge you to please remain in contact with me.

Sincerely,
Pat Farr,
Lane County Commissioner,
North Eugene
________________________________________
From: Michael [antorf1@yahoo.com]

 

 

Big Gap Among Democrats by Region on Vehicle Registration Fee (Conducted May 11-12, 2015)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Polling on the proposed Lane County Vehicle Registration Fee, by major party (and region), can be seen here.

Lane Vehicle Registration Fee Gaining (Conducted May 11-12, 2015)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Updated tracking on the proposed Lane County Vehicle Registration Fee can be seen here.

 

Edited to include the most recent polling dates in the title (May 11-12, 2015). The original post read March 9-10, 2015. 

Lane Vehicle Registration Fee Latest Tracking

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Latest tracking on the proposed Lane County Vehicle Registration Fee can be seen here.

Lane Vehicle Registration Fee Behind

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Polling on the proposed Lane County Vehicle Registration Fee can be seen here.

Operation 365 Veterans goal: no homeless veterans in Lane County. by Pat Farr

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Flyer designed to bring attention to the consolidated efforts to place homeless veterans and their families into safe housing.

Flyer designed to bring attention to the consolidated efforts to place homeless veterans and their families into safe housing.

A color guard of veterans marches at the opening of veterans' housing units.

A color guard of veterans marches at the opening of veterans’ housing units.

Brigadier General Norm Hoffman, who I served alongside in the 2nd Bn 162nd Infantry, addresses an appreciative group at St. Vincent DePaul while I look on with Mayors Kitty Piercy (Eugene) and Christine Lundberg (Springfield).

Brigadier General Norm Hoffman, who I served alongside in the 2nd Bn 162nd Infantry, addresses an appreciative group at St. Vincent DePaul while I look on with Mayors Kitty Piercy (Eugene) and Christine Lundberg (Springfield) along with retired Army Veteran L. Joelle Rankins Goodwin

 

On Veterans’ Day 2014 we received the grim news:  there are between 300 and 400 men and women who have fought in the armed forces of the United States who are homeless in Lane County.  Hundreds of heroes among us who didn’t have a roof over their heads that night.  It was news that made it nearly impossible for me to sleep in my own home, safe and dry and warm while they had no door to lock, no heat to turn up, no kitchen to prepare a meal.

So we launched Operation 365 Veterans with the goal of finding a home each day for the next year for one of these men and women and their families.

By Veterans Day 2015 we intend to be able to say, “There are no homeless veterans in Lane County.”

And we are off to a good start.  With partnerships forged between St. Vincent DePaul of Lane County, the cities of Eugene and Springfield and Lane County we are exceeding our daily goals and with public , private and nonprofit groups working side-by-side we will be able to make that a true statement.

See Operation 365 Veterans Facebook Page for more details and updates on our progress.

 

 

 

Board of County Commissioners 2014 Job Performance Trend

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

How would you rate the job the Lane County Board of Commissioners is doing?

For complete poll results, click here.