Lane County Road Maintenance Measure

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Would you support or oppose an increase in the vehicle registration fee by Lane County to pay for road maintenance?

For complete poll results, click here.

Possible Lane County Youth Services Measure

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

This post, which can be seen here, shows current support for a possible Lane County youth services measure.

Average Trend Non-Property Tax Measures

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

This post, which can be seen here, shows the average polling trend for non-property tax measures.

An impromptu panelist at National Association of Black Counties. by Pat Farr

Friday, March 7th, 2014


Heavy snow in Washington DC gave me an unexpected opportunity

Heavy snow in Washington DC gave me an unexpected opportunity


I attended the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington DC March 1-5 2014.

National Association of Black Counties (NABCO) is a broadly-membered confederation of county officials across the country.

I have been speaking with former Lane County Commissioner Bobby Green responding to his criticism of the lack of diversity in applicants that our recent search for County Administrator produced.  While the national search Lane County conducted produced the best qualified county administrator with impeccable credentials and references (see story here) I have taken former Commissioner Green’s concerns very seriously.  I regarded the meetings of NABCO at the Legislative Conference as an opportunity to find ways to diversify future searches by the Board of Commissioners or by the County Administrator.

I have not been disappointed by contacts that  I have made in Washington this past week.

On March 3, Monday, it snowed heavily in Washington DC.  My first agenda item at the conference was to attend the 9 am meeting of NABCO.  It was a panel discussion with a large group of students from the Washington area to address questions about involvement in public service and address health issue education, particularly surrounding sexually transmitted diseases.

When I entered the room only two people were there, the NABCO administrator and another young woman.  I asked if I had the wrong room, and they told me that I was in the right place but the start of the meeting was delayed because the panelists and the audience had been held up by the blizzard.

It worked out ok for me though.  The second woman in the room was Paige Hendrix, assistant to Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.  Commissioner Smith and Ms. Hendrix are both deeply involved in the diversity efforts of Multnomah County.  While we waited for the panelists and students to arrive Ms. Hendrix and I engaged in a 45-minute discussion about recruiting qualified applicants from communities of color.

She gave me a host of contacts and set the stage for a discussion between Commissioner Smith and I later in the conference covering the subject.

Toward the end of our discussion the group of students arrived and filed into the meeting room.  There were a hundred or so.

As it turns out the entire group of panelists had not yet arrived, so I was asked to sit in on the panel to respond to questions about public service.  I was honored to do so.  The students were very attentive and eager to learn.

While it wasn’t the way I had planned to spend time at the conference it turned out to be a fantastic opportunity for me to not only pass along knowledge but to gain insights into how I can become more effective in my elective roles.

We spent the morning discussing avenues high school and college students could prepare themselves for work in public policy or elective office.  It was pleasing to me to see tomorrow’s leaders listening and learning.

Total Contributions and Expenditures in Farr v. Handy

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This post, which can be seen here, follows up on the previous post by showing total contributions and  expenditures in Farr v. Handy.

Farr v. Handy Contributions The Year Before

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This post, which can be seen here, shows where things were on New Years’ Day 2012 in the Farr v. Handy race. In comparing the East and West Lane County Commissioner races with the Farr v. Handy race, some trends become visible.

2014 Lane County Commissioner Races – Total Contributions in 2013

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Total contributions to all candidates for East and West Lane County Commissioner, as of January 1st, can be seen here.

2014 Lane County Commissioner Races – Total Expenditures in 2013

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Total expenditures from all candidates for East and West Lane County Commissioner, as of January 1st, can be seen here.

2014 Lane County Commissioner Race Candidate Cash on Hand On New Years’ Day

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Total cash on hand  for all East and West Lane County Commissioner candidates, as of January 1st, can be seen here.

Lane County Board of Commissioners elects new officers. by Pat Farr

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Amid storage and moving boxes that are holding the contents of Commissioners’ and administration offices while the third floor home of County Administration is repaired and renovated, I signed my first board order as the newly elected Chair of the Board of Commissioners.

First board order as chair


Diana Jones, Administrative Services Supervisor and my personal lifeline during my first year on the Commission, makes certain that I sign in the correct place on board order 14-01-07-13  (see text here) authorizing a return of 75% of the “lapse” savings to departments who operated more than 2% under allocated budget.

 Eugene Register Guard January 7 2013  

  Pat Farr was elected unanimously this morning as the new chairman of the Lane County Board of Commissioners. He will replace Commissioner Sid Leiken who served as chairman for two consecutive yearlong terms.

  Commissioner Faye Stewart was elected unanimously as vice-chairman of the board, replacing Commissioner Jay Bozievich.

  In a prepared statement, Farr said: “This is a great privilege to lead the board as we face both tremendous opportunities and important challenges in the year ahead. This year, we will be hiring a new county administrator, working on a comprehensive public safety plan, and continuing to make difficult budget choices.

   ”Working with my fellow commissioners, (I) will continue to focus on creating new jobs and providing the services county residents need.”

  “The board chairman presides over all meetings of the commissioners and occasionally takes on the role of board spokesman. The chairman and vice-chairman both serve on the board’s agenda-setting committee, which vets and discusses items that will soon come before the full board.”