Council Votes to Extend Exclusion Zone

EUGENE, Ore– A debate that’s lasted through the summer is over. Downtown Eugene’s exclusion zone is here to stay. After hearing hours of public comments, the City Council decided to amend the controversial zone for at least another year on Monday night. More than 40 people weighed in on the zone that limits people who … Continue reading »

Council to Vote on Exclusion Zone

EUGENE, Ore. — We will know Monday night whether the Eugene City Council wants to extend or end the Downtown Public Safety Zone. That’s when councilors will vote on this highly debated issue. The ordinance is set to expire on November 30. That’s why councilors have to decide whether to amend, extend, or end the … Continue reading »

Eugene Police Respond to Increased Crime

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police says there’s been a spike in criminal activity in downtown in the past week, including a police officer being assaulted. In an attempt to increase its visibility, EPD parked its paddy wagon and a pickup truck downtown Tuesday afternoon. It had many passersby and businesses wondering what was going on. … Continue reading »

Eugene Council Debates Exclusion Zone

EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens turned out Monday night to debate one of the hottest topics facing the city of Eugene. More than 50 people signed up to speak about what they think should be done about the Downtown Public Safety Zone. It’s an ordinance that has come under fire from some members of the community. … Continue reading »

Eugene Council Debates Exclusion Zone

EUGENE, Ore. — Residents packed the city council meeting Monday night to have their voices heard. The first topic of discussion was the downtown public exclusion zone. The ordinance bans people who commit a crime downtown from going back downtown is set to expire soon. Council is pondering extending, changing, or just letting the ordinance … Continue reading »

Council Hosting Exclusion Zone Hearing

EUGENE, Ore. — A public hearing Monday, Sept. 17 could help determine the fate of Eugene’s Downtown Public Safety Zone. The ordinance bans people cited for certain crimes downtown from going downtown, but it’s set to expire soon. The city council is considering changing the code or letting it expire. The public we spoke to … Continue reading »

Downtown Safety Zone Discussed

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police are fighting accusations of discrimination regarding their enforcement of the Downtown Exclusion Zone ordinance. Local organizations call the ordinance a tool to weed the homeless out of downtown. Occupy Eugene, the Community Alliance for Lane County and the Civil Liberties Defense Center all say officers are targeting the homeless, citing … Continue reading »