Boy Challenges Councilors to Camp

EUGENE, Ore. — A 10-year-old with terminal cancer takes on the Eugene City Council. The homeless advocate’s been meeting and feeding area homeless for the past few months. With a loaded backpack, Keegan Keppner strolled through the streets of downtown. He’s simulating what it might be like to be homeless and living on the streets … Continue reading »

Council Members to Run Unopposed

EUGENE, Ore. — In May, voters will choose who will serve on the Eugene City Council, but it won’t be much of a decision. Four positions are open, and not one person is running against the incumbents. That means Alan Zelenka, George Poling, Mike Clark and Greg Evans are guaranteed re-election to the ward 3, … Continue reading »

Councilors Approve Rest Stop Site

EUGENE, Ore. — With the clock ticking on the illegal campsite known as Whoville at Broadway and Hilyard, those living there may have another option when the city closes the campsite. The Eugene City Council approved a new rest-stop site near the Cuthbert Amphitheater and Science Factory. Those with disabilities would have priority to stay … Continue reading »

Public Input Sought for Rest Stops

EUGENE, Ore. — The community has a chance to weigh in on Eugene’s experimental rest stop pilot program for the homeless Tuesday night. The Eugene City Council wants public input on keeping the first rest stop site at Roosevelt and Garfield open a little longer. It’s supposed to close March 31. But councilors want to … Continue reading »

Whoville Campers Given 30 More Days

EUGENE, Ore. — Illegal campers living at the site called Whoville have 30 more days before they’re forced out. The Eugene City Council decided Wednesday that they need to provide the 40 or 50 people living there a new place to go, before making them leave. The one approved rest stop for homeless campers in … Continue reading »

Rest Stop Ordinance May be Extended

EUGENE, Ore. — With the illegal homeless camp known as Whoville on the brink of closing, the Eugene City Council may soon change the Overnight Sleeping Pilot Program Ordinance. Citing the length of time it took to get the first rest-stop running, the city may extend the pilot program until October 31. The city has … Continue reading »

Two Sites Approved For Rest Stops

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council approved two sites that will likely serve as rest stops for the homeless in the near future. The city narrowed the list from five to two. Both are in close proximity to current homeless services. The decision came down after a lengthy discussion at Monday’s City Council meeting. … Continue reading »

Plans to expand YMCA into West Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council heard more about the long-developing proposal to build a new YMCA in the Bethel area. Councilors held a work session Monday night to get an update on the project. They say the plan calls for a 10-thousand square foot building off Legacy Drive. They say it could eventually … Continue reading »

Council Could End Free Parking Downtown

EUGENE, Ore. — The upcoming budget discussions could mean the end of the free downtown Eugene parking program. City staff presented the findings of two studies that evaluated the free two-hour parking area. The studies found businesses and customers like the program, but employees in downtown are taking some of the parking spots. Re-installing parking … Continue reading »

City Hall Work Could Start Next Year

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council met once again on Wednesday to discuss the future of its former home. During the work session, the design committee laid out the concept and timeline for rebuilding the old city hall on 8th and Oak. Construction is slated to get started sometime late next year. While some councilors … Continue reading »

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