City of Eugene to Discuss Pilot Program

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Councilors will discuss, and possibly take action, on a homeless camping plan at its meeting Monday. The city’s agenda includes a proposal to pick a site for a 90-day overnight sleeping pilot program. The site would allow no more than 15 people and campers may also be asked to remove … Continue reading »

Whose Property is Whoville On?

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Eugene are trying to figure out who owns the land SLEEPS protesters are camping on. Eugene Police says it looks like one group is potentially camping on property owned by ODOT, while another group is camping on property owned by the City of … Continue reading »

New SLEEPS Location

EUGENE, Ore. — SLEEPS protesters set up camp on 8th Avenue Thursday and call it Whoville. The group says its one of three Whoville sites across the Eugene. The group has previous set up camp at the Lane County Fairgrounds and at Chambers and River roads in west Eugene. Protesters say the fight for a … Continue reading »

EPD Arrests Demonstrator

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Police arrested two men Wednesday after a scuffle with officers in an incident connected to the ongoing SLEEPS protest. EPD says Larry Michael Pleasant was arrested on charges of assault, and interfering with a police officer. Joshua Tompkin is charged with criminal mischief and cited for prohibited camping. EPD Lieutenant Eric … Continue reading »

Taking On Homelessness

EUGENE, Ore. — The topic of homelessness has been center of attention locally due to the SLEEPS movement. Many people have asked why SLEEPS members don’t consider options like Opportunity Village. Opportunity Village president Dan Bryant says there are more than 1,000 people wandering the streets in Eugene. With limited space, Opportunity Village can’t house … Continue reading »

Campers on the Move, Citations Continue

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Police Department says two SLEEPS members were cited Tuesday for camping on top of the Lane County Public Service Building. The campers had set up tents on the upper terrace, just around the corner from the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. EPD says they plan to continue issuing citations to … Continue reading »

Free Speech Plaza Reopens

EUGENE, Ore. — The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza was officially opened to the public again Tuesday. This follows the emergency closure of the site last week. SLEEPS protesters were forced to leave the premises due to health and safety concerns, Wednesday. Lane County says the site has been cleaned and city crews have taken … Continue reading »

Emotions High as Council Returns

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Councilors returned from summer break to some tense and frustrated people, many with the SLEEPS group, who spilled into their first council meeting. More than 50 people signed up to speak at the meeting and more than two dozen talked about homeless issues. Many talked about the pressing need to … Continue reading »

Councilors Revisit Homeless Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — The issue of homeless will be top of mind as Eugene City Councilors return from summer break. Councilors are in for a long night that will include a regular meeting and two work sessions, Monday. While not all topics are expected to be about homelessness, it will be a hot topic. The … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Protesters Expanding Campsites

EUGENE, Ore. — SLEEPS protesters have been evicted from three different campsites in the past week. First at the Wayne More Free Speech Plaza, the Lane County Fairgrounds and the corner of Chambers Road and River Road. “It started out with a couple tents and blossomed. I think there were 30 tents here the other … Continue reading »

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