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UO Students Petition to Repeal Ordinance

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EUGENE, Ore. — Students at the University of Oregon are petitioning to repeal the social host ordinance. They argue the Eugene ordinance is too harsh.

The students are fed up with the ordinance, and have organized a campaign to repeal it. They say it just puts too much of a financial burden on those who get violations.

“It’s a hot topic here on campus. Students don’t like it, but I think there’s a way to work towards creating a better community here,” said UO student Lamar Wise.

UO students are upset with how much money they might have to pay for a violation of the social host ordinance. The ordinance looks at curbing unruly parties in Eugene. And with the Eugene Police Department now enforcing the ordinance, students want the city to make a change.

“This is an ordinance that we think is targeted towards students. And we don’t think it’s right…and we want a more affordable solution to dealing with the issue of unruly gatherings,” Wise said.

The ordinance states allows the city to issue up to a $1,000 fine to those hosting a party. Students say college is expensive enough and want those fines to be replaced with a more constructive measure of punishment, like community service.

“If we’re talking about building a better community, then building a better community means doing service work,” Wise said.

EPD says the ordinance is designed to implement incremental fees, only issuing the maximum fine of $1,000 to repeat offenders. Students may not like the change, but EPD says it’s simply a matter of public safety.

“It’s really the behaviors that are causing the livability issues in those neighborhoods that we’re concerned with,” said Sgt. David Natt, Eugene Police Department.

Students say they want to work with the rest of the community to come up with a solution that works well for everyone. They simply think the financial burdens of the violations are too much.

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  1. jason marks says:

    everyone wants to get drunk and get loud…

    All my rowdy friends have settled down.

    They have plenty of money to drink, smoke, do drugs, the fines are perfectly fine… and should be higher.

    Obey the law and be respectful and you won’t be in front of a judge.

    It’s the douche-bags who are going to court and they deserve all they get.

  2. Robert C.Jones says:

    This is a good example of when communities begin to think in terms of “us” vs “them” and also when government and the law enforcement community comes to prioritze “the rule of law” over “the pursuit of justice.”

    What the city of Eugene is doing is dangerous. When they distinguishing between the full-time non-student residents (“us”) from the part-time student residents (“them”) and then blindly implement some rule rather than seeking to find ways to shape and enforce rules in a manner that is perceived as just by those they affect is little different than the type of governance action and populace response we see in Muslem countries where the Arab Spring revolts are raging.

    Be it revolution in Syria or angry students at the U of O, it is all the same dynamic. The differences are only in the facts and scale of the matter. The city should embrace the fact that student leaders believe there are legal options for resolving the current inequity. The city should work to keep that perception alive and give these concerns the attention they deserve.

    Oh, and I know a bit about this, as I am both a former DDA in Multnomah County where I always tried to prioritize justice over law; and a retired Green Beret who has worked with and among insurgencies across the Middle East and South East Asia.

    The students are posing a reasonable request in reasonable ways. That deserves a reasonable answer. To do otherwise is to bahave little differently than the Governments of Libya, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or Sri Lanka to name but a few. Such governance never leads to anyplace good.

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