City of Eugene

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is considering restricting smoking and dogs downtown in an attempt to make the neighborhood safer. The council will hear from the public on the two proposals at its February 27th meeting.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene is a little closer to its goal of completing the Ridgeline Trail. This week Lane County Commissioners voted to sell the city a small parcel of land along east 30th Avenue.

City Of Eugene To Launch "Repair Cafe" Project

Jan 2, 2017
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The city of Eugene wants to reduce waste by teaching people to fix common household items, like clothes and electrical appliances. The City received $70,000 in grant money to launch the “Repair Café” project.

Stephanie Scafa is an analyst with Eugene’s Waste Prevention and Green Building Program.

Scafa: “A repair café, or a fix-it clinic, is a space that is a free meeting place for people to come and repair common household items.”

Scafa says the cafes will be staffed with professionals and volunteers who can help people restore their old stuff.

Rachael McDonald

A Coos County Judge says he can’t rule now on a proposed land swap involving the City of Eugene and Lane County. This is the latest in the saga involving Eugene City Hall.

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Broken down and unused properties are more than just eye-sores—they may contain chemicals or other public health hazards. But testing for contaminates can be a costly process. A Eugene/Springfield coalition wants to help fund these assessments.

A brownfield is any type of previously developed property with real or perceived environmental contamination, like an old gas station, dry cleaner, or lumber mill. These properties are often found in low income and industrial neighborhoods.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will retire from her post at the end of the year. With 12 years in office she’s the city’s 2nd longest serving mayor of Eugene.  She spoke with KLCC’s Rachael McDonald.

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The Eugene City Council received an earful last night (Monday) during its public forum about a recent police incident at the downtown park blocks. Last Friday, when police arrested two men for drug dealing, a large crowd gathered, yelling obscenities and taunting officers. 

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In roughly a year, the City of Eugene plans to have hundreds of bikes available for short commutes across the Downtown, University District, and Whiteaker areas.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The City of Eugene wants to improve its downtown public spaces. They’re hoping people will get involved with several upcoming events.

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Today, while many other American communities are observing Columbus Day, Eugene is joining several other Pacific Northwest cities in recognizing the second Monday of October as “Indigenous Peoples Day”.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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The great-great grandson of city founder Eugene Skinner was on hand Thursday to lay a historic marker on the southeast corner of the city of Eugene’s original land claim.

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Eugene might not construct its City Hall on the lot of the former building. It’s exploring other options, including on a county-owned property. The City and Lane County have teamed up to explore what could end up as a land swap.

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Users of the home sharing site Airbnb will now not only be finding a place to stay for the night, they’ll also be adding to the City of Eugene’s tax coffers.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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The rate of reported hate crimes for the city of Eugene seems to be holding steady since tracking began four years ago.  KLCC’s Brian Bull attended the release of the “2015 Hate and Bias Report” at the historic Mims house today and has this story. 

Temperatures are expected to break 100 this week in the South Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene provides locations for individuals to cool off.

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The City of Eugene wants to make its downtown public spaces better. It’s launched a “place-making” initiative which seeks the community’s input.

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The Eugene City Council Wednesday approved a 10-year property tax exemption for a developer to build apartments downtown. This is the first time the city has granted a Multi-Use Property Tax Exemption since it changed the controversial practice.

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Eugene’s busiest summer month saw over 200,000 people attending three major events.


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The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Monday to use urban renewal funds for four downtown projects.

Eugene Parks Go Smoke-Free

May 30, 2016
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Eugene parks and natural areas are now smoke-free. Beginning in June park goers will see signs indicating the change.

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There’s a big push to transform downtown Eugene into an innovation district, where techies, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs can connect. One group hopes to turn a shuttered former department store into the next innovation hub. Supporters hope a public / private partnership can make it happen.

Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz wants the city to start budgeting for 2021 when it hosts the Track & Field World Championships. 

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Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz says the financial outlook for next year is good.  He presented the spending plan to the budget committee this week.

Eugene Seeks Public Comment For Railroad Quiet Zone

Apr 13, 2016
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Residents and businesses have long suffered loud horns from trains chugging through the city. Eugene wants public comments on a proposed railroad quiet zone.

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Workers with Eugene’s Parks department are erecting fences this week under the freeway bridges that reach across Washington Jefferson Park.

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Vandals uprooted about 100 trees planted along Eugene’s Amazon Creek. The trees were planted last month in honor of The Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service.

South Willamette Street Construction Begins Monday

Jan 29, 2016
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The City of Eugene begins more improvement projects to South Willamette Street Monday. Construction crews will begin widening the lanes between 24th and 29th avenues and will install a new traffic signal. This is a pilot project to study whether the new lanes will improve accessibility.

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Mike Clark has declared his candidacy for Mayor of Eugene. The city councilor made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday.

City Unveils 3 Proposals For Kesey Square

Jan 23, 2016
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The City of Eugene unveiled three options to revitalize Kesey Square, Friday.

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The City of Eugene’s Urban Renewal Agency will be sole controller of the Eugene Water & Electric Board property along the Willamette River. The vote was 6 to 2 today Wednesday.

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