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Lane County Imposes Curfew On “Butterfly Lot”

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Tiffany Eckert
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Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously to place a curfew on the so-called “butterfly lot” property in downtown Eugene. A group of homeless people had camped there for several weeks in October and early November.

The homeless camp was in protest of the lack of safe places for people to sleep. Lane County spokesperson Devon Ashbridge says there were no rules regarding hours of operation for that lot.
“We didn’t realize it was an exception until attention was called to it in October as we had some ongoing health and safety issues with camps that had been set up on that property.”
The board of commissioners voted to place hours of operation of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the butterfly lot which is the same as what’s in place in the free speech plaza and the rest of the downtown park blocks. Ashbridge says there was no public comment on the proposal at the meeting. The county broke up the homeless camp on the butterfly lot a couple of weeks ago citing health concerns. They opened a new rest stop for homeless campers off Highway 99.
 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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