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Air quality indexes range from “unhealthy” to “hazardous” across the region, as wildfires continue to burn. And homeless people remain limited in options.

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Pre-pandemic, electric bikes, or E-bikes, were already one of the fastest growing sectors in the transportation industry. Now, with more people taking an interest in outdoor recreation, sales have skyrocketed globally. A new Eugene e-bike store is hoping to be a part of the trend, and the shift experts predict will be the future of commuting.

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A Eugene journalist is suing police for hitting him with tear gas and other non-lethal crowd control devices at a protest in late May. The suit also names the City of Eugene and some of its leaders.

A new tracking system has been adapted to demonstrate the scope and need of homeless populations in Eugene and throughout Lane County.

Program Date: July 24, 2020

Air Date: July 27, 2020

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The death of George Floyd on May 25 set off a series of protests across the United States and around the world, prompting greater public attention to excessive use of police force, as well as concerns about police oversight and accountability. Several other deaths, primarily of Black Americans, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, have compounded and magnified calls for defunding or abolishing the police, in addition to other strategies for police reform.

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Employees across the country have turned to social media to create what is called an 86'd List account to share their stories of workplace toxicity. Locally, a Eugene and Springfield-based account is sharing the experiences of local employees. 

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A reporter for the Eugene Weekly is suing the City of Eugene, members of the Eugene Police Department and the city manager.

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The Eugene Parade has followed a crooked route for several years, with changes in partners and funding. After the end of the Eugene Celebration in 2014, the parade changed directions, eventually joining Downtown Sunday Streets. With that event canceled for health concerns this year, organizers decided to go virtual.

 

Top & bottom left photos taken by Elizabeth Gabriel | Right photo taken by Nathan Bouquet

In the third episode of KLCC's special series covering Black Lives Matter protests in Eugene and Springfield, Black Unity leaders stand in solidarity with Portland protesters, All Lives Matter protesters chant "Black Lives Matter," and Eugene's long-awaited City Council work session on policing is right around the corner. Join KLCC News Director Rachael McDonald and reporters Elizabeth Gabriel and Nathan Bouquet in the latest episode of the Northwest Passage.

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To support downtown restaurants, the City of Eugene is closing a block to motor vehicles. The Broadway Streatery program started Thursday.


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Eugene City Councilors set lower speed limits on residential streets and approved an e-scooter pilot program at their Monday meeting.

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Travelers on Eugene’s South Willamette Street will notice some road construction starting the week of July 13. It’s part of the city’s improvement plan for the corridor between 24th and 29th avenues.


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The City of Eugene has been working on an interpretive art piece over the last two years that commemorates the experiences of its Black citizens both today and in the past. The effort was underway before recent protests sparked conversations about systemic racism.


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Crews are about halfway through a project to improve bicycle safety and access on a stretch of 13th Avenue that connects the University of Oregon with downtown Eugene.

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As Lane County continues to re-open, temporary COVID-19 shelters for the unhoused are closing down. In response, the City of Eugene collaborated with the Eugene Mission and Community Supported Shelters to create a second microsite located in the Whiteaker neighborhood.

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Eugene’s State of Emergency, declared at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic three months ago, has expired. 

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Bike share riders in Eugene and Springfield probably won’t notice any differences, but the system will soon have new management. Starting late this month, the City of Eugene will operate the blue bicycle service.


Being cooped up because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone, especially kids. With summer approaching, many parents wonder how they can get their kids out of the house, safely.

In May, the Oregon Health officials gave Day Camps the green light to operate-- but only under strict health and safety guidelines. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert checked in with a few providers as they prepare for a modified 2020 summer camp season.

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As Lane County continues to reopen, the City of Eugene has a new program to help restaurants increase dining capacity. The  City of Eugene’s Anne Fifield says the “Streateries” program helps restaurants by adding dining areas in places like sidewalks and street parking. 


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Temporary COVID-19 homeless respite centers in Eugene and Springfield are expected to close when Lane County enters Phase Two of reopening. County officials are eyeing a June 5 end date. The City of Eugene will also shutdown their Designated Temporary Shelter Sites, but they'll wait until the county has been approved to enter Phase Two.

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Eugene City Councilors took action on three housing ordinances Tuesday night. This includes the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment project, the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption Program (MUPTE) and the Low-Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption (LIRHPTE).

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Shortly after the COVID-19 shutdown, the City of Eugene provided childcare to parents working essential jobs. Now in the first recovery phase of the pandemic, Eugene Recreation Services has begun offering daycare to more families needing help.

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Despite Lane County’s approval from Governor Brown to enter Phase one of reopening, the City of Eugene reminds the public that playgrounds, skate parks and sport courts are still closed.

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Due to Governor Kate Brown’s stay-home order, there have been less people parking downtown and getting parking tickets. But that means a loss in city and community revenue.

Aubrey Bulkeley

Like most everything during this time, Eugene’s Riverfront Park project has needed to make adjustments. However, construction on the next phase will continue as scheduled.


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The combination of school closures, and the need for essential workers to be at their jobs, has increased the need for child care. Now, the Eugene YMCA has partnered with the city and five local school districts to provide free childcare for children of essential workers.

Karen Richards

In Eugene, a new fleet of bright green, fully electric Chevy Bolts is replacing the three-wheeled parking patrol scooters. With them comes a suite of new technology.

  

Aubrey Bulkeley

Eugene is one step closer to a new riverfront area. The city is placing more than 24 thousand plants along the bank of the Willamette. KLCC’s Aubrey Bulkeley went to see how the work is going.


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With homelessness reaching what one official calls “epidemic proportions,” the City of Eugene and Lane County have jointly come up with additional funding to keep two services operational. 

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Late last year, the City of Eugene passed an ordinance banning styrofoam take-out containers. It became effective December 27th. Local officials say the response has been positive, but a few businesses are still in transition.


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