Free Film Series about Homeless Camping

Join the Eugene Human Rights Commission Homelessness Work Group to watch a film about one summer in a tent city under a bridge in Indianapolis. The story has striking similarities for homeless communities in Eugene and many other cities, particularly on the West coast, and is particularly relevant given the recent federal court ruling stating that “cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.”

We will watch the film and then have a panel led discussion and Q&A session.


Residential Streets Focus for Busy Road Construction Season

by Cindy Koehler, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement

Eugene Public Works is planning for another busy year of road construction projects. In all, construction crews will rebuild or resurface more than 20 roads throughout the city. While most of the projects are on local, residential streets, crews will improve four main corridors as well as enhance safety features for people who walk and bike. Combined, the improvements are expected to total more than $10 million and repave a total of more than 18 lane miles of streets.

The larger projects include portions of West 11th Avenue (Bertelson Road to Danebo), Garfield Street (Roosevelt to 6th Avenue), 7th Place (Bailey Hill Road to Highway 99), and West Amazon Drive. The rest of the work, 17 roads, will be primarily residential streets.

Most of the funding for these capital projects come from the 2012 voter-approved bond measure. As part of the Public Works’ Enhanced Street Repair Program, the City will also resurface Spring Boulevard (south of 27th Avenue) and Jeppesen Acres (east of Gilham), along with several smaller streets. Continue reading

What kind of Police Chief do we want for Eugene?

The City of Eugene has entered the Hire phase of our Police Chief Recruitment process and will host finalists for the positions in Eugene between March 12 and March 15.

Get to Know the Candidates at Community Forum

Join us for a Community Forum open to everyone and viewable through webcast:

  • Tuesday, March 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Harris Hall, 125 East Eighth Avenue

Submit Questions for the Finalists

Community members present and viewing from home can submit questions to be asked in advance or during the forum. Continue reading

2016 Police Auditor Report for Neighborhood Associations

by Beatriz Hernandez, Community Engagement & Translation Specialist, City of Eugene, Police Auditor’s Office

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor was established by Charter amendment in 2005 to provide an external, independent mechanism for the receipt, classification, and monitoring of complaints against employees of the Eugene Police Department (EPD).

By design, the Auditor’s Office is separate from the rest of city government. The police auditor is hired and supervised by the Eugene City Council. The Eugene City Charter also provides for a Civilian Review Board, whose members are appointed by City Council and are tasked primarily with reviewing closed complaints. Eugene City Code designates our office as the intake point for all complaints against employees of EPD.

We impartially and thoroughly monitor the complaint process to ensure that it is fair and unbiased. We also make recommendations to the Police Chief and Police Commission regarding policies, training, and trends.

Download 2016 Annual Report

Green and Resilient Neighborhood Initiative

If you would like to know how to make your home, street and neighborhood more green, resilient and prepared, you will want to know about the G and R Neighborhood Initiative.

The Green and Resilient Neighborhood Initiative is a series of presentations, site tours, skill share and work parties.  Its all free and takes place in the River Road Neighborhood this summer.

Presentations will touch on earthquakes with overviews of CERT Training, Map Your Neighborhood, Neighborhood Watch and creating Green and Resilient Neighborhoods. The presentations will explain how these programs can help neighbors meet and work together.

The site tours will feature edible landscaping, rain water catchment, solar design, front yard gardens, examples of neighborhood collaboration and much more.  The skill shares will include food storage, permaculture, edible landscaping and more.

The first presentation is June 13, 7 PM at the River Road Rec Center, 1400 Lake Drive. Josh Bruce, Director of the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience will explain the implications of the overdue Cascadia Earthquake.

For more Green and Resilient Initiative information, please link to or like us at

Q & A with Chief of Police Pete Kerns

ChiefKerns2015[1]The Chief of Police for the Eugene Police Department will be the featured presenter for the NLC March meeting. Chief Kerns has served the City of Eugene Police Department in a variety of disciplines for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, Chief Kerns has worked with community groups, neighborhoods and business associations to promote safety through problem oriented, neighborhood based community policing.

Pete Kerns will be our featured guest on Tuesday, March 28, 7pm – 9pm to discuss safety concerns related to the recent hate and bias incidents and answer questions about patrols, response time, neighborhood involvement and more.

We invite all neighbors to submit questions for Chief Kerns. Please use the form below to submit your questions. Enter your email address into the field provided and select your association from the drop-down menu if you wish to be added to your neighborhood association contact list.

NLC Featured Presentation: Pesticides in City Parks

At tonight’s Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) meeting, Scott Milovich from Parks and Open Space will discuss pesticide spraying in city parks and the pesticide-free parks program. Most parks in Eugene have areas that are pesticide free.  The City’s IPM Policy creates pesticide free buffers around sensitive areas in parks.  These include a 25 foot buffer around playgrounds and exercise stations, stormwater catch basins and inlets, picnic areas, community gardens, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, water spray features, and dog parks. Read more…


The NLC is a civic organization composed of each of Eugene’s twenty-three (23) recognized neighborhood associations. The group meets monthly to discuss current topics, learn about programs and services, work collectively on issues, share ideas and information, and to promote the interests of Eugene Neighborhood Associations.

The Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sloat Room, on the ground floor of the Atrium Building, at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene. All meetings are open to the public and each meeting opens with an opportunity for public comment.

Community E-Waste Recycling Drive

Help your neighborhood schools keep electronics out of the landfill.

Southeast Neighbors

The following schools are participating in an E-Waste competition with the support of NextStep and Partners for Sustainable Schools. From Friday, April 22 through Friday, April 29, each school will collect as many unwanted electronics from the community as they can. Results will be weighed at the end of the month and the school who collects the most wins. Be part of the re-use/recycle solution this Earth Day and help these schools keep electronics out of the landfill.

Bertha Holt
Camas Ridge Elementary
Corridor Elementary
Edgewood Community Elementary
Guy Lee
Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter
Roosevelt Middle
The Village School
Yujin Gakuen

Recyclable items include toys, television sets, computer monitors and CPUs (desktop computer towers), flat screen monitors, printers, computer cables, cell phone and stereo equipment, slow cookers, hair dryers, phone chargers, blenders…everything from coffee makers and toasters…anything that has a cord or takes batteries! Light…

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Seeking First Aid Volunteers for Summer Olympic Trials

The Red Cross is organizing First Aid Service Teams (FAST) to provide basic first aid support for attendees at this summer’s Olympic Trials hosted here in Eugene from July 1-10.  This is a great opportunity for high school and college students and community members to be Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED trained and who want to do something interesting in their local community this summer.  Contact Whitney at the Red Cross office, 541-344-5244, if you have any questions.

“Moonlight” Streetlights

Southeast Neighbors

A project is under way to install LED fixtures on about half of Eugene’s 10,000 streetlights. The project will remove old high-pressure sodium fixtures and replace them with modern, efficient LED lights. The goals of the project are to save energy and reduce maintenance costs over the long term. The new fixtures use about a third of the energy used in the old fixtures. The LEDs are designed to last 20 years, versus five years for the old fixtures. A state Energy Incentive Program grant will pay a substantial portion of the $1.7 million project.

Residents will notice that the new lights are whiter, but not brighter, than the old lights. The old lights give off a yellow or orange hue, while the new lights give off a light color that is similar to moonlight. This makes it easier to correctly identify the color of objects lit up by the…

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