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September 4, 2013 01:28 PM

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio has weighed in on the possible war on Syria, saying:

I have yet to hear the administration answer two simple questions—what are our objectives and what is our long-term strategy in this conflict. This situation is incredibly fluid, but I currently do not support an open-ended, ill-defined intervention in another civil war. It's abundantly clear that there's no easy resolution to this conflict and the need for or potential effectiveness of U.S. military involvement is questionable at best.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Sept. 4 to authorize a U.S. strike on Syria. Yesterday the Washington Post documented Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) playing video poker on his iPhone

McCain joked about it on Twitter.

September 4, 2013 06:17 PM

Here is the Lane County press release on its latest closing of Free Speech Plaza. The county voted for an "emergency" closing of the Wayne Morse Terrace (aka the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza) 4-1, with Pete Sorenson voting against the closure. The county is also changing the Lane Code rules on the plaza, to "provide clear long term rules for use of the Free Speech Area." 

The county says in the press release that "Under both the order and the proposed Code revisions, the Designated Free Speech Area, a County facility within the Wayne Morse Terrace will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily."

 

September 4, 2013 12:17 PM

Longtime Eugene newswatchers may remember KMTR meteorologist Tim Joyce, he's now with a TV station in Seattle, but his sister, Emily Joyce has been living in Eugene. Emily Joyce went missing on Aug. 29 and Tim Joyce is asking for help in finding her.

September 2, 2013 01:56 PM

Why name huge storms after nice people when you can name them after climate-change denying politicians? The only thing that would make this video better would be the addition of "Hurricane Art Robinson."

August 30, 2013 06:19 PM

The SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Place to to Sleep) protest is spreading both in physical space and on social media. The protest is centered at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza — or as Lane County is now calling it, the Wayne Morse Terrace. The county has called an emergency session on Sept. 4 to discuss an emergency closure of the plaza and developing an ordinance for an "actual free speech area."

Though the rules for the area have changed over time, county and court documents  and press releases have long refered to the entire area as the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza or sometimes the Terrace/Plaza. Congressman Peter DeFazio, who was one of the county commissioners who orginally proposed the Wayne Morse Terrace and the free speech area, tells EW he's not sure changing the name changes the intent of the area.

The recent brouhaha over camping in the plaza, after a Eugene municipal judge ruled the county's closing down the plaza during a previous SLEEPS protest was unconstitutional, centered on the issues of feces as evidence of a health and safety issue. Valkyrie says the good thing about the focus on feces is that it has brought attention to the need for bathrooms downtown. The issue was futher inflamed when a photo of a person allegedly pooping near the SLEEPS protest began circulating after someone from Lane County sent it to right-wing am talk show the Wake Up Call. 

Hedin Manus Brugh of SLEEPS says after he saw the pictures he searched every "nook and cranny" of the Free Speech Plaza for where the pooping might have occured, but couldn't find the site. He says SLEEPS keeps a list of its members and the photo being circulated is not someone from SLEEPS. Brugh, who was recently homeless himself, says it's not easy for many SLEEPS members who have often led hard and independent lives on the street, to sign a contract with the group but "at the end of the day we know [being organized] is going to work" and help the homeless have a place to sleep and to use the bathroom.

Homeless and free speech advocate Alley Valkyrie says she did find where the photo was taken — on the other side of the county building from the SLEEPS protest and showed the spot to an EW reporter. She questions why rather than just taking a photo someone didn't stop the person from dropping his or her pants. She also questions the lack of date and time stamp and source of the photo.

Valkyrie agrees with Brugh that the rump in the photo is not a bottom belonging to a SLEEPS protester. Moreover she says, on the night before the city found feces in the Park Blocks that led to the grassy areas being fenced off, she went and talked to the people sleeping there. Those campers were not affiliated with SLEEPS or even local she says. They told Valkyrie that they were in town for the Kaleidoscope Music Festival. "That's who pooped in your park," she says. . Photos have been circulating from the county that allegedly show human feces and a person pooping. You can see them here

Valkyrie also points out that driving homeless campers out of the West Eugene Wetlands on the edge of town has driven more homeless to the city center. 

She was taken aback over recent statements on Facebook by Commissioner Jay Bozievich that not only accused Valkyrie of being "liar" but  also accused her of saying SLEEPS was purposely pooping in planters. Bozievich has recently increased his posts and visibility on his "West Eugene Commissioner Jay Bozievich" Facebook page.  A recent survey by Lindholm Company says "Commissioner Bozievich, based on these data, is in the weakest shape of the three county commissioners up for re-election next year. He has a three-to-one favorability ratio which is good, but he has less than 30 percent favorables. This analysis implies that people who know about Commissioner Bozievich like him, but not enough know who he is."

Bozievich writes on his page that previously was used during his election: " Alley, If you are not lying then Jon Ruis and Eugene staff lied to us in a meeting last Friday when they told us you admitted to them in a meeting that SLEEPS was using landscape areas as bathrooms in an attempt to have the City pressure the County to open the Public Service Building bathrooms 24-7 and then you went on TV and denied SLEEPS participants were involved and that it was all probably from dogs."

Valkyrie says she did not attend any such meeting, and that the city staff  "would not say that something came from my mouth when it did not."  Nor did she speak to the media about dog poop. Valkyrie provided EW an email statement from city attorney Glen Klein  that says: "Jon was not at the meeting last Friday. Captain Durr, Kathryn Brotherton and I met with Alicia, the county's lawyer and staff. Jay was not at the meeting either. During the meeting, the issue of feces in the Park Blocks and surrounding area came up. Captain Durr mentioned that he had had a conversation with Alley. Alley said that as far as she knew, no SLEEPS folks were using the park blocks as a restroom. She did add that if the City added public restrooms, then maybe no one would use the park blocks as a restroom. This was all that was said during the meeting on the topic. "

Valkyrie is contemplating a legal recourse on Bozievich's allegations.

Update: The thread in question has been removed from Bozievich's Facebook page. More of the conversation is below.

Update 2: EW asked Lane County's public information office for a response from Commissioner Bozievich on Friday afternoon before the holiday weekend. Bozievich responded on Sunday:

I recently posted some information in a comment on my Facebook page about Alley Valkyrie and S.L.E.E.P.S. I have since discovered the information was incorrect. I have contacted Ms. Valkyrie and personally apologized. I would like to extend that apology to the S.L.E.E.P.S. organization. I am sincerely sorry for placing inaccurate information about both parties on my page.

August 29, 2013 01:59 PM

Update: The county has posted its materials related to Wednesday's special session. On first glance, it appears Lane County plans to distinguish between the "Wayne Morse  Terrace" and a smaller "actual free speech area."

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According to the agenda sent out for a 9 am Sept. 4 "special" meeting of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, the board will be discussing the ""Matter of an Emergency Closure of the Wayne Morse Terrace" with County Counsel Stephen Dingle and discussing "Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of the Lane Manual to Add Provisions for use of the Designated Free Speech Area" with Alex Cuyler, intergovernmental relations manager (the seemingly random capitalization of agenda items comes from the agenda itself).

The links to "view materials" on the agenda say ""Material for this item is currently being worked on by staff. This link will be updated with material as soon as possible. Please check back at a later time," so the direction that the County Commission staff intends to go with the the provisions for using the free speech area is currently unclear. Civil Liberties Defense Center attorney Lauren Regan had previously offered to help county staff with the language after she won a motion to dismiss charges against protesters in the plaza the last time the county closed it.

 

SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) moved its camp back to the Free Speech Plaza after a judge determined the plaza's closure had violated the protesters' constitutional rights. The core of the county's argument had centered on alleged feces found in planters. 

Now someone from the county is circulating photos of poop and a person pooping. It is not clear when the photos were taken or by whom. Lane County Spokesperson Anne Marie Levis, when contacted about the photos, which were being discussed on the KPNW Wake Up Call radio show, said she didn't know how the show had gotten the photos from the county. KPNW cited "administrators" but Levis says that the acting administrator, Alicia Hayes, did not release the photos. In addition to the local Wake Up Call morning show, KPNW airs Lars Larson, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

Levis says, "We want to talk about this issue in a respectful manner. We respect the rights of individuals for free speech."

The commissioners will be taking public comment at the special meeting at about 9 am, according to the agenda.

The photos are below and since they feature poop and  and a naked butt pooping viewer discretion is advised. Scroll down if you wish to view them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 29, 2013 06:43 PM

From time to time we get complaints about spelling errors in our personal ads. We know that some of you out there can't wait for EW to come out in print on Thursdays just so you can break out your red pens and correct typos (FYI, our style guide is a mixture of AP, Chicago and our own in-house style guide, so you AP Stylebook purists are out of luck). 

We do our best to put EW out each week error free, however we make an exception when it comes to personal ads. Why? Well, we've said it before and we will say it again: If you are going to date someone you meet in a personal ad or have fetishy sex-type activities with said person, then far be it from us to hide the fact that "Mechanic for Fantasies" or "Hot Bi Slut" can't spell in our Wink and Kink ads, or even our I Saw Yous. For some of us bad spelling in a personal ad is a dealbreaker.

But sure, go ahead, keep cutting out the typos and mailing them to us. 

August 28, 2013 11:02 AM

"Crank It Like a Chainsaw" is probably not that out-of-context an anthem for Oregon State given the amount of tree-chopping, chainsaw-using forestry that comes out of the Corvallis institution. Twerking meets chainsaws — what could go wrong? I guess we will see if the Beavs will crank their chainsaws on their next trip to Autzen, or if they will be too stunned by the waterfalls, full-grown trees and glimpses of the new "Sweat Shop's" opulence nearby.

How did I miss the chainsaw song when it first came out anyway? (Probably because I'm not that up on crunk Christian rock). The lyrics are practically a Pacific Northwest anthem. Below is the full Family Force 5 video.

Lay in the cut with them elbows back
Engine smokin' just like this track
Shirt be soakin'
from all this sweat
Catch my breath, chainsaw

Now hear me roar
I'm an apex predator
From the sycamores,
let's get skeletor
Chainsaw, chainsaw
Watch and learn, watch and learn
Get that thang crankin',
yeah, slash slash burn

Bows to the knees,
yeah, crank it like a chainsaw
Bows to the knees, 
yeah, crank it like a chainsaw
Crank it, crank it, crank it back
Crank it, crank it, back back

August 28, 2013 03:56 PM

Rick Dancer is pretty darn sure that having a safe place to sleep is not a human right. He doesn't want to be "insensitive" he says in the video, but as he writes in the comments of his Facebook page where he posted his "driving while videoing" musings, "I agree it would be nice if we all had a safe place to sleep but that's not a right, that is what we call a privilege."

He then continues in the sort of "I'm not a racist; I have black friends" vein with how he showers with homeless people in Springfield all the time: "I met them in the showers at Willamalane Pool. In Springfield Willamalane lets these guys shower for 50 cents and we all know them and talk with them."

You can also watch the video here on Dancer's Facebook page to get the full benefit of the comments and responses.

Hey, Rick Dancer, we have a challenge for you: Why don't you spend three days outside with nowhere to sleep? Downtown Eugene, downtown Springfield (you know, so you can shower), either one is good. Then let's check in and decide whether a safe place to sleep is a right or a priviledge. 

India's Supreme Court ruled that "a citizen has a right to sound sleep because it is fundamental to life" in 2012, and the BBC says sleep deprivation has been used as torture around the world.

Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to a higher mortality rate, and to quote the National Institutes of Health, "Sleeping is a basic human need, like eating, drinking and breathing."

August 21, 2013 01:31 PM

Is it just me, or is the Eugene Celebration website not working right now? Don't worry gentle reader, EW's Celebration issue and guide comes out tomorrow. (Technically the web version comes out tonight, late, or very very early tomorrow morning for the EW web junkies who sit and hit refresh until it comes up and they can start reading the articles, or, alternatively, trolling the comments section). 

Until we hit your screens and the streets, in our little red boxes, here's a Eugene Celebration video to tide you over.

August 21, 2013 12:47 PM

Feral pig, "wild" turkey, bullfrog, dandelions and more will be served up this weekend, 7 pm Aug. 25, at the annual Invasive Species Cook-off in Philomath, Ore., just outside Corvallis, at Chintimini Farm. The event is put on by the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) and features top chefs and music by EW's Next Big Thing sem-finalists Edewaard. 

Food catered by Matt Bennett of Sybaris Restaurant

Music by classical guitarist Gina Machovina and the band Edewaard to move to!

Willamette Valley wine and beer

A cook-off between local chefs using invasive ingredients

Live auction with great items, such as kayak trips, wild mushroom hunt and dinner, wine cellar, yoga and pilates, etc!

Games and more!

Kids play area

Mmmm: dandelion greens

According to Eradication by Mastication the Invasive Species Cook-off started in 2012 and "Top 'Cook-off' honors went to pulled nutria, popcorn sparrow and Cajun bullfrog legs."

The fundraising dinner not only benefits the Intitute for Applied Ecology, it's also outreach on the invasives issue: "Invasive species threaten our native species and habitats, costing the U.S. more than $138 billion every year. IAE is ready to take them on. We are bringing people to the table to spark conversation and advance action, one edible invader at a time."

For price, tickets and other details go to eradicationbymastication.org.

August 20, 2013 07:18 PM

Oregon University System (OUS) workers represented by SEIU Local 503 will be voting on whether or not to strike  Sept. 9, 10 and 11. The union, which represents classified employees at the University of Oregon and other schools, posted on its website on Aug. 19 that "management’s proposals still do not fit with our vision for the kind of university system Oregon needs." Classified employess include nurses, office specialists, analysts and more. As the UO's human resources page says, "Classified employees carry out work that supports the academic work of the university faculty and researchers, enriches the student learning experience, and enhances the beautiful campus environment."  

SEIU writes of why it has declared an impasse and is calling for a strike authorization vote:

1. OUS shouldn’t be a poverty-wage employer. Management’s wage proposal leaves more than 1,200 classified workers eligible for food stamps.

2. OUS should honor the sacrifices of classified workers over the last four years, rather than insisting on cutting down the step system and offering miniscule raises. Instead of taking financial pressures out on classified employees and students.

3. OUS should recover lost income from the banks who helped crash our economy with misleading and fraudulent financial practices.

4. OUS should focus resources on classrooms and student and faculty services instead of high-salaried administration.

 Declaring an impasse doesn't stop bargaining and mediation, it's a required step before a strike. The next bargaining session is Aug. 22 and 23 at Oregon Tech. SEIU says that more than 200 members, students, and faculty came out for a Solidarity Rally at UO.

To raise money for the Strike Hardship fund, a classified worker from Southern Oregon University Anne Wadley is raffling off an Oregon-themed quilt. Go here for more info and where to buy tickets.

August 19, 2013 05:46 PM

It's not getting much press outside of Madison, Wisc., but the unions there are still protesting Governor Scott Walker. The daily Sing-Along at the Wisconsin Capitol has been generating arrests since July 24 — 300 have been arrested and given $200 tickets, and the Wisconsin State Journal says the number of protesters, who chant "We're still here," at 1 pm each day is growing. 

Protests in Madison made headlines in 2011 when Walker announced plans to eliminate collective bargaining for most public workers. Unions haven't given up on changing how labor is being treated in that Midwestern state. Recent arrests include firefighters, Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, an elected city official, a 14-year-old girl and three members of the Raging Grannies.

August 19, 2013 04:23 PM

It remains to be seen if splititng up Oregon's state schools is going to pan out for the benefit of all the schools or just the ones with big donors (aka "Uncle" Phil Knight, who pulled himself from the list). But for the long-term good of higher ed or not, the boards are announced. Some commentary in italics, please feel free to jump in.

Gottfredson says in his email to the UO:

The university received gift commitments totaling $200,054,995, the second highest one-year total in the UO’s history. Of the total, $85,772,471 was designated by donors specifically to support faculty and academic programing, research activity, and student aid and scholarships, representing a significant increase in giving in these key categories. Commitments of $48.3 million were designated for the university’s endowment, which provides the institution with a stable source of ongoing funding. As of June 30, the endowment stood at an all-time high market value of $550 million—the largest endowment at any of Oregon’s universities—and saw a 13.8 percent return for the fiscal year.

But UO Matters points out that "… it appears that about 57% of the donations to the Foundation went to the jocks. If you count the $140M or so Knight spent on the football sweat shop - and it's hard to ignore - the jocks got about 75%."

Onto the the new governing boards:

UO's board (via email to staff and students, still waiting on a press release …)

Allyn Ford, Roseburg (president and CEO, Roseburg Forest Products) (Timber money, the enviros just LOVE this.)

Andrew Colas, Portland (principal, R&H Colas Construction)

Ann Curry, New York (television personality and journalist, UO alum)

Chuck Lillis, Castle Rock, Colo. (communications businessman, UO donor)

Connie Ballmer, Bellevue, Wash. (wife of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer) (Umm this day and age do we really say the most important thing about someone is that she's a "wife"?)

Ginevra Ralph, Eugene (Co-founder of The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts)

Joseph Gonyea III, Springfield (chief operating officer of Springfield-based Timber Products Co.) (Oh yay! More timber money!)

Mary Wilcox, Portland, (UO Alum and principal in various family investment companies)

Peter Bragdon Portland (general counsel, Columbia Sportswear, Portland)

Ross Kari, Sisters (UO Alum and executive vice president and CFO of Freddie Mac)

Rudy Chapa Portland (businessman, former UO track star)

Sam Dotters-Katz, Eugene (UO student)

Susan Gary, Eugene (UO faculty member)

Kurt Willcox, Eugene (UO staff member)

And OSU's board (via informative press release)

Mark Baldwin, of Albany, Ore., is an analyst and programmer in OSU’s Information Services division. He has had a long and successful career in information systems and technology in higher education and the private sector. Prior to joining the OSU staff, he worked at Western Oregon University and a number of private sector firms. As specified in SB 270, he represents the staff at Oregon State.

Patricia Bedient, of Sammamish, Wash., has been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Weyerhaeuser Company since 2007. She began her career and worked for 27 years with Arthur Andersen LLP, becoming partner in 1987. She serves on the boards of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and has served two terms on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees. She also is on the World Forestry Center board. (The dominance of timber money is less surprising at OSU, given it's got a forestry school).

Rani Borkar, of Portland, Ore., is corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Development Group for Intel Corporation. She leads numerous global engineering teams that are responsible for the development of a full range of processors for server, client, and handheld devices. She has been with Intel since 1988 and earned the Intel Achievement Award in 2002.

Darald “Darry” Callahan, of San Rafael, Calif., is former president of Chevron Chemical Company, and served as executive vice president of Power, Chemicals and Technology for ChevronTexaco Corp. from 2001 until his retirement in 2003. He also has served as president of Chevron Oil Bahamas Limited and president of Warren Petroleum Company. He is a former chair of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees. (Chemicals and oil, yup.)

Michele Longo Eder, of Newport, Ore., is an attorney whose practice includes an emphasis in marine and fisheries law. In partnership with her husband, Bob Eder, she is a shareholder in Argos Inc. and is president of Eder Fish Company, a wholesale fish dealer for domestic and foreign buyers. She is a member of the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee and former commissioner of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

Elson Floyd, of Pullman, Wash., has been president of Washington State University since 2007. He was president of the University of Missouri from 2003-07, and Western Michigan University from 1998 to 2003. He began his career at University of North Carolina, where he held several executive positions. He is on numerous national boards including the Washington STEM Center Board, Association of Public Land Grant Universities Board, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, of Portland, was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in July 2012; her term expires in 2014. She retired from OSU in 2004 as vice president of University Advancement, and has served as a trustee for the Meyer Memorial Trust since 1999. She is also serving on the boards of the Chalkboard Project and the University of New Mexico Foundation.

Paul Kelly, of Portland, Ore., was named to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in 2007 and served as president from 2008-11. He recently retired from the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. From 1987 to 2005, he served in several positions at Nike, Inc., including general counsel and global director of public affairs. He is on the Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation board and Legal Aid Services of Oregon board, among others.

Brenda McComb, of Corvallis, Ore., is dean of the OSU Graduate School and a former forest habitat researcher. Before being named dean of the graduate school in April of 2011, she led the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry. Her research has focused on the effects of land management practices on animals and natural habitats. As specified in SB 270, she represents the faculty at Oregon State.

Laura Naumes, of Medford, Ore., is vice president of Naumes Inc. The company has orchards in California, Oregon and Washington and is a leading producer of pears. It also produces several varieties of apples, along with cherries, Asian pears and persimmons. She is a former member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco advisory council and began her first term as trustee on the OSU Foundation Board in 2012.

Patricia “Pat” Reser, of Beaverton, Ore., is board chair of Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company. She previously served as corporate secretary for 13 years, and is a retired employee of the Beaverton School District. She is one of three co-chairs of OSU’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and is serving her third term as an OSU Foundation Trustee.

Taylor Sarmon, of Corvallis, Ore., is a sophomore majoring in political science at Oregon State and is executive director of government affairs for the Associated Students of OSU. In that role, he oversees ASOSU’s local, state and federal lobbying efforts. The graduate of Union High School in eastern Oregon served as an intern during the 2013 Oregon Legislative session, and is a past president of the national Future Business Leaders of America. As specified in SB 270, he represents the students of OSU.

Kirk Schueler, of Bend, Ore., is chief administrative officer for St. Charles Health System. Previously, he was president of Brooks Resources Corporation, a real estate development firm in Bend. He was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in 2009; his term expires in 2013. He serves on the boards of the Bend Foundation, Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, and the Jeld-Wen Tradition Foundation.

John Turner, of Pendleton, Ore., retired as president of Blue Mountain Community College in June. He joined the college in 2003 as executive vice president and provost, becoming president in 2005. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a colonel with more than 28 years of service, including a stint as president of the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Va. He serves as a commissioner of the Port of Umatilla.

For the official list from the governor, Portland State and the Higher Ed Coordinating Commitee go here.