Utah has a unique plan to end homelessness and save taxpayers money by providing free apartments and caseworkers. See
This just in from Sen. Jeff Merkley's staff:
Today Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced he will vote for the Murray-Ryan budget compromise, which will offer some relief from sequestration for the next two fiscal years.
“For the last three years, Congress has been governing from crisis to crisis, hurting the economy and the American families who depend on Congress to take on the big challenges we face as a nation. This plan, though not one I would’ve written, will help prevent a government shutdown and provide some relief from the draconian sequestration cuts that have been keeping kids out of Head Start, halting deliveries of meals-on-wheels, and stopping cutting-edge research and development.
“I am deeply disturbed that the deal changes the cost of living adjustments for retiring military personnel, yet fails to eliminate a single tax loophole for powerful special interests. It is also shameful that this deal does not extend unemployment benefits for our millions of jobless Americans looking for work. I hope that we address this issue as soon as possible, preferably before we leave for the year. We cannot leave millions of families out in the cold.
“Compromise means we don't get everything we want; instead we work with our colleagues across the aisle to get the best deal we can. We must stop governing from crisis to crisis, and we must mitigate the sequester's damaging impacts on programs that are critical for working families. This budget will put us on the path towards doing that. That is why I will vote yes.”
Excellent video from Oregon Natural Desert Association on hiking the Oregon Desert Trail. See also the ONDA newsletter at http://onda.org/publications/newsletter/winter-2013
Crowds cheer as Uruguay Senate legalizes the production and sale of marijuana. President Jose Mujica called for legalization as a way of combatting the illegal drugs industry that has been disastrous for parts of the country. The measure now goes to the president for his signature.
From Eugene Public Works, the latest on road conditions as of 3 pm today, Dec. 10:
Eugene motorists on Tuesday picked their way along a wintery mix of road conditions that included some areas of bare pavement, lots of packed snow and ice, and — for the first time since the snowstorm last Friday — slush.
"It's great that we're seeing some breakup of the snow pack," said Public Works Incident Commander Chris Girard. "But it also brings a new challenge, which is sheet ice if the snow melts and then refreezes overnight."
Public Works crews have been working around the clock since early Friday morning. Today, a combination of plows, sanders and deicers were on the roads, making the most of the small window of opportunity that slightly warmer temperatures has opened. However, with overnight lows expected to be 20 degrees of less, crews today and again tonight will use sand and liquid deicer to get roads ready for Wednesday morning's commute.
Since Dec. 6, Public Works has applied approximately 625 cubic yards of sand and 3,100 gallons of liquid deicer and logged 1,250 personnel hours responding to the storm. Total response expenditures to date exceed $90,000.
Members of Eugene Public Works incident command staff met today with school district officials to identify key bus routes if schools are open tomorrow. The ice-snow emergency parking ban remains in effect and will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
Public Works crews also have been working to clear sidewalk access ramps s in the downtown area and sidewalks in front of City buildings. Property owners citywide are responsible for keeping sidewalks safe adjacent to their property. Similar to street conditions, in areas of heavy foot traffic the snow has been compacted into an icy mass that can be very difficult to remove with a hand shovel.
For additional information about the ice-snow emergency, go to www.eugene-or.gov/snow. To report hazardous situations in the public rights of way, call 682-4800 or online at www.eugene-or.gov/pwservice. Requests for service will be responded to based on public safety priorities and availability of resources.
Shawn Colvin will play the McDonald Theatre 8 pm Friday, Dec. 6, assuming Eugene isn't under three feet of snow. Maybe even then....
Thanks to Kathy Ging for the link to this video.
This letter was sent Dec. 2, 2013 to Eugene city officials from peace activist David Hazen.
Dear Mayor and City Councilors,
I have been alerted to the intention of the EPD to evict the occupants of Whoville on December 20, and I am asking you to redirect and postpone this action toward a more compassionate result. I am ready to move mountains to make Eugene a compassionate city. Would you like to meet for tea and talk, and if so what times work for you?
I am asking you to consider the importance of healing the past traumatic experiences of our economic refugees and not adding more trauma. I am asking you to consider the evidence that a capacity exists among the wounded, disenfranchised peoples within Eugene to unite into a self-healing community.
I wish to convert this apparent conflict between the city and the economic refugees in our midst into a model of cooperative learning and problem-solving at the deepest root level. I am certain that the expertise and resources to do this are available here and now.
Recently, my mentor and president of the National Peace Academy, Dot Maver, alerted me to the leading edge of community peace-building, which is to re-frame the process as a public health challenge, to become a trauma-informed community. This is a link to a one-page summary of an excellent 30-page description of a public health approach to healing trauma. I hope it helps you understand where I'm headed.
The City of Tarpon Springs is taking steps to become a "trauma informed community." Robin Saenger — former Vice Mayor of Tarpon Springs - and Dr. Andrea Blanch — Senior Consultant with the National Center on Trauma Informed Care talk about what that means and how we can all be a part of this movement in this video (11 minutes). See below.
Imagineer, Eugene Peace Team