Activist Alert 2-19-2015

Margaret Robertson, sustainability instructor at LCC and author of the textbook Sustainability Principles and Practice will lecture at 5:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 19, at LCC’s Downtown Campus, 101 W. 10th Ave. 

• A parent information night on Smarter Balanced testing and Common Core State Standards will be at 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 19, at South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave. An equivalent session in Spanish will be at 6:30 pm Monday, March 2, at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. The presentation will “cover why the state tests have changed, how they will be implemented, and how parents can support their students.” More information can be found at

• Noted author Kristen Ohlson will talk about her book The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Building Healthy Soil to Heal the Planet at 6 pm Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Eugene Public Library. 

• UO education prof Jerry Rosiek will speak on “Curriculum and the New Standardized Tests: Why Tests are a Poor Lever for School Improvement” at City Club of Eugene at noon Friday, Feb. 20, at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette St. $5 for non-members. 

• A symposium on “Living Data: Inhabiting New Media” will be from 9 am to 5:45 pm Friday, Feb. 20, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on campus. Part of the Wayne Morse Center’s 2015 theme of Media and Democracy. Keynote speaker is Wendy Hui Kyong Chun of Brown University. See for schedule. 

• Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Ward 7 City Councilor Claire Syrett are holding a public outreach meeting from 5 to 6 pm Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Grocery Outlet, 2060 River Road. For more information on these monthly Mayor’s One-on-One meetings, call 682-8340.

• A discussion titled “UNPLUGGED: Are Wireless Technologies Worth the Convenience?” will be at 4 pm Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the LCC Main Campus Building 17 with a free screening of the documentary Take Back Your Power, with comments from director Josh del Sol via Skype and presentations by Dr. Paul Dart and Commissioner Pete Sorenson on health effects of electromagnetic radiation and cell tower regulations. Sponsored by the Lane Student Chapter of OSPIRG and the Lane Peace Center.

Revised urban growth boundary (UGB) recommendations from the Envision Eugene process will be presented 4 pm Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Atrium Sloat Room, 99 W. 10th Ave. The City Council will also hold a public forum on the topic at 7:30 pm Monday, Feb. 23, at Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue, in order to hear from community members. The City Council will hold a work session Feb. 25 to provide direction to staff on the housing components of the formal UGB adoption package.

Shelley Poticha, director of the National Resource Defense Council’s Urban Solutions program, will speak at 5:30 pm Monday, Feb. 23, at 206 Lawrence Hall on campus. Her topic is “Building Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Together.” Poticia previously served as a senior advisor and director of the federal Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a former Eugenean and daughter of longtime Eugene architect Otto Poticha. A reception will follow her talk.