The Eugene Exclusion Zone Law – originally passed in 2008, extended in 2010, extended again in February of 2012. It is once again up for debate – get rid of it, or make it permanent?
The exclusion zone spans 20 square blocks in downtown Eugene. It spans from 7th Avenue to 11th Avenue and from Lincoln Street to Pearl Street. The zone also extends to Lawrence Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue.
Some call it unconstitutional, others unfair, while others call it needed. Many call it ineffective, but for very different reasons. We’re going to bring you the files as we receive them and let you decide.
The complete ordinance is on the City’s website. Go to http://www.eugene-or.gov/citycode and read sections 4.873–4.879 and 4.990, or search for Council Ordinance Number 20419.
We’ll start you with today’s file:
On the afternoon of September 20, Officers received a citizen complaint of a subject selling hashish in the Broadway Plaza by holding up a sign that read “HASH” on it to certain passersbys. Officers watched as the suspect, upon flashing the sign to a man who stopped on his bicycle, was shown a bottle and allowed to smell its contents. Officers made contact with the suspect, who was sitting in a group of people, some known to be juveniles, near the bronze sculpture in the plaza. The suspect told the officers he came from Washington and was heading to San Francisco passing through Eugene on his way there. Officers located 23.4 grams of hashish, digital scales and some Ziploc baggies on the suspect and in his belongings. The suspect was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Schedule-2 (Hashish) and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule-2 (Hashish) and given a notice to show cause.
The suspect is a white male, age 25, no known address.