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German Cannabis Supporters Join 2017 Hanfparade


MARIJUANA POLITICS - The News Source For an Informed Citizenry Post by Amber Iris Langston
Despite a little cold and rainy weather, a great crowd turned out this year for the 21st annual Berlin Hanfparade (or “Hemp Parade”) last Saturday, August 12th. According to Michael Knodt, writer for Marijuana.com and speaker at the April 2017 International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin, the turnout for this […]
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Lesley challenges Bozievich for West Lane commissioner


The candidates for West Lane County Commissioners squared off before the Eugene City Club on Friday over contrasting views of government, how best to grow the economy - and what went wrong with former county administrator Liane Richardson.

Lebanon city manager resigns after five months


LEBANON — Following a half-hour executive session to discuss management issues, City Manager Dana Hlavac tendered his resignation during the Lebanon City Council meeting Wednesday evening.
The surprise move comes just five months after Hlavac moved to Lebanon from Gila County, Ariz., where he was the county’s interim finance director.
“As my six month evaluation approaches I have had an opportunity to speak with council members and to my department heads,” Hlavac read from a prepared statement. “It is clear that there is an extreme diversity of views in relation to what I have been able to bring to the City of Lebanon during my brief tenure. Rather than exacerbate this situation and in an attempt to aid the City of Lebanon, I feel it is appropriate to move beyond these continuing issues. I feel it is appropriate for me to return to Arizona and focus on my family.”
He added that it is “with the heaviest of hearts” that the decision was reached.
All council members voted to accept Hlavac’s resignation and to make adjustments to a previously agreed upon severance package, except councilor Barry Scott who is working out of state and participated via Internet. He abstained.
Hlavac’s first day on the job was August 26. He succeeded interim city manager Jon Nelson, who filled the position for several months after the retirement of long-term city manager John Hitt.
Hlavac was to be paid $125,000 per year plus benefits.
He was among four finalists for the job from across the country.
At the time of his selection, Mayor Paul Aziz said Hlavac impressed him because, “He really researched the community.” Aziz also liked the fact that Hlavac believes in a long-term visioning process.
Council president Bob Elliott called Hlavac a “take charge kind of person who will meet problems head-on.”
Hlavac has a bachelor’s degree in social geography from Syracuse University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver.

SNAP cuts may affect students and families


As of Nov. 1, the temporal boost agent for Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will no longer provide the same amount of assistance to families as it has been. Why the sudden change? Since 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided an economic boost for SNAP benefits. Without the Recovery Act boost the […]

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is visiting the Knight Law Center


U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will be making an appearance at the UO to talk about how the American dream can be saved. On Friday, in room 175 in the Knight Law Center, Merkley will speak during an an event hosted by the City Club of Eugene, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and [...]

Former Oregon chief education officer Rudy Crew allegedly violated state travel rules


Even though he left to be a president of a college in Brooklyn, NY, Rudy Crew is being pulled back into the limelight in Oregon for having allegedly violated the state’s travel rules, and for allegedly manipulating his time sheets. According to documents obtained by Portland’s Willamette Week, the state’s former chief education officer traveled [...]

Oregon state Senate approves nearly $240 million in bonding authority to UO


The Oregon state Senate approved a series of bills today that authorize approximately $1 billion in bonding authority for projects statewide, with the University of Oregon receiving about $240 million. The Senate approved two items with a price tag of more than $80 million: $84.3 million for the Erb Memorial Union renovation project and another [...]

Free tuition? Sounds too good to be true (and it kind of is)


Pick a university, any university. Don’t worry about the money: Oregon will pick up the check. That is, until you graduate. In essence, that’s the plan behind HB 3472. On the same day that Congress voted to double the interest rate to subsidized Stafford Loans, the Oregon House of Representatives and Senate voted unanimously to [...]

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