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Fence Built Around "Occupy" Camp

If you’ve been on Seventh Avenue, you probably noticed the new chain link fence going up around the Occupy Eugene camp. It isn’t part of the protest, it’s a safety precaution.

 

The City of Eugene decided to put up the fence because of all the jay-walking going on across Seventh Avenue. There is only one crosswalk on the far west intersection of the park to commute across the busy street, and so a lot of people are finding their own means of crossing.

 

“Going across six lanes of traffic is just not safe and we don’t want it to continue,” said Doug Mozan, Eugene Police.

 

“I just noticed the fence they put up, but I think it has to do with traffic control and protecting our citizens, people crossing the street. And we’ve had several close calls, and we’re lucky we haven’t killed someone,” said protester Troy Tolliver.

 

Overall, protesters didn’t seem too upset about the fence. They seemed respectful of the city’s decision and understand the importance of their safety and that of the drivers on Seventh.

 

November 18 – Morning Headlines

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Food for Lane County is suffering a food reserve shortage.

Headlines

  • Bicycle v.s. Vehicle Crash at E.11th and High
    The Eugene Police Department is investigating a serious traffic crash involving a vehicle and a bicycle at the intersection of E 11th and High Streets.  11th Street is closed from Mill Street west to Pearl Street.  Motorist are urged to avoid the area …
  • Police Arrest 17 Occupy Eugene Protesters
    Occupy Eugene was out in full force Thursday to join in the International Day of Action. Everything was quiet by 5 p.m. on 11th and Willamette, but that was not the case earlier that afternoon. Chase Bank was the sight of one prot…
  • Attackers were strangers, beating victim tells jury in attempted murder case
    A 42-year-old Glenwood man told a jury this morning that he had never before seen two homeless men who seriously injured him in an Aug. 11 altercation the prosecutor called a “beat down” that might have killed Mark Christopher Taylor, had witnesses…
  • FFLC Shelves Barely Stocked
    Food For Lane County says its shelves are not staying stocked this year. The warehouse usually has enough food to last eight to 10 weeks. Right now, it only has four weeks’ worth. The USDA cut a third of the funding going to food banks thi…
  • Angry mom confronts Occupy campers about runaway daughter
    “Harboring children and dealing drugs! That’s what you’re doing!” the woman screamed, accusing the Occupy campers of harboring her runaway daughter.
  • Tree Limb Falls on Electric Line in South Eugene
    More than 400 EWEB customers were without power Wednesday night after a tree limb fell across an electric line. It happened near Willamette Street and West 38th Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Strong winds caused a tree limb to fall o…
  • Oregon economists predict another drop in state revenues
    State revenues are down approximately $107 million from previous estimates, officials announced today. Combined with an almost $200 million revenue drop predicted in August, today’s forecast means Oregon’s sputtering economic recovery has…
  • Police get prior approval to arrest trespassers
    A Eugene Police Department program helps property owners who want to keep people off their property who don’t belong there. It’s called the Trespass Program.
  • County commissioners pass DeFazio’s logging revival
    The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 last Wednesday in support of Congressman Peter DeFazio’s proposal to support more logging on federal forests in Lane County.DeFazio recently teamed up with Congressmen Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader to…
  • Egan Warming Centers Open Today
    With temperatures expected to dip, the Egan Warming Centers will open Friday.
    The centers that will open are downtown Eugene, Valley Covenant Church, Grace Community Fellowship, the Fern Ridge Center, Hosea Youth Services. In S…
  • Boys & Girls Club Opens Part-Time
    Money problems forced the Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley to close its doors back in October. But now with a little help, one of the branches is open a couple days a week. The Westmoreland Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Emer…
  • Bright leads Oregon St. past CS Northridge 83-63
    Patricia Bright scored 23 points and Oregon State opened the second half with a 14-2 run to pull away from Cal State Northridge 83-63 Thursday night.
  • Late second-half surge leads Oregon men to first win of the season
    For more than 30 minutes on Thursday night, the Oregon men’s basketball team struggled in most every facet of the game. Turnovers kept the Ducks out of rhythm offensively, poor perimeter defense paved the way for a great shooting night for Big Sky op…
  • UO Student-Athlete Center Floor Damaged by Water
    Some of the flooring inside the Jaqua Center at the University of Oregon has warped because of water damage. School officials say the majority of the floor will have to be replaced because of it. They say insurance will cover the …
  • Heisman Tour Stops in Eugene
    There’s a lot of talk about LaMichael James getting nominated for the Heisman for a second year. But even if he doesn’t get it, you still can, in a way. Crews spent Thursday setting up the tent for the Sports Illustrated Heism…
  • Duck star Cliff Harris sorts out traffic citations in court
    A star Duck football player suspended from the team since police pulled him over and cited him for traffic violations appeared in court Thursday to settle the charges against him.

Tim Chuey Weather:

Wet weather with falling snow levels. Looks like cold and wet will be the watch words through Thanksgiving.

High: 42
Low: 31
Rain: Showers

Advisories:

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM TODAY FOR THE COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON AND THE CENTRAL COAST RANGE ABOVE 1,000 FT. , FOR THE NORTH OREGON CASCADES FOOTHILLS ABOVE 1,000 FT, THE CASCADE FOOTHILLS OF LANE COUNTY ABOVE 1,000 FT, AND THE NORTHERN CASCADES INCLUDING THE CASCADES OF LANE COUNTY. A HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT THROUGH 4 PM TODAY FOR THE NORTH AND CENTRAL OREGON COAST.

The upper air flow is swinging from the northwest over the Pacific Northwest to bring us more moisture. A frontal system has moved through increasing the chances for rain and mountain snow. A series of frontal systems will march through into the weekend to keep us wet and we will seriously cool down.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with showers today (0.25 in. of rain possible), rain and snow showers likely (60%) tonight (snow level 1,000 ft., 1 in. of snow possible, 0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain and snow showers Saturday (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Saturday evening, mostly cloudy Saturday night, then a mix of clouds and sun Sunday and mostly cloudy Sunday night highs near 42 lows 31-35. Mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Monday, a good (50%) chance of rain Monday night, then rain likely (60%) Tuesday through Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) highs near 48 lows near 39. (seasonal averages high 51 low 37)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

‘Occupy’ Camp Affects Nearby Businesses

Businesses around the Occupy Eugene campsite near the Washington-Jefferson Bridge say they’re losing customers.

 

Subway is right across the street from the camp.

 

The store manager says protesters come in for water refills and order sandwiches but don’t pay for them.

 

That’s not the only way the sandwich shop is losing money.

 

“Our regulars drive up into the parking lot, and then drive away because they were there across the street. We have had people come in wanting to use the bathrooms, cussing us out because they weren’t paying customers, or harassing the people that are here at night,” said Subway manager Shannon Patten.

 

The 7-Eleven across the street from the camp says it’s seen more people coming in.

 

Occupy Eugene says its campers do frequent the eateries for food and water.

How Much Occupy Eugene Costs the City

The first week the Occupy Wall Street movement started in Eugene, police say it cost the city about $16,000 to $20,000 to patrol the protest.

 

The Eugene Police Department says that first week estimate includes regular time and overtime for officers needed to patrol the group’s first march and their location at the Eugene Park Blocks.

 

Officers say they don’t have any estimates on what it has cost the department since then, but officers say it’s most likely less since they know more of what to expect from the group now.

 

The department works closely with group members to know if they are planning a march or a move so officers can be prepared in advance.

 

“Been negotiating with a lot of the members as far as trying to figure out what they want to do so we can either facilitate them or recommend something different,” said Captain Rich Stronach.

 

Officers also frequently walk through the camp to get to know members and to see if there is a situation they need to help out with.

 

Police say the first week’s cost of “occupy” is comparable to a special event like Halloween party patrol that costs the department $20,000 to $30,000 to monitor.

November 4 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

  • UO says Occupy Eugene agrees to vacate campus property by Saturday night
    University of Oregon and Occupy Eugene representatives both said Thursday that the protest movement will vacate its setup on UO property by the end of the week. UO spokesman Phil Weiler said an agreement was reached Thursday afternoon for the group to …
  • LCSO awarded $140,000 forensics grant
    The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant to use solely in their forensics department.
  • Santiam and Willamette Passes See First Snow of the Season
    Santiam and Willamette Passes saw two to three inches of snow Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to get people out to the mountains just yet. David Sanders, Developed Recreation Planner for the McKenzie River Rangers, says Thursday was …
  • Lane County not considering vote to ban BPA
    The Multnomah County Commissioners voted unanimously last Thursday to ban the sale and manufacture of common products that contain the organic chemical compound Bisphenol-A (BPA). The bill, which was proposed by County Chair Jeff Cogen, bans BPA, a c…
  • Bandon Dunes unseats Pebble Beach as Golf Digest’s best
    The honors just keep rolling in for Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which can now claim, officially, to be the best golf resort in North America. The November issue of Golf Digest shows them at the top of their list.

     

Tim Chuey Weather:

Our rainy weather pattern will continue. Don’t forget to “Fall Back” one hour at bedtime Saturday night or officially 2 AM Sunday.

High: 48
Low: 35
Rain: 20% increasing to 60%

Your Saturday College Football preview weather forecasts:

  • Beavers vs Stanford at Reser Stadium Kickoff 12:30 PM – Mostly cloudy with rain, temperature 42 warming to near 50 by the end of the game. You will need clothing that is both warm and water resistant.
  • Ducks vs Washington in Seattle: Kickoff 7:30 PM – A good chance of rain with temperature holding near 46 throughout the game, then cooling down a bit. You will need clothing that is both warm and water resistant.

For the rest of the week into the weekend another upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape on yellow line) will be offshore pumping moisture our way. A frontal system will move in Saturday, then a series of frontal systems like this one will keep the chance of precipitation around. Mountain snow levels will fall well below pass levels making for possibly slippery roadways by Friday. A REMINDER: We will go back to Standard time THIS WEEKEND (Fall back one hour officially at 2 AM Sunday).

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Partly cloudy with patchy AM fog, partly cloudy this afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers in the evening, rain becoming likely (60%) late  tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), rain (0.15 in. of rain possible) Saturday, showers (0.25 in. of rain possible) Saturday night (0.25 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Sunday, then a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday night highs near 48 lows 35-40. Mostly cloudy Monday, a good (50%) chance of rain Monday night, rain likely (60%) Tuesday through Wednesday, then mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Wednesday night and Thursday highs 50-54 lows 42-39. (seasonal averages high 56 low 39)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Eugene Police Allow Occupy Camp to Stay

Camping out in Eugene city parks from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. is illegal, but Eugene police say they aren’t kicking out the Occupy overnighters.

 

The city is letting the group violate those rules to get their message across.

 

EPD established ground rules with Occupy Eugene organizers to make sure they aren’t interfering with traffic, prohibiting people from using the park or causing any damage.

 

But officers say this agreement is being re-evaluated hour by hour.

 

“They’re allowed to get their message out in violation of particular section of the ordinance but again they’re well organized. They are not creating public alarm,” Eugene Police Lt. Eric Klinko.

 

Police say no arrests have been made.

 

Crisis negotiation officers have been assigned to work with Occupy organizers and check in to make sure rules are being followed.

 

Police say all this has been a collective decision between the police chief, the city manager, the mayor and city attorney.

 

The mayor was not available for an interview Monday because she was traveling to Washington, D.C. and the city manager referred interview questions to the police.

Occupy Eugene negotiates with Eugene police to peacefully protest Saturday

Occupy Eugene will have a protest and march Saturday at an undisclosed location to bring attention to the fact that big corporations are funding a large part of the federal government.

Sam Chapman, a University senior and political activist, has always been envious of his parents’ stories of protests and political activism.

So when he heard about the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street on Sept. 17, he decided to start a Facebook group to rally supporters in Eugene.

“This is our generation’s Vietnam,” Chapman said. “This is our chance to express opinions.”

Although there is no common goal for the group, Chapman explains the movement was started because 99 percent of the population do not hold the wealth and power in this country.

“The umbrella reason is that people are fed up with corporate greed,” Chapman said, explaining that people have joined for thousands of reasons.

Despite the fact that media outlets are criticizing the movement, some politicians are stepping out and endorsing it. One of those politicians is Oregon Rep. Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene).

“The backlash started slowly, but will grow and grow. Despite the best efforts of big media to ignore it,” Barnhart said. “The ‘Occupy’ movement is a sign that ordinary folks will insist on major positive change in a political system dominated by oligarchs bent on maintaining their own power at the expense of most Americans.”

The route of Saturday’s march and the locations for the protest have not been made available, because the group wants to make sure that there is a peaceful assembly of people. According to Chapman, the group has been in close contact with the Eugene Police Department to address any concerns they might have.

“We won’t announce the location until an hour before the event. A successful movement is a peaceful movement,” Chapman said. “We just wanted to let them know we’re not against them.”

Though the official occupation march and protest will take place on Saturday, several smaller groups have taken it upon themselves to protest at the Bank of America.

Barnhart attended one of those protests on Wednesday. He said that, although he goes to quite a few protests in general, he didn’t recognize many people, which he took to mean that the concern of big corporations having too much control of the government is affecting more people.

“Having a lot of people here who I don’t recognize is a really good thing,” he said.

Melinda McLaughlin, the director of public information for the Eugene Police Department, said there have been several meetings between the two parties and they’ve even offered to help them gain the permits for the march.

“We don’t expect there will be any trouble,” McLaughlin said.

Inside Outlaw – Occupy Eugene

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 The New York Times quoted a woman giving advice to a new protester. “It doesn’t matter what you’re protesting,” she said. “Just protest.”

The Occupy Wall Street protest, vague in its goals and a little cloudy in its origins, is gaining momentum as it branches out across the nation with the help of social media. Occupy Eugene is one of the more than 100 reported participants in the fledgling movement.

EDN’s Inside Outlaw stopped in on Saturday’s protest/membership drive to get a first hand account.

 

Some information from around the internet:

Occupation Declaration: http://occupywallst.org/forum/first-official-release-from-occupy-wall-street/

Faq: http://www.thenation.com/article/163719/occupy-wall-street-faq

15 definitions of Freedom: http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/fifteen-definitions-of-freedom-from-occupywallstreet/

Occupy Eugene: https://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyeugene/

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