Parking

New Parking System at OSU

OSU parking passCORVALLIS, Ore. — Parking permits are now for sale at Oregon State University, but the setup this year is a little different. The campus is turning to a zonal parking system.

Monday staff and faculty can buy their new permits, only if they’ve had a permit for the past three years. Each zone has a limited number of parking permits for sale, making it easier for drivers to find a spot.

“In the old system, you would have your parking permit and a lot of people would have to find a way to get to campus early enough to kind of beat everyone else to the space that they wanted and didn’t dare take a lunch break for fear that they’d lose their space,” said Meredith Williams, OSU Transportation Services Associate Director.

Throughout the next few weeks the rest of faculty and staff will be able to buy permits, then it’ll be the students’ turn.

City to Remove Credit Parking Meters

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EUGENE, Ore. — You may want to carry extra change on you next time you visit downtown Eugene. The city is pulling the plug on credit card parking meters.

Last summer, the city of Eugene had the opportunity to field test the credit card meters before buying them. It installed about 75 if them in the Park Blocks area, but the pilot program is coming to an end.

The city decided not to buy them because they are just too expensive. The meters cost $500 apiece, plus credit card transaction fees.

Business owners in the area say they’re sad to see them go.

“I’m really bummed that they’re going away. They’ve been great as far as people having ease of parking. I feel like I lose customers sometimes when people don’t have change,” says April Unruh, owner of Noble Cafe and Espresso.

Other businesses say they’re not looking forward to non-customers asking for quarters to feed the meter. Fortunately, there are other options. Some parking garages accept credit cards, and credit card meters near the University of Oregon campus are permanent.

The parking meters will come down on April 1 and will be replaced with the original coin meters.

December 1 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

  • Purse Snatcher Arrested in Springfield
    Officers responded to a purse snatch at a little after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, at the bus stop in the 2000 block of Olympic St.  Eric Kithcart snatched a purse away from a 48-year-old woman, knocking her to the ground. She receiv…
  • Pac-12 Remodels Boys & Girls Club Technology Center The Pac-12 is in town for the championship game on Friday, but it’s leaving its mark on more than just the football field. The conference is starting a tradition of donating to a local charity in the game’s host city. This year the l…
  • Victim family slams Governor over death penalty The former husband of a woman killed by Gary Haugen calls Gov. John Kitzhaber a coward for halting his execution.
  • Schools foundation doubles grants for 2011 There was a lot of commotion — happy commotion — across the Springfield School District on Tuesday when the Education Celebration Bus Tour stopped at 15 different school campuses to deliver the good news: More than 70 educators had been chosen as r…
  • Gas Station Mobbed After News of Low Gas
    A Springfield gas station was mobbed all day. The reason is the price for regular unleaded at the 76 Station at Main Street and 40th dropped by 46 cents Wednesday morning. The manager says she got word Tuesday to lower the pric…
  • Statutory faculty convenes, decides new direction for University University statutory faculty convened an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon in McArthur Court to hold an open dialogue with Chancellor George Pernsteiner and board member Lynda Ciuffetti) from the Oregon University System, and to pass motions in acc…
  • Eugene Council Discusses Private Parking Practices The Eugene City Council took up an issue Wednesday that could affect people who park in private parking lots. During the council’s work session, councilors wanted to look into what role the city can play in monitoring private parking lots…
  • The 99 Express Bus Service to Monroe is Cut
    State funding cuts means no more bus service for Monroe residents. The 99 Express, connecting Monroe to Corvallis and Junction City is now discontinued. The service was started in 2010 by state grants, offering transportation to A…
  • Eugene Gets First Bike-Only Traffic Signal
    Eugene is getting even more bike friendly. On Thursday, Eugene’s first bike-only traffic signal will turn on at the intersection of Alder Street and 18th Avenue. More than 16,000 vehicles travel through the intersection on an av…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Plan on wearing warm clothes if you are going to the Pac-12 Championship Game Friday evening. At least it will be dry and that will last into early next week. High: 48 Low: 28 Rain: slight A  cold front moved through Oregon returning the moisture flow for just a chance of precipitation for a short period of time. A high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the jet stream) is moving over us and the airflow will dry us out and return the sunshine. So, for the better part of the next 6 days we’ll see sunshine after the late night and early AM fog clears out. That also means that our air quality will suffer with the sinking air of high pressure holding on to the pollutants at the surface. Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog this AM, partly cloudy this afternoon, partly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Friday AM, partly cloudy Friday afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy with with patchy fog late Friday night and Saturday AM, a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, then partly cloudy with patchy fog late Saturday night highs 42-48 cooling to near 45 Saturday lows 32-28. Partly cloudy with early AM and late night patchy fog Sunday through Monday night, partly cloudy Tuesday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Tuesday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday highs 45-50 cooling to 45 Tuesday lows near 29. (seasonal averages high 48 low 36)

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

August 5 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

  • Oakridge to keep executive, take $500,000 bank loan 
    OAKRIDGE — The city will borrow $500,000 to pay its bills, will have an outside accountant review its books and will accept a “qualified” audit for fiscal year 2008-09, the City Council decided Thursday night. What they decided against — by a 4…
  • Sizemore pleads guilty to Oregon tax evasion charges
    Oregon anti-tax activist Bill Sizemore will spend 30 days in jail and three years on probation after pleading guilty to state tax-evasion charges.
  • 13th Ave.work: ‘Get this area completed’
    Businesses are reporting lost sales – and the redesign could take some gettng used to for anybody who wants to park a car. Heard of parallel parking? Try angle parking, back-in style.
  • Pardon our slurry: Stay off – or pay price, cost taxpayers
    Some Eugene residents are ignoring “No Parking” and “Road Closed” signs. Doing so could mean a $200 ticket – and $4,000 in lost taxpayer money.
  • Memorial Growing for Junction City Crash Victim
    JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A memorial is growing at the site where a 24-year-old woman died in a crash Wednesday night.   Friends of Nicole Andrea Post stopped at the memorial, leaving flowers and mementos along Highway 99, just south…
  • Suspect Arrested for Veteran Center Coins Theft 
    EUGENE, Ore. — Detectives recovered hundreds of stolen coins Wednesday morning.   Eugene Police Department (EPD) detectives found more than 300 Veteran Center coins that were stolen nearly a month ago.   On July 11, a trailer was stolen from the Vet… 
  • Rollover Crash Near Junction City on Highway 36
    JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Crews are responding to a multi-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 36 and Dorsey Lane, two miles east of Cheshire.   Three people were sent to the hospital.   ODOT reports that one eastbound lane is affected.   Drivers can exp…
  • Cougar Spotted at Golf Course in Cottage Grove 
    COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — A cougar was spotted at Middlefield Golf Course early Thursday morning, Cottage Grove police say.   Employees at the golf course say they saw the animal near hole 12 on the bike path.   Police say a cougar was killed about one …  – been many a cougar on the club turn.  –ed.
  • ODOT Tests New Half-Mile Markers 
    LANE COUNTY, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is testing a pilot project with half-mile markers.   The signs might seem insignificant to drivers, but ODOT says they take the guesswork out of emergency responses….
  • Motorists asked to “share the road” with hundreds of bicyclists at Sunday event
    The Oregon Department of Transportation is asking Lane County motorists to “share the road” with hundreds of bicyclists taking part in an annual event on Sunday. The 13th annual Blackberry bRamble, sponsored by GEARs (Greater Eugene Area Riders), i…
  • Eugene Emeralds pitching dominant in 2-0 over Tri-City Dust Devils 
    Tuesday night, all of the small plays went the way of the Tri-City Dust Devils against the Eugene Emeralds. Wednesday night, the script was flipped. After falling 2-0 to the Dust Devils the night before, the Emeralds won 2-0, thanks to stellar pitching…

Tim Chuey Weather:

We’re in for another great outdoor weekend and beyond as it will be dry and temperatures hover near normal for the next 7 days.

trough of low pressure (“U” shape – black line) is still offshore and a high pressure ridge (“arch” shape) remains over the rockies. The trough will move inland, but we’ll still be influenced by low pressure offshore at least through early next week keeping the onshore airflow over Oregon. That means don’t look for any serous changes in the weather through at least Tuesday.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: A mix of clouds and sun this AM, mostly sunny this afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear Saturday night, mostly sunny Sunday, then partly cloudy Sunday night highs 83-85 cooling to near 80 Sunday lows 53-48. Partly cloudy in the AM Monday, mostly clear Monday night, mostly sunny Tuesday through Thursday with mostly clear nights highs 83-80 lows near 52. (seasonal averages high 84 low 52)

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

Enforcement to increase - this is after all a revenue source.

March 14 – Morning Headlines

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Here are the headline summaries from our local area:

Tim Chuey Weather Forecast
Our wet weather will continue through the next 7-days , again.
Downed Power Lines Trap Junction City Woman
Gusts knocked down at least five power lines along Highway 36 near Junction City.
Regional crews battle fire at Jasper Wood Products mill
A fire inside Jasper Wood Products is hampered by power outage, drawing multiple fire crews from across Lane County.
Power Outages in Lane Co.
Late Sunday night, several thousand customers in Western Oregon were still without electrical service due to storm.
Athletes’ parking lot opens at UO
Not doing them any favors, the student athletes at the University of Oregon will have to walk a little farther to get to study sessions now that their parking area has been moved to a lot away from their new academic center.
House to vote on charter schools bill
A vote is scheduled today on a bill designed to make it easier to open a charter school.
Eugene church cracks open 100 year old time capsule
Opening up years of history, a Eugene church has cracked the lid on its nearly forgotten 100 year old time capsule.
Ethics panel to review annexation complaint
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission will conduct a formal investigation of a local utility board member accused of ethics violations.
‘Drug deal that went bad’ leads to school lockdown
What started out as a report of a possible car crash behind Monroe Middle School on Friday night became something entirely different when Eugene police sorted it all out. “It looks like it was a drug deal that went bad.”
Female driver dies in Crow Road car crash
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate what caused a female driver to veer off Crow Road and crash into a tree early Saturday morning.
Puppy boom has shelter seeking food
Greenhill Humane Society is dealing with an unusual and unexpected influx of puppies that are eating their way through the animal shelter’s supply of food, the agency said. Greenhill has put out a call for donations of high-quality wet and dry puppy food.

One year ago: Masoli & James plead guilty and Masoli is removed from the UofO Football Team 30 days later. Mike Bellotti leaves for ESPN.

March 11 – Morning Headlines

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Here are this mornings local headlines:

Tim Chuey Weather
A drier day today, but it won’t last long. The rain chance will return by late tonight.
Tsunami Warning for the Oregon Coast
Waves of more than 6 feet may hit spots along the Oregon coast as the ocean surges after a massive earthquake in Japan. The first waves are projected to hit approximately 7:15 – 7:30 a.m. today. Much larger waves are possible later in the day.
Fern Ridge’s ballot is heavy
The Fern Ridge School District will two property tax measures on the May 17 ballot.
Critics say BPA drops ball while juggling its power
So much electricity flooded Pacific Northwest powerlines last spring, that this spring, a federal agency wants the option of turning off wind turbines to keep the system from overloading. Thank goodness our rates haven’t gone up.
Satellite TV companies top Oregon complaint list
A new report released by the Attorney General’s Office put the spotlight on companies that have been scamming Oregonians for the past year.
Athlete Exclusive Parking Lot
The University of Oregon is building a new parking lot for student athletes, support absent.
University senior Pennington dead at 22
University senior and business administration major Alexis Pennington, 22, died of brain swelling Sunday evening at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield

Matt Court: Better Plan Before you Park

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EUGENE— If the past couple of weeks has given a preview of what the future of Matt Knight Arena’s traffic and parking situation will be, the outlook is grim.  I drove down to campus during game time to talk to a few people about the parking situation, but after driving around for 20 minutes unsuccessfully looking for a place to park, I was forced to give up the quest.  All the more discouraging because I am a regular event attendee and a fan of UofO Mens and Womens basketball.

Before Matt Court, the U of O’s Department of Public Safety had been saving money for years to build a parking structure for students.  The plans were near almost solidified the plans when their budget was diverted to the arena garage. This not only took much needed parking away from students, but also took the budget away from DPS. Now the parking that is available is in a new underground that cost DPS three times as much to build as the originally planned structure.  This garage is not available to students and only parks 242 of the 12,000 people in the arena above.  When the proposed Arena public hearings took place, the U of O was reluctant to make concessions, even after numerous questions about parking were raised.  The original proposal did not include a parking garage, at the time they felt that park-n-rides and the Fairmont neighborhood street parking would suffice.  In the aftermath of the construction, however, public pressure has brought the discussion back to the forefront.  Proposals for a University parking garage are on the table, but it has been pushed back on the shoulders of DPS, who of at this point has no money for new development.

Parking Tickets are Double During Events

Adding fuel to the controversy is the increase in the strict enforcement of violators, and extended parking permit zones and 2-hour curb limit areas.   If you live in the Fairmont neighborhood, you already know that if there is an event at the arena, the surrounding area is impassable; perhaps you’ve even gotten a parking ticket during event hours that’s double the normal fine.   As an attendee to a game or concert in the last couple weeks, you may have found yourself parking 10 blocks away in order to avoid the new camera systems that meter-maids are sporting to snap pics of your license plate.

The City has allotted two free residential parking permits per property, and you can get more if they are available. Guest Permits can be issued to individuals or in packets, but are not valid during the 22 arena events when the University is selling on-street parking permits.  The University is runs Arena shuttles for all men’s basketball games, as well as other large arena events with three Park-and-Ride locations: Autzen Stadium, South Eugene High School, and the Springfield LTD Station.  While not ideal if you live near the University, the $3.00 bus pass is a much better deal than waging parking wars down by campus.

 

Matthew Knight Arena Parking Garage
photo by By Jan Tik (Flickr)CC-BY-2.0

Since there is no new proposal in the pipeline for re-vamping what was just built, we seem to have but a few choices- we can boycott the new arena, or we can live with it. I know the next time I go to a game, I’m going to carpool. That way I can have someone to split the parking ticket with.