01/11/1988 Meeting (2)
City of Eugene
01/11/1988 Meeting (2)
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<br />e <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer noted an apparent typographical error that states the draft <br />ordinances will take effect May 3. He asked what is meant by the phrase <br />"truly nuclear free" in Section 3 A of the MRV. <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer asked if the phrase "aggressive nuclear warfare" in subsection <br />b2 exempts prosecution of "defensive nuclear warfare." <br /> <br />Mr. Miller asked Mr. Sercombe whether he is prepared to give an opinion <br />now on the MRV. Mr. Sercombe said he is prepared to discuss issues in <br />the MRV. He said the City Attorney's Office is also prepared to draft a <br />written opinion of the ordinance. Mr. Sercombe said a written opinion <br />would focus on the constitutionality and enforcement problems of the <br />section that prohibits the preparation for nuclear war. In addition, he <br />said there is a technical problem in that the ordinance does not specify <br />a maximum limit for the fine. Both problems could be remedied with a <br />later amendment. He said the rest of the ordinance is consistent with <br />the opinion issued earlier in January. <br /> <br />Mayor Obie asked how the MRV and a second measure based on the Lane <br />County ordinance would appear on the ballot. Mr. Sercombe said both <br />ordinances would appear on the ballot for a yes/no vote. The ballot <br />titles and subsequent explanations would have to clearly distinguish for <br />voters the differences between the two. If both ordinances passed, the <br />one with the higher number of "yes" votes would be enacted. If both <br />ordinances failed, the current ordinance would continue in effect. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Ms. Ehrman said she favors a March election date because of the lengthy <br />amount of time that has passed since the ordinance was orginally voted <br />on. She said that spending $10,000 to $20,000 on a special election is <br />not that significant in light of the fact the City has already spent <br />nearly $90,000 on the issue so far. She said the subject matter would <br />ensure a large number of voters regardless of the date. Ms. Ehrman said <br />that although she would like to have a voter1s pamphlet on the issue, she <br />said the council should not be put in the position of arguing for or <br />against either ordinance because the issue belongs to lithe people." She <br />said she will vote for a March election. <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer said it is important for the proposed ordinances to go to <br />voters with a voter's pamphlet. He said supports a vote during the May <br />primary election. <br /> <br />Ms. Schue said she agrees with Mr. Holmer in that the ordinances should <br />be placed on the May ballot. She said she is willing to save $10,000 to <br />$20,000 in City funds by going to a later election date. <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer said the proposed pamphlet will be mailed to every resident in <br />the City of Eugene. The pamphlet will contain the text and title of the <br />ballot measures with an impartial explanation compiled by proponents and <br />opponents of each version. He said the pamphlet will be on the council's <br />January 20 work session agenda. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />January 11, 1988 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />
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