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<br /> M I NUT E S <br /> e Eugene City Council <br /> Dinner/Work Session <br /> Wilder Room--Eugene Community Conference Center <br /> November 16, 1987 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Debra Ehrman, Freeman Holmer, Jeff Miller, Emily Schue, <br /> Ruth Bascom, Cynthia Wooten, Roger Rutan, Robert Bennett. <br /> The work session of November 16, 1987, of the Eugene City Council was called <br /> to order by His Honor Mayor Brian B. Obie. <br /> 1. NO CRUISING ORDINANCE <br /> City Manager Micheal Gleason introduced the item. Sergeant Tom Mason of the <br /> Police Traffic Team presented the staff report. Mr. Mason revi ewed the <br /> history and current situation of cruising by youth on South Willamette Street, <br /> the IIGut.1I He also reviewed the proposed draft of an ordinance to prohibit <br /> cruising, projected costs of enforcement, and experiences of how other cities <br /> had dealt with cruising. <br /> Mr. Mason said cruising by youth on south Willamette Street had occurred for <br /> e many years and recently had resulted in severe impacts on the quality of life <br /> for residents and businesses in that area. He said he had been involved with <br /> traffic enforcement on the "Gut" for about seven years. During that time, <br /> enforcement had taken a three-phased approach, which he described as: <br /> 1) containment of activity through traffic control devices such as signs and <br /> barriers; 2) education and enforcement contacts with youth; and 3) selective <br /> enforcement of existing laws. Mr. Mason said recent cruising activity had <br /> required more police efforts than any other area except for narcotics, and <br /> responses had not been effective in dealing with complaints, which still were <br /> being received from nearby residents. <br /> Mr. Mason noted that residents in the area near McMillan Street, Portland <br /> Street and 24th Avenue in May of this year had submitted a petition requesting <br /> signs to redirect traffic. He said those signs had been installed and had <br /> been successful in reducing problems in the neighborhood. Residents east of <br /> Willamette Street then had begun complaining, however, and recently a group of <br /> youth had gone on a spree, smashing several automobi 1 e wi ndows in the <br /> residential neighborhoods west and north of Willamette Street. <br /> Mr. Mason said the City of Portland on March 26 had adopted a no-cruising <br /> ordinance based on a similar law in Los Angeles, California. <br /> Mr. Mason reported that the Eugene "Gut" on September 11 had moved from <br /> Wi 11 amette Street to West 11th Avenue. He exp 1 a i ned that the move had <br /> e MINUTES--Eugene City Council Dinner/Work Session November 16, 1987 Page 1 <br />