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<br /> . <br /> M I NUT E S <br /> EUGENE CITY COUNCIL <br /> - October 10, 1977 <br /> Regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Eugene. Oregon was called <br /> to order by His Honor Mayor Gus Keller at 7:30 p.m. October 10, 1977, in the <br /> Council Chambers, with the following Councilors present: Eric Haws, D. W. Hamel, <br /> Jack Delay, Scott Lieua11en, Brian Obie, and Betty Smith. Council ors Tom <br /> Williams and Ray Bradley were absent. <br /> I-A-l 1. PUBLIC HEARINGS <br /> A. Amending Section 4.745 of City Code re: Prostitution <br /> Manager said this item had been discussed at length at previous <br /> Wednesday meetings and had been held for action at this time to allow <br /> further discussion and public input. The ordinance had come about <br /> because of increasing problems of prostitution on the streets and <br /> particularly because of a younger and younger group of females under <br /> the age of 18 being involved. He noted the passage of a similar <br /> ordinance in Portland about two years ago, with the resulting enforce- <br /> ment of that ordinance perhaps encouraging the prostitutes to move to <br /> Eugene. The ordinance sets up standards for police arrest of all <br /> persons engaged in soliciting activity. It allows in effect for <br /> e arrest, after observation of repeated action~ and it will no longer be <br /> necessary for the use of police officers as ecoys to arrest the , <br /> johns. Other reasons for the presentation of this ordinance were the <br /> increased activity being disruptive to patrons in the downtown area, <br /> and substantial savings in police resources by enforcement under the <br /> new ordinance. However, he noted opponents to the ordinance contend <br /> possible discrimination against prostitutes as against johns and <br /> pimps; fear of police harrassment to hitchhikers and loiterers; and <br /> possible infringement of civil rights of minorities and nonestablish- <br /> ment groups. <br /> Public hearing was opened. <br /> Navarre Davis, 1800 Cal Young, Chairman of the Downtown Development <br /> Board, said his group favored passage of the ordinance as presented. <br /> As a business owner in the downtown area and as a citizen of the <br /> community, he felt the City Council needed to recognize that there is <br /> a problem. He cited it as being offensive to customers, to those who <br /> work in the area, and a general blight on the entire community. He <br /> felt there was no legislation which would completely eliminate the <br /> problem, but this ordinance was a step in the right direction. He <br /> complimented the Eugene Police Department and Chief Brooks for the <br /> recent action taken in cleaning up the mall area. He felt the ordi- <br /> nance was reasonable. fair, and adequate in that it will help eli- <br /> minate the prostitution problem. <br /> e <br /> 10/10/77--1 <br /> 15'1 <br />