Laserfiche WebLink
MINUTES <br />Eugene City Council <br />Council Chamber —City Hall <br />777 Pearl Street— Eugene, Oregon <br />November 28, 2011 <br />7:30 p.m. <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Betty Taylor, George Brown, Andrea Ortiz, George Poling, Mike Clark, <br />Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka, Pat Farr. <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the November 28, 2011, regular meeting of the Eugene City <br />Council to order. <br />1. PUBLIC FORUM <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the Public Forum. <br />Michael Carrigan, 1439 West 4 Avenue, Community Alliance of Lane County, expressed support for <br />the council's action to exempt Occupy Eugene from the City's camping ordinance. He spoke of the <br />services being delivered on the site, the security that existed, and suggested that lives were saved by quick <br />responses to medical emergencies. People were provided with a safe place to camp. Occupy Eugene was <br />making progress in helping with homeless issues and could help the City and Lane County develop a <br />long -term plan that could be a model for the country. He urged the council to extend the exemption past <br />December 15, 2011. <br />Jean Stacey, 944 West 12`" Alley, discussed the challenges faced by Occupy Eugene to accommodate <br />homeless campers and the volunteer medical services now available to them as a result of the <br />encampment. She believed that a young man would have died of an overdose but for the presence of the <br />camp. She acknowledged the issues of the homeless were challenging and reported that Occupy Eugene <br />had adopted a social contract that must be signed by all participants at the encampment. She overviewed <br />the contract and assured the council that those who refused to leave would be persuaded to do so with <br />individuals trained in non - violent techniques and the police if necessary. She believed Occupy Eugene <br />was encouraging people to become sober and said Occupy Eugene had zero tolerance for drug <br />paraphernalia. <br />Joe Tyndall, 361 West Broadway, noted the disparity between the assets of the richest Americans and <br />those of the majority of Americans and said that Occupy Wall Street was a response to the systematic <br />looting of the economy. Occupy Eugene was also a homeless camp. He reported that 90 percent of camp <br />participant comprised the homeless and youth, those most impacted by the "corporate cult of greed." <br />Many were there for services and protection from the police. He believed the homeless were making <br />progress because they were shown respect by Occupy Eugene. Many homeless people had become sober <br />and homeless youth participated in service delivery. Violence was not tolerated. He asked the City to <br />continue to allow camping at the site and to support it with donations of food, cash, and time. <br />Bob Bussell, 3054 Grand Cayman Drive, expressed support for the Bascom Village project. He said the <br />community needed affordable housing and higher wages. He cited a report that stated that 45 percent of <br />all United States residents lacked economic security, living above the federal poverty threshold but not <br />MINUTES— Eugene City Council November 28, 2011 Page 1 <br />Regular Meeting <br />