Action

League of Women Voters of Lane County Action Committee

A large part of the work of the League is to be an integral part of the community by consistently observing the work of our cities, county and state governments. The Action Committee is always busy following what is happening in our local and state governments.


February 2016 Action Update

LWVOR has approved our request to support HB4126, which would clarify the applicable land use regulations for urban growth boundary planning. A legislative committee hearing is expected to be held February 1.

Linda Lynch and Pat Hocken attended a local forum sponsored by the Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel, a year-long effort to make recommendations on transportation issues across the state. Our League will probably submit testimony to the panel in February. The effort is expected to result in proposals for the 2017 legislative session. See the February Argus for more details.


 

In the past year, the Action Committee has been very busy. The following is a synopsis of their work.

LOCAL LEAGUE ACTION TAKEN IN 2015

ARRANGED BY ISSUE

Issue: Envision Eugene
Testimony on Envision Eugene based on local positions on Housing and Sustainable Metropolitan Management.

January
Testimony in support of recommendation for urban growth boundary expansion for jobs, parks, schools, and housing.

February
Testimony in support of revised recommendation for urban growth boundary expansion for housing based on updated analysis.

June
Letter to the Eugene Council urging them to complete Envision Eugene planning with the population projections issued in 2009 on which all analysis, recommendations and public outreach had been based rather than switching to the newly released population projections.

July
Letter to the Eugene Council urging them to adopt the hybrid option for Envision Eugene to allow timely completion of the plan based on the 2009 population forecast and to start the planning for urban reserves based on the updated forecast.

Issue: Support for proposed Lane County Vehicle Registration Fee for road maintenance based on local positions on Capital Improvement Financing and Structure of Local Government.

January
Testimony to Lane County Board of Commissioners supporting concept of fee, establishment of oversight committee, a required annual audit, a voter’s pamphlet, and sufficient information on projects to be funded.

May
Publication of a guest viewpoint (op ed) in The Register Guard urging voter adoption of the registration fee. Support for the Moving Ahead Initiative based on the local positions on Transportation and Sustainable Metropolitan Management October Testimony to the Eugene City Council urging them to continue the effort by advancing four corridors for further study as a EmX route or an Enhanced Corridorand one corridor for study as an Enhanced Corridor.

Issue: Support for the City of Eugene library local option levy for expanded services based on the local position on Library Services.

July
Letter to the Eugene City Council urging them to refer a five-year local option levy for libraries to the voters

September
Purchase of an ad in the Voters Pamphlet urging a yes vote on the levy.

October
Submission of letters to the editor to The Register Guard and the Weeklyurging a yes vote.

Issue: Support for the South Lane County Fire and Rescue District bond measure to upgrade equipment based on the local positions on Urban Services and Capital Improvement Financing.

October
Submitted a letter to the editor to the Cottage Grove Sentinel urging voter approval

 

 

ARRANGED BY STATEMENT OF POSITION

URBAN SERVICES

Supported the South Lane County Fire and Rescue District bond measure to upgrade equipment by submitting a letter to the editor to the Cottage Grove Sentinel urging voter approval.

STRUCTURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Testimony to the Lane County Board of Commissioners supporting the concept of vehicle registration fee for road maintenance and supporting, establishment ofm oversight committee, a required annual audit, a voter’s pamphlet, and sufficient information on projects to be funded. Publication of a guest viewpoint (op ed) in The Register Guard urging voter adoption of the registration fee.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FINANCING

Testimony to the Lane County Board of Commissioners supporting the concept of vehicle registration fee for road maintenance and supporting, establishment of oversight committee, a required annual audit, a voter’s pamphlet, and sufficient information on projects to be funded. Publication of a guest viewpoint (op ed) in The Register Guard urging voter adoption of the registration fee.

Supported the South Lane County Fire and Rescue District bond measure to upgrade equipment by submitting a letter to the editor to the Cottage Grove Sentinel urging voter approval.

HOUSING

Testimony to the Eugene City Council in support of the Envision Eugene recommendation for urban growth boundary expansion for jobs, parks, schools, and housing and for the revised expansion recommendation for housing based on updated analysis.

Letter to the Eugene Council urging them to complete Envision Eugene planning with the population projections issued in 2009 on which all analysis, recommendations and public outreach have been based rather than switching to the newly released population projections. Letter to the Eugene Council urging them to adopt the hybrid option for Envision Eugene to allow timely completion of the plan based on the 2009 population forecast and to start the planning for urban reserves based on the updated forecasts.

SUSTAINABLE METROPOLITAN MANAGEMENT

Testimony to the Eugene City Council in support of the Envision Eugene recommendation for urban growth boundary expansion for jobs, parks, schools, and housing and for the revised expansion recommendation for housing based on updated analysis. Letter to the Eugene Council urging them to complete Envision Eugene planning with the population projections issued in 2009 on which all analysis, recommendations and public outreach have been based rather than switching to the newly released population projections. Letter to the Eugene Council urging them to adopt the hybrid option for Envision Eugene to allow timely completion of the plan based on the 2009 population forecast and to start the planning for urban reserves based on the updated forecast.

TRANSPORTATION

Testimony to the Eugene City Council urging them to continue the Moving Ahead initiative by advancing four corridors for further study as a EmX route or an Enhanced Corridor and one corridor for study as an Enhanced Corridor.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Various activities in support ot the City of Eugene five-year local option levy to support enhancements to library services including a sending a letter to the Eugene City Council urging them to refer such a levy to the voters, purchasing an ad in the Voters Pamphlet urging a yes vote on the levy, and submitting letters to the editor to The Register Guard and the Weekly urging a yes vote.