2018 State of the City - Year in Review

  1. Safe and Welcoming Community
  2. Quality of Life
  3. Community Involvement
  4. Looking Ahead/ Future Readiness

Safe and Welcoming Community

Storm Response

One of the worst ice storms in recent memory sent Public Works crews scrambling for much of 2017. Crews worked through June cleaning up thousands of downed trees and limbs. In all, crews logged more than 30,000 hours, and cleared more than a thousand truckloads of debris from city streets and parks.

  • Removed hazards from 3,500 trees

Jon First Citizen

In January, City Manager Jon Ruiz was named First Citizen by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. Selected by a panel of former First Citizen honorees, Ruiz was lauded for his work with the community to address veteran homelessness, revitalize Eugene’s downtown, plan for Eugene’s long-term growth, and promote economic prosperity.

  • Operation 365
  • Revitalized downtown core
  • Economic prosperity

Inauguration and Women’s March/Free Speech

In January, the presidential inauguration generated a tremendous amount of attention at the national, state, and local levels. With more than 7,000 people estimated to participate in the Women’s March in Eugene, the City planned for an event where people with differing political beliefs would be able to express their views and attend the event or protests in a safe environment. The City, Eugene Police, Eugene Public Works, assisting agencies and others worked in partnership with our community for several weeks in advance to make the Women’s March a safe, welcoming experience.

  • 7,000+ march attendance

Protections for Individuals

In March, the City Council unanimously approved the Protections for Individuals ordinance, which provides protections for all Eugene residents, including immigrants. The ordinance reiterates the City’s commitment to human rights and to being a welcoming and inclusive city.

Hate and Bias Report

For the fourth consecutive year, the City issued a report on both criminal and non-criminal hate and bias behavior. Eugene has a long standing reputation for taking these incidents seriously. Our well established reporting system and the work of our Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement help create ongoing and strong relationships with community members and organizations that build trust. Together we continue to work on strategies that increase safety and a sense of belonging while creating a culture that leaves no room for hate in our community.

  • Every neighborhood affected
  • Increase in reporting over previous year

Grant Funded Projects

Eugene Springfield Fire received more than $600,000 in grants in 2017. The funds supported purchasing new fire suppression and safety equipment, as well as training gear. In addition, grant funding allowed Eugene Springfield Fire to host a regional training; develop evacuation plans in case of hazardous spills; and fund advanced training for firefighters.

  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant: $530,000
  • Health Preparedness: $50,000
  • Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness: $20,000
  • State of Oregon: $2,500

Homelessness Efforts

The City continued efforts to increase the quantity and quality of housing options for community members. The renovation of Ya-Po-Ah Terrace will support safe housing for 222 low-income seniors; the acquisition of an old church will allow St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County to provide housing for homeless high school students; and a new Rest Stop in South Eugene gives 12 homeless individuals a place to plant their feet and access services.

  • Ya-Po-Ah Terrace renovation – 222 low-income seniors
  • St. Vincent de Paul – 15 studio apartments for homeless high school students
  • Nightingale Health Sanctuary Rest Stop – Conestoga Huts for 12 homeless individuals


Beginning in the spring of 2017, the City of Eugene launched a number of specific strategies to make Downtown Eugene’s public spaces more safe, welcoming and vibrant. The Community Outreach and Response Team continued to help high risk, vulnerable people in the downtown; an increased police presence and the expansion of the Park Ambassador program, including a Park Host in the Park Blocks helped create welcoming, safe spaces; new events and on-going programs brought more people, including families and children, to downtown; and physical improvements including increased sidewalk cleaning, more seating, an attended restroom, and artistic parklets and pop-up vendors invited people to enjoy their time in the heart of our city. This coordinated, community effort made a clear difference in downtown this summer.

  • Focus on Park Blocks and Kesey Square
  • 115 CORT clients helped, recidivism reduced
  • 89 events downtown

An active thriving Downtown supports and reflects the economic health and quality of life of the entire community