This holiday week was quiet for council, but celebratory, vocal and loud in other ways.
I was proud to welcome runners and walkers to the 44th annual Aquafina Oregon Track Club Butte-to-Butte on July 4th. I strolled (a solid 20-minute mile!) savoring the quiet streets and sense of community while folks in red white and blue, decorated dogs, and a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty filled the streets with chatter and laughter. It’s a great way to start the 4th!
On Wednesday, Senator Wyden held a roundtable discussion of net neutrality in the Eugene Library. The Trump administration is pushing for a “pay to play” shift that would enable big internet vendors, like Amazon, to restrict free public access to the internet by requiring fees. Tech businesses, the Mayor of Oakridge, City of Eugene librarians, the University of Oregon and LCC presented arguments to the Senator about the huge, negative impacts this reduction in free internet access would have in rural areas, new business development, and education. Wyden is our champion on this issue. If net neutrality is violated by this change in the internet, we will all feel the negative impacts.
On the positive side, we can celebrate: the State budget includes $66 million for capital projects in Eugene: $6 million for the Civic Alliance athletic center, $5 million for planning for the new Lane County Courthouse; $5 million for LTD’s Moving Ahead planning; and $50 million for the UO’s Knight Center for Accelerating Scientific Impact. Many thanks to our Lane legislators and especially Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Chair of Ways and Means, for making sure these projects received funding.
Finally, the city was too loud on the 4th of July spanning into the early hours of July 5th. We heard from many corners of the city – EPD had approximately 200 calls from neighbors about loud, illegal fireworks, and the Eugene Ems made a poor choice to launch fireworks at 1 am. We have work to do to manage the holiday with more courtesy and safety.
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