This afternoon, a group of people staged a sit-in at the City Manager’s Office and refused to leave. At 5 p.m., they were advised the office was closed and they indicated their intention to stay. At 5:45 p.m., the group was informed that they would be subject to Criminal Trespass charges if they didn’t leave. Twelve people were cited in lieu of custody and released.
The group was demanding to meet with the city manager regarding homeless issues recently discussed or ruled on by council, outside a council setting. The city manager’s delegate on this issue, Deputy Chief Joe Zaludek, came to the office to meet with them but they did not accept that offer.
Last week, on March 26, the City of Eugene re-posted notices that property is not open to the public and that the clearing and clean-up of the area would begin after April 1. The City Council has directed that the site be closed no later than April 15.
The City’s goal has been for people to leave the site voluntarily and to get connected with the services they need to find safe and legal shelter. The City is coordinating with a number of local social service agencies to help people transition from the camp.
The City Council and City staff have been working to help develop options. There are now two rest stops open - at Garfield and Roosevelt, and Northwest Expressway and Chambers – that are being managed by Community Supported Shelters. The City is continuing to work with community partners to open a third site and hopes to have a signed agreement with a volunteer site manager in the next few days.
Cited and Released were:
1. Bollman, Aurthur Frank 12/31/63 Eugene Trespass II2. Burch, Belle Erin 11/21/90 No Address Trespass II3. Shepard, Helen Marie 07/12/85 Eugene Trespass II4. Monroe, John Lee 11/06/85 Eugene Trespass II5. Smith, Charles Anderson 11/08/50 Springfield Trespass II6. Williams, Terra Renee 02/24/88 Eugene Trespass II7. Marcroft, Sabra Marie 05/15/66 Eugene Trespass II8. Stacey, Jean Anderson 08/23/45 No Address Trespass II9. Valkrie, Alley NMI 12/20/81 Eugene Trespass II10. Wales, Geran Straford 09/15/90 Eugene Trespass II11. Holtham-Keathley, Ambrose Stormrider 02/06/92 Eugene Trespass II12. Grotticelli, Peter David 07/16/88 Eugene Trespass II