The next Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) General Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23rd from 3:00 – 5:00pm at the Wayne Morse Family Farm house, located at 595 Crest Drive.
Your neighborhood associations need to hear from everyone, regardless of your chosen modes of transit. Please note this is NOT an LTD sponsored survey.
Your immediate, anonymous feedback is critical: Lane Transit District (LTD) has proposed the most dramatic bus system changes in its history to promote what they hope would be an overall increase in system ridership. Details are available at: https://transittomorrow.org/.
This survey was designed by the Southeast Neighbors ad hoc committee on transportation as a way to help all neighborhoods collect more detailed information on how community members use (or don’t use) buses in our neighborhoods and how Transit Tomorrow may impact neighborhoods. The information we collect will help facilitate dialogue and responsible decision-making with the LTD Board of Directors. A final plan will be voted on by the board in June 2020.
Estimated time to take this survey: 4 minutes
For almost a year, Beyond Toxics has been surveying households in West Eugene neighborhoods to learn about air quality and health conditions residents are facing. Bethel neighborhood, the area where we have been canvassing, is where 99% of Eugene’s air toxic emissions are released from industry facilities. We are now asking residents across the city to take our online survey, so that we can expand and also contextualize our knowledge.
Our right to clean air and water is our right to life. Residents of Eugene’s westside neighborhoods–where polluting industries are overwhelmingly located–have to fight harder for this right. Air doesn’t stay in one zip code, we all breathe dirty air! Whatever your neighborhood, you can help Beyond Toxics document our community health concerns.
Visit BeyondToxics.org and look for the link on the bottom right: “If you live in Lane County, you can take our Environmental Community Health Survey.” The survey takes just 7-10 minutes to participate. Thank you for helping achieve environmental justice and a healthy community.
Call Beyond Toxics: 541-465-8860
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LTD is proposing major changes to bus routes. LTD proposes to remove routes and stops and give more frequent service to certain locations increasing the number of riders walking 1/2 mile to the bus stop. The idea is to increase ridership, but many riders (data on these riders is unknown by anyone) may be left under served. The issue is very complex. Several neighborhoods that are most dramatically affected, are organized and having meetings with LTD. I do not know how our neighborhood residents living adjacent to the bus routes on Willamette, along 29th, 28th, 24th, & Chambers (maybe Crest?) use the buses. There is little or no data available. The changes are based on “points of contact” with the community — maybe opinion polls. If any of you use buses or if you know bus riders who want to be involved, the Southeast Neighbors has a committee actively working on these issues.
The proposed changes on routes on East Amazon, Fox Hollow, Willamette and Donald greatly concern SEN bus users. Additionally, other neighborhoods in North and West Eugene are also concerned and involved with questioning LTD.
Here is the Transit Tomorrow Website: https://transittomorrow.org/
2020 Consolidated Plan Process
To supplement personal emergency supplies and help the community prepare for a large-scale disaster, EWEB is working with partners to develop emergency water distribution sites using groundwater wells, as well as mobile water trailers. Our plan calls for the development of five geographically dispersed well sites by 2022.
As of December 2019, three sites are operational:
Prairie Mountain School – 5305 Royal Ave.
Howard Elementary School – 700 Howard Avenue
Eugene Science Center – 2300 Leo Harris Parkway
Two new sites will be in construction this year, at the Sheldon Fire Station and the Lane County Fairgrounds & Event Center.
If disaster strikes our community’s water system and you need to obtain water from one of these distribution sites, you will need to bring your own storage containers. Learn how to clean and prepare water containers.
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? There’s still plenty of time to set goals for 2020 – why not make emergency preparedness a top priority for the next 12 months?
The start of the new year is a great time to think about household emergency planning. To help you get ready for winter storms and other disasters that could take out electricity and other critical services, EWEB is re-launching its Pledge to Prepare, a 12-month blue print for emergency preparedness.
More than 1,600 people took the Pledge last year and sent in 160 photos of the supplies they assembled by following the monthly recommendations.
There’s always the possibility that a severe storm or other natural disaster could affect us here in the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks following a disaster. That means storing 14 days of water, food, medicine and other supplies. This may feel like a daunting task, but EWEB’s program can help make the process more manageable.
When you join the program, you’ll receive a monthly email with easy, step-by-step recommendations that will help you get 2-weeks ready by year-end. The idea is to start small with a basic three-day kit, and then build it slowly over time.
Feedback from past participants shows this incremental approach works:
“What a great program this is! I had done a few things before but had been unsure how to proceed. Now, I have small steps which I can easily complete. Lots of fun.” (EWEB Customer Sue W.)
“Thanks for the easy-to-follow checklist. We even got friends and family involved when we created our emergency plan. We all agreed on meeting spots and an emergency contact outside of the area.” (EWEB Customer Remie L.)
Check out this slide show of some of the photos shared by last year’s participants.
To help you stay motivated and engaged in building your supplies through the year, EWEB will raffle off useful emergency preparedness supplies such as water storage containers, solar chargers and first aid kits. There will be a new drawing every month.
To join the Pledge to Prepare and get started on your two-week emergency kit, visit eweb.org/pledge. (Anyone can join, but only EWEB customers can participate in the monthly prize drawings.)