From the editor
We would like to remind you once again of our meeting on Sunday, January 18, 2-4 pm in the house at Morse Family Farm Park, just uphill from the dog park. We will vote on our new charter, name, and borders.
The proposed text for the new charter will be posted HERE ib crestdriveca.com, on Tuesday. Charters and bylaws are hardly exciting reading, but they do sketch our our purposes and the ways we hope to fulfill them.
When your attention returns to mundane things after Monday’s game in Texas, you might want to take a look, then come to our gathering next Sunday to discuss and vote. We will also be looking for your suggestions and ideas about what we should be doing in the next 12 months to help the neighborhood.
One thing we both certainly be doing is responding to the plan at Rest Haven to redesignate their vacant land for Low Density Residential. This has been a goal of the Envision Eugene process, but Rest Haven is maneuvering to do this on its own time and in its own way.
There are issues with any Rest Haven residential development: especially the potential environmental and economic effects on existing homes located near the edge of the Rest Haven property, on Braeburn and other streets. There are also traffic congestion worries.
We learned recently that The Prospect Park Apartments on Chambers St. suffered two major break-ins on group mailboxes over the holidays.
From the city
1) Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Free Events – Monday, January 19
Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City of Eugene Human Rights Commission recognizes an individual in our community for their contribution in the area of human rights and race relations.
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by joining the march that begins with a rally at 9 AM located in the PK Park parking area (parking for event in Serbu Youth Center), The march begins at 10 AM at PK Park and down MLK Blvd over the Ferry Street Bridge and ends at the Shedd Institute. Following the march is the community event where the MLK Jr. Community Leadership Award winner will be announced by members of the Human Rights Commission.
2) One-on-One Job Hunting Help
Assistance available at the Downtown Library
New at the Downtown Eugene Public Library: One-on-One Job-Hunting Help. At these sessions, job-hunters will get individual, expert advice and assistance to address specific questions and concerns.
Employment counselors can help participants find employment opportunities, complete applications, write online and traditional resumes, learn and practice interview techniques, or explore new job or career directions.
Sign up in advance for individual 30-minute appointments by calling 541-682-5450. Appointments will be available between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22; Thursday, Feb. 12; and Thursday, Feb. 26.
“One-on-One Job-Hunting Help” is provided through a partnership of the Eugene Public Library, Prosperity Program of Goodwill Industries of Lane and South Coast Counties, and United Way of Lane County. For more information, contact the Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or http://www.eugene-or.gov/library.
3) Urban Growth Boundary Expansion Moving Forward
After almost five years of community visioning, technical analysis, and public input, the Envision Eugene Planning has presented the preliminary UGB recommendation for adding land to Eugene for jobs, parks, schools, and single family homes.
Through the end of January you can view the details of the recommendation and submit your comments through the On-line Open House at http://www.envisioneugene.org.
1 January 13th, 4-6 pm will be an in-person open house in the Atrium lobby at 99 West 10th Avenue.
2 January 20th, 7:30 pm will be a City Council public forum at Harris Hall, 125 East 8th Avenue.
Air quality reminder
With the onset of colder weather, fireplace and woodstove usage increases dramatically in Lane county. Lane County has a home wood heating advisory program that lets people know when air quality is becoming unhealthy and informs them if burning is allowed.
• GREEN air quality is good and burning is allowed
• YELLOW air quality is deteriorating and burning is cautioned against
• RED air quality is poor and burning is prohibited
Check before you burn.
The daily Air Quality Advisory is posted:
• on the web at lrapa.org
• on the LRAPA hotline (541) 746-(HEAT)
• In the Register Guard on the weather page
Please be aware of how thick your smoke is. It can’t exceed 40% opacity. The thicker the smoke, the higher the opacity. Keep the thickness and density of your smoke low. Air quality in South Eugene during winter months is usually the worst inside Eugene city limits and could cause health problems we can help prevent.
To register a complaint, please call 541-726-1930. Visit http://www.lrapa.org for more information.