The Jan 17 email newsletter from the association

From the editor

There are daffodil bulb shoots peeking up in our garden. We take this as an encouraging sign.

The text of our new charter is available at Click on the menu item in the banner at the top of the page.

This week we have crime notes, an exciting film opportunity for teens, and a number of city announcements.

Crime notes

Mail theft spree continues; two neighbors write:

The co-housing neighborhood on Tiara (south of 29th between Adams and McLean) also had one of their two group postal mailboxes crowbarred open on 12/29/14. Whatever mail not picked up by residents was stolen. The installation was destroyed and unusable. It is now repaired.

The upper section of McLean Blvd experienced mail theft over the holidays. The post office notified me that my box had experienced a theft.

The New Generations Film Fest will encourage students to use the latest technology to create films about their own situation and issues here in the city.

Love Where You Live! It’s free and open to all Eugene middle school and high school students.

Create an original video featuring a neighborhood highlight, project or problem you want to resolve.

Go solo or form a team of up to three partners to assist you in your quest!

Here is a great opportunity for neighborhood involvement. Please share with the middle and high school students in your life.

Here is more detail from one of the organizers:

Hi, my name is Nathan Yeh and I’m a middle school student in Eugene. I am here to talk to you about the New Generations Film Festival, a film making competition for middle and high school students.

Do you want more young people involved in your neighborhood association? Would you like to find a way to get them thinking about their communities? Are you looking for a way to connect with students who may already be interested in their neighborhoods?

If so – you’re going to want to get involved in the New Generations Film Festival today!

The purpose of the film festival is to give students a place to have their voices heard on issues in our community.The theme this year is “Love Where You Live,” to get students thinking about and involved in their neighborhoods. Films should be about a neighborhood highlight, project o problem they want to solve.

I wanted to create a project that would get students thinking about their community and involved with their neighborhood associations because I have a lot of fun doing things with Harlow.

I’m currently working with the City of Eugene’s Youth to Make it Happen program at the Petersen Barn to do this – but I really want neighborhood associations involved. I’m currently looking for a few people who want to get involved with following up with potential sponsors, general organizing and 1-2 judges.

If any of this sound like something you’d like to do, you can email me at or

My ultimate goal, if it’s successful this year, is to continue this next year with a new theme – but continuing to link back to neighborhoods and community involvement.

Thank you, Nathan Yeh

Video submissions must be received by Monday, April 27, 2015.
Want more information? Send to

Notes from the city

1) Martin Luther King Jr. Day
March, Events all day Monday, Jan 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.

Reserve your tickets to see Holly Robinson-Peete, keynote presenter, at Lane Community College Monday, Jan 19 at 6:30 PM. Ms. Robinson-Peete is an accomplished actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist. Contact for ticket information.

2) Consolidated Plan Community Survey

City of Eugene / City of Springfield

The Cities of Eugene and Springfield are developing the 2015 Consolidated Plan, plan which provides an assessment of local housing, homelessness, and community development needs and establishes a five-year strategic plan for use of federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goals of this plan are defined by HUD and designed to address the needs of low- and moderate-income residents to:

• Provide decent, safe, and affordable housing
• Create suitable living environments
• Expand economic opportunities

In order to make this plan meaningful in this community, we are seeking your input to help determine how these broad goals will be accomplished here. The information obtained from a survey (that should take approximately 10 minutes to complete) is critical for us to help us in that determination.

In order to assure your input can be incorporated in the report, please respond by January 23.

3) Urban Growth Boundary

Take the Recommendation Survey

The UGB Recommendation is out for public review. How our city grows affects us all – what do you think of the four areas recommended for UGB expansion for jobs, parks, schools, and single family homes?

• Clear Lake: 3,000 Jobs, Community Park, and School
• Santa Clara: 35 Acre Community Park
• Bailey Hill/Gimpl Hill: 135 Homes
• Bloomberg/McVay: 400 Homes

Take our survey to add your voice to the discussion. Surveys completed by January 22 allow us to prepare a survey summary for the City Council’s January 28th work session on this topic.

You can also attend the City Council Public Forum on January 20 at 7:30 pm in Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Ave, or email comments to

4) 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