Upcoming SHiNA Neighborhood Meeting 2/15/2023

Topic: Understanding Homelessness

Wednesday, Feb 15, 6:30-8:30PM
Hilyard Community Center
2580 Hilyard Street, Eugene

Contributed by SHiNA Chair Chris Jockheck

We see it every day.
We see it everywhere; Eugene, the Valley,
the coast, through out the state and beyond.
We turn our heads so we don’t have to engage.
We avoid certain areas, certain streets.
We see the tents, push carts, all the belongings, what is
kept and what is left behind.
We see the people: individuals, couples, children, young
and old. And we get angry. And we should be angry.

But to whom (who)? To ‘them’?, to local government?, to state government?, to federal government?, our economic system?, education system?, health care system? As we start a new year, both local and state government leaders want to address the homeless issue making it a priority. But what does that mean? How are they proposing to have the discussions so there’s a full understanding of what has created the situation? Are they dealing with the symptoms or are they going to get ‘down and dirty’, and look at dealing with the origins of the crisis? And the future (numbers are only growing).

There are many questions, and many of us think we have ‘solutions’. And we have our bias. But in order to understand the discussions that will be taking place we have to understand the issue. Who are the homeless? How does someone become homeless? Why are some people in a chronic long term situation while some are able to make a transition to a better life? What is in those carts? What role do drugs play? What role does mental health status play? A day in their life???

To help provide that understanding, SHiNA will be hosting a panel discussion and ‘community conversation’ on homelessness. Panelists will be Heather Sielicki, community advocate and; Tracy Joscelyn, manager of Nightengale safe sleeping site; and, Kelly McIver, Communications Manager, Unhoused Response, City of Eugene. We hope to see you there. This will be an in-person meeting only.

Meeting to discuss Cascade Manors Plans to Expand

Cascade Manor Neighborhood Applicant Meeting

Tuesday, November 30th. 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 826 8645 9249
Zoom Meeting Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82686459249


We are contacting you to inform you of a neighborhood-applicant meeting to discuss a land use proposal within your neighborhood. The applicant, Cascade Manor, is proposing to change the zoning of several properties adjacent to W. 30th Avenue and Portland Street from R-1 Low Density Residential (LDR) to R-2 Medium Density Residential (MDR) to allow for future redevelopment as senior housing and support services in the Southwest Hills Neighborhood.

Cascade Manor, Eugene’s only not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those they serve in a stimulating, secure environment. The proposed zone change will include five tax lots which are designated M Medium Density Residential by the Metro Plan and zoned R-1 Low Density Residential. The proposed zone changes to R-2 Medium Density Residential for all tax lots is consistent with the plan designation.

Prior to formally submitting a land use application to the City of Eugene, Cascade Manor requests a meeting with neighboring residents. The purpose of the meeting is to share information, describe the proposed project, and gather any feedback regarding the proposal. Please join us for a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The meeting can be accessed at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82686459249.

If you have any questions about the meeting or the project, please contact Colin McArthur, Principal Planner with Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture & Planning, at 541-485-7385 or colin@cameronmccarthy.com.

Cameron McCarthy, Landscape Architecture & Planning – 160 East Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401

SHiNA General Meeting Wednesday Nov 10, 2021

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/9949297324

Our speaker for the meeting will be talking about Map Your Neighborhoodand Emergency Preparedness. In a disaster, our need for first responders will be greater than Eugene, Lane County, and Oregon can supply. The people most likely to help in a disaster are your nearby neighbors. The Map Your Neighborhood program encourages us to get to know our nearby neighbors — about any special needs and available resources — before our next disaster.

If you’re interested in electric vehicles attend a rEV Up! Workshop 

If you would like to review previous presentation, a recorded copy of a rEV Up! Workshop can be found on the “Events” and “rEV Up!” pages of the Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association, EVEVA website at www.eveva.org. Also there are links to useful resources for those curious about or shopping for electric cars to aid in their exploration of electric vehicles.

EVEVA also has program where you can talk to local car owners about the particular vehicle you are looking at to ask questions about their experience, write to AskAnOwner@eveva.org

EWEB, EPUD and Forth are cooperating to offer Electrifyze, a program which will provide an EV coach to answer questions and provide information as you shop for your own electric vehicle. https://www.electrifyze.com/lane_county

Here are links to resources mentioned during the worshop:

Cars that qualify for the federal tax credit: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/irc-30d-new-qualified-plug-in-electric-drive-motor-vehicle-credit

Oregon Clean Vehicle and Charge Ahead programs, including eligible vehicles and an income eligibility calculator for Charge Ahead: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/programs/Pages/ZEV-Rebate.aspx

Total Cost of Ownership calculator from USDOE: https://afdc.energy.gov/calc/

Charging station locators:                                                                                 
Plugshare, www.plugshare.com                                                                                        
Chargeway, https://www.chargeway.net/

Utility promotions and incentives:

Eugene Water & Electric Board – EV Information, incentives and promotions

Lane Electric Cooperative – EV Information, incentives and promotions

Emeralds People’s Utility District – EV Information, incentives and promotions

Springfield Utility Board

City of Ashland  – EV Information, incentives and promotions

Central Lincoln People’s Utility District – EV Information, incentives and promotions

Bonus Link: There’s a fun and informative tool developed by MIT that lets you look at total vehicle ownership costs graphed against carbon emissions. https://www.carboncounter.com/

SHiNA General Meeting – Sept 12th

Sunday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. 

Speaker: Scott Altenhoff, City of Eugene Lead Arborist & Urban Forester 

ZOOM link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82520268442?pwd=S0Q1U1ZRcU5PRk92Y25OU2czK0l5UT09

Eugene Urban Forest Analyst to speak on 

“All Things Trees”

Concerned about fire resilience and tree health? Wondering about the city’s initiatives to meet the goal of 30% tree canopy? Scott Altenhoff is the City of Eugene’s Urban Forest Analyst and Lead Arborist who has been working in the Parks and Open Spaces Division for over 16 years. Prior to that he worked as a commercial arborist. Scott will be our main speaker at the SHiNA General Meeting on Sunday, September 12th at 6:30pm.

The Urban Forestry Division strives to promote a healthier and more sustainable urban forest, foster community tree awareness and stewardship, and develop tree projects including increasing citywide canopy.

It will be nice when we can meet again at the historic Wayne Morse Family Farm, but until that time, we continue to hold our General Meetings (free and open to all regardless of where you live) via ZOOM.

Adams Elementary Kindergarten Enrollment Orientation

Join us on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00PM when we will detail the enrollment process, introduce staff, share school procedures, and answer any questions you might have. 

Please call the school office (541-790-5000) if you are unable to attend the orientation and have questions about the enrollment process.

Join us over Zoom:
Meeting ID: 978 0038 9947
Passcode: 099530

Community Safety Initiative public input opportunities

We now have additional opportunities for the community to provide feedback on the Community Safety Initiative to the city:

The Eugene City Council wants to hear from community members about community safety needs as they finalize funding priorities for the Community Safety Payroll Tax. In addition to an online survey (open through March 31), Eugeneans can attend virtual meetings this month to share their perspective on the Community Safety Initiative (CSI) strategy and approach. Both meetings will follow the same format, and will be recorded and available for viewing after their scheduled times to increase access to information.