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Activist Alert: Fracking, judges and police chiefs

• The city of Eugene is hosting a series of community forums in October “to discuss what type of police chief the city should seek.” In addition to the forums that have already run, the upcoming forums are: Oct. 12 North Eugene High School; Oct. 17 Churchill High School; Oct. 18 Sheldon Community Center; Oct. 19 Gilham Community Church; Oct. 24 South Eugene High School; and Oct. 26 Ford Alumni Center, University of Oregon. All forums begin at 6 pm with pizza provided for attendees. Information about the police chief recruitment process can be found at: eugene-or.gov/policechiefrecruitment.

Lane County Stand Down for homeless and underserved veterans runs 6:30 am to 2 pm, Friday, Oct. 13, at the Lane County Fairgrounds. For more info, go to lanecountystanddown.org.

• 350 Eugene is looking for people to help stop a fracked gas pipeline. The climate change-focused group says, “Consider filing as an intervener against the proposed pipeline in Southern Oregon.” To get involved, stop by the First United Methodist Church (13th and Olive) 5:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 17. “Bring your device and we will help you through the process.” A 6:30 pm organizing meeting follows. For more info, go to rogueclimate.org/file_as_an_intervenor.

• The group City Accountability announced it has gathered 13,000 signatures (only 8,090 were needed) to get a citizens’ initiative on the May 18 ballot to amend the Eugene Charter to establish an office of an independent, elected city auditor. The group turns in the signatures 11 am Thursday, Oct. 12, at the City Manager’s Office at the Lane County Public Service Building. 

• Retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice David V. Brewer speaks on “Civil Discourse: A Tool for Getting the People’s Work Done” at the League of Women Voters of Lane County’s Third Thursday Luncheon 11 am, Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Valley River Inn. LWVLC says, “Brewer has worked to promote civil discourse in public policy matters. He will discuss examples of bridge-building efforts in state government that helped build trust among differing factions.” The luncheon is free and open to the public, but pre-reservation is required by noon Monday, Oct. 16. A buffet lunch is available for $17. Beverage only is $5. Doors at 11 am; a buffet lunch is served at 11:30. Call 541-343-7917 or email League@LWVLC.org to make a reservation.