While coal trains have been in the news lately, they aren't the only potentially damaging fossil fuel export coming through Oregon's backyards, ranches, forests and streams. Liquified natural gas (LNG) is still a looming issue.
To learn more, check out this video by Rogue Riverkeeper, KS Wild and Balance Media.
Help Mitt Romney fill his binders full of women!
The Seattle jazz group Hardcoretet will be performing at 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Jazz Station, 124 W. Broadway. $7 cover, all ages.
UPATE: The agenda AND materials are posted on the Board of Commissioners' website several days before the next meeting. Woohoo! Looks like they want to change their regular meeting day to Tuesday, rather than Wednesday.
Whether for or against coal trains, no one was happy that the conservative majority on the Board of Lane County Commissioners was planning to vote on the issue last week (oh, sorry, vote on the Coos Bay Bulk Terminal the coal trains would be heading to) without giving anyone advance notice to make public comment.
EW found the brief mention of the vote on the county agenda, and after we asked some questions, we found out that a coal train vote was scheduled.
Then after the public began to voice dismay about the vote, the commission rescheduled it.
Then yesterday, they decided not to vote at all. Oops. Well you can still weigh in on coal at the Oct. 22 City Council meeting.
So let's keep the county government accountable. Agendas are sent out in advance of meetings. Sometimes the week before, sometimes only a couple days before. Agenda materials (the stuff explaining the items listed, which are sometimes a little vague) get posted at various times. Sometimes, as in the case of the coal trains resolution, only 24 hours before a scheduled vote. Below is this week's agenda. Per usual, it doesn't spell out items under "Commissioners Business" or in some other places, but it gives you the general idea of what's going to be discussed.
For next week, I'm curious about the item under County Administation where there are plans to change the day of the week the commissioners meet. The current schedule is meeting Wednesdays with Tuesdays also a possibility (scroll down to section 3.005). Alas the agenda doesn't say what the new option is, or why the change — hopefully because they are trying to make it easier to get information about meetings and votes to the public. Thoughts?
AGENDA LANE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
Phone (541) 682-4203 Web site: www.lanecounty.org
Legend the meeting location is wheelchair-accessible. Anyone needing
PM-Previous Material special accommodations (hearing impaired, language translation,
NBA - Notice of Board Action chemical sensitivity needs, and large print copies of agenda),
# - Sign-Up Sheets Available at Entrance please make your request at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
*Note: Complete Copy of Agenda Packet Material is available for review in the Commissioners' Office*
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 – REGULAR MEETING
(9:00 a.m.) (Board of Commissioners’ Conference Room)
1. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
A. PUBLIC HEARING – ORDER 12-10-24-01/ In the Matter of Adopting the FY 12-13 Supplemental Budget #1, Making, Reducing, and Transferring Appropriations. (Christine Moody, Budget Manager) (estimated 10 minutes) (9:00 a.m. TIME CERTAIN)
2. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
3. #PUBLIC COMMENTS
Expected maximum time 20 minutes: Speakers will be taken in the order in which they sign up and will be limited to 3-minutes. If the number wishing to testify exceeds 7 speakers, then additional speakers may be allowed if the chair determines that time permits or each speaker's time may be reduced to fit within 20 min.)
4. COMMISSIONERS' RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND/OR OTHER ISSUES AND REMONSTRANCE (2 min. limit)
5. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
6. CONSENT CALENDAR
(All items listed here are considered to be routine by the Board of Commissioners and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. There will be no separate discussion of these items. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the Consent Calendar and will be considered separately.)
BEGINNING OF CONSENT CALENDAR * * * * (estimated 2 minutes)
A. County Administration
1) ORDER 12-10-24-02/ In the Matter of Approving Minor West Eugene Enterprise Zone (WEEZ) Boundary Amendment to Allow Investments by Local Businesses (Oakshire Brewing and Hop Valley) to Utilize the Program. (Glenda Poling, Manager, Lane County Community & Economic Development Division)
2) ORDER 12-10-24-03/ In the Matter of Appointing Two Pools of Board Members Who May be Selected by the County Clerk to Sit on the Board of Property Tax Appeals. (Cheryl Betschart, County Clerk)
B. Public Safety
1) ORDER 12-10-24-04/ In the Matter of Amending Chapter 3 of Lane Manual to Transfer Weighmaster Staff and Responsibilities from Sheriff to Public Works. (Chief Deputy Hooley)
C. Public Works
1) ORDER 12-10-24-05/ In The Matter Of Accepting Deeds For Land To Be Used For County Road Purposes For Jasper Lowell Road AKA Pioneer Street (County Road Number 360 & 1065) (19-01-14) (Mike Jackson, County Surveyor)
2) ORDER 12-10-24-06/ In The Matter Of Accepting Deeds For Strips Of Land To Be Used For County Road Purposes For Meadowview Road (County Road Numbers 889 & 898) (16-04-30 & 16-05-25) (Mike Jackson, County Surveyor)
3) ORDER 12-10-24-07/ In The Matter Of Accepting Deeds For A Strip Of Land To Be Used For County Road Purposes For Sutton Lake Road (County Road Number 730) (17-12-35) (Mike Jackson, County Surveyor)
4) ORDER 12-10-24-08/ In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to Molly Jo Simmons, Former Owner of Record, for $17,190 (Map No. 18-03-06-41-01600, 135 E. 24th Place, Eugene) (Jeff Turk, Property Management Officer 2)
5) ORDER 12-10-24-09/ In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to Molly Jo Simmons, Former Owner of Record, for $50,376 (Map No. 18-03-04-32 Tax Lots 5601 And 5602, 2790 Central Blvd., Eugene) (Jeff Turk, Property Management Officer 2)
END OF CONSENT CALENDAR * * * *
7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
(updated order numbers from this point on)
B. ORDER 12-10-24-10/ In the Matter of Amending Lane Manual to Revise the Regular Meeting Day of the Lane County Board of Commissioners (LM 3.005). Effective December 1, 2012. (David Suchart, Acting County Administrator) (estimated 10 minutes)
8. COUNTY COUNSEL
9. COMMISSIONERS’ BUSINESS
10. PUBLIC WORKS
A. ORDER 12-10-24-11/ In the Matter of Prohibiting Alcohol Consumption at Whitely Landing. (Mike Russell, Parks Manager) (estimated 30 minutes)
B. ORDER 12-10-24-12/ In the Matter of Approving the River Road – Santa Clara Storm Water Basin Master Plan. (Daniel Hurley, Senior Engineering Associate) (estimated 20 minutes)
11. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
(Commissioners' Conference Room)
13. OTHER BUSINESS
The Gangnam Style song and video is fine, but as happens sometimes, the parodies are even better.
Open condom style ("made entirely with condoms").
Mitt Romney style
And since as far as I can tell the UO Duck is pretty much a part of everything these days. Dunno what's worse. The Duck under the Ems mascot's legs that somehow brings that horrifying Big Bad Wolf song's video to mind or that they bleep "sexy" out of the sexy lady lyric in an awkward attempt to be PC. (Hey UO, wanna be PC? give more attention and cash to women's sports.)
I'd keep going but the beat does get old after a while.
Attention all up-and-coming David Finchers and Kathryn Bigelows! The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) is now accepting submissions for the OpenLens Festival Short Film Competition. Entries must be 15 minutes or less and postmarked no later than December 7, 2012. Find more info on how to enter here.
Check out 2011's winner for Best in Show, The Tell, a 6 minute film that shows what happens when demons play poker - there's an unexpected musical element. Beware, there is also gore.
Regarding last night’s presidential candidates debate, Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, said today: "The Arctic is melting to record lows, extreme weather is increasing, grain reserves are at record lows threatening millions with hunger should there be another bad grain harvest next year, but there was NO mention of climate change in the presidential debates. It was just who could shout 'drill, baby, drill!' the loudest, with President Obama throwing in a token reference to solar and wind.
"On the surface, the candidates appear to hold different positions on climate change: Obama has insisted that 'climate change is not a hoax,' while Romney has mocked the president’s promises 'to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.' Yet both candidates have made clear — either in coded language or in outright support — that they will allow the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada to the U.S. to proceed with little impediment, ignoring warnings from NASA’s top climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, that if the Canadian tar sands are fully exploited, 'it is game over for Earth’s climate.'"
See "Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won't Touch,” at http://wkly.ws/1de
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two of the best contemporary comedians, may make the Golden Globes watchable again. The SNL alums, Baby Mama co-stars and friends will host the January 2013 awards show and hopefully we can expect the silliest of antics. As a nod to the awards, and the presidential debate tonight, here's a look at one of the pair's best moments.
The Russian-American songstress releases a new video today for her lovely, haunting and more conventional song "How," from her latest album What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. Directed by the talented Margo Weathers, who has also done a series of bright-colored videos for Neiman Marcus. Too bad Spektor won't be touring Eugene any time soon.
A recent story from In These Times alleges that the Koch Brothers are trying to control employee votes in Oregon. Eugene is home to a Georgia-Pacific plant that we featured in a recent cover story on toxics in west Eugene.
The election story begins:
Koch Sends Pro-Romney Mailing to 45,000 Employees While Stifling Workplace Political Speech
The billionaire Koch brothers have found a new way to influence the 2012 electionn — preaching to employees
Much has been written about the owners of Koch Industries, brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, trying to control the political process through hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to right-wing causes and candidates. Now, an In These Times investigation reveals that the billionaires have broken out another tactic to influence the 2012 elections: attempting to control their workers’ votes.
In a voter information packet obtained by In These Times, the Koch Industries corporate leadership informed tens of thousands of employees at its subsidiary, Georgia Pacific, that their livelihood could depend on the 2012 election and that the company supports Mitt Romney for president. The guide was similar to one the company distributed before the 2010 midterm elections, which Mark Ames and I reported on in The Nation last year.
The packet arrived in the mailboxes of all 45,000 Georgia Pacific employees earlier this month.
The packet featured a cover letter, by Koch Industries President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Robertson, as well as "flyer listing Koch-endorsed candidates, beginning with Romney. Robertson’s letter explained: 'At the request of many employees, we have also provided a list of candidates in your state that have been supported by Koch companies or by KOCHPAC, our employee political action committee.'"
The cover letter reads:
If we elect candidates who want to spend hundreds of billions in borrowed money on costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects, and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills.
The packet also included a packet that also included "an anti-Obama editorial by Charles Koch and a pro-Romney editorial by David Koch. The letter went on to say, 'We believe any decision about which candidates to support is — as always — yours and yours alone, based on the factors that are most important to you. Second, we do not support candidates based on their political affiliation.'"
But In These Times reports that " In the flyer sent to Oregon employees, all 14 Koch-backed state candidates were Republicans."
For the full story go here.
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