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January 25, 2013 07:01 PM

A salary of $175,656 for embattled County Administrator Liane Richardson and $166,400 for County Counsel-to-be Stephen Dingle (his contract has not been voted on). Those are the salaries on the table for Richardson and Dingle if proposed raises go through, according to The Register-Guard in a story Jan. 24. Materials related to the upcoming votes are available here on the county's website

That's about $40,000 in raises at a time when the county is strapped for cash, irate readers point out on the R-G's page and in Letters to the Editor EW is already receiving. Ironically the Lane County Board of Commissioner's vote on the raise is the same day as a public hearing on a possible public safety tax, according to the agenda. 

As EW reported this week, the county is facing a possible legal case from former attorney Marc Kardell as well as a suit from activist Alley Valkyrie on constitutional grounds after Richardson closed the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza to protest for several days and barred protests after 11 pm. Richardson and Dingle have also barred Valkyrie from entering the county building. After the closure and Richardson alleged protesters had defecated in county planters, another protest was held at the plaza Jan. 7 and 21 more people were arrested. During the protest, gingerbread Liane Richardson cookies holding a raisin were handed out. You can guess from the picture what the raisin signifies … 

Photo courtesy Louise Prévost, the baker

Those interested in making comments to the county, either about the proposed raises or about the public safety proposal should attend the County Commissioners' meeting during the 1:30 pm public comment period and the 5:30 pm public safety hearing, also on Tuesday Jan. 29, at Harris Hall. For more details, see the agenda. No idea if the commission is interested in more creative cookie-baking. 

January 22, 2013 05:50 PM

The Sierra Club is going to break 120 years of tradition and policy and get all civilly disobedient on the Keystone XL's ass, according to blog posts and press releases from the conservation organization that has long tried to stay out of the get-arrested-for-the-environment fray. A blog post from Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune says, "For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every 'lawful means' to achieve our objectives. Now, for the first time in our history, we are prepared to go further."

Citing Martin Luther King, Jr and Walden, Brune writes the day after Obama cited climate change in his inaugural address:

The Sierra Club has refused to stand by. We've worked hard and brought all of our traditional tactics of lobbying, electoral work, litigation, grassroots organizing, and public education to bear on this crisis. And we have had great success -- stopping more than 170 coal plants from being built, securing the retirement of another 129 existing plants, and helping grow a clean energy economy. But time is running out, and there is so much more to do. The stakes are enormous. At this point, we can't afford to lose a single major battle. That's why the Sierra Club's Board of Directors has for the first time endorsed an act of peaceful civil disobedience.

In doing so, we're issuing a challenge to President Obama, who spoke stirringly in his inaugural address about how America must lead the world on the transition to clean energy. Welcome as those words were, we need the president to match them with strong action and use the first 100 days of his second term to begin building a bold and lasting legacy of clean energy and climate stability.

That means rejecting the dangerous tar sands pipeline that would transport some of the dirtiest oil on the planet, and other reckless fossil fuel projects from Northwest coal exports to Arctic drilling. It means following through on his pledge to double down again on clean energy, and cut carbon pollution from smokestacks across the country. And, perhaps most of all, it means standing up to the fossil fuel corporations that would drive us over the climate cliff without so much as a backward glance.

In an interview  last week (see the upcoming Jan. 24 issue for a story), noted economist Jared Bernstein told EW that he doesn't think the Keystone XL will be stopped. "There is going to be a pipeline someday," he said. And said instead of starting from a place where we assume there isn't going to be a pipeline we should "be smart about where it goes." 

Is the Sierra Club big enough to be a game changer? Also today, the governor of Nebraska approved the pipeline through his state and sent a letter to that effect to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. Who knows, now that the Sierra Club's gone wild.

January 22, 2013 06:20 PM

January 18, 2013 06:22 PM

Too late for the Calendar this week: We hear from Doug Card that he’s doing a free program at 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Lane County Historical Museum at the Fairgrounds, on "Wiley Griffon, More Than a Mule Car Driver." Card will talk about recent research that “uncovers new insights in to the remarkable life of Eugene's first well-known black man, who lived here from 1890- 1913, as well as on the history of Eugene, both good and bad." This event is in honor of the centenary of his death and the kickoff for MLK events.

See http://www.lanecountyhistoricalsociety.org/

January 16, 2013 12:36 PM

Chip Kelly is leaving afterall for the Eagles and it must be official if the UO already posted the job opening for Head Football Coach. But don't expect Kelly's $2.5 million-plus salary - the pay is "commensurate with experience." See job description and application details below:

 

POSITION:  Head Football Coach
SALARY RANGE:  Commensurate with experience
PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT:  Full time, twelve month position

QUALIFICATIONS:                        

Bachelor’s degree required.  Minimum 5 years' successful collegiate/professional coaching experience.  Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills required.  Knowledge of NCAA rules and interpretations required.  The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated dedication to the full academic and social development of student-athletes.  Preference will be given to candidates who effectively communicate a plan of action for program improvement, have been affiliated with highly successful elite program(s), have demonstrated knowledge and implementation of offensive and/or defensive strategies, have demonstrated understanding of the University of Oregon Football program and can highlight consistent and significant skill development of student-athletes both individually and collectively.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsible for the management and administration of all phases of the Football program in a manner that upholds the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Promotes an atmosphere of compliance.  Adheres to and enforces all policies and procedures of the Department and University, as well as the rules and regulations of the Pacific-12 Conference, the NCAA and other authorities that may legitimately influence the intercollegiate athletic program.

Oversees the recruitment and selection of student-athletes.  Ensures compliance with NCAA guidelines for contacting and recruiting prospects.  Initiates the process for determining academic eligibility and issuing National Letters of Intent.

Provides leadership and instruction in the academic, athletic, professional and personal development of student-athletes, to include advising team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters, when appropriate.

Monitors the eligibility status and promotes the academic progress of student-athletes by working closely with the Compliance staff.  Assists in enforcing support services or activities: study hall, tutoring, academic advising, etc.

Develops and submits the Football program’s annual budget request.  Manages the program within the framework of a balanced budget.

Works collaboratively in the selection, purchase, fitting and maintenance of team equipment, to include uniforms, athletic equipment and supplies.

Schedules and conducts regular practice sessions in and out of season, as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations.  Develops and implements strategies for motivating student-athletes to perform at maximum levels as both individuals and a team.

Works collaboratively with Athletic Director or sport liaison to develop a competitive event schedule.

Ensures that team travel arrangements are in compliance with the University, Pacific-12 Conference and NCAA rules and regulations, to include monitoring the development of travel itineraries and coordination of travel plans.

Oversees the conditioning and training of team members, in conjunction with the Strength and Conditioning staff to ensure that student-athletes are physically prepared for competition.

Supports the Sports Medicine staff to ensure student-athlete welfare.

Supervises assistant coaches, graduate assistants, interns and other support staff to ensure their compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures and promote an atmosphere if compliance.  Provides orientation, training and guidance, as needed.  Conducts performance evaluations and recommends salary increases, as appropriate.

Participates in clinics, exhibitions and camp activities, as approved.

Participates in public relations activities, to include fundraising appearances, speaking engagements, television and radio interviews, and press conferences, as approved or requested.  Represents the Department at professional, civic, charitable and alumni events.

Compiles data and reports, as required by the Department and University.

Develops and publishes team rules regarding general standards of behavior, with the approval of the sport liaison.  Enforces team rules with appropriate disciplinary action.

Ensures the safety of student-athletes and coaching staff through careful monitoring of the condition of athletic equipment and facilities utilized by the Football program.  Submits requests for repair, maintenance and improvement of facilities to the Facilities staff when appropriate.

Cooperates with all coaches within the intercollegiate athletic program to enhance overall Department operations.

Performs other duties as requested by the athletic administration, including but not limited to Athletic Director and sport liaison.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:                                  

Submit letter of interest, resume and the names and phone numbers of three references via email to Mark Ruckwardt, atathletichr@uoregon.edu.  Mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Finalist must successfully complete a criminal background check.  An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

January 16, 2013 02:17 PM

The NFL is on everyone's lips today in Eugene as Chip flies the coop. So it must be time for a bad lip reading.

In other, dare we say more important news, President Obama has unveiled new gun control proposals, the Washington Post reports.

Obama spoke in a White House ceremony to formally unveil the proposals and to sign executive orders and paperwork initiating immediate administrative actions, including steps to strengthen the existing background-check system, promote research on gun violence and provide training in dealing with “active shooter situations.”

January 11, 2013 03:46 PM

Downtown Eugene's filling up. Empty storefronts are giving way to bars, restaurants and stores. What else does it need? We vote on more food cars for Kesey Square …

January 10, 2013 12:03 PM

Mayor Kitty Piercy upon hearing the trespass citations would keep people from being able to attend City Council meetings (see today's story about the recent free speech arrests) tells EW:

"You should know that it's important to me for that all our community members can come to a City Council meeting. While I respect the county's rights to make decisions regarding visitors to the county building, it's not okay with me for them to determine who may attend or speak at a council meeting.   I have asked staff to work with the county to ensure that no one is blocked from our council meetings by the county."

January 10, 2013 12:13 PM

As far as parodies go, "this is fuckinnng awesommme."

January 7, 2013 06:03 PM

Most awesome story of the week from the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

A Marin activist named Jonathan Frieman, who runs a small nonprofit corporation (the JoMiJo Foundation) was driving in the carpool lane on highway 101 in Marin when he was stopped by a cop and given a $478 ticket. Ah, but Frieman insists he wasn't driving alone; beside him in the car were the articles of incorporation and other relevant corporate paperwork for his foundation — and in the United States, corporations are considered people. In fact, the California Vehicle Code refers to “natural persons or corporations.”

So Frieman is challening his ticket in traffic court, and is willing to spend his own money to appeal the case as far as he can. He wants to force the courts to decide: If a corporation is a person, then it gets to ride with a driver in the carpool lane, and his ticket has to be dismissed. If it's not a person, then maybe it can't make political contributions.In fact, if a corporation isn't a person, a whole lot of evil stuff might come to an end.

The story says Friedman's traffic court hearing was today.

And then there's domestic violence, Portlandia style from KOIN in Portland:

A man is facing assault charges, accused of choking his girlfriend using his dreadlocks in Southeast Portland.

Domestic violence is awful and never funny; I hope the woman is OK. And I have to wonder: How did this not happen in Eugene?

January 7, 2013 11:53 PM

SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) is challenging the curfew at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaze tonight. Here is the live stream via Ustream. About 75-80 people appeared to be there around 11 pm at "Reclaim the Plaza: A Free Speech Celebration."


Free live streaming by Ustream

January 7, 2013 11:28 AM

It's not yet clear what's happening on the UO campus this morning (beyond a rally scheduled for 11;30 am in regard to shake up in the diversity office) but UO emergency alerts are warning students to stay away from the Health Center and the latest alert says Agate is closed between 13th and 15the avenues. Another alert told students and faculty that there are intermittended power outages across campus. The Daily Emerald is reporting that "A University police spokesman said that explosions were heard near the Walton Complex. Smoke was reported to be coming from around the maintenance tunnels."

Updates to come.

Update:  KVAL is on the scene (we don't come out til Thursday, by which time this will be old news, but exlosions are bread and butter for the TV folks): "Employees told KVAL News that they believe it was because of a pipe leak of some kind inside the building."

Update: The R-G writes, "The explosions and smoke are 'likely' a result of a malfunction in a maintenance tunnel near the health center and the Walton residence hall complex, UO police spokesman Kelly McIver said."

Update: The Daily Emerald is reporting it appears to be a transformer that blew. Accounts differ as to what parts of campus might have lost power in addition to some of the residence halls. The Em has some nice photos of firefighters and smoke.