The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza has long been home to, well, free speech. But the R-G is reporting that Lane County Administrator Liane Richardson has signed an order putting the kibosh on free speech at the plaza for now in response to a protest.
Eugene SLEEPS, an offshoot of Occupy Eugene, set up tents in the plaza Dec. 10 after the Eugene City Council did not move on modifying the city's camping ban. SLEEPS, which stands for Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, has been advocating to have the camping ban lifted before winter weather sets in. In 2008 a homeless veteran, Major Thomas Egan, froze to death on the street in Eugene during a cold spell.
The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza is on indefinite closure, the R-G reports and it says:
There are rules about using the plaza in regard to health and safety,” county spokeswoman Jennifer Inman said. “This is really about the issue of camping, rather than the free-speech aspect” of the protest.
Back in September the R-G reported that Richardson was advocating to ban smoking in the plaza, which in addition to being a frequent protest site, is also a popular weekend hangout during Saturday Market.
If Lane County starts calling for a ban on drum circles, then we'll know it really has it in for the Free Speech Plaza.
The Eugene City Council heard public forum comments Monday, Dec. 10, on the three options for City Hall: move to EWEB’s riverfront building, stay at the same 7th and Pearl site and build a new building, or rebuild and beautify the existing city hall using parts of its skeleton. (See wkly.ws/1a9 for more information.) Most of the 17 speakers advocated keeping city hall downtown; two spoke in favor of the EWEB site.
As EW goes to press Wednesday, Dec. 12, council will sit down to a work session that Mayor Kitty Piercy said after the Dec. 10 meeting would include an attempt by council to decide on the future site. Piercy said that because of Councilor George Poling’s expected absence, there would not be a tie. But if Poling is able to phone into the Dec. 12 meeting and a tie results, Piercy says she supports remaining downtown for reasons including its connection to the county building and the city’s ownership of the 7th and Pearl property. “It just makes really good sense to me,” she said.
The U.S. News and World Report is famous for their college rankings — did anyone else proudly show their parents the "dorms like dungeons" listing for UO when living in the residence halls? Anyhow, now they're publishing a list of "underperforming schools," which means the schools' reputations are better than U.S. News thinks they should be based on academic indicators. UO is on that list.
According to U.S. News, the academic peer assessment ranking for UO is 70, but the UO really deserves a 115. Fellow alums, should we make T-shirts or something? "I love my underperforming Ducks?"
Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck has passed, just shy of his 92nd birthday. Bruebeck wrote such jazz standards like “Take Five” and “The Duke.” The Dave Brubeck Quartet played at the UO in 1957 for the Erb Memorial Union’s “Jazz a la Carte” series and Brubeck performed at the Hult Center in 2008 (pictured above).
On a brighter note, Fleetwood Mac is reuniting for a 34-city tour kicking off in April, their first tour since ... 2009. In preparation for the tour, Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie crafted two new songs in 2012, "Sad Angela" and "Miss Fantasy." They are also pulling out an old tune that was never recorded. Unfortunately the tour only gets as close as Tacoma. Check out the recent Q&A Rolling Stone did with Nicks and Buckingham. Stevie Nicks says they are still the drama queens (and kings) they always were:
"We're dramatic. Lindsey and I will always be dramatic. When you were almost married for seven years, and then you've been in a band for 30 years, it's never not going to be dramatic. We are who are are and we were dramatic kids going together. That never really goes away."
Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon feels that the ubiquitous “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is not getting enough play, so he enlisted the help of The Roots, some cute kids and Mariah Carey to remake the song with toy instruments:
Much like existing fireworks laws, what is legal in Washington is not legal in Oregon, In other words, if it goes high in the air or gets you high, you should probably use it in the Evergreen State.
Not bad, PDXPD, not bad. The rest is pretty straightforward and factual, so check it out if you're considering some "agricultural tourism" up north.
Maybe Oregon should just go ahead and legalize marijuana for the sake of fun in press releases. I think the EPD's spokesfolks Melinda McLaughlin and Jenna McCulley are totally up for a good ol' press release challenge.
Looking for things to do this weekend? After you ArtWalk come hear fellow EW staffer Alex Notman, a plethora of funny people and I tell naughty Christmas stories on Friday at Cozmic. Not only will we crack ourselves up, there will be wine, beer and food and it's a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.
Also on the roster are : Laurie Notaro, author of An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List (check out her piece on Yelp that she wrote for some OTHER weekly); Mark Russell, author of God Is Disappointed in You; L. J. Sellers, author of provocative mysteries and thrillers (she has a couple that feature a Eugene cop with a urinary problem); Leigh Anne Jasheway, author and standup comic; Curt Hopkins, journalist and poet; and Trisha Marcy, standup comic.
On Saturday it's time for the Cascadia Wildlands’ 10th annual Wonderland Auction is from 6 to 10 pm Saturday, Dec. 8, at the EMU Ballroom at UO. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and include dinner and drinks. More information at cascwild.org or call 434-1463. It's more than a bunch of treehuggers standing around and more like treehuggers in nice clothes drinking and making merry and buying cool local stuff. Music, beer from Ninkasi, food from Coconut Bliss and Ring of Fire and this event packs the EMU Ballroom at the UO each year.
It's not the weekend, but on Wednsday Dec. 12 head over to Beyond Toxics, which is hosting an open house in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Two new video documentaries will be premiered: Malignant Mileageabout the pesticide poisoning in La Pine, Oregon; and Environmental Justice in Eugene: A Toxic Tour. The open house is from 5 to 8 pm at 1192 Lawrence in Eugene. Refreshments will be provided. See beyondtoxics.org or call 465-8860 for more information.
A lot of you probably read the Savage Love a few weeks back in which Dan Savage asked LGBT folks whose straight friends worked for marriage equality during the past election to send in a picture and a small description of what they did.
The result is Straight Up Thanks, and this Tumblr will make you sob, bawl, get misty or whatever you do when faced with something particularly touching. As the Nov. 14 Savage Love stated, gay people shouldn't have to say "thank you" when their rights are recognized. But I think and hope that straight people in other states ***coughOREGON2014cough*** will see this and realize that our activism during future elections (and during non-elections) could be very important to someone we love.
These are my friends Jehan and Seth. They gave a substantial donation to Equality Maryland as a wedding favor to all the guests at their wedding. Jehan even had her toenails painted in rainbow colors as a sign of support! My wife and I (and all the other gay people present) had a great time dancing at their wedding, and four months later, their donation helped our state of Maryland achieve marriage equality!—Jenise
Local car dealer Ridley's Rides is getting some attention from Ad Week and elsewhere for its eBay listings that supposedly use the owner's daughter to sell cars, sexy-style. I notice that they don't use sexy pics for the station wagons.
Local TV station KVAL jumped on the story and revealed that nope, it's not a daughter, merely a "longtime friend." This sort of begs the questions as to why he said it was his daughter in the first place, but I will just leave that to your speculation.
Just because EW had early Tofurky Day deadlines does not mean you don't need to hear more about the Lane County Board of County Commissioners meeting today. They didn't just talk turkey and pilgrims, they talked animals and air.
Animal advocates having been coming to commission meetings and speaking up. As a result, the commission voted to retain the animal advisory committee, look into changes in its contract with Greenhill and to fill open positions on the committee. Looks like from this web update that the R-G will have a full story Nov. 21, so I will move on to air.
Commish Jay Bozievich helpfully fowarded an email about a 1:30 pm Nov. 27 work session at Harris Hall on the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA).
Two of the topics which will be discussed at this work session are:
What would the community lose without LRAPA?
What costs would local governments incur without LRAPA?
Merlyn Hough, LRAPA executive director, wrote up a briefing report on the agency (see below). Some praise LRAPA for its air quality monitoring and programs for improving air quality, like the one that replaces wood stoves with cleaner-burning stoves. Other say LRAPA rubber-stamps industry permits, like the Seneca biomass-burning plant. Either way, if you care about LRAPA you should show up for the work session. Worked for the animal folks.
God (and capitalism) is good; God (and capitalism) is great. Thank God (and capitalism )for the food we eat.
It's the new conservative Thanksgiving grace.
Ok I made that up.
Some people celebrate Thanksgiving as a family event, others as a day to mourn what's happened to America's indignous peoples, still more go for the Chinese food and movie option. And of course a whole sh*t ton of people see Thanksgving as the day before they go on a crazy shopping spree. But according to some sources, that shopping spree is probably the idea way to celebrate Turkey Day because that's what it's really about. Capitalism.
Capitalism was the lesson of the day from Commissioner Jay Boziviech (West Lane) at the Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting On Nov. 20. During the Commissioners Remonstrance Boziviech took the opportunity to tell the "real" story of Thanksgiving, which in this version (which seems to be taken directly from Rush Limbaugh's book and the story he repeats each year on his show), basically: Thanksgiving is the celebration of a pilgrimic triumph over communism and a celebration of capitalism.
Here's what he said:
I kind of want to remind people about the real story of Thanksgiving. There’s been a lot of myths around it: You know the Pilgrims and the Indians and the Indians taught the Pilgrims how to grow food and that’s what they were celebrating. That’s not the real story.
The Pilgrims, on the way across the ocean, developed a societal system that was basically a commune, long before Lenin was ever alive, they came to America, started this communal system of common property where everybody’s food that they grew was thrown in a common storehouse and taken out at will. And you know what? Over the first couple winters they starved because people had no incentive to produce and there was a lot of corruption and theft from the warehouse. So they finally decided to let people have ownership over a plot of land and keep the goods that they grew.
And you know what? That the following year they had a tremendous bounty they and held a celebration and that was the first Thanksgiving. Basically what you are celebrating in Thanksgiving is private property rights and being able to hang on to the fruits of your own labor. … Please remember why we celebrate it and that’s because it was about private property rights and capitalism.
America: We kicked communism's ass before communism was even born.
You can watch it on video here. The turkey talk starts about 42 minutes in.
Google Pilgrim communists and you will get a lot of conservative and Tea Party website hits.The Christian Science Monitor did a nice historical look at Thanksiving that talks about how the Pilgrims' journals discussed the whole Pilgrims and Native Americans thing.
In a letter to a friend, dated December 1621, Edward Winslow wrote: "Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time, among other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others."