Activist Alert 10-25-2012

• Eugene City Council Ward 2 candidates Betty Taylor and Juan Carlos Valle will be at a candidate’s forum hosted by the Friendly Area Neighbors at 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 25, at Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington St. 

Eugene Neighborhoods Inc.’s annual meeting will be from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 25, at Davis Restaurant, 94 W. Broadway. A panel of citizens will relate their experiences protecting neighborhoods against unwise commercial and residential developments and unwanted cell-towers, and lessons learned from working with attorneys specializing in Oregon’s land use laws. Panelists will include Lisa Warnes, Merilee Eisen, April Hatcher, Camilla Bayliss, Paul Conte and Liam Sherlock. Happy hour and socializing at 5 with program at 5:30.

The next Emerald F.E.A.S.T. dinner will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 25, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. in Eugene. See Biz Beat last week, visit or call 520-6621.

• A candidate forum with Rep. Nancy Nathanson and her Republican challenger Mark Callahan will be at 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Road. Sponsored by Northeast Neighbors, Harlow Neighbors and the Cal Young Neighborhood Association. A Cal Young general meeting will follow.

Ballot Measures 79 and 84, prohibiting real estate transfer taxes and eliminating the inheritance tax, will be the topic at City Club of Eugene at noon Friday, Oct. 26, at the Eugene Hilton. Speakers will include Kevin Mannix and Jon Coney from Yes on 79 and speakers from Defend Oregon and Our Oregon.

• The OSU Extension Service is offering a free composting workshop at 10 am Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Transition Garden, 905 Flamingo St. in Springfield. Call 344-1265 for more information.

• Canvassing for Rep. Val Hoyle will begin with a gathering at 9:30 am Saturday, Oct. 27, and 12:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 28, at Peterson Barn in Bethel. To RSVP email or call 905-1468.

• Canvassing for Betty Taylor is now happening Saturdays with an 11 am gathering time at the Democratic Party of Lane County Office, 228 E.11th Ave. Call 484-5099 or 914-5603. Democratic campaigns are also being supported by the new Organizing for America (OFA) field office at 115 W 6th Ave. Eugene. Call 525-9387 for information on voter outreach and canvassing. 

 • Canvassing for John Lively in the open House District 12 race will begin at 1 pm Sunday, Oct. 28, at Lively Park, 6100 Thurston Road in Springfield. 

• The film 13 Days will be shown free at 6 pm Sunday, Oct. 28, at the EWEB community room, 500 East 4th Ave. The film is a re-enactment of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. “Part of the film’s dialogue is based on secret taping of Oval Office conversations that President Kennedy made, including of the generals who wanted war instead of the compromise that defused the crisis,” says Mark Robinowiz who is sponsoring the showing. See 

• An urban design workshop on the South Willamette Concept Plan will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Hilyard Center, 2580 Hilyard St. Email to get on the mailing list.

• An EWEB public hearing on proposed 2013 rate hikes will be at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the EWEB Board Room. A final public hearing and vote is scheduled for Dec. 4. More information and written testimony can be made by email through the EWEB website.