Activist Alert 9-17-2015

• The South Willamette Special Zone Area is the topic at City Club of Eugene at noon Friday, Sept. 18, at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette Street. Planning consultant Eben Fodor and local architect and Planning Commission Chairman Bill Randall will be the speakers. The discussion is in advance of an Oct. 19 public hearing before the City Council on the proposal to create a long-range development plan along the Willamette corridor between 23rd and 32nd avenues. Fodor is a critic of the plan and its impact on the neighborhood and Randall helped craft the plan. $5 for non-members. See to get on the club mailing list. The Eugene Railroad Quiet Zone will be the topic for the following week, Sept. 25. 

• “Pinwheels for Peace” is an art installation involving more than 520 students at O’Hara Catholic School that will begin at 8:45 am Monday, Sept. 21, on the school’s front lawn, 715 W. 18th Ave. “This project is non-political,” says an email from the school administration. “Peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war. It can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.” See or or call 485-5291.

• An International Day of Peace observance will be at 6:30 pm Monday, Sept. 21, at the UO Knight Law Center at 1515 Agate Street on campus, featuring speakers, a display of Hiroshima and Nagasaki posters and a reception. For more information see or call CALC at 485-1755.

• Lane County is inviting public comment on its draft 20-year Parks Master Plan, which will guide the management of county parks from 2016 to 2036. This is the first comprehensive update to the original 1980 master plan. The draft plan is available at local city libraries, and open houses will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Lane Fire Authority, 88050 Territorial Hwy. in Veneta, and 6 to 8 pm Thursday, Sept. 24, at Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Ave. in Eugene.

• A free showing of the documentary Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima, followed by a panel discussion will be at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the UO Knight Law Center, Room 175. The Academy Award-nominated film features the Hiroshima Murals, which “artfully depict the effects of the atomic bomb, and reveal a message of hope in our nuclear age.” For more information see or call CALC at 485-1755.

• The Lane County Planning Commission has a vacancy coming up representing the western part of the county. The commission makes recommendations to the County Commission on land use issues. See Deadline to apply is Sept. 18. 

• The play Mercy Killers will be performed by Broadway actor Michael Milligan at 2 pm Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Richard E. Wildish Theater, 630 Main Street in Springfield, and again at 7:30 pm Friday, Sept. 25, at Very Little Theatre, 2350 Hilyard Street. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 online at Sponsored by Health Care for All Oregon-Eugene and Encircle Films.

• The review panel for the city’s Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) program is calling for applications for six technical member positions. This newly formed panel will provide a third-party review of the MUPTE program for the city manager. Deadline to apply is Sept. 21. Email for more information.

• The Oregon Secretary of State is holding a public hearing on the new Motor Voter law from 6 to 7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 24, at Eugene Public Library downtown.