Problems - Vol. 1

EUGENE COULD COUNT!!!!!!
 
I have lived in the Eugene area on and off since 1954 and love our City and it's surroundings in Lane County. I have watched a continual decline in our City and Lane County due to what is called "shifting values." It now has reached critical proportions in the City and I continue to hear our government elected officials indicate that they cannot understand why they are having difficulty locating investors for the downtown area and businesses who do not wish to locate in the downtown area. In addition the government officials do not understand why the populace will not come to visit the vendors in the City. Based on the premise that a picture is worth a thousand words, I offer you a pictorial explanation of the basic problems that must be corrected before various new programs such as Eugene Counts can be successful. Please enjoy the pictorial display below and after looking at each picture scroll down to find a brief list of solutions that can clean our house and get ready for invitees. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

PRIVATE SECURITY IS A COST TO LOCAL BUSINESSES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA WHICH SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY.

 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS WHY SECURITY IS NEEDED. WOULD YOU LIKE TO ARRIVE AT YOUR BUSINESS TO OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND FIND THIS?

                                                                              
 

 

 

 

OR THIS?????

 

    

 

 PRETTY STREETS COVERED IN TRASH. WOULD YOU LIKE TO
                                                           SHOP HERE?

 

 

 

OR PARK AND SHOP HERE?

 

 

 

 

EVERYONE HAS A DOG AND A MAJORITY OF THEM ARE UNLICENSE
                      AND CAUSE CHALLENGES FOR SHOPPERS!

 

 

 

THE HEART OF OUR DOWNTOWN AND THE PRIDE OF EUGENE!!!!!!!

 

 SUCH AS FOUND ON BROADWAY AND WILLAMETTE, NOTE DOG FECES ON THE SIDEWALK. WOULD YOU LIKE TO STEP AROUND THAT?

 

 

 

 

LET'S TAKE A STROLL DOWN THE SIDEWALK. IT IS NOT INHABITED BUT THE STREET IS. NOTE OPENED BEER CONTAINER.

 

 

 

 

A BI-PRODUCT OF OUR "CHANGE IN VALUES" AND ALLOWING PEOPLE TO LOITER. WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR BUSINESS??

 

 

 

 

THIS MAY BE AN EXCHANGE WHILE SOMEONE SLEEPS UNDISTURBED IN THE STREET.

 

 

 

 A MID DAY STOP TO ASK YOUR CUSTOMERS FOR MONEY. DO YOU WANT TO GO DOWNTOWN AND BE APPROACHED BY THIS?

 

 

 

HANGING IN DOWNTOWN. DO YOU WANT TO PASS BY THIS ON YOUR WAY TO SHOPPING OR DOING BUSINESS IN DOWNTOWN?

 

 

 

NOTE BLANKET IN MIDDAY ON THE BROADWAY PLAZA. IS THIS LOITERING?

 

 

 

MIDDAY IN THE HEART OF OUR DOWNTOWN DISTRICT. IS THIS VAGRANCY-LOITERING? IS THIS WHAT THE CITIZENS OF EUGENE WANT?

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE UNLICENSED DOG/SIGN ASKING FOR MONEY IN FRONT OF A NEW BUSINESS YET TO BE OPENED. IS THIS WHAT THE BUSINESS OWNER EXPECTED WHEN THEY SIGNED THE LEASE?

 

 

 

BROADWAY PLAZA AT MIDDAY. DO YOU THINK THIS MAY BE A PART OF THE EUGENE CITY CENTER PROBLEM WITH GETTING INVESTORS,
RELOCATED BUSINESSES AND PATRONS TO OUR DOWNTOWN AREA?

 

 

 

 

UNLICENSED STREET VENDORS AND UNLICENSED DOGS AT THE NEW BUS TERMINAL.

 

  

 

  MIDDAY NAP IN THE HEART OF EUGENE COMPLETE WITH BLANKET AND BEDDING. IS THIS ACCEPTABLE TO OUR MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL?

 

  

 

 

IS THIS VAGRANCY-LOITERING AND DOES THE DOG HAVE A LICENSE? IS THIS WHAT SHOPPERS WANT TO SEE IN OUR DOWNTOWN AREA?

 

  

 

DO PATRONS TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA WANT TO DODGE THE BIKES AND SKATE BOARDS?

 

 

 

NECESSARY FOR DOWNTOWN CURRENTLY AND AN ADDED COST TO HAVING A BUSINESS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

 

 

 

EVEN THE NEW LIBRARY HAS A LOITERING PROBLEM. WOULD YOU WANT TO GO TO THE LIBRARY TO DODGE THRU THIS AND HEAR THE
                    "F" WORD CONTINUALLY?

 

 

 

 

AS THE SUN SETS ON EUGENE THE CROWDS GROW THUS ELIMINATING THE DESIRE FOR MANY TO VISIT THE DOWNTOWN AREA FOR A MEAL?

 

 

 

TIME FOR AN EARLY EVENING NAP FOR THE OLDER GENERATION AND THE NEWER GENERATION IN SEARCH OF A PLACE TO SLEEP OR ASK FOR MONEY WITH THEIR SIGN.

 

 

 

ONLY A MINOR SIGN OF THE DOWNTOWN VANDALISM BUT NONE THE LESS A SIGN. SHOP OWNERS CAN DESCRIBE OTHER FORMS OF
VANDALISM IN DETAIL IF ASKED.

 

 

 

 

 SKATEBOARDS AND BIKES ON SIDEWALKS. IS THE DOG LICENSED?

 

 

 

DUSK IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.

 

 

 

SUNSETS ON THE CITY AND SOCIALIZATION STARTS. WOULD YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE ON THIS CORNER AFTER DARK WHILE OUT FOR YOUR EVENING WALK OR ON YOUR WAY TO PATRONIZE A LOCAL EATERY?

 

 

 

SO MOVING OUTSIDE OF THE DOWNTOWN CITY WE FIND THE PROFESSIONAL STREET SOLITORS PICKING BUGS. IS THIS WHAT WE WANT OUR CITY TO BE KNOWN FOR?

 

 

 

WE ALL DREAM OF TAX FREE INCOME. EVERYONE IS A VET AND EVERYONE CLAIMS HOMELESS WHEN IF THE TRUTH WERE KNOWN
                         --WELL??

 

 

 

 NET EFFECT OF ALL OF THE ABOVE IS THE EXIT FROM THE DOWNTOWN AREA. IS EUGENE ABLE TO MAINTAIN BUSINESSES, ATTRACT NEW
BUSINESSES AND ATTRACT PATRONS TO EUGENE DOWNTOWN? IT IS UP TO CITY GOVERNMENT TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION BY THEIR ACTIONS.

 
There are a number of solutions that can help enhance the City of Eugene and it's ability to draw investors, business owners, and shoppers to Eugene downtown. However, before those programs can be successful(Eugene Counts), the problems identified in the pictorial display abovemust be corrected. Here are a partial listing of those solutions:
 
 1. Create, implement and enforce a vagrancy law for Eugene and the surrounding area. Other communities have done this successfully and have withstood the court test in their state. Oregon can do the same.
 
 2. Create, implement and enforce a loitering law for Eugene and the surrounding area. Other communities have done this successfully and withstood court tests in their state. Oregon can do the same.
 
 3. Authorize the City Police volunteers,Lane Transit Authority, and the University of Oregon Police to issue citations for dogs without licenses, vagrancy, loitering and bike or skateboarding on public sidewalks and plazas.
 
 4. Authorize the City Police to issue citations for dogs without licenses, vagrancy, and loitering.
 
 5. Involve LCARA in the dog license and control matter in Eugene and surrounding area. Remove the cap on LCARA and inscent LCARA to be responsible for aggressive enforcement of dog laws in downtown.
  
 6. Authorize the Chamber of Commerce "Red Hats" to issue citations for dogs without licenses and bike riding/skateboarding on public sidewalks/City owned plazas. "Red Hats" should also have the authority and responsibility to report vagrancy and loitering to the Eugene Police or Police Volunteers for action.
 
 7. Enact and/or enforce a law forbidding the use of City owned property for the use of soliciting and operating none licensed businesses on City owned property. Other communities have successfully implemented such ordinances.
 
 These seven actions will help to move the problem out of the area and remove the reputation that Eugene has received as a home for those who want to conduct themselves as those in the pictorial display. This action will lift the handcuffs from our Police force and allow them to do the job that we the citizens hire them to do. All of these actions can be implemented by the Eugene City Council and the Mayor. Then and only then can we move forward with Eugene Counts and other programs to help bring businesses, investors, and patrons back to Eugene. There will be those naysayers who will say Oregon law does not allow this. Which will you be-- a naysayer or someone who truly wants the Eugene downtown area to thrive and prosper. Skipping and/ or not taking actions to clean our house will only lead to further programs that have been expensive to taxpayers and ultimately failed. Let's go forward and make EUGENE COUNT!!!!
 
EugeneAdvocates for a Clean City
 
 
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jo john,
Oct 18, 2009, 2:21 PM