Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Task Force Report Announced


"The recommendations of Chief Kern’s Task Force will be discussed with the City Council at their Jan. 27 work session. Some of the recommendations can be implemented without additional funding, while others require funding. As part of their Feb. 19 work session, I will present the Council with funding options and a recommended course of action.


Jon "(Ruiz, City Manager)

"The Jan. 27 meeting is at noon in the McNutt room. I noticed I sent the wrong date on the second meeting. It is the Feb. 10 work session, not Feb. 19. This meeting is also at noon in the McNutt room.


Jon" (Ruiz, City Manager)

Poll shows dissatisfaction with downtown

The annual survey conducted by the city of Eugene assesses residents’ views on city issues and services:

By Edward Russo

The Register-Guard
Appeared in print: Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010

Downtown Eugene merchant Kaz Oveissi understands why seven out of 10 residents are unhappy with downtown, an all-time low for public opinion about the economically sagging city center.

An annual poll taken for city government shows that 71 percent of residents are very or somewhat dissatisfied with downtown, a trend that has grown steadily since 2005, when 44 percent of respondents said they were displeased with the area.

At the same time, more residents support the idea of the city helping downtown businesses.

The poll conducted by Ad-vanced Marketing Research of Eugene asks residents dozens of questions each year on several topics, ranging from how they feel about public safety and economic opportunity to their use of city services and what they consider Eugene’s top problem.

Oveissi, the owner of Oveissi & Co., an Oriental rug store at Broadway and Willamette Street, said the poll results on downtown reflect residents’ frustration about the lack of improvement in the area.

“People are a little upset about the fact that we set out certain goals for downtown and we can’t accomplish them,” said Oveissi, who also owns Cafe Perugino on Willamette Street in the historic Smeede Hotel building. “In the 15 years that I have been downtown, we were in better shape then than we are today. It’s just this sense of frustration that we can’t make anything meaningful happen in the downtown core.” ... more