Camilla Mortensen is the environmental reporter for the Eugene Weekly.
Centro LatinoAmericano is a Eugene-area nonprofit that provides servies from advocacy and translation to classes on how to search for jobs. About a quarter of its budget has in the past been funded by Lane County. Centro is one of about 30 groups that provide services that were not funded by or received less funding from Lane County this year due to a cut in federal and state funds.
After the cut was made, the R-G reported that Centro alleged bias in the decision making process that led to cutting funds for Centro. The Human Services Commission, which oversees the funding decision denied the allegations.
The R-G story says the "Lane County Board of Commissioners last month upheld the decision," but Commissioners Rob Handy and Pete Sorenson have clarified that they voted against the decision to not fund the group, which provides needed services to Lane County's growing Latino population.
Local news station KVAL interviewed Human Services Commissioner member, and Springfield City Councilor, Dave Ralson on the decision.
He had some, umm, interesting things to say.
Like "If they were Americans, why would they go there? They would speak English, right?"
He alleged that all "100 percent" of the people who go to Centro for aid are illegal immigrants.
"Why would we have Centro if they were American citizens? They are not. They are here illegally."
KVAL reports that "Commission chair Clair Syrett sent an e-mail to Centro shortly after Monday's meeting saying Ralston had no role in choosing which agencies received funding, nor did any of the other individual commissioners. "
For the full uncut video of Ralston's interview, go here.
The reports from Oregon State are in about Art Robinson's rally against OSU today.
No one really came. I used an asterisk because well, people came, but it would appear that more orange-clad future nuclear scientists showed up than Robinson supporters.
There was a front page above-the-fold story in the R-G today nicely laying out the "controversy."
According to EW's OSU sources (we have people … everywhere) Robinson and six other people set up a table on the Memorial Union lawn. Forty or so students, most appearing to be from the nuclear engineering program Robinson has been making allegations against, showed up with signs and protested Robinson's protest.
No one was there to protest the whole nuclear issue, from what we could tell, despite that whole Japan meltdown thing.
Sounds like a good way to spend a Wednesday on campus. There's a coffee place not far from the bathroom, and there's going to be art and information.
Associated Students of the University of Oregon Press Release
(with emphasis added by EW)
Gender Flush: “Be Free to Pee!”
Why: Trans Week of Celebration and Disability Awareness Week and to promote gender inclusive restrooms
When: Wednesday April 20th, 9 am to 5 pm, University of Oregon EMU student union building
WHAT: Gender Flush is the first event of its kind at the University of Oregon. It promotes gender-inclusive multi-stall restrooms for the future EMU and Recreation center. The EMU women’s restroom on the ground floor will be open to people of all genders for the whole day. Featured student artist Austin Wilson will be displaying pop art that promotes transgender awareness in the restroom. Student volunteers with the Oregon Student Equal Rights Alliance, the LGBTQA, and the ASUO will be there to welcome students and provide information on gender issues.
“Gendered restrooms are inherently discriminatory. Gender inclusive restrooms allow people to access the restroom without forcing students to make a statement about what gender they identify as,” said ASUO Gender and Sexual Diversity Kelsey Jarone.
The EMU has single-occupancy stalls, but multi-stalled restrooms are more inclusive and are more efficient to build and maintain. The UO Law school has the only multi-stall gender-inclusive restroom on campus, and it serves students well.
“Gender inclusive spaces are an important way to make everyone feel welcome on campus,” said Alex Esparza, OSERA board member and Multicultural Center Co-director.
“There are many UO students who identify as trans, or who don’t identify with the male or female gender,” said ASUO Accessibility Advocate Kai Kubitz. “Many people don’t fit in the gender binary. We want to educate students that there are many genders.”
“We want to celebrate that the UO is a leader among universities in gender inclusive spaces and promote how we can make our campus even more inclusive,” said ASUO President Amelie Rousseau.
Contact for comment:
· OSERA board member Alex Esparza at 541-228-2021
· ASUO Accessibility Advocate Kai Kubitz at 503-803-9142
Don't despair, the Oregon House might be tied up 30 Dems and 30 Repubs but newbie Democrat Jefferson Smith proved the politicians can work together, at least when it comes to a rickroll.
Rickrolling is when a person gives a web link that he or she claims is relevant to what's being discussed but the link actually takes the user to the Rick Astley video for his 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up."
The meme has led to mashups like this one:
According to Yahoo news:
Early last year, the then-freshman Oregon House member from Portland was getting ready for bed when he and his wife, Katy, began bantering back and forth about what might be the ultimate political prank, something that could lighten the increasingly divisive political mood among his colleagues.
As Smith recalls, the idea came almost instantly. "What if we were to Rick Roll the legislature without anybody noticing?" he wondered.
Smith says, " Every second is real."
For the most part, Smith told Yahoo news, the Legislators were all for it. The speeches were videoed as part of normal House proceedings in February 2010. The video notes that not only was no taxpayer money spent, but all the bills passed.
As to why he pulled the prank …
"But even just having a little fun together helped develop some professional relationships. Just a tiny spoonful of sugar to let the political medicine go down, so to speak."
In Florida they ban the word uterus. In Oregon, Ooh ooh, we're no strangers to love … we're never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you …
Nothing says "cute" like a couple of rescue puppies.
Here at the Weekly we do our part by taking on … PUPPIES!
Nothing says newspaper office like puppies rolling on the floor.
Or peeing and sleeping on last week's issue.
Wait til my editor gets back from vacation tomorrow. I'll be he'll be thrilled we're putting leftover issues to good use.
(Actually, these two are potty trained, so they just sleep on the Weekly and pee outside.)
In addition to searching the listings at our local shelters, you can also find the puppy or kitty of your dreams at www.Petfinder.com, just type in your zip code and what you're looking for.
If you're looking for squashy, floppy puppies, our EW fosters are available through Save the Pets.
Warning this message is now followed by a shameless attempt to tug your heartstrings with adorable adoptable puppy photos.
Catherine Zeta Bones, age 10 weeks.
Her brother, James Earl Bones
We're glad to report that Catherine Zeta Bones has found her forever home!
James Earl Bones is still adoptable, but he's recovering from being very very sick. His vet bill was $800 and Save the Pets would welcome donations to help pay it! www.savethepets.net
When the Oregon Legislature is not debating whether to adopt "the Code of the West" (or as Rep. Phil Barnhart of Eugene suggested, tongue-in-cheek, as an alternative Robert Fulghum's "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten") as a code for Oregon, or using Koch Bros and ExxonMobil funded templates to create bills undermining efforts to halt climate change, it does good things like considers banning the use of plastic grocery bags.
Watch as the majestic plastic bag makes it way from the city, through the air, over land (past vicious Yorkies) and by water to its final destination in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Watching documentaries is educational. It's geek cool. Some of us are waiting with bated breath for the next Ken Burns PBS documentary.
On that note: Honey badger don't care; honey badger don't give a shit … Honey badger is badass.
According to The Rural Blog:
The U.S. Postal Service tried to keep secret its list of 407 post offices it has recently closed, but the Postal Regulatory Commission asked for the list and then made it public. The list, of "post office/station/branch suspensions" through Feb. 28, apparently had already been shared with members of Congress.
The University of Oregon campus' EMU post office does not appear to be listed.
The pdf list is here.
The Postal Service seemed to be reconsidering its decision when it asked for public comments on an audit page. According to Inside Oregon, Sen. Ron Wyden and other members of Oregon's congressional delegation asked that the decision to close be reconsidered.
Students who used the EMU post office are now using The Duck Store (and dealing with its, horrible, horrible name, I feel like I should be purchasing small fuzzy mallard ducklings) and post office boxes have been moved to the Downtown Post Office on Willamette Street.