New elected officials set to be sworn in, legislative sessions to resume

Plus more events for the new year

As we hit the new year, local legislative bodies will soon restart session and speak to their priorities for 2021.

Monday morning, at 10 AM Lane County Government will hold its State of the County Address. The government will speak to what they have done last year plus give an outlook for this year. Additionally we will see the swearing in of newly elected commissioner Laurie Trieger.

Later Monday evening, at 7 PM, Springfield City Council will hold its first session of the year. During the session newly elected Councilor Kori Radley will be sworn in.

Mayor Lucy Vinis will give the yearly State of the City address on Wednesday at 5:30 PM. In addition to recapping 2020, Vinis will provide forward looking statements about this year. LCC board member Matt Keating and former Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Randy Groves will both be sworn in for their first terms.

In response to Eugene’s State of the City a coalition of grassroot groups, including Sunrise Eugene and Eugene DSA, will provide a response on Thursday at 5:30 PM. The groups say they will speaking to on the ground realities around housing, climate, and more along with the organizing that is being done by those groups on those issues.

Update: “The people present: the fate of the city” event has been postponed

Local links

  • The race for who will be appointed next Springfield Mayor has been narrowed down to two Springfield City Councilors: Leonard Stoehr and Sean VanGordon. The City Council will appoint someone to fill that spot sometime before the end of the month.

  • Springfield Eugene Tenant Association put together an infographic and sample declaration for the new eviction moratorium

  • Oregon has been among the slowest to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine in the US

The week ahead