On the behalf of the Santa Clara Community Organization, I would like to welcome you to our community, situated on the banks of the beautiful Willamette River.  Here you will find the charm of meandering creeks, heritage trees, small organic farms, a wide variety of bird life, Continue reading

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Housing & Homelessness Committee Meeting – Sept 26th

Thursday, September 26th
Noon – 1PM
McNail-Riley House
 601 W 13th Ave Eugene

Tim Black from Saint Vincent de Paul will share plans for winter emergency shelter strategies. 

Looking ahead, this year’s series will continue in October with an introduction to the Leviticus Project’s model of  creating ADUs as affordable housing and current efforts to coordinate service provider outreach for the unhoused.

In November, Bob Cerince, Lane County Homeless & Supportive Housing Supervisor, will share progress on the TAC report recommendations for ending homelessness. 

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SCCO Monthly Meeting Reminder – this Thursday the 5th

SCCO Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 5
3280 River Road (Messiah Lutheran Church)

— An update on the LTD transit station construction 
— The Carbon Free Challenge Project

Other news:

River Road – Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan
Now is the time to dial in and share your thoughts with the Community Advisory Committee. Over 200 People have already taken the survey. You can take it here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/riverroadsantaclara

Where might it make sense to invest in additional EmX lines?

A joint public hearing on Monday, October 21, from 7:30 to 9:30, will be your primary opportunity to tell the Eugene City Council and Lane Transit District Board of Directors which investments in better transportation you support.

MovingAhead website

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SCCG Workshops In October, November & December

This past month we had a very successful work party at the Santa Clara Community Garden (SCCG), preparing the composting area for coming work shops and adding to the compost lasagna bed. The crew, mostly from Huerto de la Familia, emptied the garden veggie material bins and added coffee grounds to the lasagna. The garden shed ramp was also improved to make it safer.

The lasagna bed from last year produced a number of squash, tomatoes, and potatoes that are now being distributed through the food pantry at St. Matthews Church. Two very large pumpkins will be prizes in anticipation of Halloween, and pies.

The dates for the last three compost workshops at SCCG in 2019 are: October 19 (OSU Compost Demonstration), November 16 (Cover Crops), December 14 (Pruning).

All workshops begin at 10 am and last one to two hours. Call Peter (541-321-0798) for more information.

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Site tours regarding Resilience and Sustainability – Now through December

As a follow up to the resilience festival last weekend at the River Road Park District there are weekend site visits to interesting projects regarding resilience and sustainability. 

Mark your calendars for a series of presentations and site tours. The site tours are planned every Saturday in September in a different neighborhood in Eugene to see what green and resilient homes, lifestyles and economy can look like – grass to garden, edible landscaping, solar design, natural building, reclaim car space, micro eco villages, rain water catchment, block planning, cooperative living and much more.

Tour dates are all Saturdays.  Specific informatino about the site tours can be found here https://www.suburbanpermaculture.org/fest-site-tours.html

  • Aug 31,
  • Sept 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Oct 19

Companion to the tours is a series of five presentations with Jan Spencer, that focus on green and resilient lifestyle, homes, economy and culture.

Theses will be held at the River Road Rec Center, 1400 Lake Dr at 6:30, Tuesdays

  • Oct 1, 22, 
  • Nov 12
  • Dec 3, 17

For more information about site tours and the presentation series, go to suburbanpermaculture.org

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Eugeneans invited to submit street names for Downtown Riverfront

As development moves forward on our Downtown Riverfront, there are three new streets that need names and community members are invited to submit their ideas. One street is a main route for vehicles and two are side streets connecting people to the Riverfront Park. Ideas will be accepted through September 13 on the City’s new engagement website, Engage Eugene.

Redevelopment of the Downtown Riverfront has been part of the community’s vision for decades and this is another opportunity to
ensure our new neighborhood reflects Eugene and its community members as the vision starts taking shape.

To be considered, street names will need to follow practical guidelines and meet themed categories that will make them relevant to Eugene and the new Downtown Riverfront neighborhood. Suggestions should fall into one of three categories:

  • Community/Culture – From Kalapuyans to Bill Bowerman, choose a person, place, or thing that embodies Eugene.
  • Ecology/River – From our rivers to surrounding mountains and the valley we live in, ideas representing the ecology of Eugene are as abundant as our native plants.
  • Industry/Energy – There are major industries that are important to Eugene’s history and the energy of steam and water have played an important role at the riverfront site. While timber has historically been a large driver of our economy, agriculture and education have also played major roles, and the technology community is steadily growing.

For more information and criteria, please visit the city website’s Name Our Street page.

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