Weekday Wrap: Springfield and Eugene overview guidelines on public tenting, Alpenrose buys Larsen’s


Springfield and Eugene re-examine the rules prohibiting camping on public property

Springfield and Eugene have begun reviewing their policies for people sleeping on public property following court rulings and changes in state law. Cities across Oregon must update their laws and policies by July 1, 2023 or risk noncompliance with a new state law passed last year. This law prohibits cities from banning camping in public spaces entirely, but allows for regulations that most people, including those affected by homelessness, would find fair. Springfield Prosecutor Mary Bridget Smith said the city’s ordinance is noncompliant because it now prohibits sleeping in anything from a sleeping bag to a dugout or other structure on public property. Eugene officials are reviewing its code and practices and plan to begin discussions in January. (Megan Banta/Register Guard)

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Alpenrose Dairy buys Larsen’s Creamery, plans to move

Alpenrose Dairy, a southwest Portland institution since 1916, enters into an agreement to purchase Larsen’s Creamery in nearby Clackamas. Terms were not disclosed, although the sale is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Alpenrose plans to move its manufacturing, distribution and warehousing operations to the 9-hectare Larsen campus by the end of 2023. The move will keep Alpenrose’s roots in the Portland metropolitan area while expanding its home grocery delivery service to additional eastern boroughs, beginning with Damascus in December, said Josh Reynolds, vice president and general manager of the dairy. (George Plaven/Capital Press)

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A failure in the Salem bond action could delay construction

A missing sentence in a ballot title for a bond measure in the Marion County voter’s brochure could delay some of the bond-funded construction projects in Salem. The $300 million infrastructure bond was passed, but then Salem officials this week discovered the error and are beginning to correct the error through a court case. The measure will fund community-wide investments in roads, sidewalks, parks, fire engines and equipment, two new fire stations to improve response times, affordable housing, purchase of land for affordable housing and branch libraries, cybersecurity for city operations, and civic center seismic improvements. (Whitney Woodworth/Statesman Journal)

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Reed College professor resigns after video sparks investigation

A staff psychology professor at Portland’s Reed College is resigning after protests sparked when online video showed him swearing at an employee at a fast-food restaurant. In March, Professor Paul Currie came under fire from students and the community when a TikTok video showed him interrogating the staff member from his vehicle as he drove through. In the video, Currie cites “rude behavior” and asks where the employee was born, inquires about another employee’s immigration status and calls them “illegal immigrants.” Currie apologized for his behavior and said he felt “deep shame and regret” for an event he did not remember due to medications he was taking at the time. (Courtney Vaughn/Portland Tribune)

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Groundbreaking for a transitional housing project in Hermiston

Construction is about to begin on a project in Hermiston that will provide transitional housing for people affected by homelessness in Umatilla County. The PATH project is a joint effort by the Stepping Stones Alliance and four cities in the region that took about three years to become a reality after encountering some public opposition. The project received a boost from recent funding from a $1 million government grant to the City of Umatilla. (Beau Glynn/East Oregonian)

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