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03May 21

Board candidates 2021

Southeast Neighbors elects its board of directors at the May general meeting, to be held via Zoom this year on May 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. We will be electing a Chair, a Secretary, and three At-Large board members. Candidates…

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21Apr 21

COVID-19 Update for April 21, 2021

Lane County Raised to High Risk Category - Starts April 23, 2021 Read more online:

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16Apr 21

Dangerous fire conditions here through the weekend

With warm, dry, and breezy conditions Friday and possibly Saturday, there will be an increased risk of fire spread. A temporary outdoor burning ban in Lane County has been issued starting Thursday, April 15, 2021. The National Weather Service issued Red Flag…

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13Apr 21

LTD launches annual survey

It's time again for the annual American Bus Benchmarking Group Customer Survey to provide feedback for LTD. Riders can participate in the short 3-5 minute online survey through May 9. Complete the survey with your name and e-mail address to…

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09Apr 21

Learn about e-bikes April 22, May 4

“Shift to E-Bikes” is a free online workshop that covers all the basics about electric bicycles. Taking place online using Zoom, there will be two opportunities to attend: April 22 and May 4 from 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.Have you been thinking about…

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07Apr 21

COVID-19 Community Update – April 7, 2021

Lane County’s COVID-19 cases are on the rise, serving as a reminder about the importance of remaining vigilant and taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus in our community. Read online Para español oprima este enlaceThis document was…

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06Apr 21

EPD warns of latest phone scam

Beware Scammers Pretending to be Publisher's Clearinghouse Please be aware and know what to look for during a phone scam Eugene Police has received some calls from the public about a publisher’s clearinghouse gift card scam. Thankfully, the people who…

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03Apr 21

City of Eugene Transportation Newsletter April 2021

Transportation NewsEquity Panel ApplicationBike Map SurveyDowntown Housing SurveyTransportation Advisory BoardBicycle Master PlanLTD SurveyTransit Funding InputClimate Rulemaking Feedback  April HighlightsBack to School SafetyE-Bike WorkshopHarlow Open StreetsDistracted Driving MonthFree Bikes 4 KidzCity ProjectsArea ProjectsCommunity Calendar Read more:

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03Apr 21

Help FOOD for Lane County fight hunger in April

Throughout the month of April, FOOD for Lane County is asking Lane County residents to participate in a survey about hunger. FFLC and our partners track the number of people who access food assistance, but these numbers don’t tell the…

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31Mar 21

Wildfire Wednesday – March 31

From the home to the landscape Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm Presenters:Kara Baylog, OSU, Forestry Program CoordinatorJohn Rizza, OSU, Eastern Oregon Regional Fire Specialist For more information and to register visit

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24Mar 21

Join neighborhood walk audit March 30

Join Better Eugene Springfield Transportation on Tuesday, March 30, at 10:00 a.m. with your questions or observations for the second event in our Safe Streets for All workshop series. We will build on themes from the first event to learn…

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24Mar 21

City of Eugene COVID-19 Community Update

This document was published March 23, 2021. For the most up to date information on the City’s work related to COVID-19, please visit our website. This update provides information on the latest City activities and links to more information. For…

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20Mar 21
Get A FREE Wildfire Risk Assessment For Your Property From Your Neighborhood Association.

Free wildfire assessment

Your neighborhood association is collaborating with the Neighborhood Leaders Council's Eugene Wildfire Preparedness Coalition and the Oregon Department of Forestry to identify properties that are in need of tree pruning and invasive plant removal to lower the risk of wildfire…

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16Mar 21

Community Safety listening sessions scheduled

The Eugene City Council wants to hear from community members about community safety needs as they finalize funding priorities for the Community Safety Payroll Tax. In addition to an online survey (open through March 31), Eugeneans can attend virtual meetings this month to…

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11Mar 21

City of Eugene COVID-19 Community Update

March 9, 2021. Lane County Lowered to Moderate Risk Category - Begins Friday, March 12  Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework uses data to help inform safety measures at the county level. Every two weeks, Governor Kate Brown’s office announces the revised risk status of…

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08Mar 21

EWEB unveils McKenzie fee, describes tank construction

Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) announced a Watershed Recovery Fee, approved by commissioners last week. The flat fee for all residential and commercial customers will fund critical projects such as reforestation in the McKenzie River valley. A typical residential…

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05Mar 21

2021 marks final year of construction on South Willamette

South Willamette Street is transforming into a vibrant urban corridor accessible by foot, bike, bus, and car.  Work resumes this month on South Willamette Street. The South Willamette Street Improvement Plan—to improve function, safety, and pavement condition from 23rd Avenue to 29th Avenue—started construction…

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02Mar 21

City of Eugene Transportation News March 2021

View the InMotion newsletter for March 2021 online. Transportation NewsStrides for Justice ProgramUO Gold Level Bike StatusStrategies for a Growing EugeneBicycle Master Plan Open HouseBikeLink Bike LockersHouse Bill 395 March HighlightsElectric Vehicle WorkshopLearn to Ride ClinicsLTD Driver AppreciationLTD Rewards PassCity…

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01Mar 21

Understanding the Oregon recycling bill HB 2065

by Rob Fisette, SEN Board Member, for the Environmental Stewardship Committee If you’re like me, you try to recycle and do your part, but frequently get frustrated that much of the packaging bearing the three chasing arrows recycling symbol is…

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23Feb 21
EPD Is Looking For Help After Tire Slashings At These Locations.

Police seek help in tire slashing spree

Call 541.682.5111 With Surveillance Footage and Tips Since February 21, local residents in the 4600 Block of Hillside Drive, W. Amazon and University areas have reported 11 tire slashing incidents, with six additional residents still awaiting contact, for a total…

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19Feb 21

Creating a fire-safer urban landscape

Environmental Stewardship Committee News, February 2021 by Devon Mann, SEN Board Vice Chair  An unfortunate combination of land management practices and climate change have brought the risk of wildfire to our doorsteps. Much of the hills of the Southeast Eugene…

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19Feb 21

Metro offers sessions on regional transportation plan

The Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization (CLMPO) is conducting an online open house to support the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP serves as a blueprint for Central Lane County’s long-term transportation projects and is updated every four years. It guides how…

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12Feb 21

Learn how Oregon communities are preparing for urban wildfire

The Eugene Wildfire Preparedness Coalition will present the Zoom webinar "Community Engagement for Urban Wildfire Resilience" on Weds. Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m. Hear latest strategies for neighborhood and community resilience from two Oregon advocates: Katie Gibble, Fire Adapted Communities…

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08Feb 21

How would you like to travel?

How do you travel to work, school, and to run errands? How would you like to travel? What is challenging about our current transportation system --- our sidewalks, streets and roads, public transit, bike and walking trails?  Read more about…

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06Feb 21

Vaccine preregistration now available from Lane County

Vaccine preregistration is now available for all Lane County Residents! Lane County Public Health has opened up preregistration for vaccination to all members of the public. This preregistration information effort will help populate a centralized database to help vaccinating health…

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04Feb 21

What’s new with EUG Planning

This month's EUG Planning Newsletter provides updates on: What Are Land Use ApplicationsThe Urban Reserves Adoption PhaseThe Middle Housing ProjectThe River-Road/Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan, andMeet the Interns

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01Feb 21

Covid-19 Vaccination Information for Oregon & Lane County has the following informative website listing the Covid-19 Vaccine who, where, and when as well as other helpful general information and state guidelines. has the following link with information about how to get vaccinated for Covid-19 in…

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29Jan 21

‘Lessons of the Wildfire Season’ Feb. 4, 6 p.m.

The Eugene Wildfire Preparedness Coalition is presenting the “Lessons of the Wildfire Season” PowerPoint presentation. Wildfire is the new normal and one of the greatest threats to our rural and urban communities. We need to take the lessons from the…

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29Jan 21

Blood donors can win a car

Two GREAT reasons to donate blood in February! ONE: We’re at the midway point to the Bloodworks Rev It Up Sweepstakes – no time to take a pit stop! In partnership with Haselwood Auto Group, you may have heard Bloodworks…

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29Jan 21

Pledge to Prepare in 2021 – EWEB can help

Emergency planning experts advise Oregon residents to prepare to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks following a disaster. That means storing 14 days of water, food, medicine and other supplies. Starting your kit from scratch can…

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29Jan 21

EWEB: 5 emergency water stations now operational

Just as your household invests in emergency supplies, EWEB is making investments to make sure safe, reliable water continues to flow, especially in the days and weeks following a natural disaster or other emergency. This includes renovating the Hayden Bridge…

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28Jan 21

Love is a Choice

...Coming together to clean is an example of an attitude of choosing to love the neighborhood. Whether tending your garden or clearing litter on Amazon Creek, neighbors are nurturing community, growing bonds with one another, and a loving attitude makes…

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03Dec 20

Donate blood and help the community

Bloodworks Northwest provides the blood to 100 percent of the hospitals in Lane County. We need your help making sure they have plenty of blood. Blood donation remains an essential and encouraged activity as Gov. Kate Brown implements new coronavirus…

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02Dec 20

City of Eugene COVID-19 Community Update

Dec. 2, 2020. As we turn our calendars to December, we’d like to share gratitude for those who modified their Thanksgiving holiday - potentially sacrificing time with loved ones - and helped to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, region and state. We know it’s…

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24Nov 20

City of Eugene COVID-19 Community Update

Nov. 24, 2020. Thanksgiving is this week, and what would normally be a bustling time of year looks like a slow-motion video.   One way you can help our community during this two-week freeze, if you are financially able, is to purchase pick-up orders from our…

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18Nov 20

City of Eugene COVID-19 Community Update

Nov. 18, 2020 Eugene is once again in a make or break moment. Our COVID-19 cases have been rising steadily for weeks and our hospitals are sounding the alarm. To prevent hospitals from being stretched to capacity, Governor Brown has…

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03Nov 20

Neighborhood leaders host wildfire webinar

Volunteers from Southeast Neighbors and the Eugene Neighborhood Preparedness Network hosted informative presentations on wildfire on Thursday, Oct. 29. The presentation slides are embedded below, and the Zoom webinar recordings are available here: Part 1:  Eugene / Springfield Fire Chief…

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27Oct 20

SEN launches Human Rights Committee

Over the summer of 2020, in response to greatly increased attention to human rights issues both nationally and locally in southeast Eugene, a group of neighbors and SEN board members began meeting to explore formation of a Human Rights Committee…

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27Oct 20

SEN General Meeting Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors General Meetings are now virtual! Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmZoom link: Theme: Hate, Bias and Race in EugenePresenters: Fabio Andrade, City of Eugene Human Rights & Equity Analyst, Eric Richardson, Eugene/Springfield NAACP…

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27Oct 20

Slow down, save lives and $$$

Speed limits will drop to 20 mph on non-arterial streets in residential districts in Eugene. The new 20 mph speed limit legally goes into effect on each street when the existing speed limit signs are replaced. That started for Southeast…

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02Jul 20

Posted on: June 30, 2020 June 30 City of Eugene Community Update - COVID-19 We provided our last community update a few weeks ago, promising to email again when we had new information regarding the response to COVID-19. We feel…

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29Apr 20

To Wear Or Not To Wear A Mask?

To wear, or not to wear a mask, that is the question…and a burning one because without clear, unequivocal instructions we feel lost. Don’t you feel utterly confused when our commander in chief tells us to wear masks but refuses to follow…

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29Apr 20

Tips For Managing Stress In Uncertain Times

Aimee Yogi, Eugene Springfield CERT Trainer Our community is in the midst of worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The nature of this crisis mandates very little contact in public.  Social distancing, masks and gloves have become part of our social interactions.  Activities outside the…

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28Apr 20

City of Eugene Covid-19 Community Update

Para español oprima este enlaceThis document was published April 28, 2020. For the most up to date information the City’s work related to COVID-19, please visit our website.Great work, Eugene! Data suggests that our community’s continued commitment to stay home to…

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01Apr 20

COVID19 Support

Southeast Neighbors (SEN) is here to support you during this unprecedented time. Here are some links to vital information. Stay safe!! Promote the practice of everyday preventive actions. Share health messages and materials developed by credible public health sources, such as Lane…

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30Mar 20

How are you, neighbor?

Southeast Neighbors (SEN) has activated our disaster response efforts during this COVID-19 pandemic. We've asked our Map Your Neighborhood participants to check in on their nearby neighbors to make sure they're okay and have what they need to shelter in…

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30Jan 20

Car? Bus? Bike? We need to hear from everyone

TAKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY ON TRANSIT (4 minutes) This survey was designed to help neighborhoods collect more detailed information about how we use (or don't use) buses in our neighborhoods and how Transit Tomorrow may impact neighborhoods. The information we…

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27Jan 20

South East Neighbors 2019 Annual Summer Picnic

Join your neighbors and friends on Saturday September 7 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Tugman Park for the annual South East Neighbors Summer Picnic and Party! Tugman's NEW playground will be ready and waiting for the kids! They can also look…

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Aimee Yogi, Eugene Springfield CERT Trainer

Our community is in the midst of worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

The nature of this crisis mandates very little contact in public.  Social distancing, masks and gloves have become part of our social interactions.  Activities outside the home are limited to essential errands and appointments.  What distinguishes this disaster from other massive natural disasters is this mandated isolation.  The change in routine, lack of social supports, financial problems, confinement, lack of activities outside the home, online classes – all contribute to the anxiety and stress of an already fearful pandemic.

How do we manage the isolation and stress?  How can we take care of ourselves, for our own safety, in order to help our neighbors and community?   Here are some tools and strategies that can be used to alleviate anxiety and help us to provide aid to our neighbors.  The goal is to build personal and community resilience.

FEMA’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Student Manual provides the Psychological First Aid tools described here.  These simple steps can be used and shared to maintain mental health in a disaster.

Here are possible physical symptoms you may experience or observe in others:

• Loss of appetite

• Headaches or chest pain

• Diarrhea, stomach pain, or nausea

• Hyperactivity

• Increase in alcohol or drug consumption

• Nightmares, inability to sleep

• Fatigue or low energy

Here are psychological symptoms:

Emotional: nervousness; helplessness; shock; numbness; inability to feel love or joy; feelings of abandonment; agitation; depression; grief; feelings of detachment; exhilaration as a result of surviving; unreal feelings; feelings of being out of control; denial; feelings of being overwhelmed; and feelings of fragility.

Cognitive:  difficulty making decisions; reoccurrence of disturbing dreams; memories and flashbacks; hypervigilance or being on constant alert; feelings of dissociation; distortion of time and space; rumination or racing thoughts; or repeatedly replaying the traumatic event.

Spiritual:  loss of hope; limited expectations about life, intense use of prayer; loss of self-efficacy; feelings of despair and disillusionment; questioning (“Why me?”); loss of meaning and importance of life.

Use this Self-Care Toolkit for your Psychological First Aid (PFA):

Stress Reduction tools: if you are anxious, etc., use these tools to alleviate    it so you may move forward.

Grounding:  concentrate on your body in your current surroundings.   You are present.  You are safe.

1.  Find a comfortable position.

2.  Name 5 things you can see.

3.  Name 5 things you hear.

4. Name 5 things you can touch.

5.  Name 5 things you can taste.

6.  Name 5 things you can smell.

Controlled Breathing:  concentrate on the count; breathe through your  nose.  This will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system  which will slow your heart rate.  You are present.  You are safe.   You are not alone.

1.  Inhale, 4 count.

2.  Hold, 4 count.

3.  Exhale, 4 count,

4.  Hold, 4 count.

5.  Repeat for 5-10 minutes.

Pandemic Self-Care Kit:  Include whatever brings you comfort

Books, music, comfort objects

Watch TV/You Tube videos of art museums, exercise, etc.;       *limit news on TV/social media to 1 hour/day*

Exercise outdoors: walking, hiking, forest bathing;

Meditate, walking, sitting, tai chi, yoga

Draw, photograph, paint, write


Use phone/social media to keep in touch with family and friends

When you are ready, go out and help your neighbors.  Here’s how you can help: 

Psychological First Aid for your neighbors:  Listen, Protect, Connect

Listen.  Ask if they need help.  Pay attention to what they say, how they act and to what they need right now.  Let them know you are willing to listen. They may not be ready; let them know you will check in later.

Protect.  It helps everyone feel better when you take actions to provide support, encouragement and reassurance.  You can make informed decisions to:

Offer to seek information and resources.

Answer questions simply and honestly, clearing up any confusion they may have.

Empathize and let them know they are not alone in their reactions to the event.

Provide opportunities for them to communicate, but do not force them.

Talk to them about what is being done to keep everyone safe from harm.

Connect.  Connecting neighbors to their friends, loved ones and other resources has a positive impact on their wellbeing.

Ensure that you are connecting with them regularly.

Help them find access to resources that can offer support.

What NOT to say:

“I understand.”  In most situations, we have not had the same experience.

“Don’t feel bad.”  They have the right to feel bad and needs time to feel differently.

“You’re strong,” or “You’ll get through this.”  No one knows for  sure.

“Don’t cry.”  It’s okay to cry.

“It’s God’s Will.”  Giving religious meaning to an event may offend  them.

“It could be worse,” or “Everything will be okay.” They decide  this, not you.

These responses may elicit a negative response from the neighbor. It is okay to apologize if you said something wrong.

SAY this instead: 

I’m sorry for your pain.”

“Is it all right if I help you with…?”

“I can’t imagine what this is like for you.”

“What do you need?”

Our reactions to stressful situations differ in degrees.  Psychological First Aid is not therapy or treatment.  If someone has suffered trauma or losses previously, their reactions tend to be more severe and may require therapy.  If you are experiencing symptoms for more than a month, seek treatment.  Eugene has several counseling agencies, which are low-cost and low barrier, including these:

Center for Community Counseling

1465 Coburg Rd., Eugene

541 344-0620

Trauma Healing Project

1100 Charnelton St., Eugene

541 687-9477

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