Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – The Springfield City Council has
quickly and unanimously approved an ordinance protecting gays and
lesbians from discrimination. The charter amendment adds “sexual
orientation” to the list of protected classes, which include race,
religion, age, disability and national origin. City Attorney Joe
Leahy tells The Register-Guard the gay amendment was a housekeeping
matter to restore a clause mistakenly left out when the
discrimination section of the charter was redrafted.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Eugene police estimate the city has spent
nearly $116,000 responding to Occupy Eugene demonstrations, most of
it on overtime for officers. Occupy Eugene camper Matthew Lehr
tells KVAL the tent city is actually helping police by putting
everyone in one location.
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) – The Wilsonville City Council has
approved spending cuts of more than $1 million that avoid layoffs.
The Oregonian reports the city will turn over operations of the
wastewater treatment plant to a contractor, cut back on supplies
and services, reduce overtime and leave two vacant positions
WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) – The Corps of Engineers says the
Willamette Falls Locks are closed indefinitely. A spokesman for the
corps’ Portland division tells The Oregonian the agency doesn’t
have the money to make needed repairs. The 138-year-old locks had
been operating one day a month. They were shut down last week
because corrosion left some of the gates near failure.
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