Domestic Violence Awareness; Bozievich Runs Again; Gas Prices Ease; Old Town Parking

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Local Group Puts Out a Call to Men

A march in Old Town Florence Sunday afternoon is intended to shine a light in what more and more people are seeing as a very dark place in our society.  David Wiegan with Siuslaw Outreach Services says Domestic violence remains a very serious problem.

David Wiegan – “Florence is no different, really, than most other communities.  We do have a problem.  Last year we served 133 victims of domestic violence and it really goes so far beyond what a lot of people think.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and S.O.S. will be holding several events to remind residents of just how far-reaching it can be.  It starts with a Sunday afternoon march through Old Town.

David Wiegan – “It’s only purpose, really, is to raise awareness and to let people see that the support is there and invite people come down and support us in the march.”

Anyone is welcome to march, but Wiegan says men are especially invited.  The March begins at Veteran’s Park on the west end of Bay Street at one… it will finish with a brief program at the Boardwalk.


Old Town Parking To Be Examined

Current regulations provide for a blanket approach to parking requirements when it comes to development or redevelopment in the city.  Once again, there’s discussion on whether or not to split those requirements based on conditions in different parts of Florence.

The City Council has recognized the need to revisit minimum parking requirements in the Historic Old Town Area.  They’ve made that one of their goals for this year.

Parking can require large amounts of land and existing codes have historically proven difficult to implement in denser areas such as Old Town.

The council will be seeking input on the matter from residents during the October 7th meeting at City Hall.


Bozievich Seeks Reelection

Saying he has worked hard over the past three years to repair the “fractured public trust” in Lane County Government, West Lane Commissioner Jay Bozievich announced his reelection bid yesterday in Elmira.

Bozievich cited his accomplishments in repairing a loss of faith in the county by what he referred to as “back room deals” done by previous Lane County Commission members.  He also pointed to voter approval earlier this year of a Public Safety Levy and two major job developments recently announced in West Lane County as indicators of progress made during his time in office.

Bozievich, a former Eugene Water and Electric Board engineer, has drawn one opponent so far… Eugene resident Dawn Lesley a water/wastewater specialist with Cascade Energy.


Gas Prices Ease

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline dipped to the lowest point since early May this week.  At $3.51 a gallon, that’s six cents less than last week and matches the same level posted May 1st.

That’s a nickel higher than the national average price as measured by Triple-A… and 17-cents less than the Oregon average price of $3.68.

Marie Dodds with Triple-A says decreased demand due to the season and higher supplies are combining to provide the respite.  She said prices in Oregon have been up and down over the past few weeks mainly due to what she called “refinery glitches” in California but those supply concerns have now eased.