Semple and Christians Have No Solution

FILE-This July 10, 2012, file photo shows Occupy Eugene member Emily Semple, right, smiling as she is placed under arrest by Federal Police after she refused to leave the outdoor plaza at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch, File)

The Homeless Treadmill is like Groundhog Day – the movie! Semple and Christians have no solutions. I just got in their way – and had to be destroyed! Now Semple wants Big Business to help instead of Big Bank Real-Estate Mortgage Profiteers – whoever they are! Tax Pot Growers and the Rich! Why not tax the selfish contaminating church? The property of Christians who die of COVID should be confiscated and the homeless moved in. Here are my fake Christian neighbors going after me after reading what Alley Valkyrie wrote on a fake abuser site. Alley and Semple tried to get arrested together.

Johnny Trouble

EUGENE, Ore. — The timeline for creating new safe sleep sites for the homeless is being pushed back and there’s no date for when the planned sites will open, according to Eugene city officials.

The proposed safe sleep sites were supposed to open back in August, but officials told KEZI 9 News the process is taking longer than expected due to the pandemic and other factors.

Officials hoped the new sites would allow campers to relocate from Washington Jefferson Park and other camps to safe locations with restrooms, garbage service and other outreach programs. 

MORE: Eugene approves two new safe sleep sites

Kelly McIver with the city of Eugene said there are a lot of unknowns right now. 

“It just takes some time. It’s happening in the middle of a pandemic, and that has created a whole lot of wrinkles in terms of the supply and delivery availability; there are certain things that are needed for those locations, so some things not going quite as quickly,” said McIver.

McIver said in order for the process to be successful, everything has to be right. And making sure everything is right can take some time. 

One Eugene resident KEZI 9 News spoke with has been living off of Jefferson Street for nearly 20 years. She said the big move for campers under the bridge can’t come soon enough. 

“I don’t feel safe here; it’s not a pleasant place to live anymore. I can’t believe that the city council thinks it’s OK to put 300 tents of drug addicts in a neighborhood and that’s OK. And people are supposed to just live that way, for how long? I mean, it’s ridiculous. It’s not OK,” said the resident. 

RELATED: Neighbors frustrated amid slow rollout of safe sleep sites

KEZI 9 News also spoke to several members of the homeless community at the Washington Jefferson Park campsite. One young woman, Lilian Prindle, said she lived under the bridge for nearly seven years until she was able to get things together. 

“Everybody deserves a second chance, but if you’re OK with actually being in the addiction life and wanting to just live this way and not wanting to be up in a house, then why take that opportunity from somebody that can actually flourish and grow with it like I did?” said Prindle. 

Emily Semple, a Eugene city councilor, said there is a lot that goes into the process of relocating members of the homeless community. 

“It’s hard because we can’t see all of that, and we’re tired of everything, and it needs to change; it needs to have changed. And it’s not OK. And that’s what I’m working on,” said Semple. 

She also said she sympathizes with both neighbors and campers in the area. And she hopes campers will be relocated to the safe sleep sites before the winter weather hits, but she has no set date on when this will happen. 

EUGENE, Ore. — Neighbors in Eugene are growing tired of two large homeless camps and say the city needs to move faster to find a solution.

The two camps, located at Washington-Jefferson Park and West 13th and Chambers Street, are home to over 300 tents and thousands of unhoused people, according to the city.

Part of the plan is to relocate those campers to designated, safe sleeping sites. The temporary, managed sites would allow people to legally park their vehicles or sleep in tents to reduce the impacts of current unsanctioned camping across the city, officials said.

The first of those sites is expected to open up sometime this month near West Second Avenue and Garfield Street. Work is underway at the site to prepare it to host 55 vehicles. The site is leased to the city by Lane Transit District and already includes water and electricity. Services will be provided on site with the help of St. Vincent de Paul. City staff said it will cost $580,000 per year to operate.

RELATED: EUGENE APPROVES TWO NEW SAFE SLEEP SITES

Those who live next to the camp at West 13th Avenue said they’re tired of the crime and drug use and disputes that have become the norm.

“Everybody I’ve talked to doesn’t have good things to say about it,” said John Clark, who lives in an apartment across from the campers. “Because of the arguing and cussing and the drugs and everything that goes on in there.”

The second safe sleep site will be located at Chase Commons Park on Commons Drive. The city is anticipating opening that site with room for 20 Conestoga huts in early October.

Jack Myers, who also lives next to the camp on West 13th Avenue, said the city has not been proactive about communicating with neighbors about the timeline for relocating the campers. He said he also doesn’t allow his two boys much time outside because of the crime and drug use.

“This is stuff you just don’t want your kids around,” Myers said. “It’s not even safe for them to ride their bike around this area.”

RELATED: POTENTIAL EUGENE HOMELESS CAMPING/PARKING SITES REVEALED

During a city work session Wednesday, some councilors said residents in their districts are growing agitated.

“The neighborhood definitely has fatigue,” said Councilor Emily Semple of Ward 1. “They feel that they were told it would be done by June, and people would be moved. And that’s certainly not happening.”

City staff said they are working to open additional safe sleeping sites in the future. City staff have reviewed more than 300 potential locations. The next site will likely be at the intersection of Bethel Drive and Roosevelt Boulevard.

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