Support ordinances that help create a safe and healthy downtown Eugene

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Urge Eugene City Council to make changes for a healthier and safe downtown.

Our goal is for a downtown that is safe and inviting for all. Over the past three years the crime rates downtown have increased and the public perception of downtown has deteriorated. The City Council will be holding a public hearing (February 27) on two pilot ordinances that directly impact the health, livability and safety of downtown Eugene. The two ordinances restrict smoking and dogs in our downtown streets. These ordinances alone will not solve our public safety concerns. However, they are an important part of a package of solutions and initiatives that can and should be implemented in the coming months to create a downtown that is safe, inviting, healthy and prosperous.

Dogs who belong to those who live or work downtown, assistance animals or dogs aiding law enforcement would still be allowed downtown.

A smoke-free zone would be created in the downtown core (see map above). Private establishments may request and be granted permission to permit smoking after 6pm in areas adjacent to their property. In a study done by the Lane County Health Department, it was found that the average person walking downtown comes in contact with smoke every 2 minutes. Laws for 100% smoke-free workplaces are associated with significantly lower rates of initiating smoking among adolescents and young adults.

Both of these pilot ordinances will sunset November 1, 2017 unless extended by future council action.

By signing this petition, I am showing my support for these two ordinances to be piloted downtown to support a healthy and safe environment for all who live, work, visit, and play in downtown Eugene. 



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