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Competition shaping up for Kelly's seat.

Byline: CITY BEAT/EUGENE By Edward Russo The Register-Guard

It is still early, but next year's most competitive race for City Council may be in southeast Eugene.

Resident Bruce Mulligan already has filed as a candidate to replace the departing David Kelly as Ward 3 councilor. Another resident, Alan Zelenka, is expected to announce that he will run for the seat.

If Zelenka jumps in, the race will feature a pair of residents with impressive knowledge of local government.

Mulligan, a Hendricks Hill resident, recently completed six years on Eugene's Budget Committee and the Lane County Human Services Commission. An independent business consultant, Mulligan once worked for the city as an employee relations manager in the personnel department.

Zelenka, who lives in the Fairmount neighborhood, is the legislative affairs and information technology manager for the Emerald People's Utility District. He also served on the Budget Committee. Zelenka is a former president of the City Club of Eugene. A decade ago, he thought about running for mayor.

Ward 3 is generally south and east of downtown. It includes the neighborhoods around the University of Oregon. The ward's borders include Amazon Parkway on the west and East 30th Avenue on the south.

There's plenty of time for candidates to emerge. The candidate filing deadline is March 2. The primary election is May 16.

So far, no one has stepped forward to challenge northeast Councilor George Poling, who filed for re-election a few weeks ago. West Eugene Councilor Jennifer Solomon is expected to run for a second term. North Eugene Councilor Gary Pape has yet to reveal his plans. Advertising executive Mike Clark is thinking of running for the seat now occupied by Pape.

Zoning comments sought

How things take shape downtown can be influenced by zoning and land use rules.

City planner Nan Laurence on Wednesday wants to talk to residents about those rules and discuss what, if any, changes may be needed.

"These are the rules that govern how things get built downtown, and those are huge," she said.

The workshop will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Tykeson Room of the Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave.

Planners will post an online survey from Dec. 15 to Jan. 31 to gather more public comment before returning to the Planning Commission and City Council with results.

For information, contact Laurence at 682-5340 or e-mail: nan.laurence@ci.eugene.or.us.

Visiting homeless shelters

One of the City Council's priorities is to develop a strategy to help homeless people.

On Tuesday, Paul Carlson, regional coordinator for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, will visit homeless shelters in Eugene.

Among other places, Carlson will see the St. Vincent de Paul First Place Family Center, the ShelterCare Family Housing Program on Highway 99 North and the Looking Glass Youth and Family Services Station on Roosevelt Boulevard.

The tour "highlights the work of our local community agencies to meet this critical need and gives this representative from one of our federal funding sources a chance to see our work in action," said Richie Weinman, the city's urban services manager.

Carlson also will meet with Mayor Kitty Piercy. On Wednesday, he will attend a City Council discussion on homelessness.

Edward Russo can be reached at 338-2359 or erusso@guardnet.com.
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