Area residents asked that communities of interest, such as the University of Oregon, be preserved in the new House districts.[00:00:08] Lisa: My name is Lisa. My southwest community is very much within Eugene city limits. Changes in the public bus routes recently excluded my neighborhood, so commonly used driving and biking routes are very important to me – Hawkins Lane, Bailey Hill Road, 18th, 11th, 7th, as well as Delta and Randy Pape Beltline highways. House Plan B and Senate Plan A make the most sense to me. They do not split up parts of Eugene up as much, and they’re without so many of the strange jigs and jags in the main transportation routes that are listed on other maps. In addition, they incorporate and are mindful of the natural barriers and have some consideration to rural versus urban areas. Although it incorporates much of the more rural areas, House Plan C is a decent attempt to keep my community together. [00:01:04] Lisa Fragala: My name is Lisa Fragala. I serve as a member of the Lane Community College Board of Education and the City of Eugene Planning Commission. As for the maps proposed for Oregon House districts, one of these maps does not serve my community’s interests or recognize the natural transportation or political boundaries that we live our lives in. Proposed Map A wiggles its way through my neighborhoods specifically right where I live and effectively divides a connected community, the Friendly Street Neighborhood. This community sends its children to schools together. It’s developed emergency response systems. It has very walkable development for business and recreation, and we celebrate together. We’ve worked hard to get through this pandemic together. It is in the best interest of this community that we have a single representative and not be divided by redistricting. Proposed Map C for our community of interest is a much better proposal. The lines follow street and natural boundaries that make sense for our communities and it doesn’t divide the University neighborhood into three pieces. [00:02:16] Marie Bowers: My name is Marie Bowers and I live in the Coburg area. In 2011, I testified about how important it is to keep communities of common interest together, and yet we still ended up with a gerrymandered district. Even my current State Representative Wilde acknowledges that and already twice this year has testified saying the same thing. Legislative Plans A and C do not work and are the same gerrymandered stories, with just different lines. There are several other options, some on OLIS, like House Plan B, and like the one I drew, that keep within natural boundaries. Any time you mix urban and rural in our district, rural loses. The legislature needs a balance of voices, not just the ones that were majority wants to hear.
The University is an important community of interest that should be preserved in redistricting to ensure effective representation. Although we are, and really rejoice in being a diverse institution, we do have common interests that deserve consistent and unified representation in Salem. The proposed Map A divides the University into three different House districts and three different Senate districts, exactly what the redistricting law seeks to avoid and seeks to prevent. Map A will not serve the University or the people of Oregon well. I strongly support Map C, which preserves the University as a community of interest, and ensures its effective continued representation in both the House and the Senate.[00:06:58] Jerry Rosiek: Jerry Rosiek. I’m a professor at the University of Oregon and a member of the Faculty Union Bargaining Team, so I get to talk to a lot of my colleagues, and members of the other professional unions on my campus, so I have a better sense than I otherwise would have of the sentiment on the campus. And the University of Oregon is a community of interest, if anything is. Our institution and all of the businesses and livelihoods that are impacted by state level policy forms an economic and cultural and professional community of interest. So if that term is taken seriously, I can’t imagine a more clear example of a community of interest that should be preserved in the redistricting process as a unified body of voters and constituents.
For that reason, I’m very opposed to Map A in the state House and Senate redistricting plans. It divides the University community into three parts, in a way that does not advance the interest of the community I’m a part of, nor does it maintain the integrity of the other redistricting priorities, as they’re stated in the law. I favor Plan C, which preserves the university community and associated neighborhoods as a community of interest. It also follows natural boundaries.[00:08:25] Allan Hancock: I am Allan Hancock. I’ve lived in the South University neighborhood for over 30 years. So I’m just about a half mile south of the University of Oregon and know how central the University is to this neighborhood. And several other people have spoken very eloquently about the importance of keeping the University of Oregon in one legislative district, and for that reason I support House Plan C. And I’ll get a little bit more specific about geography: east of Willamette Street, south of the Willamette River, up to the neighborhood of Glenwood, and at least as far south as 24th or perhaps 30th Avenue, in that area, it’s a high concentration of students, faculty, and staff. So it would really make sense to have all of that area in one legislative district, and that’s most closely represented in House Plan C. [00:09:26] John Q: During the first hearing for area residents, solid opposition to Plan A, and a lot of love for the University.