Eugene gives downtown 'exclusion zone' another year

Eugene gives downtown 'exclusion zone' another year

EUGENE, Ore. - Urinating in public downtown will no longer get you "excluded" from the Downtown Public Safety Zone.

The Eugene City Council renewed the "exclusion zone" for up to another year.

The zone allows law enforcement to order someone accused but not yet convicted of a crime to stay out of the downtown core.

Some lesser offenses, like public urination, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and criminal mischief, were removed from the list of offenses for which someone could be excluded.