LTE Submitted to the Register Guard by Tim Freeman, Douglas County Commissioner


I have known Sid Leiken for more than 20 years.  Sid grew up in Douglas County and his roots run deep in both Lane and Douglas County.   We have served together as elected officials in Associated Oregon Counties since I was elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2014.  

On October 1, 2015 Douglas County residents experienced a horrific tragedy when a lone gunman ended the lives of 9 people and wounded 8 others at Umpqua Community College.  Our community was rocked to the very core.  Immediately Commissioner Leiken reached out to us in Douglas County.  He was there to provide support, comfort, leadership and strength.  Sid did this totally behind the scenes.  He was not there to attract attention to himself but rather to provide support and care in one of the most difficult times in our community’s history.  Sid’s compassion was incredibly important for me personally at such a difficult time.

I share this story with you the citizens of Springfield and Lane County to provide some insight into your commissioner.  I proudly support Sid Leiken for the Springfield District 2 Board position and urge you to re-elect him as your commissioner.

-Tim Freeman, Douglas County Commissioner 

The Springfield Renaissance

"The Springfield Renaissance", Eugene Weekly, 4/05/2018 

I am proud of the efforts that Springfield has put forth in making our downtown a destination point. Improving the safety and generating new business has long since been a focus for us. I am proud to be a part of such an industrious and successful endeavor.
— Sid Leiken

Read more about the revitalization of Springfield in the Eugene Weekly.

Announcing Commissioner Leiken's Appointment to the New Oregon Autonomous Vehicle Task Force

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I am excited to be appointed to the NEW State of Oregon Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, created by HB 4063.  I see the opportunity in this emerging technology but definitely have some safety concerns. I will be representing Oregon counties while developing policies to guide the state in this new technology. Leave a comment on our Facebook page If you have some concerns or ideas for us to look at!

Here is a great news piece from KEZI on my recent appointment! 

Oregon Introduces the Possibility of Allowing Self Driving Cars- KEZI 3-28-2018

Lane County and Regional Partners Tackle Affordable Housing

There was a great editorial from the Springfield and Eugene Boards of Realtors in the paper over the weekend. 

Springfield leaders target a barrier to affordable housing
— The Register-Guard, Guest Viewpoint, March 17, 2018

With our community becoming the second tightest housing market in the country we need solutions. One piece of the puzzle is to allow ADU's (Accessory Dwelling Units, think mother-in-law flats or tiny houses) in more places. Already the legislature passed legislation (SB 1051) in 2017 allowing cities and larger counties to permit ADU's in any area detached single family housing is allowed. Recently, a bill (HB 4034) was presented to the short session in 2018 to allow rural counties and small cities to do the same. Unfortunately, it died in committee. Fortunately, much of the language is in HB 4031, to be presented in the next session. It remains to be seen how reasonable regulations will affect the placement of ADUs. 

We are fortunate in Lane County to have partners in the legislature with Rep. Lively and Sen. Beyer. I thank them for coming together to serve the people of Lane County and all of the counties.
— Commissioner Sid Leiken

As much as counties may want to move forward on this issue it took action on the part of the state legislature to make it happen. That is why Commissioner Sid Leiken is an active part of AOC, Association of Oregon Counties. As a group, counties have a much bigger voice than that of any single commissioner. Commissioner Leiken serves as co-chair of the AOC committee combining Transportation, Economic Development, Land Use, Energy and Environment. Often, Commissioner Leiken can be seen in Salem testifying on a bill important to Lane County. 

Commissioner Leiken is an active partner working towards affordable housing options, not just in Lane County, but for all of Oregon. As a testament to the faith local stakeholders have in his ability, he was recently endorsed by the Springfield Board of Realtors and the Lane Homebuilders Association.