Candidates for City Council speak of change in Roseburg

Roseburg City Council candidates forum, Oct. 15, 2018. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Roseburg City Council candidates got together to discuss various issues impacting the city on Monday.

Four candidates were in the hot seat Monday at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

All candidates were given 90 seconds to answer random questions from the audience.

Topics included ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, and homelessness facing the city.

"It goes hand in hand with tourism," said Kristi Rifenbark. "People coming over here, maybe they want to go out to the wineries and they don't want to drive, which is reasonable.”

"It increases employment," said Beverly Cole. "It also increases safety because people come out of bars at night and they can take an Uber home - really easy."

"Help those that need and can be helped," said Tom Ryan. "But this is a way of getting to that one group that I feel for, and that's the mentally ill.”

"We could look at other places to see what they're doing and maybe use that as a template or a pathway to our solution," said Marty Katz. "Whatever we need to do needs to be Roseburg-specific."

Candidates also spoke about economic development and urban renewal. Voters will get to vote for their favorite in next month's general election.

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