02.06.13 Your Morning Buzz

Monopoly fans vote to add cat, toss iron tokens

Welcome New Member:

Lowell Crow, US Navy, Community Manager Naval Weapons Station Yorktown

Join ELGL: Students (free), individuals ($20), and organizations ($250)

Upcoming Forums:

TODAY: ELGL Forum with Mark Zusman, Willamette Week Editor

March 1: ELGL Conference Planning Committee Meeting

March 7: Tiffany Couch, Financial Investigation and Forensic Accounting

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School


The High Five

  1. How Can I Get My Local Government to Pay Attention to Me? I’ve been trying to get my city council to pay attention to some issues in my neighborhood that have been going on for a while now. We have a dangerous intersection that desperately needs a four-way stop, and the trees and bushes at the intersection make it really had to see oncoming traffic. We’ve written letters, but all they say is “we’ll look into it.” How can I get them to sit up and listen to us?

  2. County, city consider future of parks collaboration - A consulting group has told Clark County and the City of Vancouver that they need to rework their joint parks and recreation program agreement. But first the two sides must decide if they will move closer together or further apart.

  3. Sizing Up Ray LaHood’s Record as Transportation Secretary - How did Ray LaHood do as Secretary of Transportation? He pushed for passenger rights and will be best remembered for the tarmac delay rule. But like many of his predecessors, there were problems on his watch and many uncompleted initiatives. Like airline travel itself, there was some good, some bad and some ugly to his trip.

  4. Lake Oswego City Council repeals Foothills urban renewal district - Lake Oswego won’t use public money to pay for infrastructure improvements in the Foothills area after the city council voted Tuesday to repeal the Foothills urban renewal district.

  5. Density vs. Livability in the World’s Biggest Cities - On the one hand, a growing number of economists extol the benefits of greater high-rise construction as a panacea for everything from innovation and job creation to affordable housing. Writing in the pages of The Atlantic in 2011, Harvard’s Edward Glaeser points out that “tall buildings enable the human interactions that are at the heart of economic innovation, and of progress itself.”

I’m Just a Bill

Oregon Legislature to consider ‘consumer fireworks,’ set priorities

Salem 2013: Getting to know your C.O. legislators

Kitzhaber’s priority list has building projects for state colleges

Start with PERS reform to find money

Kitzhaber’s Well Intended PERS Reforms Are Insufficient

Tax breaks and paychecks: Oregon Legislature today

The Fiscal Cliff

Obama urges government spending cuts delay despite mounting debt

Metro’s 2013 bond series gets top rating from Standard & Poor’s

Puyallup Exceeds Savings Goals

Tax Loopholes May Be Next, Obama Says

Corvallis City Council votes to consider public safety tax

US Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery as part of $2bn savings plan

Inside Portlandia

Lake Oswego’s long-time parks director to leave in March

Charlie Hales: CRC Lobbyist

CRC Sticks to 116-Foot Bridge Height, Asks Feds for Approval

Multnomah County dinged in audit showing it lacks safeguards for viewing privileged information

All of Randy Leonard’s former employees land at water and fire bureaus

Portland is one of best cities for urban forests

Do 30 percent of Banfield and Sunset evening commuters use the Max? PolitiFact Oregon

Hillsboro council gives frosty reception to Washington County’s affordable housing proposal

Cornelius City Council roundup: Library supporters, court consolidation, officer honored

Outside Portlandia

Connell City Council to pare list of finalists for city administrator

Meet New Oregon GOP Chair Suzanne Gallagher

Ex-mayor critical of Bellingham waterfront plans

The Career Center

Why Gen Y Doesn’t Care About Cars. Generation Y’s indifference to the automobile is going to affect millions of businesses.

6 Tips For Avoiding The Resume Black Hole - Many job seekers spend countless hours writing, polishing and blasting their résumés to dozens of companies. Then they wait, and wait, and never hear a thing.

Study: Americans Spend Up To 80 Percent Of Work Time ‘Cyberloafing’ - A new trend called “cyberloafing” is making its way into places of work throughout the nation – and in a big way.

Ten Things Your Boss Doesn’t Want You To Know - Your boss is secretly smiling. He knows things you don’t about your workplace rights. And what you don’t know about those rights can destroy your career or even get you fired. Understanding those rights can help you wipe that smile right off his face.

A Call to Action

Clackamas County residents invited to nominate 2013 Heritage Trees; nominations due Tuesday, Feb. 12 - The Clackamas County Heritage Tree Program encourages residents and property owners to identify and protect individual trees or groups of trees.

Get involved! Have a voice in city government! Serving on a City of Portland board or commission is one way members of the public can volunteer and get involved with their city government.

The World Wide Web

As Pinterest Grows, Startup Seeks $2.5 Billion Valuation - Pinterest Inc. is getting ready to add a missing piece to its business: revenue.

Full Instagram Feed Hits the Web And Two Other Stories You Need to Know - Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. Instagram announced Tuesday you can now browse your feed on the web, and Vine has updated its age rating in the App Store to 17

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