March 15 Webinar: Creating and Getting Assistant City Manager Positions with Alex McIntyre, Menlo Park City Manager
April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager
October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School
The High Five
The End of Federal Transportation Funding as We Know It – The diminishing power of the gas tax has renewed debate about how — and even whether — Washington can pay for local roads and rails.
Cash-strapped cities seized by new management – Imagine if a democratically-elected mayor was suddenly neutered and replaced by an “emergency manager” with the power to steamroll City Council. Imagine if the manager had the authority to unilaterally modify or even eradicate collective bargaining agreements and used that authority to entirely wipe out public sector unions. For Detroit, and its staunch labor movement, that scenario is less far-fetched than it sounds. In fact, it’s already happening in the Michigan city of Pontiac.
Bright Lights, Safe Cities: How Daylight Saving Fights Crime – Daylight Saving Time took effect this weekend, which means we traded one hour of sleep for more light in the evening, ostensibly in the interest of energy savings and traffic safety. But that’s not all: A forthcoming study from two University of Virginia researchers proves, for the first time, that pushing clocks forward also happens to reduce crime rates.
TriMet execs received big pay increases, even as transit agency increased fares, cut routes – Last year, as TriMet cut bus service for the fifth time in four hard years and saddled riders with the biggest fare increase in the agency’s history, its managers discreetly gave themselves $910,000 in pay raises.
For Detroit, a Crisis of Bad Decisions and Crossed Fingers – Mandatory financial oversight has come as a result of millions in uncollected fees, a flight of the city’s affluent tax base and hopes that downturns might melt away.
I’m Just a Bill
- New leadership at the DPO
- Oregon bill would add more steps for compost facility planning
- OR-Lege: It will be spray tans from now on, kids.
- Lawmakers consider changes to election laws
- Bill would gather data on police stops of minorities
- Bill offers Library Square time
- Report: Carbon Tax Could Generate $1 Billion For Oregon
- 20 states considering bills to allow armed teachers
- Where’s the Secret Tax for the I-5 Bridge Proposal?
- Pew: For Every 10 Americans, Only 3 Trust The Government
The Fiscal Cliff
- Union Challenges HUD’s Planned Sequestration Furloughs, Closures
- Foes organize against City of Eugene fee
- Public Safety in Jackson County Braces For Budget Cuts
- 3 ways to raise $275 million in taxes
- Vancouver hikes fees residents must pay for strays
- An Epic Transit-Oriented Development Fail
- Amanda Fritz Paying Herself Back with Gilt Club Fundraiser
- Study names Beaverton safest Oregon city and 55th nationwide in 2012
- Hillsboro’s youth leaders soak up knowledge and history on city-funded Washington, D.C. trip
- Portland Police Association Sells its Bar Building for Almost $1 Million
- Police interim chief meeting with officers to identify concerns, gather feedback
- Gladstone City Council to discuss library privatization on Tuesday
- City receives $3.25 check to cover tree planting at world’s smallest park
- Clackamas County asks water district to re-examine boundaries after recall election voter confusion
- Ex-Troutdale mayor subject of ethics probe
- Aloha-Reedville Study shows how to engage in pragmatic urban planning
- Judge Invalidates Bloomberg’s Soda Ban
- Architects to compete over Eugene City Hall
- Former Eugene councilors fight fee
- Service district funding at issue
- Police guild, manager group challenging reform plan
- New plan unveiled to help Oregon prepare for ‘the big one’
- County, CREDC formalize their split
The Career Center
The ELGL Resume Book…It’s Back – ELGL is now accepting entries for the 2nd edition of the Resume Book. We encourage all ELGL members to submit a resume whether you are employed or you are looking for employment. Non-ELGL members can also submit a resume but members will receive priority placement in the book.
Are There Too Many Ph.D.s And Not Enough Jobs? But job numbers released by the National Science Foundation show that people with PhDs in those technical fields are struggling to find work in their industries.
Defense industry giants turn to women – Defense companies face destabilizing changes from federal budget cuts, and three of the largest contractors have recently chosen female chief executives to lead their transformations.
Report: How Grammar Influences Your Income – Good grammar really is good business I’ve talked about the costs of poor grammar before. There are no good excuses.
Your Boss Isn’t Just A Psychopath—It’s Way Worse Than That – Winners at office politics tend to be psychopathic–as well as narcissistic and Machiavellian. These “triads” fly up the corporate ladder, but there are ways to minimize their effect on your success and happiness
The World Wide Web
Texas law would allow legal documents to be served on Facebook – Facebook’s good for lots of things, but “communicating with people who are not your official Facebook friends” isn’t one of them.
When ‘Likes’ Can Shed Light – Patterns of “Likes” posted by people on Facebook can unintentionally expose their political and religious views, drug use, divorce and sexual orientation, researchers said Monday.
Mobile Devices Are Put to Work – The mobile revolution—which has changed life in so many ways, from getting driving directions to sharing photos—is seeping into corporate technology, allowing advances like rapidly updated blueprints on a construction site.