03.16.13 Your Morning Buzz

35000 expected for Shamrock Run Sunday

Welcome Newest Members

Carine Arendes, Portland State University, Assistant Campus Planner

Upcoming Forums

March 21: ELGL Willamette Valley Presents “No Comment” — and Other Stupid Things You Should Never Say to Media

April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager

April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School

The High Five

  1. Town renames itself ‘Reubenville’ for 5,000 free sandwich coupons – Not sure if it’s the grotesque number of Shamrock Shakes I’ll devour free of judgment or the leniency on public drunkenness, but there’s something magical about St. Patrick’s Day that leaves us a wee more tolerant of our social taboos than the rest of the year. In fact, our standards fall to such abysmal lows that some of us even voluntarily eat corned beef and cabbage, a dish ordinarily only acceptable when rebranded as a Reuben sandwich.

  2. Mass Transit Use Isn’t Up Everywhere – The big news in U.S. public transit this week was that Americans took 10.5 billion trips in 2012 — the second-highest number since 1957, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Ridership rose more than a point over last year’s figures on buses and subway systems, nearly 4.5 percent on light rail lines (though much of that from expansions), and about 1.5 percent across all transit modes. APTA announced that at least 16 local agencies set records.

  3. Support growing to overturn federal ban on pot usage, even if it takes years – A few House members have begun a broad effort to overturn a 43-year-old federal ban on marijuana and say they’re prepared to keep up the pressure even if it takes years.

  4. GOP’s Portman at odds with his party – Ohio senator’s announcement of support for same-sex marriage — two years after his son told him he was gay — elicits surprise.

  5. Adviser Is Worldly at 35, and Shaping Obama’s Voice – Benjamin J. Rhodes is a deputy national security adviser with a soft voice, strong opinions and a reputation as the man who channels President Obama on foreign policy.

I’m Just a Bill

The Fiscal Cliff

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

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.

How young people are getting poorer, in one chart – The Great Recession hasn’t been kind to young people. In a new study, the Urban Institute examines how wealth accumulation has stagnated for younger generations as a whole host of factors has suppressed their net worth, ranging from higher unemployment and depressed wages to rising entitlement costs.

Warning: Lying on Your Resume Never Works – This recent Oregonian headline made me laugh out loud.It seems like something from The Onion, or maybe a Portlandia episode, but no. This is real life. The Kyle Awesome debacle is the shame of my slice of suburbia (as if we didn’t have enough on our plate already, with such a redundant name).

The World Wide Web

Happy 28th birthday to the Internet’s first domain name – The entire Internet forgot it was grandpa’s birthday today. Symbolics.com—the first domain name ever registered—turned 28 today, and just about no one had anything nice to say.

Corvallis police launch Facebook page, MyPD phone app – The Corvallis Police Department has a Facebook page and MyPD phone app.

This study breaks down Twitter’s many, many cliques – Twitter is exactly the same as high school, the office, or pretty much any other social confine: people jump into cliques and stick to them.

An Anti-Social Media App Tells You How To Avoid Crowds – Some people might like apps like Foursquare so they can go be where all the cool kids are, but for the less friendly, a new app from the Netherlands monitors key shopping districts and lets you know when they’re empty enough to visit.

Social Media Suggestions

ELGL Facebook: Congressional Management Foundation

ELGL Google+: Excellence in Government

ELGL Pinterest: Pierce County, Wash.

ELGL Twitter: Trending City


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