03.17.13 Your Morning Buzz

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. Partisan lines deepen over PERS, taxes at Oregon Legislature – Battle lines over retirement benefits and taxes are deepening at the Oregon Legislature and threaten an effort by both parties to pump enough money into K-12 schools to avoid more teacher layoffs and shorter academic years.

  2. U.S. beefs up West Coast missile defenses in face of N. Korea threat – The Pentagon announced Friday that it would strengthen the country’s defenses against a possible attack by nuclear-equipped North Korea, fielding additional missile systems to protect the West Coast at a time of growing concern about the Stalinist regime.

  3. Courting ‘Project Azalea’: A three-way race for mysterious chip factory – Azalea is the code name for a major electronics factory being courted by economic development officials in Oregon and New York.

  4. Kent Appointed Creswell Interim Administrator – To say that local politics in Creswell have been somewhat contentious would be putting it mildly. Though Creswell is a small town, it has experienced dramatic moments that make larger cities appear tame. Newer leadership that has demanded more openness and transparency have often been at odds with the established norm.

  5. Former Gov. Booth Gardner dies at 76 – When Gov. Booth Gardner first ran for the state’s highest office in 1984, many in Washington did not even know his name. That soon changed, and he went on to become a two-term governor and one of the most popular politicians in state history.

I’m Just a Bill

Wong: Longtime staffers describe benefits of working with Tom McCall

Medical marijuana: Colorado’s tight regulation offers one potential model for Oregon

John Laird: Passion of the people must not obliterate the rule of law

Lawmakers use town halls to talk CRC

The Fiscal Cliff

Susan Nielsen: Why does Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber seem so serene? Do the math

Why the Cyprus bailout could start the next financial crisis

Google fine nets Oregon $119,732

Is capitalism moral?

Congress takes a turn at feeling the pinch of sequester belt-tightening

The Real Spending Problem

Inside Portlandia

After mass shootings, schools and camps in Multnomah County look to sheriff’s office for crisis training

City turns to park district for support

Cultural inclusion coordinator works on PSU diversity study

Mayor to residents: DREAM BIG

Big growth coming; who’ll pay?

Water project costs city millions

Outside Portlandia

Eugene looks to denser development by floating River City

Riverfront plans glide through public review

For this Rhode Island town and its residents, food stamps are a lifeline

Mayor-comedian vows to keep ’em laughing

Eugene cares, and that’s why city fee is needed

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.

Why Employers Aren’t Filling Their Open Jobs – There are many signs that the US economy is improving, but the most important one, the unemployment rate, remains stubbornly rooted in recession territory. We had jobless recoveries coming out of the last recessions in 2001 and 1992, but this one put the budget squeeze on recruiting and has gone on for a very long time. Does it mean there is something really different this time?

Management Fads That Make a Difference – New management tools are a dime a dozen and often just old strategies with fancy new names. But a few do make measurable differences.

The World Wide Web

This Week’s Biggest Moments in 25 Photos – This was also a big week in aquatics with the first day of the FINA Diving World Series in Beijing, and the Moomba Water Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Check out these and other big moments below.

Your closest Facebook friends are your best shot at getting a jobA recently released study finds that job seekers increasingly utilize Facebook in their employment search. But the real surprise isn’t that they are using the site; after all, Facebook is a ubiquitous presence in most of our lives, used for everything from hooking up to breaking up. The real surprise is the kind of online connections through which people are finding work.

Social Media Suggestions

ELGL Facebook: Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

ELGL Google+: City of Inglewood

ELGL Pinterest: greensolutions

ELGL Twitter: James Sinks


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