03.18.13 Your Morning Buzz

2nd Annual ELGL Bureaucrat Bracket Challenge

Welcome Newest Members

Abby Coppock, City of Portland, Office of Management and Finance, Management Analyst

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. Closing Streets to Cars – for Good - FUD – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. This is the general feeling when drivers know that the street they usually drive on, may soon be closed to vehicular traffic. This feeling has, to some degree, been used by those who decide to build new roads. In other words, we still live according to Henry Ford’s motto, “With mobility comes freedom and progress”. As someone who works with urban planning this can be viewed as when the ends actually justify the means – cities scratched by black tar marks, roads planned and built with eyes closed.

  2. New city manager sees Carlsbad maturing - Carlsbad’s new city manager is counting his blessings, helping to lead what he calls one of the best cities in the world.

  3. Salem’s ambitious mixed-use development project fizzles - Riverfront planners say they’ve painted a vision of the shared longings of Eugene residents for a place downtown along the Willamette River to play and rest.

  4. Ailing City Agencies See Land as Their Gold Mine - Starved for cash, some agencies are offering their desirable land to the best bidder, who will build new, modern libraries or schools in the base of new developments.

  5. A New Movement for The New City: The Problem With Cars - Cities have always been shaped by transport; and the planning and design of cities has always impacted on transport choices

I’m Just a Bill

Another CRC hurdle: The Washington State Senate

Political Chat: No Sick Days For Our Political Guys

Bill would broaden definition of DUII

Rep. Richardson: Are proposed PERS reforms legal?

House Committee to Take up Municipal Bonds

The Fiscal Cliff

6 percent pickup has been around 34 years for state workers

Sequester Cuts $8 Million In Meals For Oregon Seniors

Sidewalk projects point to larger city budget struggles

As GOP launches raft of PERS proposals, critic fear scorched-earth tactics

Tax Credits or Spending? Labeling Draws a Fight

Tobacco Cessation or Just Increasing General Fund Revenue?

The Economic Case for Rail Subsidies

Inside Portlandia

Climate factors into Columbia River Treaty talks

Portland bike counter: Nudging 1 million trips over the Hawthorne Bridge

Outside Portlandia

The Eugene public — taxpayer or ratepayer — will have to chip in to see anything like the Riverfront Master Plan unfold.

Climate change a top concern for Gov. Inslee

OSU taking dorm plan to city

OPB’s ‘Oregon Experience’ documentary examines lasting impact of Tom McCall, Tuesday

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.

At Google, a Place to Work and Play - After Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, ordered employees working from home to show up at the office for work, there was speculation that she was emulating Google, her previous employer.

Do you think you are a success? Take the quiz! Take a moment and rate yourself 1 to 10 for each of the questions below (10 representing doing really well) – and then consider of each of the elements where do you want to focus your energy (not all questions might be relevant).

Pittsburgh Today report finds population shift as young people move to city- It doesn’t sound like much, but new and longtime Lawrenceville residents were excited last week when Diamond Cleaners opened in the 5200 block of Butler Street. A dry-cleaning business is the kind of economic development both groups want to see in the growing community, said Lauren Byrne, executive director of Lawrenceville United.

5 PR lessons from March Madness - It’s where the small guys face the giants to see how good they really are. And it’s a place where stars emerge. In preparing for the upcoming tournament, consider the following five lessons that PR pros can learn from the “Big Dance”:

The World Wide Web

Local TV News Is Following Print’s Path, Study Says - With shorter stories and scarce coverage of politics and government, local television newscasts in the United States, like local newspapers before them, are suffering from “shrinking pains,” according to thePew Research Center.

Twitter Founder Says He Wants To Run For Mayor Of NYC - Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, said on 60 Minutes Sunday night that he wants to run for mayor of New York City in the future.

The long, slow decline of alt-weeklies - Alternative weekly colossus Boston Phoenix cracked and fell yesterday, ceasing publication after 47 years. According to a Phoenix executive quoted in the obituary in today’s Boston Globe, the alternative weekly was losing more than $1 million a year, and a format switch last fall from newsprint to glossy had failed to attract the sort of national advertising it desired.

Social Media Suggestions

ELGL Facebook: Denver Office of Economic Development

ELGL Google+: Open Source Cities

ELGL Pinterest: Inclusive Cities

ELGL Twitter: Jeff Speck

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