03.20.13: Your Morning Buzz

Man Rushes Stage During Kansas City Mayor’s State of the City Address

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. 2013 Infrastructure Report Card – Every 4 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades to each type of infrastructure.

  2. Class-Divided Cities: Philadelphia Edition – The ninth in our series exploring the class divides across America’s largest cities and metros.

  3. Can a Booming Bay Area Avoid Running Out of Water? People love living in the San Francisco Bay Area. They love it so much that the region’s population is projected to grow from 7 million today to 9 million by 2040. All those folks are flocking to the region to be part of an enormous economic success story.

  4. How Park-and-Ride Encourages Car Use – On paper, park-and-ride facilities seem like the ultimate transport compromise. Free or cheap parking near transit stations should, if the theory holds, make partial transit riders of metro area residents who used to drive the whole way into work. The system acts like a nicotine gum for daily commutes — weaning people slowly off the single-occupancy car.

  5. Which Services Are Citizens Most, Least Satisfied With? Survey data sheds light on how satisfied citizens are with various local government services. ETC Institute, a Kansas-based research firm, conducts a national citizen satisfaction survey of approximately 4,000 residents measuring community satisfaction rates for different areas of local government. Results listed below refer to the percentage of survey respondents reporting to be “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with a city service.

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.

Study: Portlanders choose to work less, earn less – The famous quote from Portlandia may not be a total exaggeration after all. A study on Portland jobs released Tuesday by the Portland Business Alliance claims adults in the Metro area choose to work less.

How Happy Is Your Organization? Today, March 20, 2013, marks the first ever International Day of Happiness. This was decreed last year by the United Nations following a meeting on well-being attended by government officials, economists, scholars, and business and spiritual leaders from around the world. It was hosted by Bhutan, a small but visionary country which famously uses Gross National Happiness (GNH) instead of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to index its progress.

Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science? – Some scholars are calling for a stronger understanding of the “DNA” of cities — and, by extension, an improved ability to address urban problems in a systemic manner.

The World Wide Web

You can now search Google for animated GIFs – For the first time in the company’s 15-year history, Google has harnessed the power of its search engine to allows people to find animated GIFs.


What Would We Do If The Internet Crashed? There’s no Plan B for what to do if the entire Net goes down. We should totally get on that.

Social Media Suggestions

ELGL Facebook: iCivics

ELGL Google+: Talking Points Memo

ELGL Pinterest: GSA

ELGL Twitter: Mayor Sly James


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