04.08.13: Your Morning Buzz

The Shining: The Inside Story Behind The National Anthem Of College Basketball

The High Five

  1. Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female PM, dead at 87 – Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87.

  2. An Easier Way To Fight Sprawl – It seems fitting to start a new blog with a sweeping declaration so here’s one to shout from the rooftops: sprawl is bad. By contrast, infill is good. And despite the recession, the two development types constantly compete for our housing dollars. Consider your own decisions. You, as a planner, have faced the choice of where to purchase a home. In your own personal way, you have debated the trade-offs of living in a bedroom community versus the heart of the city. How often have you chosen to live in the city? Or rather, how often do you get a choice?

  3. Wynwood’s street art paints a pretty picture in Florida – Miami’s Wynwood district is among the most creative in the US with vibrant studios and galleries – and great bars and cafes too.

  4. You’re (Un)Welcome: Best and Worst Cities for Business 2013 – It’s an exciting moment when an entrepreneur gets an idea for a new business. Unfortunately, those plans often run straight into a brick wall when the budding business owner starts trying to open the business in their town.

  5. The Big Question: How Can We Reconcile Street Vending With Pedestrian-Friendly Sidewalks? They’re a critical pillar of the informal economy, but as street vendors multiply, the amount of sidewalk space available for pedestrians is shrinking. The issue of how to make room for such vendors — if at all — is becoming an urgent and controversial issue that cities must face. Below, three perspectives on how to equitably share the pavement.

4-1-1 on E-L-G-L

Newest ELGL Member: Zach Henkin, Oregon City, Planning Commissioner

Upcoming ELGL Forums: April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager and April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week

  1. 04.05.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Farmers Market Remix)
  2. Updated (4/7): Who’s Who’s in the Resume Book
  3. Takeaways with Steve Bryant, Former Albany City Manager
  4. Understanding Local Government Innovation and How It Spreads
  5. 04.03.13 Carolina MPA Job Postings

I’m Just a Bill

Daily flag salute in schools, Facebook passwords, medical marijuana: Oregon Legislature today – School districts in Oregon would be required to display the United States flag in every classroom and provide time for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a day, under legislation being considered in a House committee this afternoon.

Hoffman: Oregon would owe little if pension cuts ruled unconstitutional – House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, repeatedly has criticized her Republican colleagues’ plan to cut pension benefits as “fiscally irresponsible” because she says it would require the state to “pay back” $1.5 billion if the Supreme Court doesn’t uphold their proposed changes. She argues that her party’s model is more financially prudent because it cuts so much less from pension benefits, about $455 million.

Prospects for Senate deal on gun laws improve – After weeks of stalled negotiations, Senate brokers are once again close to a bipartisan deal as fresh Republican support emerges on background checks.

The Senate has lost its luster – The world’s greatest deliberative body has become more like the House — more partisan and less collegial.

Fiscal Cliff

Tax Lobby Builds Ties to Chairman of Finance Panel – Many companies have retained lobbying firms that employ former aides to Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which will have a crucial role in shaping tax legislation.

Sequester’s Impact on Unemployment Insurance – Unemployment insurance programs are affected by the sequester. Among them are the 100 percent federally funded benefits for the long-term unemployed, which include the Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs. Federal grants to states and the District of Columbia to administer unemployment benefits also are subject to the sequester.

Special election decides fate of fee for vital city services – A special election is just over a month away, and one of the things decided by Eugene residents on the May ballot will be a city income tax.

Inside Portlandia

That’s the ticket: TriMet tests new smartphone fare app – TriMet begins testing this spring a new TriMet Tickets mobile app that will allow riders to buy and use fares from their smartphones.

Where will Nike expand? Nike spent mixed signals about where it plans to expand in Oregon last week. Nike officials met with members of the Portland City Council at City Hall throughout the week.

Costly upgrade shows cracks in city management – It should come as small surprise that Portland City Hall again underestimated its computer challenge and overspent in doing so.

Outside Portlandia

Exiting Island County planner slaps Commissioner Emerson with fines – Years of waiting ended last week when Bob Pederson, in one of his final acts as Island County’s planning chief, ordered Commissioner Kelly Emerson to pay $37,000 in fines or face action.

The new Lakewood: City clears out old on march to economic recovery – In Lakewood, forget nostalgia. This is about progress. In the same way Tacoma rid itself of pawn shops, porn stores and bars the likes of Esmerelda’s and the South Pacific — all to make way for what has become a neighborhood hosting restaurants, shops and a university — so is Lakewood cleaning house.

Career Center

Resume Book Deadline Extended to April 8, 2013 – To facilitate the networking and connections from “Link In Live,” ELGL has extended the deadline for the ELGL resume book until Monday, April 8, 2013 at noon. The Link In Live participants are encouraged to submit their resumes to [email protected] to ensure their continued outreach and networking.

How to Beat Boomer Bias in Your Oregon Job Search: Be Up-to-Date in Person and Online – Here are some telltale signs found in resumes, interview demeanor, digital presence and personal presentation. In fact, if you exhibit any of these signs, you might be perceived as an older job seeker, regardless of your age or your ability to contribute.


A game changer for career advancement? Do you have ideas about how innovation could help Americans in career advancement, amid fierce competition for positions? Tell us how technology platforms have changed your networking strategies or how you look for jobs.

Social Network

5 Simple Social Media Best Practices – When using social media, the best way to get a return on investment for your efforts is to focus on engagement. Don’t simply post information and messages about your organization, be sure to post content, resources, and information that your target audience will find useful and interesting.

A Dozen Ways to Use the New LinkedIn Mentions – LinkedIn launched Mentions this morning, a new way for members to engage in professional conversations by mentioning connections and companies on the LinkedIn Homepage. I’m super excited about this because I have at least a dozen use cases for this new feature.

Twitter Founders Move on to Their Next Big Thing – What do you work on after launching one of the largest social networks in the world? It took some time, but each of the three Twitter founders appear to have found their own answers to this question.

5 emerging social networks PR pros must know – Right now, your head is likely buried in projects involving established social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes you need to take a breath and see what else is out there—to forecast the popular social networks of tomorrow.

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