12.28.11 The Afternoon Delight


Questions for Rob Cornilles

Email your questions and Rob will answer them at the special ELGL meeting on January 5 at Cafe Allegro in Tigard. To send your questions or RSVP for the event, contact oregonelgl@gmail.com


ELGL Member Survey

What began as a small networking luncheon group has grown to a 210-member organization.  The brief online survey inquires about your preferences for the group, and aims to learn more about how ELGL can continue to be a professional resource to you.  Your feedback on this survey will directly impact the future of this growing and evolving organization.


Young Adults Choose “Cool Cities” During Recession

The Occupy Wall Street crowd is seemingly ubiquitous across much of America. But it is not surprising that these groups, mostly made up of young adults, are congregating in cities known to be friendly to twenty- and  thirtysomethings as confirmed by new Census data on migration.

The double whammy of the mortgage meltdown and unemployment surge changed all that. While young people are moving less than before, it is interesting to see where those who did move went. Heading the list are Denver, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Austin, Washington D.C., and Portland. The top three areas and our nation’s capital, arguably, fared relatively well economically during the recession. But all seven are places where young people can feel connected and have attachments to colleges or universities among highly educated residents.


Public Workers Pay to Add Work Time, Costing State Pensions

Government workers in 21 states are using an obscure perk to retire early or to boost their annual pensions by thousands of dollars, which can cost taxpayers millions more in payments to retirement funds, a USA TODAY analysis shows.


Bankruptcy Filing Raises Doubts About a Bond Repayment Pledge

People who own what is considered the safest type of municipal bond may be in for a surprise. This safe debt, called a general-obligation bond, is said to be the next strongest thing to Treasuries because it is backed by a “full faith and credit” pledge. That means the government that issued it will pay it on time, no matter what.

How to Boost Biking and Walking Even Further in Your City

After being acclaimed as America’s best city for biking, what can you possibly do for an encore? Well, in the case of Minneapolis, you do even more bicycling—and more walking too. People here biked and walked 16 percent more in 2011 than in 2010, when Minneapolis was crowned “#1 Bike City” by Bicycling magazine. The same is true for St. Paul and some inner ring suburbs.

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Beaverton elections in May: Who’s running, and who’s not

Candidates are getting ready for the May primary as terms expire 2012 for three Beaverton elected officials. Terms for Beaverton city councilors Catherine Arnold and Cathy Stanton, along with Mayor Denny Doyle, are ending.

Dozens of new Oregon laws take effect Sunday

Drivers caught talking on their cellphones are losing the “I have to use it for work” excuse next week. That loophole in Oregon’s phoning-while-driving ban will be eliminated, one of dozens of new laws that take effect in the new year. Come Sunday, people who solicit underage prostitutes will face steep fines, possessing shark fins will be illegal, and drunken drivers will have to get a breath-test machine installed in their car.

Lawmakers seek bill on wetlands

Two Albany lawmakers plan to ask the legislature to improve the way Oregon regulates wetlands. Sen. Frank Morse and Rep. Andy Olson, Republicans both, say they were prompted in part by a controversy over property near Lebanon.

 Let’s hear it for civility, the way of McMinnville

 Eruptions of rancor are regular features of the political landscape elsewhere, but are almost unheard of here. McMinnville is a picture of civility compared to many smaller towns or, for that matter, most of the larger cities dotting the Willamette Valley. We might even extend that to communities in most corners of the country.