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Civics Toolkit

Welcome to the Oregon Secretary of State, Online Civics Toolkit. This elections civics curriculum was developed through a collaboration of local professors, teachers and election experts. The goal is to provide a beginners guide to elections civics with an Oregon-centric view that anyone can access and use. The Civics Toolkit includes 10 lesson plans that target students ages 17-24. The lessons cover everything from your rights and responsibilities as a good citizen to the history of voting in Oregon and what you need to know before you register to vote in our great state.

 The Town Hall: Mayor’s video program explores local issues

“The Town Hall” show is not the latest reality TV program to entertain the nation but a labor of love that I produce to communicate with Ashland residents and the City Council about complex issues we’re facing, from food and water to transportation, environment and our homeless population. Since January 2009, I’ve produced about 40 shows that try to tell the community stories about itself.

“If you were the mayor of Ashland, what would you do?

Ashland residents and visitors are asked the day before the Ashland mayor delivered his State of the City address: “If you were the mayor of Ashland, what would you do?”

 The Best City Reads of 2011

These ten articles, presented in the order of their publication (and excluding articles from The Atlantic), represent 2011’s best long-form journalism focused on cities.

Google Recruiter Mike Junge on Startups, the Biggest Mistake Job Applicants Make, and Why It Pays to be Nice

Michael Junge is a recruiter on staff at Google, focusing on hiring executive level talent for the company. But he’s also written a new book for a broader readership, about mastering the job search process in the digital age.

 Legislative Issues to Watch in 2012: These nine topics will shape debate in state legislatures in 2012.

This year, state legislatures will be preoccupied in two important ways: They’ll still be digging their way out of the Great Recession, and they’ll still be compensating for federal inaction on a number of issues.

What’s Going On…With Other Cities and Counties?

West Linn Leadership Academy

The West Linn Leadership Academy identifies, educates, and engages future West Linn leaders, and creates sincere and lasting relationships amongst a cohort of civic-minded volunteers.  Please click here to apply for the 2012 Leadership Academy, or learn more about the Academy online here.

 The Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission

The Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission will be hosting a dialogue where local Hispanic immigrants will share their immigration experiences in relocating to Beaverton. The dialogue follows the regularly scheduled HRAC meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

 City of Wilsonville Transportation System Plan

The city needs and wants your input on the Transportation System Plan. You can provide input by attending the Jan. 11 Open House at City Hall or by visiting the city’s website at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us

Around the Northwest

Former Rep. Brian Baird, working for Portland shipyard company, joins lobbying ranks

Former Vancouver Congressman Brian Baird is making an unsurprising vocational choice: he’s taken a lobbying job for Portland-based Vigor Industrial, the Olympian reports.

Looking back at Cornelius’ wild year: Dave Waffle talks about working for a mayor that wanted to fire him and future challenges

When Neal Knight was elected Cornelius mayor in November, 2010, it wasn’t clear exactly what would happen to Dave Waffle, the city’s popular city manager who had brushed with Knight on a number of issues before the election.

 Home Away From Home: Records raise doubts that Metro candidate Helen Ying lives in the right district.

Helen Ying, an educational consultant and former vice principal at Parkrose High School, has a lot going for her in her campaign to join the Metro Council. She has friends, for starters. Councilor Rex Burkholder, who is being term-limited out of office, suggested last year that Ying run to succeed him as the regional government’s representative for District 5, which covers most of Northwest, North and Northeast Portland.

 Gregoire expected to back gay-marriage bill

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday is expected to publicly back efforts to make Washington the seventh state to legalize marriage for lesbian and gay couples.

Lake Oswego Streetcar Plan Dropped in Favor of Moontrain

In a surprise move, Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced that city council members have decided to drop all support for the 23 year old Lake Oswego to Portland Transit (LOPT) project. Faced with intense criticism from the public and media alike, the city council voted unanimously against proceeding to the next phase of analysis on the $208 million project.