01.04.12 The Morning Buzz

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Many Thanks from Head Start – Winter Coat Drive

I hope this email reaches you in good health and ready for the new year. Thank you so much for your continued personal effort to promote our children’s needs. Our friends and partner’s mad this year a success for almost 900 Head Start children who will have a winter coat to keep them warm. Any coats that continue to come in will allow me to help new children who will be coming into Head Start after the first of the year. So, the gift continues to provide warmth far beyond the holiday season.

A story, one of many, that touched my heart is about a tiny  little girl who had never had a coat of her own. She danced and sang throughout the winter party with her own pretty pink coat. Her mom approached her teacher to ask, ‘who would care so much about my child that they would give her a new coat?’ Thanks for helping make this and many other stories so good. Have a great day – Elena

League of Oregon Cities – Weekly Bulletin

The December 30 edition.

 

In the National Spotlight

Emerging Issues: Doing Less with Less, and Beyond

Most local leaders have worked through the optimistic “doing more with less” phase. Now, many are figuring out how to do less with less.  They are lighting out into new territory where the terrain is neither familiar nor welcoming. Almost all cities will handle the financial stress. Budgets will be balanced. But, as one former mayor used to say: even if you balance your checkbook, that doesn’t mean you’re putting food on the table for the kids. Beyond the budgets, it’s the people and the place that matter.

One Thing You’re Probably Not Using LinkedIn For

When it comes to a company’s social media strategy, it’s easy to get wrapped up in Facebook and Twitter. That’s where most of the people are, after all. But for a more professional edge, LinkedIn is another excellent tool you and your company can use to reach out to current and potential customers.

Around the Northwest

Democratic committee on track to spend about $1.3 million in Oregon congressional race

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is now on track to spend about $1.3 million on television ads aimed at ensuring that Democrat Suzanne Bonamici wins her special congressional race against Republican Rob Cornilles.

Police: Former Metro manager confesses to disturbing graves

Police say a former Metro cemetery manager has confessed to disturbing graves up to 50 times in a Fairview cemetery and then dumping dirt possibly with human bones in four different spots.

Mayor: Community working as a team

Mayor John Stromberg said Ashland is moving toward a model where citizens take part in creating a strong community, rather than being overly reliant on city government.

Dwight Holton, former U.S. attorney, expected to announce a run for Oregon attorney general

Dwight C. Holton, who served as Oregon’s top federal prosecutor and elevated the public profile of the U.S. Attorney’s Office during his 20-month tenure, is resigning from his government job for a likely run to replace state Attorney General John Kroger.

Mayor Adams frets about security costs for planned GOP presidential debate in March in Portland

Portland Mayor Sam Adams says he is unhappy about Republican plans to hold a presidential debate here in March because it would blow a further hole in police costs already strained by the Occupy Portland protests.

After more than a year, Vancouver town halls to return

Think of it as speed dating with the Vancouver City Council. The city’s elected officials are bringing back their traveling town halls with the public, idle since November 2010, but with a tweaked format.