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Beaverton International Celebration

What can we do to celebrate and share our culture? Participate in Beaverton’s 2nd annual International Celebration hosted by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s (THPRD) “Party in the Park” and the City of Beaverton.

City of Destiny Awards

The deadline to nominate volunteers for the City of Tacoma’s 26th annual City of Destiny Awards has been extended. Nominations will now be accepted through Jan. 27, 2012. www.cityoftacoma.org/destinyawards

BTA Survey 2012

The survey closes at midnight, take it now!

City of Vancouver, WA

Talk with Vancouver City Council 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan 17, at Clark College Columbia Tech Center, first floor conference rooms, 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd.

February 6: Portland Mayoral Candidates Discuss Active Transportation at PSU

The forum will pose questions to mayoral candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith on active transportation in the Portland metropolitan area. Candidates will be given an opportunity to voice their opinions on a range of transportation issues.

Lakewood Community Collaboration seeks input from members | The Suburban Times

Interested in health & human services issues? Please take a minute to fill out this survey for the Lakewood Community Collaboration.


A California City Is Into Tweeting—Chirping, Actually—in a Big Way

Crime is down in this city on the desert fringe of Los Angeles County, and Mayor R. Rex Parris is sure he knows one reason: It’s the chirping.

Country in Crisis: Looking to America’s Mayors to Rise to the Challenge

On Wednesday, I’ll be speaking at the winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington (a winter meeting in Washington? Doesn’t Miami have a mayor, too?). Given the state of politics these days, going to Washington to give a speech about anything having to do with national affairs would normally be a depressing prospect. But, in fact, while the conference might be in Washington, what’s being discussed, explored, championed, shared, and imagined is all about what’s going onoutside of Washington.

How Foreclosures Feasted on Some Cities, Not Others

Here’s a tale of two cities in Southern California, one that survived the worst of the foreclosure crisis with a few scratches, and one that was badly beaten up.

Those ’50s ranch homes are finallly getting some architectural respect

The ranch houses where baby boomers grew up, and the 1950s and ’60s fast-food joints that the boomers frequented, are finally getting some respect. More and more, the buildings of the era are being perceived as historical structures worthy of national attention and preservation.

How Our Brains Navigate the City

To navigate certain parts of New York City — namely Queens and much of Manhattan — all you need to be able to do is count. In Manhattan neighborhoods like the West Village, and most of Brooklyn, things get a good bit trickier. You can no longer depend on the logical numbered progression of streets and avenues, and must instead rely on some other picture inside your head.

Inside the UGB

Mayoral candidate Eileen Brady, at $500,000, approaches ghosts of elections’ past

Cornelius considers four city manager candidates

 Former State Rep. Greg Macpherson is pondering a mayoral run in Lake Oswego

Bonamici, Cornilles debate intensifying ad war in congressional race

Outside the UGB

Salem Municipal Airport could lose federal funding for control tower

Jackson County reserve keeps general fund solvent

Council to consider economic development ideas Tuesday

Large-scale wind may wane in Oregon

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