06.07.12 The Morning Buzz

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RSVP: Economist Dr. Thomas Potiowsky, June 13 – ELGL is hosting a luncheon with former State Economist and current Chair of the Portland State Economics Department, Dr. Thomas Potiowsky. The discussion will be on the US recovery and the new economic environment. This information will be relevant to long-term local government revenues and anyone interested in budgeting.

Talkin’ About My Generation with ELGL-Eugene – Please find the attached announcement regarding the upcoming lunch seminar scheduled for Thursday, June 21 in Springfield. Special thanks to Judy Williams at Lane County for putting the agenda together and Jeff Towery at Springfield for agreeing to host us next month.

Info Request: Social Gaming Policy – My organization is researching approaches taken by other cities to regulate “social gaming.” I am focusing on options for licensing, regulating and enforcing an ordinance. Please send along any documents that may aid in framing the issue. I can be reached at kentw@tigard-or.gov.


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Budget Busters – A riders’ advocacy group challenges TriMet to rethink its fare hikes and service cuts.TriMet is zooming ahead with plans to close a $12 million budget gap for next year by raising ticket prices, cutting bus service and ending the free-rail zone. The transit agency’s board is set

The Smartest Guy in the Room – What does Reed College know about John Kroger that people in Oregon politics don’t? On July 1, John Richard Kroger will become the 15th president in the 101-year history of Reed College.

Cities Resort to Strong Arm Moves to Encourage Low-Income Lending – City councils in New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh have passed ordinances this year requiring banks that hold city government deposits to provide detailed accounts of their lending practices in low-income communities. Boston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and San Diego are considering similar proposals.

David Olson’s exit closes a chapter in Portland’s crusade against cable industry – For nearly three decades at the helm of Portland’s cable office, Olson was the city’s crusader-in-chief, waging a series of campaigns — largely without result — to challenge the cable industry’s dominance.



Management Tip: Keep Your Spirits Up While Looking for a Job – It can be hard to stay positive in today’s tough job environment, but it’s critical. Becoming cynical or depressed will work against you, in part because most interviewers, no matter how much you fake it, will pick up on your real feelings.

Five Ways to Ruin Your Innovation Process – Most companies sabotage their own innovation processes without meaning to. I’ve noticed five tell-tale signs of this syndrome, which I recently described during a talk to the Columbia Media Forum.

Office Workers Run Amok – Obstacle courses with barbed wire, mud, fire and electricity, challenge participants eager to break out of their cubicles and bond with co-workers—or simply vanquish them.

Working Around the Kids’ Vacation – Entrepreneurial moms and dads often have to lay down unpopular household rules when the kids are on summer break. But the time also can be a learning experience for children.

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