08.30.12 Your Morning Buzz

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ELGL Forum with Charlie Hales, Portland Mayoral Candidate – Please join us on Thursday, September 13 at noon for an ELGL forum with Charlie Hales, Portland mayoral candidate.

Poll: A Side of Fluoride with Your Glass of Water? Do you favor adding fluoride to drinking water?

RSVP: ELGL Forum with Clackamas County Administrators Steve Wheeler, Nancy Newton and Laurel Butman – Please join us on Wednesday, September 19th at noon for an ELGL forum with Steve Wheeler, Clackamas County Administrator and his two Deputy County Administrators, Nancy Newton and Laurel Butman.  The forum will be held in Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Spotlight

Two large wildfires spread in Oregon, fanned by winds – Two large wildfires flared in Oregon on Tuesday afternoon, one in the southeast corner of the state and the other in Eastern Oregon.

Ex-Portland parking manager Ellis McCoy expected to plead guilty this morning – Ex-Portland parking manager Ellis McCoy is expected to plead guilty this morning in a downtown courtroom to steering multimillion-dollar contracts to a Florida company as one of its senior executives paid for him to vacation in Las Vegas and Pebble Beach, Calif.

State’s sluggish recovery ‘losing steam’: Oregon economic news – Oregon tax revenues are up, but the economic recovery is “losing steam” as manufacturing slows and spending drops. That’s the message economists delivered yesterday as part of Oregon’s quarterly revenue forecast.

Oregon’s slow recovery aids current state budget, threatens future ones – Oregon’s already slow economic recovery “is losing steam” and could wreak havoc on future state budgets, economists warned a panel of lawmakers Wednesday.

Controversial affordable-housing project delayed – State funding is stalled for St. Vincent de Paul’s Bascom Village apartments in northeast Eugene.

Proposed Salem bridge would force business, homes to move – Dozens of homes and businesses would be wiped out if planners follow through with the latest idea to build a new bridge across the Willamette River in Salem.

Oregon lawmakers demand to know: Why wasn’t anybody fired for $2.1 million tax fraud? – A contrite director of the Oregon Department of Revenue appeared before a legislative committee Wednesday and apologized repeatedly for dropping the ball on a fraudulent $2.1 million tax refund. But both Democrats and Republicans weren’t in a forgiving mood, demanding to know why four workers who failed to catch the return weren’t fired and whether the agency can do its job.

Career

The Surprising Secret to Selling Yourself – Harvard Business Review – There is no shortage of advice out there on how to make a good impression — an impression good enough to land you a new job, score a promotion, or bring in that lucrative sales lead. Practice your pitch. Speak confidently, but not too quickly. Make eye contact. And for the love of Pete, don’t be modest — highlight your accomplishments.

What employees really need at work – In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced the concept now known as “The Hierarchy of Needs” in which he outlined how people are motivated to fulfill certain basic needs (food, water, safety) before moving on to other, more advanced needs, such as creativity and self-actualization.

September 2012, Seeing Things Differently: Through the Lens of Priority-Based Budgeting, Communities Gain Powerful Insights into Their Programs – Challenges facing local governments today literally requires a new way to see. It’s as if our vision has been blurred by the extraordinary stress of managing in this complex economic environment. Whether attempting to rebuild in a post-recession climate, or persevering through another year of stagnating or declining revenues, the challenge remains: how to allocate scarce resources to achieve our community’s highest priorities. Through the new lens of priority-based budgeting, which provides powerful insights, local governments are making significant breakthroughs.

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