10.16.12 Your Morning Buzz

QVC Host Faints On-Air, Co-Host Continues To Sell Product Without Stopping



WHAT IS A PUSH POLL? As the election in November looms closer, voters across the country – especially in crucial swing states – are being targeted by pollsters eager to capture the most current state of public opinion. With that search for information comes significant confusion over what constitutes legitimate polling.

When artists are rooted in place: a small-town musician fights for a piece of community history – Ever since Joni Mitchell’s song, it’s become a cliché, right?  “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.”  But clichés become embedded in our culture for a reason.  And thus begins the story of a small-town musician’s concern for his community.

Local governments take budget knife to retiree health plans – As cash-strapped U.S. cities and states struggle to address gaping budget holes, a long-honored benefit for public-sector workers has come into the cross-hairs of budget cutters: retiree health insurance.

Difficult highway project goes downhill — and fast – The state and the builder hit a nature-made wall.

It’s Tricky Saving Seats for the Parade – In Canonsburg, Pa., where residents have for years placed chairs days or even weeks ahead of the Independence Day parade to save places, officials have voted in some new restrictions.


The Fiscal Cliff


Outside Portlandia

Get Involved

ELGL Central Oregon Presents Brenda Bartlett, CPA – Thursday, October 25th, Redmond City Hall, Address:  716 SW Evergreen Ave, Time: Noon-1pm (bring lunch with you), Occupational Fraud – Is Your Government at Risk?

Planning Commission Recruitment – The City of Damascus is recruiting for one open seat on the Planning Commission.  Citizens interested in serving may apply by filling out the Planning Commission application form and submitting it to City Hall. Deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 pm, October 31, 2012.

City of Springfield Boards and Commissions – Volunteering is a good way to get to know us and to serve the community. The city has numerous boards and commissions on which you could serve. For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office, 541-726-3700, or e-mail cmo@ci.springfield.or.us.

Voter’s Forum – A voters’ forum for the Fairview City Council Candidates will be held in the Fairview City Hall Council Chambers on October 16, 2012 at 6:00PM. This is an opportunity for you as a Fairview citizen to hear the candidates before you cast your vote.

Kitsap County Board of Commissioners seeking representative for library board of trustees – The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a South Kitsap representative to serve on the Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees.


The Workplace

Hyatt’s Mark Hoplamazian: Quantifying the Value of Customer Service – Mark Hoplamazian was predictably a little skittish when his bosses at the Pritzker Organization asked him to become interim president and CEO of the family-owned company’s signature investment, the Hyatt chain of hotels.

When The Going Gets Rough, The Tough Get Energized – Because every company will need it to get through the crisis without losing its way or giving up its goals, all while maintaining its lead.

How ‘110% Effort’ Can Undermine Good Leadership – Here’s the problem: I don’t know what a “10” should feel like. But I suspect it might include dropping by my office and providing a foot rub. The service from the various people who helped with my car was more than adequate.


The Social Network

Twitter Seeks Woman for Its All-Male Board [REPORT] – Twitter is seeking to fill a vacancy on its board of directors — and the spot is reportedly reserved for a woman.

Why You Should Keep Facebook and Your Job Search Separate – Can Facebook help or hurt your job search? Most employers are looking you up online — and most job seekers are aware of this.

7 tools to monitor the effectiveness of your tweets – TweetReach also provides information on the most influential users who shared your content. This can be very useful for finding new followers. If you see that someone influential retweeted you, it might be a good time to follow him or her.

Facebook:Salem-Keizer Community Development Corporation

Twitter: Passion and Purpose

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Google+: SFBART