11.07.12 Your Morning Buzz

8 Urban Policy Ideas for Obama’s 2nd Term



The Story Behind New York Magazine’s Hurricane Sandy Cover – How the photo was shot, and what it means.

Q&A: PDC Chairman Scott Andrews – Scott Andrews, president of Melvin Mark Property Management, has served as chairman of the Portland Development Commission since July 2009. He sat down with the Portland Business Journal last week for an update on the activities of the city’s economic development agency.

FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times: The Origin Story – Nate Silver has proven to be, along with Ann Romney, moon bases, and Trapper Keepers, one of the breakout stars of the 2012 presidential campaign. Not only has the stats wizard become a Media Figure — with the attendant controversy and “what does he say about us” anxieties — but he has also become a celebrity.

Triumph of the Nerds: Nate Silver Wins in 50 States – This year, according to all projections, Silver’s model has correctly predicted 50 out of 50 states. A last-minute flip for Florida, which finally went blue in Silver’s prediction on Monday night, helped him to a perfect game.

Smith Wants to be “Somewhere I’m Useful” After Mayoral Defeat – The bouncy castle, photo booth and puppy petting area at Jefferson Smith’s mayoral campaign party added a veneer of happiness to what most supporters knew going in: Tonight wouldn’t involve a victory speech.

The bankruptcy-sprawl connection – The pension blame game masks another, deeper problem for the state’s taxpayers: the hidden but crushing cost of sprawl.

Nehalem city manager resigns – Michael Nitzsche, city manager for the City of Nehalem the past 13 years has resigned. His last day was Friday, Nov. 2. Hired in June 1999, Nitzsche came to Nehalem from eastern Washington.

The Fiscal Cliff


Upland City Council to consider budget cutting recommendations during special meeting

U.S. Vows to Avoid Falling Over Fiscal Cliff Amid G-20 Warning

Why the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Holds the Key to US Jobs Creation

Fiscal Future, Thy Name is Sequester

County Council budget restores deputy positions

Inside Portlandia

John Ludlow, Tootie Smith on verge of joining Clackamas County Board of Commissioners

Tigard welcomes new city leaders

Beikman secures seat on Tualatin City Council

Middleton wins mayor seat, annexation approved

Fritz Defeats Nolan in City Council Race

Dodrill is next Estacada mayor

Troutdale, Fairview city council candidates within a percentage point of each other

Multnomah County election roundup: PPS, library and arts measures all pass

Will Mayor Sam Adams become ‘irrelevant’? Portland City Hall roundup

Cornelius police union files complaint against city with state board

Beaverton seeking grants for urban renewal projects

Controversial districting measure fails in Gresham; two new faces on Gresham City Council

Cornelius police officers allege department ‘corruption’ in letter to city

Outside Portlandia


Lore Christopher leads Keizer mayoral race

Perhaps the Burien City Manager is unaware there is a tree pruning and cutting permit process

Sammamish to support a community theater project

White City’s bid for incorporation falls way short

Ashland supports funds for library

Medford voters handily defeat pools measure

Voters soundly reject C-Tran measure

Betty Taylor wins fifth term

Safety, park measures get OK

Street repair tax, campaign finance proposals pass

Small-town voters select mayors, city council members

Public politics get mixed results

Get Involved


ELGL Forum with Ken Allen, Oregon AFSCME Exec. Dir. – Please join us on November 14, 2012 for an ELGL brown bag lunch with Ken Allen, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75. Mr. Allen will discuss the challenges facing local governments and their employees from the union perspective. Oregon AFSCME Council 75, represents 140 local unions throughout Oregon.

Gresham Offers Lawn Sign Recycling – The City is offering lawn sign recycling from Nov. 7 to 15 (Monday through Friday) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The sign recycling station is located at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, in the west parking lot.

The City of Wilsonville is accepting applications for the Budget Committee, Development Review Boards, the Planning Commission, and the Parks and Recreation Board.

The Workplace

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today – If you want to be the best in your industry, you have to get rid of your outdated management style.

How President Obama Should Choose His Leadership Team – Barack Obama is once again the president of the United States. The first thing he should do is pick leadership team — carefully. “No other action will have a larger impact on his ability to meet the huge, immediate challenges facing the U.S.,” says Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, the author of Great People Decisions.

Disaster Dilemma: How to Pay Employees Who Missed Work – Companies largely excused worker absences immediately after Hurricane Sandy. But as businesses return to normal, managers are grappling with how much, and how long, to pay employees who can’t make it in to work.

Help Wanted…but in a Whole New Way – The latest job ads stress not only experience, but also the qualities a candidate needs to succeed. But what does that mean?

The Social Network

Election Night Hits Record High: 20 Million Tweets – More than 20 million tweets have already been sent about the election Tuesday night, Twitter’s government team revealed. That makes it by far the most tweeted political event in U.S. history.

Donald Trump Freaks Out on Twitter After Obama Wins Election – Shortly after President Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2012 election, Donald Trump had what some might call a melodramatic freak out on Twitter. He condemned America’s democratic process, said the Electoral College should get out of town and called for a revolution.

Obama’s ‘Four More Years’ Tweet is Most Popular of All Time [REPORT] – President Barack Obama’s celebratory tweet after winning the U.S. election surpassed 500,000 retweets, making it the most retweeted post of all time, according to reports.

Facebook: Deschutes Land Trust

Twitter: Steve Hewitt

Pinterest: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Google+: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

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