11.15.12 Your Morning Buzz

Secession Petitions Signed in 30 States

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Tired of cuts, Calif. voters raise local taxes – Fed up with years of diminishing services, voters around the state approved dozens of local tax measures Tuesday, even as they authorized Gov. Jerry Brown’s statewide sales tax hike.

City manager applicants under review – City manager John Hitt said no applicants are from Lebanon, but there are some from nearby cities.

A time for leadership, transparency in Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks (editorial) – As the Leader begins its foray into engaging area residents on local issues and public policy, three communities find themselves confronting questions of credibility, accusations of corruption and expensive decisions on public policy. These are tough issues, with no easy resolution, that illustrate the intersection of government and a community’s daily life. As such, they offer important questions for community members to consider and valuable lessons for government officials about the importance of preserving the public trust.

Many local employers asking workers to pay more for health benefits in 2013, survey finds – Local employers say they’ll make changes to health benefits to curb cost increases by nearly half, often by shifting costs to employees, according to a new survey.

City Streamlines ”The Business Of Doing Business” – A series of consolidation and business-attraction efforts have been underway in this department for the last year, designed to reduce inefficiencies, combat applicant complaints and streamline the inspection processes necessary to open a business in Long Beach.

Milwaukie’s new HR director up for challenges – Gary Rebello begins background in updating policies, AFSCME contracts.

Emerging Women – A group that trains Democratic women to run for office is showing success.

Paying the Piper – Voters approved a tax to fund the arts. Now the city faces the high price of collecting it.

The Fiscal Cliff

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

Get Involved

Submit Your Questions for Ray LaHood  – The outgoing Secretary of Transportation will answer questions from Atlantic Cities readers here later this month.

City of Ferndale – Public Works – Planning Commission – Want to serve your City? We’re still seeking applicants for a vacant Planning Commission spot! Planning Commission members do a ton of the initial work to study, research and make recommendations to the City Council about how and where the City should grow.

Tell the Metro Council whether you think a 5-year levy to maintain and operate Metro’s parks and natural areas should be referred to voters.

The Career Ladder

Who You Should Send The ‘Thank You’ Letter To After A Group Interview – If you meet multiple people during a job interview, who should receive your thank you note?

8 Things Remarkably Successful People Do – The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do–and why it works.

Maintain Control When Conducting a Job Interview – When interviewing a job candidate, your goal is to learn as much as possible so you can make an informed decision.

The Social Network

iPads are Useless, Says Local Councilman – A councilman in Myersville, Md., doesn’t see how an iPad will help him better govern.

Pinterest Introduces Business Accounts and Tools – Pinterest paved the way for greater business participation on Tuesday with the launch of a new set of resources designed just for them.

Searching for a job? Facebook is your ‘friend’ – Social media giant throws hat in job search ring.

City launches new crowd sourcing site – West Linn is focusing the site on the development of the 2014-15 biennial budget.

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