”I am going to walk into two pink rooms tonight and hug my girls…..but twenty families in Connecticut are walking into pink rooms with a bunch of teddy bears with no one laying in those beds”
ELGL Annual Conference Survey is contemplating offering a one-day conference in Fall 2013. Please take this very short survey to share your opinions about this idea, and to guide the ELGL board as they consider this possibility.
Join ELGL – Free for students; $20 for individuals; $250 for organizations (includes ten memberships). Affiliation is open to current, future, and retired local government leaders.
Welcome New Members:
Christina Robertson-Gardiner, City of Oregon City, Planner
Marc Gonzales, Clackamas County, Finance
Daphne Wuest, Clackamas County Tourism Development Council, Chair
Donald Stolberg, University of Missouri – St. Louis, MPPA
Stephanie Betteridge, Center for Evidence-based Policy at OHSU, Project Manager
Tommy Bohler, City of Grandview, Missouri, Budget Analyst and Intern
Upcoming ELGL Forums
ELGL-Portland Presents Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland Executive Director, January 15, 2013 (note the date change), 7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, 11:45 am – Forum; 1:00 pm – Tour of Port of Portland Headquarters, RSVP to Megan Messmer, ELGL Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELGL-Willamette Valley Presents Triple Bottom Line Decision Making – Come learn about the decision making framework Eugene staff is using to help reach sustainability and human rights goals. Thursday, January 17 at noon.
The Typical Municipal Budgeting Process Is Rigged Against Infrastructure Investments – Let’s begin with basic market economics for Dick or Jane: prices affect individual consumption behavior. Let’s next add to basic economics of building a city’s infrastructure for Dick and Jane: ribbon-cutting prices affect behavior. In the former case, Dick or Jane chooses to purchase or not purchase a good based on the price, its quality, and Dick or Jane’s preference to actually own the good. The good’s price is of course influenced by supply and demand and it’s also tied to the cost of production.
Most Innovative Mayors in the U.S. – While Washington seems paralyzed by partisan bickering, America’s mayors are busy putting ideas into action. City hall is increasingly a place for bold experimentation. Unlike Congress, there’s no fiddling over the fiscal cliff or divisions into angry, ideological, debating societies. As communities climb out of the great recession, pragmatism is forcing innovation. Success requires strong leadership and a vision of politics as the art of what works.
League of Oregon Cities discusses property tax reform with editorial board: Just in – Representatives of the League of Oregon Cities visited The Oregonian’s editorial board today to discuss two potential changes to the state’s property tax system. Lawmakers will consider both in 2013.
The Typical Municipal Budgeting Process Is Rigged Against Infrastructure Investments – There’s a major structural problem built into how cities spend their money. Here’s what we can do about it.
- Adams: ‘I’ve done a lot’ in four years
- Sherwood’s cannery building declared ‘dangerous,’ officials recommend demolition
- Metro Council offers relief, support with $79,000 grants package
- Gregoire’s budget plan skips new funding for CRC
- Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ spokeswoman, Caryn Brooks, transfers to Fire Bureau position
- Damascus disincorporation petition wording approved
- Adams Reflects On His Term As Portland Mayor
- Ore. Congresswoman Co-Sponsors Bill To Limit Ammo
- State Entered Into Secret Agreement with Nike in July
- TEMECULA: City Manager, finance director emails
- California City Manager Paid $677,172 Runs Town of 5,000
- Hercules deputy city manager will be the new assistant in Alameda
- Gregoire proposes new fuel tax to fund education
- Clark County commissioners approve CREDC payment
- Software Helps Municipality Redistrict City Council Boundaries
- Olympia council bans camping, restricts lying on some sidewalks
- County takes down barricades around free speech plaza
- Police: Former mayor peeled out & kicked gravel into worker’s face
- Moon to join Longview City Council
Ashland mayor to send condolence letter to Newtown
The Fiscal Cliff
- Public Pensions: Is There a Problem?
- Portland officials postpone report on new transportation revenue
- Boehner’s backup tax plan shakes up ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations
The Guidance Counselor
5 Easy Things You Can Do Today That Will Noticeably Improve Your Life – As we wind down a busy 2012 and take time around the holidays to reflect, it can quickly become overwhelming, with so many differing theories on ways to lose weight, increase productivity and improve family relationships.
15 Seconds to a Better Presentation – These four simple rules will help ensure that your audience sits up and pays attention.
Young, Unemployed and Living on the Street – Across the country, tens of thousands of jobless young people are struggling to house themselves since the recession.
We need your help! My name is April Buzby. I am a graduate student in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. I am conducting a survey of community leaders in Lane County to better understand the region’s ability to come together in local actions towards economic development. These organized local actions, termed as community efficacy, are a vital aspect of a community’s ability to engage in viable and sustainable economic development over time.
Seats open for citizens on Forest Grove boards and commissions – Six of Forest Grove’s 10 citizen boards and commissions have vacant seats. Applications are available at City Hall and must be submitted by Jan. 18.
The Social Network