12.22.12 Your Morning Buzz

NRA: “Put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”

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.

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, oregonelgl@gmail.com.

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 Future of City Driving: Per-Mile Car Insurance – You wouldn’t buy an unlimited fare card if you only took a few transit rides per month, but when it comes to car insurance that’s pretty much how things work. Drivers who are similar in age, gender, and residence pay about the same premium even if some drive 5,000 miles a year and others 50,000 miles. The problem is not only that low-mileage drivers end up subsidizing high-mileage ones — it’s that everyone has an incentive to drive as much as they can.

Vancouver flirted with Nike on expansion – When Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber called the Oregon Legislature into a rushed special session last week, he said the state needed to give tax assurances to Nike in order to keep the company from expanding out of state.

Obama Issues Last Minute Executive Order to Save Christmas for Federal Employees – Federal workers are pointing fingers at President Barack Obama. Budget constraints and the looming fiscal cliff appear to be the reason they will be working on Christmas Eve. A petition on the White House’s We The People website calling for a day off has reached the threshold of 25,000 signatures needed for official response.

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

The Fiscal Cliff

Your Guidance Counselor

How to Treat Workplace Stress – As the new year approaches – and with it the inevitable wave of self-improvement plans–we’ve identified 10 strategies for advancing your career in 2013. From recovering from an office blunder to learning why it doesn’t pay to be Mr. (or Ms.) Nice Guy, this ten-point plan will offer daily tips on what to do and how to do it.

American Dream Fades for Generation Y Professionals – Generation Y professionals entering the workforce are finding careers that once were gateways to high pay and upwardly mobile lives turning into detours and dead ends. Averageincomes for individuals ages 25 to 34 have fallen 8 percent, double the adult population’s total drop, since the recession began in December 2007.

Are Funny People More Successful In Business? Steve Cody, 57, is co-founder and managing partner of Peppercom, a mid-size communications agency based in New York. He’s also an amateur stand-up comedian, performing frequently at the New York Comedy Club.

Get Involved

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.

Clackamas County offers help for people in need of mental health services – If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Clackamas County Crisis Line at 503-655-8585.

The Social Network

How to use LinkedIn to bolster your career – Using the same tactics and knowledge about what triggers search engine hits, she has advice for individuals who want to bolster their careers by using the business-related social networking site LinkedIn.

Instagram Reversal Doesn’t Appease Everyone – Even as the social network backpedaled on its privacy proposal, some users said they still had plans to leave.

9 Things Businesses Shouldn’t Do On Social Media – Forbes – Use social media the right way, and you can attract new customers and boost your business. Use it the wrong way, and you can spark a backlash that’ll melt your reputation to a sticky puddle.

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