12.23.12 Your Morning Buzz


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.

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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.


Wish list (Nick Anderson / Houston Chronicle)

Mays bids farewell as mayor – When Sherwood Mayor Keith Mays adjourned the Dec. 18 City Council meeting, he effectively closed out his eight years as mayor, and with four more years as council president, he became the longest-serving mayor in recent Sherwood history.

A fight to the finish: Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ polarizing term ends with unfulfilled potential – Sam Adams, Portland’s 51st mayor, pushed through an ambitious list of priorities that easily eclipsed former Mayor Tom Potter. But the Beau Breedlove scandal that rocked Adams’ first months in office left voters polarized, and Adams opted to be come just the third mayor in a century not to seek a second term.

FBI forensic flaws may mar local cases – Exaggerated hair “match” claims that led to wrongful convictions weren’t limited to rogue examiners or the FBI, former agents say.

How Party of Fiscal Limits Shifted to ‘No New Taxes,’ Ever – Some Republicans fear that the party’s commitment to prevent tax increases more and more is coming at the expense of those other, older kinds of fiscal responsibility.

America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods – These are the places where hipsters have everything they need to flourish.


Inside Portlandia


Sam Adams through the years as Portland mayor (photos)

City of Forest Grove to purchase 2.68 acre downtown parcel

Where will Nike expand?

ODOT making changes to Shortys Corner

Old machine shop, which was destined as a community center, to be demolished

After a dozen years, Sherwood City Hall receptionist bids farewell


Outside Portlandia

December 8-14

Long-stable leadership is set for shakeup in Lakewood next year

Oakdale hires Hughson’s city manager

Oakland city administrator denies rumors that she’s leaving position

Sammamish city attorney gets raise, no-bid contract


The Fiscal Cliff


Battle Ground budget cuts will reduce some city office hours

Before leaving town, Boehner puts fiscal cliff onus on Obama

Editorial: Gregoire’s lame-duck budget hints at tough session ahead

District saves Gladstone taxpayers $1.6M


Your Guidance Counselor

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Seven Ways To Be Indispensable At Work In 2013 – Without further pontification, seven simple strategies to becoming indispensable in 2013.

Why Are Manholes Round? The 10 Toughest Interview Questions – Here, the 10 toughest—but most telling– interview questions, and best of all…how to answer them.


Get Involved

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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.

Lane County Advisory Committees and Boards – Applications are accepted at any time even if there is no current opening. Your application is kept for one year and will be considered by the committee you apply to should an opening occur.

Solid Waste Management Advisory Council Seeking New Members – Marion County’s Solid Waste Management Advisory Council is seeking new members for two positions that will become available in January 2013. Among the issues the advisory council works on are waste reduction, protection of the environment, increasing public awareness concerning waste issues, and improving operations of solid waste management facilities.


The Social Network

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Artificial Intelligence Knows When People Are Tweeting About You –  Social media marketer Salorix has upgraded its analytics product, Amplify, to let its customers know when you’re tweeting about them.

Facebook Poke App Is Frustrating as Hell – I was never a big poker on Facebook. When I joined the social network in 2007, giving someone a “poke” was still pretty common. It was a connection that stopped short of an actual friend request, a way to test the waters of a reconnection with, say, an ex.

John Kerry Could Be a Socially Savvy Secretary of State – John Kerry’s Twitter use shows he would carry on Hillary Clinton’s role in bringing social media to the State Department.

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