12.25.12 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

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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.



No Humans, No Problem: How Wall Street Avoids Working Through the Holidays – We use computers for so many things over the holidays, from online shopping to video chatting, so why not go all in and let it run the stock market, too? That’s what a growing number of Wall Street firms are doing, says The Wall Street Journal. On Monday, the paper reported that “more than a dozen firms trading everything from currencies to equities and fixed-income products say they plan to rely on computer-based trading programs and on their colleagues in Asia to cover for them.”

We don’t need to be perfect, just ethical – I was reminded recently of the importance of ethics. I was interviewed last week by a special investigator for Homeland Security in relation to a background check being run on a colleague who was applying for a sensitive government position. A few of the questions reminded me of questions I’d had to answer decades ago when I was getting my security clearance in the military.
Thanks to Fellow Officers, Newtown Police Don’t Have to Work on Christmas – The holidays have been rough for the Newtown Police Department, which is why officers from across Connecticut joining forces, so that not a single Newtown officer has to work on Christmas Day.


Inside Portlandia

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Mayor-elect Charlie Hales names staffers: Portland City Hall roundup
Forest Grove and Cornelius firefighters gather thousands of toys for local children
Portland rally supports Canada’s First Nations protest against legislation they say threatens their land rights
Forest Grove council approves purchase of Times-Litho property: Washington County Roundup
Sister City Association nurtures relationship between Gresham and Ebetsu, Japan


Outside Portlandia

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Longshoremen soundly reject contract offer
Citizen panel recommends five names for pending vacancy on King County Council
How I’d reform the capital gains tax
Commuter culture in Salem tops list of favorite topics
Judge turns down Occupy Eugene’s appeal
Vancouver plans downtown parking garage sale that draws criticism


The Fiscal Cliff


Going over cliff may make both parties heroes
Corporate tax rate on table as part of ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
Surviving the fiscal cliff


Your Guidance Counselor

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Why Stress Is Worse For You Than Many Realize – I don’t want to open the vast discussion of stress that now exists, except to make two limited points. 1. Stress isn’t good for you. 2. The vast majority of people do not deal with their stress effectively. Coming to grips with these two things is important for anyone who wants to create a conscious lifestyle.
Are You About To Be Let Go? Rarely are employees blindsided when it comes to being let go. How many times have you or someone you know said, “I never saw it coming”?
4 Lessons From Social Media Chatter About Holiday Shopping – With the 2012 holiday shopping season coming to a close and marketers turning their attention to closing the gap between social media advertising and point of sale purchases, there’s a massive amount of information to digest. While nearly impossible to get a complete picture of the entire retail landscape, there are a number of recent social media trends that can at least help us focus our analysis.
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.


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.

The Forest Grove City Council relies heavily on citizen volunteers to study special community issues, provide direction, obtain public comment on key projects, and take action or offer recommendation on a number of matters.  There are presently ten City advisory boards, committees, and decision-making commissions.


The Social Network

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Facebook’s 2012 Highs And Lows – It has been a roller coaster year for Facebook, and for the companies that have bet at least some of their marketing, communications, customer service and e-commerce budgets on the social network.
Piers Morgan Lashes Out On Twitter Against Petition Asking White House to Deport Him – Piers Morgan lashed out on Twitter today after a petition on the White House’s official website demanding his deportation blew past the 25,000 signature mark necessary to require an official response.
Rumor Tips Thinner, Lighter iPad in March – Many people will be ripping open new fourth-gen iPads or iPad minis tomorrow morning, but rumors about the next Apple tablet are already swirling.

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