12.29.12 Your Morning Buzz

Welcome New ELGL Member: Bill Jarocki, President, Voltaic Solutions, LLC

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.


Clackamas County official responds to story about failed housing grant – A recent article and editorial in The Oregonian states that “Clackamas County spent $600,000 on botched federal grant application.” I want to take this opportunity to clarify and expand on the issues raised in this coverage.

Striking a Balance White Paper – This White Paper presents 1) a summary of current financial trends that cities are facing; 2) an exploration of how city managers are coping with those financial realities and the strategies they have adopted—particularly in the areas of personnel, core services and programs, service partnerships, and restructuring; 3) examples of successful citizen participation efforts, barriers to meaningful participation, and methods and mechanisms used to overcome those barriers; and 4) a proposed framework for essential and nonessential service prioritization that incorporates citizen collaboration and empowerment into the process.

Sprawling Memphis Aims to Be a Friendlier Place for Cyclists – The Tennessee city, which had been named one of the worst cities in American for cyclists, has opened dozens of miles of bike lanes as it tries to change commuting habits.

Are Silicon Valley’s Employee Shuttles Bad for San Francisco? Buses in this country have a bad rap. You can debate the nature and origin of the bus stigma, and many have, including on this site. But the bottom line is that in most parts of the country, the motor coach and its riders are not usually found at the top of the socioeconomic heap.

Presenting the second annual Wonky awards – Welcome to the second annual Wonky awards, where we recognize outstanding achievements — and spectacular disasters — in policy wonkery.

One-Stoplight Town Seeks Just One Mayor – Wanted: a mayor for this tiny South Carolina town. Like many rural communities across the country, Little Mountain has seen its population drop over the decades. Businesses closed on Main Street. Residents moved to nearby Columbia, seeking jobs and a faster pace.

Mike Schrunk: Multnomah County DA retires with a legacy of firm and fair leadership – Perhaps the most telling detail about Mike Schrunk’s popularity as district attorney of Oregon’s largest county is that only once has someone run against him in 32 years.

Inside Portlandia

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Outside Portlandia

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The Fiscal Cliff

george bush trains for the fiscal cliff


Your Guidance Counselor

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Norman Schwarzkopf: 10 Quotes on Leadership and War – Below are 10 quotes from Gen. Schwarzkopf that encapsulate his views on leadership and war.

13 Things Overachievers Do – But this award mania isn’t bad — it is one of the ways overachievers keep score for themselves. They are out to change the world. And, in reality, the best and brightest overachievers are not competing with you, but only themselves.

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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.

Call for Ideas: ICMA’s 2013 Annual Conference – You are invited to contribute to the conference program by suggesting session ideas that correspond to one or more of 12 focus areas developed by the 2013 Conference Planning Committee. Submit your session idea(s) by January 4, 2013, at icma.granicusideas.com. You must submit a separate proposal for each session you would like to be considered.

Sen. Richard Devlin, Rep. Chris Garrett host January town hall – The meeting will be held at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, in the Willamette Room around 7 p.m.

The Social Network

Fiscal Cliff BarDidn’t Lose a Quarter of its Users, But it Is at Risk – You can tell you’ve really become a part of the national discourse when the New York Post writes a sensationalist story about you.

‘Parks And Rec’ Launches Rent-A-Swag Pinterest Page (PHOTO) – The entrepreneurial “Parks and Rec” character started his own business of renting his absurd clothes to teens so they can look great for cheap. The page is filled with shots of Tom modeling some of the flyest clothes to ever grace the streets of Pawnee, Indiana. Yep, even the “Drive” scorpion jacket is there.

Twitter’s Winners and Losers – A lot can go right or wrong in just 140 characters. A look at the Mars Curiosity, Chris Brown, Donald Trump, and more of the best and worst tweets of 2012.

Dear Today Show, Here’s Why You Need to Know Social Media – It’s not OK to know nothing about social media or the Internet anymore. It’s especially not OK if you are an anchor for a major network TV news program.

Facebook in 2013: More Growing Pains Ahead – How did middle-of-the-road analyst expectations underperform by anything like $175 billion in corporate value? What happened? The answer, in four numerals:2012. I’ve been wracking my brain, but I can’t remember a comparable year in which events went south this fast for a technology company.

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Professor Budget explains the "fiscal cliff." A Doug Griswold production written by Karl Kahler.