12.30.12 Your Morning Buzz

ELGL News and Notes

The High Five

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

  1. Economic highs, lows frame Gregoire’s legacy – Gov. Chris Gregoire leaves office in two weeks, and most report cards on her eight-year leadership of the Evergreen State grade her on the deep curve of the economic collapse that dominated her second term and, in many ways, undid some of her earlier work.

  2. With no ‘cliff’ deal in sight, sequestration all but certain – While Congress works on a last-ditch deal to avert a dramatic tax increase, agencies prepare for $110 billion in cuts.

  3. Rex Burkholder Q&A: Reflections on 12 years on the Metro Council – Rex Burkholder may have served the last 12 years on the Metro Council, but he’s spent more than two decades working on the issues confronted by the regional government. 

  4. Carl Hosticka Q&A: Coming together as a region – Carl Hosticka leaves no doubt that he’s a regionalist. As a political science professor at the University of Oregon and a state legislator from Lane County, Hosticka helped shape Metro’s formative structures; he moved to the region in the 1990s before running for Metro Council in 2000.

  5. Diminished expectations: Oregon politicians try to repair economy, restore American Dream – The slide began in December 2007 — yep, it’s been five years — and the recession’s stranglehold was complete by the next fall.

The Fiscal Cliff

Inside Portlandia

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Outside Portlandia

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Your Guidance Counselor

4 Networking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making – Whether you’re looking for a job or not, you’ve probably been encouraged to “network, network, network!” more times than you can count. Are all those conferences and events you’re attending leading to new connections or opportunities?

5 Things Not to Do in the New Year – Getting rid of old habits and old ways of thinking is just as important as committing to new ones.

The Benefits Of Giving Back – The best-kept secret to a healthy life and a happy career.

The best-kept secret to a healthy life and a happy career. From recovering from an office blunder to learning why it doesn’t pay to be Mr. (or Ms.) Nice Guy, this ten-point plan offers daily tips on what to do and how to do it.

The World Wide Web

Four Big Questions (and Predictions) for Social Media in 2013 – Social media, as we know it today, has not been around for very long. Both Facebook and Twitter came into being less than decade ago and really only gained public consciousness over the past five years. Ditto for newcomers like Instagram, Tumblr and Quora, the oldest of which is just five years old.

Follow This: 16 Twitter Stars To Add To Your Feed Now – Is your Twitter feed uninspiring and full of the same old same old? Fast Company editors help you liven it up with some our favorites–the most inspirational, informative, news-breaking, and original voices we love to follow.

Michigan Passes Law to Protect Social Media Accounts – Michigan passed a bill on Friday that prohibits employers and schools from asking employees and students for login information to their personal social media accounts.

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Thousand Points of Light

Junction City seeks Planning Commission applicants for one planning commission alternate position.

Oregon Metro Opt In – Have you ever wanted to share your views about parks, neighborhoods, transportation, recycling or other issues that affect your quality of life? Here’s your chance. Metro and its partners created Opt In to make it easier for your voice to be heard in the public decision making process. To participate, all you have to do is take one or two short online surveys each month about topics that affect your community.