01.03.13 Your Morning Buzz

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The High Five

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  1. Bill may recoup lost gas tax revenue – The state Legislature is expected to consider a bill that would require drivers with a vehicle getting at least 55 miles per gallon of gasoline or equivalent to pay a tax per mile after 2015. Drivers would also have the option of paying a flat amount annually.

  2. Is It Time for a Set of ‘Localist Papers’? – In the Federalist Papers, the Founders articulated their goals for a new system of government. Today’s local governments need something similar to be ready to deal with the challenges they face.

  3. City plan sets out welcome mat for Nike – A section of South Waterfront where Nike might expand in Portland is moving closer to being ready for such a development. Business Oregon, the state’s economic development department, is expected to soon approve the expansion of the East Portland Enterprise Zone in South Waterfront. The City Council voted to expand the E-Zone, as they are commonly called, by 29.2 acres on Dec. 13. State approval is required for companies to qualify for property tax waivers intended to encourage development in new and expanded e-zones.

  4. Outgoing Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen leaves open spaces, community identity – As a coach, the father of two boys just wanted more parks where his sons’ soccer team could play, but his appointment to the parks board shortly thereafter cemented his path to Tigard history.

  5. Former mayor Hoffman looks back at his time in city hall – He championed the creation of two new urban renewal districts, helped overhaul longstanding natural resource protections and, for awhile, was known as Lake Oswego’s “biking mayor.”


The Fiscal Cliff

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Inside Portlandia

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Outside Portlandia

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The Career Center


Developing Women Leaders: Five Essentials – We need to make sure we are investing time and energy to developing future generations of women for leadership. There are five universal factors that make a real difference in encouraging young women to reach success.

Why Experience is Overrated and Potential Isn’t – Who’s the better candidate: someone who can do all of the work with half the skills and experience, or someone with all of the skills and experience?

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Public invited to offer input on annexing “islands” into Forest Grove – The Planning Commission will meet to discuss zoning and hear public comment on Monday at 7 p.m.

Corvallis City Council seeks goals from public for 2013 – Members of the public can submit goals to city recorder Kathy Louie at 541-766-6901, Ext. 5072, or kathy.louie@corvallisoregon.gov by Friday.

Multnomah County Library is seeking community input on its schedule, materials, programs and services to help prepare its budget for the next year. This seven-question survey should take just a few minutes to complete.


The World Wide Web


‘Tumblr’ Now More Popular Google Search Than ‘Blog’ – Tumblr overtook blog in December for the first time since the microblog network was started in February 2007, tweeted Laura Olin, Outbound social media director.

Which heads of state leaders tweet, in one map – @BarackObama and @Pontifex have company. According to a new report by the Digital Policy Council, 75 percent of world leaders tweeted in 2012 — up 78 percent from 2011 and 270 percent from 2010, the year the survey started.

The average Facebook user is getting older—and more masculine – According to new data from SocialBakers, Facebook users are 53 percent male and 47 percent female. The trend has been skewing more male since 2010, when the site was 51 percent female.

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