01.11.13 Your Morning Buzz

ELGL News and Notes

Join ELGL: Students (free), individuals ($20), and organizations ($250)

Newest Member:

Upcoming Forums:

The High Five


  1. Exit interview: Jamie Damon hopes timber, transparency reforms stay a priority for Clackamas County – The Oregonian sat down with the three outgoing Clackamas County commissioners to talk about their tenure on the board and what they see for the future of the county. Jamie Damon, who was appointed to fill a vacant position, was defeated when she ran for the office by former state legislator Tootie Smith.

  2. Sunset Park District Eyes Buying Golf Course Land – When Justin Cutler learned that the Seaside Golf Course was for sale, he was intrigued. What opportunities might be available if the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District bought the 102-acre parcel, the district’s general manager wondered.

  3. More Extensive Is More Expensive: Sprawl, Infrastructure, and Oregon’s Burden – Oregon’s physical infrastructure is an investment in the future of its residents and communities. Unfortunately, many Oregon communities are making the wrong bets. They’re falling behind on maintenance, taking on debt, and raising taxes to pay for it all. In our 2013 report, More Extensive Is More Expensive, 1000 Friends of Oregon assesses the causes of this problem, and what we can do about it.

  4. Lane County Sheriff’s Office projects more jail bed cuts, possible loss of all patrol service – A major announcement from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and a team of local law enforcement agencies on Thursday as new budget projections show even more cuts could be on the way for the county’s jail and police services.

  5. Report: Government Must Speed Up on Social Media – a new report by the Partnership for Public Service said the federal government must move faster to embrace social media because it’s “not just a passing trend” but an important mechanism for advancing government effectiveness.


The Local Fiscal Cliff

For the kids' room?!?


Inside Portlandia



Outside Portlandia

What Celebrities Would Look Like If They Were Average Americans- this link is hella funny haha


The Career Center


Productivity Tip: Fine-tune Your Focus – Use these three simple steps to increase productivity at work and boost your accomplishments.

Office Weight-Loss Contests Rise, Saboteurs and All – Rarely a workday passes when Fred Thebeau doesn’t dream of lunching with reckless abandon on a cheeseburger and fries. Problem is, the customer-service manager for a St. Louis-based marketing research company says, he fears the friendly tongue-lashing he’ll get from his boss.

4 Steps to a Happier (and More Engaged) Workforce – Are you a happy person, generally? Do you tend to have an optimistic, “glass is half full” demeanor and approach to life?

The Worst Recruiting Mistakes – Late last year, I checked with my recruiting friends (yes, I still have a few left) and colleagues as to what they thought were the worst recruiting mistakes that companies make. What they said is below. What do you think are the worst?


Do Something

this looks about right

A Public Service Gift That Keeps Giving: Mentoring the Next Generation – I am writing to ask for your support in providing a public service gift that is better than money! I urge each of you to consider providing an internship placement opportunity sometime in the new year for our pre-service MPA students who are at the front-end of their public service careers.  These students need 180 hours of required Organizational Experience to meet their degree requirements. Most of these opportunities are unpaid.  If you or your agency can provide an Organizational Experience placement for any of our pre-service MPA students, please contact Linda Golaszewski (lagola@pdx.edu).

Invitation to the Cutting Edge Communities Symposium – Lynn Peterson, Transportation Policy Analyst for Governor Kitzhaber, has invited ELGL to the Cutting Edge Communities Symposium.

Fields Property Concept Options Open House – Metro and the City of Tigard have begun working through a process to identify a concept plan illustrating what the property uses will be. This work is currently in the idea stage and funds are not currently available to build anything. Still, this is an important stage and we would appreciate hearing from you. Please take a few moments to provide your input on the development of this new property.


The World Wide Web

 this is so relatable!

7 social networks to watch in 2013 – In December 2010, a little-known app for sharing photos with funky, retro filters announced it had signed up its millionth user. Fast forward two years, and Instagram is a social media titan, with more than 100 million users. Some 58 photos are uploaded to the service every second.

Top Five Social Media Predictions for 2013 – When looking to invest in social media, it is important to look ahead at upcoming trends as opposed to what networks are “hot” right now.

We recommend:

Awwww...so sweet