01.12.13 Your Morning Buzz

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  1. Beaverton cheat sheet: Quotes from the citywide employee survey – A citywide employee survey released this week revealed that opportunities for training and advancement rank high among the city staff’s top concerns.

  2. Silicon Valley Can’t Get Transit Right – Less than 1 percent of Santa Clara County residents ride VTA light rail, and taxpayers subsidize 85 percent of the operating costs.

  3. Washington’s Economic Boom, Financed by You – Over the last decade, the nation’s capital has been the great American boomtown, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. What happens when the government money dries up?

  4. Obama’s Cabinet picks: Diversity concerns are not just about men vs. women – The White House is catching plenty of flak for its nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Not just from Republicans seeking to fight the nomination, but from other corners decrying the lack of diversity at the top of President Obama’s Cabinet.

  5. Nixon at 100: A model for GOP? President Richard Nixon was in the White House from 1969 to 1974, when he became the first president to resign from office. He died at 81 in 1994, but January 9 marks the 100th anniverary of his birth.

The Local Fiscal Cliff

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  • One in three U.S. workers has no paid sick days – While some are likely just workaholics, others don’t have a choice: An estimated 41.7 million American workers can’t take sick days, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s nearly a third of the nation’s employees, and a problem that raises health risks for everyone.

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

  • Lake Oswego water treatment plant expansion: Live chat, noon, Tuesday, Jan. 15 – Join West Linn and Lake Oswego reporter Victoria Edwards for a live chat about the battle over an expansion of Lake Oswego’s water treatment plant in West Linn.

  • Designing the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities – PSU’s Center for Public Service is pleased to announce that after a year’s absence to pursue other opportunities, Jeff Hammarlund has returned to assemble another interdisciplinary team of first rate faculty members and guest speakers to offer Designing the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities: Version 4.0 this winter and spring terms. Past editions of this course have been heralded by all four governors and many members of Congress from the four Northwest states, the Secretary of Energy, and other energy educators and experts for its path-breaking features. Jeff and his faculty colleagues have now offered three very different versions of this two-term course series, each exploring different aspects of this fascinating topic.

The World Wide Web

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How to Make the Most of LinkedIn Endorsements – If you’re on LinkedIn, the social networking site that’s a powerful resource for job hunters, you’ve likely been getting a flurry of emails from the site saying that someone has endorsed you for a skill or expertise. Or when you’ve seen a connection’s LinkedIn profile, you’ve noticed the bold banner asking you to endorse him or her. What to do?

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