02.04.13 Your Morning Buzz

Within minutes of the Super Bowl blackout, Oreo tweeted a perfectly zeitgeisty “dunk in the dark” ad.


Welcome New Members:

Scott Aycock, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Transportation Planner

Melanie Cutler, Oregon Department of Revenue, Program Analyst

Kevin R. Leighty, Northern Illinois University, Graduate Student of Public Administration

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

Upcoming Forums:

February 6: ELGL Forum with Mark Zusman, Willamette Week Editor

March 1: ELGL Conference Planning Committee Meeting

March 7: Tiffany Couch, Financial Investigation and Forensic Accounting

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School

What You Were Reading Last Week?

On the Public Record with Richard Florida, The Atlantic 153
On Campus with the Carolina MPA Program 128
02.01.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Shoelaces Remix) 73
Updated: City Manager Pleads Guility 67
11.24.12 Your Morning Buzz 57
Join 53
On Campus with the Portland State MPA Program 49
Members 44
Investigation Launched into Embezzlement of City Funds 42
The Transition with Karen Pearson, Gresham Senior HR Manager 32


The High Five

  1. A mountain of lawsuits weighs heavily on Bell – The city is being sued by a bank and by ex-officials charged in corruption case. It in turn is suing its former lawyers and former city leaders. Federal investigators are scrutinizing bond sales.

  2. Light rail foes promise ‘clash of the titans’ – A group of city government and light rail critics say they’ll take their failed petition drive to the Vancouver City Council again Monday night, and may sue if they fail to win a public vote on light rail.

  3. Local governments become less cautious on hiring – As many state and local governments strengthen their once-shaky fiscal footing, there are signs that municipalities in the Washington region have returned to a more normal trajectory for hiring after being constrained during the recession and its immediate aftermath.

  4. Are Main Streets a thing of the past? Is that OK? As someone whose job is to promote sustainability in our communities, I sometimes think the traditional American Main Street is a terrific model worth preserving and emulating.  It meets so many of the basic aspirations of smart growth:  it’s walkable, compact, centrally located, with many types of shops and services integrated together, usually with places to live on upper floors or in houses a short walk away.  It has a human scale, neither skyscrapers nor sprawl but something in between.  Does the past point the way to a more sustainable future?  Some smart observers strongly believe so.

  5. Hail Columbia! The federal government’s relentless expansion has made Washington, D.C., America’s real Second City.


I’m Just a Bill

Can Ore. lawmakers boost home ownership?

Problem gambling and state economy on committee agendas: Oregon Legislature Today

Oregon Legislature begins work in earnest

Hoffman: State workers have mixed feelings about legislative session


The Fiscal Cliff

Ordinance to rectify transient tax mistake

Ontario staff working through bugdet issues

Why the U.S. Government Never, Ever Has to Pay Back All Its Debt

City trims funds to 9 day centers for homeless

A fatal toll on concertgoers as raves boost cities’ income


Inside Portlandia

TriMet, union reach tentative agreement over bus driver fatigue

Allowing transit workers to strike would be a mistake: Guest opinion

Hales takes bureaus, outlines budget schedule


Outside Portlandia

Another unforgettable photo of #VFL #SuperBowl Champion @cmorgancox basking in the confetti

Ontario City Council to consider complaint against mayor

Commissioners to hear appeal on permit for rural events center

Bike lane plan for portion of Willamette Street to debut

Four finalists selected for Whatcom County Library District director job

Lummis move to get trust land status worries local governments


The Career Center

A Note About Introverts and Teams – If you encounter someone who considers the prospect of working on a team to be a form of long-acting torture – you just might find that they would describe themselves as an “introvert”. To an introvert, teaming can become a bit of a workplace nightmare – in direct opposition to how they would normally approach their work.

Servant First, Leader Second – More people talk about servant leadership than really understand it–or have the humility to practice it. When is the last time you acted as a servant to your team?


A Call to Action

The Tigard Library Wants to Hear From You – Do the services offered at the Tigard Public Library meet your needs? This is your chance to let us know. Please take a moment to fill out this brief questionnaire because this is your Library. Please take a moment to fill out our annual survey.

Take the City of Bend community online survey – The City of Bend would like your opinion on City services, priorities for future planning and the general quality of life in Bend. This online survey coincides with the City’s biennial budget process, and the results will be shared with the City Council and staff to help with budget prioritization.


The World Wide Web

The Great Super Bowl Blackout relived in tweets – The Ravens may have won the game, but the blackout won the Internet. Bored Super Bowl fans took a break from their beer and Doritos to storm twitter Sunday night during the 30 minute-plus power outage. And despite the emergence of the predictable (and not funny)parody accounts as well as the snarky (and not funny) Katrina references, this is one meme we can get behind. Long live the #BlackoutBowl.

Ask Questions First, Shoot Later – Social media is different than static media, in that social media is a two-way, dynamic communication that builds relationship and engagement.

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