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)
October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School
The High Five
Company Town: Many Oregon lawmakers juggle reality of two jobs – Serving in a citizen Legislature is a career-juggling act for most Oregon lawmakers. A majority of the 77th Legislative Assembly — about 67 percent — hold jobs outside of being a legislator. At the same time, the number of lawmakers who are retired from their profession or work full time has been steadily rising nationwide.
Congestion Pricing’s Enduring Public Perception Problem – The need for better awareness about traffic strategies is quite clear.
Could a smart grid have prevented the Super Bowl blackout? As a rule, the Super Bowl doesn’t typically involve pressing public-policy questions. But on Sunday, fans in New Orleans’ Superdome sat in the dark for 34 minutes after the electricity mysteriously went out.
Eugene will draft five-year tax levy – The council voted 7-1 to direct City Manager Jon Ruiz to develop a five-year local option levy that the council next week could refer to voters in the May election. North-central Councilor Mike Clark, a consistent critic of new taxes, cast the dissenting vote.
‘Low-Income Housing’ Doesn’t Actually Exist – Bad terminology can create bad policy. Nowhere is this more evident than in housing policy. The best example is the use of the term “low-income housing.” Though widely used, there is no such thing as low-income housing in the sense that a physical place is inextricably linked only to residents with low incomes.
I’m Just a Bill
The Fiscal Cliff
The Career Center
Why The #1 Job For Women Hasn’t Changed In 60 Years – In 1950, secretary was the most common job for women. Guess what it was in 2010, according to the most recent census? The exact same thing. Today, 96% of secretaries and administrative assistants in the United States are women.
Weekly Portland Job Search Dispatch #2: How Informational Interviews Work – Greetings, current and future job seekers! As I promised in last week’s post, I’m back to share my favorite new job searching tool with you: informational interviewing.
Expand National Paid Family Leave – February 5 marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The the law guarantees up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave for eligible workers in case of their own serious health problem, to care for a seriously ill family member, or to bond with a new child.
15 Common Words That Are (Probably) Made Up – Do you use irregardless, firstly, administrate or undoubtably when you talk or write?
Going from “Suck to Non-Suck” as a Public Speaker – People often ask me for advice about public speaking, since I do a lot of it. Of course, it’s often reported that people are more afraid of public speaking than death (which is not exactly empirically accurate, but it is close). In my experience, becoming a good public speaker is not a natural skill for anyone. While I now speak professionally about once a week, for sums I could never have imagined just a few years ago, I have had to learn through many difficult and painful experiences and a great deal of feedback how to basically just be myself on stage.
A Call to Action
The City of Bend would like your opinion on general quality of life in Bend and your priorities for future planning. Your responses are completely confidential and your name is not associated with your answers. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.
Clackamas County Commissioner Community Roundtable – First Wednesday of each month, 5:30 PM Development Services Building Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City 97045
The World Wide Web
The Government Leader’s Guide To Social Media – Social Media in the Public Sector Field Guide provides practical advice for government technology, policy, and communications leaders.
The Future of Librarians in an EBook World – Technology can actually make it easier to connect library patrons with an actual person.
Government Wants to Create Free Public ‘Super Wi-Fi’ – Looking for public Wi-Fi in your town or city? The hunt may be about to get easier: the Federal Communications Commission is reportedly considering the development of free and public “super Wi-Fi” networks across the United States.
In Facebook’s First Article, Zuckerberg Admits ‘Friendster Was a Model’ – How many articles have been written about Facebook in its eight-year history? Impossible to tell — by the time you came up with an estimate, no doubt, another dozen would have been added to the list.
Pinterest Updates iOS App to Make Editing Pins Easier – Pinterest updated its iOS apps Monday, adding some new editing options as well as improving how users scroll while navigating the app.
How to respond when the media gets it wrong – Although the media are often right, you probably don’t need much convincing that they have convicted innocent people far too many times.