2.12.13 Your Morning Interruption

Fiat 500 driver’s Naples U-turn fiasco goes viral

The High Five

Should We Replace the Term ‘Congestion Pricing’? – Readers offer their suggestions — with road fare emerging as a top choice. 

Retirement lessons from Pope Benedict – If you’ve got a job for life, when should you call it quits?

Cities have hundreds of empty schools for sale, often sell for far less than value – Hundreds of schools in the nation’s largest cities are sitting empty as education officials struggle to sell these potentially valuable properties that are a drain on school district finances, according to a study released Monday.

Fixing a Secret Cause of Urban Traffic – Delivery trucks are responsible for a big chunk of the congestion we experience. Here are some ideas for getting them off the road.

Ex-Bell councilman testifies: ‘I did nothing against the law.’ – A former Bell city councilman charged with misappropriation of public funds testified Monday that he had done nothing illegal and regarded himself as a hard-working city leader.

I’m Just a Bill

Tina Kotek: Oregon can pay for CRC debt in the short-term
Obama weighing executive orders on housing, energy to bypass Congress
Gov. Kitzhaber, business groups back in-state tuition for immigrant students
‘Boring and Dull Day’ to get its first hearing

The Fiscal Cliff

$6.4 Million in One-Time Money is On the City Hall Chopping Block
The growth plan we need
Falling balance in emergency fund prompts state officials to seek another toll increase for bridge users

A Call to Action

Public Workshop Offered on Oregon’s Legislative Process – Oregon residents are invited to a “Citizen’s Guide to the Legislature” on Monday, February 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the State Capitol.

Volunteers sought for Portland citizen committee involved in police oversight – The Independent Police Review Division is seeking volunteers to serve three-year terms on the Citizen Review Committee, an advisory body that hear citizen appeals of police misconduct investigations and recommends policy changes to the Police Bureau.

Live web chat Wednesday with Washington County’s Andy Duyck – Andy Duyck, chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, will take questions from the public during a live web chat Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m.