Welcome Newest Member:
Mary Lopez, Northern Illinois University MPA, Student
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April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager
October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School
The High Five
California’s sad pension saga – The system’s first pensions were modest, though far from miserly. Then came the enhancements.
A tale of two philosophies – March ballot measures are a tug-of-war between representative government and direct democracy. Officially, the March ballot in Albany features two measures, one about debt and one about urban renewal districts.
Skid row – A state takeover of Detroit, once America’s third-largest city, looks likely
Electric vehicle user fee considered – With gas taxes shrinking, Oregon needs a new source of funding for roads.
Malibu’s rich and famous fight to keep beach private – A tide of ordinary people is lapping at the secluded beaches of the rich and famous. Malibu, a 27-mile strip of spectacular coastline northwest of Los Angeles, has been resisting encroachment by average folks for decades. A retreat for Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Goldie Hawn, Pierce Brosnan and scores of other Hollywood stars, Malibu has come to connote entertainment royalty watching Pacific sunsets from exclusive sands. Privacy means a lot to celebrities, and they have achieved it by walling off luxurious oceanfront hideouts worth up to $15 million. Now, state officials are moving to assert the public’s right to share Malibu’s vistas.
I’m Just a Bill
- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber: ‘No one thinks fee for service is working’
- OR Lege: Julie Parrish’s weird Anti-Tuition Equity Flyer
- Misprint on Wilsonville voters’ pamphlet causes Clackamas County Elections Office to mail correction
- Kitzhaber’s pro-CRC stance belies previous position on highway expansions
- Oregon bill would make left-lane hogging on highways illegal (take the poll)
- Oregon bridge history at odds with Columbia River Crossing’s future
The Fiscal Cliff
- How would automatic budget cuts impact state?
- Selah scrambles to pay for $4 million real estate debt
- SPECIAL REPORT – Arena Revenue Reality: Matthew Knight Arena’s financial future
- Oregon PERS retirees net better benefits than in neighboring states, PSU study finds
- Oregon’s legislative budget writers to unveil budget framework on March 4
- Oregon’s jobless, cities could be first to feel pain of sequester cuts
- Deschutes County sends 911 levy to May ballot
- Tax break backers press Eugene council
- Thank you for smoking … Portland style
- Metro ‘very interested’ in rail-to-trail bridge
- Forest Grove mayor reviews challenges and accomplishments in annual State of the City address
- Tualatin City Council adopts Transportation System Plan
- Bowerman proposes independent analysis of water partnership
- Clackamas County administrator’s exit allows new leadership after turnover on Clackamas County board
- Sheriff John Lovick to seek county executive’s seat
- Council to hear about tax breaks
- Discussions on changing Port Orchard’s form of government and city classification continue
- Ventura City Council set to OK new city manager Mark Watkins’ salary at $222,000
- No current employees in running for Chico assistant city manager job
- The City of Puyallup will pay former City Manager Ralph Dannenberg $13,760 to settle a claim
- Seattle prepares KeyArena for Sonics
- Company Town: Salem Mayor Peterson discusses city’s strengths, misconceptions
- Big downtown Eugene project no longer hush-hush
The Career Center
Get to the Point! 5 Best Practices for a Better Cover Letter – Some say busy hiring managers just discard a cover letter and jump straight to the resume. Others insist a cover letter is an opportunity to show how the skills on your resume match the job requirements — and build rapport with a prospective employer.
Dick Costolo And Ben Horowitz On The Give And Take Of Taking The Reins – “Managing by trying to be liked is the path to ruin,” says Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. Andreessen Horowitz general partner Ben Horowitz adds: “Nobody is actually a natural CEO. You learn the job, and the job is hard and weird and awkward and unnatural.”
Ex-Yahoos Confess: Marissa Mayer Is Right To Ban Working From Home – This source said Yahoo’s large remote workforce led to “people slacking off like crazy, not being available, spending a lot of time on non-Yahoo! projects.”
A Call to Action
Forum Looks at Design Options for Willamette Street – A community forum to evaluate options for redesigning Willamette Street from 24th to 32nd streets will be held Wednesday evening at South Eugene High School.
VOTE: Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Selection – The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge is a competition designed to inspire America’s mayors to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life.
City of Salem Draft Community Forestry Strategic Plan on City’s Website – Comments will be accepted until April 1, 2013.
The World Wide Web
Twitter Hackings Put Focus on Security for Brands – Burger King’s Twitter account had just been hacked. The company’s logo had been replaced by a McDonald’s logo, and rogue announcements began to appear. One was that Burger King had been sold to a competitor; other posts were unprintable.