The High Five
The Bullet Train as a Boost for Second-Tier Cities – California’s high-speed rail line is good at attracting mixed news, and this week was no exception. On the positive end of the spectrum, lawmakers approved the issue of billions in taxpayer bonds to fund the project’s groundbreaking in the Central Valley, and a new public poll found that 59 percent of people believe the system is important to the state’s future. On the negative end, lawsuits continue to threaten the line’s progress, and the same poll found that many Californians remain opposed to the projected costs.
The Urbanist Toolkit Bracket Challenge – Welcome to the first annual Urbanist Toolkit Bracket Challenge, where the hottest trends in urbanism go head-to-head in a winner-take-nothing bonanza. As this is the first time the competition has taken place, we don’t yet have any great statistics to offer — no legends of tournament history, no Cinderella stories. But we will soon.
Bell Corruption Mistrial Declared By Judge After Jurors Said They Were Deadlocked – For more than three weeks jurors heard testimony about former elected officials who were accused of a salary-inflating scheme that drove a working-class Los Angeles suburb to the brink of bankruptcy. The panel deliberated for roughly as long.
Los Angeles Mayor Is Leaving Without Car, Job or Regrets – Antonio R. Villaraigosa has been a mayor whom this city loves to love and loves to hate. The red carpets. The late-night parties. The lofty promises, many met and some not. The disintegration of a marriage and a relationship with a television reporter while in office, all covered with the flashbulb ferocity befitting a Hollywood personality.
Raise voices for CRC, Inslee says – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talked with area leaders Friday in Vancouver at a roundtable discussion focusing on the Columbian River Crossing project.
The ELGL 4-1-1
The ELGL Resume Book…It’s Back – ELGL is now accepting entries for the 2nd edition of the Resume Book. We encourage all ELGL members to submit a resume whether you are employed or you are looking for employment. Non-ELGL members can also submit a resume but members will receive priority placement in the book.
What You’re Reading – Top Five Blog Posts:
- 03.19.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Lay’s Remix)
- The Takeaway with John Anderson, Troutdale City Manager
- ICMA PSU Chapter: A Public Sector Startup
- 03.18.13 Your Morning Buzz
- New Sensation with Emma Williams, Oregon Metro
I’m Just a Bill
- Playing politics at C-Tran
- Councilman Spearheads Effort To Make Video Voyeurism A Felony Offense
- Demand action on PERS reform
- Liability limits for government agencies up for review
- Oregon House bill aims to expand TriMet board, let locals appoint members
The Fiscal Cliff
- Lane County weighs in on possible county cigarette & tobacco tax
- Who’s going to pay for all this?
- Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years
- FAA to Close 149 Control Towers at Small Airports
- Does Democrats’ budget rely more on new taxes than on PERS reform? PolitiFact Oregon
- Lake Oswego and Tigard city councils schedule joint meeting after whirlwind few months for water partnership
- Mayor Charlie Hales’ bumpy start: Portland City Hall Roundup
- Judge can’t decide if TriMet labor talks open to public, putting negotiations in flux
- Business blasts land-use plan
- Reports shed light on property tax tradeoff
- Mobility hub in limbo; city awaits funding
- New Union Gap city manager will be paid $90,000 a year
- City Manager still confident arena financing plan will come together
- Port Angeles City Council OKs raise for 90 city workers
- Lebanon residents invited to meet with firm doing manager search
- Now isn’t time to give Walla Walla city manager pay hike
- Post-recession, Bend taking more time to plan city
- Stephen P. Compton tapped as Colton interim city manager
- San Carlos’ longtime assistant city manager to resign in July
- Willamalane buys acreage
- Corvallis captain among Albany police chief finalists
The Career Center
Career: Who Controls your Fate and What Do They Want? Millions watch their compensation plummet because they failed to understand what the-person-who-controls-their-fate wants.
5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome – Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for a jobs, but pursue careers.
5 Reasons Turnover Should Scare You – Not worried about losing your best employees? You should be.
The World Wide Web
Chromebooks Are Taking Off – Forbes – After a rough start, Chromebooks are beginning to find their sea legs.
Feeling Down? Facebook Improves Self-Esteem – If you’re feeling down in the dumps and looking for a pick me up, you may want to check your Facebook profile.That advice follows from new research showing that Facebook profiles help reassure people’s self-worth and feelings about themselves.
Is Google Prepping a Newsstand for Android? It looks like Google is planning to establish a section in its Google Play Store for newspapers and other subscription-based news providers, à la Apple’s Newsstand.