The High Five
Density Done Well, and Not Just Downtown – A few months ago, I was honored to give the keynote speech at the Seattle Downtown Association’s annual “State of Downtown” event. Our audience was very interested in the challenges of what I call “density done well.”
Phoenix’s Walkability Gamble Might Actually Pay Off – The Reinvent PHX initiative will try to guide transit-oriented development in five districts along the new light rail corridor.
Flood-Prone Cities Undertake Disaster Planning on Their Own – Places like Hoboken, N.J., aren’t waiting for another Superstorm Sandy. They’re taking matters into their own hands. But what’s best for one city may not be best for the region.
Clackamas County board considers switching back to five-day workweek in some departments – More than four years after switching to a four-day work week, Clackamas County commissioners are investigating ways to return some county departments to five-day weeks.
Cory Booker’s potential bid for Senate may be hampered by Newark’s woes – Race would be a referendum on the mayor’s sometimes shaky stewardship of the New Jersey city.
4-1-1 on E-L-G-L
Newest ELGL Members: Sarah Isbitz, Portland State University and Carlos Soriano, State of Oregon, Business & Employment Specialist
Upcoming ELGL Forums: April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager and April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager
Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week
I’m Just a Bill
Oregon House committee holds brief hearing on proposal to legalize, tax marijuana – As advocates of a controversial bill to legalize and tax marijuana urged lawmakers to approve it or face a 2014 ballot initiative, a second Democrat played down the bill’s chances of passage.
Oregon House will vote on county cigarette tax bill – A bill allowing counties to establish their own cigarette taxes is headed to a vote in the Oregon House.
Bill amendment would let bosses demand Facebook passwords during investigations in Washington state – A bill amendment proposed Tuesday could allow employers to ask for a worker’s Facebook or other social media password during company investigations.
NRA recommends arming school staff as Senate bill stalls – Earlier Tuesday, a group sponsored by the National Rifle Association issued a report calling for at least one armed security guard to be present in every school in the country.
What the Stockton Municipal Bankruptcy Means, And Doesn’t – A few years ago, it was fashionable to compare California, Illinois, or whatever U.S. state was struggling financially to the troubled island nation of Greece. Now, withStockton, California the largest U.S. municipality to enter bankruptcy, it may be tempting to make another Mediterranean comparison – this time to the troubled island nation of Cyprus.
City fee campaigns gear up – With little money for ads, supporters and opponents both are turning to grass-roots plans of attack
Milwaukie braces for cuts to pay for light rail – Last year, Milwaukie made an initial payment to TriMet of $360,099, but how is the city going to pay for the rest of its financial obligation to light-rail construction?
U.S. budget cuts will mostly spare Calif. economy – Federal reductions will hurt California, but not as much as other states that rely more on U.S. money.
Bike Portland Alleges Wrong Asian Man is Undercover Cop – Advocacy blog Bike Portland is in hot water after publisher Jonathan Maus ran a post Monday alleging that an Asian man on an activist ride Sunday was an undercover cop. He wasn’t.
Two senior Washington County law enforcement officers file separate tort claims against city of Cornelius – Cornelius police Sgt. Shawn Watts sent a claim alleging the city violated the state’s whistleblower statute and other laws after he submitted a letter to city officials alleging “ongoing corruption” in the police department.
Tigard seeks state, federal help for contaminated areas downtown – Sean Farrelly, community development, said the sites around the southern end of Southwest Main Street are targets for downtown redevelopment but show evidence of insecticides and other pollutants, according to an environmental quality database.
Wilsonville Council Working On Camping Ban – Camping won’t be allowed on any public property in the city of Wilsonville under a new policy that city leaders advanced this week.
City of Tacoma Strategic Direction for 2013-2014 – The City Council is set to vote this Tuesday to approve the City of Tacoma Strategic Direction for 2013-2014, a document that would guide the City’s strategic direction over the next two years.
Lebanon seeks interim manager – City Manager John Hitt officially retired Dec. 31, but agreed to work part-time on a contract basis until his replacement is found.
Bellevue Gains Brand-New Mixed-Use Project as Area Development Picks Up – Seattle’s greater metro area is reaping the benefits of the city’s improving real estate market. And with the positive influence of Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and Google,
Sarkozy resigns as Bellevue city manager – Steve Sarkozy, Bellevue city manager since 2000, has resigned effective May 15.
Bend hires new accessibility manager – Karin Morris will be joining the city of Bend as its new accessibility manager.
Clark County commissioners scrap parking fees at parks, boat launches – Madore, Mielke vote in favor, with Stuart opposed; general fund will make up for lost revenue
EMS district worried about losing Vancouver – Fire department seeks better response times, flexibility; CCF&R chief fears rural areas will pay more.
Resume Book Deadline Extended to April 8, 2013 – To facilitate the networking and connections from “Link In Live,” ELGL has extended the deadline for the ELGL resume book until Monday, April 8, 2013 at noon. The Link In Live participants are encouraged to submit their resumes to OregonELGL@gmail.com to ensure their continued outreach and networking.
12 Interview Questions That Will Reveal the Very Best Candidates – If you’re not getting exceptional hires, it may be because your traditional interview process is simply not designed to excite them.
How Shared Diaper Duty Could Stimulate the Economy – Lean In, Dad. How Shared Diaper Duty Could Stimulate the Economy.
Companies given OK to post key news on social media – The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday that companies can use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to announce key information as long as they alert investors about which sites they plan to use for such disclosures.
When workers get sick – Paid time off for employees benefits everyone.
Should Tweets Cost You Your Job? Room for Debate asks whether employees should face professional consequences for what they say online.
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