04.05.13: Your Morning Buzz


The High Five

  1. Westchester County Could Lose Millions for Fair Housing Failures – ELGL member, Jennifer Bragar, a local municipal attorney and President of the non-profit, Housing Land Advocates, recommends members take a look at this important article about Fair Housing Act compliance  and the mounting costs to Westchester County for its failure to comply with a residential desegregation court order.

  2. Bridge of sighs – Thousands of Vancouverites commute to jobs in Portland, and the bridge lies on an important route for lorries bearing freight, much of it offloaded at nearby ports. Officials have pondered a replacement for the crossing for over a decade, and they now have a plan. The two governors are publicly in favour; federal officials seem keen; local businesses have signed up, and Barack Obama has made replacement of ageing infrastructure a signature theme. Yet the proposal may go nowhere.

  3. Denver’s Ambitious Light Rail to Open This Month – The Denver region will start running trains this month on a new 12.1-mile light rail line, marking the launch of the first project of its ambitious “FasTracks” program that will eventually add 122 new miles of commuter and light rail service in and around the Mile High City.

  4. Should States Get Out of the Booze Business? Pennsylvanians love to complain about their state’s tangled system for alcohol sales. Consumers can’t buy wine at grocery stores and have to go to a state-run store if they want to purchase that or hard liquor. Bars and restaurants are the only outlets authorized to sell six-packs of beer, while beer-specific stores, licensed to sell only by the case or the keg, are the go-to source for variety and volume.

  5. Want to Be Mayor of Los Angeles? Fix the Potholes – Wendy Greuel calls herself the “Pothole Queen” because she once spent a weekend helping volunteers fill 747 of them. Eric Garcetti came up with an app that allows citizens to report potholes. Both want to be the next mayor of Los Angeles.

4-1-1 on E-L-G-L

Newest ELGL Member:  Zach Henkin, Oregon City, Planning Commissioner

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

  1. 04.02.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Farmers Market Remix)
  2. Updated (4/2): Who’s Who’s in the Resume Book
  3. An MPA From My Apt: Short and Sour
  4. Understanding Local Government Innovation and How It Spreads
  5. New Sensation with Eric Battles, University of Southern California

I’m Just a Bill

County tobacco tax bill advances in Oregon Legislature – House Bill 2870, which Lane County officials have lobbied for this session, was amended earlier this week to cap the county taxes so they cannot exceed the state tobacco tax —currently $1.18 per pack of cigarette.

Oregon a finalist for ‘Azalea’ factory; legislation could block land-use challenges – With the potential development site in north Hillsboro under a legal cloud, they introduced a bill this week that could expedite the project by blocking land-use challenges. But lawmakers said they hope that courts will clear the 330-acre property by the end of this month, obviating the need for “emergency” legislation.

Senator’s Shift on Gay Marriage Stirs Ohioans – Senator Rob Portman’s embrace of same-sex marriage alienated some conservatives and fueled talk of repealing a constitutional ban on such unions in his home state.

UPDATE: House Democrats offer $49M for CRC – The Washington state House released a scaled-back transportation budget proposal Thursday, with Transportation Committee chairwoman saying she plans to unveil a revised revenue package to pay for new projects next week.

Fiscal Cliff

Committee recommends tax levy – The Corvallis Administrative Services Committee has recommended a property tax levy to pay for public safety improvements the city is hoping to implement.

U.S. Added 88,000 Jobs in March – The economy generated just 88,000 jobs in March, the smallest gain in 10 months, and more people dropped out of the labor force, adding to fresh evidence that the pace of hiring has slowed. The unemployment rate fell a tick to 7.6%.

Jobless Rate Falls – Offsetting some of March’s weakness, February payrolls were revised up to a gain of 268,000 from the originally reported 236,000.

Editorial: Good call on levy, but questions remain – The City Council’s Administrative Services Committee made the right call on Wednesday when it recommended a property tax levy – instead of a surcharge on utility bills – to help pay for public safety improvements.

Inside Portlandia

Clackamas County chairman to propose rule keeping commissioners from private sector jobs that received county money after office – When John Ludlow learned that former Clackamas County Commissioner Ann Lininger landed an executive position with Oregon Iron Works a month after leaving the board, he said he felt “disgusted.”

Cortright Analysis of CRC Traffic Study: Tolls Will Generate Massive Diversion – Cortright findings cast further doubt on the assumptions about traffic volumes over the proposed new bridge and the tolling revenue that is supposed to provide the biggest portion of the project’s financing.

Road widening proposals receive cool reception at Metro Council discussion – Proposals to expand roads across the Portland region drew a cool reaction from some Metro councilors today at a briefing about proposed amendments to the region’s transportation plan.

Lake Oswego unveils new logo – It’s a modernized version of the old city seal, featuring what the owner of the company who designed it calls the city’s best features.

Washington County chairman touts strong economy, partnerships in state of the county – Before Washington County Chair Andy Duyck delved too far into his state of the county speech at Beaverton’s Nike campus Thursday, he began with what he called the “elephant in the room.”

Nike expansion: Company executives and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales meet with city commissioners – Company executives met with three of Portland’s four city commissioners in individual meetings Monday. Making things even more interesting: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales was there for each session, his office said Thursday.

Outside Portlandia

Gentrification threatens to displace residents in the inner suburbs as well as in the District – Everybody knows gentrification threatens to displace poor and working-class families in the District. Less publicized, but equally severe, is the same danger in parts of the suburbs, especially in older neighborhoods inside the Beltway.

City Of Medford Is Hiring For Emergency Management – The City of Medford is looking for someone who has a background in emergency management to prepare the city in case of an earthquake, plane crash or viaduct collapse.

15 Ideas for Making Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Better – Early last year, the Federal Railroad Administration launched NEC FUTURES — an effort to plan out the passenger rail investments needed in the Northeast Corridor through 2040. This week it released a short list of ideas [PDF] for improving the region.

Eugene downtown’s game-changing Broadway Place changes hands – Thirteen years after it was completed, Broadway Place, Eugene’s pioneering downtown residential and commercial complex, has been sold for $18 million. Broadway Place developers Hugh Prichard of Eugene and Harris Hoffman and Seattle-based Lorig Associates sold the complex last month to three limited liability corporations.

Career Center

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.

The Conscious Lifestyle: Can a Leader Make His Own Luck? Synchronicity is a term that embraces unexplained coincidences, as when you think of an old friend’s name and he calls a minute later. True synchronicity isn’t just inexplicable; it’s meaningful. Events come together in such a way that you have direct proof of the saying that everything happens for a reason. In the first post I connected synchronicity with two features of a successful leader: the ability to “make your own luck” and to match problems with solutions.

12 most gnarly blogging lessons I learned from Bruce Springsteen – If a blog could provide relevant content like Springsteen provides music and entertainment, it would be a raving success. With 20 Grammy awards and more than 65 million albums sold in the United States, Springsteen has a very wide audience base.

Social Network

LinkedIn Adds Facebook-Style Mentions to Boost Conversations – LinkedIn announced Thursday that it has started rolling out a new mentions feature that is similar to what’s available on Facebook and Twitter. The feature, which was spotted earlier in the day byTheNextWeb, is intended to make it easier for LinkedIn’s community to engage with users and companies.

If you don’t get the point of the Facebook phone, it’s not meant for you – It’s been an exciting few days for anybody interested in Facebook. Last week, the company sent out invitations to a launch event for tomorrow, April 4, for its “new home on Android”. Speculation boiled over that Facebook is building a phone with HTC.

The Story Behind the Hashtag: #BestLieEver – Trending topics hit Twitter every day. In this recurring series, “Behind the Hashtag,” we take a look at the most intriguing ones — of any nature — being tweeted across the web.

Roger Ebert’s Twitter brilliance helped him find a new generation of fans – Roger Ebert was the smartest man on Twitter. And when the Chicago Sun-Times, the paper where he penned gems as movie critic for nearly half a century, announced his death Thursday afternoon on the social networking site, it included his handle, @ebertchicago.

The Top 20 Women Social Media Power Influencers – Forbes – Which 20 woman in social media have the most active and strongest social media networks?

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