04.10.13: Your Morning Buzz

Just in time for Equal Pay Day, a new report shows which cities have the largest and smallest gender wage gaps

The High Five

  1. Blacks Wait Longer Than Whites To Vote. Are Cities To Blame? African Americans waited an average of 23 minutes to vote in the 2012 election, compared to 12 minutes for whites.

  2. Police Stings for Drivers Who Don’t Yield in Crosswalks: Does It Really Work? Last year, New Jersey cops were cracking down on jaywalkers. Now they’re penalizing cars. Will switching tactics make a difference?

  3. Brain Dead: Why Is D.C.’s Answer to the Jobs Crisis a Deficit Solution? Last week, President Obama proposed an initiative to map the complete structure and activity of the brain. The so-called BRAIN project (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) would kick off next year with $100 million in funding and, it’s hoped, lead to breakthroughs on conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s, and strokes.

  4. Oregon May Be 1st with Automatic Voter Registration – Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is on a mission to make voter registration easier in her state than anywhere else in the country. So easy, in fact, it’s automatic.

  5. What happened to Bobby Jindal? In recent months, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has cut an increasingly visible national profile, implementing bold policy reforms while chiding “stupid” elements of the GOP. In the early 2016 jostling, he’s rising. Back home, he’s, well, not.

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. Updated (4/8): Who’s Who’s in the Resume Book
  2. Takeaways with Steve Bryant, Former Albany City Manager
  3. 04.09.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (British Graffiti Remix)
  4. 04.05.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Farmers Market Remix)
  5. Resume Review With Heather Gantz, Waldron HR

I’m Just a Bill

Transportation Secretary LaHood to Lobby for CRC in Olympia – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will stump for the Columbia River Crossing tomorrow in Olympia.

Sales tax proposal kicks off discussion of Oregon’s revenue future – On Monday, April 15 — aka income tax deadline — a state Senate committee will hear a pair of proposals to ask voters once again to approve a tax on many of the things they buy, whether it’s a new iPad or a haircut. In exchange: a reduction on income taxes.

Business, charity groups, Republicans oppose Oregon Democratic tax plan – A plan from House Democrats to raise $275 million in tax revenue over the next two years didn’t gain many allies Tuesday.

Taxes, marijuana and microbes: Oregon Legislature today – House Bill 2456 includes four complex proposals that would limit deductions and exemptions for high earners and raise corporate taxes.

Fiscal Cliff

Bellamy calls for prayer, fasting for city – Mayor says Asheville budget woes need all help available

Two sides voice big split on city fee – Proponents say it is necessary to preserve services while opponents claim it is an unfair “regressive tax”

Despite salary rate freeze, average federal salary rises – The figure commonly cited as the “average” federal employee salary now stands at nearly $78,500, an amount that has risen by about $1,800 in the last two years despite a general freeze on salary rates during that time, according to data released Monday.

Report challenges CRC bridge cost statements – A new report this week by Vancouver forensic accountant Tiffany Couch questioned apparent discrepancies between public and internal cost estimates of the Columbia River Crossing.

Budget Cuts May Be Coming To Klamath County – Klamath County released the first draft of their budget this week. Six different departments, including the Sheriff’s office, face a 20% cut in their budgets.

Inside Portlandia

Whistleblower discusses Portland city inspector bust – The restaurant owner said the inspectors ate lengthy breakfasts at his establishment for several years before he made the decision to expose the practice. One of inspectors has since been fired.

Tigard’s downtown improvement plan targets Main Street storefronts – In an effort to improve the look of downtown, the façade program offers free design help and matching grants up to $25,000. Some stores that have upgraded say they’ve seen business pick up, and the shops with pending applications hope for the same success.

Cornelius officers, who submitted letter alleging corruption in department, file tort claim notices against city – Four Cornelius police officers who wrote a letter to city leaders in October citing “ongoing corruption” within the department’s administration have filed separate tort claim notices against the city, according to records.

Bill that could give Damascus planning to County gets support at Tuesday hearing – Several people spoke in favor of a bill that would let Clackamas County handle some planning for Damascus until the city can approve a comprehensive plan. A land owner, the mayor, a city councilman and local businessmen spoke in favor ofSenate Bill 708, the county was neutral on the matter and no one explicitly spoke against it Tuesday at a hearing before the Senate Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee.

Milwaukie’s ‘Fresh Look’ attracts crowd – “What do you want out of your Downtown Milwaukie?” was the central question posed to citizens who attended an open house and workshop last week.

Few changes ahead for TriMet – Budget, light rail, union issues on table, but big shift unlikely.

Clackamas County annual address stresses board’s collaboration, looks toward upcoming budget process – John Ludlow delivered the Clackamas County State of the County address to a room far less packed than in January, when he was sworn in as board chairman. At that time, his election, along with Commissioner Tootie Smith, was seen as a turning point for the county and a sharp rebuke of the previous county board.

Outside Portlandia

Lakewood launches recruitment for new city manager -Application materials posted last week show that the city is seeking a “progressive ‘hands-on’” manager with prior experience in community and economic development.

FS to issue revised Bend water pipeline study – City’s new proposal limits Tumalo Creek withdrawal

Eugene to field stores’ questions on bag ban – Eugene retailers on Thursday can get answers to questions about the city’s impending plastic bag ban.

County residents say ‘no’ to being annexed into Selah city limits – Dozens of neighbors showed up to voice their opinion about Selah’s plans to annex an entire neighborhood of county properties into city limits.

City to chop down trees in downtown Salem – A city decision to permit the removal of five Japanese Zelkova trees on the north side of the Ladd and Bush branch of U.S. Bank prompted protest Tuesday at Commercial and State streets.

Career Center

LinkedIn Is Preferred By Executives – LinkedIn remains the top social media site for business executives (directors and above), according to a recent survey conducted by DHR International and Modern Survey. While LinkedIn holds on to this top billing, executives indicated that Twitter (27%) and Facebook (44%) were sites that they use often.

Job-hopping millennials no different than their parents – Sadjady points to the advent of online career boards as leading to increased churn in the job market overall. If older generations had that same kind of access to so many job listings and recruiters when they were young, they may have jumped around more too.

HOW ONE COMPANY TAUGHT ITS EMPLOYEES HOW TO BE HAPPIER, AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT – Media agency MEC offered a happiness workshop to a group of workers in its Manhattan office. Co.Create looks at the thinking behind the effort and the results.

The best lie detectors in the workplace – Do you have an employee who doesn’t follow through on her promises? What about a coworker who exaggerates his accomplishments or tinkers with the numbers? Chances are these folks duped someone during the hiring process into overestimating their potential.

Social Network

Facebook’s New Emoticons Will Make You 🙂 Facebook is testing emoticons in the status updates on user profiles, allowing members to add anything from a smiley face to an ice cream cone to messages.

Google Fiber to launch in Austin, Texas – Google Fiber offers Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is 100 times faster than the average American Internet user’s service. Google  also offers a Fiber TV service that lets customers watch all shows in HD, record up to eight shows at once and store up to 500 hours of HD video in the cloud. Customers can watch across several devices, including cell phones and PCs.

The New Résumé: It’s 140 Characters – Some Recruiters, Job Seekers Turn to Twitter, but Format Is a Challenge; Six-Second Video Goes Viral

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