04.12.13: Your Morning Buzz


The High Five

  1. The Surprising Places Where Sprawl Is Still the Building Pattern of Choice – It’s not the spread-out icons of Phoenix and Las Vegas, but rather pockets of the South Atlantic, Texas and the Pacific Northwest.

  2. Sprawl vs. Density, or Sprawl & Density? Do you want more sprawl or greater density? If you are in the former camp, then Joel Kotkin is your champion. As for the latter, all hail Richard Florida. My recent run of posts critiquing the density cult means I want more sprawl.

  3. New Tool for Police Officers: Records at Their Fingertips – As the officers walked up to the entrance of a Harlem housing project, a loose knot of people out front scattered into the damp, dark night and a few lingerers cast cold stares at the officers. One of the officers reached into his pocket and pulled out the newest tool in the Police Department’s crime-fighting arsenal: a smartphone.

  4. A Busy California Port Seeks to Grow, but a Neighbor Object – Plans for a new railyard at the Port of Los Angeles have struck a nerve in the town of Long Beach, whose working-class neighborhoods are near the port.

  5. How suburbs are changing the debate – Rapid growth of suburbs in gun-friendly states pushes politicians toward more centrist views of voters in subdivisions.

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

Newest ELGL Member: Colin Baenziger & Associates 

Related Link: Executive Search with Colin Baenziger and Associates

Next ELGL Forum: April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week

  1. 04.10.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (British Graffiti Remix)
  2. Updated (4/9): Who’s Who’s in the Resume Book
  3. 04.11.13: Your Morning Buzz
  4. ELGL is Searching for a Project Assistant
  5. Takeaways with Steve Bryant, Former Albany City Manager

I’m Just a Bill

Senate passes PERS bill along party lines – A bill to cut public pension benefits passed the Senate along sharply partisan lines Thursday, less than three weeks after being introduced.

Lawmakers hear stirring praise, harsh words about issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented residents – Legislators heard an earful Thursday from supporters and opponents of a contentious proposal to grant four-year driver’s licenses to Oregon residents who cannot provide proof of legal presence.

Fiscal Cliff

City Manager blasts Moody’s report on Stockton – City Manager Bob Deis lashed back at Moody’s Investors Service, accusing the ratings firm of publishing a biased report after a judge found Stockton eligible for bankruptcy protection.

The Risks of Relying on User Fees – In the past three years, states and cities have brought in billions of dollars in additional user fees. But there are pitfalls to this form of revenue boost.

Inside Portlandia

City invites public input on police contract – The city of Estacada is inviting the public to provide input on whether the city should renew its contract for law enforcement coverage with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office or switch to the Sandy Police Department.

Targeted elements belong in the Lake Oswego comp plan – Arts, culture, recreation and education are defining characteristics of our community and are hallmarks of our quality of life. They deserve to be included in our city’s comprehensive plan.

Clackamas County can rescind retiree health benefit, court rules – A group of retired Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office command-staff employees is not entitled to the health-insurance benefits originally promised, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

PDC wrangles city’s ‘zombies’ – Portland Development Commission, the city redevelopment agency credited with revitalizing downtown, is having to redevelop itself in the face of dwindling urban renewal funds.

Nike expansion: Portland considers $80 million package to recruit company to South Waterfront – Attempting to lure Nike to Portland’s South Waterfront District, city officials have considered offering unprecedented financial incentives of about $80 million for parking garages, parks and new streets tied to a massive company expansion, The Oregonian has learned.

Clackamas Town Center funds to be used on infrastructure projects, but commissioners compromised on returning some to taxing districts – They also did not greenlight infrastructure projects that are estimated to create a return on investment at their Thursday business meeting.

Outside Portlandia

Council considers Nelson to helm city as interim – The Lebanon City Council met with former Corvallis city manager Jon Nelson at a noon work session on April 2 to see if he would be a good fit to fill the gap as Lebanon’s interim city manager.

City manager candidates to be whittled down – More than 40 hopefuls have thrown their hats into the ring since the position was announced in February and council is ready to begin sifting through the resumes.

Anaheim city manager resigns, led city during shooting protests – Anaheim’s city manager said that he will resign from his position in Orange County’s largest city, an announcement that comes just days after the police chief announced his retirement.

Union Gap City Manager Moving Forward on City Issues – Union Gap’s new city manager started work this week, and he’s already moving forward on a number of the city’s issues.

There’s growing buzz about bees – An action by the Eugene City Council may have helped spark local interest in beekeeping

Boston Wants You to Design a Better Transit Map  – The MBTA has opened a competition to the public. And a good thing too – the current map has serious flaws.

Career Center

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems – Lurking behind the question of jobs — whether there are enough of them, how hard we should work at them, and what kind the future will bring — is a major problem of job engagement. Too many people are tuned out, turned off, or ready to leave. But there’s one striking exception.

In college graduation season, it’s commencement of the controversy – While campuses are open for debate, canceled speakers show that some ideas are less welcome.

Social Network

12 most simple social media mistakes we all make – The lightning pace at which information moves across the Web lends itself to mistakes. So does human nature.

4 tips for building reporter relationships on Twitter – There are, in my opinion, four major ways PR professionals should be taking advantage of Twitter to help create media coverage opportunities.

Google releases tool to deal with your data after death – You may be a stickler for keeping control of all the data in your many online accounts, but what will happen to that data after you die?

This App Is Expanding 311 To Create A Robust Community-Engagement Platform For Philadelphia – PublicStuff helps cities create ways to digitally connect with their citizens. In Philadelphia, though, the 311 app they made is becoming much more than just a place to report potholes and noise complaints.

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