04.14.13: Your Morning Buzz

The High Five

  1. Quietly, Indians Reshape Cities and Reservations – High unemployment and violence continue to affect the more than 7 of 10 American Indians now living in urban areas, according to new Census Bureau data.

  2. Motor City Missionary – Against tall odds, Dan Gilbert, the Quicken Loans chairman, is putting down money to revive a two-square-mile area that was once Detroit’s core.

  3. STEELING BEAUTY – New plan seeks to revitalize Pittsburgh riverfront.

  4. High-speed rail study finds that remote cities benefit from connection to global hubs – Bullet trains fuel real-estate booms, improve quality of life and create other unintended consequences by sharply reducing commute times from smaller cities to large megacities, economists from UCLA and China’s Tsinghua University observed in a new study in China. A similar dynamic, they said, could play out as California builds its own high-speed rail system.

  5. Shy No More, N.R.A.’s Top Gun Sticks to Cause – Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, has honed a no-compromise strategy over the last 35 years that is now facing its most difficult test in decades.

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

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Related Link: Executive Search with Colin Baenziger and Associates

Next ELGL Forum: 

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

April 18: ELGL Willamette Valley Forum with Sarah Medary, Eugene Assistant City Administrator

May 1: Resume Review With Heather Gantz, Waldron HR

Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week

  1. 04.10.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (British Graffiti Remix)
  2. 04.11.13: Your Morning Buzz
  3. ELGL is Searching for a Project Assistant
  4. Updated (4/9): Who’s Who’s in the Resume Book
  5. Agenda: Forum with Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager

I’m Just a Bill

VA Lines

PERS battle puts Oregon Speaker Tina Kotek at Ground Zero – Last year, the center of power at the Oregon Legislature lay in the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber, who wrangled a divided House and Democratic Senate into submission over big education and health initiatives. This year, Kitzhaber kicked off what has become the pivotal issue of the session — a bruising battle over public employee pensions.

Which State, Local Grants Got Cut in Obama’s 2014 Budget? The president’s new budget proposal increases total federal grant funding to states and localities, but some programs are on the chopping block.

Residents Let Their Voices Be Heard On State Budget – The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee got an earful when 64 witnesses beseeched, pleaded and urged the lawmakers to consider their fiscal concerns during a hearing in Ashland Saturday.

John Laird: Cockroaches, taxes, grammar and other despicable topics – Notes, quotes and anecdotes while wondering how the gas-tax haters propose we pay for new roads and bridges.

Fiscal Cliff

The ROE Boat

State Revenues Reach Record High After Recession’s Decline – State tax revenue reached record highs last fiscal year, just years removed from the depths of the Great Recession, which ravaged state budgets and drove down revenues across the board in many states.

Is Oregon ready to consider a sales tax? What one lawmaker described as the “billion-dollar gorilla” will be back on the agenda of the Oregon Legislature.It’s a sales tax, which voters have rejected nine times in 60 years, as part of a tax overhaul.

The Furtive Tax – The regressive payroll tax is a huge burden on many people.

Inside Portlandia

Status Quo

Portland Named Second ‘Nerdiest’ City In America – Portland is less nerdy than Atlanta but more nerdy than Seattle, according to the real estate blog Movoto. The rankings used factors like proximity to Renaissance fairs and number of comic book stores per capita.

Steve Duin: Portland and Nike: The city sucks up to the swoosh – One more slobbering gaggle of bureaucrats — this time, the city of Portland’s — wants to stuff another $80 million in Nike’s petty cash drawer, hoping to entice the company to expand into South Waterfront?

Beaverton hopes repaired relationship with Nike will help city’s future – After taking office, Doyle passed the task of managing the city’s Nike relations to Randy Ealy, chief administrative officer. Though Ealy had been working in Estacada during Drake’s administration, he was well aware of the need to re-earn Nike’s trust and rebuild a “badly fractured” relationship.

CTRAN Seeks Other Options On Bridge Project – The board of Clark County’s public transit agency considered options Saturday, as region-wide support for a light rail system withers. Federal officials say light rail is key to securing federal funding for a massive bridge project.

City Club Committee Recommends Yes Vote On Fluoridation – A Portland City Club research committee has recommended voters approve a fluoridation proposal on the ballot in May.

Outside Portlandia

An Armed Society

The man who would bring NBA back to Seattle – Behind the push to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle is a self-made multimillionaire who grew up in Rainier Valley, learned from his mistakes as an investment analyst, and is lavishly generous with his friends and family.

In Bronx, Waiting Years for Day in Court – At a time of slashed judicial budgets across the country, New York’s poorest borough offers a stark picture of what happens when an overwhelmed justice system can no longer keep up.

First State to Pay Lawyers to Practice in Rural Areas – To help rural America’s drought of lawyers, South Dakota has passed the nation’s first law to pay them to live and work in rural areas.

Build locally, hire globally – A major construction project downtown uses mostly nonlocal firms.

Career Center

Obama at Bat

Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed – Spend a day with any leader in any organization, and you’ll quickly discover that the person you’re shadowing, whatever his or her official title or formal position, is actually in sales. These leaders are often pitching customers and clients, of course. But they’re also persuading employees, convincing suppliers, sweet-talking funders or cajoling a board. At the core of their exalted work is a less glamorous truth: Leaders sell.

Awesome Woman Alert: Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan Is Reinventing NYC – When you hear the term “transportation commissioner,” you probably picture someone whose job it is to make sure a city’s planes, trains, cars, trucks, and subways get where they need to go. But for Janette Sadik-Khan, who oversees New York City’s staggeringly complex transportation system, vehicles are only a part of the whole: She’s working to give the streets back to pedestrians.

Your Company Wants to Make You Healthy – A look at the pros and cons of the most popular wellness programs used by companies

Myers-Briggs personality test embraced by employers, not all psychologists – The legacy of the Myers-Briggs psychological assessment is reaching the end of the family line. The youngest heirs don’t want it. And it’s not clear whether organizations should, either.

Social Network

12 crucial Tumblr tricks you probably don’t know – If not, don’t worry. While Tumblr has a Tips page, most don’t know it exists, and it only scratches the surface of potential shortcuts and tricks—features like the ability to display your tags in chronological order, to browse your dash using keystrokes instead of the scroll bar, and to view only the photos on your dash by appending the word “photos” to the tumblr.com url string.

Geek Appeal: New York vs. Seattle – Which city will be the next hotbed, beyond Silicon Valley, for educating data analysts of the future?

10 Annoying Social Media Habits Businesses Need To Stop Doing – Habits are easy to fall into. When you’re trying to change how you do things and you’re incredibly busy, falling back into old habits happens quicker than you would expect. While most tend to be minor habits that don’t have an overall impact, there are some habits that can be damaging, make you look lazy, or seriously hinder a page’s growth.

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