The High Five
Oregon streetcars: Money flows despite missed deadlines, cost overruns – Instead, D.C. turned to the city of Portland to help revive a deal with United Streetcar behind the scenes, documents obtained by The Oregonian show.
Tony Hsieh’s Plan To Reinvent Vegas Transportation With Electric Cars – The ambitious initiative, called Project 100, is the Zappos CEO’s latest scheme to change the face of Sin City. This time, he’s using a fleet of Teslas.
Calls for More Video Surveillance – Government use of surveillance technology has expanded in the past decade. Calls for increased camera surveillance are putting a spotlight on the technology and the debate about its use.
On History, Bush Museum Lets You Decide – Visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be presented with the stark choices that confronted the nation’s 43rd president.
For emergency workers, a moment away – At JJ Foley’s, some of Boston’s emergency workers were finally able to reflect on a tragic week.
4-1-1 on E-L-G-L
May 8: OPB President Steve Bass
Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week
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- 04.18.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Peace and Love Remix)
- Play Ball! Hillsboro Hops GM Highlights ELGL Forum on April 17
- Updated (4/17 10:15 a.m) Meeting Agenda for Hillsboro Hops Forum
I’m Just a Bill
A Montana Loophole Leaves a Bitter Taste With Bar Owners – Many of the state’s brewers have embraced a law that lets them open tasting rooms without a liquor license, but some say the tap rooms are bars by another name.
Senate poised to back Internet sales tax – The Senate is expected to pass legislation this week that would empower states to tax online purchases.
Polk Sheriff’s Staff Will Shrink, But Not Through Layoffs – The county’s budget calls for $1 million in reductions by this summer. Wolfe says three deputies have accepted other jobs, and one detective has announced his retirement.
Klamath faces budget shortfall – Water rate increases to users outside the city limits and continued vacancies in the Klamath Falls Police Department would be the major repercussions of proposed changes to the general fund as the city grapples with an expected budget shortfall of $760,000.
Citizens Show Support in Patrol Car Pull – After losing 65% of its workforce last year, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department says the few who remain could use the support of county citizens.
California Tries to Regain Fuller Control of Prisons – Despite spending $1.2 billion on improving mental health care in its prison system, California has so far failed in efforts to lessen federal oversight.
Nobody’s Home – Lackluster results haunt Portland’s “overnight sleeping” pilot project.
Calling a Do-Over – The city attorney’s office wants a new trial in a $306,000 police brutality case.
Defense Spending – Public defenders are making a strong case for better pay. It probably won’t matter.
Gail Shibley returns to Portland City Hall as most experienced chief of staff in recent history – Gail Shibley, the mayor’s chief of staff. The mayor said Shibley possesses the right mix of discipline, leadership and savvy. “She’s got the right mixture of smile and steel.”
Resurgence in building boosts Lane County wood products industry – Booming construction is forging more jobs in the wood products industry.
Records detail pay bump effort – Lane County’s administrator argued that she deserved a double-digit raise, e-mails show
10 years after: Looking back at former Tacoma police chief David Brame – Ten years ago, the city’s top law enforcement officer became the city’s worst criminal when he fatally shot his wife and then himself. Afterward, community leaders realized David Brame wasn’t the only problem. Policies and attitudes had to change.
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