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July 18: Just One Thing: Lessons in Leadership From ICMA President Bonnie Svrcek

August 1: Webinar: Managing Your Online Persona: Insights From Vizify Co-Founder/CEO Todd Silverstein

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August 20: Portland’s Artisan Economy: Brews to Bikes

High 5

  1. Love in a Time of Public Transportation  – Prague is unveiling subway cars for singles. Is this something people really want?

  2. Washington, D.C. Walmart Doesn’t Want to Pay Employees a Living Wage – I wrote last month about Washington, D.C.’s living wage bill, which would require non-union big-box stores like Walmart and Target to pay their employees a living wage of no less than $12.50 an hour ($4.25 more than the city’s minimum wage). The regulations in the proposed bill would only apply to stores in spaces larger than 75,000 square feet.

  3. The re-emergence of George W. Bush – Yet in recent weeks, former President George W. Bush is having a resurgence: He’s speaking out on immigration reform and AIDS in Africa and gingerly addressing the gay marriage debate. And in a twist few would have predicted even six months ago, Bush’s public approval rating recently eclipsed Obama’s.

  4. For Less-Tearful Future, Newtown Declines Honors – Newtown, Conn., for a while at least, will stop accepting offers for special events paying tribute to the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  5. The Era of Pay-Per-Mile Driving Has Begun – Despite this dire situation, lawmakers have been hesitant to overhaul the gas tax program for several reasons — from political fears of raising taxes to the easy management of a fuel surcharge to privacy concerns about government tracking personal driving mileage. What should make Oregon’s rise toward a VMT model so instructive for other states is how officials dealt with each of those problems in an open and gradual way.

The Electeds

Adrift in Albany – An agenda for New York’s GOP.

Howard Dean Calls For a Challenge To Sen. Betsy Johnson – Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean does not often get involved in Oregon legislative races.

Sarah Palin considering 2014 Senate bid – “I’ve considered it because people have requested me considering it, but I’m still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that … there will be some new blood, some new energy,” the former governor told Sean Hannity during an appearance on his radio show.

White House ramps up effort to sell Obamacare to public, lawmakers – As open enrollment nears, the GOP signals it will focus on any problems with its implementation.

The Fund Balance

Hillsboro Water: monthly rates will rise in October after Utilities Commission approves increase – Hillsboro residents will pay more for their water starting in October after the Utilities Commission approved a rate increase on Tuesday.

‘Survey Says!’ One Job For Every Four Unemployed Oregonians – One-in-four might sound like high odds. But that’s better than the one vacancy for every 12 applicants job seekers experienced back in 2009 — when the recession first hit.


Sherwood Mayor Bill Middleton’s reform agenda put him at odds with council, staff – But seven months into his term, the 63-year-old former Sherwood police chief has found himself at odds with city staff and councilors in decisions ranging from next year’s budget to relaying police complaints.

Jack Graham investigation: Top Portland administrator ignored warnings, planned to say ‘oops’ if questioned – At least three employees warned Jack D. Graham, Portland’s chief administrative officer, about the impropriety of his plan, but Graham told an investigator the warnings weren’t forceful or persuasive enough to stop him.

Convention center hotel: Metro presents draft development, financing agreement – The financing package for a proposed $198 million hotel at the Oregon Convention Center, detailed for the first time at a work session on Tuesday, got a warm welcome from Metro councilors who will soon be asked to vote on the terms.

Bernard: Another term for stability – Although he’s won two elections, Bernard acknowledges that he has his work cut out for him in keeping his seat on the board. His main campaign message will be that he looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Clackamas County. Although he was first elected to the five-member board just five years ago, Bernard is the longest-serving commissioner and believes that commissioners and citizens need the stability that he provides.

Council chooses interim manager from within – The Sandy City Council is taking its time to find a new city manager.

Around the NW

Clark County commissioners extend ban on collective marijuana gardens – Commissioners Madore, Mielke worried gardens violate federal law

C-Tran panel weighs bloc veto As a special committee continues to mull a possible shake-up of the C-Tran Board of Directors, the conversation Tuesday turned to a separate, but related, topic: the bloc veto.

Cy Sun’s reign as Pacific mayor comes to an end –  The reign of the Pacific mayor who brought drama to the small city by firing multiple department heads and refusing to provide information to other elected officials is over.

Finance director to fill interim Stayton administrator position – A last-minute change of heart by Stayton Mayor Scott Vigil has resulted in the city’s finance director Christine Shaffer being appointed to fill-in as the community’s interim administrator by a 4 – 1 vote. City Councilor Brian Quigley, cast the dissenting vote.

Other 48 States

Miss. patchman takes on city’s pothole problems – The Pothole Patchman has roamed the streets of Jackson for weeks, filling in the crater-heavy roads with buckets of city asphalt and his own sweat.

In tiny tourist town of Dorset, Minn., mayor is 4-year-old boy who likes ice cream – Supporters of the mayor in the tiny tourist town of Dorset can stuff the ballot box all they want as he seeks re-election.

Marijuana Growers and the Death of Fishers – Using harsh rodenticides, marijuana growers in California are threatening fishers, a critical umbrella species, on the Hoopa reservation and national forest land.

Is it time to start dismantling downtown freeways? The reason for this change was, of course, the Big Dig, a $14 billion project that transformed Boston’s Central Artery (I-93) into an underground tunnel. Boston residents I know who had been hypercritical of the supposed boondoggle had to admit that the absence of the giant highway improved the city.


Matchbox cars and trucks

11 Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal – During job interviews, employers will try to gather as much information about you as possible, mostly through perfectly legal questioning, but sometimes through simple yet very illegal questions.

Which style guide rules do you break, and why? Case in point, the AP Stylebook rule to capitalize titles that appear before names, but not afternames, has caused me nothing but trouble. Even though we incorporated this rule into our own house style guide years ago, we still get pushback on it. People—particularly those at the highest levels—insist their titles should always be capitalized.

Is a Two-Page Resume Ever OK? You’ve been there. You’re up late one night trolling job boards and in between travel ads the perfect job opportunity appears. You hear the heavenly hosts cheering you on and rush toupdate your resume.

What Are You Going to Do “With Your One Wild and Precious Life?” Looking for work can open a huge can of worms. Bigger questions often arise about our dream job, our life goals, or even where we want to live. It’s not something we take lightly. It’s personal. We fear wasting our lives in a cubicle at the wrong job.


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Washington DC Is Grading Customer Service One Data Point at a Time – Grade.DC.gov is harvesting data from social media sites to motivate agencies to step it up.

Dark Cable, Going Bright – Nick Didow jumps into North Carolina’s digital divide

Report: 56% of Social Media Users Suffer From FOMO – We all know that social media can be an addiction, a slippery slope consumed by a syndrome commonly referred to as Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). If you indulge in a few days away from your Inbox or Twitter stream, the emails start to pile up and key news is missed.

Hitting ‘Print’ on a Mobile Device – Presto and ThinPrint Cloud Printer make on-the-go print jobs from smartphones and tablets as easy as printing from a PC, says Katherine Boehret.

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