08.21.13 Your Morning Buzz

The 12 Meanest Ways To Tip A Waiter

Blaming the government for your stinginess is mean.

New ELGL Member: Emily Smith, Portland State, Graduate Student

High 5

Why go outside when you have an iPhone? America’s national parks struggle to attract young visitors

Kabul’s Utterly Mundane Urban Planning Crisis – The city’s biggest problem isn’t suicide bombers or militants… it’s the traffic.

California’s unusual plan to cut greenhouse gases – When California’s S.B. 375 was passed in 2008, there were many skeptics. The law aimed to get metropolitan regions around the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions through changes to development form and transportation. (If it were a country, California would rank somewhere between the world’s 10th and 12th largest economy, so its effect could be significant.)

In Denver, Beat Starts to Pick Up in a Once-Thriving Hub for Jazz – Dozens of night spots and clubs dotted Welton Street in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Five Points for more than half the 20th century, making it a premier destination that some called the Harlem of the West.

Foreclosure & the Eminent Domain Solution Explained – Richmond, Calif.’s plan — which dozens of localities are considering — is facing legal and legislative challenges. What are the pros and cons of seizing underwater mortgages using eminent domain?

Elected

Even God can't get you out of tipping.The Future of the GOP & Hispanic Voters Looks Grim – National Republicans aren’t faring well among Hispanic voters. Are state GOP candidates doing any better?

Town-Hall Dramas Use Activists’ Scripts – Congressional town hall meetings, a valued way for lawmakers to hear impromptu feedback from their constituents, are increasingly turning into a form of orchestrated theater.

For Maine Governor, Issue Is What They Said He Said – A newspaper reported Monday night that two anonymous lawmakers said they had heard Gov. Paul LePage of Maine say at an event that President Obama “hates white people.” He denies it.

Republicans Retreat From a Shutdown – Some members of Congress instead are threatening a devastating government default over the new health care reform.

Fund Balance

So let's all start being a little bit nicer. Please?

How Detroit Can Help Solve America’s Student-Loan Crisis – Offering college graduates reduced debt in exchange for moving to distressed cities could address two public-policy problems at once.

America’s Thriving Cities, From Seattle to Boston – With low unemployment, growing populations, and burgeoning economies, these are the top 20 urban capitals of American progress.

Fire season burns through $1 billion -Wildland firefighting costs surge as crews battle blazes in Oregon and other parts of the West

Jersey shore mayor puts $1.1M home up for sale, says he can’t afford property …The mayor of a Jersey shore town is selling his waterfront home because he says he can’t afford the property taxes.

 

Portlandia

Or personal.

No new councilor, no new comprehensive plan talks for Damascus – Councilor Randy Shannon again brought up the comprehensive plan and asked if the Council would like to hold more hearings to get it on the spring ballot. On Monday, the motion stalled with a 3-3 vote, failing for lack of a majority. Shannon, Mel O’Brien and Jim DeYoung voted to renew the conversation; Steve Spinnett, Bill Wehr and Andrew Jackman voted not to.

Cornelius officer files tort against city, claims officials recommended his placement on list questioning credibility – The tort claim alleges the city recommended that Officer Miguel Monico was placed on the Washington County District Attorney’s “Brady list,” which names police who have had questions raised about their credibility. Monico is one of four officers who wrote a letter to the city alleging ongoing corruption in the police department.

Like father, like son, in Milwaukie Police Department – Sean Stringer, 38, has been an MPD reserve officer for a year and a half, and his 18-year-old son, Martin, joined the MPD force this spring as a cadet, graduating from the police academy on April 9 and from Tigard High School on June 7. They also work together at Miller Paint Co. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, then typically work a graveyard shift as officers starting Friday evenings.

City of Portland Sues Roseburg Toilet Company Over Lookalike Loo – The City of Portland is suing a Roseburg company for copyright infringement for selling a knockoff Portland Loo.

Both Sides of Water District Fight Want the Ballot Wording Changed – Turns out people on both sides of a proposed ballot initiative to wrest control of the city’s water and sewer bureaus from City Hall

Cascadia

You shouldn't be self-important.

Curry County, seeking to avoid state intervention, once again asks voters for tax hike – If voters in the southwestern Oregon county reject higher taxes again, Gov. John Kitzhaber could use a new state law to step in and impose a local income tax that would be matched with state money to avert a public safety emergency.

Woodland council ends fluoridation – Councilors voted 6-1 to remove the additive from its water supply immediately. Councilman Al Swindell was the lone vote of dissent on the resolution.

Bend police may join move to silence scanners – Public service departments across Deschutes County are coming together to upgrade and merge radio programs, researching new technology that will allow for across-agency communications.

SLEEPS protesters to spread out – Homeless camp activists decide to occupy a second public space

Albany creates key venue for art displays – It became clear to Albany Parks Director Ed Hodney last year that the city had no real venue for large art shows.

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Kansas City Retail Project Remains Stuck – Urban retail projects can be successful in low-income areas, but that hasn’t been the case in the Blue Hills neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo.

Leawood becomes latest city to sign on for Google Fiber – A Google spokeswoman said the city council approved two resolutions authorizing the mayor to execute agreements between the city and Google Fiber Kansas LLC to make possible the high-speed Internet service.

Don’t want a streetcar? Group pitches plan to ‘hop on’ trolley – Organizers of Hop On Cincinnati presented the trolley idea to the Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District board of directors during the TID’s monthly meeting.

Robbins mayor vows reform on rape kits – Robbins officials vowed to improve the town’s law enforcement in the wake of reports about the Police Department’s failure to properly investigate more than 200 rape cases dating back to 1977.

Editorial: Unsafe passage on city’s streets – Chicago violence is down, but that’s no consolation to the families of the 10 children under age 7 to be shot since late June or the five men shot in Uptown on Monday.

Rest of the Union

Hawaii next in gay marriage push – Hawaii state House Democrats will meet to gauge whether they can come up with the votes to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Detroit Police Are Learning How to Do Stop-and-Frisk – The department says its traffic unit will evolve its mission “toward the prevention of crimes.”

Mesmerizing Public Art of the Day: A Video Installation to Distract LAX Travelers – Will this really “bring back the romance” of travel?

 

Career Center
And leaving a pile of coppers is nasty.

How ‘Power Poses’ Can Help Your Career – New research shows that posture can change a person’s hormones and behavior; bad news for smartphone users.

Just How Valuable Is Google’s “20% Time”? Reports of the death or deliquescence of Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to devote one day a week to side projects, may well be exaggerated. They certainly inspire less controversy than Yahoo’s targeted euthanizing of telecommuting. But both emphasize the importance of Silicon Valley’s most precious value-added differentiator: technical talent.

Elmore Leonard on Good Writing – The legendary author and screenwriter has died at 87.

5 Really Good Reason You Should Consider Being a Mentor – When my mentees would come and talk to me about what was happening in their jobs, I would share ideas and stories that I thought might be relevant. (I can’t emphasize enough that it did not feel like I was sharing anything of value.)

Social Network

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But you also shouldn't make promises you can't keep.How Social Media Is Changing The Way We Approach Death – Death has long been taboo in an American culture that values youth, but an open conversation online can increase our enjoyment of life and understanding of its eventual end.

Why the Next Facebook Won’t Come From the U.S. The Czech CEO of SocialBakers argues that the new crop of American start-ups are at a global disadvantage.

Starbucks Could Use Your Social Data To Find New Locations – Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that Foursquare check-in data in New York can help businesses choose the best location to open a new Starbucks, McDonald’s, or Dunkin’ Donuts.

14 Signs You Spend Too Much Time on the Internet – Every Internet addict reaches a point when the time comes to close the laptop and go outside. Don’t worry — Tumblr will still be there when you get back.

How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce – Every so often a topic arises which isn’t, strictly speaking, in the financial realm I usually discuss, but nevertheless has important implications for women going through financially complex divorces.

Facebook: We Failed Timeline Hacker – After a frustrated Palestinian hacker broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline to report a bug, Facebook acknowledged today that they shouldn’t have ignored him. But, despite Facebook’s mea culpa, the hacker may still walk away empty handed.