08.26.13 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5

Logging laws on the line – Proposals pit cash-strapped counties against environmentalists

Zuckerberg’s Internet Vision Sure Likes Facebook – Facebook Inc. (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg is thinking big about how to increase Internet access in the developing world. That’s an ambitious and laudable goal. Incidentally, it could also be very profitable for Zuckerberg’s company.

Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states 

As Amazon Stretches, Seattle’s Downtown Is Reshaped – SEATTLE — Often a corporation with a grand dream to reshape a city wants tax breaks in return. Not Amazon. When Amazon executives showed up last year for the first meetings about their proposal to build a new headquarters here — three towers that would draw thousands of workers downtown — city officials were taken aback. Not by the scope of the plan, but by the simplicity of the discussion. The executives said they were ready to break ground immediately on what would be one of the biggest development projects in city history.

Minimum wage advocates overpromise on benefits – Those in Oregon who are tired of hearing about how much better Washington’s business climate is have reason to watch the November election results in Seattle.



Legislators to review expansive tax deal given to Shepherds Flat wind farm – The House Revenue Committee and the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee will hold hearings in September to examine the Oregon Department of Energy’s decision to approve three separate tax credits worth $30 million for the Shepherds Flat wind farm.


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Fund Balance

Wyden takes on ‘fiscal witches’ brew’ – When Congress returns from its summer recess, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said he will serve up some “fresh ideas” about Medicare and tax-code changes in an effort to break the looming congressional budget deadlock this fall.



International mural artists collaborate publicly in Portland (photos)

East Portland’s frustrating quest for more, better grocery stores – The State of the City speech is an annual chance for Portland’s mayor to lay out his priorities and dreams. Two years ago, Sam Adams put bringing more grocery stores to the city’s poorest neighborhoods on his to-do list.

Platform District: Parks commission to vote on plaza design, Holland to pay extra costs – Construction estimates for the new public plaza at thePlatform District at Orenco, a massive mixed-use community slated for development, are higher than initially expected, but the developer will foot the bill.


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Zoning proposal draws complaints from Roseburg residents – Roseburg planners propose to rezone 11 1/2 acres on Diamond Lake Boulevard and several side streets to allow more types of businesses there, including possibly a brewery and fitness gym. 

City begins search for chief – Springfield hires a Sacramento company to help in the hunt for a successor to Jerry Smith

Hour changes coming to Eugene branch libraries – Hoping to make better use of limited time, the Eugene Public Library soon will change the hours at its two branches.

Salem gives police fleet a new look – Some residents have noticed that the Salem Police Department has taken on a new look in the past several months.

Developers pushing hard for vote – Salem City Council voting on Riverfront Park tonight

Stepping on the gas – A biogas generator in Junction City could power 1,500 homes


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Local governments pay millions to lobbyists; Costello earns $7K monthly – Local units of government in recent years have spent more than $2.7 million on lobbyists, including $7,000 a month now being paid to former Congressman Jerry Costello by the Madison County Transit District.


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Rest of the States

Mayor Bloomberg blames ‘election-year politicking’ for City Council veto overrides of stop-and-frisk laws – After months of heated rhetoric, Bloomberg seemed somewhat resigned to his loss in the City Council Thursday, but said he is confident that his administration will be able to kill one of the revived bills through legal action.

Are public comment periods too risky for Utah’s local governments? – Slander suits » Litigation over exercise of free speech could sap taxpayer dollars.

Rustic or cutting-edge? Planners of newest Minn. state park confront connectivity dilemma – SOUDAN, Minn. — Along with deciding where to let Lake Vermilion State Park visitors pitch tents, developers are grappling whether people will be able to surf the Internet around campfires.

South Carolina City Takes Steps to Evict Homeless From Downtown – Concerned that the presence of homeless people was hurting businesses during an economic revival, leaders in Columbia approved a plan giving the homeless three options: accept help at a shelter, go to jail or leave.

Seattle’s New Streetlights Are 40-Foot-Tall Singing Flowers – The immense plants live under the Space Needle and blast anybody passing underneath with a harmony of voices.


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How Millennials Can Craft Successful Careers And Help Companies Thrive – “Experts expect that constantly connected teens and young adults thirst for instant gratification and often make quick, shallow choices,” according to Pew Research Center, cited by Shawn Murphy, so “you’ll need to work hard to get your work noticed for what it is,” he concludes. Characterizing that trait in another way, Marcus Buckingham writes in his foreward to Dan Schawbel’s new book, Promote Yourself, “Gen Y are accustomed to constant, immediate feedback.”

Learning from the visionary leadership of Steve Jobs 


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