08.27.13 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5

No PERS special session announcement yet by Gov. John Kitzhber, but ‘stay tuned’ – It wasn’t meant to be a firm deadline, but 10 days ago Gov. John Kitzhaber said he might make a decision by now on whether to hold a special session next month.

Wave of retirements at top levels of federal workforce creates challenges – Agencies may not be prepared for departures of those with expertise that cannot easily be replaced.

City properties, events to go tobacco-free Sept. 1 – Beaverton will prohibit tobacco use on city-owned or leased properties and at city-sponsored events and venues starting Sept. 1.

Proposed development in Hillsboro’s AmberGlen community a baby-step toward future density – Multi-family apartment construction, already moving at a torrid pace in Hillsboro’s Orenco Station community, is starting to trickle into AmberGlen, the city’s designated high-density community of the future.

The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs – Leigh Gallagher on her new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving.





Aurora mayor resigns after third DUII arrest – The Aurora City Council is scheduled to appoint a new mayor Thursday after the previous mayor resigned following his third intoxicated driving arrest in nine years.

Phoenix City Council accused of public meetings law violations – Former Councilor Steve Schulman files a complaint with the state over the city’s alleged closed-door meetings



Fund Balance

Treasury Prods Lawmakers on Raising Debt Ceiling – The Treasury Department said that the government would lose the ability to pay all its bills in mid-October if Congress failed to act.

Former Johnson City employee charged with stealing thousands – JOHNSON CITY, Texas — A former Johnson City secretary is charged with stealing more than $34,000 in public funds. 

Harrisburg debt deal gives city residents and business owners glimmer of hope – For years, Harrisburg residents have had to fend off an unfavorable public image brought on by a crippling debt that has confounded state officials and, at times, made this capital city the object of derision.




Land use appeal related to incoming Sherwood Walmart dismissed – SHERWOOD — The latest attempt to stop the Walmart scheduled to open here next year has failed.

City to unveil controversial Fire & Rescue equipment – Portland Fire & Rescue is scheduled to publicly unveil two new and controversial pieces of equipment Monday morning.

TriMet’s ticket app will launch next week (poll) – Procrastinators, rejoice: TriMet’s app allowing people to buy bus, train and streetcar tickets on their mobile devices is expected to go live on Wednesday, Sept. 4. 

Christmas trees removed in North Bethany spur neighbor complaints, code questions – A developer removing trees in rural North Bethanyhas sparked outcry among neighbors and a land-use quandary among county code enforcement.  

 Hillsboro nonprofit hopes city signs off on inpatient hospice in area zoned as an industrial park – A Washington County nonprofit wants to build an inpatient hospice in a Hillsboro area zoned as an industrial park.


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Environmentalists press their case to limit logging on O&C forests in Oregon – Oregon Wild says that the forestlands once owned by the now-defunct Oregon & California Railroad are the most endangered place in the state. The report came as environmentalists stepped up their campaign against a proposal by three Oregon congressmen to increase logging on the O&C lands.

Longtime resident appointed planner in Talent – TALENT — A native son has been appointed full-time city planner in the wake of a mini building boom in town.



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Detroit Marriott plans $30 million renovation – DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center plans to begin a $30 million renovation in February.

Quinn signs bill expanding recording of police interrogations – Illinois police will have to record more interrogations of criminal suspects under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Monday that aims to prevent false confessions and wrongful convictions.

Government website offers Klingon translation – If you wanted to ask an Illinois Department of Employment Security professional how to appeal a denied claim — in Klingon — you would say: vaj tem DoQ, chay’ Qu’ appeal?

Citing love, Milwaukee city employee begs judge to allow him to move – Richard Gerasch, a nine-year veteran at the Milwaukee Water Works, is in love. So much so that he’s asking Milwaukee’s leaders and a Milwaukee County judge to have a heart and cut him a break for choosing to move out of the city to be with his soon-to-be-wife.



Rest of the States

We’ve Entered the Age of the ‘Anti-Mall’ – Anti-malls are the new malls. So proclaims the staff of D.C.-area booster magazineWashingtonian, in a fun compendium of “The Best of Washington: 62 Reasons to Love Our City”(July 2013). Even the suburbs are figuring out that walkable retail, not enclosed malls surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go in the twenty-first century.

Thompson within striking distance for NYC mayor – NEW YORK (AP) — In the topsy-turvy New York City mayoral race that has been filled with larger-than-life characters, Bill Thompson has run a steady, under-the-radar campaign. And he’s still within striking distance of victory.

Ohio started scanning database of driver’s license photos without informing public – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine discusses an expansion of school safety training for state educators on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

Filner begins last week as mayor: City Clerk proposes Nov. 19 special election – SAN DIEGO – The San Diego City Clerk’s Office has proposed a Nov. 19 date for a special election to replace outgoing Mayor Bob Filner, who announced last week he would be resigning from office effective Aug. 30.

City Council candidate drops an F-bomb as he drops out of race – Columbus City Council candidate John Lively dropped out of the race and dropped an F-bomb in the same sentence today.

In Washington and Colorado, the Real Fight Will Come Down to Marijuana Businesses – Patrick Leahy has scheduled a hearing next month that advocates hope will finally provide some answers on how the Justice Department intends to handle state-legal pot.


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LinkedIn Tells Noisiest Members To Hush – LinkedIn has been cracking down on what it believes are unwelcome users who flood the site with spam — but some of the targeted members say they’ve done nothing wrong.