08.28.13 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5

Summer of the interns at city hall – Things have been a bit different this summer at Keizer City Hall. City Manager Chris Eppley has an intern for the first time, University of Oregon senior Steven Kirby. City Attorney Shannon Johnson also has an intern for the first time, Willamette University law student Linda Kendrick.

The U.S. Makes Way, Way More Requests for Users’ Facebook Data Than Any Other Country – Hooray for being No. 1? Facebook released its first ever transparency report today, taking a cue from Google in an effort to provide more information about government requests for its users data.

Huge aquifer that runs through 8 states quickly being tapped out – Nearly 70 percent of the groundwater stored in parts of the United States’ High Plains Aquifer — a vast underground reservoir that stretches through eight states, from South Dakota to Texas, and supplies 30 percent of the nation’s irrigated groundwater — could be used up within 50 years unless current water use is reduced, a new study finds.

Attack shuts down New York Times’ website – (CNN) — More than 12 hours after it was attacked, the New York Times website remained inaccessible early Wednesday morning. The outage was the apparent result of a malicious attack on the company’s domain name registrar.

Asia’s Mega-Mall Boom Is Headed Toward Bust – When the United States was choosing a location in Indonesia for its first @America cultural center—a new, interactive, social-media focused face of diplomacy—it decided to stay far away from the embassies of the city center. A stand-alone building would be too inconspicuous in dense, traffic-clogged Jakarta. What it needed was a space near heavy foot-traffic, ready parking, and good name recognition.

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Elected

San Diego considers special election to replace scandal-tainted mayor – The San Diego City Council on Wednesday will consider holding a special election in November to replace Mayor Bob Filner, who has announced his resignation as part of a settlement with the city over a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Duggan: If Elected, I’ll Start An Auto Insurance Company To Cut Detroit’s Rates – In setting out a 10-point plan to rescue Detroit neighborhoods Tuesday night, mayoral candidate Mike Duggan said if elected he would create a municipal auto insurance company to help city motorists with their sky-high bills.

 

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Fund Balance

Digging Deeper: Towns, cities sharing services to save money – PROVIDENCE – The dream of efficient government services streamlined by combining cities and towns has been in the heads of good government types in Rhode Island for decades.

The 2 Biggest Things the Washington Post Got Wrong About the Budget – 1) Inflation-adjusted spending per capita is falling at its fastest rate in 40 years, and 2) healthcare spending projections are falling fast to

 

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Portlandia

Clackamas County commissioners start discussing solutions to Housing Authority questions – Clackamas County’s Housing Authority complies with all legal regulations, but its business model is in trouble, according to a performance audit released Tuesday.

Platform District: Hillsboro cheat sheet for the $120 million project and the Orenco public plaza design – The Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Commission approved design and budget plans for a $2.6 million public plaza near Orenco’s MAX station on Tuesday, and the project drew adulation from both staff and commissioners.

TriMet adding new Sherwood-Tigard bus line, improving 17 routes – TriMet can’t say when – or if – they will be able to restore frequent bus service cut to fill deep budget holes in recent years.

Salem contractor pegged to build 3.4 mile segment of Lake Oswego pipeline – The Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership has recommended that a $12.1 million contract for a 3.4-mile stretch of pipeline running through Lake Oswego go to a Salem-based construction company.  

 

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Cascadia

Caplinger placed on administrative leave – PENDLETON — Connie Caplinger, the executive assistant for Umatilla County, has been placed on administrative leave.

Noise from music fest draws complaints from far and wide – A Lane County official says Kaleidoscope at Buford park, south of Springfield, “was a failure” in terms of noise control

Council approves urban renewal district to spruce up downtown Hermiston – Hermiston City Council officially created its own urban renewal district Monday night, paving the way for a more attractive downtown.

Philomath discusses how to replace top official – The Philomath City Council held a work session Monday night to discuss hiring a successor for Randy Kugler, who is retiring as Philomath’s city manager after 17 years.

 

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Tollway to post names of cheating motorists on its website – Motorists who use the Illinois Tollway but refuse to pay tolls and fines will see their names posted on the Tollway’s website by the end of the week if they owe $1,000 or more.

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Rest of the States

California governor proposes $315 million plan to ease prison overcrowding – California Governor Jerry Brown, facing a federal court order to ease overcrowding in the state’s prison system, proposed a $315 million plan on Tuesday to expand inmate capacity by leasing space from county jails and other facilities.

Las Vegas among first major cities to win control of own Internet domain – Las Vegas is carving out a piece of Internet real estate for itself after the city secured the rights to the .vegas domain address, the city announced Tuesday.

Embattled LA Sheriff Still Plans To Give Fifth Term A Shot – Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca — who oversees the largest municipal jail system in the country — is facing growing pressure to bow out of the race for what could be his fifth term.

Study: Seattle drivers among worst in U.S. – Allstate Insurance released its annual “America’s Best Drivers” report today, and as usual, everyone’s eyes went straight to the bottom of the list to see which drivers are the worst. Out of 194 cities ranked, Seattle placed in the 160th spot.  We’re not quite the worst in the nation (bragging rights go to Washington, D.C.), but we edged out Portland as the worst in the Northwest.

Houston, we have a solution: Turning ‘car city’ into green city – Houston may be a city built on the profits of oil and gas, but it has a green dream. The dream is to create a city that is “more liveable, walkable and bikeable,” according Laura Spanjian.

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Career Center

Most government jobs are local (and so are the cuts) – All government job losses are local. Well, most of them, anyway. From the start of the Great Recession in late 2007 to this July, federal, state and local governments have shed about 524,000 jobs in all. But local governments suffered just over three in four of those losses, having shed some 400,000 jobs. Meanwhile, 114,000 state government jobs were lost and just 10,000 were dropped at the federal level.

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Social Network
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Officials learn new rules for chat on social media – On any given day, Washougal Mayor Sean Guard checks his Facebook account a handful of times. His online compulsion, so to speak, draws him to the social media site to drop words of wisdom, offer shout outs to emerging businesses and occasionally throw some jagged elbows at his political opponents. By now his daily Facebook posts come as second nature, even though no one would confuse him for the second coming of Steve Jobs.