08.29.13 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5

Columbia River Crossing: Kitzhaber voices strong support and promises to have plan ready by mid-September – Gov. John Kitzhaber voiced strong support Wednesday for a resurrected Columbia River Crossing project, promising to have a plan ready by Sept. 15 for potential legislative action.

Rural Oregon left behind in state’s economic turnaround – SALEM — Oregon’s rural areas, once the backbone of the state’s natural resource economy, are at risk of a downward spiral that could leave them poor and empty for decades, state economists warned Wednesday.

Are Large Protests Making Cities Less Livable? – Are large scale protests making cities less livable? The Economist says yes.

Why Are Some States Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards? – As the certification grows more popular, industry opposition to it is ramping up.

Legislators Push for Vote Before Strike – WASHINGTON — Lawmakers stepped up their call on Wednesday for President Obama to consult with Congress before ordering a military strike on Syria, with more than 100 House members signing a letter pressing the president to seek a vote before taking action.



Tom Hughes makes early announcement in bid for Metro Council re-election – A slate of unfinished business, topped by a desire to deepen regional cooperation and boost economic development, is prompting Tom Hughes to seek a second term as Metro Council president.



Fund Balance

City Council votes to put $7.8M into retiree trust fund – LOWELL, MA — The City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday night to put $7.8 million into a trust fund to pay for post-employment benefits for retirees, namely retiree health insurance.

Second-Quarter G.D.P. Is Revised Sharply Higher – The economy accelerated more quickly than expected thanks to a surge in exports, bolstering the case for the Federal Reserve to wind down a stimulus program.



Land use board rejects Lake Oswego’s attempt to remove tree grove’s conservation status – A state land use panel recently decided to side with Metro in a yearlong dispute with Lake Oswego officials over the conservation status of a tree grove.

Pearl District Neighborhood Association blasts city process in proposed Right 2 Dream Too move – The Pearl District Neighborhood Association is asking its residents to sign a letter opposing Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s efforts to move the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp from its highly visible location in Old Town to under the Broadway Bridge.

Sandy police officers to begin patrolling Estacada Sunday – ESTACADA — A new era of police protection is about to begin in town. Starting Sunday, police officers from the city of Sandy will take over day-to-day law enforcement responsibilities in Estacada, replacing the Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies that have served as Estacada’s local police force since 1978.




Occupy Eugene offshoot expands sleeping protest to three sites – Eugene SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep), as it has last year, is again making waves in the community with its controversial manner of protests. The group, an offshoot of Occupy Eugene, has been protesting in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in front of the Lane County Public Service Building since Aug. 15.

Councilwoman resigns after four months –  Josephine Forster announced her resignation from Pilot Rock’s city council Thursday. She had joined the council in April to replace councilor Shawna Kirks, who resigned in March. In a statement, Forster said the council was moving in a “different direction” than she agreed with and felt her working relationship with the rest of the council had become unproductive.

Gorge city faces long-term water threat after wildfires – THE DALLES — Residents of The Dalles have detected smoky notes in their drinking water during recent wildfires, but the water is safe, city officials said. And thanks to round-the-clock work, crews protected the city water plant from flames that turned the soil black right down to a nearby creek.

Curry County again seeks voter tax approval – GRANTS PASS (AP) — Hoping to stave off bankruptcy and a state takeover, Curry County commissioners are again asking voters to approve a tax increase to keep sheriff’s patrols on the road and the jail open.

City to move ahead with UV water treatment – Some Baker City Councilors still have questions, but on Tuesday the council didn’t object to the city continuing to work toward using ultraviolet light to protect drinking water from cryptosporidium and other parasites.

City Council embarks on master plan – Unsure about which comes first – a geology study or a master plan – the Cannon Beach City Council has agreed to begin work on creating a master plan for the property it intends to buy south of town.


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Rest of the States

Nevada Prosecutors Want to Jail People for Chalk Art – Anti-police brutality activists in Las Vegas are facing graffiti and property defacement charges. 

Urbanism for Introverts: Why Cities Need Quiet Spaces – Why cities need quiet spaces.

City Council unanimously approves $2M program to recruit, retain San Diego police officers – SAN DIEGO – The City Council Wednesday unanimously approved a $2 million program to recruit and retain officers in the San Diego Police Department.


Career Center

The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee – A few weeks ago I wrote an article covering the 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Manager. However it’s not just the managers that need to adapt and evolve to the changing workplace; it’s also the non-managerial employees. As I mentioned in the previous article dramatic changes in the way we work are being fueled by new behaviors and new technologies. In fact, there are five trends which are shaping the future of work. To keep pace there are five qualities that the modern employee needs to possess.


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