09.04.13 Your Morning Buzz

McCain caught playing poker at work

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Chris Green, Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Facility Siting Analyst

David Jarvis, Portland State University, Graduate Research Assistant

High Five 

  1. Charlotte Fights Its Anti-Transit Foes … With Infographics  – The “Truth About Transit” campaign offers an easy visual way to dispel popular myths.
  3. Why Local Money Matters  – In an age of globalized companies and relentless focus on “shareholder value,” a reminder of what local ownership can mean.
  4. How Lasers Will Give the U.S. East Coast Precise New Post-Sandy Maps  – The survey will kickoff the most revolutionary American mapping project in a century.
  5. How Detroit Put a Rain Delay on El Paso’s Stadium – When Detroit began its spiral into bankruptcy, it rattled the municipal market at exactly the time El Paso was issuing revenue-backed bonds to finance a new minor league baseball stadium.


John Kitzhaber vs. employee choice – Gov. John Kitzhaber gave both barrels on Monday to a proposed initiative that would allow public employees who don’t want to join unions to withhold mandatory union payments.

No easy path for law targeting Oregon corporate minimum tax break – In May the court ruled that corporations could use tax credits to pay the state’s corporate minimum tax, which could cost the state $90 million in tax revenue over the next decade.

Oregon Rep. Jules Bailey considering run for Multnomah County, Metro posts – Bailey, who has represented southeast Portland since his election in 2008, said he’s mulling whether he wants to jump ship and run for a job closer to home. Elections for Multnomah County Chair and Metro President are scheduled for May.

With Little Time Left, Rivals Pounce on de Blasio – The Democratic candidates for New York mayor hammered Bill de Blasio in a debate Tuesday, calling him a real estate panderer, a flip-flopper and a naïve dreamer.

Fund Balance

With slowdown threats looming, U.S. economy is headed for rough autumn – Gas prices are climbing, the debt debate looms and those new jobs aren’t paying very much.

‘Black budget’ reveals new evidence of U.S. spy agencies’ war in cyberspace – The top-secret intelligence budget shows how cyberwarriors infiltrate and disrupt foreign networks.

Budget Battles Keep Agencies Guessing – The combination of cuts and a breakdown in the budgeting process leaves offices reluctant to hire or to commit to big projects.


Madore fails to ‘pause’ the BRT – A proposed bus rapid transit system in Vancouver remains in the queue for a possible federal grant next year, after the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council turned back an effort to put the project on hold Tuesday.

Portland should reimagine its riverfront to create a citywide destination: Guest opinion – In East Coast cities such as New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., major initiatives are creating vibrant public waterfronts in place of underutilized industrial property. Just north of us, Seattle is investing $3.1 billion to tear down the Alaskan Way Viaduct andopen up the waterfront for new parks, pedestrian promenades, restaurants, retail — the type of development that cities thrive on.

Hughes: Convention Center Hotel Opponents Waging “Class Warfare – He made the remarks at the annual Labor Day picnic at Oaks Amusement Park sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.


Camas approves a 460-acre development – In a packed chamber Tuesday, the Camas City Council unanimously approved a massive and controversial development project that promises a mix of new residential, commercial and industrial building.

Makers of Glass Pipes Showcase Their Works – Now that marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes in 20 states, and for recreation in Washington and Colorado, makers of what is known as “heady glass” are showcasing their work in art books and competitions.

‘Secret Millionaire’ reveals Oakridge angels – The show’s season finale will focus on the town and two Texans who donated more than $1 million

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Linn County cities will spend local-option revenue on streets, property tax relief – Voters will be asked to extend the 1 percent local-option sales tax during municipal elections Nov. 5.

Will parking become a problem at the Downtown Market? With about 200 spaces on site, there were vacant spaces to be found and on-street parking spaces were available in the neighborhood around the market at 435 Ionia Ave. SW.

I-94 expansion plan riles Milwaukee residents, city leaders – Least expensive options are eliminated; double-decked option remains

Rest of the Union

Vernon Releases Secret Report On Former City Administrator – Vernon officials are taking a second look at a decade-old report alleging gross improprieties on the part of former city administrator Bruce Malkenhorst, who is currently engaged in a lawsuit against the city.

Maryland Enlists NFL’s Ravens on Obamacare – Maryland health officials announced Tuesday that they will partner with the Baltimore Ravens football team this fall to help spread the word about the state’s health insurance marketplace that will allow consumers to shop for health insurance starting in October.

A New Span for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – With little fanfare, the newly built $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to the public after more than a decade of construction delays.

Rancho Cordova City Manager Set to Retire Next Year – In his ten years with the Sacramento County city, Gaebler has helped the city play the role of broker, catalyst, and facilitator, bringing better resources to the community instead of delivering traditional (and potentially more expensive) traditional services.

Career Center

Where Wages Have Grown the Most (and Least) Since the Recovery  – A look at the U.S. cities where salaries are rising the fastest.

Get Noticed on LinkedIn: 7 Ideas That Really Work – One of the most common requests I receive when talking to “Mac’s List” readers: How can I build a LinkedIn profile to catch the attention of a recruiter.

Why Gen Y Workers Have No Idea What Their Managers Expect From Them – There is a gap between what managers expect from their millennial workers and what these workers think are expected from them.

5 People Every Team Needs – It’s clear that successful teams have diversity built in.  They have people with different skills and abilities needed to complete the project.

Social Network

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Has LinkedIn Crossed An Ethical Line? A recent Ask The Headhunter article by Nick Corcodilos on the PBS NewsHour website had this provocative headline: “Is LinkedIn Cheating Employers and Job Seekers Alike?

Tips for writing better tweets – A good tweet should have a catchy headline, shortened link, hashtags and fewer than 140 characters. Yes, I know you know.

A Visual History of Internet Explorer – Celebrate Internet Explorer’s birthday with a look at its storied past.