09.06.13 Your Morning Buzz

High 5

A Radical Idea for Changing How Cities Finance Stadiums – Instead of asking taxpayers for corporate welfare, teams could treat them like investors. 

Audio Bus Ads: Too Intrusive for Riders, or Too Much Money to Pass Up? Compared to other recent transit marketing campaigns, these seem pretty tolerable.

Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley? But how do you make sure a dense urban area can accommodate that growth? And how do you help its transformation into a zone where connectivity is a given and tech-fueled civic experimentation is encouraged? In other words, what does it take to make Brooklyn the city of tomorrow?

National Parks Try to Appeal to Minorities  Thrusting out into the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park can feel like a lost world, with its ferny rain forests, violent surf and cloud-shrouded peaks.

Will D.C.’s Defiance Toward Walmart Spread? Even though Walmart threatened to pull the plug on plans for D.C. stores if the City Council passed a bill to force it to pay more than the minimum wage, they passed it anyway. Labor advocates are hoping more cities will follow.

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Pew Survey: Few Internet Users Bother to Try to Hide From Government – Eight-six percent of those surveyed reported that they had tried to hide their Internet tracks at least once, most commonly by deleting something from their browser history, removing or editing a public posting, or disabling cookies. That’s good news, given the common lament that people say they care about digital privacy but don’t take action to protect themselves.

How to go the extra mile using Twitter for PR – When I started writing this post, I was going to call it “How I Use Twitter.”

How Facebook Is Using Your Photos in Ads – Most alarming to users was the understanding that their profile data, including their profile picture, name, and personal information, could show up as part of a Facebook ad their friends may see on the site. This information was not new, but it was spelled out in more detail for the first time by Facebook.

 Career Center

Q & A Column: Oregon State Job Tests and Making Your LinkedIn Page Better  I asked Dave Thompson, public information section manager at the Oregon Department of Transportation, who has served on many interview panels, for his best advice. Here’s what he said about how to prepare for a writing test for an Oregon state communications job.

25 Ways to Be More Creative – Feel like you lack imagination? Know this: Everyone can be more original–it just takes practice.

17 Ways To Be Indispensable At Work – When you’re indispensable, some part of the company cannot function without you, he says. “You may have knowledge that is unique to you, a position in the organization that is unique to you, or a skill that is unique to you.”

Your 5-Minute Guide to Fonts & Typefaces Putting together a PowerPoint for a big meeting next week? Weighing in on your department’s web redesign? Even if you’re not a designer, knowing a bit about typefaces and design can be pretty useful on the job in these types of situations.

Why the Size of Your City’s Middle Class Matters Even if You’re Not In It – Metros with large middle classes also have the most upward mobility for the poor.



Obama’s political arm sits one out – Organizing for Action has been silent on the president’s plan for a military strike in Syria.

W.H. outreach hits 1 in 3 lawmakers – The numbers reflect a “flood the zone” approach to building support for American strikes in Syria.

Great for Newark, Not Great for D.C. – What to expect from Senator Cory Booker



Artist brings the right brain to Bonamici beat – As it turns out, the 29-year-old aide to U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) has made quite a down payment on that dream already.

Hitting her stride – As the District 4 representative on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, she prefers to walk — very briskly — to meetings in downtown Portland or other events near her office in the Multnomah County Building on Grand Avenue in inner Southeast Portland.

Hales: Leave Arts Tax alone – Mayor Charlie Hales announced on Thursday that he will not propose any changes to the $35 city Art Tax.

Mayor’s office emails detail history of poll on carbon ‘fee’ – A recent public opinion poll in Portland shows support for the concept of taxing carbon-based fuels to reduce pollution


Clark County gives Barron royal send-off – Clark County Administrator Bill Barron’s final day is Sept. 10.

Washougal challenges police officer’s reinstatement – The city of Washougal has challenged a decision by an arbitrator to reinstate a police officer convicted in March of assaulting a mentally ill man restrained in the back of his patrol car in July 2012.

Medford opens door to Economic Improvement District – The EID would beautify the downtown with fees collected from affected businesses

Washington State Finalizes Recreational Marijuana Rules – The state would license 334 pot stores, including at least 21 in Seattle and 61 in King County, under revised state rules for a recreational marijuana system.

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Kansas Town Celebrates Milo Festival – In Beattie, Kan., the self-designated Milo Capital of the World, hundreds come to celebrate at the annual Milo Festival. But Milo, a crop also known as grain sorghum, hasn’t been grown here widely for decades.

Bargaining for a New 12-Hour Firefighters’ Shift Structure – Learn which strategies worked for Delaware, Ohio

Kansas pension system’s funding gap jumps to $10.2 billion – The gap represents the difference between anticipated revenues and promised benefits through 2033. The figure for the end of 2011 was about $9.2 billion.

Rest of the Union

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins Herbalife as advisor – The former mayor, who left in June after eight years in office, will serve as a senior advisor to Herbalife Chief Executive Michael O. Johnson and the company’s board of directors, the company said in a news release.

San Antonio adopts disputed gay rights measure – San Antonio joins nearly 180 other U.S. cities that have nondiscrimination ordinances that prohibit bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Martin O’Malley Wants Someone Else to Run His Light Rail – The project certainly has its critics. Residents along the east leg of its path, in particular, have complained that the $2.5 billion project will disrupt their lives without doing much to address the many gaps in Baltimore’s transportation network. O’Malley’s P3 announcement, though, hasn’t generated much outrage.

A Growing County Fights for Every Resident to Be Counted – Officials in Hidalgo County, Tex., say its population was drastically undercounted in the 2010 census, and they are taking action to undo the consequences.

A town that mends military families – This week, 25 wounded veterans and their families are being treated like celebrities in Delaware.