09.16.13 Your Morning Buzz

When Teams Lose, Fans Tackle Fatty Food

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David Finley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MPA Student

Saby Waraich, City of Portland, Sr. IS Manager (I)

Shannon Williams, City of Bend, HR Analyst

High 5

Apple is no longer an innovative company, says the man who helped Steve Jobs design the Mac – Hartmut Esslinger knows a thing or two about industrial design and what it’s done for Apple. He worked directly with Steve Jobs to establish a “design language” that was used on the Macintosh line of computers for over a decade. Esslinger’s iconoclastic firm had already designed over 100 products for Sony when he signed an exclusive, $1-million-a-year contract with Apple in 1982.

GTA sprawl out of control – High suburban growth rates in Toronto and other Canadian cities are raising important future sustainability issues.

How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you – and don’t blame Coleman YoungDetroit is broke, but it didn’t have to be. An in-depth Free Press analysis of the city’s financial history back to the 1950s shows that its elected officials and others charged with managing its finances repeatedly failed — or refused — to make the tough economic and political decisions that might have saved the city from financial ruin.

Pontiac’s Rough Road to Recovery Could Foreshadow Detroit’s Path – The financially troubled city north of Detroit is no longer under the control of an emergency manager, but that does not mean elected officials are in charge.

Denver Startup Week: Why Denver wants to attract tech entrepreneurs – To understand Denver’s infatuation with growing its startup community, look no further than Sympoz. The Denver company, founded by veterans of the Bay Area tech community, was almost forced to become a Silicon Valley startup as it sought early-stage investments just more than three years ago.

50 Nifty

Rain thwarts Colorado air rescues with 1,200 missing – More than 16 inches have fallen in the last week. The rain grounds choppers, leaving many cut off from help. At least 5 are dead.

City Leaders Open the Door to Open Data – Maybe you want to know how many noise violations that obnoxious bar around the block has gotten, but you don’t want to file a public records request.

Tampa Bay Rays stalemate keeps two downtowns in limbo – How long should Pinellas County wait? There are projects that could use $6 million in annual bed taxes, but that money may eventually be needed for a new stadium.

Car dealer wants to build auto mall near light rail extension – The Charlotte City Council plans a public hearing Monday on a request to rezone 39 acres across University City Boulevard from IKEA to allow up to five car dealerships.


Christie has emotional ties to twice-stricken Seaside – Seaside – Seaside Park, where the fire began, and Seaside Heights, where it ended – is more closely associated with the governor, and more emblematic of his time in office, than perhaps any other place in New Jersey.

What’s on the menu for legislators this week? Oregon lawmakers are gathering at the Capitol this week to make sausage, a process otherwise known as the Interim Legislative Days.

Democrats’ Unease Recasts Fed Contest as Summers Exits – After weeks of opposition to his candidacy for Federal Reserve chief from an array of progressives, Lawrence H. Summers told President Obama that he didn’t want to be considered for the job.

Poll: 10% of Dems for Biden ’16 – Hillary Clinton is crushing the vice president among likely Democratic and independent voters.

The farm bill is back – It’s a civil war in its own right: pitting one region against another and creating its own refugees.

Why Cuccinelli is losing in Virginia – Republicans can’t believe this is happening: Democrat Terry McAuliffe — whose controversial business dealings and past life as a party moneyman make him a walking negative ad — has taken command of the Virginia governor’s race.

Obama does friends no favors – The pattern: He floats a buddy for a top job early, deliberates long enough for the opposition to gather steam, defends his pal too late to do any good and then regretfully accepts defeat.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Pitching Journalists on Social Media – Social media is a blessing and a curse when it comes to pitching journalists.

No, A Severed Finger Will Not Be Able to Access a Stolen iPhone 5S – The introduction of the iPhone 5S and its easy to use fingerprint verification button has suddenly pushed biometric security into the mainstream.

Your secret Wi-Fi password is no secret to Google – You know that home Wi-Fi network you have? The one with the super-complicated password you came up with to keep your neighbors from jacking your connection?

Career Center

Managers Can Nurture Creativity – Room for Debate – Companies are beginning to value creativity, and some are going beyond superficial dressings like bean bags in the office.

HOW TO CHANGE WHAT CANNOT BE CHANGED – How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but it has to really want to change.

How to Walk a Mile in Another Person’s Shoes – Compassion is a very hot word now in corporate management. Generally compassion means being in intellectual and emotional

4 Networking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making – Whether you’re looking for a job or not, you’ve probably been encouraged to “network, network, network!” more times than you can count. Are all those conferences and events you’re attending leading to new connections or opportunities?


Pressure on PERS, Columbia River Crossing will mount this week in Oregon Legislature – Kitzhaber couldn’t get the pension savings he wanted during the regular legislative session and inaction in Washington state sidelined the two-state plan to replace the Interstate 5 bridge.

Hotel plan heads to City Council – The City Council will consider partnering with Metro on its Headquarters Hotel project on Wednesday.

Portland arts tax doesn’t need general fund subsidy: Editorial – Conscientiousness is a fine quality for an employee to have. Some kids have it naturally and will make sure they complete all their work and turn it in on time.


Cascade Locks has diversity of attractions for such a small town– The little city (population 1,153) at exit 44 east of Portland on Interstate 84 is the only city located on four national trails designated by Congress (it shares this distinction only with the Washington shore on the opposite side of the Bridge of the Gods, where North Bonneville and Stevenson both come close to the same distinction of having four).

Springfield park includes landfill – Property that Willamalane is buying for a ridgeline park comes with wood-waste site

City may reduce developer charges – Springfield’s transportation system development fees may drop as an incentive

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Grand Rapids, Mich.: Resurgence on the River – Though once headed for the sad fate of many other Rust-belt cities, this community on Michigan’s Grand River has turned its economy around by focusing on local investment and sustainable business practices.

The brain drain in Indiana is a myth – An IBJ analysis of surveys of the nation’s college seniors shows Indiana has less of a brain drain than most other states. Instead, what ails Indiana is the lack of a “brain gain” of educated adults.