10.02.13 Your Morning Buzz

On Day 1, Parks Close, Workers Stay Home and ‘Panda Cam’ Goes Dark

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New ELGL Members

Carla Capasso-Berg, Keller Graduate School of Management, Student

Jonathan Pape, Augustana College, Student

John Noblitt, City of Lindsay (OK), City Manager, ConnectLinkedIn

Jason Escareno, Grand Valley State University, MPA Student, Connect: LinkedIn

#ELGL13 Updates

 Government Shutdown

Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders – A powerful group of conservative hard-liners is leading party bosses in the House, and increasingly angering a widening group of fellow Republicans.

What an ‘orderly shutdown’ looks like – In this office closure, federal workers have only a few hours to blaze through tasks large and small before being sent home.

Would States Be Repaid for Filling Federal Holes? If the shutdown lasts more than a couple weeks, the states may start paying for federal programs. But it’s unclear whether they would ever be reimbursed.

What the Government Shutdown Will Look Like Where You Live – From national parks, to home loans, to the National Zoo in D.C., there will be a small, but noticeable, impact almost immediately.  

America the Closed – From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, photos are pouring in of America’s shuttered national monuments.

Government shutdown: Public safety function up and running, but public information officers mum – The U.S. government’s partial shutdown on Tuesday had an immediate impact on the public information arms of the FBI, Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Oregon.

How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Entertainment (Updated) – The FCC’s webpage went dark on Tuesday, film permitting by the National Park Service was on hold and hearings on Capitol Hill were either postponed or cancelled on the first day of the government shutdown, as there appeared to be little movement in a Congressional standoff over legislation to fund much of federal operations.

High 5

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The U.S. Transportation System Has $100 Billion Worth of Inefficiencies – And that’s a conservative estimate, writes Brookings economist Clifford Winston.

Why International Aid Agencies Are Starting to Focus on Urban Violence – Non-war zone killings in cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are far outpacing traditional armed conflict.

Health Exchanges Open, With Glitches – Online health insurance marketplaces opened for business. But many users faced snags, which some of the marketplaces attributed to higher-than-expected traffic.

Some Americans Say They Support the Affordable Care Act but Not Obamacare – The idea that ignorance is the root of much disagreement—that if Americans understood the healthcare law, more would support it—seems condescending, but not invalid.

618 Million Reasons To Give Every Washington Post Reader A Kindle Fire – Because of this and cost savings, I believe the next logical step is for the Washington Post to announce it’ll give away Kindles to its readers.

 50 Nifty

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Palo Alto Requires Electric Car Chargers in New Homes — And More Parking Downtown – The code revision should come as music to the ears of Tesla Motors, an electric car company headquartered in the wealthy peninsula suburb. The council also voted to streamline the permitting process for charging stations, with one councilmember noting that a local Unitarian Universalist church had to pay $459 for such a permit.

El Paso Teaches New Urbanism to Architects, Engineers – Hoping to reinvent the sprawling city, El Paso officials decided to teach the development community the importance of new urbanism. Now, other cities.

Palo Alto to ask residents for ‘value’ judgment  – City Council to seek community input in determining official ‘core values’


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Salem standstill becomes a slow go – The Legislature is finally expected to vote on five bills during today’s special session

Special session: Leaders lukewarm on legislation – Lawmakers arrived Tuesday morning in Salem under a cloud of uncertainty and left the same way. A day of negotiations among leadership left people still unsure whether the votes would be there on the House and Senate floors.

Texas Governor’s Trips to Lure Jobs Stir Skepticism Over Motive – Gov. Rick Perry has visited six states this year on his business-wooing campaign, drawing suspicions that the trips are intended to aid his presidential aspirations.

Bloomberg Bans Low Self-Esteem in Girls – Low self-esteem is the new soda: Mayor Bloomberg’s office is going to convince New Yorkers not to have it. Or, at least, convince girls ages 7 to 12 not to have it — they’re the targets of a new public-health drive called NYC Girls Project. The $330,000 undertaking is the first female-body-image campaign to be carried out by a major city, the New York Times reports.

Social Network

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Facebook Tweaks Mobile App Ads So You May Actually Click Them – In its first phase of mobile app ads, Facebook offered one call to action: “Install now.”

Facebook may be bumming you out – Yes, researchers are now confirming what we’ve always suspected while trawling Facebook for anything of interest, becoming jealous of our friends’ projected lives, hoping against hope that we might “like” our way toward some momentary satisfaction: You’re only making things worse.

L.A. Unified’s iPad rollout marred by chaos – Confusion reigns as L.A. Unified deals with glitches after rollout of ambitious an-iPad-for-every-student project.

 Career Center

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Reliance on federal pay – GRAPHIC | The top 100 metro areas with government and military workers.

How America’s Marriage Crisis Makes Income Inequality So Much Worse – The rich and educated are more likely to marry, to marry each other, and to produce rich and educated children.

Furloughed Overwhelm Unemployment Offices – On the first day of the shutdown, state unemployment offices in the mid-Atlantic received an unusual number of applications from federal employees — some getting more in one day than an entire year.


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When Portland did more than follow orders – September’s passing has witnessed yet another unrecognized anniversary of our city’s landmark episode of wholesale ethnic cleansing which remains unequaled in Portland history.

Tigard’s traffic and high-capacity transit future: What elected officials said – The elephant in the room was a recently-placed measure on the March ballot requiring Tigard to oppose high-capacity transit and hold elections before updating its regulations to allow for light rail or exclusive bus lanes.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says ‘Hales no!’ to political endorsements – Dana Haynes, a spokesman for Hales, said the decision is preemptive. As far as Haynes knows, no one has asked for an endorsement yet.

Multnomah County Chief Operating Officer Joanne Fuller to replace Lillian Shirley at health department – Multnomah County’s chief operating officer will take over the county’s health department on an interim basis, while county leaders search for a long term replacement to departing health department head Lillian Shirley.


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Planning Commission meetings is where it’s at in Corvallis these days – If you want to know what is going on in Corvallis you have to start coming to the Planning Commission meetings.

Former commissioner calls for inquiry – Bill Fleenor seeks a state investigation into the redacted report of the county administrator’s firing

Oregon affected immediately – Lane County residents feel the closure of parts of the federal government in ways big and small

Midwest ELGL – Twitter Feed

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Audit slams Kansas incentive program, charges it does little for rural Kansas – It may be called Promoting Employment Across Kansas, but a critical new audit of the PEAK program shows that Johnson and Wyandotte counties are the overwhelming beneficiaries of the incentive tool at the heart of the metropolitan economic border war.

Chicago nearly overrun by charity races, walks – No one’s complaining about the revenue, though, as city, suburbs get permit fees, tourism boosts

Emanuel pulls some red-light cameras as speed tickets start – As the city gets ready to start issuing tickets up to $100 for people caught by the first of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s automated speed cameras, his office announced Tuesday that controversial red light

First Steps Toward a Real Chicago Region – Three states – Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana – came together in Chicago’s Loop recently to talk about their common future. They didn’t decide anything and the conversation itself revealed how far they have to go. But this meeting simply wouldn’t have happened two years ago, and that’s progress in itself.

Emanuel: Transit “a Core Piece of Our Economic Strategy” – In his keynote address for the American Public Transportation Association’s annual meeting yesterday at the Hilton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that quality transit is a cornerstone of his economic development policy.