10.28.13 Your Morning Buzz

Rock legend Lou Reed dead at 71

ELGL Notes

Upcoming EventsJessica Williams, Bruce Katz, Bridget Doyle

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New Member: Lauren MacMillan, Piper Jaffray, Vice President

Government Transactions

GB creates new assistant city manager post

Laura Shepard leaves City of Gresham for Portland Business Alliance, Vice President of Communications and Programming.

2014 ELGL Lunch Forum with Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian

High 5

What Lies Beneath – Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle.

A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue – The devices would track every mile you drive —possibly including your location — and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill.

A president and his fun-loving sidekick: A bond as close as family – Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe’s deep ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton carry high political stakes for both families

Whither the American Left? The president was reelected handily. Support for gay marriage is growing. The opposition is fractured. So why can’t liberals push through any of their policy proposals?

The Stunning Negligence That Doomed Obamacare’s Launch – These aren’t forgivable glitches that no one could have foreseen. They’re unforced, avoidable errors that show signs of being difficult to fix.

50 Nifty

LAX leaves Manchester Square in ruined limbo – The once thriving community is an urban void of unkempt buildings, desolate streets and residential lots scraped bare. Uncertain airport expansion plans are behind the blight

Warning Signs? How to Understand Your City’s Finances – The Wall Street Journal is launching a series that delves into the fiscal health of the 250 largest U.S. cities. What we found: Cities nationwide are grappling with the same types of underlying issues that sunk Detroit, which filed for the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy this summer. The magnitude of the problems is different, but the challenges are shared.

City Targets Debt Collectors – New York City’s consumer watchdog is cracking down on debt collectors for allegedly pursuing residents over high-rate loans as regulators try to stamp out Internet lenders they say are skirting state law

Delta Air Lines, Atlanta eye 30-year pact for Hartsfield-Jackson airport – If Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson has his way, the 30-year future of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be decided in 2014.


Was crush of campaign donations related to GMO bill? The moment Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a September special session focused on fiscal issues, campaign contributions from out-of-state agribusiness and biotechnology giants began pouring into state lawmakers’ campaign coffers

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris has a big business dream: China – The city of Lancaster has few Chinese restaurants. Its mayor cannot use chopsticks. And he has tried and failed to learn Mandarin.

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Improbable Path to Liberal Stardom – New York’s junior senator has gone from a rural populist to the next Hillary Clinton—with White House ambitions to match. How did it happen?

Cheney: Republicans need to look to new generation of leaders – Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown


Social Network

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7 Twitter Accounts for Outstanding Longreads – Longform journalism is far from dead. This may seem counterintuitive in the age of the 140-character Twitter update, but the digital world still demands quality, in-depth reporting — it’s only the medium that has changed.

Twitter Prepares to Feed New Hunger for I.P.O.’s – The social media giant is entering one of the strongest markets for initial public offerings in three years.

Career Center

Lists That Rank Colleges’ Value Are on the Rise – Purists might regard it as an insult to the intellectual, social and civic value of education, but dollars-and-cents tabulations are the fastest growing sector of the college rankings industry.

Study: 9 out of 10 workers 50 or older ‘very or somewhat satisfied with their job’ – A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 9 in 10 workers who are age 50 or older say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job. Older workers reported satisfaction regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level.

7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do – Want to be successful? You have to communicate effectively. Here are 7 practices to master.



Proposed trail could cost $30 million or more – The proposed North Portland Greenway Trail could cost $30 million of more. There is no money currently available for it, however, or any schedule for when it will be funded.

Portland Streetcar board says its independence called into question by city move to oversee fare collections – The dispute underscores a complicated and cumbersome relationship between the city – which owns the streetcars and pays millions toward operations – and the company formed 18 years ago to champion Portland’s streetcar renaissance.



Council Members Question Francis Over Deferment Deal Given To Ryan’s Juice – Interim Hood River City Manager Don Otterman brought to the mayor’s and council’s attention an outstanding bill for $419,435.50 in sewer charges racked up by Hood River Juice Company, also known as Ryan’s Juice. The charges were incurred from July 2010 to July 2011 when the company, now located at the waterfront, was located on Country Club Road, but utilized the city’s wastewater treatment plant in order to dump its effluent.

Amazon development OK’d – The state Court of Appeals upholds a city ruling that 47 lots on 18 acres in south Eugene may be developed

Should Taxpayers Fund City Council Campaigns? A ballot measure in Seattle is asking voters to make it one of a handful of cities that uses public funds to pay for city council races.

Midwest ELGL – Twitter Feed

Mayor: City layoffs likely if cuts not approved – If the Columbus Consolidated Government does not implement significant administrative changes, it will be forced to make spending cuts that would require layoffs or dipping deeply into its reserves, imperiling its bond rating and likely costing taxpayers more to finance future bond issues, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson told Columbus Councilors in a memo last week.

Construction of Maggie Daley Park hits halfway mark – Once complete visitors will be able to walk up a hill in the new park at the north end of Grant Park and get a sweeping view of Lake Michigan. The former Daley Bicentennial Plaza will also get a skating rink in the shape of a ribbon, meadows, “Geofoam”-created hills and paths for bikers and walkers to get through to the lake path.