10.31.13 Your Morning Buzz

San Francisco Does the ‘Monster Mash’ on a Public Bus

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Ashley Graff named Business Recruitment & Retention Specialist, Economic Development Services at City of Gresham

Congressman Schrader to draw Republican challenger

Dave Austin to present at #ELGL14 forum on February 5.

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 15 Things You Probably Never Noticed In "Hocus Pocus"

The scientific case for office gossip – Ask people to generate a list of social sins, and sooner or later, gossip is bound to come up. Sure, it pales in comparison to coveting thy neighbor, but the Bible does warn us that we should “not go about spreading slander.” And if your mother is like mine, she probably told you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say it at all.

How ‘smart parking’ could save a million barrels of oil every day – Smart parking uses low-cost sensors, real-time data collection, and mobile-phone-enabled automated payment systems that help drivers quickly find a parking spot, Rucks and Guevara-Stone write. The system reduces car emissions in urban centers by reducing the need for people to needlessly circle city blocks searching for parking.

In three US cities, three longtime mayors prepare exits. What legacies? Minneapolis’ R.T. Rybak, New York’s Michael Bloomberg, and Boston’s Tom Menino will all have successors after Nov. 5 municipal elections. Each has served at least 12 years as mayor, and all leave an imprint on America’s urban landscape.

At 50, vision for Columbia is still a work in progress – Rouse announced huge land buy, community plan in October 1963

Can Snowden revert privacy to a social norm? The steady trickle of revelations of government snooping that continues to seep from the Edward Snowden documents is serving to keep attention riveted on how privacy in the digital age ought to be defined.

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Why Bike-Share Fans Should Be Concerned About a New Allegation in Minnesota – The financial woes of Montréal-based Bixi seem to be spreading, and a lot of questions remain.

When Outsiders Take Over Schools: Lessons From Memphis – Tennessee’s new Achievement District gives control of some public schools over to charter networks, with mixed results.

Calif. driver gets ticket for wearing Google Glass – A California woman pulled over for allegedly speeding was cited for wearing Google Glass behind the wheel. Cecelia Abadie of Temecula, Calif

Likely St. Petersburg voters support light rail, poll shows – By a clear majority, likely voters who participated in a new poll sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and WUSF Public Media said that they would support a 1-cent sales tax increase to build a light rail system and expand bus service across Pinellas County.


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Oregon governor honored by magazine – Gov. John Kitzhaber is among the nation’s top nine public officials named by Governing magazine for 2013.

Senator Rand Paul Is Accused of Plagiarizing His Lines From Wikipedia – In a speech about eugenics, Mr. Paul appears to have taken words from a Wikipedia entry for the futuristic movie “Gattaca.”

Anger Over Shutdown Inspiring Democrats to Run – Previously reluctant Democrats in places like Florida and Nebraska are challenging Republicans for House seats.

What Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did right – The Obamacare rollout in California has been bumpy, but it’s running much more smoothly here than in most of America. And for that, we can thank former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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9 Breaking News Tweets That Changed Twitter Forever – Twitter has revolutionized global news delivery and consumption. On top of the Twitter milestones that went down in history and dozens of memorable Twitter images, Twitter often breaks news before mainstream media can report it.

Google Celebrates Halloween With a Spooky Interactive Doodle – It’s Halloween, and as is customary on this date, Google has treated us with another interactive Doodle.

15 Celebrities Ready for Halloween on Instagram – While you were at home eating fun-size candy this past weekend, celebrities were out in full force with Halloween spirit.

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The thin ice of media innovation – In early October, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Thin Ice: Exploring Mount Hood’s Glacier Caves appeared, and it’s an interesting example of what traditional local news outlets can do to diversify their approaches to stories.

Backstage At LinkedIn’s Talent Cafe: How Do You Guys Hire? Sure enough, LinkedIn’s own recruiters have a lot to teach others through their incessant and highly demanding use of house products, constantly testing new features in search of more powerful results.

Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless – Research shows that consistently working more than 40 hours a week is simply unproductive.

Are You Discriminating Based on Religion? You Might Be Surprised  – The EEOC is targeting religious discrimination cases. Make sure you’re compliant with the law before they come after you.


Planning the Peterkort properties: Transportation becomes focus at public hearing – The city received an application from J. Peterkort and Company for the Sunset Station & Barnes Road Planned Unit Development in April 2013, according to a city staff report. Following the Oct. 30 public hearing, commissioners unanimously approved the application.

Tigard high-capacity transit opponents raise red flags about charter measure – Art Crino, a leader of the SW Rail Vote group, calls such spending “subsidizing private developers.” The group notes that the city left out those types of projects from the ballot language sent to voters when they approved the urban renewal plan in 2006 (pdf).

Portlanders love their neighborhoods and the city, but services? Not so much: Portland City Hall Roundup – But just half of survey respondents gave city government a good or very good rating, when it comes to providing essential services according to the 23rd annual community survey from the city Audit Services Division.

Oregon Department of Justice drops investigation of allegations that Clackamas County misused building funds – A letter sent to Savas on Oct. 30 said that the case was closed and an investigator found no wrongdoing.

Streetlight retrofits to brighten roads – “We have to realize this project is not money that just goes away; it actually makes us money,” said Anthony Hooper, support services supervisor in the city’s operations division.


A new Astoria blends history with hipness (photos) – Astoria has a rich history which it is turning into a growing tourism industry. The reinvention of the waterfront from a fishing-based use to tourist destinations hasn’t overlooked the maritime industry that put the city on the map

New housing rules considered – Secondary dewllings are the focus of proposed temporary restrictions near the university

Oregon insurers drop 150,000 – Individual plan holders could face a break in coverage as carriers cancel policies that don’t meet the rules

La Center mayor promises investigation – Independent probe to focus on leaked report

Densinistas vs. NIMBYs: Where do city candidates lie? Commentary: City council and mayoral candidates weigh in on sustainable development in the emerald city.

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Cincinnati Pensions Face Extinction in Ballot Measure – A controversial ballot measure in Cincinnati seeks to rein in the city’s $862 million in unfunded pension liabilities — but could dramatically alter the city’s system for current and future employees and cost the city in public services.

Poll: Duggan holds tight to commanding 2-1 lead over Napoleon in Detroit mayor’s race – With the election for Detroit’s next mayor a week away, Mike Duggan’s commanding lead over rival Benny Napoleon hasn’t budged, with the former Detroit Medical Center chief favored by voters nearly 2-1 over the Wayne County sheriff, an exclusive Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll out today shows.

Michigan lawmakers may let yard waste go to landfills – Michigan’s two-decade-old law preventing landfills from taking yard waste is under review this week — the latest attempt to roll back a policy designed to maximize dump space and increase composting.