11.06.13 Your Morning Buzz

6 takeaways from Election Night 2013

Transaction Wire

Stockton picks a new bossman.

City Manager Carmany Dismissed; Interim Appointed

SGR Begins Search for New Burien City Manager

In Manassas, Pate begins as city manager

Former Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn Returning to Portland

Oregon Arts Commission names new interim leader

Robinson to challenge DeFazio

TriMet GM Announces Operations Division Reorganization After Nightmarish MAX Delays in Portland

High 5

What the Departure of New York and Chicago’s Transportation Leaders Means for Cities – Just a few years ago, Gabe Klein had no interest or intention of serving in government. But that’s not exactly how things turned out. In a span of just five years, he’s led not one but two big city transportation departments.

For the flamboyant McAuliffe, now comes the hard part: Governing – Friends and foes wonder how a man known for bold sketches and big promises will fill in the details.

Idaho Town Struggles After Pinning Hopes on a Failed Factory – Pocatello, a railroad town, welcomed a Chinese polysilicon factory with a land deal, banking on a high-tech future. But the company filed for bankruptcy.

Notes Show Chaotic White House Talks on Health Care Site – More than 100 pages of “war room notes” released by congressional investigators show how the White House reacted as it realized the extent of the insurance exchange website’s flaws.

What Government Services Will Look Like in 2020 – A new GovLoop survey of more than 250 federal, state and local employees who consider their work to be customer service-related or oriented found that technology holds the keys for ultimately ending the negative perceptions many in the public have about government service.

50 Nifty

San Francisco Is Rolling Out High-Tech Playgrounds for Adults – The city is partnering with private techie groups to fund these science-themed transformations of public space.

Santa Monica is bracing for a growth spurt – The famously slow-growth beach city is poised to see nearly 3 million square feet of new residential, office and retail space if more than 30 proposed developments are approved.

Colorado Education-Tax Measure Fails – A ballot measure to raise income taxes to fund education in Colorado failed by a wide margin Tuesday, two years after state voters rejected a similar plan to increase taxes for schools


For the GOP, it’s New Jersey vs. Virginia and pragmatism vs. purity – The governors races pitted the tea party against the GOP establishment, and the party’s stark divisions about the path forward are likely to linger

State Lawmaker Picked as New Mayor of Boston – Martin J. Walsh won election in Boston and Mike Duggan in Detroit, while Atlanta and Houston returned incumbents to office.

Victory by McAuliffe, Ally of Clintons, Points to Virginia’s Changes – Terry McAuliffe defeated the conservative Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in a state whose politics are increasingly dominated by the Democratic-leaning suburbs of Washington D.C.

De Blasio Elected New York Mayor – Bill de Blasio won the race for New York City mayor in a lopsided victory Tuesday night, becoming the first Democrat to capture City Hall in 24 years.

Victorious Murray ready to show ‘government can work again’ – State Sen. Ed Murray’s promise of a more collaborative leadership style carried him to victory Tuesday night as voters signaled they were fed up with Mayor Mike McGinn’s political brawls.

Social Network

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10 Best Apps for Navigating a New City – Today, 6.32 million Americans are living — and wandering — abroad, excluding those in the military. Some move for work, others to explore their options and still others for education — and then never return.

Granny’s Hip to Social Media, but She Digs Being Square – One of the most trusted advisers of Square Inc., which was co-launched by Jack Dorsey, a founder of Twitter Inc., is a 75-year-old retired periodontist-office financial manager who lives in suburban Detroit.

Is a Nexus Phone on KitKat Any Sweeter? Google’s new Nexus 5 has some big advantages over its predecessor, but also a big minus, says Walt Mossberg.

Career Center

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San Antonio’s Simple Appeal to Millennials: Diversity, Decent Jobs, and Cheap Living – Young people in search of a less harried life are a big reason why it’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Is she the next Rachel Maddow? On a new network aiming to attract millennials, host Alicia Menendez is an audacious and high-risk choice.

Was the Shutdown Bad Advertising for Working in Government? With partisan bickering, government shutdowns (threatened and actual) and approval ratings at all-time lows, the headlines coming from Capitol Hill in recent years are a little lacking in the feel-good department. But are the bad vibes at the federal level encouraging more interest at the lower levels – or is it bad advertising all around for the public sector?

123456?? Adobe hack highlights crummy passwords – Despite the endless warnings, despite all the advice, despite the plethora of useful articles on the matter, it seems computer users everywhere just can’t help creating really crummy passwords.


Damascus disincorporation appears to be failing – Although a majority of residents who voted favored disincorporation, a majority of all 6,879 registered voters is required to vote yes for the measure to pass, meaning at least 3,439 yes votes.

Hillsboro to consider new attorney to handle police union negotiations – The city’s attorney appoints outside legal counsel specifically for labor negotiations. Previously, C. Akin Blitz of Bullard Law held that responsibility.

Forest Park will have a road map under new public-private partnership – Forest Park enthusiasts have said for years that the park is bigger and better than the attention it receives. The 5,000 acres of wilderness is close enough to downtown Portland that a good portion of the city could spend lunch hour hiking one of its 70 miles of trails.

CRC: ODOT Trying to Build Tolling System From Scratch -Oregon wants to spend tens of millions to replicate Washington’s expertise

Cornelius library bond measure loses, unofficial special election results show – A 20-year, $2.4 million bond measure funding a new city library lost in the Nov. 5 election

West Linn aquatic/community center bond fails by wide margin – A decades-long debate about bringing an aquatic center to West Linn appears to be over tonight as voters rejected a $24 million bond measure to build the facility


Deschutes County Voters Raise Lodging Taxes – Voters in Deschutes County have approved a pair of measures increasing the tax paid by people staying in hotel rooms, and other temporary lodging. Preliminary counts show both measures passing with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Inslee calling special session to secure Boeing 777X for state – Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he’s asking the Legislature to pass a wide-ranging package of transportation, education, permitting and tax relief measures to win Boeing’s commitment to the state for assembly of its newest jetliner,

Voters In Three Ore. Counties Reject Public Safety Levies – Voters in three Oregon counties have rejected property tax increases to fund public safety services and jails. The levies in Curry, Polk, and Columbia counties would have made up for cuts to federal timber aid and low revenues.

Lane County commissioners launch committee review – The board also plans to hire an auditor who will report directly to it

Leavitt wins second term as Vancouver mayor – Incumbent Burkman wins re-election; Stewart fails in bid for fourth term

SeaTac minimum-wage measure takes narrow early lead – At a campaign event in SeaTac, supporters were optimistic that uncounted votes would go their way.

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Illinois Sends Bill Allowing Gay Marriage to Governor – With the state’s legislative session nearing an end, pressure had mounted for weeks in the Democratic-controlled State Capitol to resolve the matter.

Detroit Elects Former Hospital CEO as Next Mayor – Mike Duggan, the former head of the Detroit Medical Center, is the city’s first white mayor in 40 years.

For Sale: Come Take a Tour of Michael Jordan’s $29 Million Mansion – Michael Jordan, former light-hitting Birmingham Barons outfielder and current owner of the worst NBA franchise imaginable, is selling his house. Well, it’s not so much a house as a $29 million mansion for the gods.

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