12.04.13 Your Morning Buzz

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Old Post Office a Hot Property – Opponents of a plan by the Postal Service to sell the post office in Berkeley, Calif., are trying to use an unorthodox zoning restriction: that the building must remain open to the public.

Inside China’s Version of Silicon Valley – In Beijing’s Zhongguancun district, China is nurturing a growing class of tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, whose creations are challenging the idea that the country’s Internet companies merely copy Western products.

Pension Ruling in Detroit Echoes West to California – A judge ruled that public pensions are not protected from cuts, potentially altering the course of bankruptcies in cities like Stockton and San Bernardino, Calif.

Outsize Role for de Blasio’s Wife Expected – There is little precedent in New York for the intense political partnership that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, intend to bring to City Hall.

Building New Korean City Tests Developer – A Korean city of 67,000 people, with the country’s tallest tower, has risen from what was a barren wasteland 11 years ago. But the Songdo project has been a financial disappointment for its developer.

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Please, Allow Yahoo! Autocomplete to Insult Your City – This wonderfully poisonous map shows what Yahoo!’s search engine thinks of places, such as “Chicago is so two years ago” and “Philadelphia is ugly.”

What Your Street Grid Reveals About Your City – The surprising ways size and shape can impact a place’s economic productivity and walkability.

Tiny Homes: A New Model for Super-Chic Affordable Housing? – A group of Washingtonians say micro-dwellings are the future. But problems abound.

LAPD suffering steady decline in number of officers – As fewer people apply and more applicants are rejected, the city struggles to replace police officers leaving the force.





Mayor Gray owes voters more – His claim to have answered questions about the 2010 campaign is invalid.

GOP cure for Obama: Impeachment – Republicans think that this is their only option left.

Kentucky faces a bloody midterm race for Senate seat – Longtime Sen. Mitch McConnell faces challenges from the right and left that could make the race especially nasty and expensive.

House Votes to Extend Gun Law Without New Provisions for 3-D Printed Firearms – The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend a law banning firearms that can pass undetected through X-ray machines, but did not include provisions regulating guns made with 3-D printers.

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Gov. Scott Walker fires aide for demeaning tweets – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has fired a campaign aide for making offensive comments about Hispanics on Twitter.

Delivery drones for the developing world –  A startup aims to use drones to bypass impassable roads in low-income countries.

Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government’s Crowdsourcing Revolution – This social media tool is being embraced by governments far and wide. A new report offers guidance on what it can do and how to make it work.

Using Man Behind Android, Google Bets on Robots – Led by Andy Rubin, who built the Android, Google has acquired seven companies with hopes to automate electronics assembly and even rival Amazon in retail delivery.

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Leaders Need Three Kinds of Focus – Daniel Goleman, author of “The Focused Leader,” explains why leaders need to cultivate a triad of awareness — an inward focus, a focus on others, and an outward focus.

Can You Take a Job Mulligan? Bouncing back to a former employer after quitting isn’t the résumé killer it once was.

As government jobs become available, Hispanics seek help in securing work – The group, underrepresented in the federal sector, looks to African Americans for guidance.

Suggestions On Managing Someone (Truth Be Told) You Don’t Really Like – Not all difficult people are talented, but some of the most talented people I ever met in business were also the most difficult. Creativity and innovation are often byproducts of tension, conflict and agitation.

Learning What Not to Say – You practice crafting and delivering key messages. You also need to practice sticking to the script so you don’t say what you didn’t mean to say.




Three Cornelius cops file suit against city; two seek $1.5 million in damages – Three Cornelius police officers, who signed a letter alleging corruption in their department last year, have filed lawsuits against the city claiming officials subjected them to retaliation after they submitted the document.

Cornelius City Council considers allowing social gaming at local bars – New owners of the Jungle Room, a restaurant and lounge at 1034 Baseline Street, recently reached out to the city for guidance about hosting card games to attract more business. Cornelius city code currently doesn’t have a provision allowing or banning social gaming.

Boring residents still skeptical of Metro’s benefits after discussion with Councilor Shirley Craddick – Half of Boring is within Metro’s boundary and half isn’t. Thus, half of Boring’s residents pay a tax for amenities such as the Oregon Zoo that the ones outside the boundary don’t. Unhappy with the divide, residents are debating whether to try to secede from Metro or go all in.

Tualatin estimates taxpayers save if Nyberg Rivers developer, not city extends Seneca Street – One option is wait and see if the traffic becomes so awful the city must extend Souhtwest Seneca Street into the shopping center. Taxpayers could save more than $1 million if the CenterCal Properties, the Nyberg Rivers developer, extends the street instead of the city doing it later, according to estimates.

Willamette River: Portland planners want your ideas for the river’s health, economic vitality and future – The city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff is working through its big-picture plans for what the Central City, both west and east of the river, will look like in 2035.





Many Pasco city services could increase in cost – Crutchfield is likely to ask the city council for about a 10 percent water rate increase in January, he said as part of a presentation on the 2014 budget at Monday’s council meeting. The increase would be the first since 2010.

County shapes panhandling response – The sheriff’s office hopes to curb aggressive panhandling through an ordinance that would restrict where panhandling occurs and how it’s done.

Lane County considers new rules for outdoor events – Large gatherings on private land may undergo more review

Civic Stadium draws four purchase offers – Two proposals would tear out the ballpark; two would save it

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Orr dreams of blight-free Detroit in three years – Imagine, if you will, the city of Detroit clearing away 78,000 blighted buildings within the next 18 to 36 months. Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, is dreaming that dream.

Illinois lawmakers approve major pension overhaul– The Illinois General Assembly today narrowly approved a major overhaul of the state government worker pension system following hours of debate on the controversial plan strongly opposed by employee unions

Fate of Detroit’s Art Hangs in the Balance – While some believe selling the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection would be a wise move, a federal judge’s comments are being interpreted as a defense of holding on to the art.