12.18.13 Your Morning Buzz

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Who Joined This Week?

  • CFM Strategic Communications – Organizational Member
  • Saby Waraich, City of Portland
  • Patrick Rollens, Village of Oak Park (IL)
  • Cate Schneider, City of Lake Oswego
  • Marty Wine, City of Tigard
  • Scott McClure, City of Monmouth
  • Zach Henkin, Drive Oregon
  • Julie Underwood, Former Shoreline (WA) City Manager
  • David Gassaway, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization/Washington County
  • Brittany Holman, Portland State University MPA

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High 5


We Don’t Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do – Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren’t necessarily healthier than suburbs.

What’s the Most Frustrating Part of Your Job? Mayors open up about the stuff that gets them down.

A Historic Vessel, Stuck in Place – Not allowed by law to steam away for overnight cruises and no longer entirely welcome at its dock downtown, the Delta Queen is now an issue before Congress and a sensitive matter for Chattanooga’s new mayor.

How Did 2013 Treat Public Employees? The four biggest issues facing government employers and employees this year and how they impacted public servants.

Tiny Qatar seen as big U.S. investor – Analysts aren’t sure what’s driving Qatar’s spending spree, but they say its investments in D.C. and elsewhere are significant.

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Michelle Mowery: She’s mapping out L.A.’s cycling plan – Mowery has spent two decades in the city’s Department of Transportation as senior bicycle coordinator, and she’s finally finding critical mass and critical money for L.A.’s bike plan.

Long Beach pitches a skilled workforce for 777X – Boeing this week will narrow “down to a handful” its list of possible sites to build the 777X jet and its advanced composite wing. Washington is among 22 states that have submitted proposals. The Seattle Times in the next few days will report on several of the contending sites.

Sheriff’s Department admits wrongly hiring problem officers – A top L.A. County Sheriff’s Department official says about 80 should have been disqualified because of misconduct or other issues.

Inside the Plan to Fix San Diego’s Hourglass Economy – San Diego suffers from an hourglass economy. That is, its employment base includes a few high-wage workers at the top, and a lot of low-wage workers at the bottom, and not too many middle-income workers in between.



Feeling besieged, tea party groups hope to strengthen grass-roots efforts – The unexpected feeling of being under attack sharpened the mood for those at a recent gathering.

Tech Leaders and Obama Find Shared Problem: Fading Public Trust – A meeting that started with discussions about the federal health care site shifted quickly to the concerns of Apple, Microsoft, Google and other companies over National Security Agency spying.

3 House Retirements Complicate Outlook for Midterms – Three longtime representatives, including two from swing districts, joined a wave of lawmakers from both parties who will leave Congress after the midterm elections next year.

Senate Asks C.I.A. to Share Its Report on Interrogations – The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the C.I.A. for an internal study that lawmakers believe is broadly critical of the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.

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Walt Mossberg: Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews – Walt Mossberg on the dozen personal-technology products that were the most influential over two decades of reviews.

Facebook’s Video Ads Risk Alienating Users – Some advertisers rejoiced when Facebook introduced long-awaited video advertisements. A bigger question is how users will react.

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Say to Your Facebook Friends – If you ever wanted to yell at your computer screen and tell these “friends” how you really feel, you’re not alone. In fact, just share this video on Facebook and maybe they’ll get the hint. (Actually, they probably won’t.)

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Revisiting JFK’s Call to Public Service 50 Years Later – “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” President John F. Kennedy

The government’s Best Places to Work list: Morale at lowest point in a decade – The Department of Homeland Security is at the bottom of the pack — again, according to the report.

Your Employer Doesn’t Need to Know – Much of America – hard-working, bill-paying America – has a damaged credit rating. There are a lot of different reasons, but a lot of people just caught a bad break.



Cornelius police officer added to DA’s ‘alert list’ of cops with credibility issues – Officer Dustin DeHaven was added to the district attorney’s “Officer Alert List” following character testimony from two of his fellow officers during a November trial, District Attorney Bob Hermann said.

Proposed cell tower: Lightning rod for concern – Citing concerns about health and property values, homeowners south of Oregon City.

Portland Bike Share Still Shopping for Sponsors – Nearly a year after Portland Bike Share was supposed to launch, local vendor Alta Bike Share is still trying to reach a deal with potential backers.



Longview casino could lose gambling license over city tax debt – The Longview City Council on Thursday lowered the Cadillac Island Casino’s gambling taxes – but not as much as the casino had requested

Old city hall taking on a new look – A building that has stood along East Mill Plain Boulevard for nearly a half century is being made new again, slowly but surely.

Camas, Washougal finalize fire merger – A temporary courtship between the Washougal and Camas fire departments has resulted in a long-term marriage.

Clark County cuts funds for local chambers – Several Clark County chambers of commerce received unexpected holiday greetings Tuesday in the form of a letter from Clark County Administrator Mark McCauley.

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Science center: An experiment gone right – A little more than a year after Ann Arbor businessman Ron Weiser bought its assets to avert foreclosure, a rechristened science center once again is hosting student tours and preparing for an onslaught of holiday visitors — a good problem to have for a gem led by new CEO Tonya Matthews.

Peoria Cares uReport mobile app lets users alert city to public nuisances – City officials have launched Peoria Cares uReport, a free mobile application for users of iPhones and iPads. The app allows members of the public to report issues that fall under eight major categories. Those include cleanup and sanitation, trash collection and zoning and building.

Among parking changes, Omaha weighs privatizing meter attendants – In September, the city outsourced management of its seven garages and five surface lots to Republic Parking. Now officials are looking to add more responsibilities to that company’s Omaha operations: writing citations, collecting fines and maintaining parking meters.

Ridership grows but subsidies stay high on Northstar commuter line – Lower fares bring more riders to the 40-mile northern commuter line, but taxpayers subsidize much of the cost.

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