12.21.13 Your Morning Buzz

Twitter City Challenge: When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.


Hillsboro challenges cities in friendly Twitter throwdown to hit 2,014 followers


2014 Membership Drive

“ELGL is this really cool group of “young ones” that are our profession’s future, as a profession and as an association, in my opinion.” says Bonnie Svrcek, ICMA Past President and Lynchburg Deputy City Manager

Join or Renew: $25 individuals, $225 organizations (includes 10 memberships), and $0.00 students


Who Joined Yesterday?

Cosgrave Vergeer Kester – Organizational Member

Elizabeth Calixtro, Willamette University

Heather Drake, Portland State University

Leisha DeHart-Davis, UNC, Associate Professor of Public Administration

Michelle Griffin, Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Timothy Beinert, Oregon Military Department, Director of Public Works

Transaction Wire

High 5


Why Cities Can’t Win in State Government – The findings are astounding. Comparing the success rates for legislation that affected cities of different sizes, they found “a large, stable gap in passage rates” between bills that affected cities with populations of at least 100,000 and those that dealt with smaller cities and towns.

The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel – The amount of attention New Yorkers lavished on that single nut-chewing furball might seem insane by today’s standards. But a century and a half ago, a squirrel in the city was as remarkable as a carriage pulled by pachyderms.

I-95, the interstate of our discontent – The 1,900-mile stretch continues to be a congested holiday hellscape. And yet we still drive it each year.

How John McCain Turned His Clichés Into Meaning – The “brave maverick” who became the “bitter old man” is now “learning to let go.”

The Cost To Keep The Home Team At Home May Not Be Worth It – And as it turns out, the deal is pretty standard. But is it fair? Increasingly, privately owned sports teams aren’t just asking for newer, fancier digs. They’re also asking the public to pay half — or more — of the bill.

50 Nifty


Silicon Valley investor wants to split California into six states – Technology investor Tim Draper is trying to drum up support to split California into six states, one of them being Silicon Valley.

Metro rail stations are being planned with design in mind – Metro wants to end its scattershot approach to designing stations. No more pagodas, dice chairs or bee themes.

MGM gets the nod to build Maryland’s sixth casino at National Harbor in Prince George’s – A state commission awarded Maryland’s sixth and final casino license Friday to MGM Resorts International, which plans to build a $925 million casino complex at National Harbor in Prince George’s County.

City of Phoenix’s credit rating downgraded – Phoenix’s perfect credit rating was downgraded Friday, a blow to city leaders who had pointed to the top rating as evidence of its sound fiscal management compared with other large U.S. cities.

L.A. City Council clarifies voting rule for neighborhood council races – Once, only a coffee receipt was needed to vote in a neighborhood council election. Now ‘Starbucks stakeholders’ must prove more community investment.

Updated: In Braves’ fallout, city emails show Reed team in triage mode – Mayor Kasim Reed and a handful of officials may have learned the Atlanta Braves’ shocking plans to leave for Cobb County in a Nov. 7 meeting with team leaders. But they weren’t prepared for the ball club to go public with the explosive news four days later.



Hurdles mount for Oregon’s planned workforce reform ahead of 2014 legislative session – Yet five months later, the specifics of the workforce system overhaul are drawing criticism from key players, such as businesses and community colleges. Lawmakers now say the sweeping changes likely won’t arrive until 2015.

Meet 2014’s New Mayors – Voters elected an unusually high number of new big-city mayors in November.

What’s Ahead for the Attorney General Races in 2014? Here’s the rankings for AG offices up for re-election in November.

Va. governor’s former chef speaks out on gifts scandal – Todd Schneider gives his account of working for the McDonnells and their ties to a Star Scientific executive.

De Blasio Message Echoes Beyond the City – Bill de Blasio’s winning campaign for mayor of New York — and his relentless critique of economic inequality in the city — is emboldening elected officials elsewhere.

Social Media


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Twitter Turns Ugly Over PR Person’s Idiotic Tweet – Because Sacco has made a world of trouble for herself, and as I wrote this, she didn’t even know it. Before she got on a plane Friday, a tweet emerged from Sacco’s account, a joke of such monumental stupidity that it was hard for many people to believe her account wasn’t hacked.


Twitter Makes it Easier to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts – Twitter added a couple new features to its emergency alert system on Thursday, and also announced the addition of a couple new countries that now host organizations participating in the service.

Twitter Is the Social Media Gun for Spain’s Police – With about 680,000 Twitter followers, 70,000 friends on Facebook and more than 4.2 million views of its YouTube videos, meet Spain’s unlikely social-media star: the National Police.

Career Center


Job Postings: 12.18.13 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (#WorstGiftEver Remix)

The 14 LinkedIn Hacks That Could Get You A Job – OMG, DID I CHANGE MY “VIEW AS ANONYMOUS” SETTING?

Cities Where Wages Haven’t Kept Pace with Rising Housing Costs – With wages stagnant and housing costs rising, many Americans struggle to pay their rent and mortgage. View data showing each city’s housing affordability burden.

The Late, Great American WASP – The Saturday Essay: The old U.S. ruling class had plenty of problems, but are we really better off under today’s meritocracy?

When Employees Get Paid More, They Tend to Forget About This – A recent study suggests that people prefer to do a more engaging task only when they get paid more.

A clever way not to drink too much at your holiday party – Neal Sales-Griffin and other business leaders and executives tell us what they’ve learned from past holiday parties, from what to give staff to how to avoid being the person everyone talks about the next day.



Happy Valley seeks to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries – The city is researching how to restrict dispensaries to areas zoned for industrial use. There are two such areas in Happy Valley, located in patches along Oregon 212. In the process, the regulations might make it difficult for dispensaries to open at all.

A ballot vote on Metro’s OCC hotel plan makes sense: Editorial – There has been no shortage of commitment on the part of Metro, Portland’s regional government, to bring a major hotel to the Oregon Convention Center.

Collette “over the top” upbeat as Langley bids on Blue Heron property – A bid for the Blue Heron mill site in Oregon City has one of the region’s biggest proponents of redevelopment at the site “over the top upbeat” about the project’s future.



Bailing out Bertha: Water rushes digger – Groundwater is now flowing into the Hwy. 99 tunnel machine’s front end, hindering workers from getting a view of whatever is blocking its progress.

Everett has the home-field advantage – Everett checks nearly every box on Boeing’s wish list for a 777X site, although its showdown with the Machinists has obscured that fact. The Seattle Times has been reporting on several sites contending to build the plane. Boeing insiders say one option for a new wing facility involves razing buildings in the foreground above, on the north side of the Everett plant.

 Midwest ELGL: Twitter


Minneapolis Real Estate Agents Are Highly Amused by the Defacing of their Ads – What he and a bunch of other home-brokers in Minneapolis were soon to learn was that they were the target of a peculiar joke by a local designer, Phil Jones. The prankster, who has done more normal work for Apple, The Gap, Subaru, and others, was in the midst of a public hacking campaign that he calls “Faces of Real Estate.”

Ken Cockrel to direct effort to revitalize Detroit, address vacant areas – In his new role, Cockrel will oversee about 10 staffers charged with moving ahead the recommendations of Detroit Future City, the visionary road map for Detroit revitalization that was released to fanfare last January.

ADM announces it is moving headquarters to Chicago – Move comes without state tax incentive; will bring 60 to 75 jobs

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