12.23.13 Your Morning Buzz

11 Things You Need to Stop Doing in 2014




2014 Membership Drive – Join or Renew

“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


Who Joined Recently?

Cosgrave Vergeer Kester – Organizational Member

Colin Baenziger, Colin Baenziger & Associates

Elizabeth Calixtro, Willamette University

Heather Drake, Portland State University

Jason Lugo, City of Cottage Grove

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

Michelle Griffin, Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Neil Oblringer, City of Springfield

Ruby Ramirez, Portland State University MPA

Timothy Beinert, Oregon Military Department, Director of Public Works


Transaction Wire


Another top Modesto official leaves city

For ex-city administrator, a sense of unfairness

Oregon’s recall law scrutinized after Rainier voters oust councilwoman

High 5


This Is How A Woman’s Offensive Tweet Became The World’s Top Story – The anatomy of the twitter-storm that cost media PR pro Justine Sacco her job.

In Tech Buying, U.S. Still Stuck in Last Century – Despite the furor over the rollout of HealthCare.gov, there is little evidence that the Obama administration is moving quickly to change how the government hires and manages private technology companies.

Polish Cities Become Global Service Hubs – Poland has become a go-to location for a corporate clientele that values its educated, multilingual workers.

Despair over ‘bug that ate Christmas’ – Ravenous insects are devouring some of the nation’s most popular Christmas trees, and there’s no stopping them in the wild.

Why This Philanthropist Picked a Fight with Qualcomm and Helped Torpedo Nathan Fletcher – Bill Lynch says that after the mayor’s race, he’s going back to being a philanthropist. For now, he remains chairman of the Lincoln Club.


50 Nifty


The World’s Shortest, Steepest Scenic Railway – A way for businessmen to take a mid-day nap in the 1800s, the incline in Dubuque, Iowa, is still used by commuters and sightseers today.

The Top 13 U.S. Transportation Stories of 2013 – The highlights included a new transportation secretary and big funding hikes at the state level.

A Snowier Silicon Valley in BlackBerry’s Backyard – The Waterloo area in Ontario remains a magnet for the high-tech industry, despite the misfortunes of its best-known success story.

Watch DDOT’s beautifully animated streetcar video – In anticipation of the upcoming H Street streetcar, DDOT created this safety video that illustrates how drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should act once the streetcar begins running.

S.F. Fire Dept. dominates list of highest-paid city workers – Mayor Ed Lee may get the august, wood-paneled office in City Hall’s Room 200 and a Chevy Volt chauffeured by a security detail, but 48 city employees took home more pay than Lee’s $270,910 in fiscal 2012-13, the figures show.



Washington State Representative sends out a tweet bashing the state of Arizona after the Seahawks-Cardinals game – Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon wasn’t happy with the game, which led to a controversial tweet.

Stuart’s big decision – Steve Stuart, the lone Democrat on the Board of Clark County Commissioners, hasn’t spoken much lately about his political future.

Leftist comic still uses jokes to aid his liberal agenda as lawmaker – The longtime San Francisco politician uses humor in order to help break the ice with political foes and advance his progressive goals.

Sarah Palin’s Impressively Incoherent ‘Duck Dynasty’ Comments – The former Alaska governor clearly hasn’t the faintest idea what free speech means


 Social Media


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Do We Want an Erasable Internet? The Internet doesn’t necessarily have to keep our digital effluvia around forever, and Snapchat has proved it. Do we want an erasable Internet?

Top 10 Brands on Social Media in 2013 – Samsung was the most popular social-media brand worldwide in 2013, according to Starcount, which compiled data across FacebookYouTube and other sites to come up with its top 10 list.


Career Center


12.20.13 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (#WorstGiftEver Remix)

Jay Carney and Jon Karl butt heads in press room – The press secretary and the reporter battle it out in the briefing room, but does anyone come out on top?

The battle of the baby bulge – America’s baby bulge, born in the peak “boom” year of 1957, enters the home stretch to retirement in 2014: ten years from Social Security eligibility.

How Charitable Giving Can Boost Office Morale While Helping The Community – While performing charitable work can seem as though it is a completely selfless act, the behavior may actually be good for the health and well-being of those performing the act. Studies have repeatedly shown that doing good deeds for others is good for the soul. In fact, those feeling down and out can benefit from doing something to improve another person’s way of life.



Behold Portland’s Rubik’s bridge (and the dirt pile that became a TriMet MAX station) – Dan Sosnovske, a TriMet engineer on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project, describes how crews transformed a giant mound of dirt called “surcharge” into the location of a MAX station at the west end of Portland’s new bridge.

Wilsonville looks for a brighter future – LED lighting is steadily transforming the way we view things, both indoors and out.

City considers unpaved-road improvement – When mayoral candidate Charlie Hales was campaigning for office, he continually decried the ignominy of a major city like Portland having 60 miles of unpaved roads



Tiny libraries losing it big time – Dispersed along the sidewalks of Salem’s neighborhoods are structures of varying shapes, sizes and colors, holding books of every genre — from children stories to sci-fi thrillers.

Residents in Polk County ask board to pay pension – Two Polk County residents have asked their board of commissioners to start personally contributing to their own retirement accounts as a show of leadership in a financially struggling county.

City improvements – Cottage Grove merchants and advocates join to boost their town

Springfield entrance plaza to receive a face-lift — The public plaza at City Hall is set to receive some tender loving care.

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Massive Park-Centered Development Could Transform Downtown Minneapolis – Downtown Minneapolis is set for a huge redevelopment in the shadow of the Minnesota Vikings’ new,$1 billion stadium. On Friday the city council voted unanimously for the $400 million Downtown East project, a mixed-use development which will also include new green space.

Cincinnati Streetcar Plan Pits Desire for Growth Against Fiscal Restraint – After much contentious debate, construction on a 3.6 mile streetcar line in Cincinnati is moving ahead, with financial support from a foundation.

Indiana lures ‘Illinoyed’ biz – States have lured business for years, but new hardball tactics are part of a larger GOP effort.

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