12.26.13 Your Morning Buzz

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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

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Transaction Wire

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Edward Snowden: ‘I already won’ –  The former NSA contractor has altered the U.S. relationship with its citizens and the world.

Microbreweries and beer giants tangle over tax cuts – American microbreweries are asking Uncle Sam to cut their federal excise tax so they can grab more market share from Coors, Budweiser, Corona, Miller and other brands that have become household names.

In California, a Mayor’s Rise Is a Sign of the Times – Robert Jacob, the mayor of Sebastopol, Calif., is the first person from the marijuana industry to lead an American city, cannabis advocates say.

In Los Angeles Clash, It’s the Police vs. Pedestrians – A crackdown on jaywalkers has raised questions about whether the police are siding with the automobile at a time when the city’s pedestrian culture is taking off.

Seeking a Better Way as E.R. Costs Soar – The cost of emergency room care for the mentally ill shows no sign of ebbing, but a North Carolina hospital is experimenting to save money and better help patients.

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Texas Works To Fix Roads Damaged by Energy Boom – State Department of Transportation has awarded the final contract for improvements on roads impacted by the energy sector.

Toxic soil is new hurdle for $1-billion project in Watts – City officials vow to remove soil laced with lead, arsenic, oil and cancer-causing industrial chemicals from the site’s past use as a steel factory.

Despite Broken Website, Maryland Enrolls Homeless in Medicaid -Medicaid enrollment assisters in Maryland are finding ways to sign up homeless people for public health insurance despite huge technical problems.

Washington, D.C.’s strict pot law keeps demand low – The city’s three dispensaries have served just 111 patients since opening in the summer. But the city’s pot laws might soon be easing.

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PR nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave. – Critics have used each new announcement to try to further sink the president’s credibility.

Poll: Just how despised is Congress? In the poll, 73 percent say lawmakers have done nothing to address the nation’s problems this year.

Are Senate Democrats open to GOP Obamacare fixes? Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggests Democrats are open to GOP ideas for fixing the health-care law. Is that so?

Canada’s prostitution fantasy –  Legalizing the practice doesn’t make it safer.

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10 Best iPhone Apps of 2013 – There are more than 1 million apps in the App Store, and while we haven’t tested them all, the Mashable staff had busy fingers in 2013 — gaming, photo editing and posting away on our favorite iPhone apps from the bunch.

Who, if anyone, should store phone data for the NSA? Many don’t want phone companies to hold the data for longer, and using a private third party also raises concerns.

Trove of Information From the 1930s, Animated by the Internet – The “Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States,” with 700 maps, is fueled by new technology, illustrating patterns of long ago.

Career Center

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12.24.13 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Y’all vs. You Guys Remix)

Building a Feedback-Rich Culture – As an executive coach and an experiential educator, I’m a passionate believer in the value of interpersonal feedback. To become more effective and fulfilled at work, people need a keen understanding of their impact on others and the extent to which they’re achieving their goals in their working relationships. Direct feedback is the most efficient way for them to gather this information and learn from it.

The Business Case for Paternity Leave – In an unpredictable job market, spouses do better when they “cross-train” at home.

For 1.3 million long-term jobless, another step closer to the edge – Emergency unemployment benefits, which expire Saturday, were left out of the new bipartisan budget deal.

 

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Mandatory Sick Leave Begins Jan. 1 In Portland – The City Council passed the ordinance last March. It requires that employers in Portland provide a minimum of one hour of sick leave for every thirty hours of work by an employee.

Tigard transit initiative touches a nerve – Sides gird for fight on measure to block high-speed plans. Traffic and congestion are the top concerns of Tigard residents, according to municipal surveys.

City looks for feedback on new seal – Willamette University grad student designs logo. On Oct. 7, the West Linn City Council agreed to update the city seal as the council’s contribution to the 2013 centennial celebration.

Sources Say: Hales parks carbon tax – As Charlie Hales considers possible new revenue sources for maintaining and improving Portland streets, he has taken a city carbon tax off the table.

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A Table-to-Farm Pioneer – A restaurateur teaches himself to raise livestock and make cheese on an island near Seattle.

Ethics questions over city job held by mayor-elect’s spouse – Michael Shiosaki, Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s husband, works for the city’s parks department. He got an advisory opinion from the Ethics Commission that he could avoid a conflict of interest with the mayor. But some neighborhood activists question that.

Price Check On Fireball – Oregon voters will soon be told getting rid of the OLCC will lower liquor prices. A shopping trip to Vancouver kills that buzz

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Nostalgiaville USA will soon be just a fond memory – As drivers head west on Interstate 70 from St. Louis, the billboards advertise everything from a Christian talk radio station, to a store that sells antique guns, to motels promoting warm breakfasts and HBO.

Detroit’s abandoned buildings draw tourists instead of developers — He’d heard stories of ruin and blight, but that didn’t prepare Oliver Kearney for what he saw

Innovators and entrepreneurs talk about what makes them tick – Our new video page highlights our conversations with some of the top names in Chicago business, sharing lessons on founding companies, inspiring workers and how they make change happen.

 

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