01.08.14 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5


  1. Europe’s Most Congested City Contemplates Going Car-Free – A new mayor in Brussels wants to turn a central axis into a pedestrian-only zone.

  2. Why Canada sucks on climate change – If you were old enough to vote in 2004, then you probably remember the refrain “I’m moving to Canada!” It was every disenchanted liberal’s threat after George W. Bush’s reelection. Wags even made a “United States of Canada” map, attaching the Democratic states of the coasts and Upper Midwest to their friendly northern neighbor.

  3. Slowly, Asia Factories Begin to Turn Green – Multinational companies and Asian suppliers are increasingly going beyond local regulations in designing factories that cut energy costs and pollute less.

  4. The Failure and the Promise of Public Participation – Outdated laws and overly formal procedures for public meetings are eroding trust in government. There are better ways than three minutes at the microphone.

  5. The Future of Downtown Vegas Is Somewhere in Tony Hsieh’s Apartment – The initiative began in late 2010 after Zappos was bought by Amazon for $1.2 billion, when Hsieh decided to bring his company from suburban Henderson, Nevada into the city center. He relocated Zappos’ new headquarters to the Death Star-esque City Hall in a 15-year lease, and his roughly 1,500 employees moved in during the fall of 2013. But Hsieh wanted to do more. He proposed a $350 million, five-year plan (completely separate from Zappos) to invigorate the area, divvying it up between real estate, a tech fund, small businesses, and education.

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The quest to build something very cool in a very hazardous area – Land owner seeks reader input in his plan to construct something special in a flood zone.

L.A. sues to block oil field near USC from reopening – The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Allenco Energy Inc. from reopening in South Los Angeles

Once a regional hero, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson loses ARC board seat – Somehow the magic of the moment never was properly translated to voters who may not have understood how difficult it is to get the many mayors and county leaders in urban, suburban and exurban areas to work together for the good of the Atlanta region.



Wanted: Young GOP megadonors – Conservative super PACs were dealt a blow in the past nine months, when two of their biggest benefactors died, Texas billionaires Harold Simmons and Bob Perry.

Republicans on repeat – There is one central issue they are refusing to let go: Obamacare.

Gates sharply critical of Obama in new memoir – The former defense secretary describes a contentious relationship between the president and his top aides about Afghanistan war strategy and policies.

President Talks of Better Days, but With an Asterisk – President Obama faces a challenge as he seeks to advertise the nation’s financial recovery while arguing for action to help a still-besieged middle class.

How Democrats Can Force Republicans to Help the Unemployed – It appeared for weeks, and even up until a day ago, that Senate Republicans might filibuster to death an extension of unemployment benefits. But six Republicans from purple states defected, allowing the debate to proceed, and suggesting the path will eventually be cleared for the Senate to pass an extension.

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Scientists May Have Decoded Your Social Circle – Researchers studying the shape of our social networks make some startling findings.

Why Every Employee At Your Company Should Use LinkedIn – Having your entire workforce use LinkedIn could become your company’s rocket fuel. Yet many employers block company computers from accessing LinkedIn.

How to Write a Compelling Blog Introduction – The unfortunate reality is, most of your blog subscribers aren’t willing to forgive a mediocre introduction. If you miss your opportunity to prove your worth, you can forget the rest.

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A Higher Minimum Wage Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty – With rippling effects on inequality. Full

More people moving to Oregon – Oregon was the number one destination among people who moved from one state to another last year, according to an annual migration study from United Van Lines

Capitol interns gain insight into service, political careers – For Randy Ealy ’91 and Martha Bennett ’89, their own internships at the State Capitol led to established careers in politics. Ealy interned for two state senators and now works as the chief administrative officer for the City of Beaverton.

At Amazon, Gantlet for New Hires – Amazon doesn’t rush into filling higher-level jobs. Indeed, the e-commerce giant has a gantlet of people, dubbed “bar raisers,” who must sign off on would-be hires.


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Beaverton city councilors decide on four-month delay – System development charges are one-time fees, generally assessed on new development

Gladstone city council approves extension for lynx owner – Patrick Clark says he won’t give up the fight to keep his pet lynx, Sosha. “She’s my family,” says Clark, “I’ve had her forever, so she’s like losing my kid or keeping my kid

Analysis says tolls can make CRC financially viable – Charging tolls on Interstate 5 could generate enough money to make the Columbia River Crossing financially viable, Oregon officials said after releasing a new report Tuesday.

Road costs, residents to hit OC’s South End – Concerns about the methodology used to determine South End Concept Plan transportation impacts spurred Oregon City to prepare a detailed report for the Planning Commission in advance of its hearing next week to consider about 2,500 new housing units on about 400 acres.

Cornelius City Council approves social gaming ordinance, fire engine purchase – City Council approved the ordinance at a meeting Tuesday Jan. 7. It becomes effective in February. According to state law, social gaming means: A game other than a lottery between players in a private home or, if authorized, in a private business



Seattle mayor shakes up police brass – Mayor Ed Murray is expected to replace Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel with former Assistant Chief Harry C. Bailey.

For its second Tacoma purchase, California apartment developer buys Albers Mill – ColRich, headquartered in San Diego, has made its second notable purchase in Tacoma, buying Albers Mill on the Foss Waterway for $8.1 million. Last summer it bought Chelsea Heights, the apartment building near Wright Park.

Berthing Pains – They’re symptoms of a much bigger WSDOT problem.

Clark County extends traffic impact fee freeze – Clark County commissioners say they hope to protect the housing recovery by again extending a freeze on residential traffic impact fees that reduces them by half in some cases.

Cover Oregon misses mark – The state health insurance exchange signs up fewer people for private coverage than planned

Mayor delivers State of the City address – Mayor John Stromberg said in his annual State of the City address that the city of Ashland is working to give citizens faith in the democratic process.

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Farmers push revised ag-gag bill; critics say problems remain – Senate Bill 101 would create a crime known as “agricultural mischief” and it’s aimed primarily at stopping secret videography and photography of farming operations.

From Murder Conviction to City Council Win – Wantwaz Davis, who served nearly 20 years for murder before being elected to the Flint, Mich., city council in November, sees his background as an asset — not a liability.

Road salt keeps America’s roads safe, but threatens the environment – More than 22 million tons of road salt — 139 pounds per person — is used nationwide each year to keep roads safe from snow and ice. But environmental concerns emerge after the snow melts and the salt compounds remain, Smithsonian magazine reports.

Editorial: It’s 16 below. Where’s my train? While their neighbors hunkered down at home, enjoying a snow day or telecommuting, the brave suburbanites who made their way to work via train suffered mightily.

Minnesota campaign finance data errors reach $26 million – The Star Tribune’s analysis turned up $20 million in problems. Regulators found an additional $6 million in an extra year of digging.

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