02.04.14 Your Morning Buzz

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Varnell seeks city manager

Hillsboro’s new chief, Lee Dobrowolski, lists integrity, community policing as key values in law enforcement

Former Castle Hills councilman arrested

Milton city manager credentialed by ICMA

Marks accepts Lebanon city manager’s position

2 former East Texas officials finalists for city manager post

Teresa Foy Is Selected As Winslow Finance Director

Mount Clemens mayor disputes city manager “resignation”




  1. The robots that saved Pittsburgh – How the Steel City avoided Detroit’s fate.

  2. Warner theater – Mark Warner is stricken with the flu. A snowstorm has just forced Liberty University to cancel the speech he was about to give to 10,000 Liberty University students. Now, fresh off a trip to the pulmonologist, he’s trying to win over a lethargic group of 25 community leaders at a technology startup on Jerry Falwell Parkway.

  3. DOT starts down the road toward driverless cars – “Connected-vehicle technology” could prevent millions of crashes and save many thousands of lives a year.

  4. While Asking for Help, Detroit Sells a Comeback – Even as beleaguered Detroit is emphasizing its desperate need for financial support, it is pitching itself as the city of the future.

  5. First Event of Olympics: Hotel Construction Sprint – Just days before the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, there are unfinished hotels, half-finished stores and a mall where the only shop that is open and thriving is a Cinnabon.




What Country Does Your State’s Life Expectancy Resemble? -How California and Virginia can be as different as Liechtenstein and Brunei

New York Fights to Set Its Own Speed Limits – Right now, the city can’t reduce speeds on pedestrian-heavy roads. But advocates are hoping to change that.

Olson and Boies, Legal Duo, Seek Role in 2 Cases on Gay Marriage – Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, who led the case that defeated California’s ban on same-sex marriage, want to play a central role in cases in Utah and Oklahoma, but they have not been met with open arms by the teams of lawyers already involved.

Obama Moves to the Right in a Partisan War of Words – In the political fight over income inequality, President Obama and the Democrats have moved in the direction of Republicans, and voters, by emphasizing opportunity.




Chris Christie answers questions about bridge scandal – New Jersey’s governor says he knew nothing about lane closures affecting Fort Lee until afterward, but concedes he may have heard about traffic problems.

The Mayor and the Unions – The looming negotiations with the city’s unions over new contracts will give Mayor Bill de Blasio the chance to be a tougher kind of progressive.

Poll Puts Christie 16 Points Behind Clinton – Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey trailed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 16 points in the latest CNN/ORC poll.

Farm bill on verge of passage after three years of haggling – The wide-ranging bill, which would dramatically overhaul farm and nutrition policies, looks to be a rare bipartisan highlight of a rancorous era in Congress.



Cornelius City Council votes to put library bond on May ballot, following lengthy public debate – The total project is estimated to cost $12.8 million. Bienestar would pay for $8 million of the cost of the building through housing grants. Library supporters would privately raise $2.4 million, leaving $2.4 million for the library itself for taxpayers to fund through a 20-year bond.

Portland transportation priorities: Tell the City Council what you want funded (poll) – Portland Commissioner Steve Novick released a poll Monday highlighting the opinions of 800 voters asked about transportation priorities.

Transportation poll finds the Portlanders are most concerned about ‘condition of roads’ – A new poll of 800 city residents commissioned for the Portland Bureau of Transportation found that the “condition of roads” is the most pressing need.

Langley Investment Properties drops bid to buy Blue Heron paper mill site – Bankruptcy trustee Peter McKittrick, who is in charge of liquidating the Oregon City mill’s assets, notified Judge Randall Dunn on Monday that the deal was off.



Do-or-die dynamic in the short legislative session – The CRC is hanging by a thread, budget issues are on the table, and bills have about two weeks to get traction or be swept into the trash as the Legislature convenes for 35-day session.

Everett fixing Charleston’s 787 snafus – Boeing is struggling to complete 787 fuselage sections in Charleston since a production rate increase. Sections are arriving in Everett less finished than before.

Corvallis City Council approves changes for OSU’s private streets – The Corvallis City Council unanimously approved a Land Development Code update Monday night

City closer to pot-shop rules – The Vancouver City Council indicated Monday it will follow a voter-approved state law when it adopts regulations for state-licensed marijuana businesses.

Jury awards $9 million to former local cop – Finding that a former Clark County sheriff’s detective fabricated reports, a U.S. District Court jury has awarded $9 million to a former Vancouver cop who spent 20 years in prison.

City’s offer for Civic favored – School district chief recommends the board sell the crumbling stadium to the city, which wants to preserve the structure

Salem breweries to get bus tour – First came the local breweries and taphouses, now come the brewery tours.

Lawmakers get special session started – Hearings are held on three separate bills related to recent high-profile deaths in Oregon

PURE MIDWEST: Twitter and Column


Downtown Joliet Parking Meters Losing Money: City – Should the city get rid of the meters? Share your input by taking a downtown parking survey.

Minneapolis Sees Civic Push for Open Data – Minneapolis’ City Council wants data open to the public but in some cases it’s described as ‘pulling teeth.’

Changes in SEMCOG leadership, but transit, road repair goals remain the same – Since 1998, Tait has been at the helm the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, the regional planning body that brings together representatives from counties, towns, cities and school districts to study and recommend improvements as well as dole out state and federal dollars — with Lomako as his chief deputy.

At DIA, executives’ pay up 17% since 2010 – The Detroit Institute of Arts gave executives pay hikes, and granted a $155,000 loan to Director Graham Beal, while it campaigned for a regional property tax and faced a pension shortfall, according to its financial records. The museum’s finances are coming into focus at a time when private foundations and the state have mounted an unprecedented $720 million plan to shield the museum’s artwork from bankruptcy creditors and bolster Detroit municipal pensions.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST: Twitter and Column


Southwest Airlines reveals 15 cities it’ll add from Love Field – Southwest will fly nonstop to five cities the day the Wright amendment restrictions end, then add the others.

Where do tech workers earn the most? Some cities saw a jump surpassing 30 percent, according to a tech site. Is San Antonio in this most fortunate list?

Bill Sinkin dead at 100 – The civic leader was widely credited with bringing HemisFair ’68 to fruition and used his birthday celebrations to tout solar power.

Contender enters Round Rock City Council race – For the first time since 2009, there will be a contested seat for the Round Rock City Council. Will Peckham, owner of Round Rock Travel & Cruises, announced Feb. 3 his intention to run against Carlos Salinas for the Place 4 seat.

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Mac’s List: 11 Annual Portland Networking Events You Don’t Want to Miss – Emerging Local Government Leaders is a fantastic organization for those looking to get into local government. Kent and Kirsten Wyatt held their first conference last year and Mac Prichard was one of the panelists. He said it was a great event and very useful for those in government work.

A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies – Status is as important to us as breathing.

What’s Behind States’ Population Growth? Fifteen states experienced significant population increases last year. New Census estimates on migration trends and birth rates provide a glimpse into what’s driving each state’s growth. View data for your state.

How to Attain Near-Perfect Decision-Making – Flow is the state of mind that transforms a human being from an average creature – capable of fairly average achievements – into a superman (or woman) capable of doing things that no one has ever done before.


SOCIAL NETWORK: FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterest, and Twitter


The 7 Rules of Social Media – Experts share the do’s and don’ts of social media to help governments better communicate with the public online.

Four Reasons Facebook Became A Colossus – The first time I met Mark Zuckerberg I told him he seemed like a natural CEO.

How to Decide Which Social Media Outlet is Best for Your Business – With the multitude of options for social media, it’s hard for businesses to determine where they should be allocating their resources.

The Stubborn Persistence of America’s Digital Divide– The quarter of households without Internet are disproportionately made up of families with less income and education.

This Super Useful App Wants to Change How We Get Around Cities – RideScout co-founder Joseph Kopser would love if his transportation app were the last one you ever downloaded. Whereas most city transportation services offer their own app, RideScoutcollects all the services in a single interface.

Palo Alto Proclaims Open Data as Default for City – Palo Alto signs proclamation establishing open data as the default practice for all city data.

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