02.14.14 Your Morning Buzz

Barack Obama Asks ‘House of Cards’ Fans Not To Post Spoilers

Transaction Wire

Five Candidates to Interview for Lynn Haven City Manager

Adams is new city manager

Six vie for Falls City council seat

Arcata city manager to retire

Likely interim city manager Susan Bedsole: ‘We are where we are’

High 5



  1. Imagine: A World Where Nobody Owns Their Own Car – It’s possible, and sooner than you’d think.

  2. Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World? Russia’s balmy weather could be a sign of things to come, a new study says. We’re running out of places cold enough to host the Games.

  3. Monica Lewinsky, reconsidered – Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul and the new politics of an old sex scandal.

  4. After Muted Triumphs at Home, Obama Seeks Progress Abroad – The status quo that the White House claims as a victory at home falls short of Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy goals. That’s in part why the president is spending Valentine’s Day with the king of Jordan.

  5. Meet The Carpetbagging Tea Partier Who Could Be W. Va.’s Newest Rep. One of the tea partiers with a strong shot at winning a congressional seat in West Virginia hopped the Maryland border to make his run, all the while promising to fight the “gun-grabbers” and “pro-abortion zealots.”


50 Nifty


After Snowy Onslaught, City Faces Big Melt – The snow was finally ending on Friday, with temperatures expected to rise as high as 40 degrees. Public schools are open, but roads remain treacherous for the early commute.

City manager Carlee takes tour of city, tweets photos – Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee drove around with city officials Thursday surveying the conditions on the roads.

Santa Monica targets quake safety – Santa Monica will become the first city in California to inspect concrete, steel and wood-frame buildings and require seismic retrofitting

U.S. judge strikes down Va. ban on gay marriage – A judge strikes down a constitutional amendment Va. voters approved in 2006. But since she stayed her decision, gay marriages will not begin immediately.

Will Florida Revive its State Tech Agency? New legislation would re-authorize an information technology agency in the state and give Gov. Rick Scott the power to appoint a CIO.



Soda Taxes Aren’t Job Killers – A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds taxes on sugary drinks cause no net harm to the job market and raise government revenues substantially.

Drought may be a fertile topic for Republican candidates – GOP candidates for governor seize on the subject as they seek to score points against Brown. ‘Politicians have won and lost races over water,’ says one

Keeping Schools Open Brings Headache for Mayor – The battle to get children to and from school Thursday led to an outcry and put Mayor Bill de Blasio on the defensive.

Portrait of the Governor as a Young Man – Chris Christie’s forgotten early years of scandal and failure.



Urban Land Institute fellows fawn over Portland’s Central Eastside and its future – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and other City Hall brass listened to a two-hour presentation Thursday from the outsiders, who gave their advice about how the Rose City should develop the Central Eastside.

Hillsboro planning commissioners compliment Wal-Mart’s revamped Sequoia Village proposal – It was the second hearing on the proposed Sequoia Village development, which would bring a 50,000-square-foot grocery, 208 units of multifamily housing and two yet-to-be-determined retailers to Hillsboro. All told, the site stretches 26 acres.

Recording Everything – New scanners in downtown clubs raise privacy questions—and may be illegal.

Split House Transportation Committee Moves CRC Bill – The House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development today voted six to four to move a bill that would keep the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project alive. 

 Citizen needs survey gathers opinions from Beaverton-area residents to help prioritize federal funding (poll) – The county and some cities receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for projects that benefit low-income families. According to the city, a family of four earning less than $58,400 per year would qualify as low-income.

Good call by Portland commissioners on SEIU appeal: Editorial Agenda 2014 – But a friendly audience is not necessarily a foolish audience, which is why commissioners unanimously rejected the union’s appeal. In doing so, they not only declined to support what Mayor Charlie Hales charitably called a “novel proposal” (more about that below), but they refused to allow the SEIU to hijack the city’s land-use process to settle a score with the project’s developer.



Notable bills still alive, but in doubt— Several of the most high-profile bills of the February session survived a key legislative deadline on Thursday

Renewing the push for clean fuels – Oregon’s governor on Thursday unveiled a push for the state to be at the forefront of clean-fuel production with a little help from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Predatory Lawmaking – A voracious debt collector wants to acquire Oregon property tax liens.

Canada’s tunnel saga offers lessons on effort to fix Bertha – Repairing the tunnel machine Bertha may unfold much like the mission to get a Canadian project back on track in 1994.

Oregon Secretary of State Databases Hacked, Still Offline – The Oregon State Police and FBI are investigating what appears to be an attack by a foreign entity.

South x Southwest


On Dallas city manager salary: Get off A.C. Gonzalez’s back; Double the council’s pay – I am tired of The Dallas Morning News beating a dead horse with a stick. All of your readers know that it did not support the selection of A.C. Gonzalez as city manager.

Dallas still assessing TxDOT’s decision to keep elevated I-345 between downtown, Deep Ellum – The Texas Department of Transportation has decided to go ahead with the $100 million rebuild of the decaying highway. Mayor Mike Rawlings isn’t so sure.

City offers forgivable loan to help Two Podners grow in South Dallas – The City Council responded Wednesday, approving a $275,000 forgivable loan to help pay for the development. The vote marks another push by the city to spur economic growth in the southern part of Dallas. A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for Thursday.

TxDOT wants help deciding Texas-Oklahoma rail route – Several routes have been proposed and they all bypass Houston. Most start in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and run north into Oklahoma City.

City Council withdraws support for northern MoPac sound wall – Austin City Council voted to tell the Texas Department of Transportation and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority that the city wishes withdraw its support of the construction of a northern portion of Sound Wall No. 3.

Davis presses hot buttons in run for governor— State Sen. Wendy Davis defined her campaign for governor with hot-button issues Thursday, backing same-sex marriage, new funding sources for transportation and tapping into the state’s rainy day fund because too much money is being allowed “to sit idly” while needs go unmet.

Pure Midwest


Colson: Public feels city’s snow efforts fell short – Colson told city council members at their weekly meeting: “I want people to understand that this team here deserves credit. They worked really hard. I’ll take the blame for not having the resources in place.”

 Patterson: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ with Detroit for water system – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Wednesday night that officials have discussed building a standalone water system instead of joining a proposed regional authority that would run Detroit’s troubled system.

Detroit retirees, banks fight for assets – Detroit’s historic bankruptcy has evolved into a populist fight between retirees and banks, as the city prepares to unveil a critical plan next week to shed some of its $18 billion in debts. Each side is fighting for its share of Detroit’s limited resources, be it tax revenue or city assets.

Bankruptcy may prove beneficial to Duggan – Mike Duggan probably would never admit it, but Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and his bankruptcy case might be the best thing to happen to the new mayor.

Iowa subcommittee approves extended sales tax rebate for Newton track – NASCAR plans to rebrand facility, expand food offerings to grow appeal

Bringing Back Mississippi Riverfront Towns Through Bike Trails – One of those groups is River Action—a small nonprofit outfit based in Davenport, Iowa, one of the cities in Illinois and Iowa that make up the Quad Cities area along the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. The area has a long industrial history, having served as the hub for John Deere, an agriculture machinery company.

Proposal would prohibit Iowa cities from limiting number of unrelated renters – Many cities say bill would unfairly limit local control over rental properties

Brownback Leads Kansas in Sharp Right Turn – Sam Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas who this year faces an election challenge, has pursued a bullishly conservative agenda while working to oust moderates.

Career Center: 02.13.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Shirley Temple Remix)


Don’t Be Boring: Your Presentation’s Missing Secret Ingredient – Do you get the feeling that people aren’t connecting with your message on a personal level?

 Your Next Job Can Find You! Attract Employers to You With Your Google – The Story and Work sections offer great opportunities for you to include information both for recruiters/prospective employers and also for Google’s search engine.

Don’t Be Boring: Your Presentation’s Missing Secret Ingredient – Do you get the feeling that people aren’t connecting with your message on a personal level? Maybe you put a lot of time and hard work into your presentations, only to receive blank stares from a tuned-out audience.

12 Most Successful Tips to Manage Presentation Nervousness – Claudyne Wilder presents her 12 Most Successful Tips to Manage Presentation Nervousness.

Leaning out – After decades of running the rat race, some women at the peak of their careers are slowing their pace.

The Social Network


Three great reasons to increase your #GooglePlus activity – Google Plus is an important place to build your brand and make connections. Here are three great reasons to increase your #GooglePlus activity in 2014.

Male, female or custom? Facebook adds gender options for users – You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms.

Snapchat Challenge: Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like a 10-Second Snap – With Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day, for all you solo riders out there) just around the corner, we’re back this week with another Mashable Snapchat Challenge.

Twitter Still Testing and Changing Profile Redesign – Twitter is still making tweaks to the profile redesign experiment it’s testing among a small group of users, such as returning to a vertical timeline and making pictures even larger.

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