02.21.14 Your Morning Buzz

16 Things That Are Just Never As Good After College


Hold onto your sweet, precious red cups while you still can.


Transaction Wire

Hermiston posts survey for input on city manager

New Emporia City Manager Named

Dempsey departs as city manager, Reagan steps in as interim

Former Joplin city manager a finalist for Texas job

Finance officer Daniel Alfonso to be named Miami city manager

Monterey City Council can’t agree what to offer prospective city manager

Bisbee council continues search for city manager

Parks board names new director

High 5


Colorado Expects to Reap Tax Bonanza From Legal Marijuana Sales– The state predicts $100 million a year in revenues, and a budget proposal from Gov. John W. Hickenlooper estimates that the industry could reach $1 billion in sales in the next fiscal year.    

A Billionaire Philanthropist in Washington Who’s Big on ‘Patriotic Giving’ – David M. Rubenstein, whose fortune is estimated at $3 billion, stands nearly alone in shoring up institutions generally under the purview of the federal government.           

Blame Overbearing Government for Gentrification, Not Neo-Liberalism – The exploding housing prices we see today are a result of policy decisions made decades ago.

Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay – The challenge is to design ways to soften the effects of these necessary evils. 

Dixie Blue – Can Democrats retake the South? Yes, and here’s how.

50 Nifty


Does your state have a Waffle House? You probably voted for Romney. How U.S. politics tracks closely with a map of locations for the all-day-breakfast chain.

Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law – Cities, counties and public schools, lacking the option of passing along increased costs to consumers, are drawing a line at 30 hours.

Arizona ‘religious freedom’ bill opens door to discrimination – The measure, which passed the Legislature, would bolster a business owner’s right to refuse service to gays and others.



Christie Hosts First Town Hall Since Scandal– The New Jersey governor appeared in Middletown, N.J., to meet with the public about Sandy recovery for the first town hall of his second term     

Clinton favorability at 59 percent – She maintains a favorable opinion with Americans, though it has dipped since she was in the Cabinet.

Boehner just bought a Fla. condo. Hello, retirement? His office has downplayed the purchase as a sign of anything. We couldn’t help but dig a bit deeper.

Obama backs away from a Republican budget priority – The president’s next spending plan will not include a change that would have slowed cost-of-living increases for Social Security and other entitlement programs.



Marissa Madrigal’s State of the County address will highlight Multnomah County’s successes, failures, while looking toward future – They’ll also get a crash course in the racism, classism and prejudice that created inequities that still reverberate through society today.

‘Too early to tell’ how growth plan ruling will impact Beaverton, South Cooper Mountain – In the wake of an Oregon Court of Appeals decision to overturn a 50-year growth plan for Metro and Washington County, Beaverton staff are sifting through the decision and reviewing options for the city.

Legislators hope to nail down ‘land use grand bargain’ by next weekA decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday opened the door for the Oregon Legislature to take charge over charting the Portland metro area’s growth in coming decades.

Strike Out – Friction between labor and management could have long-term consequences for Portland.

Leaders say local businesses need Columbia River Crossing – Local businesses need a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River, business leaders told the Statesman Journal editorial board Thursday, and the window is closing for the legislative approval the project needs to go forward.    



New Philomath city manager wants to maintain city’s stability – When Chris Workman starts as Philomath city manager March 17, it will be the first time he’s served as a city manager.

Offbeat beach towns offer spirited personalities, small communities – The bar at Mill 109 in the small community of Seabrook, north of Ocean Shores, attracts a mixed crowd: Tourists, residents, construction workers fresh off the job. And on this particular Friday night, a pony-tailed gentleman wearing a bow tie.

Sand cleanup continues on Salem streets – Salem Public Works crews continued their long and winding task on Thursday — sweeping up all that gravel they scattered during the recent snow storm.  

Oregon AG won’t defend state ban on gay marriage – Supporters are encouraged by the move, but opponents call it a failure of duty   

Clark County could allow employees to carry guns – In the wake of a workplace shooting at the Center for Community Health earlier in the month, Clark County commissioners are directing their legal staff to draft a new policy allowing county employees to carry concealed weapons.  

Pure Midwest


From Detroit Leaders, a Way Forward – The city was expected on Friday to present a plan to its bankruptcy judge for settling its debt and recovering. Early drafts revealed painful solutions.

Snow plowing answers: 5 questions for Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom – City leaders, who have coordinated snow plowing in five more neighborhoods in the next week, admitted Wednesday that they waited too long to begin a dedicated plan to clear clogged roads.

Mayor can’t apply for city manager, state law says he must be off Council a year – Ellensburg Mayor and City Council member Rich Elliott will not apply for the city’s vacant city manager position, citing a state law prohibiting current Council members from throwing their hats in for the job. 

South x Southwest


Portion of The Rim sells for $176.4 million – In one of the biggest real-estate deals in San Antonio in a while, a Houston company has paid $176.4 million to acquire portions of The Rim shopping center. Hines Global REIT Inc., a real estate investment trust, acquired almost 800,000 square feet of the 1.8-million-square-foot outdoor shopping center on the Northwest Side.

Road kill plan turns heads, stomachs in District 53 contest – Buzzards shouldn’t get dibs on the venison that vehicles regularly serve up along Texas roads, says Tink Nathan, a Texas House candidate. He wants state law changed to allow motorists to collect and consume the untapped food source. 

Texas tea party sours on Stockman – Tea party activists hoped to oust Texas Sen. John Cornyn this year in an early-March contest that could have burnished their credibility heading into the midterms. Instead, Cornyn’s best-known challenger, Rep. Steve Stockman, has gone missing on the campaign trail, dogged by unflattering stories about his past and his ethics.

Human Resources


Where Do People Spend the Most of Their Paycheck on Housing? According to a new report, the share of households that spend more than half of their income on housing slightly declined last year – but the reprieve could be short-lived. View data for every state.   

The Most Popular Employee Perks Of 2014 – In addition to all of the traditional perks like 401K matching funds and free medical and dental benefits, employers are becoming more innovative — and employees love it. Here are some of the most interesting and popular perks in 2014. 

The WhatsApp Guy Applied to Work at Facebook in 2009. They Rejected Him. Brian Acton, a co-founder of big ticket item WhatsApp, was an engineer at Yahoo for 11 years. But he joined lots of Americans in the hunt for a new job during 2009. And he went out for a lot of things he didn’t get. As TechCrunch points out, Acton was tweeting about trying to network with recruiters and stay relaxed in May 2009.

The Social Network


A Hilarious Study of Selfie Photos in 5 Cities Around the World – Yes, there are regional differences to the form, and the expressions captured in them.

For Facebook, It’s Users First and Profits Later– The social networking giant’s agreement to buy the messaging start-up WhatsApp for up to $19 billion is risky, but follows a trend in valuing the number of users over revenue.  

Mark Zuckerberg Comes Of Age As A Mogul – The Facebook CEO has grown into a cocksure leader, solid operator, and gutsy dealmaker, even if the casual dress remains.   


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