03.01.14 Your Morning Buzz

 

Transaction Wire

Sund a finalist for a second city manager job

Fairview interviews for new city manager

Mount Pleasant searching for new city manager

City Of Live Oak Plans To Create City Manager Position

Casper councilman Craig Hedquist sues city manager John Patterson

Madison chosen as Adairsville city manager

Miami city commissioners confirm new city manager — then offer him their sympathy

 L.A. County assessor race shapes up without Noguez

Nevada official takes Lane job

Wake’s new county manager brings transit experience

Portland police bureau needs to change its mission, assistant chief says

Cover Oregon: Carolyn Lawson, departed IT director, says she’s been unfairly scapegoated

 

High 5

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  • How biz went ‘DEFCON 1’ in Arizona – As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer prepared to make a career-defining decision — whether to veto a bill that would free business owners to discriminate on the basis of their religious preferences — a letter arrived at her office early this week with a stern warning from some of the biggest names in the local business community.

  • America’s 25 most awkward allies – Last December, National Security Adviser Susan Rice offered a remarkably candid insight into Barack Obama’s foreign policy. “Let’s be honest,” she said, “at times … we do business with governments that do not respect the rights we hold most dear.

  • Why Sweden has so few road deaths – With only three of every 100,000 Swedes dying on the roads each year, compared with 5.5 per 100,000 across the European Union, 11.4 in America and 40 in the Dominican Republic, which has the world’s deadliest traffic, Sweden’s roads have become the world’s safest. Other places such as New York City are now trying to copy its success. How has Sweden done it?

50 Nifty

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A Futuristic Approach to Adding Solar Power to Public Space – In the form of a giant, glowing cube.

How Far Can You Get in the Suburbs Without a Car? Living in the suburbs without a car can be a problem. Though many suburban communities have bus or train access into the central city in the morning and back again at night during the work week, if your job is anywhere besides the central city or you work odd hours, you may be out of luck.

Sartorial Pluck Has No Place in Washington, the City of Fancy Fridays – For a town of grand monuments and boulevards, a wardrobe that fails to reflect the gravitas of buildings where treaties were signed and wars were ended is not tolerated.

Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged – North Carolina regulators say that under Gov. Pat McCrory, a weakened Department of Environment and Natural Resources has abandoned its regulatory role.

Politicos

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‘Gov. Moonbeam’ goes mainstream – Calif. governor Jerry Brown, seeking a fourth term in office, is decidedly more grounded than in the 1970s.

Christie’s Plan: To Shift the Public’s Attention – After weeks in the shadow of scandal, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is working to refocus the debate to pensions, not lane closures.

De Blasio Favors Activists, Not Managers, for Posts – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointees are liberal advocates rather than the businessmen favored by his predecessor.

End of an Era? Clinton Media Strategy May Be Due for an Overhaul – Hillary Rodham Clinton outlasted many of her old combatants from the 1990s and as a senator faced a new wave of reporters unfamiliar with the earlier media battles.

Portlandia

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Oregon House ends week early after medical marijuana showdown – Democrats hoped to delay the vote on Senate Bill 1531, which would allow cities and counties to ban and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, until Monday. Republicans thought they had the votes to pass the bill on the floor Friday.

Beaverton, Tigard to partner on Enterprise Zone – Beaverton will administrate tax abatement program for expanding Tigard businesses What business-generating tools are good for Beaverton are good for Tigard too.

City sends 5 charter amendments to may ballot –  The Sherwood City Council has approved placing five charter amendments

Bolting Down – Commissioner Steve Novick gets federal money for earthquake retrofits.

District Attorney’s Office, Police Mistakenly Targeted Sidewalk Use in Controversial COPP Program -The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office Thursday said a program intended to provide stiff penalties for certain nuisance crimes has frequently been misapplied in more than eight months of use, resulting in consequences for unintended targets.

Cascadia

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Oregon and the New Jim Crow – The future of marriage equality in Oregon? Quashing a discriminatory ballot measure.

On Mirror Pond: Sediment and sentiment and the battle over Bend’s iconic waterway – The signature view — or as one supporter calls it, the “money shot” — of Mirror Pond in downtown Bend looks south near the Drake Park footbridge.

Trial date set for first dispensary charges since vote to legalize pot in 2012 – Two Tacoma men associated with medical marijuana dispensaries in the South Sound were arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court, charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Pierce County leaders hear about urgent business needs – Even as Pierce County’s top economic development group ticked off the business achievements of the last year at its annual meeting Friday, both Gov. Jay Inslee and Port of Tacoma Chief Executive John Wolfe warned of difficulties ahead.

From plant to patient: Examining how the new medical marijuana dispensary law will affect growers – Part one of a three part series that examines the changes, risks and rewards of Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program as the new dispensary law takes effect.

Pure Midwest: Twitter

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Minnesota budget surplus grows to $1.23 billion – The money gained in a strengthening economy is already igniting a legislative fight over what to do with the windfall.

Plymouth dock dispute ignites debate over access to state lakes – Dan Gustafson, who bought a 5-foot-wide sliver of land wedged between two homes on Medicine Lake, is two years into his fight with Plymouth over building a dock there.

What a Michigan winter: Unless you’re 130, you’ve never seen snow like this – The last time Detroiters endured such a cold and snowy winter, a leading industry in town was cigars, J.L. Hudson was preparing to open his first downtown store and the University of Michigan just recently started playing football.

Rochelle Riley: Mayor Duggan makes it hard not to believe in Detroit – There is a scene in the film “Independence Day” where Jeff Goldblum’s character outlines a plan to save the world by destroying an alien ship hovering above Earth. Will Smith’s character promises to fly him to the mother ship in an alien spacecraft to do it.

South x Southwest: Twitter

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Game on: Dallas one of 8 cities vying for RNC 2016 – Dallas will square off against Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Kansas City, and three cities in Ohio: Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. No surprises. Dallas was the last city to join the hunt, early this month, and all the others have been preparing bids for months.

Business leaders claim clout in water debate — Forgive Robert Puente if he feels besieged. With the drought stretching into its fourth year, the San Antonio Water System CEO is hearing a lot these days about how to secure the city’s water supply, his No. 1 job.

Did Texas execute an innocent man? The Innocence Project argued Friday that newly discovered documents undermine the credibility of a key witness against a Texas man executed for the deaths of his three children based in part on arson evidence that has since been deemed faulty.

Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general vs. gay friend — When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend’s bedside.

See former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’s $5 million Old Preston Hollow home – In the heart of Old Preston Hollow, this French country estate designed by Robbie Fusch, creates a fusion of grand elegance with extreme functionality. The home’s price was just reduced from $5.6 million to $4.99 million.

U.S. 75 gets a new name through Collin County – U.S. Highway 75 from Plano to McKinney has been renamed in honor of Rep. Sam Johnson.

Human Resources

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Talk Box: LinkedIn Etiquette – Jessica Williams from Prichard Communications runs the popular Mac’s List job board. She joins us to talk about the etiquette of looking for a job online after a LinkedIn rejection went viral.

Are You Discriminating Against Women Employees Without Even Knowing – A Pew study about men and women at work reveals stereotypes about working fathers and mothers is causing discrimination against women in the workplace.

Quit Trying to be Ethical! Every organization claims high ethical aspirations. Unfortunately, the least character-driven team members often tend to be the most “ethical” because they know EXACTLY where the line is

11 Rules for Hugging at Work – Hello. My name is Tim Sackett, and I’m a hugger. Being a hugger can make for some awkward moments – what if the other person isn’t expecting a, or doesn’t want to, hug and you’re coming in arms-wide-open!?

The Social Network

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Oakland, Calif., Police Use Twitter to Fight Crime – Engaging citizens with social media is helping officers solve crimes more quickly, and helping citizens feel more connected to their police force.

The Most Revealing Broadband Adoption Maps We’ve Ever Seen – In the era of Google Fiber, there’s more reason than ever to confront America’s digital divide.

The High-Risk World of Instagram Storm Chasers – Modern storm chasing, particularly in the U.S., has seen bouts of rapid expansion since its inception in the 1950s. Popular documentaries and feature films likeTwister have inspired meteorologists and adrenaline junkies of generations past to take up the chase, following dangerous supercells across the continent.

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