03.07.14 Your Morning Buzz

Obama impressionist meets real guy


Transaction Wire

O’side hires former city manager as consultant

New Randleman city manager named

Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Leaving for Arizona State

New Yorker Files to Run Against Merkley In May Primary

Nanticoke selects a new city manager

Oakland Park city manager plans to retire soon

Finding new city manager is top priority for Mayor-elect Gonzales

Tracy City Manager Fired for Not Following Policy

Names of the final four candidates in the search for West Liberty’s next city manager have been announced

McAllen city manager leaving after 2 decades on the job

High 5



1. America’s Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing – Tough policies are the ones that would truly change commuter habits, but we’re barely seeing them.

2. Do You Have a Clue How Much Water You Really Use? Most Americans don’t. Take our quiz to see how you measure up.

3. Red Lights Dim in China’s Sin City – A Chinese anti-vice campaign is taking a toll on the economy of Dongguan, affecting not just the sex trade but areas like transportation and real estate. Above, fliers for prostitutes

4. Seniors Create Their Own Communities in Cities – More and more seniors are creating naturally occurring retirement communities, forcing cities to rethink zoning laws and how they provide services.

5. America’s most puzzling governor – Yes, Jan Brewer vetoed that anti-gay bill. Does that really maker her a closet liberal?

50 Nifty

San Francisco Ponders Rainbow-Colored Crosswalks – The Castro neighborhood is about to get a lot more festive.

Colorado launches TV advertising campaign to stop stoned driving – Colorado is spending $1 million on television ads making fun of marijuana users who space out during everyday tasks — an effort to stop stoned driving.

West Hollywood’s increasing diversity inspires mixed emotions – Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash

Big Deals in Las Vegas – Buyers emboldened by the recovering economy take advantage of reduced price tags in Sin City’s struggling luxury market.

Boston needs cooler buses – For decades, economists like me — and other budget nerds — have argued that buses are vastly more cost-effective than trains. Yet trains cause hearts to flutter, while buses elicit groans. For buses to take on more of this region’s transportation needs, they must please riders more and bean-counters less.




Mayors say big cities are driving US resurgence – The four — all Democrats — said being a big-city mayor is the best position in politics because they are able to implement new ideas quickly, without the gridlock that has paralyzed Washington and some state legislatures. As a result, they said, America’s large cities are in the midst of a renaissance.

E-mails paint an erratic Va. first lady – The messages portray the then-governor Robert F. McDonnell as willing to devote high-level staff to help his wife Maureen cope.

Nutter apologizes for ‘worst decision’: Cutting library funds – Calling library closings the “absolute worst decision” in his 20 years in elected office, Mayor Nutter took time in his budget address Thursday to apologize for the cuts he made in 2008.

Rubio Looks Abroad to Revive His Prospects – After being attacked by conservatives for supporting immigration reform, Senator Marco Rubio is trying to become the leading voice for a muscular brand of foreign policy

Senate rejects stronger military sexual assault bill – After an emotional debate, senators from both parties instead advance a competing bill that would let accusers choose to have commanding officers or military prosecutors investigate their cases



Urban renewal support, Travel Oregon grant among Forest Grove Economic Development Commission takeaways – King said he hopes to promote the city’s ethnic and artisan foods, its strong agricultural community and food processing industry in a local version of Restaurant Week, a national craze among metropolitan areas.

Marijuana festival organizers submit permit application for Waterfront Park event hours before city deadline: Portland City Hall Roundup – Paul Stanford, organizer of the festival, said the group hoped to submit an application a couple days before the deadline, but they were working to address all the necessary details.

Hillsboro sees two ways forward – The city of Hillsboro may soon be changing the direction of its downtown business district — literally.

Unstable bridge between Gladstone and Oregon City concerned cities for years – Union Pacific engineers will continue Thursday evening to monitor the nearly 100-year-old trolley bridge that connects Gladstone and Oregon City after the structure tilted this morning.

Camping Trip – City Hall is looking at 21 new sites for a homeless camp. But only a few options are serious.

Getting Totally Hosed – A retired fire bureau official is still doing his former job—but he’s getting paid twice.

Touchdown Terry – Clackamas County tycoon Terry Emmert is bringing pro football players to Portland. Why?

Carrie Brownstein Reveals the Greasy Details of Filming Portlandia – Every year the city and citizens of Portland open their homes, bookstores, coffee shops, police cars, and parks so Portlandia can film their sketches. Portlandia wouldn’t be possible without the kindness of the strangers and for that Portlandia fans across the globe will forever be grateful.



City Manager Proposes Cuts To Human Services, Human Rights – Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz has recommended cutting $250,000 from Human Services discretionary funding as part of balancing the city budget for fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1. These cuts would manifest as “reductions in support to local nonprofit agencies such as Looking Glass, St. Vincent de Paul, Womenspace, Lane ShelterCare and a myriad of others,” according to Human Services Commission (HSC) Chair Pat Farr.

EmX bus rapid transit extension makes federal budget – The president’s proposal includes funding, but Congress holds the purse strings

Providers of Medical Marijuana Face New Fears – With the advent of recreational marijuana in Washington State, new rules for medical providers could shut down dispensaries.

Boeing expands pension freeze – Boeing announced that from 2016 it is freezing the traditional defined-benefit pensions of all nonunion salaried staff including managers and executives.

South x Southwest



Residents Speak Out on Future of Odessa – For the first time in 26 years, Odessa leaders held a meeting to hear input from the public on where they see the city going in the next 20 years. A company out of Dallas has been hired to take on the task of planning out how residents want Odessa to function.

Manufacturing bonanza is on Texas’ horizon — Thanks largely to Texas’ abundant supplies of shale natural gas, manufacturers are expected to make $50 billion to $75 billion in new investments in the state over the next five to 10 years, the Texas Association of Manufacturers president said in San Antonio on Thursday.

VIA closer to federal funds for streetcar— A public hearing on VIA Metropolitan Transit’s streetcar project Thursday night marked a milestone for the transit agency, as it moves forward with a federal environmental analysis, a requirement if VIA is to secure federal funds for the 5.9-mile, downtown streetcar system.

Pure Midwest



A Compelling New Documentary Series About Today’s Chicago – CNN’s Chicagoland manages to capture the drama of running a city.

Hamilton Twp. doesn’t know how much money it has – Instead, the site – into which officials have already sunk more than $930,000 and which was supposed to open to the public in 2012 – has been abandoned, a victim of what a group of residents and some officials say is more than a decade of financial mismanagement.

Twin Cities drivers spent equivalent of a day in congestion last year – Traffic went up 17 percent in 2013. That means many metro-area motorists wasted 24.5 hours — four more hours than the year before — sitting behind the wheel in congested traffic.

Some in Rantoul angry over firing – A number of residents are angry about Friday’s firing of Rantoul Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl

City streets could be runway-clear, but the price would be high – Airport benefits from costly ice-busting chemical, fewer miles to keep free of snow and less traffic to deal with.

Why Walker was smart to skip CPAC – Why did Scott Walker take a pass on, arguably, the first major cattle call of the 2016 election? 

Urbanizing Metro Detroit’s Suburbia – “The concept of city versus suburbs: drop it. It’s obsolete,” says Christopher Leinberger, non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and former professor and founder of University of Michigan’s graduate real estate development program. “We need a a new lexicon.”

Human Resources



03.06.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (ELGL Project Assistant Remix)

Half of Millennials call themselves independent – A Pew poll analyzing the group, which it describes as people between the ages of 18 and 33, found that 50 percent identify as political independents — that is up 12 points since 2004.

What Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple employees have in common – Recently, Google has emphasized that when hiring, it’s putting less weight on where a graduate went to school. But for those who want to end up in Silicon Valley, going to school in California might be a boost.

There’s a case against diversity in the workplace—but the alternative is even scarier – Companies promote diversity in the workplace as a moral imperative with “bottom line benefits.” But research on the value of diversity is mixed.

How the White House learned to love the minimum wage – Obama has made a $10.10 minimum wage the centerpiece of his agenda. But that wasn’t the case early last year.

U.S. Adds 175,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.7% – The pace of job growth in February was better than economists had expected and well above the anemic job gains recorded in December and January.

The Social Network



Sociologists Discover 6 Game-Changing Crowd Maps for Twitter – Use of these six fundamental structures for Twitter conversations will likely be ubiquitous, with businesses, governments and organizations all using analytics and mapping to be more competitive.

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