I. Once bankrupt, Vallejo still can’t afford its pricey pensions – As a result, Vallejo continues to dole out large sums of money for retirees. Except for new hires, Vallejo’s police and firefighters can retire at age 50 with as much as 90% of their salary — for life. Public safety workers who retired in the last five years have average annual pensions of more than $101,000.
II. Snowden Inc. – First, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden popped up in Hong Kong. Then, Russia. By Monday, the fugitive from justice, a man regularly accused of treason, was in Austin, Texas, hitting the nation’s hottest tech festival — via the Web, of course.
III. Colorado Gets $2 Million in First Month of New Pot Taxes – The January figure for retail sales was more than twice the $900,000 in taxes on medical marijuana, which has been legal since 2000. The long-awaited figures, released yesterday, were in line with what state officials said they expected as marijuana emerged from prohibition in Colorado.
IV. More choices, more rides bring U.S. transit renaissance — With more trains and buses to take, and the appeal of using travel time for pursuits other than dodging traffic, Americans are taking greater advantage of a renaissance in public transit, according to a report released Monday.
V. A Dot on the Map, After Scandal, Could Be Wiped Off – Hampton, Fla., issued tickets with such impunity it drew scrutiny. Now, a dismal audit has legislators threatening to wipe the city off the map.
Colorado PSAs Highlight the One Thing You Can’t Do While Stoned – For more on the unsettled frontier of measuring marijuana impairment, see this recent story from The New York Times.
Pot sparks Denver warehouse boom – Demand is high but growing space is low.
Supreme Court deals setback to rails-to-trails movement – The justices rule 8-1 in favor of a Wyoming landowner, saying he is not required to grant a right of way through his property.
D.C. is Debbie Dingell’s town – Washington’s most powerful political wife is running for Congress. Why would she even want the job?
What some conservatives are saying about the Girl Scouts – Pro-life groups say the Girl Scouts are selling something else along with their Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas: abortion.
The 2014 Governors Races: Are the Democrats Fighting Back? – Republicans hold the lead in governorships, but Democrats may be making slight gains in this year’s gubernatorial races.
Young Republicans Find Fault With Elders on List of Social Issues – The party’s opposition to same-sex marriage and legalization of marijuana is causing a rift along generational lines.
Senate Democrats’ All-Nighter Flags Climate Change – The 30 or so participants say their objective is to build toward a time when the political landscape may have shifted enough that a bill could pass Congress.
Before Fort Lee Lane Closings, Port Authority Was a Christie Tool – A review of the Port Authority’s operations suggests that it had been turned into a de facto political operation for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey long before the bridge scandal.
Obama’s New Approach Takes a Humorous Turn – The president’s interview on “Between Two Ferns,” an online parody of celebrity interview shows, is an attempt to get young people to sign up for health insurance.
The Nines: Luxury hotel’s offer to buy out Portland Development Commission loans stirs debate – PDC chipped in $16.9 million in loans in 2008 to help The Nines project move forward. But since then, PDC received just $1 million from The Nines, and 11 percent interest rates on the loans ballooned the total owed to PDC up to $18.2 million.
Mayor wrangles votes for renewal – Changes to PSU district face uphill battle as watchdog tries to pierce veil of City Hall talks
Trader Joe’s: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales makes strong push for grocery store, announces $20 million affordable housing plan – Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman also announced plans to spend an additional $20 million in theInterstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area on affordable housing projects during the next five years, according to a press release.
Did the Portland City Council misspend water and sewer funds? Judge issues ruling – The Portland City Council violated the city’s charter by spending water and sewer money to manage the Portland Loo restroom project and to fund political campaigns under the city’s now-defunct voter-owned elections system.
Americans are using mass transit more than ever. So why is ridership on ‘gold standard’ TriMet down? Bus ridership was skyrocketing on Portland’s revolutionary neighborhood grid system. Then-Vice President Al Gore came to town to dedicate the groundbreaking westside expansion of the MAX blue line. Planners were dreaming out loud about a day when buses and trains would arrive every seven minutes.
‘Portlandia’ Duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Discuss the Secrets to the Cult Show’s Success – I’ve always been curious about how you landed on Portland as the destination and concept for the show. When did you learn that it was a place that was ripe for comedy?
Justice Sotomayor shares some of life’s lessons – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke to a packed crowd of 1,200 at the University of Washington campus Monday. When she was done, she posed for photos with groups of grinning students. The appearance part of a book tour for “My Beloved Life,” her 2010 autobiography.
King County transit measure: Nobody’s favorite, but a favorite to win – Why the buses-and-road-repairs package has a good shot for passage.
County voting on $165,000 base pay – A new administrator’s salary would be more than a fired official had been earning
Council OKs homeless camp near Cuthbert Amphitheater -The Eugene City Council on Monday selected another homeless camp closer to downtown for some “Whoville” occupants.
Where Cover Oregon stands after the legislative session – Oregon lawmakers last month went into the short legislative session with a big, complicated mess on their hands — one several speculated whether 35 days was enough time to fix.
Minneapolis Commuter Line’s Bug-Riddled Alert System Irks Riders – Alerts from the system, which is still in beta testing, have been late or sent out in duplicate.
Backlog of needs prevents transit expansion, officials say – When a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn issues its long-awaited report on mass transit reform later this month, it is expected to recommend ways to tackle what officials say is a multibillion-dollar shortfall in funding.
Detroit Doesn’t Need Hipsters To Survive, It Needs Black People – “Revitalization” is a buzzword in the city, which filed for bankruptcy last year and grapples with widespread blight and high unemployment and poverty rates. In spite of all this, Detroit is often celebrated as a hipster paradise and tourist destination by national media outlets.
Word on the Street: Council’s water-deal debate could prove taxing – That’s something Peoria residents are going to have to determine regarding two revenue-enhancement proposals city officials offered last week.
City Council considers microbrewery allowance – Between 1837 and 1919, two dozen breweries and 70-plus distilleries were in various stages of operation in the area, according to the Peoria Historical Society. Subsequent, high-profile alcohol-making sites included the Pabst brewery in Peoria Heights and the Hiram Walker and Sons distillery in South Peoria. Both facilities closed in the early 1980s.
South x. Southwest
In Central Texas, Drought Threatens Hydropower – Hydropower’s extinction would close the book on a fuel source that played a major role in the history of Central Texas.
Project Connect unveils 8 ideas to unclog Austin traffic – That was the vision recently unveiled by transit officials who hope to create a network of buses, and maybe rail eventually, that would shuttle suburbanites to and from the city.
AG’s Opinion Sought on Cities’ Plastic Bag Bans – A letter from a state lawmaker asks the attorney general’s office to give an opinion on whether Texas cities’ bans on plastic bags are in compliance with the state’s health and safety laws. At least nine cities, including Austin, have enacted such bans.
Country no more: Farm Road 1171 grows up – The expansion could trigger extensive development in Flower Mound, Northlake and other Denton county cities in a few years, officials say.
How to Break Down Silos: A Case Study From the New York Daily News – Your company’s new special project shouldn’t be a mystery to the rest of your team. How to drum up interest and excitement in your teams-within-teams.
Sheryl Sandberg Teams Up With Beyonce to Ban ‘Bossy’ – Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is helping spearhead a campaign to nix the word and encourage young women to become leaders.
0 letters rejecting incredibly successful people – I want to print these letters out, frame them, and stick them all over my house. That way, I’ll be reminded that even the most successful people of our time faced some pretty serious rejection
The Social Network
Seriously Boost Your Twitter Strategy– Twitter tips from some serious tweeters to boost your Twitter strategy.
Sorry, You Don’t Own That Channel – As Facebook continues to move brands more toward paid advertising and as the other channels get noisier and noisier, we are starting to realize some things about social media: you don’t own that channel.
Snowden calls on SXSW attendees to help ‘fix’ U.S. surveillance – Edward Snowden appears via videoconference and urges the tech-heavy SXSW Interactive crowd to rise up and defend Web privacy.
Yes, That Tweet About the NBA Was Racist – If last night’s tweet from Minnesota Representative Pat Garofalo didn’t raise your eyebrows, please stop and reread it.
The anti-politics of ‘Upworthy’ – The viral media site describes itself as “social media with a mission.”
Everything you need to know about Apple’s latest iOS 7 update – Apple released a new update to its latest operating system, marking the first major changes to the system.