03.19.14 Your Morning Buzz

Last Call: ELGL March Madness: 3rd Annual Battle of the Bureaucracies

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Obama reveals Final Four picks

Trending on ELGL

The Great Debate: City Manager vs. Assistant City Manager

Growing Up in City Hall: Life as a City Manager’s Child with Kent Wyatt

Exceptional Talent Available: CPS Hatfield & Oregon Fellows

03.14.14 Pure Midwest with John McCarter

Defining Sustainability: The Portland Way

Transaction Wire

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City of Lufkin welcomes new Economic Development Director

Business Oregon director stepping down

Search for Middletown’s next city manager begins

IM to look at deputy city manager position

Richard M. Finn begins first official day as new Bay City manager

Merucci to interview for Wayne city manager opening

McAllen picks top utility administrator for interim city manager position

Marks starts as Lebanon city manager

GR City Manager Releases Materials to Find Next Police Chief

Loveland City Council is one step closer to selecting a new city manager

Pico Rivera City Manager receives national honor

‘Morning Joe’ Host Says He Won’t Run in 2016, but He Leaves Door Ajar

Jim Compton, 72, journalist, former city councilman, dies

High 5

 

 

I. The Amazon-ification of Government, and Why We Need More of It – ‘Design thinking’ is revolutionizing retailing, and it could revolutionize the delivery of government services.

II. Medical Marijuana Oil Catches On in States – Several states that ban the drug for medicinal purposes are considering allowing children suffering from epilepsy to take a marijuana extract. But the bills stop short of easing the sale of those medications.

III. Budding Liberal Protest Movements Begin to Take Root in South – More than a dozen members of Moral Monday Georgia, a liberal activist group that has held weekly protests at the Capitol since January, were arrested.

IV. In northern Maine, a model of healthcare for the poor – The area is poor and smoking and obesity rates are high, but residents rank well on measures of health. The coordination among businesses and health workers is seen as a reason.

V. NSA recorded ‘every single’ call in one country – The NSA has built a voice interception program capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls and replaying voices from calls up to 30 days old.

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Putting a Price on D.C.’s Worst Commute – I-95 south of the nation’s capital has some of the worst traffic in the country. Next year, you’ll be able to buy your way out of it.

The U.S. Cities With the Highest Levels of Income Segregation – Where the rich live with the rich, and the poor live with the poor.

What $1M buys in every major city – If you’re looking for real estate in San Francisco, get ready to pay $666 a square foot.

Report on Los Angeles Airport Shooting Cites Poor Communication – A report notes chaos and heroism after the November episode that left a security officer dead and other people injured.

Creating a ‘living shoreline’ is key to Potomac project – Property owner seeks ideas to turn riverfront rubble into something beautiful.

Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking? The epicenter was just eight miles from a disposal well where oil and gas wastewater is being injected underground at high pressure.

Politicos

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Iowa’s grip on American politics – It’s all starting again. Already.

Why are Asian Americans Democrats? In February, during the confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. surgeon general—Vivek Murthy, a British-born Indian American—Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) invited Murthy to his home state

Judge: Lawyers for McDonnell, his wife ‘dancing through fantasy land’ – He asks defense attorneys and prosecutors to limit written disputes “for the sanctity of the trees.”

Politics Won’t Be on First Lady’s China Itinerary – The White House is billing Michelle Obama’s visit as a “people-to-people exchange” with an emphasis on education, but political overtones will be almost impossible to avoid.

Democrats face a major turnout problem heading into the midterms – Democrats are unlikely to repeat a sophisticated operation that drove voters to the polls in 2012.

Portlandia

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Ordinance changes allow West Linn residents, businesses to more easily prohibit solicitation – The changes to city ordinance, approved at a regular meeting Monday night, remove language regarding a size requirement for “No Solicitation” signs, as well the need to reference city code. The goal of the change, the city said, was to make it easier for citizens to use such signs.

Hillsboro’s Community Recreation Center plans range from $45 million to $53 million – The recommendation from the parks side is to go with the mid-range option, about $48 million and 104,000 square feet, for the 53rd Avenue facility. All three plans exceed the rough, early estimates that put the project at about $37 million.

Hillsboro residents, were you affected by the land-use ‘grand bargain’? The bargain itself moved quickly after a court ruling deemed that Washington County had relied on “pseudo factors” when designating rural reserves in 2010, part of Metro’s urban and rural reserves process.

Tigard ballot measure: City council will consider placing clarifying vote on November ballot – The measure will require Tigard to officially oppose high-capacity transit and put any future light-rail or bus-rapid-transit projects to a vote. But it doesn’t prohibit the city from planning.

Cascadia

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Oracle’s contracts for Cover Oregon health insurance exchange bypassed standard rules, lacked teeth – Three weeks ago, a federal report declared that poor contracting is a “root cause” of the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange debacle.

2 killed when news helicopter crashes near Space Needle – A veteran Seattle photojournalist and a pilot were killed Tuesday morning when a KOMO-TV helicopter crashed onto a street near the Space Needle. A driver whose car was struck was injured when his car exploded in a fireball.

Lakewood wants residents to report ‘eyesores’ – The city’s Police and Community Safety Resource Team wants to clean up the problem areas. Two email addresses have been created for people to report where the graffiti and overturned shopping carts reside.

Neighborhood activist gets a hearing on his concerns – In the fall of 2012, Avery Addition neighbor Jeff Hess made his first appearance before the Corvallis City Council. His concern was a duplex being built in his neighborhood that he felt was not compatible with the existing structures.

Clark County legal ads to run primarily in Reflector – This summer, Clark County’s legal notices will begin appearing primarily in a community weekly, not The Columbian, following a Tuesday decision of the county’s board of commissioners.

Report: State lacking on corporate tax transparency – The State of Oregon has not provided legally required information about several corporate tax breaks, according to a report released Tuesday morning

Pure Midwest

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The four biggest takeaways from the Illinois primaries – Tuesday’s results were filled with implications for labor and gay rights activists

Joe Louis Arena would be empty after Detroit Red Wings leave, until demolition, under new lease terms – After the final buzzer at the Detroit Red Wings’ last game at the Joe, the arena will stay dark until it’s demolished, under terms of a proposed lease.

Kamin: Reason to celebrate lakefront path project – Great cities don’t rest on the laurels of their great public spaces. They make them greater. That’s what Chicago is doing here.

Editorial: Voters, you’ll choose the future of Illinois – With Republican Bruce Rauner challenging Democrat Pat Quinn, voters now will choose the future of Illinois, a state long in decline.

Detroit’s Broken Buses Vex City – Bankruptcy leaves the bus system in shambles, with irate riders grumbling about enduring some of the longest commutes in the country.

Businessman Wins G.O.P. Primary in Illinois – Bruce Rauner, who is making his first run for political office, won the Republican nomination for governor of Illinois, setting up a confrontation with the incumbent, Pat Quinn.

Oak Park, Hazel Park among cities statewide targeted for pot decriminalization – Marijuana proponents are gearing up to get pot decriminalization proposals on ballots in about a dozen cities statewide this year, including Hazel Park and Oak Park in Oakland County.

South by Southwest

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Dallas area keeps landing big events, but could a sports commission net even more? – Despite successes, backers still believe a commission is needed to maximize North Texas’ efforts to make the region a sports capital.

Federal study backs single Dallas Trinity toll road route — or none at all – Even though the environmental study is complete, construction could be years away due to lack of funding.

Travis Park gets ready for the big reveal – The downtown park hopes to get a new image as a livelier place.

40 years of EMS in S.A. – The first class of 55 paramedics started serving the San Antonio Fire Department in March 1974.

Human Resources

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03.18.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Anchor Down Remix)

Why You Should Do Away with Jargon – Some people love speaking in jargon, using fancy words and turning everything into acronyms. Personally, I find this simply slows things down, confuses people and causes them to lose interest.

Where State Government Employment Has Dropped, Climbed – New data provides a detailed look at changes in state government employment. Read key takeaways and review data for each state.

Why people really leave their jobs – The old adage says people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. But is that true?

The Social Network

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LinkedIn’s Influencer Program―Now for Everyone – When I read that LinkedIn was rolling out its Influencer Program to all of its members, I was excited and curious. What would it look like? How would it work?

Philly Takes 10 Startups for its FastFWD Civic Tech Accelerator – Philadelphia’s FastFWD urban accelerator hopes to boost public safety with startup ingenuity and collaboration.

New Social App Has Juicy Posts, All Anonymous – Posts on Secret, an app that lets users upload anonymous messages, are testing the industry’s appetite for sharing.

Google announces a version of Android just for wearables –  Google’s announcement that it’s developing Android for wearables could open the floodgates for new wearable devices.

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