04.11.2014 Your Morning Buzz


In Five Days, Everyone in America Can Be a Glasshole Until now, the privilege of strapping cellphone components and a camera to one’s face has been reserved for a vanguard of privacy-eschewing, society-flouting Google devotees—the “Glass Explorers.” But a new report shows Google is planning to let the general public buy dystopian skull accessories.

Google Glass Goes On Sale to the Masses (for One Day Only) First Google partnered with the owner of Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglass brands in its fight to make Google Glass cool. Now it is adding hype with a daily deal.



Forum on the Portland Bike Share Program with Steve Hoyt-McBeth – April 1


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High Five:

  1. The relationship between single mothers and poverty is not as simple as it seemsIt’s clear in America that family structure and poverty are intertwined: Nearly a third of households headed by single women live below the poverty line. And just six percent of families led by married couples are in the official ranks of the poor. Poverty, meanwhile, touches an astounding 45 percent of children who live without a father.
  2. Two Dramas in Slow Motion Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Each of these shifts would by itself be the defining demographic story of its era. The fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has generated big generation gaps that will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.
  3. What we know about how poor neighborhoods become wealthier  Over the last 30 years, the poorest neighborhoods in urban America have largely remained that way. The depressing realities: Areas that had high unemployment and low average family incomes in 1980 are by and large the same places that had high unemployment and low average family incomes in 2008. Places that had high poverty then still have high poverty now. Places where few residents had college degrees a generation ago are still largely home to workers with only high school diplomas.
  4. Have U.S. Light Rail Systems Been Worth the Investment?  Five U.S. metros (Buffalo, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose) opened light rail systems in the 1980s to great fanfare. The mode offered many of the benefits of subway systems for far less public money; San Diego’s system, per mile, cost about one-seventh of Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail. Light rail cities like Portland became transportation models for the country, pointing toward a transit-friendly urban future.
  5. The Moral Power of Curiosity Most of us have at one time or another felt ourselves in the grip of the explanatory drive. You’re confronted by some puzzle, confusion or mystery. Your inability to come up with an answer gnaws at you. You’re up at night, turning the problem over in your mind. Then, suddenly: clarity. The pieces click into place. There’s a jolt of pure satisfaction.


West Coast ELGL:

Damascus de-annexations: 17 people have paperwork for applications to leave the city In about two weeks, 17 people have started compiling applications to leave the city of Damascus.

Tigard transit measure could use clarification: Editorial  Tigard city councilors may have been dismayed by last month’s passage of Measure 34-210, which placed the controversial matter of high capacity transit before voters, but they’ve rebounded with a sensible strategy that uses the measure’s own logic. If transit development is to be guided directly by voters’ wishes, why not find out, to the best of the city’s ability, what it is voters actually want?

Sriracha Hot Sauce Officially Declared a Public Nuisance in California  In the latest installment of the hot sauce apocalypse saga, officials in California have declared the production of Sriracha hot chili sauce a public nuisance and are threatening to shut it down forever. The announcement was a long time coming — back in October, residents of Irwindale, the California town where sriracha is produced. were complaining of irritated eyes, headaches and sore throats, due to emissions from the factory. In November, the city council ordered the Huy Fong Foods plant, the company that makes the iconic sauce, to shut down.

LA Mayor: California Should Double Film Tax Incentive Program Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants the state of California to double its film tax incentive program. The mayor’s lobbying last month comes after calls from other lawmakers this fall to stem the loss of film production from the Golden State.

The Scary Things You Learn From 23 Years of Oakland Police Records In Oakland, California, the police loom large. Not only does the city have one of the nation’s highest crime rates, the department’s track record has been muddied by allegations of corruption and brutality.

Portland’s roads: Commissioner Steve Novick releases new poll, says he’s ‘probably’ going to support new street fee  Portland Commissioner Steve Novick said Thursday he feels “a real sense of urgency” to do something to address the city’s transportation network, and an $8 to $12 monthly street fee is the best short-term solution.


Southeast ELGL:

North and South Carolina Counties Use Crowdsourcing to Plan Region’s Future CONNECT Our Future is an initiative that’s designed to gather information from the public and help officials prepare for expected growth.

Google Developers Event Held In San Francisco

Southwest ELGL:

Texas’ Wolfforth Council to Use Google Docs to Streamline Water Well Ordinance In Texas, Wolfforth Council members will look at a pending water well ordinance through the use of a shared Google Doc from the city’s attorney.


50 Nifty:

States Looking to Sell Some Roads to Cities and Towns For years, the leaders of Beaufort, S.C., have promoted the charms and convenience of their coastal city, which has a historic downtown and cozy neighborhoods. Many of Beaufort’s 13,000 residents can walk or ride their bikes to work or to stores.

Five ways to fix the Highway Trust Fund Lawmakers are scrambling to find ways to plug a $20 billion hole in the Highway Trust Fund before a projected bankruptcy this fall.


Midwest ELGL:

‘Just say yes’ crowd seeks wins on KCI and streetcar expansion   Costly plans to expand the downtown streetcar line and to dramatically update Kansas City International Airport are under attack by many people.

What Happened to Pittsburgh Area Jobs Strength? The Department of Labor and Industry recently released preliminary employment data for February. Unfortunately, the latest numbers for the Pittsburgh metro area are not very good, especially coming on the heels of last month’s release of revised 2013 employment counts that basically wiped out all the gains initially reported for the year. Further, based on the updated data set, February’s numbers showed both total nonfarm and total private employment falling from their year earlier readings for the third consecutive month.


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