04.30.2014

Night of rebirth for Clippers, fans

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 The Nature of the Job Search by Russell Bither-Terry

 It’s Not a Mall World After All by Graham Sheridan

Triple Aim: Cover Oregon vs. Washington Healthplanfinder

ELGL Connects Launches “Who’s Who in Local Government”

Life as a City Manager’s Child with Alex McIntyre

Transaction Wire

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City manager search: And then there were three

$1.2 million discrimination award for former city of Vancouver, Wash., worker

Doral Council fires City Manager Joe Carollo

City manager requests resumes for police, fire chief

High 5

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Tearing Down an Urban Highway Can Give Rise to a Whole New City – Three major flaws with the idea that most city interstates are here to stay.

I’m wearing Google Glass. I hate it. This technology reporter was prepared for the glasses to be buggy, and maybe even cause tension headaches. But what she wasn’t prepared for was the attention.

Tech embraces D.C.’s ‘nerd prom’ – Silicon Valley might profess a distaste for official Washington — but the tech industry sure is salivating over this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The Uber Wars Are Shaping Up to Be Even More Heated in Europe – The ride-hailing company faces legal challenges across the continent.

How Helsinki Became the Most Successful Open-Data City in the World – Helsinki has always had a top-notch statistics bureau. Now, it’s bringing that data online, and making it regional.

50 Nifty

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L.A., Central Valley still have the worst air quality – Despite vast improvements, the areas still have the nation’s highest levels of ozone and fine particle pollution, the American Lung Assn. says.

San Francisco Partners with Nextdoor for Emergency Alerts – The city first used the platform during a five-alarm fire at a construction site in March.

Google cars’ challenge: D.C. traffic – Google has brought the future back to Washington.The search giant’s famed self-driving cars are popping up around town this week.

Politicos

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Clinton vs. Bush: Does Hillary or Jeb win in a theoretical matchup? A Post-ABC News poll shows that neither Clinton nor Bush appears to be weighed down by a family name.

Politics Counts: What College Towns Tell Us About Midterm Elections – Looking at the votes from major college towns shows the difficulty of reaching 18- to 29-year-olds.

Paul’s problem: Self-inflicted wounds – A series of stumbles could threaten his ability to appeal to the voters he needs to reach.

Portlandia

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Multnomah commissioners should push for more sustainable budget: Editorial – Multnomah County will enjoy a surplus of about $8.3 million during fiscal year 2014-15, but this advantage will evaporate quickly as costs outpace revenues in ensuing years. For that reason, county economist Mike Jaspin estimated recently that the county could spend only $2.5 million of the surplus on new and ongoing programs over the next half-decade without risking budget cuts.

As Oregon legislators grapple with oil train safety, Portland fire chief warns city is not equipped – Dozens of elected officials, firefighters and bureaucrats met Tuesday morning in Portland at a Linnton rail yard to hear what’s done in Oregon to address the risks posed by the rapid rise in crude oil moving by rail.

Map Your Neighborhood prepares Beaverton residents for emergencies: 8 tips to stay safe – The West Coast-grown Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program has taken root in California, Washington State and Oregon, said David Bennett, steering committee chair for Beaverton’s Community Emergency Response Team program.

Judge rules in favor of disincorporation of Damascus – Declares November election valid Clackamas County Circuit Deanne Darling has ruled that a challenge to the November 2013 election to disincorporate Damascus was invalid.

Cascadia

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Goats chow down on Oregon city’s riverside brush – The city of Pendleton is setting hundreds of goats to work on municipal munching projects that include clearing brush from the parkway along the Umatilla River.

Eugene may seek levy for library – A proposed city budget includes reducing hours at the downtown branch.

Commissioners interested  in Eugene land swap proposal – Questions must be answered, but the Lane County Board of Commissioners is interested in exploring a possible land trade with the city of Eugene.

Pure Midwest

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Editorial: Chicago ride-share ordinance is about protecting citizens – Ride shares are the beginning of the end of taxi service as we know it. And that’s a good thing.

Council set to regulate pedicabs – The Chicago City Council is set to require pedicab licenses and restrict operations of the tricycle taxis. But operators say the restrictions go too far.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Photo ID at Polls – The judge found that the 2011 law, which required voters to produce state-approved photo identification cards at polling places, violated the 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.

South by Southwest

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Growing pains accompany Pearland’s diversity – Pearland retains a spirit born of its multicultural dynamism. Cattle still graze out on Hughes Ranch Road, but now they share the prairie with a Filipino restaurant, the Taste of Asia grocer and, across Country Place Parkway, a big box store under construction.”

Unions bash city, chamber for coziness— San Antonio’s police and firefighters unions on Tuesday retaliated against the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for its support for reducing health care benefits for public safety personnel, questioning the cozy relationship between the business group and City Hall.

Perry Baptized Anew in Historic Creek – As he ponders whether to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry has renewed his faith by getting baptized in the spring waters once used to wash the sins off Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas.

One Execution Botched, Oklahoma Delays the Next – Gov. Mary Fallin agreed to a stay in the execution of a death row inmate after another condemned man, Clayton D. Lockett, died in what witnesses said was an agonizing scene.

East Coast

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South Carolina Resists as U.S. Seeks to Shut Down Disposal Site – The White House is aiming to stop work on a plutonium disposal plant whose cost has ballooned by billions, but local interests, as well as chemical issues, are making it difficult.

Drivers say Atlanta police are too aggressive at Atlanta Airport curbside drop-off zone – The Atlanta Police Department has vowed to do a better job monitoring complaints against officers working curbside at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after a Channel 2 Action News investigation revealed a pattern of complaints.

Airport may let in more taxi companies after pay-to-play allegations – More cab companies could be allowed to pick up passengers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, in the wake of allegations that a pay-to-play scheme tied to former Mayor Patrick Cannon undermined the selection process.

Human Resources

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The New Rules of Leadership and Power – Like it or not, the rules of leadership and power have now changed.

Should you trust your first impression? You can’t help it; sometimes, you just get a bad feeling about someone that’s hard to shake.

Pay Attention to Attention – These days, leaders are bombarded with numerous daily intrusions: urgent email, appointments every fifteen minutes, decisions ranging from hiring to overall vision.

The Social Network

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Snapping Good Photos With Your Phone – A contract photographer for The Times offers his tips, from angles to apps, for getting the most out of your phone’s camera.

Twitter User Growth Slows as Mobile Chat Competitors Gain Steam – The company said today that membership in the first quarter reached 255 million, with user growth slowing to 25 percent from 30 percent in the previous period.

The ‘Shelfie’: Instagram’s Next Craze – The latest twist on the selfie is a photo of your artfully arranged stuff. Self-indulgent ego trip—or a thoughtful way to show off your great taste?

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