Weezer’s Iconic ‘Blue Album’ Turns 20 It’s one of the few truly perfect debuts in rock history. Every song—from ‘My Name is Jonas’ to ‘Only in Dreams’—is not only excellent but essential.



What does Parks and Rec do all day? with Justin Cutler and Ken Warner – May 13

Southwest ELGL Forum: Tom Muehlenbeck on Lessons Learned – May 15

Engaging Your Community with MindMixer – May 21

Midwest ELGL Evening Buzz – May 22 


#Trending on ELGL

Life as a City Manager’s Child with Pat Hare, City of Adair Village

Combatting Gresham’s Gang Problem a Webinar

Knopes of the Week: Toby LaFrance, City of Tigard and Casey Camors, City of Milwaukie

ELGL to Host AC Gonzalez, Dallas City Manager

Sister Act: Local Media with the Woolingtons

Finance Documents as Communications Tools Presentation

2014 ELGL Resume Book – Deadline Extended Until May 12


High Five

Tech companies, promising innovation, want cities to make way for change Cities across the country are wrestling with these and other issues as technological transitions once confined to computer screens and smartphones spill out beyond the digital realm.

How a Low-Income San Francisco Neighborhood Is Building a Culture of Disaster Preparedness Everyone here assumes that an earthquake will hit this city hard some day, thanks to the geologic fault line that runs below it. But G.L. Hodge is not afraid. Hodge has a talent for being where he’s needed during a crisis.

Clinton’s no good, very bad week Tensions between the past and the future that will inevitably come to a head if she runs in 2016.

Gov. John Kitzhaber, once seen as re-election shoo-in, has a fight on his hands Cover Oregon, CRC problems give ammunition to Republican challenger Dennis Richardson. Not too many months ago, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s re-election chances looked bulletproof.

Bicycling to work jumps 60 percent nationwide in past decade, with Portland leading the way (poll) With Americans driving less, bicycling has shown the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes, the Census Bureau report said. Watch video The number of people bicycling to work in the United States has ballooned by 60 percent in the past decade, with Portland, Eugene and Corvallis among the cities leading the way, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Need to Know

Why Comcast’s $10 a month Internet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be As Comcast tries to win over regulators reviewing its controversial merger with Time Warner Cable, its well-honed lobbying campaign often highlights a company program offering Internet to low-income families.

Why Google is Making a Big Deal Over a Little Solar Device President Barack Obama on Friday announced an initiative to boost adoption of renewable energy, including commitments from big box retailers like Wal-Mart to double the number of stores with solar installations. Buried in the 11-page press release issued by the White House was Google’s statement that it would offer a $1 million prize for the development of a cheap and small solar inverter. A what?



O’Dell leads Grapevine City Council election, runoff possible In the race for the Grapevine City Council Place 6 seat, unofficial early results show Duff O’Dell leading with a margin in the four-candidate race, followed by LuAnn Chapman Gatts, Deverick P. Jordan and Marc Blum

What’s the Magic Number on Texas’ Water Needs? How much more water will Texas really need by 2060? The 2012 state water plan — the state’s strategy for meeting water needs — estimated that Texas would face a shortfall of 2.7 trillion gallons of water a year by 2060, and that filling the gap would take an estimated $53 billion in new infrastructure.

Texas Strip Clubs Lose Appeal on Pole Tax A $5-per-patron fee is not an unconstitutional occupation tax and must be paid by Texas strip clubs that serve alcohol, an appeals court ruled Friday. “We … render judgment that the sexually oriented business tax is not an occupation tax and thus there is no requirement that 25 percent of its revenue go to public schooling,” the Texas Third Court of Appeals stated in its ruling.



Oregon DEQ fines Eugene-Springfield sewer agency Oregon environmental regulators have fined the Eugene-Springfield sewage treatment agency $7,800 for a sewage spill that occurred during the February ice storm. About 54,000 gallons of treated sewage overflowed into a drainage ditch at the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission biosolids treatment facility north of Eugene.

Seattle Steam Co., old utility with new ideas The privately-owned utility has been selling steam heat to Seattle businesses since 1893. Now it’s got a new well – to ease demand on the city’s water supply – and a new owner.

Oregon Zoo firings and mystery of orangutan’s death show, once again, that a zoo is unlike any other government service The Oregon Zoo, which greets 1.6 million visitors a year, has been a cause of frequent headaches in recent years for Metro leaders. The executives and elected officials at Metro, the Portland area’s regional government, oversee a strange and sometimes incongruous collection of public services: golf courses and garbage pickup, pioneer-era cemeteries and planning and convention center hotels.

What the heck is going on in Damascus?: A beginner’s guide A lot is going on in Damascus right now. A lot. I’m going to try to explain what’s going on as best as I can to help clear up some questions and misconceptions for those of you who don’t pour over every council document or read my coverage religiously.

Community activist group Tigard First! forms Lake Oswego First! Tigard First! has recently taken a more community-wide focus and forming Lake Oswego First! was a natural next step. A left-leaning watchdog group that launched this week in Lake Oswego aims to make city government more transparent and responsive to resident concerns.

The economy today: Experts size up the Pacific Northwest recovery A panel of economists from across the Northwest met in Portland Friday and offered up their takes on the economy and outlooks for growth. The economic recovery is moving more swiftly through the Pacific Northwest than across the nation as a whole, according to a panel of regional economists on Friday.

Tidy resident claims uninvited Portland cop tracked mud into home, sues city for $10,000 Clint Guttman claims a Portland police officer violated his rights by entering his home when he told him he wasn’t welcome there. A Southeast Portland man who claims a police officer not only entered his home uninvited — but tracked muddy boots into his clean living room — is suing the city for $10,000.

Short session, but a busy agenda It’s a rare year when raises are guaranteed. Most times, especially since the recession started, teachers and state employees are held in suspense until legislators have finished their negotiations.

Cedar River southeast of Seattle closed by massive landslide No one was injured in the landslide which damaged some homes. The King County Sheriff’s Office has ordered a section of the Cedar River southeast of Seattle closed following a massive landslide. The closed area stretches from Maple Valley Highway — State Route 169 — to Maxwell Road. It affects all river activities, including fishing, boating, floating and swimming.

Clackamas County clerk: Sherry Hall must beat her own reputation, four other candidates Hall has lasted through cries for recall and the national spotlight since taking office, because several misprinted ballots or voters pamphlets and a ballot tampering incident during the 2012 election.

Tigard leaders approve $1.3 million purchase of Burnham Street property that currently houses Ferguson Plumbing The purchase of the Burnham Street property will be financed through $1.4 million borrowed by the city and paid back using tax increment revenue, which is generated as property values within an Tigard’s urban renewal district increase. Tigard city leaders have unanimously approved a $1.3 million purchase of 1.2 acres, currently the Ferguson Plumbing property, on Burnham Street.



Cutbacks in California court system produce long lines, short tempers California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye remembers the moment she learned that the Kings County Superior Court had resorted to holding a garage sale to raise money. “That was a day of extreme humiliation and embarrassment to me,” Cantil-Sakauye said.

How One San Francisco Neighborhood Prepares for the Worst Bayview models resilience planning from the grassroots up.



Glitches mar NC Board of Elections website’s vote count On election nights, the State Board of Elections’ website is supposed to provide up-to-the-minute and accurate results of the day’s contests. That didn’t happen Tuesday night.





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