In today’s Buzz: Detroit; Don’t call it a comeback, government meddles in more marriage cases, and Portland rains too much.

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Right Now with Tony Reed (LinkedIn / Twitter/ Instagram)

What I’m Listening toWe’re All Gonna Die by Dawes

What I’m ReadingPopular Science

What I’m WatchingThe West Wing

What I’m Doing – City of Mt. Angel Wurstfest this weekend!



Is Detroit Really Making a Comeback? Don’t call it a comeback. Though it is back from the brink of bankruptcy, the city’s reality isn’t as rosy as the popular narrative suggests.

Court rules against heterosexual couple who wanted civil partnership A campaign aimed at overturning the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships has gained ground despite defeat at the court of appeal, equal rights supporters have claimed. By a narrow two-to-one decision, the three judges decided to allow the government more time to review the law that prevents opposite-sex couples from taking advantage of civil partnership arrangements.

Portland’s on track for rainiest February of modern era Call it Feb-rain-ary. Rainfall in Portland reached new depths Monday as February 2017 officially became the second-wettest February ever recorded at Portland International Airport. And there’s still eight more days left to break the record.





50 Nifty

Congress for New Urbanism declares I-70 a “freeway without a future” The Congress for New Urbanism’s 2017 Freeways without Futures report names and shames 10 U.S. urban highways that represent a “chance to remove a blight from the physical, economic, and environmental health of urban communities.”

Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Self-Storage Project for Oro Valley, AZ The Oro Valley, Ariz., Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 7 voted unanimously to recommend a self-storage proposal for the Steam Pump Village development area. The three-story facility would be built on more than 1 acre north of Steam Pump Ranch and west of a Quick Trip gas station. As designed, the building would be 48 feet tall and resemble an office building to fit the intended use of the site, according to the source. The ground floor would preserve 3,800 square feet for office or retail use.

Going ‘beyond green building’ in Lake Oswego Sustainable building techniques are good for the environment and can lead to long-term savings, but they often come with a downside: higher construction costs. And when the building in question is a public project funded by taxpayers, anything that raises the upfront cost can become a tough sell. That’s the challenge facing the Lake Oswego School District as its board finalizes the parameters of a $187 million bond measure that is expected to appear on voters’ ballots in May, and last week it was the subject of “Beyond Green Building,” a discussion organized by the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network.

Crime Prevention Breakfast honors law enforcement officers About 200 law enforcement officers gathered Tuesday morning at Tozzi’s on 12th Restaurant for the annual Crime Prevention Week Awards Breakfast. The annual event recognizes the Robert D. Horowitz Crime Prevention Citizen of the Year, the Stark County Deputy of the Year, the Community Police Officer of the Year and the Canton City Police Officer of the Year.

New report outlines how exposed Houston area is to foreign trade A new report from the Brookings Institute outlines just how big of a reliance Houston has on international trade. Slightly less than 16 percent of Houston’s GDP is related to international trade and nearly 155,000 Houston-area jobs are direct export-supported jobs, the report said. Combining those two factors, the Houston area has the heaviest tie to foreign trade.

 Making transportation public-private partnerships available in rural America The notion of private investors closing the U.S. infrastructure deficit through public-private partnerships (P3s or PPPs) appears to be in vogue.  As a policy matter infrastructure P3s are certainly gaining traction as a point of discussion (Google searches of the phrase “infrastructure PPP” accelerated following the presidential election)


Local Government Confidential

Austin City Council members criticize new Trump immigration measures Members of the Austin City Council lined up Tuesday to condemn the Trump administration’s expansion of deportation criteria for undocumented immigrants in the country, blasting the administration’s efforts as an attack on the city’s Latino community.

Covington city manager resigns amid tension at city hall Covington’s city manager resigned Tuesday night after a tense couple of months at city hall. New Mayor Joe Meyer and his supporters wanted change in the city administration, singling out City Manager Larry Klein as a problem. After closed-door negotiations at city hall the past two days, the city commission voted Tuesday to accept the resignation of Klein, who has been with Covington for nine years.

Long Beach City Council rejects boardwalk alcohol proposal In a 4-1 vote, the Long Beach City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday night to allow the limited sale of alcohol at boardwalk restaurants after expressing concerns over consumption, hours of service, and when lifeguards would be on duty. City Councilman Anthony Eramo was the lone dissenter.