12.29.11 The Afternoon Delight

Texas Teen Ben Breedlove Posted Powerful Videos Before Christmas Death

“This Is My Story” – Ben Breedlove Flash Card Video [Part 1 & 2]

ELGL Update

City of Wilsonville’s Boones Ferry Messenger

    • Transportation System Plan and Open House
    • Proposed Route for Tonquin Trail
    • City Survey

Government employment keeps growing in a majority of states

Millions of voters are demanding the downsizing of government, but their wishes remain largely unfulfilled. Government employment has actually increased in 30 states and the District of Columbia during the past five years, according to a new On Numbers study.

What is cloud computing and is it right for me?

The term “cloud computing” is everywhere these days. It’s not a new phenomenon, but rather it is continuing to evolve. The simplest, nontechnical definition of cloud computing is using an Internet browser to access software applications over the Internet. People who use Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce.com or free email services are using a form of cloud computing.

2011 GovFresh Awards winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 GovFresh Awards. Thank you also to our judges and partners. This was an incredible experience for us to be part of. So many of you are doing such great work for your communities. Thank you everyone for all you’ve done this year. Congratulations to the 2011 GovFresh Awards winners.

 In the Headlines

In the Market for a House

After just over three years on the market and at the center of a heated legal dispute between two prominent local Lake Oswego residents, one of the most expensive residential properties listed in Oregon has yet to sell.

 A (too?) strong voice for Port Orchard

PORT ORCHARD — “You’d better have a good reason for calling this number.” Anyone who has called Lary Coppola’s cellphone is familiar with this message. It’s partly a joke. It’s also a glimpse of the dead honest persona of the public official who championed the town he called the neglected “stepchild” of Kitsap County.

 Metro reveals its vision for Blue Heron site in Oregon City

Interest in the industrial site formerly occupied by the Blue Heron Paper Co. is mounting, but the redevelopment process appears likely to remain slow. Metro did not submit a formal bid for the 23 acres in Oregon City before a Dec. 14 deadline; however, the agency did submit a nonbinding letter of intent stating that it is interested in buying the property, which sits next to Willamette Falls.

 City of Sherwood parks bond survey expected in January

The city is in the process of putting together a survey to gauge the public’s interest in local parks and to determine if voters would support a possible bond measure in the spring.

 Taking utility rates away from politicians — worth the risk or worth a vote?

Sure, the 2012 election cycle will feature a drag-out Portland mayoral campaign and two city commissioner races. But around City Hall, there’s growing focus not on the races that will elect politicians but on potential changes to the utility rate-setting process. Which is more important to utility rates — the process or the people?

 Tough times still ahead but so are brighter days in Renton | Mayor Denis Law

As 2011 comes to an end, I can’t help but wonder where this year has gone, or the fact that my first term in office is up in just a few days. As we often hear, time goes by fast when you’re having “fun.” And while I admit that these past years have been interesting, challenging and sometimes exciting, fun is not a word that quickly comes to mind.