01.13.12 The Afternoon Delight


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01.13.12 The Morning Buzz

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Job Posting: Assistant to the City Manager & Assistant Finance Director

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Internship Opportunities

The 2012 election is one of the most exciting in recent years, with a wide range of competitive campaigns for local, state, and national office. If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these campaigns, now is a good opportunity to do so. Many of the candidates for Portland mayor, the Oregon legislature, and the U.S. Congress are looking for interns to work on their campaigns. These internships are a great opportunity to learn about politics and to become involved with community leaders. The internships are also a lot of fun. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities to become involved, several representatives from local and state races will be meeting with students on Tuesday, January 17, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in Lincoln Hall 301. Among others, there will be representatives at the event from all three of the leading mayoral candidates. Please arrive by 10 a.m. to hear each representative speak. If you cannot make the meeting, you can find out more about internships by contacting Prof. Richard Clucas at hprc@pdx.edu. Upper division credits in Political Science are available for interns.

 Oregon Working Families

Oregon Working Families is looking for interns. The internship offers a great opportunity for a student who is interested in political organizing to become more involved in the legislative process and gain experience working with diverse community leaders. OWF is a minor party that works to bring rural and urban working people together on economic issues. For information, send me your email address.


Salary Negotiation Tips: Thou Shalt Not Speak Too Soon

The Ten Commandments of Salary Negotiation (Part 1): Salary expert Jack Chapman offers 10 lessons on salary negotiation in the vein of the Ten Commandments.

Why Personal Branding is the Most Effective Career Tool for Young Professionals: A Bullet Point Manifesto

A lot of people have been asking me questions about personal branding – what it is, what it isn’t, and why they should be worried about it. So I thought I’d lay out all of my ideas here to explain why I think it’s so important for young professionals to consider personal branding an essential part of their professional development.

 The 10 Best Cities for Finding a Job

Metropolitan areas in northern states like the Dakotas, Vermont, Michigan, and Minnesota are well represented among the ranks of places where unemployment rates are low and falling. Altogether, Midwestern and Great Lakes states account for six of U.S. News’ 10 best cities for finding a job

 The Muni Market in 2012

The $3 trillion municipal bond market rang in the New Year with self-congratulatory huzzahs for what didn’t happen. 2011 was the year that disaster was supposed to hit. It didn’t (with the possible exception of the sewer bond problem in Jefferson County, Ala.). To the contrary, investors did well. Muni bonds generated an average return of about 10 percent in 2011, according to the Barclays Capital Municipal Bond Index. Issuers also fared well. The annual average 10-year borrowing cost for top-rated state and local governments ended the year at about 2 percent, a Municipal Market Advisors index found. That is the lowest rate since the firm began collecting data in 2001.

 The Tricky Second Wave of Urban Highway Removals

Taking the high road: cities across the country are nixing the urban highway to make way for pedestrian and bike trails, parks, and more walkable communities

 Obama seeks more power to merge agencies, streamline government

President Obama asked Congress on Friday for the power to consolidate parts of the federal government, proposing a first step of merging several trade- and commerce-related agencies under a plan that the White House said could eliminate more than 1,000 jobs and save $3 billion over 10 years.

Inside the UGB

State of the State: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber warns against losing our nerve

Report: Troutdale City Hall is unsafe

With Lake Oswego shelved, what’s next for streetcar expansion? Portland City Hall roundup

TriMet’s sparsely attended Twitter town hall

Outside the UGB

Turner ponders split from fire authority

Sisters city manager off the hook

CRC foes of all stripes share concerns

Lebanon council approve new contract, raise for city manager

Bainbridge city manager at heart of growing council storm