02.27.12 The Afternoon Delight

Portland’s Mayoral Race Is Full of Delightful Oddballs –

Watch this incredible music video for “Mobile Crank Lab,” in which Dant goes all Incred-a-shred on the guitar, and then try not rushing out immediately to vote for him. Truly, it is the “Citizen Kane of rolling meth-lab music videos”


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even if this is a repin it's pure gold.

Top Workplaces Nominations – Nominate your employer as a top workplace or tell us if you’re miserable at work and why. And see how your job measures up against thousands of other Americans.

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project – Online Open House – This online open house is open February 20 through March 9. 

Help Make Milwaukie Better! Deadline for Board and Commission vacancies Feb. 29.

ICMA  – Honorary Member Award – Honorary membership in ICMA is awarded to an individual outside of the profession of local government management because of his or her distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government. Nominations for 2012 will be accepted through April 23rd.



Job Hunting: When Parents Run the Show – As 20-somethings struggle in a tough economy, their moms and dads are writing their resumes, tracking them on LinkedIn, and even going along for the job interview.

How to Get More Women Hired for Technical Roles – Technology and IT Jobs News and Advice – Companies can also change the language they use in job postings to encourage women to apply. Nouns and adjectives associated with male stereotypes, like “assertive,” “driven” and even “coding ninja,” can signal to women that a company isn’t open to hiring them for technical roles. Instead, the report suggests using less subjective language that focuses on “measurable and quantifiable criteria.”

Mayors call for improved infrastructure – “IHS predicts that metro areas whose main trading partner is China or India will have the sharpest growth, including: Portland, Ore.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Salt Lake City; Greenville, S.C.; and Miami.”

A Manager’s Guide to Evaluating Citizen Participation | IBM Center for the Business of Government – A new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, A Manager’s Guide to Evaluating Citizen Participation, offers a practical guide for program managers who want to assess whether their efforts to increase citizen participation in their programs are making a difference.

Columbian.com – Utility’s pay, benefits average $104,880 – Clark Public Utilities workers averaged $104,880 in pay and benefits in 2010, nearly double the $53,313 that all county residents earned, on average. Is this government spending run amok? No, according to experts and a Columbian analysis of utility data. Take a look at the numbers: Do they seem excessive to you?

Lean energy: Clark Public Utilities controls costs – Clark Public Utilities is a regional government you usually don’t notice, as long as it keeps your lights on and the water running.

County, cities consider fire consolidation – San Mateo County, San Carlos and Redwood City could collectively save millions of dollars and provide more efficient fire service by consolidating three overlapping stations and rethinking how they are equipped, according to initial reports and ongoing discussions with the stakeholders.

Port Huron City Council could decide on fire merger – Councils in Port Huron and Marysville will consider taking a step forward in collaborating fire services.

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