04.25.12 The Afternoon Delight

‘Finding Portland’ video hits the web with dazzling images of Oregon’s biggest city



The Social Network

Vision Statement: What Makes a Great Tweet – At last count, Twitter had half a billion registered users who together generate some 175 million tweets a day. New accounts are being added at a rate of 11 per second.

13 Things You Never Knew You Could Do On LinkedIn – A lot of LinkedIn’s ~150 million users don’t know how to unlock its true potential.

Social Networks: Are They Eroding Our Social Lives?  How do social networks enhance your social life? Do they also detract from it?

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RSVP: The First 90 Days Discussion Forum – We are excited for the upcoming discussion forum with city managers from Tigard, Hillsboro, and Wilsonville. The focus of this luncheon will be the first 90 days of their tenure. We will be meeting at 11:45am on April 26, 2012 at Cafe Allegro in Tigard. Lunch will include a selection from a set menu provided by Cafe Allegro similar to those we have had in the past. The cost per lunch will be $14 including your meal, beverage, and gratuity. Space will be limited to about 40 people so please RSVP at your earliest convenience to oregonelgl@gmail.com.

RSVP for ELGL Forum with Patrick Quinton, PDC Executive Director – The rescheduled ELGL forum featuring Patrick Quinton, the Executive Director for the Portland Development Commission, is fast approaching. Mr. Quinton will be speaking on economic development issues in the Portland area. The luncheon will be May 2, 2012 from 11:45 AM-1:15 PM at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500 A.

Open house to explain Rock Creek trail crossing signals – Cost of the trail will be paid out of a state pedestrian and bicycle program.

Executive Master of Public Administration | Evans School of Public Affairs – If you’re thinking about earning an Executive MPA at the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, there is just under a week before the priority application deadline.


Managing stress in the federal workplace – Stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.

It Doesn’t Pay to Be Yourself at Work – The next time you want to speak your mind at work, it’s best to keep your mouth shut.

The Paradox of High Potentials – To retain high-potential employees, the conventional wisdom is deceptively simple: Identify, develop, and nurture them.

More Companies Forcing Employees to Doodle – Employees in a range of businesses are being encouraged by their companies to sketch their ideas and draw diagrams to explain complicated concepts to colleagues.


Stayton police cut records position – As economic pressures continue to dog the city of Stayton’s budget, the squeeze is being felt at the Stayton Police Department.

Residents can peruse Issaquah city budget online In October, Mayor Ava Frisinger sent to the City Council a $32 million general fund budget — dollars to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

Where’s the West Side Bypass?  The so-called “West Side” or “Western” bypass was included in the Washington County comprehensive plan and four possible routes were identified by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Then in the 1990s the bypass plans were completely abandoned and it was no longer officially considered as an option. What happened?

In tough times, municipalities turn to volunteers to get the job done – But some officials say free labor comes with a price.

In Our View: Governments Can Be Nimble – In Vancouver, suspending traffic impact fees is an experiment worth trying.

Election is Coming – For the City Hall throne and other races, we reveal our picks for the 2012 primary.

A Place for Old Chickens, Outside the Pot – Hindus regard the chicken as a vessel for evil spirits. The Chinese cook them to honor village deities. But here, chickens are a symbol of urban nirvana, their coops backyard shrines to a locavore movement that has city dwellers moving ever closer to their food.

Yakima city manager search continues with fill-in finalist – A last-minute withdrawal won’t disrupt Yakima’s search for a city manager. The City Council on Tuesday quickly moved to slot in another candidate after assistant administrator Marianna Marysheva-Martinez of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., withdrew late Monday.

High-schoolers take charge of city council for annual Youth in Government Day – The youth version of the Gadsden City Council tackled some tough issues at Tuesday’s annual Youth in Government Day. They included age discrimination, a ban on smoking, banning “saggy clothes” and the need for additional recreation facilities in the city — all with civilized discussion between council members and comments pro and con from the audience of students.

Can cash-strapped cities afford the 2012 election? The economy looms large over November’s general election in a basic way for strapped cities and counties: can they afford it?

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