05.17.12 Morning Buzz




Clackamas County budget committee meetings scheduled for May 21-29; public invited to testify – Clackamas County residents are invited to weigh in on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The Kelso City Council will interview the five city manager finalists Wednesday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 203. S. Pacific Ave. The public is welcome to observe.


The Limits of Density – Denser cities are more productive, more innovative, and more energy efficient. But only up to a point.

In Search of a Town Center – Next American City – Developers have a vision to restore a thriving, walkable town center to the Charlotte, N.C. suburb of Harrisburg. But amid spats over design, parking and even architectural style, some say that the vision has drifted too far from its original goal.

Revised budget for Tigard would increase PGE bills for residents – At the final public hearing on Monday night, the city budget committee approved a revised budget for 2012-13 that proposes to increase the electrical franchise fee from 3.5 percent to the state maximum of 5 percent. The electrical franchise fee is what the city charges PGE for using their public land.

Beaverton School District Budget Committee suggests asking City of Beaverton for funds – Beaverton School District Budget Committee weighs the value of its teacher librarians and seeks a donation from the city. Final approval of the 2012-13 budget is Thursday.

Tree Injuries Up as City Budgets Go Down – If your city is being forced to make cutbacks, it may be choosing to cut back on your safety. And as evidenced by the number of tree fall injuries in recent years, New York City, it seems, is doing just that.

Trying to Beat the Odds – Promoters of a private casino are betting they have a better story than in 2010.


Leadership Requires Character Plus Competence « A Smarter Planet Blog – How do leaders develop character and competence ? Dr. Bernard Banks, Colonel in the United States Army and the Deputy Department Head of West Point’s tells us.

Suck it up: How leaders succeed – CBS News – Nobody likes a moaner — CEOs should focus on leading the way, not complaining.

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