08.07.12 Your Morning Buzz


RSVP: ELGL Forum with Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods – The event will be held at Bob’s Red Mill corporate headquarters in Milwaukie (13521 SE Pheasant Ct., Milwaukie, OR  97222) on August 8th. Please note, this is a different location than the store. The event will begin at 11:45 am and last until 1pm. For those who are able to stay longer, a tour of the Bob’s Red Mill facility will begin at 1pm.

ELGL Central Oregon Event: Transforming Government – Bend Police Chief Jeff Sale and Lieutenant Chris Carney will discuss how government can no longer afford to operate in status quo mode.  They will use the Bend Police Departments current transformation as an example of how the lack of funding and ever increasing costs are forcing these changes.

Wanted: Community members for Metro’s review committee – Interested in improving how Metro involves the public? Apply for the Public Engagement Review Comm by Aug 24.

Friends of Laurelhurst Park seeks volunteers for work party Wednesday – The Friends of Laurelhurst Park is seeking volunteers to help with a work party from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Clackamas County seeks volunteers for Board of Property Tax Appeals – The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners will soon be appointing two pools of county residents to serve on the Board of Property Tax Appeals, which offers reimbursement to board members due to the concentrated time commitment involved.  The County is seeking non-office-holding county residents who are available during business hours Monday through Thursday.

Poll: Playing with Fire by Sandy City Manager Scott Lazenby – Have you read “Playing with Fire”

QuestionPro Survey – Accelerate Bend 2030 – You are invited to contribute to the Accelerate Bend outcome by evaluating and commenting on the Vision Accelerators presented in this survey by Friday, August 17 by midnight.


Miami Beach or Park City? There’s city manager openings across U.S. – Wanted: a city, town or village manager. Apply to: any number of communities across the U.S. that are now seeking their next top staffer.

Break the Boom and Bust Cycle: How to Counter Declining Property Taxes – The widespread reduction in property tax yields created by the real estate bust is grim news for local governments because this tax remains their major revenue source. It is our contention that reforming the property tax can set communities on a path that generates jobs, reduces sprawl, expands affordable housing, and attacks a root cause of boom-and-bust cycles.

Insights from Successful State Chief Administrators – For the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting an inside glimpse into the jobs of state chief administrators, the public officials who oversee the administrative and general services departments that provide critical business functions for their state. 

Why New Orleans Should Have a Daily Newspaper  – Who does the city’s newspaper really belong to? Not the Newhouses.

Detroit Museum Seeks Tax Boost – Voters in Detroit and its suburbs will decide Tuesday whether keeping one of the nation’s premier fine-arts museums open is worth a hit to their wallets.


Re:Re:Fw:Re: Workers Spend 650 Hours a Year on Email – Unless you happen to get some sort of obsessive compulsive satisfaction from keeping your inbox in shipshape — and hey, if you do, more power to ya — dealing with email has got to be one of the most deadening aspects of any office job. And if the tedium of Outlook management wasn’t already dreadful enough, consider this: There’s a good chance you spend more than a quarter of each week reading and answering those emails.

IPhone or Android?  Governments Ponder Mobile App Platforms– Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, tablet — it seems no one talks about the dependable desktop computer anymore. Even laptops are losing their luster in light of the mobile revolution. Sure, a few MacBook Air commercials sneak their way onto TV every now and then. But it might be a decent bet to presume that when people see an ad for a MacBook Air they think, “Hey, that looks like an iPad with a keyboard.”

How to Be a More Reliable Professional – Unreliability was recently identified as the number one career-limiting habit and it’s no surprise. After all, if the people you work for (and with) can’t depend on you, what purpose do you serve?

8 terms that suck the life out of your writing – We asked communicators, writers and Chicago-area exorcists for their suggestions. True, every word exists for a reason. But an overreliance on the following suggests it’s time to summon your inner Abe Lincoln.

Why Sending Just Your Resume Just Doesn’t Cut It – The resume is your career heartbeat. However, alone, it may not be enough to sustain your job search.

Leadership and You – For the most part it’s a sad and sorry world in terms of leadership. We look around, whether at work, in our religious and cultural institutions, or in the political sphere, and it seems no one can inspire the masses with vision and hope.

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How Law Enforcement Is Using Social Media (Infographic)  Law enforcement officials are using social media to solve crimes and will continue to do so in greater numbers. In an online survey conducted by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, four out of five law enforcement officials used social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to help solve crimes.

When Social Media Fails – How many times have you heard it said that social media can help your company? All you have to do is learn a few simple tricks about tweeting and likes and soon enough you’ll be living large. Better yet, just pay Mr. or Ms. Confidence a small fortune to do it for you. After all, they know how to do it best and they can grow your Facebook page daily. You’re in business to get likes and not grow profits right?

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