08.14.12 Your Morning Buzz



Sorry, Bozo.  Clowns always have been creepy, always will be.

ELGL Willamette Valley Meeting – ELGL Willamette Valley would like to announce this month’s meeting scheduled for the 16th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. The City of Veneta will be hosting and Ric Ingham, City Administrator for the past 8.5 years, will be presenting on Urban Renewal and the City of Veneta’s experiences.

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.

ELGL Forum with Charlie Hales, Portland Mayoral Candidate – Please join us on Thursday, September 13 at noon for an ELGL forum with Charlie Hales, Portland mayoral candidate.  The forum will be held in Portland, exact location TBA. Special thanks to Robbie Rice for scheduling the forum.

Public can score gubernatorial debate tickets Thursday – Tickets for this month’s debate in Vancouver between gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna will be up for grabs beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Support the Gresham Little Leaguers – Spaghetti feed this Monday Night from 6-9 at Boccelli’s. $10 a person and all proceeds go to help pay for the travel expenses for the Gresham Nationals team parents. Please show up and support the team! Re-post and lets raise some money for these kids!


Unhappy Meal.

Long Choked By Waste Plants, a Former Shipping City Tries Clearing the Air – Some 15 miles southeast of Philadelphia, not far from a rust-covered salvage facility, a meeting begins at the Faith Temple Holy Church in Chester, Penn. Inside, the Reverend Horace Strand, founder and spokesmen for the Chester Environmental Partnership, confronts Chester City Councilmember William Jacobs about a lack of communication with the city since an administrative change-up.

How Can Cities Recapture Investment In Public Infrastructure? In 1978, three real estate developers in Boston set their eyes on a decaying waterfront property south of downtown. The lot, owned by the bankrupt Penn Central station, was up for $3.5 million. The deal fell apart. A few years later, one of the trio, Frank McCourt, bought the land for around three times the rate and set up shop on the 24 acres, using them mostly as a parking lot. He and his wife became the largest private developers in South Boston.

Why Have So Many Cities and Towns Given Away So Much Money to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s? The astonishing story of how the nation’s two largest hunting and fishing specialty stores convinced small town America to pay for their expansions.

Facts and Fictions of D.C.’s Gentrification– Urban comebacks like the District of Columbia’s can come at a price. This past week showed how sore a subject this still is.

The threat of sequestion: What federal leaders should be doing right now – The threat of sequestration—the $109 billion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect on January 2 unless Congress reaches a compromise budget deal—is making federal leaders and employees very nervous.

When Politicos Become Planners – Former politicians, stepping into new roles as private planners, contractors and developers, have long played an integral role in shaping the landscape of New York City.

County may make 3% budget slash – A tough round of budget choices is shaping up this fall for Pierce County government, with across-the-board cuts of 3 percent looming next year for services ranging from law enforcement to parks, from building permits to emergency management.


This kid will not be a fan of clowns. This is the problem. Parents should sloooowwwllly introduce their kids to clowns so that they can get the whole experience.

Close Enough for Government Work – There are always words or catch phrases that capture people’s imaginations and seem to be just the right shorthand to express a thought or make a point.  After a while though, they simply lose their impact through overuse and are no longer clever and need to be retired.  I don’t need another “wake-up call,” unless I’m in a hotel and might miss my flight; nor do I want to “take it to the next level,” unless I’m on the “up” escalator.  “Close enough for government work” (CEFGW) is one expression that I want to eradicate from our lexicon forever.

To Be Number One, Get the Right Number Two – Picking a number two is among the most important decisions any leader makes. Getting it right shapes a leader’s direction, effectiveness, and legacy.

Women Pick Up The Pace On Jobs Gains – Women are gaining more jobs—as well as losing fewer—than they did when the recession ended in mid-2009.

For Managers: Pink-Slip Etiquette – It’s not just rank-and-file workers who feel fallout from a downsizing. Managers handing out the pink slips face a difficult task of balancing financial considerations and personal relationships.

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The Social Network

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Will Wheaton wearing a bizarre clown sweater

Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25 – Facebook began in 2004. Twitter kicked off in 2006. I, along with everyone else in my generation, can remember exactly who told me about these endeavors, the perfect combination of confusion and excitement I felt when signing up for them, and the original layouts they exhibited.

7 Ways To Get Actionable Insights From Social Data – The amount of social data continues to explode, with more than 400 million Tweets sent per day and more than 1.3 billion active users on social networks around the world.

The perfect Facebook post: A blueprint – When it comes to writing the perfect Facebook post, it can seem like part skill, part rocket science, and part random luck. Ever tried a post or photo that’s purely experimental and had engagement shoot through the roof? We certainly have (psst—people love cats. Period. End of story.)

Vermont tourism hands Twitter account over to the public – When Sweden allowed private individuals to run its official Twitter account for a week at a time, one guy tweeted about masturbation and a woman steered the account “right off a social media cliff” with her tweets about Hitler, Jews, and Down syndrome.

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