08.16.12 Your Morning Buzz



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 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.

Garbage Service Information Request – Veneta is seeking examples of RFPs for waste removal service.  If you have a recent example (within ten years) please send them to Chris Workman, City of Veneta.

Vote: Sales Tax in Oregon? Do you support a statewide sales tax for education in Oregon?

Port of Portland Seaport Celebration – Come join in the fun at the most family-friendly, fun-filled day of adventure on the river this summer! Seaport Celebration, presented by Gunderson, will take you inside the fences of an active marine terminal to explore the working waterfront with activities and excitement for all ages.

Clackamas County, Oregon – The Board of Clackamas County Commissioners (BCC) is seeking a citizen to fill a vacant seat on the Tourism Development Council (TDC). The TDC is charged with directing how Transient Room Tax (TRT) funds are spent and advises the BCC on tourism promotion and development in Clackamas County.

Empowering Champions: Diversity in Leadership – Hear from local leaders about how they have helped to increase diversity in leadership within their organizations. Look forward to learning best practicies and strategies that can be used at companies of any size and/or industry! The Diversity Presentation and Panel discussion takes palce in Portland on August 22nd, 2012 from 9:00 to 10:45a.m. and inclused free coffee and assorted breakfast pastries.



Delivering Camden from the Brink – On more than one occasion in the second half of the 20th century, Camden, N.J. has been labeled “a city on the brink.” For the most part, the phrase has applied to something negative, like bankruptcy in the 1990s or, more recently, lawlessness after major cuts to the local police force.

Fervently anti-tax Colorado Springs, facing crisis, weighs new taxes – The voters of Colorado Springs had a choice three years ago: raise taxes or live with fewer services. They chose dark highways, overgrown parks, and municipal layoffs.

6 U.S. Cities on the Edge of a Fiscal Cliff – With Moody’s recent warnings and downgrades, these municipalities may follow the likes of Stockton and Central Falls into bankruptcy.

With cities and suburbs clamoring to build new transit systems, a new book showcases creative financing approaches for getting them built – This new free guidebook from Transportation for America is designed to help community leaders across the country meet the demand for transit by raising money to build and operate it outside of the traditional federal funding sources.

Isleton looks at dissolving as a city – Isleton has the small-town charm of a river community, but its finances have been a mess for a long time. One option under discussion is dissolution as a city.

Oswego Lake access saga continues – Attorneys who filed a lawsuit alleging Lake Oswego violated the public’s constitutional rights by barring access to Oswego Lake have responded to the city’s motion to dismiss the case.

Falls City hires administrator – The Falls City City Council voted to hire Amber Mathiesen as the town’s new city administrator Thursday, ending an eight-month vacancy in the position.



 Felix Hernandez, left center, threw a perfect game Wednesday, beating the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0. Hernandez struck out 12, throwing the first perfect game in Mariners history.

U-Va. shows that what we have here is failure to communicateThis piece is part of an On Leadership round table on rethinking university governance, in the wake of the U-Va. and Penn State crises.

Does listening to music at work make you more efficient? Clefnotes – Studies show that people who listen to music finished their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who did not.

What’s Your Magic Number? Organizations usually have just a few leading indicators — sometimes a single number — that will predict success or identify problems.

Debate over government’s role ensnarls federal employees – The battle between Republicans and Democrats over the size and scope of the U.S. government has put federal workers — their numbers, their pay and their benefits — at center stage this campaign season.

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More Brands Joining Instagram — and with Good Reason – Perhaps it’s the “Pinterest Effect” – the social media network that is all about the visual side of life. But more and more brands, especially the big boys on the brand block, are joining Instagram – the mobile only app that, as per Wikipedia “allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and then share it with other Instagram users they are connected to on the social network as well as on a variety of social networking services.”

Horrible Social Media – For Those Who Post and Walk Away – I’m tired of you, Mr. Horrible social media. I’m tiredthat you expect people to suddenly think you’re some expert or knowledgeable insider because you post 100-word entries on your Tumblr.

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