09.25.12 Your Morning Buzz




City plans free Wi-Fi in all parks, public spaces – Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled an ambitious plan Monday to establish Chicago as a hub for ultra-fast Internet service and provide free Wi-Fi in public spaces.

The Tricky Politics of Vacant Lots  –  A Philadelphia local transformed a lot into a park on his own dime. But the city says the conversion was illegal, and is threatening to sue.

In Louisville, Urban Planning Goes 3D  – The city’s new Vision Louisville initiative hopes to inspire proposals from the public.

Banks new uniform addressing system a mixed bag for some – It’s been almost a month since the city instituted its new addressing system, a transition that’s been smoother for some than others.

Why California Cities Go Broke – A handful of Santa Monica’s elected officials – past, present and future hopefuls – learned last week why California cities go bankrupt and what they should do to make sure it doesn’t happen here.

Is Broadband for All Even Possible? What’s the point? City-built middle mile networks will always rely on private internet providers to actually get broadband to customers. Groups like the Bridge instead want to reframe broadband internet as a public good and convince cities to provide the service—which would mean asking government to make those last mile connections to homes and businesses.

When to Leave Your Company to Advance Your Career – If you sift through recent employment figures in the United States, you’ll find an intriguing trend: a steady uptick in the number of people leaving their jobs to go to work with new companies. For several years workers held on to their positions thanks to the recession, but we’re starting to see employees testing the waters, especially at the managerial level. This raises an important question. How will you respond when opportunity knocks — and how can you prepare for success once it does?


Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

Get Involved

A Conversation with Jefferson Smith –  Our third meeting for the busy month of September will be with Jefferson Smith – City of Portland Mayoral Candidate. This event will take place on September 28th at noon. Our meeting will be brown bag so please feel free to bring your lunch.

Transportation improvements – Share your views about possible new or expanded roadways, bike paths, sidewalks and other transportation improvements in unincorporated Clackamas County. Join the Transportation System Plan Online Workshop any time through Oct. 1, 2012.

Wilsonville seeks economic development task force members – The city of Wilsonville is seeking community members and business leaders to serve on a task force that will build on the city’s economic development strategy adopted last month.

Oregon City forum on Oct. 2 features city, state rep candidates – Candidates for Oregon City commissioner and state representative will appear at a forum on Oct. 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Abernethy Center, 606 15th St. It’s free and open to the public.

Was the streetcar worth the wait? Your commute questions on Hard Drive live chat, Tues, Sept. 25 at noon.

Willamette University panel to discuss election – A panel of Willamette University faculty and others will talk about the 2012 election issues that aren’t being talked about during the campaigns. The panel discussion will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hatfield Room on the second floor of the Mark O. Hatfield Library on campus. It is free.

The Workplace

The 10 Most Common Workplace Anxiety Dreams And What They Mean – Are you a dreamer? According to psychologists, everyone dreams—sometimes five times a night. And it’s not all sugar-plum fairies. Surveys show that some 50% to 80% of us dream about work, with a significant portion admitting they often wake up in a cold sweat and experience work nightmares once or more a week.

Richard Branson on Why We Need More Women in the Boardroom – A third of the American workforce is women. Richard Branson explains why we need more in top positions.

The Case for Executive Assistants – The average company has gone too far in cutting back on administrative help. Skilled executive assistants can boost productivity.

10-Step Roadmap for Simple Hiring – Think it’s time to hire? Don’t do it! (Not until you’re well prepared with this checklist.)

Job Search 102, expensive articles we wrote for professionals like you – You can read all of our advice online, free, at TheLadders Career Advice, but I’ve pulled out 49 of the best pieces below, ranked in order of interest to readers on our site.


The Social Network

LinkedIn Makes It Easier to Recommend Your Friends and Colleagues for Skills – LinkedIn announced a new feature on Monday called Endorsements that gives users a simpler way to recommend their professional connections.

How (and why) to upgrade to LinkedIn’s new company pages – LinkedIn is urging the administrators of company pages to upgrade to the new design before Nov. 30—at that time LinkedIn will automatically convert pages, which could lead to lost content for companies—however, the social network has not yet indicated when page admins can begin the conversion from old to new.

15 Commandments for Gov’t Agencies on Twitter – There is a promised land for government organizations – one where citizens pay attention to public agencies’ information and pass it along to others, spreading the word for all to hear. Although there are many paths to the promised land, your journey will likely pass through Twitter.

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