09.29.12 Your Morning Buzz




It’s Official: Downtowns Are Booming – Neighborhoods within 2 miles of city hall saw huge jumps in population between 2000 and 2010, according to new numbers from the Census.

The walkable urban trend in the Seattle region – The shift to compact, walkable settings identified in the US is evident in urban and suburban communities around Puget Sound.

TriMet management says union refusing to go along with arbitrator ruling – Three months ago, an arbitrator sided with TriMet in its bitter, three-year contract dispute with its union over health-care costs. The decision, effectively saving the money-strapped agency $5 million in service cuts, was supposed to be binding and immediate.

Muni buyers, beware – Three California cities filed for bankruptcy this summer — unusual in such a short period — and ratings agencies warn that more trouble is coming. “We expect local governments to be struggling with this through 2013,” says Robert Kurtter, managing director, public finance, at Moody’s Investors Service.

Who’s Financially Smarter? Gen-Y Tops Boomers – Young people are better-looking, healthier and, apparently, financially smarter than their parents. For boomers, it’s another bummer.

To Fight Crime, a Poor City Will Trade In Its Police – Officials in Camden, N.J., are disbanding the police department to free up millions for a nonunionized force.

Paper or Plastic? Some Communities Say Neither – Not just in Santa Cruz County, where Aptos is, but similar rules apply in more than two dozen California cities. Grocery stores, pharmacies and sometimes other retailers are no longer allowed to use plastic shopping bags and must charge customers for paper ones. Fees typically are 5 or 10 cents, and are aimed at nudging people to carry reusable bags when they shop.


Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia






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Special Meeting: ICMA Exchange Program, Eric King & Gary Allis – ELGL Central Oregon has a special opportunity to hear from Gary Allis and Eric King about their experience with the ICMA Exchange Program.  Mr. Allis is here next week from Tauranga, New Zealand. Join us on Tuesday, October 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the Fire Administration Building,1212 SW Simpson Ave, Bend. Please bring your own lunch.

City of Lake Oswego Boards and Commissions – To apply for a voluntary position on a City board, commission, or committee, please download and complete the City application. Applications can be mailed to the Lake Oswego Mayor’s Office at PO Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, hand delivered to the City Hall at 380 A Avenue, faxed to 503-697-6594, or emailed to Jane McGarvin by the closing date.

City of Tualatin Boards and Commissions – Apply for one of the current openings on the boards and commissions.

The Year of Transportation – The Tualatin Transportation Task Force Meeting has been rescheduled to November 1, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Police Station.

The Workplace

I will make better mistakes tomorrow

New Study: Leaders Are Less Stressed Than Their Subordinates – A new study suggests that people in leadership positions experience less stress than their subordinates. Published on Monday in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was written by a group of seven academics from Harvard, Stanford and the University of California at San Diego who work in the fields of psychology, business and public policy.

Disarming the Grammar Scolds – Room for Debate asks: How can we tell the difference between a sound principle of English and a made-up shibboleth?

Bring Out Quieter Voices on Your Team – In groups it’s often the non-expert, the outlier, or the person who isn’t in charge who has the most interesting idea. You need to structure ways to hear that person or you will always drown him out.

The Social Network

one day at a time #tattoo

10 signs you’re a real social media jerk – Maybe it’s because we spend so much time online, we forget that the people we’re sending messages to are human beings. They have a face, not some goofy avatar, and an actual name. They might own a puppy.

New LinkedIn Endorsements May Benefit College Students – But some admissions consultants say applicants shouldn’t be flocking to the professional social network.

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