10.19.12 Your Morning Buzz

Campaigns take a break for a night of laughs



Cities can get greener by 2030 as new urban areas built – Simple planning measures such as more parks, trees or roof gardens could make cities less polluted and help protect plants and animals, especially in emerging nations led by China and India where city growth will be fastest, it said.

Is Your Region Innovative, Productive, Creative, or Just Populated? – A new study gauges the relative contribution of U.S. metros to population, innovation, and economic growth.

This Is What a Neighborhood Revitalization Actually Looks Like  – A low-income community in Boston taps homegrown business leaders for a brighter future.

Survey: Obama Supports State and Local Governments, Congress Does Not – Most state and local officials believe President Obama supports their government, but far fewer feel the same way about Congress.

Rural issues high on radar of Clackamas County commission candidates Jamie Damon, Tootie Smith – County Board of Commissioners, but a glaring hole in the county’s list of hot issues was clear to Jamie Damon soon after she was appointed to fill a vacancy.

Unfinished business keeps Clackamas County chairwoman Charlotte Lehan coming back – An hour before Charlotte Lehan was due to speak at a recent dedication ceremony, she was dressed in a plaid button-up shirt and dark jeans, and surrounded by squawking chickens.

County panel derails conflicts – Portland politicians seem to pick fights with other elected officials in the region on a regular basis.


The Fiscal Cliff

There are consequences to not doing your timesheets.


Outside Portlandia

I don't need Apple Maps to get completely lost in your eyes.


Get Involved

For Boss's Day I scheduled a full day of meetings about the same thing which will accomplish nothing.

ELGL Central Oregon Presents Brenda Bartlett, CPA – Thursday, October 25th, Redmond City Hall, Address:  716 SW Evergreen Ave, Time: Noon-1pm (bring lunch with you), Occupational Fraud – Is Your Government at Risk?

Poll: Grading the Hillsboro Hops – what grade do you give the name?

RSVP: Spend Your Halloween with Adam Davis, DHM Research – Please join us on October 31 for a conversation with Adam Davis, DHM Research at the Tualatin Library Community Room (18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062). To RSVP, send an email by October 29th to ELGL project coordinator, Megan Messmer – oregonelgl@gmail.com.

Clackamas River Water needs applicants to fill board vacancies  – Two board members said they plan to resign at the end of October, heeding calls from the editorial board of The Oregonian, the county commissioners and the water district’s labor union employees.

Share your budget priorities with the Seattle City Council – The Seattle City Council invites members of the community to participate in its final public hearing on the 2013-2014 City budget.


The Workplace

Watching the Yankees offense in the postseason reminds me of how productive I am at work on Mondays.

15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders – It’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Put another way, not all leaders are created equal. The problem many organizations are suffering from is a recognition problem – they can’t seem to recognize good leaders from bad ones.

90% of recruiters will ask these typical reference check questions – One of the bloggers I read on a regular basis, Donna Svei from the Avid Careerist, posted an article yesterday on how to prep your referees.  She cites a study of 500 HR professionals which found that 90% ask questions about the same seven topics.

What is Innovation in Government? Where does public sector innovation come from? What does it look like? Is it a way of thinking reserved exclusively for the SES and political appointees—or does it come from the ground up? Many emerging practices show it comes from both – and everyone in between.

7 quick and easy (and controversial) rules for commas – There is probably no more controversial punctuation mark than the comma.

The craziest excuses employees use to call in sick – Every year, CareerBuilder enlists the researchers at Harris Interactive to survey hiring managers and HR professionals about the excuses they hear when employees call in sick.


The Social Network

I'm the Jim Lehrer of futilely watching political arguments unfold on Facebook.

How to Engage in Social Networks for Your Job Hunt – Social Job Seeker 2012, Jobvite’s newest survey, asked job seekers how they used social networks for career advancement and job search. If you are actively or passively seeking a new opportunity, these points will help you understand how to be more pro-active in your search.

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