10.24.12 Your Morning Buzz



Despite bike and transit gains, 84 percent of Portland region’s residents still go by car: Metro study – Despite significant investments in transit and bike systems, the number of trips taken in automobiles in the Portland metro area has barely decreased in the past two decades, according to a new transportation study.

Multiple Oregon ballots cover transportation issues – In two weeks, voters in multiple Oregon communities will decide the fate of various transportation funding questions on local ballots.

Talks continue, work doesn’t on Bend water project – Opponents, city meet in federal court mediation.

Study: PERS shortfall billions worse – A recent study claims that Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System has a shortfall more than five times larger than calculated, and concludes that Oregon households will need to pay more than $2,000 in additional taxes every year to eventually pay it.

Reaction to ban a mixed bag for some stores, shoppers – The Eugene City Council’s decision to ban thin plastic shopping bags is getting a mixed reception among consumers.

In Georgia, Contender Seeks to Cut Job She’s Trying to Win – Ales Campbell is running for “sole commissioner” of rural Walker County—a post she would try to eliminate if she wins.

The Fiscal Cliff

Inside Portlandia


Outside Portlandia


Get Involved

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?

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.

Forest Grove City Council candidates to speak at Wednesday forum – Voters will have a chance to hear from all five candidates vying for seats the Forest Grove City Council during a 7 p.m. forum at the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St.

Hillsboro looking for a few good men and women to volunteer for boards, commissions – Hillsboro is looking for nearly two dozen people to fill vacancies or positions set to expire on the city’s public commissions and boards at the end of 2012.

City of Milwaukie – Check out the great volunteer opportunities in our community listed on the City website.


The Workplace

Avoid Last Minute Surprises: What’s Your Competition? The process of closing an offer with a candidate starts at the beginning of the recruiting process. Waiting until the end to obtain crucial details may put you at a serious disadvantage.  As soon as you have decided the candidate may be a good fit for your position, start asking these questions.

How a Gen-Y Job Seeker Can Justify Their Job Hopping – About 91 percent of this age group are likely to leave their job in less than three years, according to the “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey by the Future Workplace.

Popeyes CEO: Skip the Water-Cooler Gossip – How do executives stay organized? What are their management strategies? And what do they do for fun? Executive Suite seeks answers to the behind-the-scenes questions.

The Art of Calling In Sick—Or Not – As flu season approaches, people soon will wake up to a tricky calculation: Should you drag yourself into work feeling awful? Or can you get away with staying home to heal?

Debates Rage as Politics Hits Offices – Discussions of the presidential campaign get a boost from open-plan offices and the rise of social networks.


The Social Network

The Beginner’s Guide to LinkedIn – LinkedIn is considered the non-sexy, sleeping giant of social networks. It keeps a low profile, perhaps due to the professional nature of its users. Nonetheless, LinkedIn continues to exert a powerful influence on connected job seekers, brands, recruiters and industries.

Political Discourse Takes on the Face of Social Networking – “Let’s skip the play-by-play on Facebook during the presidential debates tonight, folks. If you must, do it on Twitter with (hashtag debates). You’ll reach those who actually want to be reached.”

How Social Media Can Safeguard Your Vote – Politics Transformed: The High Tech Battle for Your Vote is an in-depth look at how digital media is affecting elections. Mashable explores the trends changing politics in 2012 and beyond in these special reports.

10 things you should never share on social media – Social media is all about transparency. It’s about sharing and being your authentic self. Uh-huh.

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