10.30.12 Your Morning Buzz



Does Your City Need a Transit Riders Union? Unions may be dying off in the workplace. But could they make a difference on the bus?

New Ridgefield city manager committed to smart growth –  As Phillip Messina takes up the mantle of Ridgefield’s top appointed administrator, he says he’s committed to ensuring Clark County’s fastest-growing community grows smartly.

Home, sweet home – Homeless advocates look to Dignity Village in Portland as a possible model for a similar program in Eugene.

WA campaigns bring attention to Utah license model – The races for governor and attorney general have brought renewed attention to a proposal that would create a two-tiered driver’s license system in Washington to address the issue of driving by immigrants who can’t provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

Bend Voters Consider $29M Parks Bond – In Central Oregon, the fate of a $29 million bond measure is now in the hands of Bend voters. The Bend Parks and Recreation District sent it to voters to fund a list of projects and land acquisitions. As David Nogueras reports, most of these projects relate to one of city’s most iconic symbols: the Deschutes River.

WHY DO WE VOTE ON A TUESDAY? If someone were to ask you what day of the week you thought the greatest number of Americans could take time off to vote, which day would you choose? Probably Saturday or Sunday, I’d wager. We have more free time on weekends; what with work, school, and myriad other obligations during the week. So why then do we vote on a Tuesday? The answer has to do with the culture of antebellum America.

Peak Performance – Lack of accountability is often cited as an underlying factor contributing to the financial crisis. Not surprisingly, demand for greater accountability has been growing—public and private institutions alike are being held to higher standards of integrity, ethics, and transparency, and the internal audit function plays an integral role in meeting those expectations.

CITY OF PORTLAND 22nd ANNUAL COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTS – This report presents the results of our 22nd annual Community Survey. From June through August, we asked Portlanders about their views on the quality of a variety of City services, and thousands of residents responded. Most love their city and their neighborhoods, but gave mixed ratings to many City services.

A Big Storm Requires Big Government – Most Americans have never heard of the National Response Coordination Center, but they’re lucky it exists on days of lethal winds and flood tides.


The Fiscal Cliff

Worried about the fiscal cliff? Then you’re a Keynesian

Fiscal Cliff Forces All Sides to Jockey

Inside Portlandia

Tense Troutdale mayoral race winds down with sign tampering accusations

Oregonian’s Michelle Cole Takes Job With Lobbying Firm Gallatin Public Affairs

Library Taxing District Campaign, Nearly Out of Cash, Borrows Big

Sidewalk funding? Get on a list … : Portland City Hall roundup

In tough housing market, Clackamas Community Land Trust struggles to sell houses in award-winning affordable housing development

State economist evaluates the effect of Intel expansion

Race for Clackamas County chair turns increasingly negative as outside groups sponsor attack ads

Tigard receives vehicle charging stations at city facilities

Oregonian Poll Shows Charlie Hales With a 20-Point Lead in Mayor’s Race Over Jefferson Smith

Outside Portlandia

Albany logo to grace Guard fighter jet

Eugene seeks buyers for downtown building

County bans alcohol at park

Woodland council poised to give pool plan another nudge forward

It’s No Hurricane, But Undecideds Cloud Oregon’s 2012 Election

C. Ore. nears end of $10M poverty fighting test


Get Involved

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.

The City of Silverton will partner with the Silver Falls School District for the 2013 Community Survey. We would like members of the public to send us ideas for survey topics and questions to help improve the survey instrument, engage the community, and increase the response rate.


The Workplace

Older Americans’ Complicated Role in the Work Force – The Outlook column in today’s Journal highlighted how an aging labor force is driving down the share of the population that’s working or looking for work, a measure known as the participation rate. But take a look at the charts accompanying the article, and another story jumps out: The participation rate among older Americans is actually rising.

How A Facebook Page Prepared A Region For Hurricane Sandy, And What That Teaches About Social Media – Hudson Valley Weather, known on Facebook as HVWX1, describes its purpose as  “provid(ing) localized and detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley.”  And that they do. They really get right what they do, both the weather forecasting and how to use social media to suit their purpose.

Make a Job Offer That They’ll Accept – If you’ve found the perfect candidate for your open position, you need to offer the job in a way that encourages that person to accept it. Of course, the specifics of the job will matter to the applicant, but so will your attitude and approach when making the offer.

Social Is the Secret Weapon in Local Politics – Consider Alex Torpey, the 25-year-old mayor of South Orange, N.J. (official title, “Village President”). Torpey’s Twitter profile describes him as “Mayor of @southorangenj; philosopher; grad student; founder/partner@veracitymedia; OpenGov advocate; volunteer EMT; writer; musician; person.”

7 reasons people hate being in meetings with you – Don’t let this happen. The first step in healing is to recognize you have a problem. Here’s a list to help you recognize why people hate being in meetings with you.

The Social Network

Who’s Winning the Pinterest Election? [INFOGRAPHIC] Of all the major social networks having an impact on this year’s presidential election, Pinterest is the newest. And while some of the once-red-hot buzz around the image-sharing network has died down, both the Barack Obamaand Mitt Romney campaigns maintain an active presence there. But which candidate is more popular and, dare we say, more pinteresting?

14 things that must be in your social media policy – You have an employee handbook. Your employees know how to answer the phone, what to put in their email signature, even what to wear to trade shows. But you haven’t told them how to behave online.

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Twitter: Diane McKeel

Pinterest: Oregon Coast

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