11.01.12 Your Morning Buzz



The King of Clackistan – Timber baron Andrew Miller wants to turn Oregon to the right. He’s starting the fight in Portland’s backyard.

Steve Duin: Clackamas County: A million miles from Portland – The county line is where smart growth ends and old growth begins as politics are polarized and conservatives push back.

Kent Councilwoman says city should ‘eliminate the CAO’ – Kent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Albertson let loose with a bombshell as to where the city should cut its budget.

Why the ‘Trick-or-Treat Test’ Still Matters  – Community designers have this same discussion every year, for good reason.

Retiring Metro finance director leaves behind stability, looks forward to travel – It’s been one of Margo Norton’s mantras in Metro’s finance department, a tenure that began on April Fools Day in 2006 and ends on Halloween in 2012.

Precinct Zero – Residents of Madison South, once divided over the mayor’s race, say the candidates haven’t offered them much.

The Right Government Tool for the Job – Too many discussions of changing government start with cutting jobs or adding jobs, eliminating departments or creating new programs–it’s always “more or less.” Here’s the question we should be asking: What problems are we trying to solve and what tools of government will solve them most effectively and efficiently and with the fewest unintended consequences?


The Fiscal Cliff

L.A. council to consider new tax proposals

Citizen survey guides City of Kirkland’s proposed budget

Everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff, but were afraid to ask

Kent mayor proposes new B&O, cable taxes; cuts 20 jobs

Council-approved Voluntary Separation Program will save Edmonds more than half a million dollars 

Inside Portlandia

Portland and Portland State University gear up for aging population boom

Database: City employee compensation

Database: Metro employee compensation

Database: Multnomah County salaries

Portland attorney says TriMet’s enforcement of noise rules violated free-speech rights

Judgment against Forest Grove upheld in David Hill Development lawsuit

Two conflicting versions of the Clackamas River Water board scheduled to meet Nov. 8

Council reduces offer for waterfront property

Foothills urban renewal plan approved

Deputy city recorder to retire

More Tualatin citizens unite

Outside Portlandia

Santa Monica City Manager to Meet with Residents

Carlsbad city manager search to start after December

City, hospital officials upset the Dignity deal fell through

Seattle lax in tracking federal grants, state auditor concludes

Vancouver Republican’s Self-Funded Campaign Breaks Records

How an obscure banking bill becomes a hot issue in Oregon House races 


Get Involved

ELGL Forum with Ken Allen, Oregon AFSCME Exec. Dir. – Please join us on November 14, 2012 for an ELGL brown bag lunch with Ken Allen, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75. Mr. Allen will discuss the challenges facing local governments and their employees from the union perspective. Oregon AFSCME Council 75, represents 140 local unions throughout Oregon.

City of Bellingham seeks members for design review board, other advisory committees – Looking for ways to serve your community? Vacancies exist on several citizen committees that advise the City on important, high-profile topics, including design standards, land use, tourism grants and many more.

Senator Merkley will be at PSU on Monday for a Federal budget exercise. This will be an interesting learning opportunity about the Federal Budget and the challenges in balancing it. It will also be a great opportunity to interact with the senator. Students and community members are welcome, though I would particularly encourage students to show up since the senator is making the effort to be on campus. The exercise is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Smith Ballroom.


The Workplace

They Work Long Hours, but What About Results? IT’S 5 p.m. at the office. Working fast, you’ve finished your tasks for the day and want to go home. But none of your colleagues have left yet, so you stay another hour or two, surfing the Web and reading your e-mails again, so you don’t come off as a slacker.

How HBR Changed the Way I Work – In November 1996, Michael Porter published What Is Strategy?, which argued that operational excellence alone is not strategy, and that the truly enduring companies create a unique customer experience.

Confronting the passive-aggressive boss – A friend of mine took on a part-time job not long ago at a small nonprofit organization. The pay was decent, the hours fit with her freelance schedule and she liked the causes being supported. Still, each time I saw her she seemed progressively more stressed about her boss.


The Social Network

The Issues That Matter In This Election – According To Social Networks – As I’ve mentioned in my previous reportingSan Francisco-based social media company Livefyre offers real-time management of social networks and comments on media sites.

7 secrets to make your Facebook page pop – Here are seven little-known tricks to maximize your Facebook page.

Social Is the Secret Weapon in Local Politics – Social media first took the national spotlight in the 2008 elections, and it continues to expand its influence at every level of American politics.

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