11.14.12 Your Morning Buzz

Quick, to the Cakemobile!


Starry Night.

Would You Vote For An Atheist? Tell The Truth – Last week’s election boasted many firsts: Tammy Baldwin was elected as the first openly gay senatorTulsi Gabbard as the country’s first Hindu member of Congress and Barack Obama will continue as the first black president of the United States. But some demographic groups remain underrepresented in high-level government positions.

We Shouldn’t Be Surprised That Most Transit Referendums Won  – Last week’s results are very encouraging — but they’re actually in line with recent success rates.

Protecting Americans in the 21st Century: Communicating Priorities for 2012 and Beyond – A White Paper by The National Homeland Security Consortium, Updated Edition: October 2012 This paper adds to the continuing dialogue between the member associations of the National Homeland Security Consortium (the Consortium) and leaders of national homeland security policy and strategy efforts.

Hillsboro hits it big with new team name – Still seven months away from taking the field on Opening Day, the new minor league team in Hillsboro, Ore., has already come through with its first big hit.

Agencies urged to improve relations with states and localities – A second Obama administration should reopen frayed communication lines with state and local governments, better institutionalize performance management, and formalize an elite cadre of career employees to tackle large-scale public projects, a team of academics and agency veterans recommended.

Pacific leaders discuss dissolving, consolidation with nearby cities – Pacific City Council members officially put dissolving the city on the table Tuesday night as a last resort to solve its problems.

The Fiscal Cliff

Basketball cake

Inside Portlandia

Wheel of Fortune Cake

Outside Portlandia

Ugly Sweater Cake

Get Involved

red sox cake

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.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance wants you to tell us your priorities for building a world class network of bicycle facilities in the Portland Metropolitan region.
 Take our Blueprint for World Class Biking Survey.

City Council accepting comments on proposed 2013 budget – The Bellingham City Council will accept public comments on the proposed 2013 budget at a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, in City Council Chambers.

Budget Committee Vacancy – The City of Silverton is seeking volunteers to serve for a three-year term on the Silverton Budget Committee.

County seeks economic advice from citizens – The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve three-year terms on the Economic Development Commission.

The Workplace

Red Velvet Nikon

More Work Goes ‘Undercover’ – Bringing the Office To Bed for 3 a.m. Emails to China; Wi-Fi Mattresses.

Apple Gives In to Employee Perks – CEO Tim Cook Pushes Employee-Friendly Benefits Long Shunned by Steve Jobs.

When an Underperformer Leaves – That’s one of the benefits of a rigorous 360-degree review system every 6 months: it forces managers to take a hard look at everyone and forces some tough discussions.

The Social Network

A cake made of (cake) Lego - very meta. via @cakewrecks

Officials use social media during Superstorm Sandy to communicate with residentsSuperstorm Sandy sequestered much of the region to dark and disconnected homes, but for some towns, information lifelines came in a deluge of Twitter and Facebook updates.

Online Platforms for Public Engagement – The link below will take you to our new white paper about online public engagement platforms that are available commercially in the United States.  We will be updating this white paper as often as possible to keep up with this quick – changing industry, so please subscribe to the blog if you want to be notified when we have updated versions.

How Social Media Could Revolutionize Third-World Cities – Networking technologies are about to make governments more accountable and transparent.

Google: ‘Government Surveillance Is on the Rise’ – It’s not just Petraeus. Google is seeing ever greater efforts by governments to monitor citizens’ online activity.

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