12.02.12 Your Morning Buzz

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Next ELGL Forum:

Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland Executive Director

January 15, 2013 (note the date change), 7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218

11:45 am – Forum; 1:00 pm – Tour of Port of Portland Headquarters

RSVP to Megan Messmer, ELGL Project Coordinator, oregonelgl@gmail.com.

The Fiscal Cliff

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Hatch: WH “fiscal cliff” plan a “bait and switch”

Vancouver refinances bond for parking garages, work on streets

Puyallup’s city manager wants to cut costly park programs

Business advocates push development as way to help Lane County fund the jail

Eugene Police sees jail bed closure impact as second released inmate re-arrested

Union Gap raises property tax for first time in years

Transit vote much like the last one; cuts to service next

Do Something

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Public invited to comment on Ice Age Tonquin Trail Master Plan – The public is invited to comment on the master plan for the Ice Age Tonquin Trail, a multi-use pathway designed to connect the Willamette and Tualatin rivers, and the cities of Tualatin, Sherwood and Wilsonville. To learn more about and/or comment on the project, go to www.oregonmetro.gov/tonquintrail. Public comments are due by December 20, 2012.

Serve on the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council, help build tourism and economic vitality in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory – The Board of Clackamas County Commissioners (BCC) is seeking a citizen to fill a vacant seat on the Tourism Development Council (TDC).  The TDC is charged with directing how Transient Room Tax (TRT) funds are spent and advises the BCC on tourism promotion and development in Clackamas County.


Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price – States, cities and counties are giving up more than $80 billion a year to attract or keep companies and the jobs they provide. But officials and governments rarely track how many jobs were created and many do not know the value of all their awards.

Ratepayer rebellion – A deep vein of anger was exposed by the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s plans to raise the electric rates by 8 percent and water rates by 20 percent next year for the utility’s 88,000 customers.

U.S. Supreme Court will decide how logging roads will be regulated – The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to switch gears on more than 30 years of regulating the muddy water running off logging roads into rivers.

Urban planning democratized – Though designing cities requires years of training and experience, the future of urban planning may involve local residents armed with little more than toy blocks and Popsicle sticks.

Bridge Builder – The next speaker of the Oregon House—Portland Democrat Tina Kotek—will face immediate tests of her leadership.

Inside Portlandia

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Code change eases property-sale process

Who Killed KPOJ?

Business, streets, water, budget are top priorities next year

Rough Road to Prosperity

Hall Monitor

Outside Portlandia

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

City schedules West Salem road/infrastructure projects for 2013

Salem Urban Development to begin accepting block grant applications

Lane Commissioners release statement on jail bed closures

Wong: Book highlights Straub’s work on pension reform

Corvallis City Council to finalize land-use updates, officially annex Sather property

The Career Center

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

The Skills Gap That’s Slowing Down Your Career – Career speed bumps (much like their counterparts in the road) can take you by surprise. If you don’t slow down to navigate and learn from them, they can trip you up again and again. Take not having the right credentials, one common career speed bump. It’s easy to ignore if you are speeding along in your career with the same employer, but suddenly losing your job can send you careening out of control.

To Motivate People, Give Them Something to Be Proud Of – While people expect fair pay for their services, we all know that money isn’t king. Nevertheless, when it comes to business we all too often act as if it were. We think purely in terms of salaries, bonuses, and people’s positions on the org chart. While we pay lip-service to the idea that people may have non-financial motivation for their work — acknowledgement, appreciation, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment and so forth — we spend all our time working out how to incentivize our workforce with financial rewards.

The Social Network

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

The Can’t-Miss Social Media Trends For 2013 – Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, crystal balls the future of social so you’re not stuck with–gasp–Twitter 101-level skills.

The Most-Tweeted Words on Black Friday Were … [INFOGRAPHIC] – A word cloud from digital marketing technology provider Silverpop lists “coffee,” “deals” and “sale” among the words Twitter users said the most on the popular post-Thanksgiving shopping day.

Instagram Will Monetize For Facebook As Always By Testing Solutions One Week At A Time – No well-known startup has lived by that ethos more than Instagram. It is a great example of how to relentlessly shave little bits of time and little knots of complication off of the user experience in order to make a product that people love using.

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