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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



Gresham citywide fee wins unanimous approval; takes effect February 1 – The Gresham City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a citywide fee that, for 17 months, will apply to every city utility bill in an effort to maintain police, fire and parks services as property tax revenues continue to fall short of the cost of services.

Damascus sues state for pulling road planning money — state doubts the city could ever make a plan – The city of Damascus has filed a lawsuit to try to force the ODOT to keep funding its road planning process.

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality  – They are mostly found on the coasts, according to a new study.

How Our Current Tax System Is Failing Cities – Levying fees on income and property just isn’t working anymore. Cities need to be able to charge people who commute in.

American cities to Millennials: Don’t leave – The hot pursuit of young professionals has been at the core of American cities’ urban revival for more than a decade. It worked. They came, they played, they stayed.

Survey: Oregon voters may support property tax increases – Think your property taxes are high enough already? Local governments want more. A handful of proposals that would tweak the way Oregon property taxes are calculated are being batted around Salem.

Inside Portlandia

Tigard Planning Commission adopts River Terrace plan, sends to City Council

New Washington County GOP chairman says Democrats are seeking “utopian enslavement”

Hillsboro council likely to add special meeting next week

West Linn City Council likely to place water rate increase measure on March ballot

Metro estimates impact of a new convention center hotel

Gaston’s future unclear after write-in candidate gets axed

City reorganization targets Riverfront Park

Hillsboro airport opponents express disappointment in city council over aircraft language

Outside Portlandia

Council ready to explore idea of downtown Yakima master plan

County, Vancouver may grant 6-month extension of deal

Eugene council leans toward City Hall site

State liquor sales have surged since privatization

Woodland waits on pot gardens

Seattle weighing a stipend for married same-sex city employees

13 apply for Bob Ferguson’s King County Council seat

The Career Center

5 Ways to Communicate More Clearly – Miscommunications cost your business time and money. How to make sure what they heard is what you said.

6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party – With its booze, year-long pent-up emotions towards co-workers, the specter of organizational politics, various inter-office rivalries and the “secret” cubicle farm romance everyone knows about, the annual company holiday party has all the explosive potential of an open fire in a dynamite factory.

Telecommuting ups work hours, UT study finds – Telecommuting is becoming more popular among professionals, yet a study from theUniversity of Texas at Austin found that it means putting in more hours.

Do Something

City seeks citizens to serve on Economic Development Commission – The City Council is seeking applicants interested in serving on the City of Edmonds Economic Development Commission (EDC).

Clean Water Services Seeks Applicants for Advisory Commission – Clean Water Services’ Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals to serve a three-year term on its Clean Water Advisory Commission (CWAC).

Oregon City effort launches South End planning – Anyone interested in helping Oregon City develop a plan for the future of the South End area can participate in community meetings and provide feedback online for a regional government-sponsored analysis of potential development and annexation into city limits.

The Social Network

Why the Pope and Obama turn to Twitter – Twitter has grown from being an insider back channel for tech nerds into being the insider back channel for the entire world.

Gmail 2.0 For iOS Is A Slick Upgrade – the new Gmail app for the iPhone and iPad is here, and by mostaccounts, it’s gorgeous. The interface shares much of the finesse of the Google+ iOS app.

Does God Retweet? We may soon find out because @Pontifex, @DalaiLama, @JoelOsteen, @RevRunWisdom, and other religious rock stars are turning to Twitter to help followers keep the faith.

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