12.09.12 Your Sunday Sermon

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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

December 8, 2012

Detroit plan includes furloughs, layoffs for 5% of city workers

Averting ‘fiscal cliff’ is only first step in a long journey

Tumwater budget adopted

Council to consider nighttime public toilets

Park Service, allies say budget cuts would hurt


Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Storm Sirens’ Last Wail – The tsunami sirens of Tillamook County, posted along the rocky beachfront on this stretch of the earthquake-prone Pacific coast, are a reassuring presence to many residents and visitors. The 30-odd pole-mounted speakers, simple and dated in their 1960s technology of transistors and circuit boards, carry an echo of cold war civil defense, suggesting that people have a kind of handle on responding to the earth’s potential violence from a killer wave.

As People Crowd Into Cities, They’re Becoming More And More Vulnerable – Is your city on a new list of metropolitan areas most likely to be affected by increasing natural disasters?

Eugene on edge  of own fiscal cliff – The city grapples with how to cover a $6 million budget gap.

Gregoire assesses her time as governor – Gov. Chris Gregoire leaves office after two terms in mid-January. The Seattle Times’ Olympia reporter Andrew Garber said down with the governor to get her own take on those eight years.

Breathing Life, and Art, Into a Downtrodden Neighborhood – Once a forlorn slab in one of Miami’s roughest sections, the Wynwood community is being transformed into a destination for art and culture by the people who helped reshape SoHo and South Beach.

Inside Portlandia

Bipartisan support is essential for the CRC to win Oregon, Washington funding

TriMet needs a rule change from the Legislature to avoid arbitration that is anything but binding

A Temporary Armistice

Keeping the Vigil

Development myths drive streetcar

Citys appeal could lead to lawsuit mediation

Cornelius council mulls library project funding

Mayors Urge Metro to Delay Planned May Bond Measure

Hales Says He Wants Reese to Stay on as Police Chief

Outside Portlandia

Independence likely will seek bond

Falls City gearing up for Christmas tree lighting

Retirees may lose in pension reform plan

County expected to toughen strip club rules

Builders see boom coming to Bellevue

Third bridge is vital to Mid-Valley economy

Complaint about top cop came from inside

The Career Center

Political Cartoons by Nate BeelerThe Four Stories You Need To Lead Deep Organizational Change – Storytelling enables the individuals in an organization to see themselves and the organization in a different light, and accordingly take decisions and change their behavior in accordance with these new perceptions, insights and identities.

Authentic Presentations Take Practice – Lots of us fall into the “smart” trap when presenting: we work so hard to be polished and articulate that we overcompensate and come across as flat, boring, and egg-headed. We’ve all certainly heard (and suffered through) talks like this.

Do Something

Political Cartoons by Bob GorrellLane County Board and Commissions – Applications are accepted at any time even if there is no current opening. Your application is kept for one year and will be considered by the committee you apply to should an opening occur.

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.

Clackamas County Health Council seeks patient representation – Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking five volunteers to serve on the county’s Community Health Council.

The Social Network

Steve Sack cartoon: North Pole, 2012 | StarTribune.com

Americans Spent 230,060 Years on Social Media in July – Americans spent 121 billion minutes on social media sites in July 2012 — a staggering figure that works out to about 230,060 years spent posting, liking and tweeting.

Are You Making These 8 Foolish Social Media Mistakes? Here are eight common social media mistakes mistakes that are getting in the way of your social media success and how to address them.

How Social Media Has Changed How We Give – Shaun King, the founder of HopeMob, says that new avenues for generosity are changing how and when people donate time and money, moving away from giving to anonymous charities and toward giving directly to people in need.

Everything You Need To Know About LinkedIn Endorsements – In an effort to understand this new LinkedIn feature, I talked to a half dozen career coaches and executive recruiters, and to a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, Julie Inouye. This is what I’ve gathered.

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This cartoon by Frank Shiers was printed in the Dec. 7, 2012, edition of the Federal Way Mirror. - Frank Shiers