02.05.13 Your Morning Buzz

Sasquatch! 2013 lineup revealed


Welcome New Members:

Scott Aycock, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Transportation Planner

Melanie Cutler, Oregon Department of Revenue, Program Analyst

Kevin R. Leighty, Northern Illinois University, Graduate Student of Public Administration

Join ELGL: Students (free), individuals ($20), and organizations ($250)

Upcoming Forums:

February 6: ELGL Forum with Mark Zusman, Willamette Week Editor

March 1: ELGL Conference Planning Committee Meeting

March 7: Tiffany Couch, Financial Investigation and Forensic Accounting

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School

The High Five

  1. Company Town: Many Oregon lawmakers juggle reality of two jobs – Serving in a citizen Legislature is a career-juggling act for most Oregon lawmakers. A majority of the 77th Legislative Assembly — about 67 percent — hold jobs outside of being a legislator. At the same time, the number of lawmakers who are retired from their profession or work full time has been steadily rising nationwide.

  2. Congestion Pricing’s Enduring Public Perception Problem – The need for better awareness about traffic strategies is quite clear.

  3. Could a smart grid have prevented the Super Bowl blackout? As a rule, the Super Bowl doesn’t typically involve pressing public-policy questions. But on Sunday, fans in New Orleans’ Superdome sat in the dark for 34 minutes after the electricity mysteriously went out.

  4. Eugene will draft five-year tax levy – The council voted 7-1 to direct City Manager Jon Ruiz to develop a five-year local option levy that the council next week could refer to voters in the May election. North-­central Councilor Mike Clark, a consistent critic of new taxes, cast the dissenting vote.

  5. ‘Low-Income Housing’ Doesn’t Actually Exist – Bad terminology can create bad policy. Nowhere is this more evident than in housing policy. The best example is the use of the term “low-income housing.” Though widely used, there is no such thing as low-income housing in the sense that a physical place is inextricably linked only to residents with low incomes.


I’m Just a Bill

2013 Legislature: Priorities and Updates

Oregon lawmakers consider expanding drunken driving definition

Proposed PERS reforms get off the ground

Oregon bill would end Section 8 discrimination

Senator Winters attempts to ease tensions in local health care community


The Fiscal Cliff

Corvallis begins work of balancing its budget

Bus service faces cutbacks; Metro asks city for help

The White House’s budget is late. Here’s their excuse

Feds anticipate the worst as spending cuts loom

Government intervention hinders the economy


Inside Portlandia

sassy sasquatch.

First-year urban renewal spending in new Education District would mostly stay in PDC: Portland City Hall roundup

Texts Behind Police Official’s Abrupt Resignation Call Controversial Captain a Nazi, Make Joke about Auschwitz

Fluoridation 2013: Comparing the Campaign Kickoffs

Clackamas County board chairman John Ludlow declines to join PERS, as promised during campaign


Outside Portlandia

Sasquatch  Sue Coccia

Eastern Oregon city to consider food cart restrictions

Oak Harbor mayor to make second attempt at ending gun ordinance

Schenck changes mind, applies for Sunnyside chief job

Gray resigns as head of county environmental services

Battle Ground revives, fills chamber chief job

Initiative king Tim Eyman, ‘birther’ attorney team up to stop Vancouver light rail

New business to bring jobs, growth to Lane County


The Career Center

Why The #1 Job For Women Hasn’t Changed In 60 Years – In 1950, secretary was the most common job for women. Guess what it was in 2010, according to the most recent census? The exact same thing. Today, 96% of secretaries and administrative assistants in the United States are women.

Weekly Portland Job Search Dispatch #2: How Informational Interviews Work – Greetings, current and future job seekers! As I promised in last week’s post, I’m back to share my favorite new job searching tool with you: informational interviewing.

Expand National Paid Family Leave – February 5 marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The the law guarantees up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave for eligible workers in case of their own serious health problem, to care for a seriously ill family member, or to bond with a new child.

15 Common Words That Are (Probably) Made Up – Do you use irregardless, firstly, administrate or undoubtably when you talk or write?

Going from “Suck to Non-Suck” as a Public Speaker – People often ask me for advice about public speaking, since I do a lot of it. Of course, it’s often reported that people are more afraid of public speaking than death (which is not exactly empirically accurate, but it is close). In my experience, becoming a good public speaker is not a natural skill for anyone. While I now speak professionally about once a week, for sums I could never have imagined just a few years ago, I have had to learn through many difficult and painful experiences and a great deal of feedback how to basically just be myself on stage.


A Call to Action

Sasquatch Bros.

The City of Bend would like your opinion on general quality of life in Bend and your priorities for future planning. Your responses are completely confidential and your name is not associated with your answers. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

Clackamas County Commissioner Community Roundtable – First Wednesday of each month, 5:30 PM Development Services Building Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City 97045


The World Wide Web

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The Government Leader’s Guide To Social Media – Social Media in the Public Sector Field Guide provides practical advice for government technology, policy, and communications leaders.

The Future of Librarians in an EBook World  – Technology can actually make it easier to connect library patrons with an actual person.

Government Wants to Create Free Public ‘Super Wi-Fi’ – Looking for public Wi-Fi in your town or city? The hunt may be about to get easier: the Federal Communications Commission is reportedly considering the development of free and public “super Wi-Fi” networks across the United States.

In Facebook’s First Article, Zuckerberg Admits ‘Friendster Was a Model’ – How many articles have been written about Facebook in its eight-year history? Impossible to tell — by the time you came up with an estimate, no doubt, another dozen would have been added to the list.

Pinterest Updates iOS App to Make Editing Pins Easier – Pinterest updated its iOS apps Monday, adding some new editing options as well as improving how users scroll while navigating the app.

How to respond when the media gets it wrong – Although the media are often right, you probably don’t need much convincing that they have convicted innocent people far too many times.

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