02.09.13 Your Morning Buzz


Welcome New Member: 

Cathy Steere, Lincoln City, City Recorder

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

Upcoming Forums:

February 21: ELGL Willamette Valley Presents Behind the Curtain: Tour of the Hult Center

March 1: ELGL Conference Planning Committee Meeting

March 7: Tiffany Couch, Financial Investigation and Forensic Accounting

April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager

April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School

The High Five

  1. Pushing change through the government: An interview with White House and OMB veteran Lisa Brown – Lisa Brown worked at the White House in senior roles during the Clinton and Obama administrations, including four years as deputy counsel and counsel to Vice President Gore, staff secretary to President Obama, and most recently at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as acting chief performance officer.

  2. Larson and Leavitt – Happy Friday. Not much to say on this post, except what’s the point of having access to public official’s emails if you can’t print exchanges like this one between radio host Lars Larson and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt?

  3. Compression Bandage – Voters have told some schools they can have more money. But a fight is brewing in Salem whether to allow them to collect it.

  4. How Capital Cities Distort Reality – If you’ve never been to Azerbaijan, you’d be forgiven for thinking the country is one giant Dubai-lite; an oligarch’s playground where excess is the aesthetic of choice. You would think that, of course, because almost every English-language article about Azerbaijan is set in the capital city, Baku. Most include an obligatory homage to the country’s glittering construction projects, Bentley dealerships, marble promenades, and bumpin’ night life.

  5. Why Beaverton but not Salem? Beaverton is the first in a series of 100 cities in the nation to be visited by White House officials to discuss funding opportunities for the city’s key initiatives. The city’s initiatives include easing congestion on Canyon Road, restoring creeks and creating a multimillion dollar health and wellness facility.


I’m Just a Bill

Earl Blumenauer calls for end of Federal marijuana prohibition

PERS reform: Legal analysis vs. legal opinion

Oregon senators introduce social media privacy bill

Drone ban bill could put Bend co. out of business


The Fiscal Cliff

Audit Proposes Improvements to Provide Greater Accuracy and Transparency in State Agency Budget Forecasting

Bremerton port CEO proposes layoffs, cuts

City wants to refinance bonds for Community Center

Water rate shock

Budget cuts may take toll on Oregon’s top — and busy — military bomb squad

Will the 4 percent rule of thumb leave retirees empty handed?

Ending ‘too big to fail’

Obama to propose 1% raise for federal workers


Inside Portlandia

Planning Bureau Recommends No More No-Parking Apartments Bigger Than 40 Units

Beaverton hosting symposium on city projects with White House officials, state leaders

TriMet to Clackamas County: It’s too late to stop Portland-Milwaukie light rail, so stop your votes


Outside Portlandia

Bell trial: Ex-councilman has ‘mental issues,’ attorney says

Now is the time for incorporation

Drama continues between Sunnyside manager, deputy police chief

Crescent residents unhappy about compost idea

Third Salem bridge again topic of debate


The Career Center

Create Slides People Will Remember – Nancy Duarte, author of the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, explains how to avoid PowerPoint hell. For examples of great and not-so-great slides, see Nancy’s blog post, Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test?

How Headhunters Hunt – Recruiters, often known as headhunters, have a mystique all their own. Some people find their unsolicited calls to be an annoyance. Other people can’t figure out how to get a recruiter to pay attention to them and help them get a job. They are perplexed by the apparent unwillingness of recruiters to respond when they send them their resume.

How Female Leaders Should Handle Double-Standards – How women are perceived — how they dress, talk, their “executive presence,” capacity to “fill a room,” leadership style and public image — has been the object of vast, well-intentioned efforts to get more women to the top. Voice coaches, image consultants, public speaking instructors and branding experts have filled the growing demand for these services.

Are You Making These 8 Job Search Mistakes? Job-hunting is like any other skill: it takes time and practice to master and we’re all going to make a few mistakes along the way. Here are eight local job search mistakes I’ve seen applicants make that we all can avoid.

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader – Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders for my last book, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful. All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things – things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful.


A Call to Action

City of Renton Wants Your Input – What’s your vision for the city? Join us on February 28, or take the survey at  and give us your input.

Merkley plans Bend, Prineville, Madras town halls – The office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said Friday the senator will hold town halls in Prineville, Bend and Madras on Monday, Feb. 18.

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.


The World Wide Web

Facebook Product Designer Nicholas Felton Describes How Timeline Was Born – One day, Mark Zuckerberg drew a line. Then he turned it 90 degrees

Citizenville Challenge Pushes Local Governments to Transform – “There is huge potential to use technology to transform the way government and citizens interact, communicate and solve problems,” Newsom said in a press release. “During my seven years as mayor of San Francisco, I learned firsthand how important it is to have local government committed to driving this change. We are challenging local leaders across the country to push the boundaries of innovation to advance government to work for the citizenry of the 21st century.”

iPhone app vows to fix email clutter – A novel new email tool for iPhones could make your email more manageable.

Twitter Search Results Now Surface Old Tweets – Search results on Twitter were previously limited to tweets that had been made over the past week. The update significantly increases that time period (though Twitter has not said specifically by how much), surfacing older tweets based in part by how popular those tweets have been over time.

The Storm on Instagram – A selection of Instagram photos submitted by readers of scenes from the winter storm in the Northeast.

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