02.10.13 Your Morning Buzz

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne


Welcome New Member: 

Nick Herrera, Western Oregon University/Oregon State Legislature, Student/Legislative Committee Assistant

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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

Just over a month in office and Hales is getting high marks; but budget test is about to begin – Six weeks into his term, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales hasn’t had much time to decorate his office.

Yacolt, a town of 1,595, has become the first town in Clark County to name a poet laureate – Yacolt, a town of 1,595, has become the first town in Clark County to name an official poet laureate.  It is a mark of progress in what the Clark County Arts Commission hopes will become a trend.

Lobbyists rush for issues shout-outs – Call it rhetorical earmarking. Every year, interest groups and individuals lobby the White House to get their pet policy issues or coveted causes mentioned in the State of the Union address. And every year, the president, his speechwriters and policy advisers have to decide which agenda items merit a paragraph or sentence, a shout-out or some extra-special form of recognition. This year, gun-control advocates are likely to have the spotlight.

Meet the Mayor – Jim Clinton explains Bend’s biggest issues. Bend’s new mayor, who is beginning his third term as a city council member, holds a Ph.D. in physics, started a series of high-tech companies and is very interested in alternative energies. He raced motocross in the early-’70s, is passionate about superconductivity and is pretty sure he’s tested more water-heating solar panel designs than anyone out there.

Redeveloping the OSH North Campus could be a $100 million project with key benefits for Salem – The Oregon State Hospital North Campus would become a $100 million private real estate development under a plan recommended by a group of state-hired consultants.


I’m Just a Bill

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Oregon Dems agenda: grow government control

Burdick, Hales, other gun control advocates rally at Portland City Hall

Senate bill expands practitioner role

Wash. state nears deal on gun background checks

Oregon Senate GOP moves to protect Facebook passwords from employers


The Fiscal Cliff

Many 2011 federal budget cuts had little real effect

Panetta fighting to the end against proposed defense spending cuts

L.A. mayoral candidates’ budget talk doesn’t add up

Commentary: A New Taxing District for Rural Lane County Public Safety

Lawmakers prepare for budget forecast

SJ Watch: Oregon relies heavily on personal income tax

In speech, Obama to shift emphasis back to economy


Inside Portlandia

Forest Grove residents draft goals at sustainability summit

Proposal would set parking minimum for large Portland apartment buildings

City Wants to Battle Police Union Over Use of Force Changes

The Tragic Legacy of James Chasse Jr.

Residents looking for the complete package in the Southwest corridor

‘A forensic-style audit’ of LOT financing suggested


Outside Portlandia

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Bainbridge council, community remains divided on transferring management of water utility

Letter: City needs negotiator to get better deal on union contracts

Corvallis City Council hints at possible changes for bag ordinance

Op-Ed: How the Post Office Made America

King County launches plan to enroll 180,000 uninsured

Holland’s first term as Port commissioner a tangle of problems


The Career Center

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Top Reasons Employees Complain About Their Jobs – Infographic: Employees may not be jumping ship, but a big chunk of the workforce is disgruntled. Take a look at why–and what you can do about it.

Money Changes Everything – According to new research, money actually does buy happiness — with one notable exception.

The Power Of Nice – A couple of days ago, I received a really nice email from a complete stranger who had found me on LinkedIn and wanted my advice on an issue. It was going to be quite long winded and I really didn’t have the time to spend on her request, but I actually found myself saying out loud to no one “Well, since you asked me so nicely…”

Why Humility is Essential for Every New Hire – When interviewing product managers at Google, we ranked candidates on four metrics: technical ability, communication skills, intellect and Googliness. A Googley person embodies the values of the company – a willingness to help others, an upbeat attitude, a passion for the company, and the most important, humility.

The Most Ridiculous Excuses from Tardy Employees – We’re all late for work from time to time. In fact, 26% of employees admit to being tardy at least once a month and 16% are late once a week, or more, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.


A Call to Action

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Town Hall Meeting with State Lawmakers – Senator Chris Edwards (D – Eugene), Representative Nancy Nathanson (D – Eugene) and House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D – Eugene/Junction City) will use the time to reveal their legislative priorities, along with discussing the challenges and opportunities they expect to arise in the 2013 Legislative Session.

Springfield Seeks Budget Committee Members – The city of Springfield has two open positions on its budget committee and is soliciting applications for the job.


The World Wide Web

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

The 12 Best Tweeters In Congress – But a few members have really committed to the medium. Here, we’ve curated a list of the Congressional tweeters who are definitely worth following.

Using Fashion to Make a Statement on Technology – Mr. Wang’s collaborators will participate electronically, sending ideas on Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones, as inspiration for a one-of-a-kind print that will be used on a limited collection bag.

How to Effectively Use Twitter as a Job Search Resource – n the age of social media, we have countless outlets for job searching. Platforms such as LinkedIn are the first to come to mind, but can candidates use Twitter to find jobs as well? This past Thursday the HR teams at Twitter and NPR collaborated in the first live #NPRTwitterChat aimed at helping job seekers use social media as a job search tool.

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Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley