Welcome Newest Members:
Andrew Spaeth, Oregon State University, Graduate Assistant
Erin Leaders, University of Alaska Anchorage/Matanuska-Susitna Borough
John Schwarz, Village of Winfield/Northern Illinois University MPA
Tamara Richards, City of Eugene, Executive Assistant
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April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager
October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School
The High Five
New Bend survey finds upbeat city views -After wrestling with some big controversies recently, Bend city councilors take up a couple of upbeat matters this week – a generally positive community survey and the proposed addition of six employees, half in Community Development due to a recent sharp uptick in building activity.
Quantifying Downtown Detroit’s Comeback – That’s why a report [PDF] released this week on the transformation of downtown Detroit is so interesting. It documents the ongoing regeneration of a decent sized swath of the city’s urban core. Detroit’s Greater Downtown spans 7.2 square miles (reflected in the title of the report). It runs across the city’s riverfront* from the central business district to trendy Corktown, home of Slows Bar B Q and Astro Coffee; Mies van der Rohe’s verdant Lafayette Park and Rivertown, north to the Eastern Market, Detroit’s farmer’s market; the Cass Corridor, with arts institutions; Midtown, home to Wayne State University, up Woodward Avenue to Tech Town and New Center.
4-3, again: Bend council still backs water project – The critics were loud, even fierce — but for the second time in two weeks, Bend city councilors voted 4-3 Wednesday night to proceed with a new water pipeline from Bridge Creek to the city’s water storage facility on the west side. Foes are unlikely to give up.
Hillsboro to take $2 million hit partly due to Genentech tax appeal, city staff says now not time to ‘overreact’ – Hillsboro held its first public budget meeting Wednesday as staff gameplans for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, but the news of the evening harkened back to previous years and centered on one company in particular.
Public Debt and the Quest for Efficiency – How much debt should cities and states carry and for what purposes? The question goes beyond the direct impact on the taxpayers of pension funding shortfalls, rising entitlement costs, unmet infrastructure needs or declining sales tax revenues due to Internet shopping. Governments mired in crushing debt don’t have the flexibility to find ways to deliver better, more efficient services.
I’m Just a Bill
- In the Oregon Legislature today: Eliminating corporate kicker, banning smoking in vehicles with children
- Nike came to tax-talks table with bill written, then state’s attorneys weighed in
- Lawmakers introduce bill to take legislators out of PERS
- Washington transportation revenue plan includes $450 million for CRC
- Four bills introduced today to scale back PERS
- Oregon lawmakers drop attempt to ban the sale of assault weapons and of high-capacity gun clips
- Are congressmen worth $107,000 a year in retirement?
The Fiscal Cliff
- Economist: Jobs on the rebound in C.Oregon
- Cities in Sacramento area check budgets at midyear
- Looming defense cuts could be devastating, local businesses say
- Washington considers ‘largely symbolic’ $25 bicycle tax to help fund projects
- Service cuts or fee?
- 7 spending cuts you’ll really feel
- Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters Breaks Down What’s Behind Looming Layoffs
- Madore: Consider county’s general fund to cover elimination of park fees
- Editorial: Salem Mayor’s focus on the economy welcomed
- Are Government Layoffs the Problem?
- Clackamas River Water board member chooses to face recall rather than resign
- Gresham approves $12M tax break for Boeing
- Hillsboro eagerly awaits Bloomberg Mayors Challenge results as new video is released
- Fritz and Saltzman wrap up sick leave task force: Portland City Hall roundup
- Mounting costs, concerns delay decision on water system expansion, upgrade
- Clackamas County commissioners to decide Thursday whether to ask for advisory vote on Trolley Trail transaction
- Praying For Change With Portland’s Police
- Bickering, lax oversight contributed to $800,000 Oregon City error, report contends
- Tigard officials hear update on Southwest Corridor plan
- Forest Grove electric vehicle charging stations finish first year with more than 70 charges
- Damascus moving forward with 244-acre deannexation, so far
- Former councilor Ed Washington talks about his experiences with racism in Oregon
- Don’t try to bully Clackamas County voters on CRC
- West Linn City Council sets 2013 priorities
- More bike lanes in downtown Bend’s future
- Judge orders Port of Coos Bay to stop hiding documents
- Puyallup leaders bristle over parks ‘hysteria’
- Allen Parker takes over as San Bernardino city manager
- City Hires Its First Assistant City Manager
- Laguna Niguel deputy city manager may get interim top job
- Lebanon City Attorney Tre’ Kennedy responded to the Lebanon Express’ and Albany Democrat Herald’s records requests
- Sweet departs, issues remain in Sunnyside
- City’s turnover rate is a concern
- Editorial: Public has a role when city selects its top executive
- Ashland council tentatively approves community hospital’s transfer to Asante
- Lynn Peterson heads north to run Washington DOT
- Building permit boom means new jobs in Bend
- Snohomish County Executive stripped of certain powers
- Union Gap still without city manager and police chief
- Eugene loosens urban farm rules
- Salem mayor praises collaboration in State of the City address
The Career Center
Eight Steps for Building Your Leadership Pipeline – There are roughly 78 million Baby Boomers and 80 million Millennials, but only 54 million Gen X and Gen Y’ers combined. This means that as the Boomers retire, there simply are not enough Gen X and Gen Y in your organization to replace them. The net result is that you are going to be faced with promoting Millennials into supervisory and mid-management positions before they are ready.
In Praise Of Zen Habits: Creating A Schedule That Keeps You Calm – Anxious, overworked, and overblown? Try a blissful taste of Zen Habits.
Anatomy of a Winning Resume – Called “The Anatomy of a Great Resume,” it dissects the components of a first-class CV. The infographic encourages job-seekers to concisely summarize work experience, emphasize accomplishments and include key words such as “problem solving,” “leadership” and team building.” On the other hand, the infographic counsels against making spelling and grammatical errors.
Developing Emotional Intelligence – You may have heard that we’re born with a huge amount of brain cells, and then we lose them steadily until we die.
A Call to Action
Get Involved – Volunteer with the City of Eugene – The annual recruitment for vacant board, commission and committee positions is open as of January 22, 2013 for terms beginning July 1.
Vote in the Mayors Challenge – The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge is a competition designed to inspire America’s mayors to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. The Huffington Post and Bloomberg Philanthropies have partnered to give readers an opportunity to select their favorite idea among the 20 finalists. Click the grid here to learn more about the 20 finalists or scroll down to watch videos from each city.
Help Determine Housing Needs in Downtown Salem – Salem residents and businesses are invited to participate in a short online survey to help better understand future housing needs in North Downtown and help inform decisions about the downtown area.
The World Wide Web
Honda’s shoestring Pinterest campaign attracts millions – Honda made such a proposal to five influential pinners for its Pintermission campaign, which earned the carmaker first place in the Best Use of Pinterest category in PR Daily’s Digital PR & Social Media Awards. The campaign successfully announced Honda’s presence on Pinterest in a way that went beyond simply pinning.
How Internet, Social Media Can Change China – Social media sites are giving China’s millions of Internet users a channel to express themselves and could open the door to “unstoppable” transformation in the country, the founder of video site Tudou.com.
City to launch new Facebook page – The city of Lebanon will launch a Facebook page on March 1. The Facebook page will include public meeting notices, agendas, minutes, photos and information about recent projects, city amenities, and city-wide events.
Proposal would open up government airwaves to ease Wi-Fi congestion – U.S. regulators on Wednesday proposed to free up certain slices of airwaves in an ongoing effort to tackle the shortage of available wireless spectrum, a move that could ease Wi-Fi congestion in airports and other high-use hubs.
The Government Wants You to Innovate With Its New Social APIs – If you’re a social innovator looking for new data to play around with, the federal government might have just the thing.