02.28.13 Your Morning Buzz

Ride along with some of Portland’s Radio Cab drivers in this 1978 Super-8 documentary

Welcome Newest Member: 

Aimee Higby, Portland State University, Student

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

Upcoming Forums:

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. The Woman Behind the Bridge – The force behind Oregon’s massive freeway project works for the governor—and a private company that wants it built.

  2. Whacking Cracks – Hales has found money to fix city streets. Residents say his plan has potholes.

  3. Electronic toll roads envisioned for nation – With Congress reluctant to raise the gasoline tax, and with the nation’s highways in need of repair and expansion, motorists everywhere may eventually have to come to grips with the notion of more highway tolls and usage fees — possibly collected via electronic monitoring devices built directly into their vehicles.

  4. Port Orchard City Council weighs options for change to city manager – The City Council is not ready to make the leap to a city-manager form of government, council members say, but they continue to explore methods for doing so.

  5. Voters might want to keep Oregon’s ‘insane’ property tax rules – It’s not fair, it’s nearly impossible to understand and it’s unpopular, critics say. It is Oregon’s property tax system and it’s putting pressure on local cities, schools and counties to cut budgets.

I’m Just a Bill

historic portland

CRC Radio Ad Blast: Dem Jefferson Smith & GOP Katie Eyre

More Extensive Is More Expensive: Sprawl, Infrastructure, and Oregon’s Burden

Cities, school districts eye property tax changes

Suzanne Bonamici handles questions about bipartisanship, gun rights, federal spending and more (live chat recap)

Several new Oregon anti-gun bills must be defeated

Brent Barton goes missing on critical CRC vote

Cities ask for property tax-limit changes

Rep. Parrish and Commissioner Schrader launch veterans initiative

The Fiscal Cliff

NLC Calls on Congress to End the Online Sales Tax ‘Break’

An Economy Adrift: What Happens When the Fed Runs Out of Ideas?

Parks bureau backs away from bond plan

Predicting effect of cuts involves much guesswork

Oregon lawmakers prepare for worst-case scenarios in near-broke timber counties

Schools, UO to take brunt of local cuts

Support growing for Monmouth police bond

Outside Portlandia

Council narrows down firms to recruit city manager

County gets CREDC bill for $100,000

Downtown Eugene planners say five projects are finally linking entire city core

Union Gap expects to hire new city manager next week

City suspends tax break

Assessor Spickard stepping down

Independence seeks enterprise zone

Falls City targets charter changes

Dallas council gives OK to nuisance law

Battle Ground mayor takes lead in teen suicide prevention

Another Reardon-related whistle-blower complaint?

The Career Center

The ELGL Resume Book…It’s Back – ELGL is now accepting entries for the 2nd edition of the Resume Book. We encourage all ELGL members to submit a resume whether you are employed or you are looking for employment. Non-ELGL members can also submit a resume but members will receive priority placement in the book.

Chart: The many jobs that pay women less than men – There’s a huge pay gap between men and women in the United States, one which shows few signs of closing anytime soon. But the size of that gap varies widely by profession. In 2012, the median weekly wage for women was about 80.9 percent of the median weekly wage for men.

How the boss benefits from temp workers – Relying on freelancers saves him time and money in all sorts of ways. There’s less government paperwork. He doesn’t have to pay the federal payroll tax that funds Social Security and Medicare, 7.7% of workers’ wages.

Laugh Your Way To Loving Your Job – Want to decrease stress, improve your health and even increase your social interaction among colleagues? Then laugh more at work.

Study Finds Women Really Do Work Longer And Harder Than Men – The findings of new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, an independent research consultancy, on behalf of 3M, may be best reviewed to the tune of the Grateful Dead’s rendition of the song: “Women Are Smarter.”


A Call to Action

VOTE: Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Selection – 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.

Opt in now. Weigh in for the future – Follow the link below to add your voice to the Opt In panel. You’ll be entered into drawings to win gift cards, event tickets and more.

The World Wide Web

How to Flunk a Job Interview – These common mistakes will ruin your chances of getting just about any job.

How Social Media is Reshaping The Job Search – According to a recent analysis by MBA Online, “1 in 6 workers used social media to get hired.”  This staggering recent statistic is all-the-more impressive, especially given the fact that LinkedIn didn’t launch until 2003, and now boasts 200+ million members.  Clearly, we’re in the midst of a significant social shift that savvy job seekers must consider as they approach their career search.

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