03.08.13 Your Morning Buzz

#Say No To YOLO – Sabotage Times

Welcome Newest Members

Michelle Tagmyer, City of Beaverton, Project Specialist Public Information

Upcoming Forums

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

Say No To YOLO

  1. What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?  Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project.

  2. Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech  – CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

  3. Property tax push met with skepticism by leaders – City and school officials got resistance Thursday as they argued for the first substantive changes in Oregon’s property tax limits since the 1990s.

  4. Are sequester’s cuts sharp enough to pop D.C.’s bubble? Recent American history is strewn with examples of regional economies that grew dangerously dependent on a single industry: Los Angeles with aerospace in the early 1990s, Northern California with tech at the turn of the millennium, Detroit with auto manufacturing and Las Vegas with home building in the mid-2000s. When shocks rattled those industries, those regions bled jobs, and their economies sputtered.

  5. Post Offices With Character, and Maybe a Sale Price – Preservationists are fighting what they consider shortsighted decisions to sell architecturally distinctive post office buildings.


I’m Just a Bill

Wash. may approve alcohol tasting for some teens

Sen. Doug Whitsett: Concerns with the CRC

Proposal looks to increase opportunities with less student debt

Oregon bill to ban teen tanning advances; other states debate, too


The Fiscal Cliff

Wonkbook: Is Washington suddenly working?

Obama turns on charm in attempt to break gridlock

Looming Cuts Add to Problems at Nuclear Site

Readers’ Letters: Mayors demand ‘responsible budget’

Do Cities Really Want Economic Development?


Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

Extra! Extra! Clark County government incompetent, diseased!

San Bernardino improperly shifted cash, assets – state controller

Assistant city manager from Hemet to fill Chico’s No. 2 spot

Tennessee police chief uses polygraph test to weed out racist applicants

Medford City Council members deny that they conduct business in secret

RDM-LAX flight holds promise for business, tourism


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.

Op-Ed: It’s About the Work, Not the Office – Corralling workers in one place doesn’t necessarily lead to productivity or innovation.

Become Your Own PR Agency – “Any publicity is good publicity.” Ummm… sure. Maybe for celebrities, but many organizations know that’s not the case. However, you shouldn’t be so focused on preventing or reacting to bad press that you forget to be proactive about good press.


The World Wide Web

The history of Facebook as told through its ever-expanding list of profile fields – An interesting new study (PDF) out of Carnegie Mellon University examines how students there, who first joined Facebook in 2005, have changed their privacy settings on the service over time. One finding: the sometimes-confusing changes to Facebook’s privacy options in 2009 and 2010, for which it was sanctioned by the US government, succeeded in getting the Carnegie Mellon students to publicly share more information.

The iPad rules the sky, too: it’s the top device for connecting to in-flight Wi-Fi  – Gogo, the in-flight Wi-Fi provider for US domestic flights, says two-thirds of its customers use tablets or phones, instead of laptops, to connect to the internet when they’re up in the air.

7 signs you’re a bad blogger—and how to get better – How you can find out if you’re really a good blogger? To start, let’s explain what it means to be a good blogger.

How to begin and end your emails – While it may seem like just a simple hello or goodbye, email salutations say something about you and your company. Given that they constitute your first and last digital impression, they should not be taken for granted, dismissed, or trivialized.

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