03.09.13 Your Morning Buzz

People Listening to ‘Thrift Shop’ Not Going to Actual Thrift Shops

Welcome Newest Members

Michelle Tagmyer, City of Beaverton, Project Specialist Public Information

Upcoming Forums

March 15 Webinar: Creating and Getting Assistant City Manager Positions with Alex McIntyre, Menlo Park City Manager

March 21: ELGL Willamette Valley Presents “No Comment” — and Other Stupid Things You Should Never Say to Media

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. Jane Jacobs Was Right: Gradual Redevelopment Does Promote Community – In her 1961 classic, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs opposed what she called “one size fits all” planning. This idea of letting a mixture of land uses and housing styles evolve over time set her in contrast with the approaches of Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, and Robert Moses, who preferred to redevelop large swaths of the city at once. On the contrary, wrote Jacobs, healthy neighborhoods must “mingle buildings that vary in age and condition, including a good proportion of old ones.”

  2. Want to Show People the Benefits of Transit? Build a Pretend Train Station – Good luck navigating Miami without a car. Despite the construction of one heavy rail line (with an airport fork) and a downtown monorail, mass transit in the city remains, in the words of the Miami Herald, “a haphazard, disappointing mess.” And there’s no singing allowed.

  3. Bridge End – Oregon backers of the CRC think they’ve won the day. They haven’t met Ann Rivers.

  4. Cornelius, Forest Grove share many services; police chief could be next -As next-door neighbors, Cornelius and Forest Grove do a lot of sharing. More than the occasional cup of sugar, the two cities have united several functions – they share economic development services, a fire chief and, most recently, a municipal court.

  5. A politician’s death opens old wounds – Marco McMillian moved back to his mother’s home in Clarksdale, Miss., to run for mayor, but the 33-year-old gay man’s slaying has roiled old fears in a state with a long history of intolerance.


I’m Just a Bill


The Fiscal Cliff

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia


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.

The Real Women’s Issue: Time – Never mind ‘leaning in.’ To get more working women into senior roles, companies need to rethink the clock

Why Don’t the Best Nonprofits Grow? Let’s just invest in what’s working. The idea is intuitive and compelling, especially in this historical time of constrained resources. If social-purpose organizations are generating superior results, we should support them financially so they can expand and more people can benefit. Sadly, this rarely happens. Because we don’t have evidence of what works and what doesn’t, few organizations grow very large.

6 Ways to Get Noticed – Effective self-promotion lies somewhere between being a wallflower and a flaming narcissist. Find the sweet spot with these tips.

The comprehensive, fully caffeinated guide to coffee at work – Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about coffee at work, but were too over- or under-caffeinated to ask.

Professional Name: How To Change Your Name At The Office – For as long as I can remember, everyone has called me Jessie. Jessie Bear, Messy Jessie, Jessie Poo—I’ve heard it all. It started as a family nickname, but it became embedded as my identity throughout grade school and stuck around like an annoying commercial jingle. And it never bothered me—at least, not until I entered the workforce.

Study: Women’s wages are falling even further behind men’s – For much of the past three decades, the wage gap between men and women began to shrink. But progress has slowed in recent years, and the wage gap has actually widened during the current recovery, according to a new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.


The World Wide Web

Eugene is competing to host a social media conference – Eugene is among the finalists for a national social media conference in which organizers select the destination based on online votes and social media interactions, according to Travel Lane County, the non-profit tourism agency.

Your LinkedIn Intervention: 5 Changes You Must Make – LinkedIn is, far and away, the most advantageous social networking tool available to job seekers and business professionals today. Far and away. So why is it that so many of us stink at LinkedIn etiquette?

Facebook says it wants to be a “personalized newspaper.” Why is it emulating a declining medium? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says that the social network is trying to create “the best personalized newspaper” with its news feed. But we all know what has happened to newspapers — can Facebook somehow avoid suffering the same fate?

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