04.06.13: Your Morning Buzz

Can U.S. Defenses Cope With North Korea’s Missiles?

The High Five

Paranoid Parking – Mayor Charlie Hales’ plan to change rules on big apartments has everyone fired up.

Lessons From Silicon Valley’s ‘Downtown’ – How best to revitalize downtown urban centers in the wake of the sweeping suburbanization of the past half century? It’s a big issue, one we discuss frequently here at Cities.

Law and disorder: the destructive dynamic of America’s segregated cities – Policing tactics like stop-and-frisk treat symptom as cause: so we end up getting punitive racial profiling rather than tackling poverty

The JOBS Act Turns 1—and It’s an Utter Failure – The JOBS Act was supposed to encourage small companies to go public. Instead, IPOs have dropped 21 percent since it was passed.

FEMA, lenders wrongly charge Oregon homeowners flood insurance – Hundreds of Oregon homeowners every year are wrongly told they need costly flood insurance, caught in a system that the state’s National Flood Insurance Program coordinator says lacks oversight and should be fixed.

4-1-1 on E-L-G-L

Newest ELGL Member:  Zach Henkin, Oregon City, Planning Commissioner

Upcoming ELGL Forums: April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager and April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week

  1. 04.05.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Farmers Market Remix)
  2. Updated (4/2): Who’s Who’s in the Resume Book
  3. An MPA From My Apt: Short and Sour
  4. Takeaways with Steve Bryant, Former Albany City Manager
  5. New Sensation with Eric Battles, University of Southern California

I’m Just a Bill

In Connecticut, New Firearms Limits Faced Uphill Fight – After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, both parties in the state legislature agreed to find a gun solution together — but the process was fraught from the start.

NRA’s tactics eroding support for gun control – Group’s recent successes on Capitol Hill — as well as a string of victories in state legislatures — demonstrate the effectiveness of its strategy to overcome a post-Newtown tilt toward gun control.

Did Ron Wyden write the ‘first bipartisan tax reform bill’ in 25 years? PolitiFact Oregon – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a press event in Portland last week to promote a tax reform bill he’s co-authored with a Republican from Indiana.

Fiscal Cliff

How Much Will 2013’s Payroll Tax Hikes Cut Your Take-Home Pay? 2013 is a tough year if you owe payroll tax, as most of us do. Not only did the 2010 payroll tax cut die at the end of 2012, but high-income workers now owe an extra 0.9 percent, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Portland Development Commission looks to cut 40 positions, 30 percent of staff: Portland City Hall Roundup – Although staff cuts had long been anticipated, PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton hadn’t put a number on job reductions and instead regularly referenced reducing personnel costs by 30 percent.

City of Portland to offer $20,000 for employees who take early retirement package – Portland’s budget crunch is prompting city officials to offer $20,000 to employees willing to retire by June 30.

Daniel Borenstein: Stockton bankruptcy explores whether pension promises can be broken – A bankruptcy judge’s ruling last week declaring the city of Stockton insolvent sets the stage for a possible legal showdown over whether financially destitute municipalities can alter employee pension benefits.

Puyallup cuts parks jobs, may close pool – As peak outdoor recreation season approaches, the City of Puyallup has eliminated several part-time parks and recreation jobs and may close the popular wading pool in Pioneer Park.

Inside Portlandia

Developer Threatened to Sue City for “Millions” Over Parking Requirements – Read the letter from Dennis Sackhoff’s attorney.

Troutdale officials on leave while city does ‘further research’ into permitting behind Jim Kight’s structure – Two Troutdale city officials have been put on paid administrative leave while the city conducts “further research” into the permits and inspection that allowed former Mayor Jim Kight to violate city code by building a so-called shed that looks more like a house.

Hillsboro names broadcast television reporter as new public affairs manager – Patrick Preston is leaving the journalism world, but excited to join the city of Hillsboro, for what he termed the ideal position.

Oregon Iron Works says hiring of county commissioner was above board, in face of criticism from current commissioner – Oregon Iron Works issued a statement Friday in response to Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow’s criticism of the hiring a former county commissioner about a month after she and other commissioners voted to give the company incentives.

Outside Portlandia

Harrisburg hires Corvallis planner as city administrator – Longtime City Administrator Bruce Cleeton will step down at the end of May and Brian Latta, an associate planner for the city of Corvallis, will replace him.

Half of Eugene council opposed to city fee – With a switch in position by Eugene City Councilor George Brown, half of the City Council now objects to the proposed municipal services fee.

City’s law firm has religious outlook – City Manager Roger Craddock said a Texas law firm’s expertise with contested war memorials made it the best choice to help the city with the Mingus Park cross.

Sumner council member announces mayoral candidacy during meeting in apparent violation of city rules, state election laws – The announcement, which Hynek shared at the April 1 council session broadcast on Pierce County TV, was in violation of Sumner City Council rules and Public Disclosure Commission regulations

Corvallis police on road to electronic citation program – Ever had one of those police citations that was as easy to read as a doctor’s prescription or smeared into illegibility by Oregon rain?

Seattle’s budding green economy: Pot tourism – Marijuana potential is big business.

Career Center

Resume Book Deadline Extended to April 8, 2013 – To facilitate the networking and connections from “Link In Live,” ELGL has extended the deadline for the ELGL resume book until Monday, April 8, 2013 at noon.  The Link In Live participants are encouraged to submit their resumes to OregonELGL@gmail.com to ensure their continued outreach and networking.

This is why your resume was rejected – I stumbled across a very interesting infographic today that I had to share. It details reasons why resumes (commonly known as CVs overseas) are rejected. As I reviewed it, I speculated how closely it mirrored the attitude of recruiters here in the good ol’ USA. My guess is that their reasons for rejecting a resume is pretty similar to ours.

Mentors, Coaches and Teachers – Lots of entrepreneurs believe they want a mentor. In fact, they’re actually asking for a teacher or a coach. A mentor relationship is a two-way street. To make it work, you have to bring something to the party.

Business or Pleasure? Try Both. Professional Conferences Double as Vacation Venues.

Social Network

10 Innovative Uses of Pinterest – With more than 48 million users, Pinterest is one of the most popular social networks on the web. After its recent fundraising round of $200 million, it has an estimated value between $2 billion and $2.5 billion.

Facebook Home Will Not Actively Track Users’ Location – Facebook Home, Facebook’s just-announced feature that will essentially turn the homepages of users’ Android devices into a Facebook landing page, will not actively track users’ GPS location, Facebook has confirmed to Mashable.

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