04.17.13: Your Morning Buzz

‘Sweet Caroline’ in Bronx part of Boston tribute

The High Five

  1. A World Without Trash Cans? Early reports suggest at least one of the bombs used in yesterday’s Boston Marathon attack was hidden in a garbage can. There’s a case to be made for removing them all.

  2. Yes, the government has a kill switch for cell service – In the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions, reports surfaced yesterday that authorities had shut down cellular telephone service in Boston to prevent any remaining bombs from being remotely detonated.

  3. Emergency Planning, Speed Saved Lives – The efficiency of the rescue reflected careful planning, heroic execution and elements of good fortune. Its significance can’t be measured. The attack inflicted life-threatening injuries upon dozens of people. On Tuesday evening, the death toll stood at three.

  4. Should Utilities Have to Bury Power Lines? Proponents say putting power lines underground could protect them from the prospect of bigger and more violent storms brought on by climate change. But others argue that there are easier and more cost-effective ways to prevent blackouts from storms.

  5. Why not measure how well government works? There are several reasons for that, most wrapped up in politics. There’s no natural ideological constituency for program evaluations. Lawmakers who champion social programs often fear that attempts to measure them will be only thinly disguised excuses to kill the programs. Fiscal hawks don’t often love the idea of spending more money on evaluations.

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

Newest ELGL Member: Colin Baenziger & Associates 

Related Link: Executive Search with Colin Baenziger and Associates

Sara Suryan, Portland State University, Legal Assistant

Scott Pingel, City of Dayton, City Manager

Next ELGL Forum: 

April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

April 18: ELGL Willamette Valley Forum with Sarah Medary, Eugene Assistant City Administrator

May 1: Resume Review With Heather Gantz, Waldron HR

Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week

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  3. Play Ball! Hillsboro Hops GM Highlights ELGL Forum on April 17
  4. Part IV: A Passion for Public Service Headed to Chapel Hill
  5. 04.16.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Peace and Love Remix)

I’m Just a Bill

Oregon bill to make left-lane hogging on highways illegal crashes in committee – Apparently, Republicans in the state Senate can’t drive 65 — at least if they’re going to agree to making the left lane on highways for passing only.

Hearing set today on corporate tax plan – A proposal to raise Oregon’s corporate tax on businesses earning more than $2.5 million gets its first public hearing this morning.

Facebook flexes political muscle with provision in immigration bill – Company would be able to employ more foreigners while avoiding stricter regulations.

Oregon House passes bill allowing Portland to revisit ‘sit-lie’ rules – The city’s controversial “sit-lie” ordinance, which regulated the use of the city’s sidewalks, was nullified in 2009 by a circuit court opinion that said state law trumped what Portland was trying to do.

American flags, marijuana and taxes: Oregon Legislature today – Attention will be fixed today on the House Revenue Committee, which will hold another public hearing on a tax package proposed by Democrats.

Resilience Does Tend to Follow Horror – If there’s an uplifting lesson from Boston, it may be the many people who will overcome the trauma of tragedy.

Fiscal Cliff

County court braces for more cuts – State cuts to Clackamas County Court budget, now down to $11.9 million from $16.6 million in 2008, have had devastating effects on local access to justice.

L.A. County government proposes budget with no cuts or deficit – Los Angeles County officials on Monday unveiled a $24.7-billion proposed budget that for the first time in five years calls for no major cuts and does not include a deficit.

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District budget to increase 4.6%, include Adventure Recreation Center – The district’s proposed general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year is $43.7 million, a 4.6 percent increase from the current budget.

State and Local Leaders Double Down on Infrastructure – The proposal highlighted infrastructure as a fundamental driver of the nation’s economy and critical asset for its long-term recovery. Specifically, the request reiterates the determined proposals to create a national infrastructure bank, build-out an American high-speed rail system, invest in clean energy, modernize the air traffic control network and the electrical grid, and reinvest in state-of-good repair projects, among other things.


Inside Portlandia

Clackamas County commissioners to fund four projects with leftover Clackamas Town Center urban renewal money – What seemed like a compromise all Clackamas County commissioners could accept for disbursing $48 million in urban renewal funds fell apart Tuesday

Washington County considers planning changes that could pave way for Nike expansion – Washington County is considering relaxing building height restrictions that would allow Nike to expand more easily — not to mention, skyward — on land adjacent to its World Headquarters near Beaverton.

Forest Grove organizations look for community enhancement funds – The council heard details of 23 funding requests from local organizations Tuesday evening. Councilors will allocate a total of $58,100 in Community Enhancement Program funds. Annual funding for the enhancement program comes from Metro.

Lake Oswego City Council moves ahead with flagging potential changes to comprehensive plan – The language the council approved with a 5-2 vote was softened from the original proposal made earlier this month, which would have removed from the plan anything that wasn’t related to land-use in the city and policies that support increasing housing density.

Kyle Awesome, former Banks city manager, scored third from lowest of 37 applicants – The low score, obtained by the Forest Grove Leader through public records, raises a new question: How did Awesome get the job?

Wilsonville finalizes ordinances prohibiting camping on all city property – The finalized ordinance now allows the notice period to be extended for up to 72 hours if police deem it necessary.

Outside Portlandia

Embezzlement report turned over to police – Cottage Grove officials are interviewing witnesses after auditors completed their survey of city finances.Downtown’s growth spurt – Health center, Evergreen garage complex go before Medford board.Economic agency in turmoil – E-mails detail friction between some Lane County officials and the nonprofit Lane Metro Partnership.

Eastern Oregon rancher becomes first GOP candidate for Oregon governor – Jon Justesen, a Sherman County rancher and businessman, has formed a committee to seek the Republican nomination for governor next year.

Career Center

When We’re Hungriest for Leadership – Just three years ago we wrote a case study for Harvard Business Review based on a terror attack in our home city of Boston. That abstract, fictional situation has now come to painful life.

Amazon vs. Starbucks for top talent? Seattle-based Amazon.com added coffee giant Starbucks to a tech-heavy list of companies it uses to determine executive pay last year.

Workers Share Their Salary Secrets – Comparing salaries among colleagues has long been a taboo of workplace chatter, but that is changing as Millennials—individuals born in the 1980s and 1990s—join the labor force.

Social Network

Santa Clara, Calif., Combines Public Wi-Fi with Smart Metering – For most cities, public Wi-Fi and smart meters are separate technologies operated by separate entities. But this week, Santa Clara, Calif., has started combining the two.

SOCIAL MEDIA AIDS FIRST RESPONDERS AND GRIEVING PUBLIC AFTER BOMBING – Online social networks have played a role in national emergency response for nearly a decade now. Afterbomb blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line left three people dead and more than 100 people injured on Monday, Nextgov caught up with observers of social media in emergency management to find out what was new this time.

City of Boston Using Twitter Service for Outreach – The hashtag, #OneBoston, is visible at the top of  Twitter’s trending topics list, both world-wide and in the U.S., meaning anyone searching the thousands of tweets about the explosions would see the city’s tweet right at the top.

4 easy steps to protect your WordPress blog – WordPress, one of the largest blogging platforms on the planet, is under an ongoing brute force attack. It began Friday, April 12, and hasn’t ceased; every one of its users is potentially at risk.

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