04.20.13: Your Morning Buzz


The High Five

  1. Superstorm Sandy Was So Powerful the Ground Shook in Seattle – East Coasters huddling in powerless homes as the winds outside raged weren’t the only ones to feel the wrath of Superstorm Sandy. Seismic devices throughout the United States were also picking up on the low-pressure system’s immensity – and some of these devices were located as far away as Seattle.

  2. Authorities Hone Fight Against Terrorism – In the Wake of Attacks, Big Cities Across the Globe Use Technology and Other Advances to Prevent and Investigate Plots

  3. A State Seeks to Be Heard in a New World Economy – Utah, with a history of missionary work, hopes to create a bilingual work force, in part to lure international businesses.

  4. Moody’s New Rules May Mean More Downgrades – Moody’s Investors Service announced its highly anticipated new ratings rules, which could result in downgrades for dozens of cities and school districts.

  5. City plan looks to revitalize Denver’s poorest neighborhood – Colorado’s poorest neighborhood is about to take a step toward a transformation that officials hope will lift up the impoverished residents, help connect them to the rest of the city and turn the area into one of Denver’s jewels.

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

Boston Police officers were thanked during a celebration of the capture of a Marathon bombing suspect.

Newest ELGL Member: Claire Harvey, Santa Clara University, Economics and Political Science Major

Next ELGL Forum: 

May 1: Resume Review With Heather Gantz, Waldron HR

May 8: OPB President Steve Bass

Weekly Reader – Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week

  1. Part IV: A Passion for Public Service Headed to Chapel Hill
  2. 04.18.13: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Peace and Love Remix)
  3. Play Ball! Hillsboro Hops GM Highlights ELGL Forum on April 17
  4. Updated (4/17 10:15 a.m) Meeting Agenda for Hillsboro Hops Forum
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I’m Just a Bill

Oregon Legislature Update: First Deadline Past, What’s Left Standing – The third week of April is a big one for the 2013 Legislature. As of today, any bill that has not made it out of the original House or Senate committee to which it was assigned is dead. While there are many exceptions to this rule, it gives us a better sense of the weeks ahead this session.

City may still fight light rail petition – Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey on Thursday certified a petition for an anti-light rail initiative, a day after a judge struck down a state law that initially had prompted Kimsey to invalidate hundreds of the signatures.

House oversight committee requests study of federal pay scale – Key members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested an analysis Thursday to help determine the “appropriateness” of the federal pay scale.

Gun Victims Vow to Press On in State Legislatures – With the legislative debate on gun controls over in the Senate, victims’ advocates are forging ahead with new tactics and plotting their next moves.

CRC friends, foes take views to Olympia – People on both sides of the divisive Columbia River Crossing project took advantage Friday of one of the last chances this session to tell state lawmakers how they feel about the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.

Fiscal Cliff

Port Townsend lays off city finance director to cut costs; he moves over to Jefferson PUD – City Manager David Timmons is consolidating two positions, saying he wants to make city government more efficient, and in the process has laid off a department head who was immediately scooped up by another agency.

Declining 9-1-1 tax revenues mean higher dispatch costs for Washington County police and fire departments – Projected declines in 9-1-1 tax revenues and increases in operational expenses have local fire and police departments facing higher emergency dispatch fees.

Subsidy fallout: Polk sheriff reduces patrol hours – Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe says attrition means he’ll be able to meet a budget that calls for four fewer positions without having to discharge anyone.

Eugene Service Fee Controversy Heats Up – The money from this fee will be spent on general services for the public, such as public transportation and public libraries. If the measure is passed, these funds will be set aside in a separate account and used primarily for these services, according to supporters.

Inside Portlandia

Portland Still Bound by Non-Disclosure Agreement with Nike – The possibility of Nike placing its campus expansion in Portland’s South Water front may be dead, but the non-disclosure agreements city officials signed with the sports apparel giant are very much alive.

Residents, city mull road responsibility options – April open houses let annexed residents raise concerns and needs Annexed residents of Forest Grove are getting a chance to talk about street improvements and sewer line extensions at open houses

Accounting director promoted in Milwaukie – City Manager Bill Monahan promoted Rina Byrne to Milwaukie’s finance director, effective April 9, after she had served as assistant finance director since February 2011.

Outside Portlandia

Yasmin Gentry (from left), TJ Dolan, and Hunter Stetz held their hands up during a moment of silence in the Boston Common.

Port Orchard City Council moves ahead with changing city government – Councilman Rob Putaansuu asked fellow council members if they want to “fish or cut bait” on changing from a mayor-council to a council-manager form of government.

Public help for City Hall pick – Eugene’s city manager says he wants to hear from citizens before he chooses an architect for the building

Career Center

How the End of the Traditional Workplace Is Changing Our Cities – Technology has blurred the walls of the workplace in at least two dramatic ways. People who once worked inside the clear confines of a cubicle, inside an office, within an office tower in a commercial district, can now work from nearly anywhere.

Hiring Experts Reveal Resume Pet Peeves – Crafting a resume that is unique and impressive is the goal of every job seeker.

What’s in a Wince? How to Read Nonverbal Cues at Work – She squinted when I suggested her draft of the contract wasn’t what we initially discussed. My jaw tightened when he asked for an extension on his report, yet I said “No problem.” Examining – and being aware of your own – micro-expressions during negotiations can be a helpful tool in ensuring discussions go smoothly, and that both parties achieve mutual gains in the end.

What Does a Successful CEO Sound Like? Try a Deep Bass – How do you project success? For men, it takes a strong–but not angry–tone; a confident–but not arrogant– demeanor; and a commanding–but not intimidating–physical presence.

Social Network

Are You a Leader or a Manager? What is the difference between managers and leaders? What sets them apart?

Social media plays key role in bombing investigation – C. Oregon police also weigh their value, case by case.

News Media and Social Media Become Part of a Real-Time Manhunt Drama – Reporters found themselves in a complex relationship with the authorities, being thanked and chastised at the same time.

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