In today’s Buzz Meryl Streep brings a political message to the Golden Globes, gun violence begins to be viewed as a public health issue, and public surveillance systems could be coming to a city near you.

The Buzz is brought to you by baseball and Spring Training in sunny Arizona because I’m sick to death of cold, snowy, rainy weather in PDX.

Right Now with Kylie Bayer-Fertterer (LinkedIn / Twitter/ Instagram)

What I’m Listening toAnother Round

What I’m Reading – The Jack Reacher Series

What I’m Watching – The front door, waiting for Amazon to deliver my special Bullet Journal pens

What Trip I’m Planning – Two spring training games in AZ! #Cubbies! #Dbacks!


Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, to step down once acquired by Verizon Altaba, the newly named company, is reportedly looking for new leadership. No word on what Mayer will be up to next, or if she will remain with Verizon long-term.

Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. Demille award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes and in doing so delivered a few choice words for president-elect Donald Trump. Perhaps most notably, Streep commented on Trump’s alleged mocking of a reporter with a disability while on the campaign trail. To be expected, Trump fired back on his Twitter account.

Obamacare repeal slows as Republicans raise concerns about lack of replacement program John Kasich (Ohio) and Rick Snyder (Michican) are calling on fellow Republicans to ease up on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Both governors urge lawmakers to protect the Medicaid expansions that are working in their respective states. Indiana expanded Medicaid, too, but their governor is heading east to fill Diamond Joe Biden’s shoes in a few days.



Webinar: Stories from Seattle: Exploring the Nexus of Substance Abuse, Homelessness and Low Level Crime Thursday, Janaury 12, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Webinar: Stories from San Francisco: How the Navigation Center Navigated a City Planning Process Thursday, Janaury 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Webinar: Stories from San Rafael: Realistic Solutions Developed by a Medium-Sized City Thursday, Janaury 12, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Webinar: Stories from Eugene: Perspectives About Criminalization Thursday, Janaury 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Supper Club: Whiskey Wednesday with Soofa in Cambridge MA Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Webinar: The Art of Negotiation: Advice, Guidance, & Best Practices Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am10:00 am

50 Nifty

Why California Can’t Afford More Delay on Roads Local governments spent the last two years sounding the alarm about our crumbling transportation network and educating policymakers about the poor condition of our streets and highways and the cost to fix them.

Lincolnwood Police to Price Public Surveillance Camera System Officials continue to weigh the pros and cons of putting more cameras in public areas, and the latest discussion concluded earlier this month with trustees directing Lincolnwood police to price a video surveillance system that would monitor the town’s two largest parks.As ice forms on Lake Erie, it creates problems for the huge hydro-electric power plants downstream.

New Hampshire Senator Suggests Russian Booze Ban in Response to Putin New Hampshire’s Senate minority leader is suggesting a ban on Russian vodka at state liquor stores as one possible response to reports of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election.

The Fascinating, If Unreliable, History of Hate Crime Tracking in the US According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a crime becomes a hate crime when there’s an added element of bias. For example, a murder is labeled a hate crime if the victim was killed because he was gay. Or black. Or Muslim.

In Policy Shift, ODOT Will Use Rock Salt on Icy Stretches of Road Throughout State The Oregon Department of Transportation will announce plans Friday to begin using rock salt to melt ice and snow on roads across the state.

Long Beach Tells Stories with New, Spatially Arranged Datasets The city of Long Beach, California, made more than 100 municipal datasets publicly available with locational context Monday on DataLB, a new geospatial and open data hub to be regularly updated.

Researchers Begin to Look at Gun Violence as Public Health Issue Researchers Andrew Papachristos and Gary Slutkin have started to look at gun violence as a public health epidemic, and how to take a holistic approach and reinterpret the problem.

Fort Lauderdale Shooting: Should the FBI Have Done More To Stop Florida Airport Suspect Two months before allegedly killing five and wounding eight in the Fort Lauderdale airport, Esteban Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska with a loaded handgun magazine appearing “agitated” and reporting “terroristic thoughts,” officials told reporters. He insisted that the CIA was forcing him to watch ISIS videos, the officials added.

Local Government Confidential

KPERS Hikes Could Impact Local Government Local units of government across Kansas may need to dig deeper into their budgets to cover changes to the state pension system that will push up their employer contribution rates in 2019.

Up In Smoke Rhodell City Hall is a “total loss” after an early-morning fire destroyed the three-story building Monday, Rhodell Fire Chief Patricia Cox reported.

A Long Lost Data Trove Uncovers California’s Sterilization Program In 2007, only after historian Alexandra Minna Stern had spent years researching eugenics in the American west, culminating in a published book, did she find the motherlode.