Afternoon Delight

05.24.12 The Afternoon Delight

Comments Off 24 May 2012

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Call for RSVPs: Economist Dr. Thomas Potiowsky, June 13 - ELGL is hosting a luncheon with former State Economist and current Chair of the Portland State Economics Department, Dr. Thomas Potiowsky. The discussion will be on the US recovery and the new economic environment. This information will be relevant to long-term local government revenues and anyone interested in budgeting.

S&H Logging Proposal Feedback | City of West Linn Oregon Official Website - The City has compiled a feedback map on the S&H Logging proposal in Stafford. Please use these resources to share your opinions on this project.

Spotlight

City of Sherwood’s budget faring better than others – Although there are job cuts, the city of Sherwood’s approved budget for next year shows that the affluent city is faring better than other agencies nearby. In fact, Sherwood’s finances are stable enough for the city to even offer the Sherwood School District a $50,000-per-year fee waiver for storm drainage costs.

In some cities, fire protection services are burning up cash – Fire departments spend about $400 million in personnel costs alone across Michigan. Costs continue to rise as the number of actual fires shrinks. As police and fire departments eat up half or more of a typical city budget, city managers and city councils across the state are beginning to look for smarter and cheaper ways to prevent fire disasters and provide front-line emergency medical care.

County scales back safety cuts – The budget panel, including a board majority, shifts $3.5 million to save some deputy and prosecutor jobs.

San Diego County’s new propaganda machine – While news organizations practice austerity, county communications team splurges on its own news website.

Census Accuracy Report Shakes Up Municipal Challenges – Cities might not want to question the nation’s people counters.

Traffic Firm Ranks Most Congested Corridors - A new study ranks the nation’s most congested corridors and cities.

Career

Has auto correct made us dumber? Auto correct has its downfalls. It can turn “I’m leaving now” to “I’m leaving you.” Or confuse someone’s “bad case of the Mondays” with his “bad case of the manboobs.” But a new study blames autocorrect, and its sibling spellcheck, on something far worse: Our decreased literacy. It seems these time-saving technologies are making us dumber. The Atlantic Wire explains—and disagrees wit this idea.

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