01.06.14 Your Morning Buzz

Posted on January 6, 2014


‘Polar Vortex’ puts Midwest in deep freeze; heads to DC

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Transaction Wire

Snellville City Manager: ‘I Do Not Like Being a Pawn in Anyone’s Personal Game’

OUR OPINION: City manager hiring process should be inclusive, open

Past 10 years as Worcester city manager have been ‘quite a ride’

Boland starts top city job Monday

Medford announces new interim fire chief

Benicia city manager seeks boost in housing allowance

High 5

la-na-extreme-cold-20140106Koch-backed political network expands its reach – A coalition of nonprofits, spearheaded by the conservative Koch brothers and carefully constructed to shield its donors, raised more than $400 million in 2012.

From Petraeus Scandal, an Apostle for Privacy – Jill Kelley, 38, was the social spindle of an Air Force base in Tampa, Fla., until the government released her name in connection with a scandal involving Gen. David H. Petraeus.

HILLARY CLINTON’S SHADOW CAMPAIGN – Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington’s Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign.

St. Petersburg may find inspiration in country’s iconic piers – There are attractions that have emerged like a mythological phoenix from ashes, reinvented under private leases or ownership. At least one developed after a political bloodletting, followed by interminable public discussion and inertia that ended, one historian says, only when nature intervened.

Medical marijuana purity under a microscope – Arizona does not require dispensaries to test for pesticides or fertilizers, although it does mandate they list chemicals used on plants. The state health director who oversees the medical-marijuana program said the public urged officials during the rule-making process to not require testing under the notion that it could increase medicine prices.

50 Nifty

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Two Decades of Change Have Boston Sparkling – Mayor Thomas M. Menino leaves office on Monday having presided over and facilitated one of the most successful urban renaissance stories in modern American history.

S.F.’s golden dome may liven up in 2014 – After a long stretch of consensus-building, balanced budgets, and politicians doing strange things like getting along and staying out of trouble, life under the golden dome could regain some sparkle.

Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning – Drought and population growth are driving a reassessment of how the Colorado, the Southwest’s only major river, can continue to slake the region’s thirst.

State Farm campus buyer plans transit-based community – City sees 30-acre site as its new ‘heart’

Electeds

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Liz Cheney: ‘I have decided to discontinue my campaign’ – Citing health concerns in her family, Cheney said the issues arising prompted her to end her GOP primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).

Lessons from a doctor congressman’s freshman year – Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert hoped to change Congress. But his most enduring impact may turn out to be as an inspiration to youths back home.

Popular Voice in the Capitol? It’s the Pope’s – Pope Francis’ messages of economic justice and tolerance have been seized upon by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Hawaii Makes Its Case for Obama’s Library: Why Not Bring It to the Beach? Some in Hawaii, eager to claim President Obama as their own, have mounted a well-organized campaign to encourage him to place at least part of his post presidential operation in the state.

Government, per se, is not the problem – The founders left room for continuing calibration. Republicans must accept this.

 

Social Media: FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterest, and Twitter

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Why I Was Wrong About Twitter – One year ago, I sat down with my publisher for a conversation that I was dreading. I had finished writing my first book, and it was time to discuss my (nonexistent) presence on social media.

Why 2014 will be Apple’s year of big reveals – 2013 was a very Apple-y year, in that incremental improvements were pretty muchall Apple rolled out. This kind of refinement and polish is one of the things the company does best. It’s easy to forget, for example, that Steve Jobs once unveiled a version of the Mac OS in which the only major difference was that most of its underlying code had been re-written in order to be faster and take advantage of new hardware.

Facebook is stuffing ads into the newsfeed because Zuckerberg is worried about losing his engineers – The billions of dollars these connections generate in advertising revenues? Just an indirect means of keeping employees from jumping ship before the job is complete.

City Dwellers Instagram, Suburbanites Do Pinterest – The Pew Internet & American Life Project today published its year-end breakdown of how Americans use various social media services. With the caveat that some of the findings are snuggling the margin of error — 2.9 percent on a telephone poll of 1,801 respondents — the data do reveal subtle insights into how geography matches up against the demography of online social media, particularly when it comes to a pair of 3-year-old sites for image-based sharing: Instagram and Pinterest.

Career Center

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Job Postings: 01.02.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Church Sign Remix)

Zappos gets rid of all managers – Online retailer Zappos has long been known to do things its own way.

‘Bumping rights’ about to change for managers – A lot is about to change for state managers. The Department of Administrative Services is systematically evaluating everything they do

1,600 applicants for 3 dozen dairy plant jobs? Welcome to Hagerstown. Wall Street is booming, but for many blue-collar workers in a Maryland town, the economic recovery has yet to materialize.

 

Portlandia

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The Tonya Harding scandal: when the paparazzi came to Portland – Like most of The Oregonian photography staff 20 years ago, I covered bits and pieces of the Tonya Hardingstory; primarily press conferences and “perp walks,” where the bad guys went from police cars to jail, or from the FBI offices to Multnomah County courtrooms and then back to jail.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ first year in office – Hales reflects on year one in office. Hales, who made his name as being a visionary planner, said he had to work as an executive and manager in his first year.

Washington County rapid transit forum scheduled amid Tigard ballot measure battle – Under the ongoing Southwest Corridor Plan, elected officials have narrowed down the future of public transportation from southwest Portland to Tigard and Tualatin. The choices are between a light rail line and bus rapid transit system, with uses dedicated lanes and fewer stops than a typical bus route.

Cascadia

 Polar-Vortex-Tears-Across-Central-U.S.-e1388948439186Seahawks Country spans many miles – The Seahawks have Seattle in their name, but their turf stretches north to Alaska, south to Oregon and east to Montana — with pockets of fans even beyond that.

Trio hope to revive town’s only restaurant – MARCOLA, Ore. — Three friends are whipping out their own wallets to bring a beloved restaurant back to their community.

Board rebuffs events center – A land use panel says Lane County should not have granted a permit for River’s Edge in the Creswell area

Road projects target highly congested area in West Salem – Drivers at one of the busiest intersections in West Salem will find their drive a little more challenging for most of this year.

Midwest ELGL: Twitter

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As city’s TIF tab grows, more are asking for limits – When developers wanted to cut the cost of renovating the long-empty General American Building, they turned to the St. Louis real estate subsidy of choice: tax-increment financing.

New demands changing the face of police hiring pools – More chiefs looking for four-year degrees, people skills and critical thinking

Mpls. fire tests Sixth Ward’s new council member – Cedar-Riverside blast put new City Council Member Abdi Warsame into his new role before his first day on the job.

In reversal, Twin Cities families leaving suburbs for urban core – Signs are growing that more young couples are preparing to follow a path from suburban to urban living — with immense consequences for both cities and suburbs.

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