ELGL News and Notes
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Newest Member: Stephen Jorgensen, University of Illinois
January 24: ELGL Advisory Board Meeting
January 29: ELGL Central Oregon Meet Up
The High Five
How a Reluctant Mayor Rescued San Francisco’s Budget – When he took over as San Francisco’s interim mayor in January 2011, Ed Lee seemed like just the reluctant warrior the city needed to tackle its fiscal woes. He hadn’t run for office since his bid for high school senior class president, and had no aspirations to break the forty-year trend when his caretaker mayorship expired the following January. “I didn’t care about future office, I just wanted to do what was right for the city,” he told me in a recent phone conversation.
Pointless Mayoral Sports Betting: Surely We Can Do Better Than This – On Wednesday the Denver Post reported that Mayor Michael Hancock was too injured to hold up his end of a bet made with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the playoff game between the Broncos and Ravens last weekend. Hancock, whose Broncos lost, had agreed to perform the elaborate pre-game dance moves of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, but claims to have strained his quad at a public dinner before he could bust out the moves.
Oregon experiences chronic non-catastrophic hazards (such as winter storms and flooding) on an annual basis. Additionally, the risk from a catastrophic subduction zone earthquake and local tsunami event is increasing. In 2008, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR) assisted Douglas County in obtaining over $250,000 in grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop county-level post-disaster recovery frameworks for four counties (Curry, Coos, Western Lane, and Douglas) in southwest Oregon.
Smith takes a ‘purposeful pause’ – Portland voters gleaned those conflicting images of Jefferson Smith in the 2012 mayor’s race, when he rocketed from underdog to solid contender before flaming out in the closing weeks of the campaign.
City manager knows it’ll be tough, but he relishes task – Ron Foggin, Dallas’ new city manager, only looked into Brigham Young University’s public administration program on the advice of a trusted professor. It was a good thing, too. If he hadn’t, he may have missed out on what he believes is his calling.
The Fiscal Cliff
The Career Center
Evolving with the Millennial Generation – These are some of the practices that I have found successful in bringing the best out of this generation. Many of the principles I have adopted to remix the culture actually apply as much to our Millennials as it does to the rest of our workforce.
Stop Using These 16 Terms to Describe Yourself – Picture this. You meet someone new. “What do you do?” she asks.”I’m an architect,” you say.”Oh, really?” she answers.
The Most Important Interview Question of All Time – Over the past 30+ years as a recruiter, I can confirm that at least two-thirds of my hiring manager clients weren’t very good at interviewing. Yet, over 90% thought they were. To overcome this situation, it was critical that I became a better interviewer than them, to prove with evidence that the candidate was competent and motivated to do the work required. This led me on a quest for the single best interview question that would allow me to overcome any incorrect assessment with actual evidence.
Portlanders can help shape this long-range plan for the future of Portland’s communities and neighborhoods by participating in the update of the Comprehensive Plan. In February and March, City staff and partners will be sharing information and soliciting feedback through a series of community workshops in seven locations.
Multnomah County youth invited to participate in annual summit against violence – Registration is open for young people 21 and under to attend a summit to address violence against youth. The Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence hosted by the Multnomah Youth Commission will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Sustainability-What is it? What are your ideas for our community? On January 26th at 9am, the Forest Grove Sustainability Committee will host the Annual Town Meeting in the Community Auditorium. This year’s meeting will focus on sustainability, which encompasses all aspects of a community’s well-being; environmental, economic and social spheres with the understanding that all three are intertwined.
The World Wide Web
Leavitt turns to Facebook for feedback – Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt missed Monday’s City Council meeting because he had the 24-hour flu, and he must have missed interacting with the public because on Tuesday he turned to Facebook for engagement.
Using social media to enhance the federal mission – When you read the words Instagram and Pinterest, do they appear to be a foreign language? Do you know a “hashtag” from a “handle”?
The New MySpace: Music Meets Social, Done Right – The new MySpace is pretty. It incorporates many of the trends in modern web design and social media — big visuals, responsive design, easy discovery — and gives them a clear focus: connecting through music. And it really works.