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
Austin Loses Its Hometown Hero – For Lance Armstrong’s Texas hometown, his downfall has been about a whole lot more than cycling.
You should be outraged about Oregon’s unfair property-tax system – Oregon’s property tax system is a mess. That mess is a big reason why Salem has had to close fire stations, reduce the police department and trim other services. Meanwhile, owners of houses with similar market values may pay wildly different tax bills.
In Defense of Portland’s Orenco Station – By American standards, Portland has a great reputation as a sustainable city. But the region’s dirty little secret is that its suburbs – home to over two-thirds of the area’s population – suffer from the same kind of car-dependent sprawl that surrounds virtually every U.S. city. In that light, the most important question for Portland is not what to do about the city, but rather how to fix the suburbs.
In Oregon, Pushing Ahead With Road Use Fees – Oregon has been way ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing V.M.T. fees. The state’s first concept study, completed in 2007, concluded decisively that “a mileage fee could be implemented to replace the gas tax as the principal revenue source for road funding.” Nine in ten participants in that study said they’d support a V.M.T. program moving forward [PDF].
Can Oregon save American health care? Oregon is pursuing the Holy Grail in health-care policy: slower cost growth. If it succeeds, it could set a course for the rest of the country at a pivotal moment for the Affordable Care Act. Under the law, many states will expand Medicaid programs to cover everyone below 133 percent of the federal poverty line, adding 7 million Americans to the program in 2014 and leaving states looking for the most cost-effective way to cover that influx of patients.
The Fiscal Cliff
The Career Center
9 Networking Tips To Shake Your Shyness – The thought of networking often strikes terror in the hearts of job seekers, but even more so for those of us that are particularly shy or introverted. But it doesn’t have to be! Every person at one time or another dreads a networking event during their job search, so know that it’s not just you. However, it is true that some people are simply naturally shy or even have social anxiety.
How to make the business of coupledom work – In 2008, when my husband Sheheryar Sardar and I were moving to New York City, everyone told us, “You are going to need a one-bedroom apartment—you need your own space.” We gave in, got a one-bedroom instead of a classic NYC studio apartment, and quickly realized that it was a drastic waste of our money.
Willamette Week’s 2013 Volunteer Guide – The idea here goes something like this: You were generous financially with our 2012 Give!Guide. Now, as the new year begins, you may want to invest some of your valuable sweat equity in a local nonprofit, but you’re not sure where to start. If so, we’re here to help.Fifty or so worthy nonprofits have identified their needs in the pages of this guide. If you can fill one of them, terrific! If you know someone else who can, point that person in the right direction.
The World Wide Web
How [P]interesting is your local government? Pinterest is no longer just for the the crafty, event planning, sous-chef in-the-making. This visual, social aggregator was 2012’s fastest growing social media platform … and the latest place for governments to engage their citizens.
Google+ Communities: A Beginner’s Guide – On Google+, users have the ability to manipulate their circles to control the groups of people and brands they receive information and content from, but there’s no guarantee those brands or users will circle you to receive your updates.
Search Option From Facebook Is a Privacy Test – How much private detail the social network’s users will continue to divulge will determine whether the tool is the next step in how we navigate the online world.