09.14.13 Your Morning Buzz

Posted on September 14, 2013

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ELGL Turns Three

New Members

David Finley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MPA Student

Saby Waraich, City of Portland, Sr. IS Manager (I)

Shannon Williams, City of Bend, HR Analyst

High 5

Wal-Mart’s cynical strategy to rule America – The retailer said it would connect D.C.’s poorest residents to healthy food. It doesn’t look that way

What’s Worse Than an Oil Spill? A Molasses Spill – This strange case of sugary suffocation was brought on by the Matson Shipping Company, which was loading one of its vessels with 1,600 tons of molasses through a pipeline in the harbor early Monday morning when a leak sprung. Matson reported that up to 1,400 tons of the sludgy syrup may have escaped into the harbor and nearby Ke’ehi Lagoon.

How to Toll Every Interstate Highway in America – The Reason Foundation — one of the early champions of public-private partnerships — outlines a plan for lifting the federal ban on interstate tolling to fund roads.

Why Is There So Little Innovation in Water Infrastructure? On its 2013 report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. water infrastructure a D. Even the nation’s best water systems are ancient — we have over 240,000 water main breaks each year — and unprepared for a mix of current challenges that includes climate change, tightening budgets, growing urban populations, and pharmaceutical contaminants. This spring, after record-setting rains, Detroit had no choice but to pour several hundred million gallons of raw sewage into the Great Lakes.

Why would anyone want to host the Olympics? The main reason cities want to host the Olympics is that, perhaps against the odds, they are wildly popular with the voters who foot the bill.

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Raleigh city manager firing could cost up to $327,000 – The City Council’s vote in April to fire City Manager Russell Allen could cost taxpayers up to $327,000, according to newly released records of Allen’s severance package.

The Case Against Rebuilding the Coastline After Superstorm Sandy – One year after Sandy, many of the affected communities remain vulnerable to another storm because of indecision about how best to respond. There are three basic options to mitigate risks from sea level rise and storm surge: Protect against the rising tides with engineered structures, accommodate the rising waters and make structures as resilient as possibleor retreat from risky low shorelines to higher ground.

Lawmakers act to bar pension lawsuit by former Vernon manager – Former administrator Bruce Malkenhorst has sued the city after his pension was disallowed by the California Public Employment Retirement System (CalPERS), which reset his annual retirement at $115,000.

An Intervention for Malibu – Growth of high-profile rehabilitation centers has Malibu residents seeking relief.

Western Maryland secessionists seek to sever ties with liberal Free State – Efforts in multiple states illuminate a hard truth: The rural-urban divide is a point of political conflict.

The 10 best PSAs of all time – “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.” and other decades-old slogans have become part of U.S. vernacular.

The Nefarious Ways Sprawl Begets Sprawl – Loudoun County was once one of the most beautiful in Virginia. It was characterized by rolling hills, horse farms, other working lands, historic towns and hamlets dating back centuries, a modest mountain or two, streams here and there, and scenic, winding roads. To the visitor, it seemed bucolic, a place of rural peace.


Bloomberg Will Sit Out Mayor’s Race – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he won’t make an endorsement in the race to succeed him, declaring he will focus on ensuring that there is a smooth transition from his administration to the next one.

McCain hints he won’t run again – The Arizona senator suggests this might be his last term.

Poll: New low for government trust – Just 49 percent of Americans say they trust the government on international issues.

Tina Brown: Tired of digital devices – Shes says people are “tired of screens” and want more face-to-face interaction.

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Career Network

Tales from Ohio State: How the Class of ’08 Found Jobs – The 2008 college graduates faced the toughest labor market in 25 years, taking on unexpected jobs. Here’s the story of two graduates who quickly learned how to navigate in the real world, and are now living in the same city. WSJ’s Sonia Talati reports.

Can Interns Who Agreed To Work For Free Sue For Wages? Like ugly ducklings, will unpaid interns emerge as (Black) Swans? A series of lawsuits–including one by interns who worked on the Black Swan movie–is set to answer the question whether unpaid interns are really employees.

Leaders Don’t Fix Problems, They Turn Them Into Opportunities – There’s a difference between fixing a problem and refashioning the problem into something that reaps rewards later on.

A Very Simple Reason Employee Engagement Programs Don’t Work – Most so-called employee engagement programs are misbegotten, unwieldy, ineffective rolling caravans of impractical or never-going-to-be-implemented PowerPoint presentations.

The Most Outlandish Resume Mistakes Of 2013 – Submitting a résumé written in Klingon language from Star Trek, or trying to pass your video gaming accomplishments as leadership experience probably won’t land you the job–but it will, however, grab the potential employer’s attention and earn you a spot on a new compilation of hiring managers’ most memorable résumé missteps.

The Real Reason Creative Workers Are Good for the Economy – How does creativity get turned into big commercial innovations that ultimately lead to new businesses, new jobs, higher wages and economic growth?


Daimler Adding 400 Jobs, Building Headquarters In Portland – The German truck maker Daimler announced Friday, that it will build a new $150 million headquarters in Portland and add at least 400 new jobs.

Critic calls CRC opinion ‘complete hogwash’ – The memo is the latest in thick stack of documents distributed to lawmakers, aimed at answering questions about a revised $2.6 billion plan to build a new Interstate 5 bridge and light rail line linking Portland and Vancouver.

Replacement of Jeff Cogen shines light on Multnomah County’s unique, quirky way of filling commission vacancies – Multnomah, it turns out, is alone among Oregon’s 36 counties in allowing commissioners to designate their own replacements in event of resignation, death or any other cause. Madrigal is replacing Jeff Cogen, who resigned in the wake of an extramarital affair with a subordinate. Until now, she was Cogen’s chief of staff.

Herrera Beutler seeks CRC info – Letter sent to Coast Guard, which is processing permit

City considers selling West End Building for $16.5 million – The city council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 on the proposed agreement with Kensington Investment Group, which is based in the San Francisco area but has an Oregon office in Sherwood. Approval could end years of debate over the future of the property, which plummeted in value soon after the city bought it in 2006.


Underground parking: The black market, apps, and future of car storage – In Peggy Clifford’s neighborhood, out back of the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., a black market thrives. Early each year during the state’s legislative session, lobbyists go there — just a hop, skip, and a jump from the capitol dome — to buy what they crave: parking spaces. Clifford says, “This is a neighborhood, not a parking lot.”

Fairgrounds Debt Paid Off Through Grant – In a county faced with financial strains, commissioners are now dishing out over $300,000 to help the fairgrounds.

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The Bing-Orr divide: Mayor frustrated by ‘supposed partnership’ of power – From hiring a new police chief to choosing members of advisory boards, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr and his staff have shaken up city operations from top to bottom, with little input from Detroit’s elected officials.

Emanuel takes on African-American concerns – Mayor Rahm Emanuel began last week on David Letterman’s couch, telling the late-night host and a national TV audience that he wouldn’t start campaigning for re-election for more than a year.

Cicero hired crooked ex-Chicago alderman to run festivals – By at least one measure, he’s the most corrupt former Chicago alderman of all time. But when the Town of Cicero wanted to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on summer festivals, it entrusted that money to none other than Ambrosio Medrano.

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