Even the Smell of Cigarettes Changes How We Use Public Spaces – Smokers and the battle for the outdoors.
Clackamas County light-rail vote realigns our political conversation – You might have missed it, but a fundamental shift is unfolding in Oregon politics. Last week, voters in Clackamas County, joined by those in King City, delivered a pair of largely symbolic mailed-in mandates on, of all things, light rail.
Number of Local Governments by State – The Census Bureau conducts the Census of Governments every five years, categorizing each government in the country. The table below lists 2012 totals and per capita rates per 100,000 residents, calculated using 2011 population estimates.
A tale of two tax statements shows differences in taxpayer costs – Due to a phenomenon called “property tax compression” created by Oregon’s complex tax system, homeowners who could sell their homes for exactly the same price can, and do, pay significantly different tax amounts.
Veteran Hillsboro planning director retiring, but not calling it quits – Hillsboro will lose one of its most senior and respected employees when Pat Ribellia retires from his planning director post on Sunday, but the veteran land-use and legal affairs official doesn’t plan to abandon the city he’s worked for since 1994.
Dysfunctional water district loses insurance for board members’ behavior – Clackamas River Water District officials learned this week that the troubled agency will lose its liability and property insurance at the end of the year because of “ongoing instability and internal conflict.”
The Commute of the Future – U.S. cities are trying to replace images of gritty bus travel with ones of sleeker train-like buses to attract a different kind of traveler.
Damascus Council attempts to bridge communication gap with city manager; residents rally – The Damascus City Council will decide Monday whether Council President Diana Helm should act as a liaison between City Manager Greg Baker and the group after tension between Baker and the mayor led to a communication rift.
- Anti-fluoride group reaches midway point of 30-day period to collect signatures for vote
- The mayoral candidates weigh in on transportation funding
- Greater Portland projects could mean 3,000 local jobs
- Development Commission Says Portland’s Economy Picking Up
- Commentary: Vision for Damascus — a developers’ playground
- Hillsboro city planning commissioners approve transportation wish-list
- No evidence Damascus mayor’s wife recorded document
- Simi Valley council eliminates city positions
- Regretful DiGiovanni to seek ethics opinion
- Five to vie for Huizinga’s city council position
- Colusa City Council weighs its city manager options
- What Ballardites can expect out of the Mayor’s proposed budget
- Bainbridge council divided over request for information from county
- Sustainability Center should be left to next council
- Central Oregon’s Jefferson County considers fences after cow crashes
A Conversation with Jefferson Smith – Our third meeting for the busy month of September will be with Jefferson Smith – City of Portland Mayoral Candidate. This event will take place on September 28th at noon. Our meeting will be brown bag so please feel free to bring your lunch.
Special Meeting: ICMA Exchange Program, Eric King & Gary Allis – ELGL Central Oregon has a special opportunity to hear from Gary Allis and Eric King about their experience with the ICMA Exchange Program. Mr. Allis is here next week from Tauranga, New Zealand. Join us on Tuesday, October 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the Fire Administration Building,1212 SW Simpson Ave, Bend. Please bring your own lunch.
Planning Commission Recruitment – The City of Damascus is recruiting for one open seat on the Planning Commission. Citizens interested in serving may apply by filling out the Planning Commission application form and submitting it to City Hall. Deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 pm, October 31, 2012.
Seven First Year Mistakes Senior Executives Make – I hear most often from rising, high potential leaders in our Next Level Leadership® group coaching program is “I’m so glad to know it’s not just me.” Being in the leadership crucible can be a lonely experience. The group coaching participants quickly learn and take comfort from the fact that they are not alone in the leadership challenges they face every day.
The #1 Reason Companies Make Bad Hires – Forbes – Do you ever find yourself wondering how so many good companies can make so many bad hires? The fact is, all the rigorous and sophisticated hiring processes employed by the best companies in the world don’t prevent bad hires. The good news is, addressing one single factor can easily prevent bad hires.
The Social Network
NextDoor: An Emerging Social Network for Government to Connect with Residents – Davis, Calif., adopted a free, online tool to connect with its citizens and distribute information. The service, called NextDoor, is a private social network that joins people together based on where they live. In one month of use, more than 740 households in 21 neighborhoods in Davis have used the service, the nonprofit organization California Forward reported.
How to Get People to Read Your Emails – If you want prospective customers to open your emails, you need to pique their interest. Here are seven techniques that will make your emails stand out.
29 percent of millennials say social media freedom trumps salary – Recent studies reveals that social media and technology freedoms factor in their early career decisions. For example, 29 percent of college students said they would prioritize social media freedom and device flexibility over salary.
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