11.02.12 Your Morning Buzz

Posted on November 2, 2012

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Drunk Meat Loaf? Confused Romney Supporters, Singer Captured on Video at Ohio Rally (Video)

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Casual Friday

What’s at stake? Lake Oswego election could change how city plays into region – In a recent Lake Oswego campaign mailer, a local political action committee summed up the election as a “new direction focused on Lake Oswego” or “more of the same regional agenda.”

It’ll take a village – City industrial land could be a favored site for homeless settlement. Located in a Eugene industrial area without many residents, a city parcel on North Garfield Street may be the leading site for a homeless village.

Trio due in town for Dallas post –  What was once a field of 46 candidates applying to be the next Dallas city manager has been whittled down to three.

In Crisis, Public Officials Embrace Social Media – Governors and others from North Carolina to Maine are using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to reach constituents unable to watch television.

In Clackamas County, it’s one government carnival too many – If you thought government couldn’t ever be a true carnival, all you needed to do was take in this week’s meeting of the board of the embattled agency Clackamas River Water. Two members — three of the five have resigned — showed up without a quorum, fired the agency’s attorney, placed its manager on administrative leave and then proceeded to name two new commissioners to join the party.


The Fiscal Cliff


US Economy Adds 171000 Jobs

The Fiscal Cliff: Things That Already Happened

Tacoma Public Works may cut nearly half of staff

Pierce County Council kills plan for 5% surface-water fee hike

Capacity of Lane County Jail shrinks; 6 jobs cut

Longview City Council wants to cut 5 jobs

Debt-ridden city looks to sell naming rights

THPRD may finish bond projects under budget

Council to look at possible cutbacks


Inside Portlandia


Portland’s City Council to hear public testimony on DOJ settlement

Mary Nolan and Amanda Fritz address the future of urban renewal

Gaston explores ditching Hillsboro water

Boring challenges county pact

Sandy accelerates into the Cloud

City looks at zoning changes to boost business

Is there a Pearl in the Central Eastside’s shell?

Union, developers reach labor agreement on convention center hotel; more negotiations ahead on project

Post-meeting talks fuel water plant complaints


Outside Portlandia


Measure 80 ranks among the worst-written initiatives in recent Oregon history

Bend to tackle overgrown medians

County elections chief to retire in April

Brewery district on tap for west Eugene

Falls City awaiting word on EV station


Get Involved


ELGL Forum with Ken Allen, Oregon AFSCME Exec. Dir. – Please join us on November 14, 2012 for an ELGL brown bag lunch with Ken Allen, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75. Mr. Allen will discuss the challenges facing local governments and their employees from the union perspective. Oregon AFSCME Council 75, represents 140 local unions throughout Oregon.

Metro’s Nature University is now accepting applications for early 2013 – Nature University students learn the importance of careful observation and the use of field guides, skills that can be applied in a lifelong process of learning and sharing with others. No special experience is required, but a background in natural history and biology and working with groups is helpful.  Metro is accepting applications through Nov. 5, 2012. 

Beaverton School District seeking four candidates for Budget Committee – Like numbers? Want to help Beaverton School District with its 2013-14 budget? The district has four openings on its budget committee. Applications are due Nov. 16 and 26.


The Workplace


Federal workforce critical to president’s success – Public servants make the diverse array of federal programs happen. Accordingly, addressing workforce challenges should be a priority, regardless of the outcome of the election.

Why You Should Never, Ever Discuss Politics at Work – Leave your political opinions out of the workplace.

Two killer questions to close the deal on a job offer – What people tend to forget is that it’s a two way dialogue.  Obviously, the interviewer is controlling the situation but the candidate also has the opportunity to exert some influence on the proceedings.

How to Manage People Older Than You – More and more people are working past age 65. Here’s five ways to get the best out of workers–even those who have more experience than you do.


The Social Network

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Can Your Tweets Predict Your Vote? Are you still unsure whom to vote for in the presidential election? Take a look at your Twitter stream, says SwiftKey, maker of a predictive typing app for Android phones. Or more specifically, allow it to take a look at your Twitter stream.

LinkedIn Now Has 187 Million Members – The social network for professionals has been growing at a rate of 10 million-15 million users per quarter throughout this year. LinkedIn reported having 161 million members in May and 175 million in August.

How to Tweet Responsibly During a Breaking-News Event – Yes, people put out false information and tweet incorrect things during major news events. There are ways to avoid being one of them.

Instagram emerges from Sandy a major social media player – The importance of social media platforms tends to emerge during natural disasters.

The 10 most-followed thought leaders on LinkedIn – For business people, LinkedIn is fertile ground for establishing oneself as a so-called thought leader. Last month, the professional social network got into the business of naming thought-leaders and enabling members to follow them.

Facebook: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Twitter: Lori Trevino

Pinterest: Consumer Reports

Google+: San Mateo County Times

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