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The goal of our podcasts is to provide timely, relevant information to cities, legislators, media and the public by highlighting and focusing on specific topics in quick-paced, 10 to 20-minute segments. We will discuss policy, legal issues and...

The goal of our podcasts is to provide timely, relevant information to cities, legislators, media and the public by highlighting and focusing on specific topics in quick-paced, 10 to 20-minute segments. We will discuss policy, legal issues and advocacy matters in a relaxed, conversational style designed to inform and educate while doing so in an interesting and entertaining way.

The goal of our podcasts is to provide timely, relevant information to cities, legislators, media and the public by highlighting and focusing on specific topics in quick-paced, 10 to 20-minute segments. We will discuss policy, legal issues and advocacy matters in a relaxed, conversational style designed to inform and educate while doing so in an interesting and entertaining way.
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The goal of our podcasts is to provide timely, relevant information to cities, legislators, media and the public by highlighting and focusing on specific topics in quick-paced, 10 to 20-minute segments. We will discuss policy, legal issues and advocacy matters in a relaxed, conversational style designed to inform and educate while doing so in an interesting and entertaining way.

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Episodes

EP 17: Mid-Session Legislative Update

4/18/2019
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On this episode of the podcast, we’re doing things a little different. As we have hit the mid-point in the 2019 Legislative Session, I wanted to touch base with our Inter-governmental Relations team, so I had each one of them stop by my studio for a quick update on what’s happening with their individual portfolios and give their perspective on how city issues are faring this session. Tracy Rutten: HB 2407, HB 2409 and HB 2414 all died. HB 2769 is moving forward. HB 2408 still needs members...

Duration:00:31:01

Inside the Capitol: News Alert - LOC Calls for PERS Relief for All Employers

4/17/2019
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For immediate release: April 17, 2019 League of Oregon Cities (LOC) Calls for PERS Relief for All Employers Salem, OR— The League of Oregon Cities (LOC) is calling for action this legislative session to address rising Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) rates for all covered public employers. The plan proposed by Governor Brown to the Legislature on Friday, April 12 directed all benefits towards education interests. In her comments, Governor Brown stated that if action isn’t taken to...

Duration:00:03:44

Inside the Capitol - Week of April 15, 2019

4/15/2019
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It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is LOC Lobbyist, Erin Doyle. Here are links to the items that Erin mentioned on this week’s episode: HB 2408, HB 2420, and HB 2684. Watch live and archived legislative video here.

Duration:00:05:16

Inside the Capitol - Week of April 8, 2019

4/8/2019
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It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is LOC Legislative Director, Jim McCauley. Here are links to the items that Jim mentioned on this week’s episode: HB 2408, HB 3023, HB 3379, and HB 2016 LOC Bulletin April 5, 2019

Duration:00:05:39

EP 16: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

4/4/2019
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On this episode, I’m joined in the studio by two experts in emergency preparedness for a conversation about CERT and how it partners with cities throughout Oregon. This program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. My first guest is Emergency Manager for the City of Salem, Gregory Walsh and then in the second half of this episode, I...

Duration:00:35:21

Inside the Capitol - Week of April 1, 2019

4/1/2019
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It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is LOC Lobbyist, Wendy Johnson. Here are links to the items that Wendy mentioned on this week’s episode: SB 108, HB 2408, HB 2001, HB 2003, SB 10, SB 726, SB 479, SB 383 and HB 2184 LOC Bulletin from March 29, 2019

Duration:00:06:03

Inside the Capitol - Week of March 25, 2019

3/25/2019
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It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is LOC Legislative Director, Jim McCauley. Here are links to the items that Jim mentioned on this week’s episode: HB 2449, HB 2184, HB 3134, HB 3135, HB 3136, HB 3137, HB 3138, HB 2174, and HB 2020 LOC Bulletin from March 22, 2019

Duration:00:04:54

EP 15: Mid-Willamette Valley Homelessness Initiative

3/21/2019
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On this episode, I’m joined in the studio by former Marion County Commissioner, Janet Carlson and Keizer Mayor, Cathy Clark for an in-depth discussion on the Mid-Willamette Valley Homelessness Initiative. Commissioner Carlson and Mayor Clark have been at the forefront of tackling this complex issue in the Mid-Willamette Valley and we discuss the multi-faceted efforts that have been undertaken by a large coalition of partners in the region. Show notes: MWVCOG Homeless Initiative Marion...

Duration:00:22:34

Inside the Capitol - Week of March 18, 2019

3/18/2019
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It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is IGR Lobbyist, Scott Winkels. Here are links to the items that Scott mentioned on this week’s episode: HB 3023, HB 3379, SB 507, HB 2436 and HB 2438 The LOC opposes HB 2016 and urges our members to contact their legislators specifically regarding this bill. LOC Bulletin from March 15, 2019

Duration:00:05:02

Inside the Capitol - Week of March 11, 2019

3/11/2019
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It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities… First off today, IGR Lobbyist, Tracy Rutten joins me for a look at what’s happening this week and some updates from last week in Salem. Also, on this week’s update, IGR Director Jim McCauley stopped by to give a preview of what he’ll be doing in Washington DC as part of a group representing LOC members during his time attending the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. Here...

Duration:00:06:46

EP 14: Labor Relations in Oregon with LGPI’s Pierre Robert

3/7/2019
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On this episode, I’m joined in the studio by Pierre Robert - Senior Labor Relations Attorney for the Local Government Personnel Institute. In early 2018 LGPI was brought under the auspices of the LOC and as a part of his role with both LGPI and the League, Pierre spends a lot of his time meeting members and providing support for them on matters related to Labor Relations. In this episode, Pierre and I talk about the importance of having an advocate at the bargaining table, what his...

Duration:00:22:37

Inside the Capitol - Week of March 4, 2019

3/4/2019
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It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, let’s find out what’s happening this week in Salem with IGR Lobbyist, Erin Doyle Here are links to the items that Erin mentioned on this week’s episode: HB 2001, HB 2003, SB 10, SB 621, HB 2408 LOC Bulletin for March 1, 2019

Duration:00:06:23

EP 13: The City of Aurora and 3rd Party Building Inspection Preservation

2/21/2019
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Former Mayor Bill Graupp and City Recorder Scott Jorgenson from the City of Aurora stop by the studio for a discussion about third-party building inspection preservation. The City of Aurora is dealing with this issue right now and Bill and Scott share how their city would be affected should this program be taken out of cities’ control. They also share some of the good things that are happening in and around the City of Aurora and some of the projects that are on the horizon. Show...

Duration:00:19:25

EP 12: Greg Evans, LOC Board President

2/7/2019
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LOC Board of Directors President, Greg Evans stops by the studio and we talk about his goals for the upcoming year, his many years of distinguished public service and the unique perspective he brings to his role as LOC board President as well as his election to the National League of Cities Board of Directors.

Duration:00:17:59

Special Episode 11: City Day at the Capitol

2/1/2019
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City voices were front and center Thursday, January 24 at the Capitol as nearly 200 city officials, representing approximately 100 cities across the state, gathered in Salem for “City Day at the Capitol.” As part of the event, mayors, council members, and city managers met with legislators to discuss the League’s 2019 legislative priorities. These face-to-face meetings are invaluable, allowing city officials to personally tell their story to legislators and underscore city issues as...

Duration:00:17:14

EP 10: Jim McCauley, LOC Legislative Director

1/23/2019
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On this episode, I’m joined in the studio by Jim McCauley, the LOC’s new Legislative Director. Jim and I talk about his new role at the League, his goals for the Intergovernmental Relations team and the unique perspective he brings to the job. Jim's email: jmccauley@orcities.org

Duration:00:18:55

EP 09: Third-Party Building Inspection Preservation

1/10/2019
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On this episode, I’m once again joined by LOC Lobbyist, Erin Doyle for a conversation about Third-Party Building Inspection Preservation…Erin and I discuss this fundamental issue and how the League will clarify the ability of local governments to have private party building officials and inspectors provide services and work to assure that decisions on these provisions are at the discretion of local officials. Erin's email - edoyle@orcities.org

Duration:00:15:35

EP 08: Right-of-Way & Franchise Fee Authority Preservation/Broadband Investment

12/27/2018
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On this episode, former LOC Legislative Director, Craig Honeyman is in the studio for a conversation about Right-of-Way & Franchise Fee Authority Preservation/Broadband Investment…Craig and I discuss this wide-ranging issue and how the League will seek to protect the status quo in terms of local authority to manage public right of ways and further ensure that the ability to receive just compensation from occupants of those right of ways is maintained. Show Notes: FCC Sets Rules for 5G...

Duration:00:23:34

EP 07: Public Infrastructure Investments

12/13/2018
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On this episode, LOC lobbyist Tracy Rutten sits down for a conversation about Public Infrastructure Investments…Tracy breaks down this multi-faceted issue and we discuss how the League will work during the 2019 legislative session to maximize both the amount of funding and the flexibility of funds available to meet the immediate and long-term needs of cities across the state.

Duration:00:19:49

EP 06: Housing and Homelessness Improvements

11/29/2018
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On this episode, I’m joined by LOC lobbyist Erin Doyle for a conversation about Housing and Homelessness…Erin breaks down this complicated issue and we discuss how the League seeks to provide tools and resources to address this statewide issue. Show Links: November 2018 Local Focus Erin’s email

Duration:00:19:35