City Focus Podcast

The LOC's City Focus podcasts provides timely, relevant information to cities, legislators, media and the public by highlighting and focusing on specific topics in quick-paced episodes. We 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.

Released every other Thursday, the City Focus podcast serves as a conduit for members to communicate their stories to a broader, state-wide audience and share their experiences and concerns across the state.

Inside the Capitol is produced during the legislative session, highlighting the work of LOC's Intergovernmental Relations team in 5-10-minute quick conversations on what is happening at the Capitol every week. These micro-casts are recorded and released every Monday during session and provide up-to-the-minute information on legislation that is pertinent to cities, as well as calls to action to assure city concerns are heard at the Capitol.

Email suggestions for topics or comments about any of our podcasts to CityFocus@orcities.org

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Latest Episodes

Podcast-Jake-Boone.jpgEP 23: A Conversation with Jake Boone, 2020 LOC Board President

July 12, 2019

Jake Boone, Cottage Grove City Councilor and 2020 LOC Board President, joins us for a great conversation about his goals for the upcoming year, how and why he sought political office, and his perspective on how being a gamer relates to the world of politics.


OregonCapitol.jpgInside the Capitol - 2019 Session Wrap-Up with Jim McCauley

July 8, 2019

How did LOC priority issues fare at the Legislature? In the latest Inside the Capitol micro-podcast, LOC's Jim McCauley provides a brief summary of wins and losses and provides insight into what's next. 


Podcast-Ruth.jpgEP 22: Spotlight on LGPI HR Matters and Oregon’s Equal Pay law

June 27, 2019

On this episode, we're joined in the studio by Ruth Mattox, LGPI Senior HR Consultant, for a conversation about pay equity as well as the many important HR services LGPI provides to members. 


Podcast-water.jpgEP 21: Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms in Municipal Water Systems

June 13, 2019

Summer is almost here, and drinking water and algae blooms are in the news again. On this episode, the LOC is joined in the studio by James Watson and Mat Titus from The Prediction Lab for a conversation about harmful algal blooms in municipal water systems. They share how they assisted the City of Salem in dealing with last summer’s drinking water advisories and how they use mathematics and algorithms to predict future blooms.


Podcast-LRD.jpgEP 20: Spotlight on LOC Legal Services

May 30, 2019

On this episode, we're joined in the studio by Patty Mulvihill, LOC General Counsel, and Jayme Hafner, LOC Assistant General Counsel, for a conversation about the LOC's Legal Services.

Every day at the LOC, we get calls from city officials who believe they are alone in experiencing confusion over municipal law issues. Patty and Jayme are here today to let our members know that they are not alone and that cities throughout Oregon can call the League daily on simple and complicated matters.


Podcast-social-media.jpgEP 19: Cities and Social Media

May 16, 2019

On this episode, we are joined in the studio by Kevin Toon, LOC Communications Director, and Jenna Jones, Intergovernmental Relations Assistant, for a conversation about the benefits and challenges of social media and the role the various platforms play at the LOC and for cities.