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.

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Latest Episodes

Inside the Cap_alt LOGO.pngInside the Capitol - Week of February 17, 2020

February 21, 2020

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, Ariel Nelson.

cropped-USCM-Digital-Logo-1080px-w-Padding-d80000.pngEP 35: Oregon Mayors attend the US Mayors Conference

February 20, 2020

In our latest City Focus podcast, hear the story of how two mayors – Beaverton’s Denny Doyle and Sandy’s Stan Pulliam – traveled to Washington D.C. to join forces with mayors across the country and effectively advocate for their cities at the federal level on key infrastructure issues.

Inside the Cap_alt LOGO.pngInside the Capitol - Week of February 10, 2020

February 14, 2020

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, Tracy Rutten.

Inside the Cap_alt LOGO.pngInside the Capitol - Week of February 3, 2020

February 7, 2020

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, Mark Gharst.

Podcast -Cathy Clark - libsyn.jpgEP 34: Profiles in Leadership - Mayor Cathy Clark

February 6, 2020

In our latest episode, Keizer Mayor Cathy Clarks sits down for a personal conversation about her local government journey, receiving the James C. Richards award for leadership, and what she sees on the horizon for the city of Keizer.

10_27_17_464576790_aab_560x292.jpgEP 33: 2020 Legislative Session - Crystal Ball

January 23, 2020

In this episode, LOC Legislative Director Jim McCauley breaks out his crystal ball for a look ahead at what cities can expect from the 2020 short session.

1280px-Oregon_gubernatorial_elections.svg.pngEP 32: Elected Demographics - Who are Oregon's mayors & councilors?

January 9, 2020

In our latest, we take a look at the results of our 2018 survey of 384 responses from individuals who have chosen to represent their cities as Mayors and Councilors.

telecom-company-franchises.jpegEP 31: Franchise Fees - Steady or in Decline?

December 19, 2019

Charges for the use of a city’s right of way take many forms and are often dependent on a city’s size, location, and history.  In general, larger cities and those in the Metro region tend to have the most complex franchise agreements, as well as the most unique sources of franchise revenue.  Universally, however, franchises represent an essential revenue source for all Oregon cities. In this episode of City Focus LOC IGR Director Jim McCauley joins Paul Aljets from Aljets Consulting for a discussion on utility franchise agreements.

data.jpgEP 30: Data - Why it's Integral to Cities' Decision-Making Process

December 5, 2019

In this episode of City Focus LOC Executive Director Mike Cully joins Paul Aljets from Aljets Consulting for a discussion on City Financial Data from CAFRs (or Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports) as well as the upcoming Census in 2020. Mike and Paul breakdown the numbers and drill down into some specific data points to get to the story behind the numbers. 

DC Trip group photo.jpgEP 29: LOC Footprint in D.C. Expands

November 21, 2019

For three days in late October, LOC staff accompanied and supported board members in Washington, D.C as they advocated for city priorities at the federal level. These issues included: comprehensive infrastructure investment, FAST Act reauthorization, affordable housing, and broadband investment and policy. LOC Legislative Director Jim McCauley and Legislative Analyst Jenna Jones were among the team that visited our nation’s capital and they give us a review and some highlights of this very fruitful trip.

employment-law.jpgEP 28: Harassment, Equal Employment, and Other Laws that Matter to You, the Elected Official

November 7, 2019

On this episode, we are joined in the studio by Katie Kammer, Pre-loss attorney and host of Kammersations the Podcast for CIS, for a fascinating conversation about the laws that protect employees against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Katie is an engaging speaker on this topic and our conversation focuses on encouraging elected officials to think about what is appropriate versus inappropriate in the workplace. We look at what the current laws are and also what is expected in the modern workplace.   

Podcast-preparedness.jpgPrepared, Not Scared - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Encore

September 19, 2019

In honor of National Preparedness Month, we are rereleasing Episode 16 of City Focus, featuring Emergency Manager for the City of Salem, Greg Walsh and Salem CERT Senior Trainer and Logistics Officer, Terry Pickett.

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.

We discuss how the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains volunteers to assist communities when a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response.

Podcast-Better-angels.jpgEP 27: Political Polarization: It’s a Trend we Must Reverse

September 5, 2019

On this episode of City Focus, Cynthia O’Brien from the Portland chapter of Better Angels joins us for a great conversation about the organization and what attendees can expect from the Better Angels closing keynote presentation from John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O’Connor on Saturday at our annual conference in Bend.

Podcast-SDCs.jpgEP 26: Breaking Down the Data: Making Sense of LOC’s SDC Survey Results

August 22, 2019

LOC recently administered a study on Systems Development Charges, or SDCs, and found striking differences in city SDC implementation.  On this episode, Paul Aljets, from Aljets Consulting, and Erin Doyle, former LOC Lobbyist, talk about the survey and they breakdown the results for us in a relatable and useful way that will help to make sense of the data and how it can be used to help cities. 

Podcast-TravelOregon.jpgEP 25: Tourism in Oregon

August 8, 2019

On this episode, I’m joined in the studio by Angie Onyewuchi, CEO of Travel Salem for a fascinating conversation about tourism in Oregon. Angie is passionate about Oregon and our conversation focuses on how tourism drives economic impact in communities across the state. She shares examples of emerging trends in Oregon’s tourism industry and how Oregon cities benefit yet also face unique challenges with increased travel to our state.  

Podcast-Conf.jpgEP 24: 94th LOC Annual Conference Preview

July 26, 2019

On this episode, Kevin Toon, LOC Communications Director and Lisa Trevino, Project Coordinator give you a preview of what to expect at the 94th Annual LOC Conference. We have an exciting line up of speakers this year, interesting tours and plenty of opportunities to network with your fellow LOC members.  

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.