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

preparedness month.pngPrepared, Not Scared - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Encore


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.

FINAL LOGO LARGE.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 me 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.