Please join us on January 7th for a presentation on “Increasing Personal Productivity in Healthy Ways”
by Ursina Teuscher, PhD.
January 7th | 7:30-9:00am
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP
Working toward long-term goals is difficult for everybody, because it requires such extensive efforts in delaying gratification. This talk will present practical guidelines and techniques that help you optimize your personal productivity, based on the most recent neuroscience.
You will first learn about advances in neuro-psychology and get insights into how our brains work. We will then discuss ways to apply this knowledge to your own work situation and let it guide your best practices. In particular, we will talk about prioritizing, realistic and sustainable scheduling, increasing focus and concentration, and about the fine art of taking breaks and recharging.
Ursina Teuscher has earned her doctoral degree (PhD) in psychology and a professional degree (MS) as a career counselor from the University of Freiburg, Switzerland.
As a decision coach/consultant, she helps individuals and organizations think more creatively and systematically about their decisions, and achieve their goals. One of her specialties is working with small business owners on strategic planning and time management. Ursina’s published research, books and teaching over the last decade have focused on cognitive psychology and neuroscience, decision-making, and coaching techniques. She is currently teaching decision-making and career counseling at Portland State University (PSU), Marylhurst University, and at the Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College (CLIMB PCC).
Ursina Teuscher, PhD
Decision Analysis and Coaching
Street Fund Update
Portland Tribune – January 1, 2015
Commissioner Steve Novick hopes he’s hit the sweet spot with his latest nonresidential street fee proposal – a user fee based on estimated gasoline consumption according to income. “Some people want a user fee, some people want a gas tax, and some people want a progressive income tax. This has elements of all three,” Novick said Monday morning after releasing the revision.
The revised proposal may reduce some of the opposition to the last version of the fee, which included a progressive personal income tax as the residential portion. It was opposed by the Portland Business Alliance. However, after seeing the revised proposal, Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the PBA, said her organization might go along with it. “This looks like the kind of plan we can support, however, as we’ve said before, the details matter. We will need to look closely at the details as a next step,” said McDonough. “Overall, we are glad to see this move to a fee-based system. We hope this formula will work so we can all move forward with the important goal of fixing streets. We look forward to working with the Mayor and other members of City Council.”
Not all critics were satisfied, however. “It’s pretty clear that what Commissioner Novick is proposing is another income tax,” says local economist Eric Fruits. “It is hard to tell if what Commissioner Novick is an attempt at diversion or reflects deep desperation. Does he really think he can get three votes with this type of shell game?”
And small business owner Ann Sanderson, founder of the grassroots Stop Portland Street Fee, says the group will still try to refer it to the ballot. Sanderson says the last-minute changes show the fee is not ready for prime time.
Public hearing Jan. 8 – The City Council will hold a public hearing on the revised proposal on Jan 8th, with the final vote scheduled for Jan 14th.
“It seems possible that we could pass a user fee in council that would not require a campaign, which would mean that we could get to work much sooner,” Novick said. Under the revised proposal, tax filers in the lowest fifth of the income distribution would pay $3 a month; filers in the second fifth would pay $5 a month; filers in the middle fifth would pay $7.45 a month; filers in the second-highest fifth would pay $9 a month; and filers in the top fifth would pay $12 a month.
“Gasoline use is one proxy for ‘road use,’ and gasoline use varies somewhat by income level,” Novick says. Although similar to a progressive personal income tax, the revised proposal varies in two significant ways from the most recent nonresidential proposal. First, everyone who files taxes will pay something, compared to the approximately 40 percent of Portlanders who would have been exempt. And second, the top rate is only $12 a month compared to $75 a month.
Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales first proposed the street fee in May. It has been revised numerous times since then in response to public criticisms and to win the support of a majority of the council. The nonresidential portion of the fee is unchanged. It is a sliding scale for businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations based in part on gross revenues and number of employees.
Each portion is intended to raise $23 million a year, for a total of $46 million a year. It would be collected by the city Revenue Bureau, which would incur initial start up and ongoing administrative costs. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has drawn up a list of projects to be funded within the first few years of the fee being approved. Many of the safety improvements are in East Portland, including additional sidewalks and new street crossings.
The revised fee would end after the 2020 tax year, unless renewed by the council. Novick says that if the revised measure fails at the council or the ballot box despite the changes, he will campaign for a progressive personal income tax in 2016. Click here to read more.