03.27.14 Your Morning Buzz

Your #TBT Favorite Sleepover Movie Edition

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  1. Mayor Cannon resigns after corruption arrest Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to become mayor of North Carolina’s largest city, was charged Wednesday by federal authorities. They said he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes – including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor’s office in a meeting where he solicited $1 million more.
  2. Is Your City’s Street Grid Really a Grid? In a new set of data visualizations, Seth Kadish from Portland, Oregon, compares the street grids of two dozen urban centers across the U.S. and Europe.
  3. Tigard Ballot Measure 34-210 has officially passed; city will now oppose high-capacity transit Ballot Measure 34-210 has officially passed, according to election returns released Wednesday by Washington County.
  4. The Most and Least Healthy Counties in the U.S. I’ve written before about how moving from West Virginia to Connecticut is like moving from Mauritius to Belgium, as far as life expectancy goes.
  5. A Cleveland Anthem I heard a while back that Cleveland’s new marketing slogan was going to be “This Is Cleveland.” I was not exactly inspired by this (“Hello, Cleveland!”?). But Matt Wootton sent me this first video in the campaign, and I’d have to say it’s a step in the right direction.

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Mayor Quits in Charlotte After Arrest Over Bribes The mayor of Charlotte, N.C., resigned on Wednesday after he was arrested on public corruption charges, as federal law enforcement officials alleged that he accepted a trip to Las Vegas, use of a luxury apartment and more than $48,000 in cash in exchange for helping smooth out municipal obstacles for undercover agents posing as investors.

Secret Service misconduct: 6 questions A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at a Dutch hotel has been recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands.

Population and Housing Unit Estimates The Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces estimates of the population for the United States, its states, counties, cities, and towns, as well as for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its municipios. Demographic components of population change (births, deaths, and migration) are produced at the national, state, and county levels of geography. Additionally, housing unit estimates are produced for the nation, states, and counties.

Citi Bike Manager Resigns Justin Ginsburgh Steps Down Amid Increasing Pressure to Raise Funds

6Portlandia

Oregon City gets tougher on medical marijuana dispensaries, plans moratorium in addition to ban The city already prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries. Now Oregon City plans a temporary moratorium, an option recently approved by the Legislature.

State Marine Board to consider moving “dead line” for boats closer to Willamette Falls A public meeting on the proposals will be held 7 p.m. April 16 at Clackamas Community College’s McLoughlin Auditorium, 196000 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.

Sherwood YMCA fires back at city review’s labeling of agreement as ‘poorly written’ The leader of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette criticized a report released last week that called the operating agreement between the City of Sherwood and its local YMCA “poorly written” and recommended that the city re-negotiate.

TriMet says crime down on buses, trains by more than 25 percent The numbers were presented to the board by Harry Saporta, TriMet’s executive director of safety and security. The report wasn’t final and won’t be so until late April. But early indications are that reported crimes dropped by 27 percent on the rail system (MAX and WES) and 24 percent on the bus system.

TriMet awards $14.3 million contract for e-fare system TriMet awarded a $14.3 million contract Wednesday to a company based in Germany, Innovations in Transportation Inc., to design equipment for its $30 million e-fare system targeted to launch in 2017.

5Cascadia

Sherwood Mayor Bill Middleton: ‘I hold nothing against the chamber of commerce’ Sherwood Mayor Bill Middleton called me a few hours after I posted yesterday’s story about his opposition to outside vendors at the annual Crusin’ Sherwood Classic and Custom Car Show.

Feds let Cover Oregon extend health insurance enrollment until April 30 Oregonians have another 30 days to get health insurance through the Cover Oregon health exchange.

Washington mudslide: 24 dead, but number of missing drops to 90 The number of missing had been fluctuating; at one point reaching as high as 220; but authorities were able to verify that 140 people reported missing had been located, Pennington said. That left 90 people missing, plus 35 others who may or may not have been in the area at the time of the slide.

3Pure Midwest

Which cities have suffered the most movie-related destruction?  Check out this cool map (ELGL loves maps).

Rahm Emanuel: Given a choice, Americans want cities over burbs The Chicago Mayor on his city’s revitalization — and changing preferences when it comes to where people want to live.

Emanuel: Small businesses should get break from a plastic bag Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he backs some form of a ban on plastic bags but indicated the devil will be in the details.

How These Simple Chalk Infographics On The Sidewalk Created A Neighborhood When stats about the people who lived in this British city started appearing in public, it drew a divided community together.

Cities Consider Taxing Commuters to Drive Up Revenue Taxes on commuters (and reverse commuters) represent a largely untapped source of revenue that cities may begin to target more aggressively — particularly if they’re struggling. View data showing the cities with the most outside workers and reverse commuters.

Odd Wisconsin: Bicycles, not cars, spawned first good roads Our original state constitution required local governments to maintain their roads. Town boards made residents pay cash or supply labor for an annual road maintenance project.

2South by Southwest

City of Dallas receives IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant; The grant will help create a comprehensive public safety database Some of IBM’s most talented experts will soon be helping the City of Dallas create a comprehensive database to address public safety, blight and urban decline. Dallas is one of 16 cities worldwide to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant, which contributes the expertise of IBM professionals to help cities address top strategic challenges. The City’s Communication and Information Services department submitted the grant application and is spearheading the initiative.

Troup receives high ranking Troup has been named as one of only eleven cities in the State of Texas to receive the Texas Comptroller’s highest recognition for financial transparency, its Platinum Leadership Circle Award. In addition to the eleven cities, the Platinum designation was awarded to twenty five other governmental agencies, including Smith County.

You know you grew up in Texas if …If you grew up in Texas, you probably think the experience was one of a kind.

9The Southeast

South Carolina Inland Port The South Carolina Inland Port opened in October 2013, extending the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland to Greer, S.C., and providing shippers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive. The inland port boosts efficiency for international freight movements between the Port of Charleston and companies located across the Southeast, and the project is expected to create additional economic investment in the South Carolina Upstate, where BMW, Michelin and other international manufacturers already operate

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