03.29.14 Your Saturday Morning Buzz


An Evening with Chris Jordan: Changing Organizational Structure


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Knope of the Week: Dan Englund, Engineering Business Administrator and ELGL Columnist

The Great Debate City Manager vs. Assistant City Manager

Webinar: The End of the Suburbs with Leigh Gallagher

Local Government’s New Normal with Eileen Stein

Growing Up in City Hall: Life as a City Manager’s Child with Mary Van Milligan

Introducing the Southeast Advisory Board

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Transaction Wire

Former Cincinnati City Manager Goes West

Phoenix city manager in line to earn $56,000 more

St. Helena city manager announces retirement

Former Santa Barbara County CEO Chandra Wallar a Finalist for Oxnard City Manager Job

Canton Regroups After City Manager Finalist Withdraws

Billy Peppers Withdraws Name As Canton City Manager Finalist

City manager tops Toronto’s civil servant ‘sunshine list’

Who Will Be Worcester’s Next City Manager?

Phoenix Names A New Assistant City Manager

Overton council to replace city manager


High 5

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1. To Prevent Crime, Walk the Dog on At-Risk Blocks – Last summer, the press began reporting on a new law enforcement tactic, “predictive policing.” A computer program analyzes all crime that occurs in an area and produces a map with boxes drawn around blocks where future crime is most likely.

2. How to Sell Poor, Inner-City Families on a Life in the Suburbs – If you want to help poor families escape poor neighborhoods, paying them to move isn’t always enough. Many studies show that when given the chance, people tend to relocate to similarly disadvantaged, racially segregated areas. 

3. America’s Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities – America’s biggest metros are getting bigger, accounting for a disproportionate share of U.S population growth, according to new population estimates covering the period up to July 2013, released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

4. Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions – An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right? Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.

5. The Cities Where Even 3 Minimum Wage Jobs Won’t Pay the Rent – Inequality has risen across America. Once high-paying middle class jobs have disappeared, as the job market has cleaved into high-wage knowledge and professional jobs and an even larger number of low-pay, low skill service positions. The result of this cleaving has been increasingly unaffordable housing, especially in the high-priced cities supposedly suffering least in the wake of the recession.

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50 Nifty

City to build $3.8M desalination plant to ease shortage – The city will build a reverse osmosis plant to treat brackish groundwater to reduce the amount of water it would buy for residents during the regional water shortage, officials said Friday.

Avoiding debt payment can cost city – Kicking the can down the road on Tucson’s debt can prove costly.

City of Berkeley delays pilot plan to exterminate squirrels at Cesar Chavez Park – The lives of Berkeley squirrels at Cesar Chavez Park have been temporarily spared after Berkeley City Council postponed a pilot plan to trap and abate the ground squirrels near the Berkeley Marina at its Tuesday meeting.

City manager hopes to connect citizens with city – City Hall may delve deeper into the virtual world in hopes of hearing more input from the public.

California Senate Suspends 3 Democratic Law Makers – Suspensions amid criminal charges take away Democrats’ Senate supermajority in nation’s most populous state.

Transport Official Resigns after ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal – Christie acknowledges incident has affected his public standing, but says won’t influence decision on presidential run.

Vancouver’s Housing Boom Could Head South along with Rich Chinese – The nixing of Ottawa’s immigrant visa scheme has led to concerns that wealthy individuals could inflate prices in US.

Salem, MA Power Plant Sparks Electric Debate – Conversion of Massachusetts facility is symbolic in national switch from coal to natural gas.

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Sullivan’s Gulch gets a cleaning – This week as the drizzle of a cloudy spring day came down and the morning commute of freeway traffic roared by, Multnomah County inmates worked to clean up the area known as Sullivan’s Gulch.

As Portland’s largest water users bankroll utility district campaign, opponents question who benefits – The biggest user of water in Portland is also the largest financial backer of a May ballot measure to strip utility rate-setting responsibility from the Portland City Council.

Strike By City Workers Averted with Tentative Contract Deal – The City of Portland has reached a tentative contract deal with 1,600 city workers—again.

The Portland arts tax is due April 15. Have you paid the $35 tax? – Portland mailed out reminder notes this month to the more than 400,000 residents required to pay the annual $35 arts tax.

Why does Siltronic need $2 million worth of water? – Wafer-maker Siltronic Corp. bought 446 million gallons of water from Portland during the last fiscal year, enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool twice a day for almost an entire year.

Portland backs off plan for controversial Gresham Butte emergency radio tower – Portland officials have stepped back from a plan to build a 140-foot emergency radio tower on Gresham Butte, to the relief of many who live within site of the hill rising just south of downtown Gresham..



Cities struggle over pot retailers – City councils in Lane County will be busy next month grappling with whether to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

While Portland is Just Beginning to Talk About the Minimum Wage, Check Out Seattle – there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding the $15 wage activists are pushing. And you also know Seattle’s wading through many of those questions as it takes concrete steps toward raising its own minimum wage (probably to $15).

New Fire Chief Travis Hots being tested by disaster – Fire Chief Travis Hots, the weary face of the response to the deadly Snohomish County mudslide, has led the Arlington rural fire district for only three months. But colleagues say he’s ready.

Seattle preschool levy plan may face union effort on ballot – A union-led coalition wants to make sure the Seattle City Council includes better pay and training for child-care workers in its universal preschool plan.

SeaTac wage law faces test as ex-worker sues parking firm – A former employee is suing Extra Car Airport Parking in what is believed to be the first legal test of the enforcement mechanism under SeaTac’s new pay ordinance.

Sam Romero’s American Dream: A Year in the Life of an Undocumented High Schooler – President Obama made college seem possible for one Portland Immigrant, but higher education takes more than hard work.

52 Applicants Awaiting Word on Everett Retail Marijuana Licenses – The State Liquor Control Board is expected to soon name the successful applicants to open retail marijuana stores in Everett.

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Pure Midwest

City manager: Sioux City shake-up will save money – The city manager of Sioux City says his reorganization and consolidation plan will save the city nearly $191,000 in fiscal 2015.

Chief Keef’s Northfield neighbors upset by shooting, other problems – Chief Keef revved his ATV and vanished around the side of a rented North Shore mansion, leaving clumps of grass strewn upon the circular driveway.

Illinois State income tax a study in expediency – The Illinois income tax, conceived in the 1960s as a Republican-led initiative, has now become a complex problem vexing the Democrats who control the Springfield of today.

Brutal winter should lead to rise in lake levels -Thanks to record ice cover, the Great Lakes have more water than usual — at least temporarily.

Chicago police to try questionnaire in domestic violence cases – Chicago police officers in one Northwest Side district soon will respond to domestic violence calls with a questionnaire for victims to try to determine if the situation could get worse and if so to get them special help.

Gigantic sinkhole opens on Detroit street; 2 vehicles nearly fall in – A yawning, nearly 30-foot-wide and 16-foot-deep sinkhole that could swallow two cars shut down a portion of Linwood Avenue on Detroit’s west side this afternoon. Authorities say it could take up to a week to repair.

Detroit region population grows, census shows – Population in the six counties that make up the Detroit Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 0.05% from 2012 to 2013, with Oakland and Macomb counties seeing the fastest growth.

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South by Southwest

$65 million makeover of Dallas Farmers Market underway – Hailing it as “one of the best ideas” in the city’s history, Mayor Mike Rawlings helped break ground Friday on a $65 million makeover of the Dallas Farmers Market.

Forestar legal battle could test Texas water policies – A lawsuit filed this month over a company’s plans to pump water from rural, water-rich Bastrop and Lee counties to fast-growing Hays County could test the way Texas manages its groundwater, legal experts said.

Rawlings, other mayors back Dallas-Houston bullet train – Three Texas mayors on Thursday threw their support behind a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train that could become the country’s first high-speed commuter rail line.

CAMPO seeks Bastrop County input – Regional transportation priorities to be discussed Tuesday.

North Texas Municipal Water District names new leader – Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commander of the Southwest Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will succeed the retiring Jim Parks as executive director of the North Texas Municipal Water District, district officials announced Friday.

No fooling: DFW Connector managed lanes to open April 1 – The Texas Department of Transportation will open managed toll lanes on Tuesday along the DFW Connector — just in time to handle increased traffic from sports fans flooding the area next weekend.

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The Southeast

Hillsborough mayor sees 30 percent growth this decade – ‘Historic Hillsborough’ could grow 31 percent this decade, but the town remains committed to preserving its small-town character.

After Patrick Cannon’s arrest, city manager says Charlotte isn’t ‘pay to play’ – City and county governments sought to assure the public Thursday that local government is not corrupt and working smoothly, while the Charlotte City Council prepared to name a mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned Wednesday after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

Duke Energy seeks to keep records from regulators – Worried about getting a fair shake from investigators, Duke Energy is asking a judge to shield its records from North Carolina regulators and environmental groups while a federal criminal probe is ongoing.

Raleigh councilmen plan town hall meetings – Two Raleigh City Council members are launching town hall meetings for issues affecting their districts.

Recent scandals at UNC-Chapel Hill boost requests for public records – Public records requests to UNC-Chapel Hill have nearly quadrupled since 2008-09, growing to 354 requests last year that produced 40,000 pages of documents and emails, university officials said Friday.

Guilford County backlog puts federal money at risk – North Carolina is facing the loss of $88 million in federal money if Guilford County cannot clear a large backlog of unprocessed food stamp applications by Monday.

Investors ask Duke’s board to probe ash spill – Nineteen of Duke Energy’s institutional investors, including three state treasurers, want Duke’s board to investigate the Feb. 2 coal ash spill into the Dan River.

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