04.03.14 Your Morning Buzz


Transaction Wire

Former Zephyrhills city manager applies for county post

Healdton Fires City Manager, Two Police Officers

Bellevue names four city manager finalists

Long to leave Oneonta city manager job on May 30

Hersrud: Belle Fourche should consider city manager

Tamble named as interim Smithville city manager

Port Arthur moving forward with search for new city manager

Sinton council switches interim city managers

Mike Whaley Takes Over as Burk City Manager

Jay Henry steps down from city helm

Manager candidates in Carson City offer range of ideas

Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus still not staying, despite effort by city councilors

Federal Defender Steven Wax, Oregon’s ‘face of public defense,’ stepping down after 31 years

Former Detroit police chief Evans considering bid for Wayne executive



The Rule of 5: How to Succeed in Local Government

The Great Debate: City Manager vs. Assistant City Manager

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

KS: Michael Wilkes, City of Olathe, City Manager

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

High 5


The U.S. Cities Where the Rich Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else – Wealthy Americans live more separate lives in Southern and Midwestern metros like Memphis and Detroit.

Big money’s grip stronger than ever – The Supreme Court decision is yet another blow to post-Watergate reforms.

The tiny scourge of local governments – But Cuomo’s argument about excess local government as a major factor in inflating New Yorkers’ tax bills is overstated, to say the least.

U.S. Reportedly Built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Undermine Castro Government – The “Cuban Twitter” project, called “ZunZuneo,” was publicly launched in 2010; it lasted more than two years, and had tens of thousands of subscribers. The plan was to circumvent Cuba’s internet filters, build an audience and then turn them into dissenters, but the question that now arises is: was the scheme legal?

Twitter Tax Break is Target in San Francisco Income War – San Francisco officials, including Mayor Ed Lee, and Twitter’s Colin Crowell said the company and others that moved into the blighted Mid-Market district might have left the city if not for the payroll-tax exemption.

50 Nifty


In the Lower Ninth Ward, a Fight Over Height – A plan to construct multi-unit buildings 7 stories tall has led to a battle in New Orleans.

Cost of Airbnb lodgings going up in SF, NYC and Portland, Ore.? The cost of Airbnb accommodations in San Francisco, New York and Portland, Ore., seems likely to increase, thanks to new tax collection.

Can These Eerie, Abandoned Grain Silos Help Save Buffalo? In Buffalo, one local businessman has a grand vision for Silo City, a prospective cultural and recreational neighborhood. Will it work–or will it become another story in the city’s long history of failed revitalization projects?



Roberts’s rules of money in politics – The ubiquity of super PACs plays a role in his views on political contribution.

Washingtonians Get to Know Democrat They Picked Over the Mayor – “We’re a wonderful, growing city,” Muriel E. Bowser told reporters one day after she defeated Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the Democratic primary.

Carters Return to Capital, Onstage – Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will attend the opening of “Camp David,” a play that recounts the 13 days that led to the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

For Cuomo, a Pivotal Role in Charter School Push – Seizing on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s missteps, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was a potent force in giving New York City charter schools some of the most sweeping protections in the nation.



21 And Over – Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.

Tacoma Hotel Battle May Foreshadow What Happens with Headquarters Hotel – The legal fate of the long-planned headquarters hotel slated for the Oregon Convention Center is currently in the hands of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Community leaders speak out on tailpipe reduction, say transit is a priority – Ideas for the future of transportation in the Portland region came in quickly last week as community leaders provided feedback on six proposals for Metro’s efforts to curb tailpipe emissions in the Portland region. Those ideas came at two workshops used to gather perspectives on transportation in order to shape the region’s preferred approach for reducing greenhouse gases.

Poll Shows City Looking at $12-a-Home Street Fee to Fund Transportation Bureau – Do you want to pay $12 a month for a new city “street maintenance and safety” fee? 

When The Levee Breaks…Us – Upgrading Portland’s levees could cost $100 million—money no one seems to have.



Oregon’s Millennials At A Crossroads – There is no shortage of research claiming to have unlocked the secret to understanding the millennial generation.

Medford defeats second challenge to its practice of ending health insurance for retirees – Joseph Bova believed the city owed him insurance coverage under a legislative statute that mandates local governments “insofar as and to the extent possible,” make coverage available to the retired employee and his or her spouse until they are eligible for Medicaid.

Chris Hansen says NBA team is ‘inevitable’ in Seattle – Chris Hansen, who donated a Sodo warehouse to the A Plus Youth Program on Wednesday, remains optimistic about bringing an NBA team to Seattle and said he is not interested in being a majority owner of an NHL team.

Clark County backtracks on weapons policy – Clark County commissioners Wednesday reversed a policy that granted county employees the ability to bring concealed weapons to work, if they owned a permit to do so.

Washington Mudslide Was Caused By Rains, Geologist Says – The devastating mudslide in Washington that has claimed at least 29 lives was caused by unusually heavy rainfall, a USGS official said.

Pure Midwest


Examining the body of evidence in Detroit’s bankruptcy trial – Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr stood behind a lectern in a ballroom on the University of Michigan’s campus, telling an attentive crowd how the civic-minded values absorbed here at his alma mater helped lead to a job that, when first offered, he wanted no part of. His initial response wasn’t just no, but an emphatic “Hell no.”

Cedar Rapids unveils remote-control geese chaser – FIDOs were built city parks workers

DOWNTOWN DIRECTIONS – 3 options in play for changing Sioux City one-way streets

In Detroit, New Fundraising Approach Rebuilds a Neighborhood Park – Neighbor’s idea joined crowdfunding platform with municipal program; partners say the innovation is great for other cash-strapped US cities and corporations looking for ways to “give back” to communities.

Police collect, swap data on Michigan residents – Police agencies throughout Michigan are increasingly compiling and sharing even the most mundane information about suspects — and everyday citizens. As budgets tighten, police are joining consortiums to manage records and reports that, in most cases, are public but time consuming to access.

Are some downtown parking rates ‘too low?’ Grand Rapids to study pricing – A few more steps south, in crowded lots across Oakes Street, public parking costs $55 per month. Another block south, across Cherry Street adjacent to Rapid Central Station, the monthly price of public parking is $43 – just $3 more than a 31-day bus pass. That lot’s sold out, too.

South by Southwest


Dallas, Vegas and 4 others make first cut for 2016 GOP convention – At the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, CEO Phillip Jones said he still sees Las Vegas as the city to beat, with Kansas City as the next strongest rival. He said the head of the RNC’s site committee, Enid Mickelsen, told one of his colleagues today that “there is a lot of momentum building for Dallas.”

10 Texas Cities to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck – When it comes to finding the best place to live in Texas, you’ve got to factor in more than just home costs. A cheap place to live with a high crime rate or low income levels isn’t an ideal place to call home.

Is Pot the Next Cash Crop for Farmers in Texas? Agriculture commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman argues that marijuana legalization is the future of Texas. But for farmers in states where growing it is legal, the crop has come with a new set of problems.

Top cop: Ride-sharing services must follow rules— The battle over the ability of ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber to operate in San Antonio reached City Council members Wednesday, as officials heard from dozens of cab drivers who fiercely argued those companies should play by the existing city rules or get out of town.

Like Indiana, Oklahoma Eyes an Exit (Sort of) from Common Core – Oklahoma may join Indiana and become the second state to go back on Common Core. But critics of the state education standards question how much state lawmakers are actually reversing.

East Coast


Durham Bulls’ stadium gets $20 million makeover – Durham Bulls fans will notice changes big and small throughout renovated Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Class AAA affiliate in the International League of the Tampa Bay Rays play in the DBAP, which is in its 20th season of operation.

Raleigh offers to buy Dorothea Dix property for $38 million – In the opening round of negotiations for the 308-acre former psychiatric hospital campus, Raleigh leaders have offered to buy the Dorothea Dix property from the state for $38 million.

Sheraton representative claimed to have influence over ABC board – A representative of the new Sheraton Hotel uptown told the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to sign off on the hotel’s liquor license application despite incomplete paperwork because he knew someone at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission “who would take care of it,” a report said.

Human Resources


04.01.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (April Fools’ Day Remix)

7 Traits That Distinguish Super Successful People From Ordinary Ones – My book Business Brilliant is based on survey research that found seven key principles of work and wealth-building that super-successful people practice but ordinary people avoid.

Why Incentives Don’t Actually Motivate People To Do Better Work – You would think that rewarding people for being good at their jobs would make them better at them.  But social science shows that it doesn’t, for a number of reasons.

The Employer’s Creed – The hiring process deeply affects the kind of people we have in our society. A little healthy bias in decision-making might cultivate deeper, fuller human beings.

3 Reasons You Should Listen to the “Launch Yourself” Podcast Featuring Jessica Williams – Jessica tells the story of launching “Mac’s List” into the online community it is today, and how that launch coincided with the launch of her own personal brand.

Stronger Recovery Alone May Not Help Long-Term Jobless – Even before the latest monthly job figures are released Friday, short-term unemployment has fallen to its prerecession level, but long-term unemployment remains more than twice as high as it was in 2007.

The Social Network

Yankee Meat Brander

Google Plus Just as Popular as Twitter in U.S., Study Says – Google Plus has the same number of U.S. users as Twitter and more opportunity for brands, according to a new survey from Forrester Research.

How Singapore Got Hooked on the Internet of Public Shame – One of the city-state’s biggest websites allows users to upload photos and videos of ‘bad’ behavior.

Microsoft: Yes, We’re Bringing Back the Start Menu – In a surprise announcement, Microsoft said it would bring back the Start Menu to the Windows desktop. It’s not a part of the coming Windows 8.1 Update, but will come in a future upgrade.

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