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1. 11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals – A UN goal for cities could help organize the national and global effort to ensure that cities—the principal organizing units of the economy and our central agents of innovation and prosperity— achieve their fullest potential in the coming decades.
2. When Does a Cycling Boom Go Wrong? – Santiago offers a cautionary tale for modern cities that fail to anticipate increased demand for safe cycling space.
3. How Mississippi Businesses Are Fighting a New LGBT Discrimination Law – Back in February, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to “exercise their religious beliefs” by discriminating against LGBT people. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, however, proudly put his signature on a similar piece of legislation earlier this month. It will go into effect July 1.
4. Will Bill de Blasio Actually Ban New York’s Famous Carriage Horses – During last year’s New York mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio was very clear about his position on carriage horses in Central Park: He thought the animals were working under unhealthy conditions and he wanted them sent out to pasture.
High Springs City Manager Defends Charges for Police Department – Many residents of high springs have shown their frustration, or support over the city’s handling of its now-former police chief, Steve Holley. The High Springs city manager says he is now looking forward to hiring a new, more experienced police chief.
City Manager updates City Council on budget deficit – City Manager Steve Pinkerton gave a presentation to the Davis City Council to update the community about the City of Davis’ current financial predicament and the plans that are being made to alleviate the budget problems.
Price William capital improvements plan includes 20 new schools – In the next 10 years, Prince William County school officials plan to build 20 schools, complete an extensive renovation at one school and build additions to 11 schools.
Harbor panel to discuss improvements – City officials will meet next week to discuss a proposal to spend about $1 million on improvements to the city’s aging harbor, including new lighting, a new patrol boat and security upgrades.
Bond to cover South Portland sewer, stormwater projects – A proposed $3.5 million capital bond in South Portland would cover the costs of further sewer and stormwater separation projects, along with streetscape improvements along the Main Street-Route 1 corridor, according to City Manager Jim Gailey.
Portland will flush 38 million gallons of water – Portland administrators will flush 38 million gallons of water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 after a 19-year-old man urinated in the city’s drinking supply.
Suspect booked in shooting of Portland officer – A man accused of shooting a Portland police officer and his canine partner has been released from the hospital.
Job growth continues as similar occupations are recruited across state – The hiring spree Oregon employers are on has spread out from the Portland area to the smaller metropolitan areas such as Bend, Medford and Salem.
Odd noise has some Olympia residents humming – Some Olympia residents are baffled by a mysterious humming sound that not everyone can hear.
Prop 1: Isn’t there a better way to fund transit? – Voters are being asked for a third time since 2000 to increase sales taxes to fund King County Metro Transit
Tacoma has bigger issues than it’s form of government – Tacoma must step up and deal with issues critical to its future. Changing our form of government isn’t one of them.
Artist Housing on Olympia City Council Agenda – Released last month, the ArtSpace survey gauged interest for affordable apartments where artists can live and work in downtown Olympia. The ArtSpace Alliance will present its findings to the council at Tuesday’s session and will discuss the city’s possible role in helping the project come to fruition.
Louisville councilwoman airs concern about city manager performance – Thwarted in her attempt to discuss the matter behind closed doors, City Councilwoman Ashley Stolzmann on Tuesday night publicly criticized City Manager Malcolm Fleming, saying he needs to improve on his communication, oversight and follow-through in operating the town.
Kansas ranks high on business tax climate – Kansas is a good state for you if you want to start a business or enjoy smoking cigarettes, but not so good if you spend a lot on groceries, national tax rankings suggest.
Subsidies give street performers something to sing about – The new Community & Street Performer Program is subsidized by the city’s hotel and motel bed-tax revenue. As part of Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s push for more arts funding, the Columbus City Council in March gave $5.1 million to the arts council — almost $500,000 more than the previous year.
Township to ask for public safety millage renewal – Holland Township trustees will ask voters to renew a millage to pay for Ottawa County Sheriff’s patrols and emergency medical services
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Phoenix weighs plan to prevent blighted golf courses – As Phoenix golf courses struggle and even close, the second scenario is becoming an increasingly likely possibility for many golf-course residents. Last month, a Phoenix subcommittee unanimously approved an ordinance that it hopes will prevent closed private golf courses from becoming sources of blight.
Phoenix budget plans aren’t facing hard reality – Phoenix’s budget — out of whack by nearly $38 million — has not recovered from the turmoil of the Great Recession, as many had expected.
New Mexico needs job growth ideas – Prompted by a large decline in federal spending, New Mexicans are now engaged in a healthy and useful dialogue about how best to diversify our economy.
Coral Gables names interim city manager ahead of search – The Coral Gables City Commission named Carmen Olazabal as interim city manager at a special meeting Wednesday.
Brookhaven – City manager gets thousands in consulting fees – Brookhaven’s city manager received “tens of thousands” in consulting fees that weren’t approved by the city council, the Brookhaven Post reports.
Tybee City Manager to stay – Tybee Island City Manager Diane Schleicher is no longer in the running for the top job in St. Marys.
New Joplin city manager may be at least another six months away – Several new members of Joplin’s city council say a priority on their list is hiring a new city manager. But the process might not be as quick as some residents would like.