05.10.2014

In honor of Mother’s Day we have: The 19 Most Awkward Mom Photos Of All Time

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What does Parks and Rec do all day? with Justin Cutler and Ken Warner – May 13

Southwest ELGL Forum: Tom Muehlenbeck on Lessons Learned – May 15

Engaging Your Community with MindMixer – May 21

Midwest ELGL Evening Buzz – May 22 

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#Trending on ELGL

Knopes of the Week: Toby LaFrance, City of Tigard and Casey Camors, City of Milwaukie

ELGL to Host AC Gonzalez, Dallas City Manager

Sister Act: Local Media with the Woolingtons

Finance Documents as Communications Tools Presentation

2014 ELGL Resume Book – Deadline Extended Until May 12

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Transaction Wire

Diamondhead accepting applications for city manager position

Virginia Beach hires new deputy city manager

Lincoln Park council splits on 3 city manager candidates

Newton Falls City Manager candidate for Sandusky job

City issues survey for manager search

Commission to start fact-finding mission on city manager

St. Marys gets its new city manager

City commission names new city manager of Goodland

Freetown administrator leaving post June 30

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High 5

1. City of DuBois to establish Bill of Rights for residents – DuBois City Council at its work session yesterday approved the first reading of Council Bill 1892 establishing a Bill of Rights, which recognizes and secures the civil and political rights of residents.

2. Margate to offer same-sex couples city health benefits – Margate will now offer same-sex couples the same employee benefits as heterosexual couples who are married.

3. Menlo Park will pay a consultant $126,886 to study proposed citizen initiative to limit downtown offices – Menlo Park has hired a consultant for $126,886 to study the potential outcomes of a citizens’ initiative that seeks to limit the amount of offices built downtown, according to a memo by City Manager Alex McIntyre’s office.

4. The Women of New York’s City Hall – With Manhattan still cloaked in early-morning darkness, New York City’s new sanitation commissioner stepped into a semicircle of 40 men holding brooms and dustpans as they finished roll call and prepared to clean the streets of the Village.

5. Council member wants city to stop placing homeless in ‘nuisance’ motel – The Mosley Motel is known around town as much for its less-than-stellar reputation as for its familiar slogan, “Where class meets economy.”

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50 Nifty

SLO criticized over poor investment return rates – The city of San Luis Obispo is earning less than $300,000 annually in return on its $90 million investment portfolio. Even so, several city staffers are battling to leave the assets in highly liquid low rate of return investments.

Pasadena Public Health Director’s contract prohibits outside work – Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh might have violated his employment contract by earning a salary from two outside jobs.

Pekin City Council to consider Front Street traffic study – The Pekin City Council on Monday will consider an engineering and traffic study of Front Street to ease congestion on one of Pekin’s heaviest truck traffic routes.

Mayor: Hikes vital to making needed improvements – Mayor Mike McElroy’s annual State of the City address started with an uncomfortable truth.

Property owners say city code stymies sales – There are more than 50 residential properties and apartment complexes north of Main Street that may be severely affected by a revised city code, real estate agent Robert Gerace says.

Arena deal completed, heads to City Council for historic vote – After years of frustration and false starts, Sacramento city officials completed a definitive agreement Friday evening to replace aging Sleep Train Arena with a new sports and entertainment palace for the Kings.

City looking for new team to use home ice – With the Fighting Falcons heading to Pennsylvania, McMorran Place and city officials are looking for a new hockey team to occupy the main arena next season.

Barstow City Council approves agreement with developer – An 801,000-square-foot shopping center that may feature as many as 40 to 50 retail tenants would create a stir in any community — especially a community like Barstow that is starving for jobs and more retail options.

EPA may be asked to lend some help with Conneaut compost site – City officials want to meet with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the future of Conneaut’s compost site, City Manager Tim Eggleston said Friday.

Cincinnati to find out how much is left in budget next week – It’s pins and needles time in some quarters of Cincinnati government this weekend due to the new budget surfacing early next week.

City Council to look at transportation options to curb drinking, driving – Next week the Austin City Council will look at more ways people who have drinking and driving can get home safely. Councilmember Chris Riley is sponsoring three resolutions all related to the issue.

 

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Portlandia

Gun Owner Sues Portland Police Alleging Illegal Entry – A Portland man filed suit Friday against the Portland Police Bureau after officers entered his home without a warrant.

Metropolitan Learning Center controversy fallout fuels soul-searching among parents – Conversations about race and leadership bubbled over Friday as parents arrived to retrieve children from a scheduled early dismissal at MLC, a full week after Portland Superintendent Carole Smith sent home a now-famous letter to families.

Multnomah County Chair’s race: Jim Francesconi, Deborah Kafoury debate before City Club – Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury set the tone for Friday’s City Club of Portland debate with a sense of urgency with just 11 days left in the Multnomah County chair’s race.

Metropolitan Learning Center controversy reflects administrators’ ‘incredible lack of understanding’ about school’s roots – Oregon Rep. Lew Frederick was not surprised when he read the Portland Public Schools investigation into tensions at the Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland.

 

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Cascadia

Florence, OR City manager resigns – Florence City Manager Jacque Betz tendered her resignation Tuesday evening in a letter to the mayor and city councilors. Her last day working in Florence will be June 6.

Proposal for amphitheater at Lakewood park attracts few fans – Traffic, parking, noise and a loss of passive recreation. Those are just some of the concerns expressed by people who don’t want an amphitheater built at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

Eatonville farmer ordered not to sell raw goat milk at street markets – Jeremy Foust wants to sell raw goat milk he produces at his farm in Eatonville at local farmers markets.

Washington and Idaho bike commute statistics – The number of Americans who travel to work by bike grew about 60 percent over the past decade, the U.S. Census Bureau said this week.

 

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Pure Midwest

Columbiana mayor accused of cutting city manager out – Mayor Bryan Blakeman was accused this week of “circumventing” the city manager when a representative from the governor’s office contacted him requesting a meet-and-greet in the city last month.

City of Bloomington hires communications manager – A city employee has been named the city’s first communications manager, a position that recently garnered controversy but has been included in two city budgets.

Meet the new Vinton City Administrator Chris A Ward – Meet the new City Administrator Chris Ward who will begin his duties Monday, May 12.

Stubenville, OH Few hear of charter proposals – Only a handful of city residents attended a Thursday evening session of the Charter Review Commission to politely discuss and, at times, debate proposed changes to the document.

Council members want to know more about change in hotel management – Before the City Council decides whether to OK a change in the management of the Marriott Pere Marquette and Courtyard by Marriott in Downtown Peoria, its members have some questions.

Hazel Park struggles to balance city’s budget – From new millage to cutting expenditures in almost every department to looking for new revenue opportunities, the city of Hazel Park and its residents are debating everything to balance the city’s budget.

 

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South by Southwest

Dallas attorney, city manager still reviewing Love Field gates Friday night – Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez and the city’s attorney were still working on the details of the gate leases at Dallas Love Field Friday night, according to the city’s official Twitter account.

Saturday’s City of Paris election: A referendum on Hashmi’s leadership? – Four Paris City Council places are up for election on Saturday in what could serve as a referendum on Dr. AJ Hashmi’s 3-year tenure as mayor.

Dallas auditor says city still failing to implement recommended changes – Dallas city management continues to fail to make a majority of changes recommended by its auditor. That includes reforms tied to financial controls, compliance with laws and efficient service delivery.

Auditor says City Hall staff ignores too many of his recommendations to fix things – The city of Dallas’ management staff fails to implement most changes its auditor recommends, including reforms tied to financial controls, compliance with laws and efficient delivery of services.

 

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The Southeast

Retired Chatham County manager says farewell – With a proclamation that declared Friday as Russ Abolt Day in Chatham County, the retiring county manager was sent off with praise after 26 years of service.

Ultimately, raises are in voters’ hands – After the recent City Council meeting, we all need to thank Mike Duman for trying to lead when his colleagues on council buried their heads in the sand, as directed by our very highly paid city manager. It is gratifying that we now have at least one — maybe two, or maybe even three — councilmen who are thinking and leading.

Marco Island police Chief Don Hunter resigning, plans to launch security firm – After nearly three years heading the Marco Island Police Department, Chief Don Hunter turned in his resignation Friday, saying he intends to start a private security protection company in Collier County.

Durham Council to OK Google ‘network hut’ agreement – City Council members appear likely to support an agreement with Google that would enable the California company to place four or five equipment huts on city property to serve a potential gigabit-speed Internet system.

 

 

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