Today’s Buzz looks at how it feels to finish what you start – along with why you shouldn’t just Google automatically, how young Chicago residents view their police department and how the Zika virus changed going back to school in Miami this year.
Right Now w/ Matt Yager
What I’m Reading: For Those Keeping Score, American Women Dominated in Rio by Jere Longman
What I’m Watching: Classic Tom and Jerry
What I’m Listening to: In The Meantime by Spacehog
What I’m Doing: Registering for #ELGL16 in DFW
Some Rich Colleges Aren’t Sharing With the Locals: Free art walks and lectures aren’t cutting it anymore. With U.S. university endowments at record values, the public’s enchantment with the small perks that tax-exempt private schools provide to their hometowns has faded. Two dozen New Jersey residents grew so frustrated that earlier this year they joined a lawsuit challenging Princeton University’s property-tax exemption, with one plaintiff calling the state’s only Ivy League school a “hedge fund that conducts classes.”
Why Millennials Don’t Like Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton: Millennials voted for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders in the primaries. But they got Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton instead as their candidates. To be sure, voters overall aren’t happy with our choices for president. Polls show that 37% of registered voters have strongly unfavorable views of Clinton, and more than 50% have strongly unfavorable views of Trump. But the difference is Millennials, as a group, didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton. Millennials gave Clinton less than 30% of their votes in key primaries and nearly precipitated her defeat nationwide. Trump won 20%-30% of millennial voters in key GOP primaries, generally behind both Cruz and Rubio. Young voters have already delivered both candidates an unambiguous rebuke.
- #ELGL16 Pop Up Conference Agendas
Supper Club: ELGL Supper Club in San Mateo, CA – August 28
Conference & Networking: League of Women in Government Symposium + Networking – September 24
Networking: ELGL & ICMA BBQ Mixer – September 25
Webinar:Local Governments & Local and Regional Food Economies – October 11
Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month
Conference & Networking: #ELGL16 PopUp Conference – October 21
- Residents push back against zoning in Jackson County: An effort to develop zoning rules in Jackson County is getting substantial push back from the community People in the area have been weighing in for several months now on whether zoning would be beneficial. Results of a small survey show many people oppose it, causing some county leaders to rethink the idea altogether.
Health Department Moving To Fill New Positions: The Hawaii Department of Health was fortunate to be able to hire 10 emergency positions at the height of the recent dengue fever outbreak to address the immediate needs in our community. Essentially, this provided an interim, rapid-response solution while we developed a longer-term strategy to protect the state against mosquito-borne illnesses. The department has retained these emergency positions to continue their vector control work as we rebuild our Vector Control program.
Freeholders split over $40M courthouse project: A controversial study exploring the office space and facilities needs of Ocean County government over the next few decades calls for a $40 million new courthouse complex in downtown Toms River, among other new construction elsewhere. The all-Republican Board of Freeholders is divided over whether and when to fund such building projects and will not act until there is unanimous consent on the governing body.
Hartford Fire Department Looking to Raise Staffing Levels, Accepting Applications: The Hartford city government may have no new money to spend, but it’s a priority to raise the staffing level in the fire department. Last Tuesday the city started accepting applications for new firefighters to fill current openings and more to come. Right now Hartford’s fire department has 58 vacancies and counting. Firefighters have been on duty for longer shifts than normal to cover the gaps, gaps officials want filled as soon as possible. But there are specific requirements.
- Monroe officials discuss animal hoarding ordinance after 92 cats seized: Monroe city officials are talking about updating or replacing existing ordinances regulating the number of pets residents can own in response to an incident where 92 cats, dead and alive, were found in a 78-year-old woman’s home last week. “It would be bad enough as an isolated incident,” Monroe Police Chief Fred Kelley said. But Kelley said Delores Marti had been cited twice before in recent years for having dozens of cats in two previous homes.
- How Chicago Youth View Police, From School to the Streets: How youth experience this contact and surveillance in schools and in the streets is the subject of Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice, a new book by Carla Shedd, an assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies at Columbia University, whose work focuses, on crime, criminal justice, race, and social inequality. In Unequal City, Shedd argues that the students most critical of police contact are often not necessarily those who receive the worst of it; rather, the most critical are those who get to see just how racially differentiated this contact can be. Shedd attributes this divergence in perception to the experiences certain students have when given the opportunity to cross neighborhood lines and attend schools with more integrated student populations.
- More than 20,000 gallons of raw sewage released into Baltimore waterways over weekend: More than 20,000 gallons of untreated wastewater poured into Baltimore’s waterways this weekend due to leaks and rainwater flooding the sewer system, the Department of Public Works said Monday. Sunday’s rain flooded the city’s sewer system late in the evening, and an engineered structure at Charles and Lanvale streets released more than 10,000 gallons of raw waste into the Jones Falls in Baltimore to prevent backups, public works spokesman Jeffrey Raymond said. Raymond called the sewage spill a “brief episode as a result of water infiltrating these old sewer lines.
- N.Y. parks department a model for multi-system green roofs: In 2007, the Five Borough Technical Services Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation installed its first green roof system atop its headquarters on Randall’s Island. Nine years later, the green roof is one of the largest in New York City and the planet’s largest multi-system green-roof, covering 35,000 square feet, reports community resiliency organization 100 Resilient Cities. The Five Borough green roof comprises 30 distinct growing systems. It’s the only roof of its kind with different plant systems side by side.
Miami Schools Take Steps To Protect Returning Students From Zika: Students returned to school on Monday in Miami amid a new concern: the threat of Zika. Nine schools in Miami-Dade County are in or near a zone where nearly a month ago health officials confirmed that mosquitoes are spreading the virus. One of them, Jose de Diego Middle School, is in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, an area known for its restaurants, cafes and street art. It’s also home to middle-class and low-income families, many newly arrived from Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti. Over the weekend, school officials distributed cans of mosquito repellent to parents and made long-sleeved shirts and pants available to students. For the past month, the county has conducted intensive spraying and outreach. While health officials are optimistic about their efforts to control mosquitoes in this neighborhood, on Friday they said that Zika has now spread to another neighborhood several miles away, on Miami Beach.
Why America needs a new agenda for cities: We all know the stories of crumbling roads, failing bridges and broadband access that lags behind our international peers. The last few decades have been hard on our urban centers but Americans are falling in love with cities again. Cities all over the country are experiencing major influxes of new residents. In fact, today, over 63 percent of the nation’s population lives in a city. That number is even higher — 70 percent — in the Midwest, where the city I lead is located. Despite this, an agenda to revitalize and restore the infrastructure of our cities has been shockingly absent from our presidential political discourse. That is, until recently.
Feral hogs are in Dallas City Council’s crosshairs: Dallas officials want to take another shot at containing the city’s feral hog problem. Some even want the hogs shot — literally. Park and Recreation officials said Monday during a City Council Quality of Life Committee briefing that they simply want to see their corral trapping pilot program applied citywide. They believe their trapping program is efficient, humane and safe — legally and practically. But several council members toyed with the idea of charging hunters a fee to kill the pigs. How such a program would work is unclear and potentially dicey.