Today’s buzz includes a look a how much management costs the US annually, drones coming to FDNY and county employees dishing out ice cream to their city counterparts. Speaking of ice cream, let’s have some ice cream GIFs before lunch.
Right Now with Matt Yager
What I’m doing: Smiling – both the City of Plano Budget and CIP were adopted 8-0 last night.
What I’m reading: Black metal legend elected to Norwegian town council against his will by Miles Bowe
What I’m watching: Why Seasons Make No Sense
What I’m listening to: Burn On by Randy Newman
What I want to know from you?: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
The salary you must earn to buy a home in 27 metros: How much salary you would need to earn in order to afford the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments on a median-priced home in 27 metro areas. Key takeaways: Only three metro areas were more affordable during the second quarter: Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Mortgage rates fell in every metro on our list. Several metros saw substantial price gains during the second quarter when compared with the first quarter. Notable increases include: Cleveland at 24 percent, Chicago at 18 percent, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati at 17 percent. After a 15 percent increase in the second quarter, the median price of a single-family home in the San Francisco metro is $885,600.
The Internet’s Own Instigator: For the past 25 years or so, Carl Malamud’s lonely mission has been to seize on the internet’s potential for spreading information — public information that people have a right to see, hear, and read. “Heroes for me are ones who take risks in pursuit of something they think is good,” says Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and a frequent collaborator of Malamud’s. “He is in that category.”
Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year: More people are working in big, bureaucratic organizations than ever before. Yet there’s compelling evidence that bureaucracy creates a significant drag on productivity and organizational resilience and innovation. By our reckoning, the cost of excess bureaucracy in the U.S. economy amounts to more than $3 trillion in lost economic output, or about 17% of GDP. Here’s the arithmetic. According to our analysis of occupational data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 23.8 million managers, first-line supervisors, and administrators in the American workforce in 2014. (This figure includes both the public and private sectors but does not include individuals in IT-related functions.) That works out to one manager and administrator for every 4.7 employees. Overall, managers and administrators made up 17.6% of the U.S. workforce and received nearly 30% of total compensation.
- Podcast: Smart Urban Furniture Appliances (aka Soofa) with Ed Krafcik
- County Administrator, Stafford County, VA
- Job Fair! Multnomah County, OR
- Plans Examiner/Building Inspector, Tualatin, OR
- Conference & Networking: League of Women in Government Symposium + Networking – September 24
- Networking: L.P. Cookingham Selfies + Hosted Happy Hour at #ICMA16 – September 25
- Networking: ELGL & ICMA BBQ Mixer – September 25
- Webinar: Local Governments & Local and Regional Food Economies – October 11
- Conference & Networking: #ELGL16 PopUp Conference – October 21
- Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month
- The New York City Fire Department will start using drones: The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) is currently conducting tests of drones that they will soon use as part of their fire-fighting force, according to The New York Times. Officials say that the drones will likely be put to use in the coming weeks, although they did not offer a specific date that they will be deployed. FDNY officials say that the unmanned aircraft will be used to provide images of the nature of the fire and the damage it has done. These pictures will be available to commanders in real time, giving them valuable information that will help them decide how to proceed in fighting the fire on the ground.
- New cultural affairs chief vows to emphasize city’s musical roots: Newly appointed Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly vowed Monday to update Chicago’s cultural plan, bring the arts to more neighborhoods and build upon the city’s historical and too often overlooked musical roots. Kelly called artistry and creativity “as fundamental as the air we breathe” and “how we become more human.” He argued that the arts and culture “define the character of great cities” and that Chicago needs to do a better job emphasizing its musical strengths. “There is something special about Chicago. We are the birthplace of storefront theater, modern architecture, footwork, improv, gospel music, house music, the urban blues and more,” Kelly told the City Council’s Committee on Special Events and Cultural Affairs during his confirmation hearing.
- ACLU to Newark: Stop arresting city’s prostitutes: The New Jersey ACLU is slamming the city’s police department for a sting operation that netted 13 prostitution-related arrests this weekend, arguing that the department is wasting its time targeting “consenting” adults. The arrests, according to a lengthy statement from ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer, “raise concerns yet again about Newark’s embrace of failed and destructive ‘Broken Windows’ policing strategies.” “Using our criminal justice system to harass, arrest and incarcerate consenting adults who agree to exchange sex for money is a poor use of the NPD’s limited resources,” he said. The ACLU has long been critical of the Newark department’s policing tactics. The lobbying group filed the complaint that launched a three-year federal investigation into the department. The resulting Department of Justice report prompted a consent decree calling for sweeping reforms, and an independent monitor overseeing the changes.
- City council approves stormwater utility and “welcoming city” ordinances: Saying he doesn’t appreciate being called a racist, bigot or xenophobe, City Council Ward 2 representative Harlan Wells cast the lone dissenting vote Monday night on the adoption of a resolution in support of becoming a welcoming community for refugees. The other 10 members present voted in favor, while Wells’ fellow Ward 2 representative Jordan Hess was absent. “I’m not against all immigration,” Wells said, adding he’d dated daughters of Chinese and Turkish immigrants before he married his wife. “I do have concerns with the program since we don’t know where every refugee is coming from.”
- Bellevue City Council seeks public input on apartment smoking ordinance: The Bellevue City Council hosted public comment Monday night on a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in some apartment complexes. The ordinance, proposed by council member Dan Preister, would ban smoking in any complexes with three or more units. It would also ban gas grills on balconies or patios. Charcoal grills are already banned. This comes after a Bellevue apartment complex caught fire twice in one week due to careless discarding of smoking materials. The blazes left dozens of residents displaced and over a million dollars in damages.
Former Opa-locka city manager in court following corruption probe: Former Opa-locka city manger David Chiverton appeared back in court, Monday. According to officials, he has been cooperating with federal agents and admitted to being involved in a city hall scandal. Back in March, dozens of FBI agents raided Opa-locka City Hall following a three-year investigation that alleged Chiverton and other officials pocketed thousands of dollars in illegal kickbacks from business owners for building, zoning and code enforcement favors.
County employees serve city employees ice cream after United Way bet: Last year, the city and county managers made a wager for the United Way fundraising campaign. The arrangement was whichever government’s employees got the biggest percentage increase over the previous year’s donation would be served ice cream by the other government’s employees. On Monday, the county government employees ended up having to serve the city government employees ice cream in the courtyard of 1 Water St.
Reno city manager’s resignation comes at cost of $227,000: Reno’s embattled city manager is stepping down, but at a cost of more than $200,000 to taxpayers. KTVN-TV reports that Andrew Clinger, who has been accused of sexual harassment by three women, has agreed to resign and will be gone effective Oct. 9. He will receive six months of severance pay and $30,000 to cover legal fees. In total, the city will pay him more than $227,000. Mayor Hillary Schieve says entering litigation with Clinger could have been costlier in the long run.