Today’s Buzz features a look at the future of car sharing, the impact noise pollution has on public health, and Fidel Castro’s legacy on Florida and US politics. In honor of the official beginning of the Christmas season here is a magical looking Harry Potter-themed Christmas Tree.


Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Doing: Unpacking from a quick family trip

What I’m Reading: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow


We’re Buzzin’

Declaring Addiction a Health Crisis Could Change Criminal Justice: For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. surgeon general has declared substance abuse a public-health crisis. “It’s time to change how we view addiction,” Vivek Murthy said in a statement last week, which was accompanied by a lengthy report on the issue. “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion. The way we address this crisis is a test for America.” Murthy’s statement is a major victory for those advocates who have long hoped addiction would be viewed through a physical- and mental-health lens. But this new approach—if it were to become widespread—could also profoundly impact the criminal-justice system, where addicts often end up.

Clinton Campaign Says It Will Participate In Recount Efforts: The Clinton camp also said it is “fully aware” that the outcome of the election is unlikely to change.


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Upcoming ELGL Events

Technology Efficiency Series: CRMs December 1, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am PST

Luncheon: Welcome to Oregon Luncheon for Ann Ober  December 7, 2016 12:00 am – 1:00 pm PST

Meetup: Seahawks, Packers, and ELGL December 10, 2016 5:00 pm

Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships Part II CPBB to co-present with leading public-private local government provider SafeBuilt Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST


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Officials to Close Standing Rock Protest Campsite Officials say the decision to close the site was made in the interest of public safety. Protesters will be allowed in a “free speech zone.”

Three Malheur refuge occupiers claim to be on terrorist watchlist; evidence suggests it’s true: The defendants say they’ve gotten pulled aside before every flight they’ve taken since the occupation, which is what happens to people on the list.

Half a Million Children Are Trapped in Syria, United Nations Says: A report by Unicef said the children were among hundreds of thousands of people in besieged areas who were cut off from humanitarian aid and basic services.

Talks to Heal Catholic Rift in China Gain Momentum Under Francis: The pope’s apparent determination to bring the “underground” church out of the shadows has caused some to worry that he might give too much away to the hard-line president, Xi Jinping.


Local Gov Confidential

Following Setbacks for Car2Go, What’s the Future of Carsharing? Car2Go has pulled out of several cities recently, making even carsharing’s most ardent believers wonder if the business model is built to last.

Fidel Castro’s Legacy Hangs Over Florida And U.S. Politics: Though Fidel Castro, the communist revolutionary who died Friday at age 90, hadn’t served as Cuba’s leader for nearly a decade, his presence never dissipated from the island’s politically charged air. Nor had he vanished from U.S. foreign policy or the minds of Cuban-American voters in South Florida, though the political leanings of that group have shifted in recent years.

Mumbai Cuts Noise Pollution to Improve Health: Traffic police in Mumbai have launched a campaign to cut down on unnecessary honking by motorists in the city of Mumbai

Airbnb Drops Lawsuit with the State of New York: The frontline of the ongoing battle between Airbnb and government regulators shifts from Albany to New York City.

Denver Tackling its Troubling Public Health Disparities: A distance of two miles can mean the difference of living more than ten years longer in the city of Denver. The city and its residents are gathering resources to improve public health outcomes in all the city’s neighborhoods.

The San Francisco Bay Area Voted for a Sustainable, Inclusive Future: We can’t simply rely on the federal government to solve the San Francisco Bay Area’s challenges. Time and time again, we have turned to local do-it-yourself solutions. This year, voters rolled up their sleeves and took matters into their own hands.