Today’s Buzz remembers a lost form of transportation, the dirigible.  Time was, architects envisioned docking stations at every major building of height in a city.  Now we treat them as nothing more than fancy photography devices.  Bring back the airship!  PS Happy Birthday to me, such as it is.  

Right Now with Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Doing: Prepping for Independance Day (4th of July not the movie!)

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones: The Winds of Winter

What I’m Reading: The City of Oak Creek, Wisconsin City Administrator Recruitment Brochure

We’re Buzzin’

Brexit is a reminder some things shouldn’t be decided by referendum: The process looks like pure democracy but can make legislating much harder, casting policies as constitutional changes that are tough to dislodge.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions In Texas: The justices ruled 5-3 that a Texas law setting requirements for clinics that provide abortions — a law that was expected to cause many clinics to close — was unconstitutional.

No Motor(ized) Bikes: Tour De France Unveils New Plan To Catch Cheats: “This problem is worse than doping,” French Secretary of State for Sports Thierry Braillard tells a newspaper.


Data Download: Measures to Meaning – Part 3

Introducing the ELGL Supper Club Hosts

Fun Facts about Trending Now! Finalists

Weekly Update – 06.26.16



June 30 – New (Fiscal) Year’s Eve Party at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, Portland OR

July 12 to 15 – OCCMA Summer Conference at Mt. Bachelor Village Resort, Bend

July 13 to 15 – NCLGBA Summer Conference at Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach NC

50 Nifty

Nothing Says ‘Hip’ Like Ancient Wheat: Many consumers in North America and Europe are willing to pay a premium for nutritious, organic grains. That makes the market ripe for a revival of millennia-old bread wheat, some plant breeders say.

Elizabeth Warren Campaigns With Hillary Clinton, Goes After Donald Trump: In their first appearance together of the 2016 campaign, the progressive hero and Massachusetts senator enthusiastically endorsed the presumptive nominee.

Supreme Court Throws Out Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Conviction: McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption. The high court, however, ruled the government used too-broad an interpretation of the federal bribery law.

California’s Deadly Wildfires: The fire that began last week in Kern County, California, has destroyed more than 150 homes, burned almost 50,000 acres, and killed two people.  About 2,00 firefighters are battling the blaze, known as the Erskine Fire, which was 40 percent contained by Monday. The fire is burning in the mountains around Lake Isabella, 150 miles north of Los Angeles. Hundreds of people in several communities have evacuated their homes. Many have had to stay in evacuation centers since shortly after the fire began on Thursday.

The Politicians Who Stayed Quiet on the Supreme Court’s Corruption Ruling: The U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of major decisions on Monday: one striking down a Texas law restricting access to abortion, and another vacating the conviction on federal corruption charges of the former governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell.  Less than an hour after the justices announced their abortion ruling, reactions flooded in from political leaders of all stripes—President Obama, Hillary Clinton, governors, dozens of members of Congress in both parties, even local councilmen and women weighed in on what was considered the Court’s biggest decision on reproductive rights in a quarter century.  And after the McDonnell ruling? Crickets.

The 2016 Race: Exit Polls, and Why the Primary Was Not Stolen From Bernie Sanders: It’s true that he did better in exit polls than in actual elections. But the problem was the flaws in those polls, not a conspiracy.

AstraZeneca Pushes to Protect Crestor From Generic Competition: The drug maker is trying to get its popular anticholesterol pill approved to treat children who have a rare disease characterized by high cholesterol.

Local Gov Confidential

The Grid helps Chicago navigate the city’s streets—and its history: Edward Brennan’s system of street naming and numbering makes the city’s present and past comprehensible. The Grid is Chicago’s circulatory system: the residential and commercial streets, secondary arterials, grand boulevards, and teeming expressways, the gangways and alleys. It is the system of street naming and numbering that makes Chicago comprehensible and easily navigated.…

Lake Michigan water diversion foe: alternatives exist: Later this month, Governors of the Great Lakes states will decide on a proposed Lake Michigan water diversion. Environmentalists and other opponents say the community of Waukesha has options that are being dismissed.

Researchers look to the sky to peer underwater: Sunken ships leave sediment trails that can be tracked by satellite. The new method of locating shipwrecks could improve Great Lakes maritime research.

Illinois police sue town, claiming body cameras record nonstop: Ten suburban Chicago police officers are suing the town, claiming the body cameras they wore never turned off and recorded them using the restroom and changing clothes.

Happy Birthday Forest Park – 140 years old and still a delight: The park was dedicated during a day-long ceremony on June 24, 1876.

Businessman, former St. Charles County GOP leader admits disability fraud: Businessman and former party leader falsely claimed to be disabled, prosecutors said.

What do Lake Bluff Residents Want for Block 3?: Before it began accepting proposals for downtown development, Lake Bluff’s administration conducted a survey and invited residents to talk to officials about what they wanted for their central business district. Despite the advance planning, the village has received mixed emotions from residents about first one and then a second proposal for Block 3.  The latest Block 3 plan to build a three-story, 16-unit condominium on the south side of the block bounded by Scranton, North, Oak and Evanston avenues is drawing passionate responses with varying opinions over the word transition.