Today’s Buzz celebrates ESPN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the CrossFit Games this weekend, as well as an Airbnb political movement, how Corpus Christi’s new city manager first learned about her profession and what office Donald Trump Jr. may be pursuing in the near future.

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Right Now with Matt Yager

What I’m reading: Procrastinate Better by Olga Khazan

What I’m listening to: Forever Young by The Band

What I’m watching: Gerry Adams says Brexit could lead to Northern Ireland leaving the UK

What I’m doing: Last minute budget prep

What I want to know from you: How many burpees can you do in a row?


Officials detect THC, marijuana’s active ingredient, in Colorado town’s public water supply: The tests found something fishy in the water. In the small town of Hugo, Colo., the water coursing through public pipes, officials say, has been tainted by THC. THC, as you may know, is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. On Thursday afternoon, authorities notified the town of about 800 people that the water should not be drunk, used to cook with or even to bathe. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment later downgraded the warning — it was safe to shower, brush teeth and do laundry with the tap water. Ingestion remained inadvisable.

Inside Airbnb’s Plan to Build a Grassroots Political Movement: The future of Airbnb’s political strategy rests on the shoulders of men like Peter Kwan. A retired law professor who lives in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, Kwan founded what one Airbnb insider called the “Adam and Eve” of home-sharing clubs, organizing fellow hosts to go door-knocking during political battles and on whitewater rafting trips in the off-season. In the past year, such clubs have become the focus of a political strategy that the $24 billion company is pushing around the world. And on Thursday, the company plans to announce in a new report the progress their team has made so far on the stated goal of establishing such clubs in 100 cities by the end of this year. At mid-year, more than 60 have been established, from Maui to Mexico City, and the company believes they’ll meet their aim.

What I’ve Learned By Hiring More Employees With Disabilities: Everyone deserves a chance to succeed. And by my estimation, no group has been refused that opportunity more than people living with disabilities (PLWD). Sadly, less than one-fifth of this population is employed. Even though I’ve made expanding opportunities for PLWD my life’s work, I nearly denied my first PLWD hire, Andrew, a fair shake. My company sells wine and donates all profits to nonprofits, so we host tastings at grocery and liquor stores. Now one of my top employees, Andrew began his first tasting in 2015 like a pushy car salesman. Within minutes, I was reconsidering my hire, anxiously coaching him between interactions. And something happened that, in hindsight, I should’ve expected: Andrew listened to me, improving his approach with each customer. After all, nobody gets a new job right on the first shot. By tasting’s end, customers were lining up to speak with Andrew. We wound up selling twice our normal volume that day.

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Winning! Clackamas County Wins NACo Achievement Award

Twitter Town Hall: Using Data to Drive Results with What Works Cities

What Would You Do: Scaling Up

ICMA Webinar: Successful Supervision and Leadership


Conference: Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) Conference – August 2 to 4, Denver CO

Event: ELGL & CPBB at the Ballpark – August 3, Denver CO

Supper Club: ELGL Supper Club in San Mateo, CA – August 28

Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month

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  • Miami Parks and Recreation backhoe, trailer stolen from park: Miami Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a backhoe and trailer that were taken from the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department. A surveillance camera caught someone driving off with the heavy equipment from Fern Isle Park near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 11th Street. Police said the theft took place between June 28 and July 5. The backhoe is a 2009 John Deere. The trailer is a 2010 model with the Florida tag XB3953.

  • Dallas Police Department Sees Surge in Applications After Mass Shooting: The Dallas Police Department has seen job applications surge threefold following the mass shooting that killed five officers earlier this month. The department received 467 job applications in the 12 days after the July 7 shooting, Reuters reported on Friday, citing city officials. That number represents a 344% increase from just 136 applications during 12 days in June.

  • Does O.C. local government need more oversight?: A pack of pit bull prosecutors once attacked public corruption in Orange County. They took down scores of politicians – county supervisors who sold their votes, city officials who squeezed money from strawberry farmers, a U.S. congressman who accepted bribes before he hit the big time. Crusaders Cecil Hicks and Mike Capizzi won convictions, guilty pleas, jail sentences – and a curious combination of renown and resentment that, for Capizzi at least, hardened to scorn. Capizzi’s zealous pursuit of fellow Republican powerbrokers for alleged political crimes as Orange County’s elected district attorney earned him jeers of “traitor” and “political grandstander.” After years of bruising court battles, some cases were ultimately dismissed. The Republican establishment turned its back on him, and Capizzi’s quest for higher office came to a screeching halt.

  • East McKeesport fire department severs ties with arson suspect: A volunteer fire company said via social media that it cut ties with Joshua McKelvey after the 18-year-old from East McKeesport was charged with arson. “The officers and members of United Volunteer Fire/Rescue are disgusted and angered to learn of the arrest of our now former probationary member,” a Facebook post from the East McKeesport company says. McKelvey, who the post says was a member of the department for less than two months, was charged Friday with arson and related counts.

  • Justice Dept. sues town that denied zoning approval for a mosque: The Obama administration’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday against a Pennsylvania township that officials say unfairly denied zoning approval to build a mosque. The complaint says Bensalem Township’s decision imposed a “substantial burden” on the right of the Bensalem Masjid to exercise its right to exercise its religious freedom. Justice also said the township “discriminated against the Bensalem Masjid on the basis of religion.”
  • Chance conversation leads Margie Rose to city management: Behind a cashier’s window in accounts receivable, 17-year-old Margie Rose found her mission. It was a chance conversation between transactions by which she one day met the city manager of Inkster, Michigan. “In school there wasn’t a lot of conversation about city managers,” she said. “You always heard about the mayor and the councils, and generally speaking, you think mayors and councils run communities. … I said, ‘So what does a city manager do?’ And he indicated that he ran the city.”

  •  Audit Shows City Of Sacramento Departments Lack Ethnic Diversity: Sacramento is among one of the country’s most diverse cities, but a final audit shows many city departments don’t reflect that. The audit was under scrutiny by the city council on Tuesday, including by Mayor Kevin Johnson, who demanded the problem be fixed. But, how can the city address lack of diversity in its employee population? Mayor Johnson tells us he’s not proud of the numbers and believes the findings give the city an opportunity to create some lasting changes. The audit revealed that in the city’s 17 departments, more than half of the managers are white.
  •  City, county and civic leaders agree to review local government efficiency: Could include restructuring, combining city/county services and/or privatization? Terre Haute and Vigo County government officials and civic leaders today are announcing the formation of a steering committee that will study local government efficiency. The effort is in response to a proposal put forward by local business and civic leaders in April.

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#LocalGov Confidential

Public Works employees called ‘heroes’: Two employees of Manatee County’s Public Works Department are to be honored with “heroism awards” Tuesday by the County Commission. On May 16, while performing road maintenance in the vicinity of 6900 block of 47th Avenue East in Palmetto, Josh Johnson saw 83-year-old Rodney Hadlock mowing his yard too close to a canal. The mower rolled over and threw Hadlock into the ditch. Johnson climbed down the 8-foot embankment, shut off the mower and made certain Hadlock was breathing and stable. He climbed out of the ditch to call 911 and then returned to Hadlock. Johnson’s co-worker, Richard Stanton, also ran to the scene and helped check on Hadlock’s condition.

Donald Trump Jr. won’t rule out running for mayor of NYC: Donald Trump Jr. said Sunday he’ll consider running for mayor of New York after his father is elected president. “I never like to rule anything out. … As my father has always said we always like to keep our options open. If I can do that as a service to our country I’d love to do it,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.” The Post first reported the buzz around Trump Jr. potentially challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017 after he nailed his break-out convention speech last week in Cleveland. Trump Jr., an executive in his father’s business empire, admitted he had a “good time” speaking at the Republican National Convention and would consider public office to “give something back.”

‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner on City Hall Divides a Boston Suburb: In a summer marked by racial tensions, the latest debate has surfaced in a Boston suburb, where residents are divided over the mayor’s refusal to remove a “#BlackLivesMatter” banner that has hung for nearly a year at the town’s city hall.  Tensions rose in the historically blue-collar, majority-white town, Somerville, Mass., this week after Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone denied the police union’s request to replace the sign with another banner, one reading,“All Lives Matter.” “Hanging the banner speaks to all lives,” Mr. Curtatone said of the Black Lives Matter banner in an interview on Friday. In a letter sent to the mayor on Tuesday, Michael McGrath, president of the Somerville Police Employees Association, highlighted the killings of five Dallas police officers by a black veteran who voiced support for the New Black Panther Party and had told the police he was upset about Black Lives Matter.