Today’s Buzz is dedicated to #MillennialMayors. With 30-somethings throwing their fitted caps into the ring for Mayor in Atlanta and Birmingham, AL, we’ll highlight some #MillenialMayors that are now seasoned politicians.  They are bound to do better than Ben Wyatt aka “Ice Clown”!

Ice Clown P&R

Right Now w/ Carmen Mays

What I’m Reading: The Loneliness of the Black Republican by Leah Wright Rigueur

What I’m Watching: The Get Down on Netflix

What I’m Listening to:  The Read Podcast

What I’m Doing: Registering for #ELGL16 in RDU

Mayor Myrick
Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY


Another hopeful joins crowded Atlanta mayoral race: A former executive director of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency is running for mayor. Michael Sterling entered the 2017 race to succeed term-limited Mayor Kasim Reed Tuesday with an announcement.

Next Portland bridge won’t allow cars, either: For the second time in a row, a new Portland bridge won’t carry any private motor vehicles. The Flanders Cross over I-405 is designed for pedestrians and bicyclists.

How letting grad students unionize could change the labor movement and college sports:  Graduate students at private colleges who work as teaching or research assistants have the right to form unions and bargain collectively, the National Labor Relations Board decided Tuesday. The decision, which which narrowly deals with the question of whether United Auto Workers could unionize Columbia graduate students, applies to graduate students at all private colleges and universities.

Alex Morse
Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke, MA


Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, CA


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


Jeremy Yamaguchi
Jeremy Yamaguchi, Mayor of Placentia, CA

50 Nifty

  • Great Lakes Waters Take A Savage Toll Of Swimmers:  High winds and dangerous rip currents make swimming in the Great Lakes unpredictable, and sometimes deadly.
  • Powerful earthquake rocks Italy, killing at least 38:  Rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors buried under rubble in isolated towns and villages across central Italy after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck the region, collapsing homes and rattling buildings as far away as Rome and Venice.
  • Louisiana Residents Stunned By Flood Losses:  The emergency food stamp process is only on surnames from A to D. Rachel Moriarty must try to hold out. Al McGee is grateful for his son-in-law’s clean-up labor: “It’s meant the world to me.”
  • 3 Advantages of Beta Testing City Websites:  For years there has been the belief that cities have to unveil new websites in the same fashion they present their plazas or parks: in one swift reveal. From the start, every amenity has to be ready, each piece of content added and the design — with the exception of minor garnishments — should be set and final.
  • Developing Countries Require More Urban Planning Capacity to Meet Growing Needs:  How can the Global South implement the New Urban Agenda with colonial-era curricula and little investment in training? Zambia offers a new model.
  • It Looks Like the Soda Tax Paid Off in Berkeley:  Consumption of sugary drinks has slid by 21 percent in Berkeley since a one-cent-per-ounce tariff was imposed on sweetened beverages, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.
  • Minneapolis Grapples with Food Truck Regulations:  Downtown property owners are clashing with food truck operators over where the latter should park their businesses.  As mobile merchants, food trucks encounter practical and regulatory questions that neither other vehicles nor other vendors contend with. Now Minneapolis is trying to balance the needs of food trucks and property owners in its Downtown area.
  • Study: Bad Arterials Poison Good Residential Streets:  It’s something we feel intuitively: poorly-designed arterial roads make for less comfortable neighborhoods. That remains the case even if the adjoining residential streets are quiet and safe.
  • Where School District Borders Are Invisible Fences:  A few blocks away from Bernita Bradley’s house, the Detroit Public School district ends and the Grosse Pointe Public School System begins. The border is invisible, but with a 12-year-old daughter enrolled in  DPS, the reminders for Bradley are impossible to ignore.
  • Looking to Add More Trees? Mind the ‘Sidewalk Gray Zone’:  A case study provided by the MillionTreesNYC program offers insight into complicated territorial boundaries that can challenge urban greening projects.

CAChiara Appendino, Mayor of Turin, Italy

LocalGov Confidential

Critiquing the Implementation of Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan:  Ryan Packer writes a review of the current status of the Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) adopted by the city of Seattle in 2009, “to determine how to approach the issue of maintaining, improving, and expanding the pedestrian network…” According to Packer, the key takeaway offered by the plan is a statement of prioritization: which pedestrian improvements get done first.

The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee:  Earlier this year, at the encouragement of President Obama, the Department of Labor finalized the most significant update to the federal rules on overtime in decades. The new rules will more than double the salary threshold for guaranteed overtime pay, from about $23,000 to $47,476. Once the rules go into effect this December, millions of employees who make less than that will be guaranteed overtime pay under the law when they work more than 40 hours a week.

Geographies of Inequality:  There’s little argument that inequality, and the depressed prospects for the middle class, will be a dominant issue in this year’s election, and beyond. Yet the class divide is not monolithic in its nature, causes, or geography. To paraphrase George Orwell’s Animal Farm, some places are more unequal than others.