Today’s Buzz features private profits from public works, the death of Anaheim’s streetcar, and five reasons to not date in December. From ELGL we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2nd day of Hanukkah!

Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Doing: Enjoying my daughter’s first Christmas with our family

What I’m Listening To: Christmas music

What I Want to Know From You: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

We’re Buzzin’

It’s Official: America Has Two Presidents at One Time: What happens when the most powerful country in the world effectively has two presidents at once? Its policy regarding one of the most complex conflicts on the planet collapses into a muddled mess. Transitions of power are always awkward, uncertain moments in the life of a nation and its relations with the world. Richard Nixon’s campaign aides, for example, allegedly interfered with Vietnam War peace talks organized by Lyndon Johnson. But Donald Trump has involved himself in international affairs like no U.S. president-elect in recent memory.

Could Trump’s Tweets Spark a Nuclear Arms Race?: Donald Trump tweeted something controversial today. After Twitter controversies involving Boeing, terror attacks, and former President Bill Clinton, Trump has directed his attention towards the American nuclear arsenal.

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Podcast: A Bottomless Pit of Ideas – LocalGov Podcasting

Nominations for “Best City Hall”??

On the 23rd Day of Festivus, ELGL Gave to….

My Life in Presidential Terms with Rachel Kelly, City of Burlington, NC

Upcoming ELGL Events

Supper Club: Silicon Valley Supper Club Wednesday, January 4, 2017 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

Supper Club: Let’s Eat! A Texas-Sized Supper Club Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m

Webinar: The Art of Negotiation: Advice, Guidance, & Best Practices Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am10:00 am

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Back to the Future: Moving Interstate Again, to the South and West: New data from the Census indicates that population growth and domestic migration patterns have continued to move away from the East and the Midwest to the South and West, at accelerated rates. Equally important, pre-Great Recession interstate mobility rates have been restored. The just released Census Bureau population estimates for the nation, states and the District of Columbia indicate a population increase for the South of 7.7 million between 2010 and 2016. The West gained 4.7 million. By contrast, the Midwest grew 1.1 million, while the East was even lower, at 900,000 (Figure 1).

Local Gov Confidential

Bottom Line Nation: In American Towns, Private Profits From Public Works: Desperate towns have turned to private equity firms to manage their waterworks. The deals bring much-needed upgrades, but can carry hefty price tags.

One woman wanted all the animals at a shelter to find homes. Her offer went viral. A Sacramento real estate agent said she would sponsor the cost of adoptions. Interest has been so high, pets from other nearby shelters are also benefiting.

5 reasons not to date in December: It’s freezing. Your schedule is packed. It’s hard to get off the couch. And these aren’t even the five reasons.

This Land: A Joyful Bustle to Get Ready for Guests: Syrian Refugees: In Lancaster, Pa., where resettlement work dates back decades, volunteers and staff members from the Church World Service prepared a home for a family of new arrivals.

Looking for Concrete Goals in Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan Update: With the plan update process for Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan underway, one writer wonders why the plan is setting firmer goals for increased mode share.

The Anaheim Streetcar Project Is Officially Off the Table: A new City Council has ushered in a new agenda for the city of Anaheim. Not on that agenda is a controversial proposal for a streetcar connecting Disneyland, the city’s convention center, and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.