In today’s buzz, no news about Trump because I’m spending the weekend living in an alternate reality. This buzz is brought to you by pictures of the Northern Californian coast, up near the border of Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Come visit.
What I’m Listening to – sassy R&B
What I’m Reading – coffee table books
What I’m Watching – whales and waves
What I’m Doing – straight chiiiiiiiiilllllllin’
- Google’s April Fools’ prank is a pet project, fur real: Now your cats and dogs can get their paws on the internet with Google’s new “I’m Feeling Woof” and “I’m Feeling Meow.”
- Chance the Rapper Announces $2.2 Million in New Funding for Chicago Public Schools: In his new speech, Chance revealed that he has raised $2.2 million for CPS since the first press conference. Among those who donated are the Chicago Bulls (who matched Chance’s $1 million), Scooter Braun (manager of Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and others), and Hannibal Buress.
- Twitter Drops Its Egg, The Unintended Avatar Of Harassment: Since 2010, the default avatar on Twitter has been an egg. The idea apparently was that a new user was like a gestating bird, soon to make its first tweet. It was designed to be playful and cute. But over time, Twitter’s eggs came to symbolize something different: users who remain shadowy on purpose, to harass their fellow tweeters.
- Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year: The world’s spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all 7 billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tons of meat and fish each year.
- Let’s Get Digital!
- Kittelson’s Corner: S-Town & Kendrick Lamar
- Institutional Knowledge with Daniel Jones, Part 2
- 4/2/17: Laugh, Think, and Cry
- #ELGL17: What’s Going On with Aaron Stahly, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Purchasing – April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- Supper Club: SoCal – April 5 6:00 – 8:00 pm
- Twitter Book Club: The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerilla Government – April 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am
- What should Maryland look like in 20 years?: What should the state’s lead smart-growth agency be doing and, even broader, what is the state of smart growth in Maryland?
- How 5 Chief Resilience Officers Are Preparing For The Next 50 Years: From Oakland, California, to Semarang, Indonesia, these chief resilience officers are fighting to make their cities stronger—whether through flood planning or cybersecurity.
- April is ‘Information Technology Month’ in Illinois, Governor Proclaims: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared that April is Information Technology Month as part of a larger effort to bring attention to the state’s efforts and build its professional workforce.
- National Noise Map Charts American’s Aural Misery: New figures from the Department of Transportation show 98 percent of Americans are exposed to around 50 decibels worth of road- or aviation-related screeching, the audible equivalent of a refrigerator hum. But life is less pleasant for approximately 19 million people exposed to the transportation-equivalent sound of a garbage disposal, around 80 decibels or more.
- Virginia Beach: Still Hating on Anything That’s Not a Car: Last year, city officials told transit-loving Millennials to hit the road. Now police are reinforcing a bike ban in a downtown district.
- Forty percent of the Bay Area wants to leave, says new poll: On Thursday, the Bay Area Council (a business-sponsored public policy advocacy organization) released the results of a late January phone poll asking 1,000 Bay Area voters whether they want to stick around. The results: 40 percent said they are “considering leaving the Bay Area in the next few years,” with the trend particularly pronounced among those hit hardest by housing costs. Of those spending between 45 and 55 percent of their income on housing, 49 percent are in the mood for a change of scenery.
- How U.S. Bike Planning Has Changed, State by State: “There’s an insatiable appetite in Boston and other cities for better bicycle facilities,” Sutton says. “People will switch modes and move to bicycling if there are safe and accessible facilities.”
- Mayor Murray unveils updated Pedestrian Master Plan, investments improving safety in Seattle neighborhoods: The updated Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) directs $22 million for 50 blocks of new sidewalk improvements in 2017. The PMP focuses these investments by prioritizing sidewalks that provide safer access to schools and transit options.
- How Boston plans to save $1 million by watching its power bill: With the help of a bill verification service and a simple new analytics dashboard, the Boston Environment Department is beginning to change how the city consumes energy.
- A Plan That Tackles Climate Change and Racial Discrimination: Portland, Ore., is one of the nation’s first cities to fully consider how environmental policies impact minority communities.
Local Government Confidential
- ELGL members unite! Sara Ott has been selected as the new Aspen, Colorado assistant city manager. “Sara stood out for her strong background in local government leadership and her impressive research of Aspen and insightful understanding of our community,” City Manager Steve Barwick said in a press release. She also met with many of our senior level managers and received positive feedback from those interactions.” An article note from the article, “She will be moving with her husband and two small children into city employee housing in Water Place.” Fun Fact: Michelle Holder also works in Aspen. Michelle is the Management Analyst & Citizens Academy Coordinator.