In today’s buzz: Notre Dame students walk out on Mike Pence, reducing pedestrian accidents in our cities, and an interview with Beckley Common’s first Black female police officer.
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- For Californian local governments, cashing in on marijuana isn’t going to be easy: Monterey County is among the many California cities and counties discovering a hard truth as they angle for a cut of the state’s newly legalized marijuana proceeds: Tax collecting in cannabis country comes with its share of obstacles. And there’s no “how to” guide.
- Notre Dame students walk out on Pence commencement speech: A large group of graduating students walked out during Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday.
- Harvard student submits rap album as final year thesis and passes with honours: An Ivy League student will be graduating with one of the highest accolades after submitting a 10-track rap album for his final thesis, the first to do so in the history of the university. Obasi Shaw wrote the album, titled Liminal Minds in a year. It was awarded the second highest grade in the department – summa cum laude minus.
- #ELGL17: The #21Percent Presentation
- Weekly Update: Job Ads, Tweet Maps, Impacts, #GFOA2017
- 53% of GFOA Members are Women
- Kittelson’s Corner: Luv UGB
- Knope of the Week: Bridget Kozlowski, Amanda Opalewski, and #ELGL17 Planning Team
- Denver Supper Club – May 25, 2017 – 5:45pm – 6:15pm
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: GIS Consortium Services – June 14 @ 10:00 a.m.
- City of Eugene soliciting design ideas for downtown ‘parklets’: The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects is holding a contest to design and build four so-called “parklets.” The city of Eugene is providing $10,000 to help the contest. The money will come from the city’s parking fund.
- Park City becomes 1st Utah city to ban plastic bags: The mountain ski town of Park City recently became the first Utah city to ban plastic bags. The Deseret News reports that the Park City council voted unanimously last week to enact the ban.
- Oregon is sitting on $3.3 billion in bad debt from unpaid taxes, fines and fees: The Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown had high hopes on the Department of Revenue to help with the $1.4 billion revenue shortfall only to find that the agency has a long track record of delivering disappointment.
- Texas lawmakers clear way for Uber, Lyft return to major cities: Texas governor Greg Abbott will sign in the next few days a bill that would shield ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft from bruising battles over fingerprint background checks that led them to leave some of the state’s most important markets. Lawmakers last week approved the legislation known as House Bill 100 that sets up statewide regulations for the companies. It clears the way for Lyft Inc to reenter Houston
- Effort to strip Confederate name from US 1 advances: The effort to rename Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria, Virginia moved forward Friday with the appointment of an advisory group to solicit ideas from the public. Alexandria’s City Council voted unanimously to strip the name of the president of the Confederacy from U.S. 1, Jefferson Davis Highway eight months ago.
- Columbia Council approves Vision Zero plan to reduce traffic deaths: The goal of Vision Zero in Columbia is to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities in traffic crashes to zero by 2030, from its current level of 6.8 deaths per 100,000 people each year, according to a plan for the project.
Local Government Confidential
- Beckley City’s first black female police officer on patrol: Despite the town history of African-American women holding leadership positions, Diggs is the first African-American woman in the history of Beckley to serve on the police department. When she puts on the BPD uniform and badge, she’s not just celebrating the success of reaching a personal career goal.
- City employee arrested for child porn on work computer: One man is in jail after child pornography was found on his city work computer. According to court records, an IT analyst for the City of Austin located a suspicious file in the Health and Human Services “group drive”.
- Ringgold Mayor says city’s charter was changed without council’s knowledge: Ringgold Mayor Nick Millwood says he has found a change that was made to the city’s charter without the city council’s knowledge.