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07.02.2014 Buzzin’

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Although the US Men’s team came up short goalie Tim Howard played a historic game, completing 16 saves. This led to the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave and it was awesome.

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The ELGL Vision: Connect. Communicate. Educate

07.01.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (SCOTUSBlog Remix)

Sustainability Chat with Portland Mayor Hales and Indianapolis Mayor Ballard

The Newsroom with Shawn Patrick Floss

Presentation: Social Media in Local Government

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Coming Soon…

YouTube on a Budget - July 10

Webinar: Bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City - July 17

Micronetworking: Working with Architects - July 23

Webinar: Smart Cities – July 31

Sustainability Chat with Mayor Charlie Hales & Mayor Greg Ballard – July 31

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Transaction Wire

Kettering names new assistant city manager

Hudson City Council set to appoint new city manager from Rhode Island

City of Rio Dell selects new city manager

City Exec Jim Armstrong to Retire

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High 5

The U.S. Is Heading Over the Transit Cliff - The Department of Transportation plans emergency procedures to save the Highway Trust Fund, which will go bust in August if Congress doesn’t take action.

Cincinnati housing program step closer to shutdown - Middletown Public Housing Authority voted Tuesday night to dissolve the agency amid accusations that it tried to kick tenants out of the program and hassled its largest landlords to reduce the number of Section 8 housing units available.

This Really Might Be the Nicest Bike-Share System in the United States - A Twin Cities-based service based on Minnesota values is embraced by an unexpectedly robust marketplace.

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus - Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps - The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

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50 Nifty

San Bernardino council criticizes city manager’s absence from key vote - Some City Council members are calling for a review of City Manager Allen Parker after he and the finance director were absent during the city’s final budget hearing, leaving them to pass the cuts-filled spending plan with some questions unanswered.

Stockton council to address city’s charter proposal for ballot -  After a year of discussion, much of it contentious, the final step toward placing proposed revisions to Stockton’s charter on the November ballot will come before the City Council at a special meeting tonight.

Antioch City Council Sends Landlord Tax to Ballot - At their June 24 meeting the Antioch City Council voted to place a measure on the November 24 ballot that would update the existing business license tax ordinance to include a residential landlord business license tax.

Powers takes over mayor’s seat in Bristol, Tennessee - West District Representative Lea Powers earned the nomination of outgoing Mayor Michelle Dolan and the votes of her City Council peers during reorganization Tuesday night, becoming the new mayor and the third woman city executive in the city’s history..

Galt City Council receives report on future growth - Possible high school annexation and new housing developments could be included in the upcoming Liberty Ranch Specific Plan discussed briefly at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The other plans refer to the city’s northwest, downtown revitalization and historic areas.

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Portlandia

Tax rates drop slightly as Metro heads into new fiscal year - The 2014-15 budget, passed by the Metro Council this month, shows signs of economic recovery. “This is the first year in three or four years where we haven’t been in a reduction mode,” said Metro budget coordinator Kathy Rutkowski.

Portland crosswalks: How to walk through downtown without being stopped by a ‘don’t walk’ signal - The city’s short 200-foot blocks and vehicle signal timing create what traffic engineers call “a happy coincidence,” allowing pedestrians to move from block to block to block without being stopped once by a pesky “don’t walk” hand or countdown.

Mayor Charlie Hales hosts transportation funding 101 meeting for potential opponents - Mayor Charlie Hales and the Portland Business Alliance hosted a two-hour meeting Monday morning that served as a deep dive into the city’s transportation spending for a small group of industry lobbyists who are most likely to oppose a street fee and refer the issue to voters.

Oregon, Washington gas prices hit six-year high heading into July 4 weekend - Violence in oil-rich Iraq and unregulated market speculators have created the most expensive gas prices for 4th of July holiday drivers since 2008, the AAA auto club said Tuesday.

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Cascadia 

Council narrows list to five for city manager - The Astoria City Council has narrowed down its list of 54 city manager applicants to five, with two alternates.

Yakima City Council accidentally undoes road restoration fee ordinance - An errant vote at Tuesday night’s Yakima City Council meeting threatened to undo nearly half a year of negotiations on road restoration fees.

City of Walla Walla to return excess police bond money to taxpayers - The city will return more than $480,000 to property taxpayers in 2015 due to excess funds from the 2009 voter-approved police station bond, according to an announcement from the city’s Finance Department.

City of Coos Bay to discuss library smoking ban, pot dispensary moratorium - There are a couple of hot-button issues on the Coos Bay City Council agenda for Tuesday night. The council will hear from the public about a potential smoking ban around the Coos Bay Public Library, while also getting new information from staff on the medical marijuana dispensary moratorium.

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Pure Midwest

City Council approves management change for Downtown hotels - Gary Matthews appears to have acknowledged a mistake. The Peoria City Council has given him a chance to rectify it.

New city property maintenance code now in effect - A new code targeted at giving “teeth” to the city’s property maintenance rules took effect Tuesday in Topeka.

Michigan has a love/hate relationship with fireworks - Donald Johnson has one word for the state law passed in 2011 that made consumer fireworks easier to get and discharge the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday. Stupid.

City: Downtown bars need to do more to control crowds - Green Bay bar owners and managers say they’ve been working to better control rowdy patrons after several recent high-profile incidents downtown. 

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South by Southwest

New Fort Worth city manager settles in - The city’s new top executive spent his first week in Fort Worth getting familiar with the area, taking his family to Six Flags Over Texas and the Fort Worth Zoo.

Alice picks city manager with experience in Ft. Stockton, Alpine - Alice’s City Council unanimously approved hiring a city manager after more than seven months with the finance director also taking the helm as interim.

In lawsuit, ex-Donna city manager claims council members cut bills for friends - Donna city leaders ordered their ex-city manager to waive city fees for friends and fired him after he notified authorities, according to claims in a lawsuit brought under the Texas Whistleblower Act this month.

Victoria public pool closed for the season - Just two weeks after the Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool opened, city officials are pulling the plug on the summer swimming season.

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SE ELGL

Charlotte event commemorates 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act - Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter opened a Tuesday night commemoration of the July 2, 1964, signing of the Civil Rights Act by asking audience members to dedicate themselves to “an even brighter future.”

Cartersville, GA council approves emergency water, sewer rate ordinance - Cartersville water and sewer rate increases scheduled to take effect July 1 are now officially part of their respective ordinances, as approved by the city council Tuesday night.

Funds designated for Waterfront Park - At its June 24 meeting, the Seminole City Council voted unanimously to expend $250,000 in Capital Improvement Project and undesignated reserve funds for the grading, drainage and general improvement of the site that will become Waterfront Park.

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