What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of someone trying to save their pet? Usually you’re going to click through to see a cute cat or dog that needs a new home. Not today ladies and gentlemen. This morning you’re going to meet Rambo, the house trained alligator. You’ll also have the opportunity to watch a guy run through multiple stop signs, and get a peek at City Design cards from the creators of Cards Against Humanity.

Right Now With Emily Morrison (LinkedIn, Twitter)

  • What I’m Reading – Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
  • What I’m Doing – Working on a Severe Weather Week social media campaign.
  • What I want to know from you – What’s the strangest pet you’ve ever had?

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We’re Buzzin’

A Florida woman is fighting to keep Rambo, her trained pet alligator. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife it is now big enough it needs 2.5 acres of land, but the woman claims even if she had the land he wouldn’t use it because he has a sun sensitivity. Because of course he does.

Illegal acts posted to social media can be prosecuted. A video posted to Facebook is generating talk around the question if you break the law and no one is watching, does it still count? Amazingly enough, if you post a video of yourself running through four stop signs the police might look into it.

Looking for a Kickstart: City Design Method Cards. The same team that created Cards Against Urbanity is back with an eagerly anticipated new engagement product called City Design Method Cards. Video here.


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Upcoming ELGL Events



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50 Nifty

Baltimore Approves Bikeshare System (E-Bikes Included) The newly approved Charm City bikeshare system has a leg up on the competition: 200 of the system’s 500 bikes will come with electric pedaling assistance.

Bill to stop handicapped parking abuses passed. The Iowa Senate passed a bill Wednesday aimed at preventing abuses of handicapped parking spaces.

Virginia county goes back to voting basics with paper ballots.

Pennsylvania county streamlines fleet management. Enterprise centralized the management of the fleet and created a platform to track the maintenance of vehicles so that service reminders could be issued to departments. The company also replaced the older vehicles and implemented a plan to cycle the leased vehicles after four years.

San Francisco’s Gigabit Master Plan: A Sign of the Times. The diversity in recent municipal broadband projects history indicate a trend of innovation. No longer content to wait for private industry, cities large and small are building the kinds of networks and partnerships that serve the persistent demand for connectivity.

Have U.S. Cities Reached ‘Peak Millennial’? The demographic case for preparing now for the next urban population decline, even in growing cities.

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Local Gov Confidential

Voters Unseat Prosecutors Criticized For Laquan McDonald And Tamir Rice Probes. Voters unseated the top prosecutors in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Cook County, Ill., in Democratic primary races on Tuesday. Both have been under fire for their handling of fatal shootings by police.

Why Else Do Subways Shut Down? A 24-hour shutdown of the entire Metrorail system in Washington, D.C.,flooded city streets with cabs, cyclists, and a couple of rogue rollerbladers Wednesday morning as Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority workers worked to perform emergency safety checks on hundreds of power cables throughout the rail network.