Today’s Buzz features ancient mastodons, bike shares, and Donald Trump’s behavior with women behind closed doors. If that’s depressing then hopefully these adorable animals will cheer you up!


Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m reading: HRC by Jonathan Allen

What I’m doing: Admiring my drowsy newborn

What I want to know from you: Red, White, or Blue?


We’re Buzzin’

A tech boom takes root in Guadalajara. Is Mexico the next Silicon Valley? On the fringes of the country’s violent drug wars, tech giants and start-ups alike are building an innovation industry, complete with a vibe that feels much like Northern California.

U.S. intelligence warns Venezuela is on the verge of collapse: With dire shortages of basic goods, a looming foreign debt payment, horrific street crime and intransigent political divisions, Venezuela is in danger of collapsing into waves of deadly violence, U.S. intelligence officials warned Friday.



Podcast: Talking Finance with Marc Gonzales, Incoming GFOA President

Let’s Eat (Again): Supper Club Returns

Who Are You? with Joey Garcia, City of Torrance, CA

Part II: Seoul Solution



Webinar: PlaceSpeak & Local Governments – Engaging Legitimately Online -May 19, 2016

Conference: GOVERNING Magazine: Texas Leadership Forum – May 19, 2016

Webinar: Bang the Table: Community Engagement With Matt Crozier – May 25, 2016

Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: Trello – June 16, 2016

Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month



50 Nifty

Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private: Interviews reveal unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambition, and unsettling workplace conduct over decades.

‘Take it off! This is America!’: Man yanks hijab off fellow passenger: The man from North Carolina objected to the head scarf a Muslim woman several rows in front of him was wearing. He pleaded guilty to obstructing her right to exercise her religious beliefs.

Ben Sasse under fire: Sen. Ben Sasse’s outspoken rejection of Donald Trump is roiling Nebraska Republican politics, and the discord is threatening to boil over at the state’s GOP convention Saturday.

Humans and Mastodons Coexisted in Florida, New Evidence Shows: The discovery of an unmistakable human artifact proves that humans colonized northern Florida by 14,550 years ago.

South America’s Powerful Women Are Embattled. Is Gender a Factor? Analysts say the collective decline of several current and former female leaders in South America points to a persistence of macho attitudes in the region.


Local Gov Confidential

Nation’s Newest Bike Share Perhaps the Smallest:What better day to launch a new bike share program than on Bike-to-Work Day? in the Bay Area, that day was May 12. The City of San Mateo launched Bay Bikes, with 50 bicycles at 11 stations. Now the region has two programs, the other being regional.

Michigan tops nation in shrinking middle class, study shows: The middle class in the United States has been shrinking since 1999, and nowhere is the trend more evident than Michigan, according to a study released this week by the Pew Research Center.

Seattle ranks near top for people from all over the map: More than nearly any other big city, Seattle lures residents from all over the map, ranking third in the U.S. for geographic diversity.

Tacoma’s Stadium District rising as multiple projects move forward: In 2018, when tenants begin moving in to a brand-new apartment building soon to rise in Tacoma’s Stadium District, they’ll find a substantially different neighborhood than the one that exists now.