Today’s Buzz pays tribute to a classic, timeless, and tasty drink, the Gin Gimlet.  Three simple ingredients combine to form a cocktail appropriate for the cold of winter or a day on the beach.  FWIW I prefer Tanqueray.  Enjoy.

Right Now with Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Watching: Jupiter Ascending

What I’m Doing: Mentally preparing for the summer heat that is coming this week

What I’m Reading:  Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 22

We’re Buzzin’

Family sues Panera over peanut butter on daughter’s sandwich: The parents of a 6-year-old Massachusetts girl with peanut allergies have sued Panera because she became extremely ill after eating a grilled cheese sandwich with peanut butter on it.

RIP Kimbo Slice

‘A steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action’: Dad defends Stanford sex offender: The letter by Brock Turner’s father has drawn outrage, but it apparently helped persuade a judge to sentence the former star swimmer to just six months in jail.

Study: Street Lights Don’t Reduce Crime: Pacific Standard shares news of a study that debunks a long-held assumption of public safety.


ELGL Double Dose at ILCMA and WCMA Summer Conference!

Get Ready! Wining the Local Government Talent Race

SGR Job Searches 06.06.16

Community Technology Manager, Portland OR


50 Nifty

One Way Facebook Might Be Changing the Electorate: We often hear about Facebook’s incredible power over election results—it’s something I’ve reported on frequently this year. This week, we got a sense of just how outsize that power may be.  Tuesday, June 7, is the last day for U.K. citizens to register to vote in the referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union. Last Friday, Facebook began encouraging its users to register to vote in that election by displaying a reminder at the top of their News Feeds.

No Charges Against Family In Gorilla Incident at Cincinnati Zoo: The mother of a young boy who fell into a gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo will not face any charges, Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said at a news conference Monday.  Discussing the May 28 incident, Deters said the boy’s mother “did not act in any way where she presented this child to some harm. She had three other children with her and turned her back.”

Swiss Voters Reject Guaranteed-Income Proposal: Voters took a dim view of a plan that would have mandated a basic monthly income for all of Switzerland’s 8.1 million residents, regardless of employment status.

Beekeepers Feel the Sting Of Stolen Hives: Between December and March, beekeepers send millions of hives to California to pollinate almond trees. Not all of the hives make it back home.  “The number of beehive thefts is increasing,” explains Jay Freeman, a detective with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Kill the Culture of Cool Kale, Food Critic Says: Mimi Sheraton first praised kale in the 1970s as restaurant critic for the New York Times.  Her article might have helped make kale cool today.  Now Sheraton says she hates the vegetable.



Local Gov Confidential

Aldermen move to block anti-Emanuel referendum on airport control: In what’s become an annual pre-election ritual at Chicago City Hall, aldermen allied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday recommended filling the city ballot with three advisory questions, leaving no room for another one that could prove politically embarrassing for the administration

Lake Forest Mulls Marketing Campaign: One local realtor calls Lake Forest a “best kept secret” and some city officials are starting to think keeping it quiet may not be the best idea.  When he presented his opening remarks at City Council’s May 16  meeting at City Hall, Mayor Donald Schoenheider suggested the city is going to take a look at marketing itself as a place to live and work.

St. Louis police secret settlements total $4.7 million: The fatal shooting of a man by a St. Louis police officer in 2011 that resulted in a murder charge last month raised questions of why city prosecutors did not review the case for years.

St. Louis prepares for NGA’s billion-dollar move: Otis Williams said he looked at Charlesetta Taylor and saw someone who could be his mother.  Williams, the head of the city’s economic development agency, was charged with getting Taylor to leave her house of 70 years to make way for the planned $1.75 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters. Taylor, 80, didn’t want to leave.