09.19.2016

09.19.2016

Today’s buzz has beach-front property popping up in Atlanta, thousand dollar lemonade stands, street design and well… nothing.

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What I’m reading: 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health 

What I’m listening to: The Nothing Song by Chicane

What I’m doing: Nothing. What you are you doing?

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Debunking the Cul-de-Sac: The design of America’s suburbs has actually made our streets more dangerous

Ambitious projects could create ‘beach-front property’ for Atlanta: On Sept. 7, Buckhead business leaders got their first look at new designs for a proposed half-mile long park over Georgia 400 that would give a district known for glass high-rises and sprawling luxury malls much-needed open spaces. In August, Central Atlanta Progress said it is studying how to cap the Downtown Connector. The idea, called “The Stitch,” would build a three-fourth-mile platform over Interstates 75 and 85 from the Civic Center MARTA station to Piedmont Avenue. Both proposals could cost hundreds of millions of dollars and remain unfunded. Each would be costly and likely require public and private dollars for funding. “The Stitch” puts its price tag at $300 million. The park over Georgia 400 would cost at least $190 million. But they reflect how urban land has become extremely valuable in this economic cycle to real estate companies and institutional capital — part of a wave of urbanization sweeping across the country’s largest cities.

Where Polls And Demographics Disagree: Sure, there hasn’t been a ton of surprising results in recent polls. Hillary Clinton remains the favorite in the presidential race with a 69 percent of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight’s polls-only model, and a 68 percent chance according to polls-plus. Still, the RABA Research poll in Iowa showing Donald Trump up by 1 percentage point and the Public Policy Polling survey in Nevada showing Clinton up by just 3 points are intriguing. These polls follow other surveys in these states showing a close race. Based on the demographics and previous voting patterns in Iowa and Nevada, they “should” be better states for Clinton.

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  • Chicago police to expand body cameras program, but next steps unclear: The Chicago Police Department announced Sunday that it will spend about $8 million to buy body cameras for the rest of the force, a rollout officials unveiled though it won’t be complete for years and they aren’t sure who will get the new equipment next. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said all officers on patrol will have the cameras by the end of 2018 but offered no specifics about when exactly they will be purchased or which officers are first in line to get them.
  • Tattooer’s zoning dilemma prompts Norfolk to examine policies for body-inking parlors: David Voegeli has come up two feet short of a business. That’s not an expression, like he’s one brick short of a load or a few cards short of a deck. Voegeli can’t open his tattoo parlor yet because he can’t stretch a tape measure far enough from his neighbor. His case has prompted the city to re-examine the zoning policy for body-inking establishments. Today, Norfolk requires tattoo parlors to be at least 100 feet from a residential district.
  • Why Charlotte City Council must not repeal ordinance, sell out LGBT community: Gov. Pat McCrory and some N.C. lawmakers are encouraging the Charlotte City Council to make a compromise that might result in the repeal of HB2. It’s a bad deal for the city, and more importantly, for members of the LGBT community who would lose their best chance at protections from discrimination. Council members should not turn their backs on those residents now. The compromise goes like this: Council members would vote Monday to repeal their non-discrimination ordinance, which had been nullified by HB2 anyway. Lawmakers would then call a special session later this week to consider repealing HB2.
  • Want a Zika Test? It’s Not Easy: After returning from a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, Jamie Palmeroni-Lavis asked to be tested for the Zika virus. Ms. Palmeroni-Lavis, 28, a publicist in Rochester, N.Y., wants to get pregnant, but not before she knows her body is Zika-free. But she and other would-be parents are quickly learning that getting a Zika test isn’t easy. As worries about the spread of Zika virus in the United States continue to mount, public health department labs in Florida and New York City are running at or close to capacity, while private commercial labs have won emergency approval to run Zika tests and ramped up their testing capacity.

  • Skatepark picks up speed: Flow and street features. Skateboarders from around the Grand Valley will be happy to know a plan for Palisade’s dual-phase skatepark aims to combine both of these elements. Flow is the ability of skateboarders to pick up speed and cruise seamlessly through a skatepark. Street features include ramps, benches and jumps, areas to play and work on skills. If Palisade obtains a $150,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant, plans for a first phase of the project should start to materialize next spring. Palisade would contribute matching dollars of $50,000 from the Conservation Trust Fund for a total first phase cost of $200,000.

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#LocalGov Confidential

Local Government Told Girl She Needed $3,500 for Lemonade Stand Permit. The Internet Helped Her Get It: When Anabelle Lockwood made lemonade, the government in Orange County, California, gave her lemons. Lockwood, a 10-year old entrepreneur, launched her own “gourmet lemonade stand” earlier this year, selling sweet drinks inspired by her grandmother’s recipes out of a wooden stand designed and built by her father. After setting it up outside her parents’ townhome, the local homeowners association determined the stand to be a safety hazard and forced her to relocate. After relocating, she faced a new challenge: the Orange County Health Department told her that she’d have to obtain the proper permits to sell lemonade on the street and would have to upgrade her stand to meet building codes—a total cost of $3,500

Voters may strip mayor of power to fill vacancies on Board of Supervisors: San Francisco voters could shake up city government this November by stripping the mayor of the power to fill vacancies on the Board of Supervisors. Under Proposition D, when a board member exits his or her term early, the mayor would appoint a person to temporarily serve as district supervisor. But unlike the existing rules, the temporary supervisor wouldn’t be able to run in the election for the seat. An election would also have to be held within months after a vacancy occurs.

Voters are being asked to reconsider combining city and county government: Pueblo County and city voters were asked a simple question in the 1998 election: Should city and county government look for ways to cooperate and consolidate services? When a solid majority of voters said yes, City Council and the county Board of Commissioners turned to a 17-member committee to take on that study.“We worked hard on that for three years,” recalled Shirley Ozzello, a member of the 2010 Commission task force. “We interviewed every city and county department. We looked at counties across the nation where consolidation had occurred.”

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