It’s your Morning Buzz for 10/10, brought to by the number 10! While looking at noteworthy tens, we’ll also catch up on some interesting local government stories about how punk came to suburbia, a town in Missouri that lost half its police force and a pay-to-play public works scandal in the mitten state.
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What I’m Watching: ‘The Grand Tour’ Grand Racing Quiz
What I’m Doing: Groceries shopping
What I want to know from you?: What do you think of when you hear the number 10?
Rock in the suburbs: why punk moved out of the city and into the cul-de-sac: After their appearance at Coachella this year, Philadelphia power-pop group Sheer Mag performed in a stuffy tattoo parlor with foggy windows in Santa Rosa, California. The sleepy city is about an hour north of Oakland and San Francisco, and is most famous for being the hometown of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. The group ate pizza on the sidewalk, loaned some gear to local post-punk outfit Creative Adult, and at the end of a spirited set for a churning crowd, wore satisfactorily exhausted expressions. Shows like that are increasingly common in Santa Rosa, and it has a lot to do with the prohibitive cost-of-living in nearby San Francisco.
Video Captures Just How Hilariously Frustrating It Is To Ride A Bicycle In New York: Cars randomly swerving into bike lanes, fellow cyclists trying to race you until you just slow down and confused drivers asking you where major landmarks are? Yep, just another day on a bicycle in fabulous New York City.
Zine goddess Chloe Eudaly is running for Portland City Council: Chloe Eudaly, whose zine emporium Reading Frenzy (previously) and publishing makerspace the Independent Publishing Resource Center are PDX institutions, is running for Portland City Council, campaigning on affordable housing for all in a city whose longterm residents are being left behind by runaway rents and spiraling housing prices. Eudaly is a consummate community organizer who has helped create literally hundreds of free literary and art events, while parenting her disabled son and running a small, successful business. She’s committed to the things that make Portland such a livable, arts-friendly city — things that are under real threat from forces that are tearing apart cities all over the world.
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- New Braunfels Opening New City Hall: Three years after purchasing a former Albertson’s grocery building, the City of New Braunfels is moving into its new City Hall facility on Monday. New Braunfels spent more than $2.6 million to acquire the vacant Albertson’s store, at 550 Landa St., and another $9 million to design and remodel the building.
- GoDurham transit administrator from Ghana paves way for others: Pierre Osei-Owusu of Durham speaks English with an American accent. His parents back home in Ghana, Africa, have told him so. “They know I’m American,” Osei-Owusu said. “You stay here 20 years … they see you more as an American.” This past summer, Osei-Owusu, who works as transit administrator for GoDurham, the city’s public transit arm, made his annual trip to Ghana to present workshops in urban public transportation management.
- Athens-Clarke planning commission tables infill housing proposals: A set of minor, but late, changes to some proposed zoning ordinance amendments aimed at controlling infill housing development was enough to prompt the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission on Thursday to delay a vote on the long-considered proposals. The planning commission could take up the proposed amendments again at its Nov. 3 meeting and decide whether to recommend that the county’s mayor and commission adopt the changes at their Dec. 6 meeting. There will be opportunities for public input on the proposals at both of those sessions.
- Can A School District Help Diversify A Fire Department?: It’s 8:30 a.m. and the sun is already heating up the artificial turf at Banning High School’s football field. Some 70 ninth- and 10th-graders line up on their stomachs for push-ups. For some of these kids, the “push-up ready” pose looks like a cross between an aborted yoga position and a nap. “Come on! Butts down, hips off the ground, shoulders over your hand!” barks Los Angeles Fire Capt. Eddie Marez. “Down!” “One, sir!” the sleepy students shout. “Didn’t say ‘up’ yet. Start all over!” Marez yells. The students, dressed in blue T-shirts and shorts that say “LAFD Academy,” try again in unison. Most students don’t make it to 10. The morning workout at this school in LA’s Wilmington neighborhood is part of two new LAFD magnet school programs. The department hopes to inspire future firefighters or emergency medical technicians — and recruit more women and minorities — in a department that remains nearly 97 percent male and about 50 percent white.
- Mexicans mock their new 911 emergency number with brilliant memes: Mexico’s new 911 emergency number began operating in 16 states this month. President Enrique Peña Nieto made the announcement on Twitter and said the service will help “address medical, security and civil protection emergencies.” Peña Nieto first proposed introducing a 911 emergency service in December 2014 as part of a broader national security strategy. But some analysts think pranksters will become one of the biggest challenges to the new emergency call system. Government stats reveal that during the first semester of 2016, Mexico’s other emergency services received almost 59 million emergency calls and about 90% of them were fake.
- Proposed Federal Rule Could Consolidate 140 Metropolitan Planning Organizations: The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration are considering reforms that would enact a sweeping reform of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The proposed rule, titled the “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform” rule, was first announced in June. The rule “would essentially force over 140 MPOs to consolidate with nearby MPOs that serve the same Census-defined urban area,” according to Bond.
- Mayor, half of police force resign in Seymour: The mayor and two police officers quit this week. A police officer told KY3 that two officers resigned on Friday. Mayor Pro Tem Grady Bennett also confirms that Mayor Ken Owens resigned.
- Grievances, political discord simmer in Buncombe government: Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene says her government is like family, but if that’s true, it’s a family that squabbles. The family scrapbook for the past year alone includes a failed economic development deal that could have brought more than 200 jobs, a commissioner’s abrupt resignation, a rare 4-3 vote on the annual county budget and disagreement about a compensation boost for Greene valued at $34,000. These events were public, but behind them lurk private grievances and political discord between commissioners, Greene and other county staffers, according to interviews, county documents and statements in public meetings.
Local Gov Confidential
Chicago City Council Approves Oversight Agency To Police The Police: In an effort to heal the fractured relationship between the Chicago Police Department and city residents, the city council voted to approve a new police oversight agency, but some critics say the new agency isn’t a solution to the problems facing the community. The police oversight agency investigates police misconduct cases, but after the Independent Police Review Authority reviewed hundreds of cases and rarely found the police officers at fault and last year’s release of a video showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager caused national uproar, the agency is getting an overhaul.
Unscrupulous Businesses Hike up Prices As Residents Prep for Hurricane Matthew: As people in the path of Hurricane Matthew rush to fill their gas tank and stock up on water, some hotels, stores, and gas stations are doubling their prices and gouging vulnerable residents. On October 3, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi activated the state’s price-gouging hotline after Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency — which prohibits “increases in the price of essential commodities, including food, ice, gas, hotels, lumber and water,” Bondi told TODAY correspondent Jeff Rossen.
Public works chief’s opponents claim pay-to-play politics: Anthony Marrocco, the Democratic Macomb County Public Works commissioner long seen as a kingmaker, faces a fierce election challenge — and not just from his opponent, GOP congresswoman Candice Miller. Marrocco is meeting an opposition drive from a Democratic county executive and businesspeople who have felt locked out of what they call a culture of secrecy and pay-to-play politics.