In today’s Buzz the White House continues to defend the President’s wiretapping claims, Trump proposes a variety of budget cuts to dismantle the “administrative state”, and we take a look at when and how Flint, Michigan, plans to replace their lead service lines.

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Right Now w/ Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Dropkick Murphys

What I’m Reading – Need to start reading The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerilla Government!

What I’m Watching – NCAA Basketball

What I Want to Know from You – Are you eating corned beef and cabbage today?


Sean Spicer’s angry, lonely defense of Trump’s wiretapping claim, annotated  Things got very contentious in the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon, as press secretary Sean Spicer was confronted with the bipartisan doubts of congressional leaders about Trump’s claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped him.

Where, how and when Flint plans to replace 6,000 water lines The details of Flint’s lead service line replacement plan for 2017 are detailed in a March 8 filing with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The estimated timeline for construction is April until October, and 6,000 residential homes have been identified for service line replacement in 10 different zones.

Trump Takes a Gamble in Cutting Programs His Base Relies On  President Trump’s proposal on Thursday for deep cuts to the budgets of a broad part of the federal bureaucracy was billed as a tough-minded and necessary corrective to the growth of the government’s power. But even members of his own party questioned some of the cuts — and what was not being cut.



50 Nifty

There May Be 22 House Republicans Ready to Sink the GOP Health Care Bill  The legislation that House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump embraced to repeal and replace Obamacare was already being dogged by criticism from deeply conservative members in the House.

After raising minimum wage, Oregon Democrats look to add paid family leave  After successes enacting paid sick leave and raising minimum wage during the last two legislative sessions, Oregon Democrats are looking to capitalize on the momentum to expand workers’ protections once more.

Multnomah County offers incentives for homeowners to house homeless in backyards  With more than $300,000 and volunteer homeowners, Multnomah County has a new idea to fight homelessness: Build tiny houses in people’s backyards and rent them out to families with children now living on the street.

60 oz. of weed found in cooler donated to Monroe Goodwill  Everyone knows a stoner who’s generous with their weed, but one Washington resident really went above and beyond when they donated five rather large bags of marijuana to Goodwill.

Trump’s Increasingly Silly Refusal to Ever Back Down  As the noted philosopher Idina Menzel has elucidated, it’s sometimes best to simply let things go. Yet despite the cold weather in Washington this week, the White House has failed to take the lessons of Frozen to heart.

The Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs in 2017  A growing tech industry is often considered the ultimate sign of a healthy local economy. By that measure, the Bay Area still stands at the top of the heap in the United States, but our survey of the metropolitan areas with the strongest tech job growth turns up some surprising places not usually thought of as tech meccas.

The Economic Power of Cities Compared to Nations  We’ve been talking about power this week at CityLab. Although it’s common to rate and rank the economic power of nations—think of all the articles you’ve read about China catching up with and eventually overtaking the United States in terms of GDP—the real economic power centers of the world economy are cities and metro areas.

The Quest for Food Freedom  Mariza Ruelas currently faces up to two years in jail in California for the crime of selling ceviche through a Facebook food group.

California Deserts In ‘Super Bloom’ Thanks To A Wet Winter  A rainy winter, has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California.

What causes a town’s collapse? Small cities and towns are folding in the face of monumental financial and political struggles.

Revamped website reflects reshaped community in San Marcos, Calif. The redesigned city website in San Marcos, Calif., has seen a big increase in visitors and page-views. El Segundo, Calif.-based Vision developed the city’s new site.



Local Government Confidential

Controversy over Health Gap investigation hits City Council  About 150 activists, volunteers, employees and supporters of the Center for Closing the Health Gap rallied at City Hall yesterday during City Council’s regular meeting to protest what they say is unfair treatment of the nonprofit by the media and Mayor John Cranley.

Antioch council fires Steve Duran as city manager  The City Council voted Tuesday to dismiss City Manager Steve Duran amid sharp criticism that he has been impeding the changes residents want.

City manager requests $53,000 for outside review of police force  With the support of the police chief, Casper’s city manager requested an outside review of the Casper Police Department on Tuesday to evaluate how well the department is doing its job.