In today’s Buzz: Trump continues to weird out the world with his handshake (or lack thereof), anarchists fix potholes, and a dude in Colombia is building a metropolis. This buzz is brought to you by the amazing Chuck Berry.
What I’m Listening to – A Seat at the Table by Solange
What I’m Reading – catching up on letters to the editor
What I’m Watching – Big Little Lies
What I’m Doing – eating a ham sandwich
- What is it with Trump and handshakes? This is getting awkward: It sounds ridiculous, but it really is beginning to look like you can read Donald Trump’s foreign policy by the bizarre ways that he shakes the hands of foreign leaders.
- Read Carl Sagan’s letter to Berry on his 60th birthday: Sagan broke the news to Berry himself in a message penned on Berry’s 60th birthday, now enshrined in the Library of Congress; letting him know that his music was now “two billion miles from Earth and bound for the stars”.
- Sami people persuade Norway pension fund to divest from Dakota Access: The Sami parliament, representing indigenous people also known as Lapps, has convinced Norway’s second largest pension fund to ditch the oil pipeline project.
- Institutional Knowledge with Lew Quigley, Part 2
- Kittelson’s Corner: Tournament Time
- Podcast: The ICMA President & the Intern with Lee Feldman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- It’s Time to Create a Business Solutions Group
- Ballin’ for the Fund Balance: Bracket Name Challenge
- Webinar: Managing Community Outrage Using Online Tools – March 23 noon-1 pm
- Supper Club: Sacramento, CA – March 23 6:30 – 8:30 pm
- Supper Club: Chapel Hill, NC – March 28 5:30 – 7:30 pm
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Purchasing – April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- Supper Club: SoCal – April 5 6:00 – 8:00 pm
- Twitter Book Club: The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerilla Government – April 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am
- Pothole in your neighborhood? Tell Portland Anarchist Road Care to fix it: The reason people like to complain about municipalities’ slow response to pothole complaints is because municipalities are slow to respond to pothole complaints. But group that calls itself Portland Anarchist Road Care is taking matters into its own hands by illegally repairing potholes around town.
- Santa Cruz County, Calif., Launches Tool to Reduce, Dismiss Convictions from Criminal Records: Clear My Record, a free online tool that helps reduce or dismiss convictions from users’ criminal records, has launched in California’s Santa Cruz County, joining five other counties currently using the platform in the state.
- Miami’s Giant Pop Up Recreates Downtown Street: Temporary installation is the first attempt to showcase possible improvements that could transform Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami into street rivaling the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
- Tiny-home village moves ahead in RiNo, with growing hope for city support: Within a matter of months, 14 people could be living in small, off-grid houses on a currently vacant property near 38th and Walnut streets. If approved by the city, it could set a new mold for temporary housing in Denver. The project, known as Beloved Community Village, is part of a nationwide effort to create new housing wherever possible for people experiencing homelessness.
- A Reason to Ride: The New Push for a Boise Circulator: The biggest difference between 2008, when Mayor Dave Bieter first pushed for a streetcar running through the downtown Boise core, and this year’s effort to reconsider a so-called “circulator,” which would move people along a T-shaped route downtown, is commuters may now have a bounty of destinations and a shrinking list of parking options.
- ‘It Didn’t Pump Itself’: The Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company was wildly successful, but the key to its profits lay in a deadly contract negotiated with the State of Alabama in 1888.
- Live From SXSW 2017: Where Mayors Meet Innovation: For the first time ever, the annual conference is focusing on finding private solutions to public problems. We’re reporting straight from the scene.
- San Antonio Mayor and ‘Accidental Politician’ Ivy Taylor Talks Digital Inclusion, Smart Cities: San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor sees herself as an “accidental politician,” and whether she is attending SXSW to promote her city as a tech hub or making San Antonio a leading smart city, it’s about making San Antonio better for all residents.
- Californians Want Improved Government Websites Above All Else: More Californians think that improving state and local government websites should be a top tech priority, even more than those who believe IT security should be the priority. Opinions are split along generational lines. In the infographic that Accenture shared with Techwire, baby boomers and millennials seems to value different things.
- Facebook’s new ‘Town Hall’ feature helps you find and contact your government reps: In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s nearly 6,000-word manifesto published last month, he laid out a number of global ambitions he had for the social network in the days ahead — including one where its users became more “civically-engaged” and voted more often. Now it seems Facebook has taken its first steps toward making that possible, through a new feature it’s calling “Town Hall.”
Local Government Confidential
- Two sheriffs elected as reformers end up destroyed by corruption scandals: they swept away an old guard to lead the two of the largest sheriff’s departments in the nation, promising reforms — treating drug offenders in jail, reaching out to long-neglected minority communities, training officers in a gentler approach with the homeless and mentally ill.
- A City to Grow Into: “It sounds utopian, I know,” says Daniel Haime, standing over the map of Serena del Mar, the city he is building on the Caribbean Sea. He plans to transform a 2,500-acre site outside Cartagena, Colombia – which his family bought in 1968 – into a lively metropolis. There will be a world-class hospital, low-income housing and state-run schools, a marina and bike trails, a luxury hotel and waterfront dining. One day, vaporetti on the lagoon could connect Serena del Mar to downtown Cartagena.