Today’s Buzz features Singin’ in the Rain 65th anniversary edition
What I’m Watching: The Missing
What I’m Doing: Easier question what am I not doing?
What I’m Reading: Several kids books every night
People Are Not Happy the United Airlines CEO Was Recently Named ‘Communicator of the Year’: Social media users found PR Week‘s designation ironic, given the company’s recent PR blunders and typos many highlighted in a statement the company released in response to what’s being called #dragginggate.
The stock market’s reaction to United debacle vs a school shooting: Yesterday, a video of a man dragged from an overbooked United flight because he wouldn’t give up his seat went viral. Public reaction to the incident and United’s subsequent fumbling of the aftermath has resulted in UAL’s stock falling several percentage points this morning. The stock has rebounded slightly this afternoon and will probably fully recover within the next few weeks. Also yesterday, a man walked into a San Bernardino elementary school and killed a teacher (his estranged wife) and an 8-year-old boy before shooting himself. The story has received very light national coverage, particularly in comparison to the United story. In response, the stock prices of gun companies were up a few percent this morning.
6 Ways to Look More Confident During a Presentation: At the Center for Body Language, we’ve studied successful leaders across a range of fields and identified several positions which are indicators of effective, persuasive body language.
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Salt Lake City publishes plan to combat climate change, carbon pollution: The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski have jointly published a plan to tackle climate change and carbon pollution after both made a promise last year to hit sustainability benchmarks by 2040. In its plan, titled “Climate Positive 2040,” the city promises to utilize 100 percent renewable energy sources to fuel electricity by 2032 and create an 80 percent reduction in energy and transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
Note to Tech-Savvy Cities: It’s Not All About Attracting Millennials: Cities with neighborhoods that serve as hubs for technology-related businesses and other types of innovative activity should consider how to attract and accommodate not only millennial residents but people from older age groups as well, a recent report recommends.
Livermore says BART board doesn’t care, wants local control: Fed up with delays, the City Council on Monday backed a bill that would take away control from BART directors for building an extension to Livermore. “There is no leverage that we have on the BART board,” said Councilman Bob Woerner. “They allow strikes, they’re the highest paid, have terrible service, incredible reliability issues, they can’t keep the escalators clean … they’re not particularly good and they don’t care.”
What Slasher Films Taught Me About City Financing: Depending on who you are, you likely know one of the following two things about me: I’m passionate about urban economics, and I’m marginally obsessed with low-budget, b-grade horror movies. I get that these might not seem like they’re related. Hang with me.
Parkageddon-How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl: Apple is building 11,000 parking spaces not because it wants to but because Cupertino, the suburban city where the new headquarters is located, demands it. Cupertino has a requirement for every building. A developer who wants to put up a block of flats, for example, must provide two parking spaces per apartment, one of which must be covered. For a fast-food restaurant, the city demands one space for every three seats; for a bowling alley, seven spaces per lane plus one for every worker. Cupertino’s neighbours have similar rules. With such a surfeit of parking, most of it free, it is little wonder that most people get around Silicon Valley by car, or that the area has such appalling traffic jams.
Is Your Local Government Falling for the Hyperloop Fantasy? There are no functional, real-world examples of a Hyperloop, Tesla founder Elon Musk’s long-distance transport concept that involves shooting people through vacuum-sealed tubes in pods that travel at up to 760 mph. Anyone who believes it’s a viable endeavor is basically taking it on faith.
Facing Impeachment, Alabama’s ‘Luv Guv’ Resigns: The proximate cause of Robert Bentley’s downfall was not sexual misconduct itself. It was another instance of the coverup being always worse than the crime.
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Police: Virginia town manager shoots himself after standoff : The recently-hired manager of a small town in Virginia shot himself in the head Tuesday, authorities said, weeks after a woman went to court accusing him of harassment.
Detroit council earmarks $50M for retiree fund: The City Council on Tuesday voted to earmark $50 million in surplus funds from the last fiscal year to help with a looming Detroit pension shortfall in 2024. The move is part of the Mayor Mike Duggan administration’s plan to have $90 million set aside by June 30 for a Retiree Protection Fund. The funding comes from a surplus in the 2016 fiscal year. The city is also projecting a surplus in its current fiscal year.
Local towns get their big Hollywood moment: Filming on location sounds so romantic: warm sands, exotic animals and a traveling support staff to keep everything moving on budget and on time. Massachusetts, with its film tax incentive, has become a favored destination for large and small-scale productions. This month, “The Spruces and the Pines,” an independent holiday film, is headquartered at New England Studies in Devens. Instead of beaches and tropical drinks, the movie includes two Christmas tree farms and a small-town downtown.
City Hall withholds theater developer IDs: Mayor Joe Ganim wants the public to know how close he is to keeping a campaign promise to revitalize the two long-shuttered downtown theaters. City Hall, however, is not willing to give the owners of the historic structures — the taxpayers — a peek behind the curtain at the developer until there is a signed contract.