In today’s buzz: French election, secret space missions, and the Manager who picks up trash on Saturdays. This buzz is brought to you by my reoccurring infatuation with Bob’s Burger.
What I’m Listening to – Cyndi Lauper
What I’m Watching – Bob’s Burger (alright!)
What I’m Doing – Cooking!
- Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Rockets to No. 1 With $145 Million: Marvel Studios and Disney continue to dominate theaters near you with their expansive comic book franchise! Also, Chris Pratt.
- Macron Decisively Defeats Le Pen in French Presidential Race: The French have spoken! After a tumultuous election, moderate candidate Macron beats more conservative opponent Le Pen.
- Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere’ on an Insolvent Island: Puerto Rico is owes $123 Billion in bonds and unfunded pension liabilities. They have filed for bankruptcy, but people still need to make ends meet.
- Kittelson’s Corner: Hiking is Fun
- Weekly Update: COWS, MIPS, #ELGL17, Bang the Table, Cary
- #ELGL17: What’s Going On with Maria Ryan, City of Vancouver, WA
- #ELGL17: What’s Going On with Carly Lorentz, City of Wheat Ridge, CO
- #ELGL17: What’s Going On with Josh Dukelow, Host of “Fresh Take”
- Be there! #ELGL17 – May 11 & 12 Detroit, MI
- ICMA Webinar: Best Practices in Citizen/Customer Service – May 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: GIS Consortium Services – June 14 @ 10:00 a.m.
- Anatomy of a tragedy: Police say boy with BB gun fatally shot by officers at high school: Reeling from allegations of financial blunders, nepotism and improper use of civil servants for political benefit, California’s tax collection board agency finds itself temporarily stripped of its power as it awaits the possibility of the biggest overhaul in its 138-year history.
- Accused of mismanagement, California’s tax collection agency ‘is in complete disarray,’ officials say: Reeling from allegations of financial blunders, nepotism and improper use of civil servants for political benefit, California’s tax collection board agency finds itself temporarily stripped of its power as it awaits the possibility of the biggest overhaul in its 138-year history.
- Pokémon Go’s Next Big Move: Niantic, the maker of Pokémon Go, is teaming up with the Knight Foundation in a multiyear commitment promoting civic engagement in communities. That means the two entities will pitch in time, money, and plenty of Pokémon to get citizens outside, exploring their towns in city-organized events.
- How to Transform Business Using Technology: Digital transformation is all the rage. Tech-driven business innovation is happening all around us. But how do game-changing technology investments get implemented in real life? Where are examples of success? Here are practical answers from a top business transformation expert.
- Confederate monument protesters in New Orleans clash at Lee Circle: Supporters and opponents of removing New Orleans’ Confederate monuments met Sunday afternoon (May 7) at Lee Circle, in a tense and angry confrontation that included some scuffles during a day of demonstrations.
- Tower at Obama center (don’t call it a library) needs tweaking: If nothing else, last week’s unveiling of a design for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park reveals that the American presidential library has entered a new phase, one in which its traditional role as a trove of physical documents — actual pieces of paper and artifacts handled by actual presidents — is dead, a victim of the digital age.
- First Santa Ana grad to attend Harvard now first DACA student to receive Claremont Graduate doctorate: When she graduated high school in 2005, Montiel was the first student from Santa Ana Unified to attend Harvard University. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and language, she went on to complete a master’s degree in Learning and Teaching from Harvard a year later.
- US military’s secret space plane lands with sonic boom in Florida: The US military’s experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the US air force said.
- Museum Of Ice Cream Opens In Los Angeles: A Museum of Ice Cream has opened in Los Angeles featuring a swimming pool full of sprinkles. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with co-founder Maryellis Bunn.
Local Government Confidential
- California politicians stole their money. Will that make them care about democracy? Eye-popping inflated public salaries. Personal loans to employees from the city budget. Illegal tax increases. Shakedowns of local businesses. A car-towing scheme to generate revenue. Seven politicians and city administrators convicted. The events still hung over a council meeting in this city of 36,000 in southeastern Los Angeles County on a recent Wednesday evening.
- Who’s that guy picking up trash? It’s Arroyo Grande’s new city manager: You won’t find Arroyo Grande’s new city manager at his desk on Saturdays — though he will be working to improve the city. Most likely, you’ll find him out on the sidewalk picking up trash.
- Embattled Madeira Beach commission suspends manager, fires clerk: Days after the legitimacy of a recent city election was called into question, the Madeira Beach City Commission suspended the city manager and fired the city clerk.