In today’s Buzz: Month long hype for #ELGL17 in Detroit brought to you by Award Winning ELGL Member @bridgetkoz!
What I’m Watching – Handmaid’s Tale
What I’m Reading – The Cursed Child
What I’m Doing – Flying to Detroit for #ELGL17!!!!!
- ‘An Act of Presidential Imperialism’: President Donald Trump’s extraordinary decision to fire the FBI director James Comey is a stunning moment in American politics, one that has historians reaching back decades for any parallels.
- Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable: We are all dimly aware that everybody else can’t possibly be as successful, rich, attractive, relaxed, intellectual and joyous as they appear to be on Facebook. Yet we can’t help comparing our inner lives with the curated lives of our friends.
- Anne Morrissy Merick, a Pioneer From Yale to Vietnam, Dies at 83: Merick, who as a television field producer persuaded the Pentagon to overturn an edict that prevented women in the press corps from covering combat during the Vietnam War, died on May 2.
- May 2017: Birthday and Books
- Job Posting: Director of HR/Communications, North Bend School District, Oregon
- #ELGL17:: What’s Going On with Kate Green, City of Peoria, IL
- #ELGL17: What’s Going On with Roy Atkinson, City of Altoona, WI
- Weekly Update: COWS, MIPS, #ELGL17, Band the Table, Cary
- #ELGL17 – May 11, 2017 – May 12, 2017
- Technology Efficiency Series: GIS Consortium Services – June 14, 2017 – 10:00am – 11:00am
With ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Ban, Texas Pushes Further Right: When Texas Republicans passed and Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law banning so-called sanctuary cities and threatening officials with jail time and removal from office if they did not comply, they did more than enact a tough law that had failed in previous legislative sessions.
Australian politician becomes first to breastfeed in parliament: “We need more women and parents in Parliament,” Ms. Waters said. “And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable child care, for everyone.”
- Why the looming ‘Silver Tsunami’ could put 25 million jobs at risk: Baby boomers, the generation born immediately following World War II, are getting old. Many of them are small business owners and, over the next few years, are likely looking to wind things down.
- Why ladies didn’t love Dove’s latest gender-empowering ad stunt: Advertising professors say, the revamped bottles seem more tongue-in-cheek than they do a sincere way of celebrating women’s bodies. And, they said, there is a difference between feeling comfortable in your body and being unnecessarily prodded to make buying decisions based on your body’s contours.
California’s Legal Assault On NIMBYs Begins: California Democrats are uniting against a common enemy who they believe is making residents miserable and imperiling the state’s future. The target: NIMBYs across the state who continually shoot down new housing projects, and the localities that bend to their will.
How the City of Shreveport Tried to Game the Federal Highway System: Over the past few weeks, some new developments on Shreveport’s Interstate 49 Innercity Connector (I-49 ICC) Project have come to light. Unfortunately, they show the depth to which the City of Shreveport has stooped to try to get the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to approve an I-49 ICC route directly through Shreveport’s Allendale neighborhood. Fortunately, however, the City government’s dishonest and petty actions may be the death of the I-49 ICC project.
In shifting land-use vision, city embraces its tech roots: Palo Alto City Council voted on Monday night to revise the city’s land-use “constitution” so that it officially recognizes software developers as an integral — and legal — part of the business ecosystem.
U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count: The director of the U.S. Census Bureau is resigning, leaving the agency leaderless at a time when it faces a crisis over funding for the 2020 decennial count of the U.S. population and beyond.
Local Government Confidential
- Forest Lake, Minnesota, city of nearly 20K, votes to disband police department: The Forest Lake City Council in Minnesota voted to disband its police force Monday in favor of contracting law enforcement services from the local county’s Sheriff’s Office, provoking responses ranging from high school walkouts to calls for the mayor’s resignation.
- Confusion at City Hall over Beale Street Bucks Program: City officials call Memphis in May their Super Bowl, attracting hundreds of thousands of people downtown for festivals and activities. It also draws in big crowds to iconic Beale Street.
- Charlotte City Council tightens ethics rules: The Charlotte City Council tightened its ethics rules for elected officials Monday, requiring council members to tell the public more about their business dealings and forbidding many gifts. The new ethics policy comes in the wake of the biggest scandal in local government history: the case of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon. He was arrested last year on federal corruption charges after taking bribes from undercover FBI agents, and pleaded guilty to one count.