Today’s Morning Buzz is all about social media, sports, and just a ‘lil Trump. Brought to you by cornhole, the greatest rec league sport in the history of rec league sports. My cornhole league’s name is “Champagne Dreams and Cornhole Nightmare.” We’re hauntingly bad.
What I’m Listening to – Birds chirping and dogs snoring
What I’m Reading – Just wrapped up The Handmaid’s Tale
What I’m Watching – New season of House of Cards (OMG feeling a little *too* real)
What I’m Doing – Strategizing how to come out on top in my cornhole league
- Golden State wins the N.B.A. Title: Kevin Durant’s mom is still the real M.V.P. and Stephen Curry remains unstoppable. This team was stacked from the get go and they annihilated LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Do you think it was rigged for Durant to get a ring? My husband does. But he’s a conspiracy theorist.
- The Covfefe Act, Social Media and the Presidency: We’ve already got teams like ArchiveSocial in the local gov game. Maybe the White House should take note.
- Ballin’ to North Korea with The Worm: Diplomacy through Dennis Rodman doesn’t even seem weird anymore. Rodman made his fourth visit to North Korea this week.
- Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (The Freeze Remix)
- Podcast: Jane’s Walk with Alia Scanlon
- Archiving Public Sector E-Communications
- Update: 2017 Supper Club Season
- (Updated) Survey Results: Are Vendor Halls Necessary?
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: GIS Consortium Services – June 14 @ 10:00 a.m.
- Supper Club: Phoenix, AZ – July 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: Rock Your LinkedIn Profile – July 18 @ 9:00 a.m.
- Editorial: Money for Homeless Services Should Go to the Homeless, not Sheriff’s Deputies: On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the allocation of more than a billion dollars to fund much-needed services for homeless people over the next three fiscal years. The funds, generated by the Measure H sales tax increase, will go toward rapidly housing for homeless people, preventing others from falling into homelessness, expanding outreach to the homeless and other services. One thing the money should not fund is law enforcement.
- Manhattan Beach Teens Help Seniors with Tech Issues: Most grandparents today know that if they have a technology-related question, a teenager can usually help. In the City of Manhattan Beach (pop. 35,297), surveys of older adults show that most of them, even those over 80, have a computer, tablet and/or smartphone (typically a gift from family) — but that doesn’t mean they know how to use them.
- Casino Industry Ramps Up Effort to Repeal Sports Betting Ban:The casino industry’s largest lobbying group in the U.S. is ramping up its efforts to repeal a 25-year-old federal law that bans sports betting in most states.
- Q&A: What’s Next in the Legal Fight Over the Travel Ban?: Another appeals court, another defeat for the Trump administration.
- Rent is Affordable to Low-Wage Workers in Exactly 12 U.S. Counties: For millions of Americans, housing costs are perversely mismatched to hourly wages. In 2017, the average U.S. worker would need to bring in a whopping $21.21 per hour to reasonably afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.
- Trump Ends Infrastructure Week by Streamlining the Permitting Process: President Trump made a compelling case for reducing the length of time needed to construct major infrastructure projects to justify the creation of a new White House council to streamline permitting. Only one problem: it already exists.
- The Next Baby Boom: Urban M-Words with Children: Affordable urban living for millennial families with children has the potential to become one of the largest market demands in the near future.
- 3 Ways to Make Your City Less Wasteful: About 20 apartments in Kochi, a port city in India’s state of Kerala, are converting garbage that otherwise would have been taken to a landfill into energy for use on-site. It’s part of a bio-digester pilot project headed by the chief scientist at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology.
- Using Date to Fight Opioid Epidemic: Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in America. One way states are attempting to address this problem is through prescription drug monitoring programs — government-run databases designed to track how doctors and pharmacists in a state prescribe and dispense controlled substances.
- People Who Email Me Keep Assuming I’m A Man. How Do I Tell Them I’m Not? This hits home for me. Everyone seems to think I’m Kyle.
Local Government Confidential
- 4 Ways HR (and other departments) Can Use Social Media: I hear this all the time: “If I’m the human resources rep for my agency, wouldn’t I just send everyone an email to let them know about programs and deadlines? Why would I use an external social media site?”
- Market for Healthier Office Settings Will Explode: Our recent Government Product News-American City & County poll covering standing desks in the workplace shows almost 40 percent of respondents believe governments should provide standing desks to all employees.