In today’s Buzz: Utah gets buzzed, Chris Christie lounges on the beach, and a mutt who got up close to an orchestra performance.
The Buzz is brought to you by my love of all things BBQ/Cookout. Hope you have a nice 4th of July with ribs, beer, potato salad, beer, watermelon, and beer!
What I’m Listening to – My giant dog snoring by my feet.
What I’m Reading – The Color of Law, recommended after attending a bus tour of Portland’s history of displacement/being super racist.
What I’m Watching – Wonder Woman…Finally!
What I’m Thinking About – Tomorrow is my birthday. #ThisIs32
- Who Will Be Allowed Into The U.S. When The ‘Muslim Ban’ Goes Into Effect? A breakdown of who will be allowed to come to the U.S. with commentary by the ACLU.
- Donald Trump Post Video Clip Of Him ‘Beating’ CNN In Wrestling: I have no comment about this.
- Utah’s ‘Zion Curtain’ Falls And Loosens State’s Tight Liquor Laws: Cheers to being able to watch a bartender sling your drinks, Utah!
- Kittelson’s Corner, Live From Richmond: H/T to Ben for not naming it Kittelson’s Korner. I hate misspelled alliteration.
- Weekly Update: Diversity Dashboard, CivicPRIDE, Board Retreat
- Breakout Groups 2.0: Welcome Messaging
- Supreme Court Decision Affects Local Governments on Social Media
- Get your nominations in for ELGLs 2nd Annual Traeger List!
- Phoenix, AZ Supper Club – July 7,2017 – I’ll be there! Join me!
- Portland, OR Supper Club – July 12, 2017
- Technology Efficiency Series: Rock Your LinkedIn Profile – July 18, 2017
- #ELGLPopUps – September 22, 2017
- The National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Conference – September 26-28, 2017
Long Read: The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise: Residents of Colorado Springs drastically changed how their local government ran. Learn their lessons from running government like a business.
The Changing Face of California’s Water Leadership: California’s water managers face many challenges—from a changing climate to a growing population. We spoke with Celeste Cantú, chair of the PPIC Water Policy Advisory Council. Cantú served for more than a decade as general manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and is stepping down this month. She talked about how the profession must change to better address these issues.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie lounges with family on beach at park he shut down: Gov. Chris Christie spent part of Sunday lounging with his family on a beach at a state park he ordered closed to the public amid a government shutdown that showed little sign of ending.
Grilling for the Fourth? Burger Costs Reach 3-Year Low: With beef this cheap for the Fourth of July, you might as well invite the whole neighborhood over for burgers.
Orlando’s ‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Tougher to Find: Cast members for the Orlando-based cable show “Zombie House Flipping” say it’s become tough to find the kind of abandoned foreclosures that made Central Florida somewhat infamous a few years ago.
Houston Asks Judge to Toss ACLU Lawsuits Over Homeless Ordinances: The city of Houston has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming new ordinances unconstitutionally infringe on the rights of the homeless, calling some of the ACLU-sponsored lawsuit’s claims “nonsensical,” “disingenuous” and “void of factual allegations.”
Cooperative Contracts Awarded that Cover Mailroom Products: Government, education, and nonprofit agencies looking to enhance their direct mailing capabilities and processes now have access to mailing and postage solutions through National Joint Powers Alliance.
Oregon Gets Cybersecurity Booster Shot with Governor’s Approval of Senate Bill 90: The increasing attention on cybersecurity in the wake of large-scale breaches and ballooning cyberthreats has forced many states to re-evaluate and restructure their approaches.
Meet The Chicago City Councilman Hoping to Fix Illinois: Chicago politics is famously dirty. But that didn’t stop Ameya Pawar from jumping in anyway.
Dog Strolls Onto Stage During Orchestra Performance and Take a Nap: What a good boy.
The Health Care System Is Leaving the Southern Black Belt Behind: The area is one of the most persistently poor in the country, and residents have some of the most limited economic prospects. Life expectancies are among the shortest in the U.S., and poor health outcomes are common. This article is part of a series examining these disparities.
Local Government Confidential
- Helping Boomers Find Millennial Roommates: There’s an app for that.
- How Outcome-Based Procurement Can Make Our Cities Truly Smart: The current procurement environment also often brings long wait times, high costs and requires the whole process to start over again once the procured technology becomes obsolete.
- If You Care About Cities, Apple’s New Campus Sucks: By building a mega-headquarters straight out of the middle of the last century, Apple has exacerbated the already serious problems endemic to 21st-century suburbs like Cupertino—transportation, housing, and economics.