This fine Saturday morning we have all the local government related news you could want including Berkeley’s gas pump warning labels, water jetpacks, and a clean commute week. Plus a bunch of World Cup goalies who are actually break dancing, not playing soccer.
Field Trip to Beaverton’s New City Hall – June 24
YouTube on a Budget – July 10
SFpark called a success, will expand throughout the city – SFpark, the city’s federally funded experiment at modernizing and managing parking better – mostly by adjusting parking rates to align with demand – officially ended in 2013. But Municipal Transportation Agency officials have finished analyzing the program and deem it a success.
California city pursues gas-pump warning labels – The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.
Hop on a bike, take a walk or catch the bus – The fifth annual Clean Commute Week will kick off today with free tune-ups by Velorution Cycles and the opportunity to register your bike with the Durango Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon at Durango Farmers Market.
City worried about water jetpacks and similar devices – Newport Beach city staff are concerned about a “proliferation” of new companies eyeing Newport Harbor as a place to take clients who wish to go airborne using water-propelled jetpacks and similar recreational devices.
Ypsilanti expected to save $1 million over 5 years with new trash removal company – After seven years, the city of Ypsilanti has decided to no longer contract with Waste Management for trash services –a decision that could save the city just over $1 million over the next five years.
Woodstock, WY City Council mulling action on gun law – The Woodstock City Council began considering its options at its meeting Monday on whether or not to allow guns into government buildings, such as the one where council meetings are held. They also discussed whether to use money and resources to screen anyone who enters the building.
State moves to provide $36 million to Des Moines convention hotel – Des Moines officials can expect up to a $36.4 million boost from the state for a planned convention hotel downtown.
City tables Museum design; locations considered – Discussions and actions on the proposed design for the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum were tabled during a special meeting of the San Benito City Commission.
State of Michigan increases funding for local municipalities – A joint House-Senate conference committee announced on June 9 that municipalities would be receiving approximately 7 percent more from the state in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
City relents, will let Democrats rent booth at July 4 festivities – The City of Nogales will allow the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party to rent one of its booths during the Independence Day festivities at Fleischer Park after the group’s chair complained that the Dems and other political organizations were being excluded.
Urban Land Institute issues no-holds-barred report on downtown Clearwater – the city enlisted the Urban Land Institute to provide unflinching input on how to improve a downtown that’s lagging behind the other urban centers in Tampa Bay.
Long Beach may extend Wi-Fi access – In its continuing quest to keep its residents at the forefront of the digital frontier, the Long Beach City Council is asking the City Manager’s Office and the Belmont Parking Commission to look into the possibility and cost of bringing free computer wireless access to local fire stations and the Second Street business corridor in Belmont Shore.
Portland hosts competition where students wrestle with math, science to build prosthetic arms – Student teams have again converged on Portland for the annual MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition.
Return of the Brewhaha! The Battle for Open Primaries in Oregon – After a very long time (so long I don’t actually remember how long) the fine folks at the Bus Project and Mercury are teaming up and bringing back our old series of semi-monthly politics and policy salons better known as ye olde Brewhaha.
Southwest Barbur’s southbound lanes closed this weekend for bridge reconstruction – The ongoing reconstruction of the Vermont and Newbury bridges will close Southwest Barbur Boulevard’s southbound lanes between Capitol Highway and Terwilliger Boulevard this weekend.
8 things to know about TriMet’s two-week electric bus test – TriMet announced Friday that it will test its first all-electric bus on selected routes over the next two weeks.
Olympia gives ultimatum to Crazy Faith Outreach over downtown parking lot – Olympia will start ticketing Crazy Faith Outreach if the ministry keeps hosting free weekly meals in a downtown parking lot without a permit.
Vancouver city council to vote on referring downtown tower application to a public hearing – A Vancouver staff report recommends that council refer an application for a 31 story building on the southeast corner of Granville Street and Cordova Street to a public hearing.
Spokane Park Board approves face-lift for Riverfront Park – The first major renovation of Riverfront Park in decades is a step away from being sent to voters for approval.
State signs contract with Sellen-ZGF team for design of new State Patrol headquarters – Washington officials have signed a $65.5 million contract with Seattle-based Sellen Construction and project partner ZGF Architects to complete design and ultimately build a new State Patrol office building on the state Capitol Campus.
Cincinnati City manager pick will take longer – Between 15 and 20 people have applied to become Cincinnati’s next city manager, but Mayor John Cranley needs more time to make a choice.
Richmond City Hall to get new home – After being constructed in 1995 to house both the city police department and Michigan State Police troopers, the state’s restructuring and closure of more than 20 state police posts left the city officers the sole tenants.
Aldermen: Make town attractive – The City Council is gearing up to start budget negotiations Monday and a top priority among aldermen is making the city of Galesburg a more attractive place to live.
$18M music center a ‘catalyst’ for Huber Heights – The $18 million music center in the works in Huber Heights has proven to be a ‘catalyst’ for redevelopment of the northern part of the city.
South by Southwest
Midland could withdraw support for Energy Towers – The city of Midland will be voting on all of its Energy Towers agreements thus far on Tuesday with the real possibility that the city could deny moving forward with its end of Midland’s most significant downtown project to date.
City budget passes; trash cans approved – Shelbyville’s council passed the final reading of the 2014-2015 budget Thursday, while also approving the purchase of nearly 7,000 roll out garbage containers.
How far $100,000 stretches in San Antonio and other cities – Want a raise? Your paycheck might be worth more in a city where the cost of living is lower. See what $100,000 really feels like in cities across Texas and the nation.
New Georgia gun law causing changes at City Services Center – House Bill 60 allows concealed carry weapons inside a government building unless there is security screening at the entrance. In an effort to keep guns out of the City Services Center, the city will screen citizens at the entrance on the parking deck side. The other entrance will be closed indefinitely.
City leaders again discuss possibility of Super Bowl in Charlotte – Charlotte city leaders are discussing the possibility of a Super Bowl after a trip with the Chamber of Commerce to Minneapolis.
Covington joins rail case, wants payment for easements – The city of Covington decided to join forces with the other landowners in a case against the federal government to receive payment for their property along the Norfolk Southern line.
Area law enforcement agencies partner for Saturday’s “Coffee with a Cop” in Dilworth – Representatives from five area law enforcement agencies will meet with community members during an informal “Coffee with a Cop” event in Dilworth Saturday morning.