Posted on June 27, 2014

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While you were recovering from the US Men’s Soccer team loss, the NBA held the 2014 Draft and there were some awesome suits. The buzz featured stories include health clinics in fire stations and the City of Auburn and AU joining forces.

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Women Leaders in Government: We Still Have a Long Way to Go

#EcDev in Rural NC

Lorde Invades Local Government

Personality of the Guest with Jennifer Jones, Village of Oak Park (IL)

Life as a City Manager’s Child with Will Norris, Long Beach (CA)

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Coming Soon…

YouTube on a Budget – July 10

Webinar: Bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City – July 17

Micronetworking: Working with Architects – July 23

Transaction Wire

Hackensack Council dismisses city manager following whistle-blower lawsuit

Melbourne deputy city manager to retire

Fremont assistant city manager leaving to take Southern California job

Victoria city manager takes job with City of Wayzata

Port Orange manager in talks with old city

Waco gets new assistant city manager

High Point names interim assistant city manager

City of Lakeland Hires New Human Resources, Civil Service Director

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High 5

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations – City officials in Hayward, California, broke ground this month on a new fire station that includes a first in community design for the city, the county, the state, and maybe even the nation: a built-in health clinic.

Adelanto continues to eye bankruptcy filing – Adelanto city officials said dramatic cuts to its general fund mean its $2.61 million deficit will merely increase by $22,000 in 2014-15. However, that still might not be enough to stave off a bankruptcy filing, the city manager said Thursday.

Valley cities brace for revamped fireworks law – Cities and towns across metro Phoenix hope a change in state fireworks laws doesn’t prompt an increase in fires this Fourth of July.

City of Auburn and AU join forces for urban sustainability – As Auburn continues to plan its downtown redevelopment, sustainability is a key goal of the project. The City has joined forces with Auburn University to implement elements of the Downtown Master Plan as part of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator Program, a one-year grant-assisted program through Portland State University.

How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women’s Rights – The technology craze of the 1890s meant fashion freedom and transportation independence.

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50 Nifty

Departure of city manager cost city over $145,000 – In a mesh of paid leave, severance package, and increased salary for interim officials, the city of Carlsbad paid more than $145,000 total for the resignation of John Coates, its former city manager.

Ketchum hires new city administrator – A public servant from California has been chosen to replace Gary Marks as the city of Ketchum’s city administrator.

Fresno firefighters, City Hall try again to make a deal – Something binding has to happen someday in contract talks between Fresno firefighters and City Hall.

Council members briefed on next year’s budget, no hike on tax rates in the forecast – Clermont city officials believe they will be able to balance a larger municipal budget for 2015 without having to raise taxes, they told the city council this week.

La Mirada Council votes for pay raise for city employees – For the second straight year, La Mirada city employees are getting a raise. The City Council Tuesday voted 4-1 to give a 1.1 percent salary increase to all city employees.

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Mayor Charlie Hales decides to put street fee charter amendment ‘on the shelf’ – After several weeks of postponing a vote on a charter amendment measure related to a controversial and yet-to-be adopted street fee Portland Mayor Charlie Hales decided to put his idea “on the shelf” indefinitely.

Hillsboro Assistant City Manager Steve Greagor resigns – Hillsboro Assistant City Manager Steve Greagor submitted his resignation after the Washington County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute him, records show.

EV Fest will show off the latest electric cars at Pioneer Courthouse Square – If you’ve been holding any doubt about the ability of electric vehicles to jump into the U.S. auto market, you might want to walk it back a little.

Metro Council unanimously approves Hyatt agreements, authorizes bond sales – The deal is solid, and it’s time to move on. That was the argument Metro councilors made Thursday as they voted unanimously to approve an agreement for building a 600-room Hyatt hotel across from the Oregon Convention Center.

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Snohomish pulls plan to annex 22 acres – The owners of about a dozen homes just west of here won’t be incorporated into the city, for now. That leaves a developer’s plan to build new houses in the area up in the air.

Sound Transit appoints new acting CEO as agency’s leader continues medical leave – The Sound Transit Board Thursday approved Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mike Harbour as the acting head of the agency, as CEO Joni Earl is on medical leave.

Raft Island bridge opens ahead of schedule and under budget – In the last six months, Raft Island homeowners have watched a 757-foot bridge take shape parallel to the aging span they voted to replace almost 20 years ago.

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Pure Midwest

‘It’s been a good job:’ Fenton zoning administrator leaves 15-year legacy – For 15 years, Brad Hissong has been the man to see for everyone bringing new economic development to Fenton.

City names new public affairs manager – Toni Bankston is the city of Dayton’s new public affairs manager, filling the role vacated by Tom Biedenharn earlier this year.

Elgin considers cuts after casino revenue shortfall – The city of Elgin has to deal with the consequences of a shortfall in projected revenue from the Grand Victoria Casino.

City of Topeka to assess Heartland Park’s condition – As the city of Topeka works through the details of taking over Heartland Park, it plans to conduct an assessment of the motor sports complex to determine its infrastructure and track needs.

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South by Southwest

Lest we forget, a forgotten chapter in San Antonio’s civil rights struggle – This year, as our nation observes significant anniversaries in passages of the Civil Rights Act (50th) and the Brown v. Board of Education decision (60th), we want to highlight the 60th anniversary of an almost forgotten story of equal rights in San Antonio.

Nolanville discusses upcoming budget, including raises – City Council members discussed the future of city employees’ salaries as well as other upcoming budget issues at their June 19 meeting.

Council approves $1.2 million to buy downtown eyesore, hears ‘bombshell’ Godeke price tag change – City leaders dedicated about $1.2 million to buy a downtown Lubbock eyesore and learned a “bombshell” price tag to renovate a new location for a city library.

Critics of immigration detainers gather at Austin City Hall – Residents packed the Austin City Hall media room Thursday morning to support a resolution slated for a City Council vote this evening that would put Austin on record as opposing a controversial program aimed at helping federal agents identify jail inmates for possible deportation.

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Some Salisbury City Council members want more checks on future city manager – As the city deals with fallout from the sudden departures of the city manager and public information director last week, top elected officials say they need more oversight going forward.

Albany, GA City Commission approves budget, parking ordinance – It was a City Commission meeting where most of the fireworks came during a pre-briefing beforehand, fireworks that led to Thursday’s resignation by interim Water, Gas & Light Commission General Manager Tom Berry, but city leaders did manage Wednesday to approve a Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Phenix City Council OKs $4 million radio system for public safety – With one eye on the city finances and another on the safety of public employees, the Phenix City Council unanimously agreed Thursday to spend nearly $4 million to upgrade its outdated radio communication system.

Martinsville, VA gets $935K block grant – Martinsville will receive a Community Development Block Grant of $934,904 to revitalize a neighborhood on the city’s north side.

City honors Smalls, middle schoolers approves public safety split – Walterboro City Council recognized one of the city’s longest standing public servants Tuesday night, issuing a resolution congratulating former councilman Franklin Smalls for exceptional service and recognizing his 80th birthday.

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