The October Confidential: Local Government Theme Music

Posted on October 2, 2015

Kent Wyatt, ELGL co-founder, writes a running blog on everything from My Little Pony to government fund balance.

October 31

Transaction Wire

City Hall Goes Crazy for Halloween
Belgrade clerks claim gender discrimination in suit against city

Council should be more transparent in making this hire

South Portland city councilor’s use of private email scrutinized

Melbourne Beach manager search hits snag, starts over


Picture of the Day

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Outside Local Government

The 17-year story behind Marco Rubio’s cut-down of Jeb Bush

The Revolutionary Story Behind Mary Jane Candies


October 30

Tweet! Tweet!

My favorite news story of the day, by far, is the brewing Twitter war between the libraries in Kansas City and New York. One of the most clever Twitter battles that I’ve read about, and extra points for use of images.
Twitter war erupts between N.Y., K.C. libraries

Librarian war of words

Bookish bragging rights
I must have been paying too much attention to my kids because I missed the previous library battle between Toronto and Kansas City. Link: The ALCS has caused an international library Twitter beef.

DJ LocalGov

Each of us has our personal theme music (or maybe that’s just me), and now, cities are getting into the game. A rare example of Canadian beating us to the punch is shown in this article, A City Bureaucrat Created an Ode to an Ottawa Bus Route.


Transaction Wire

Yakima proposes severance for city manager
Pierson appointed to North Texas city manager job

Choosing a city manager is an opportunity for transparency

City Manager jumpstarts overall hiring

The lost city of Port Hueneme

Sex and the City Hall?

San Luis Harbor District hires former Morro Bay manager


Civil War Beards, Of Course…

The greatest beards of the Civil War, in one chart
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Innovation Profile

Seneca Systems, one of ELGL’s new organization members, profiles Julie Underwood, Daly City (CA) Assistant City Manager. My favorite quote,
Over 15 years ago when I started as an intern in local government, I thought I would change the world! My membership with ELGL has re-inspired me to have the audacity to believe that I truly can.

Love Letter

Everyone loves a good ol’ fashioned love letter. In the last few months, local government has been the receiver of a couple of these letters. Most recently, Hayley Roberts, Metro Matters, shared her appreciation of Hazel Park, MI.
Revisit Bert Lowry’s letter – Dear Local Government, I Love You!

Turn It Pink

I’ve always been impressed with breast cancer advocates’ ability to turn the month of October pink. At the grocery store, you’re asked to round up to the next dollar and donate the difference to fighting breast cancer. Watch a Seahawks game and you’ll see pink on the uniforms, field, and crowd. (This is somewhat ironic due to the NFL’s spotty record on punishing players who have been accused of domestic violence.) The New York Times tells the story of the ‘pinkification’ of October and the growing disenchantment among breast cancer advocates and others.
Link: A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification’

The Perfect Troll

My disdain for Nickelback is hard to contain. The Dallas Stars made my day by trolling the Vancouver Canucks, who are from Canada, the land of Nickelback.  While playing the Stars, the Canucks were treated to all of Nickelback’s greatest hits. Link: Dallas Stars troll own fans by playing Nickelback for an entire period

Bell’s Back

Sam Taylor shares the new inspirational video from the City of Bell, CA. You may remembers Bell from the Los Angeles Times series, Scandal in Bell.

The City of Bell is back. There’s a renewed sense of pride amongst the residents and government leaders in Bell, California. The city has undergone a dramatic turnaround following a devastating corruption scandal. Once almost bankrupt, the City now has General Fund reserves of more than $20M and a budget that is sustainable. And Bell recently received an A- grade from an independent organization that rates government transparency and is actively at work rebuilding the City’s economy and neighborhoods. ICMA TV walks you through the recovery process that has made both government leaders and long-time residents feel proud to call Bell their home.

October 29

City Manager Podcast

The City of San Antonio podcast bringing the most important issues and exciting city projects discussed by City Manager, Sheryl Sculley. This episode the City Manger discusses the newly adopted FY2016 Adopted Operating and Capital Budget and Collective Bargaining negotiations.
Link: The City Insider with Sheryl Sculley, Episode 1

Transaction Wire

New rules target ‘revolving door’ between City Hall and developers

7 jobs cut in effort to streamline city services

El Paso City Council Takes Action After BuzzFeed Investigation

Oklahoma City sets hiring freeze amid revenue drop

New Buffalo City Council member seeks more access to city manager emails
Mitchell to be Escondido city manager
Rufus city administrator accused of stealing thousands from city

October 28

GIF of the Century


Aberdeen, WA

I would rank Aberdeen, WA (which is known for being Kurt Cobain’s hometown) as one of the five most depressing cities that I’ve visited. My father-in-law grew up in Aberdeen so I’m breaking the circle of trust by admitting my disdain for the city. (Father-in-law: I mean this in the nicest way possible, please don’t hold this against me when you’re Christmas shopping.) Turns out, Macklemore is not a huge Aberdeen fan either.


Transaction Wire

Survey: Aspen is great, but City Manager’s Office needs improvement
City Manager, in In-Depth Interview, Says $2 Million More Coming to Covington Riverfront

Berkley begins city manager search following Bais-DiSessa’s departure

Rufus city administrator accused of $31K theft

City mayor: Former city manager ‘relieved’ he was fired

Most Frightening Pumpkin Ever


Fun Fact?

Human DNA was found in 2% of hot dog samples.

October 26

How ‘Bout Them Cowboys?

Politico examines a span of 24 hours that marked the fall of Chris Christie. As with most things in life, the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones deserve part of the blame. Ironically, the numerous hugs between Christie and Jones accelerated the fall. You can argue that a few of the hugs are deserving of punishment.

Transaction Wire

Changing healthcare providers saves city nearly $2.2 million

Meriden’s Caruso reflects on career in city planning

Thorpe, 3 others eyed for county administrator job in Yuma

Moving along to Harold Cheek, professional city manager


Unicorn Blood

I learned at #ELGL15 that the Dutch Bros. secret menu is going mainstream. The first offering will be ‘Unicorn Blood.’ Here’s more information on future offerings – The Inside Scoop on the Dutch Bros. Secret Menu.

October 25

Picture of the Day


Transaction Wire

West St. Paul city manager, mayor butt heads on cost of staff travel budget

Bay City Manager receives positive review; no contract talks until next year

Engaging local youth a top priority for the City of Weatherford

City computer hacking was just a test

City hires new parks and community services director

Failure to update software left Naperville computers vulnerable
Charter changes should enhance citizen engagement

Trump’s Big Dump: The Rise and Fall of Atlantic City

Race-baiting? Red-baiting? In heated Maine mayor’s race, take your pick.

October 24


We’re moving our main conference to the spring 2017. In 2016, we will organize the first ever ELGL Day on October 21. Pop up conferences will be held throughout the country.
On an unrelated/related note, I bring you my favorite song with the word “pop.” This brings back memories of middle school.


Transaction Wire

Escondido city manager announces resignation

Daniel Borenstein: City manager’s breathtaking pension-spiking gambit seeks $307,000 annual payout

This city gets two acting city managers in one week
Salary range set for manager hunt
Would Phoenix benefit from ‘strong mayor’?

Tacoma strong mayor ballot item could have unintended consequences

Essexville city manager says Bay City is ‘intimidating our voters’ over water line millage

College Station gives Mies splendid retirement sendoff

Merced city manager interviews not likely to be public

City hit with $11M verdict

Why did 5 Montebello department heads leave in the last month?


October 21

The Zack Dean Collection

The official #ELGL15 t-shirt has arrived. Zack Dean, Founder of YouPickPocket and Tigard High School student, produced the shirts. Zack is in high school but he’s already been in the news for the success of his small business. If you see Zack at #ELGL15, take a minute to thank him for his work on #ELGL15.


Transaction Wire

Deputy Abilene city manager announces resignation

Hearne City Council rehires Pee Wee Drake as city manager despite indictment

List of city manager hopefuls grows

Tecumseh City Council offers city manager job to Monroe official
City Manager: Despite challenges, good things ahead for Benson
Gainesville taps Gwinnett planning director as new city manager

As Ann Arbor’s top administrator exits, he offers thoughts on the city’s future


October 20

Civic Leaders

Civic Leaders has become the best selling ELGL book of all-time! It’s also the first ELGL book of all-time. I checked in with Clint Bowers, Volsta Media, who is responsible for putting the book together. He was received a number of bulk orders including from several groups in California. Orders have also been placed from North Carolina to Oregon. Hats off to Clint for producing such a quality product!
In response to the demand, a digital version of the book is available for purchase. For my loyal Confidential readers, I am giving away a free digital copy to the first person who recommends five professionals we should feature in season two and submits a song for the #ELGL15Mix playlist. Submit your entry in the comments section below.

Facing Criticism Head On

The Colts ran the worst fake punt in NFL history on Sunday night, and it just so happened the Colts had a Twitter chat scheduled for Monday morning. Props to the team for not cancelling the chat but as you’ll find out the chat did not go well.
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Transaction Wire


Boulder Takes Rare Step Into Conservative Orbit With G.O.P. Debate

Nothing sure yet, but city officials consider possible general fund shortfall next year

Miami Springs city manager keeps job, but barely

Farmington Hills council picks Boyer as city manager

City Council candidate Shawn Stratton calls for City Manager Derek K. Allen to resign

Council officially accepts city manager’s resignation

South Point City Manager Cited for Soliciting Prostitute in Huntington

How A Brutal Beating Became The Symbol Of Oakland’s Gentrification Struggle


Happy Birthday!

My daughter turns four this month, and thankfully her crazy lil’ head, never dreamt of a CVS-themed birthday party like this girl. Undecided on what this means about the parents.

Cards of Urbanity

ELGL member and Card of Urbanity Lisa Nielseson is back in the headlines. She continues to receive much deserved praise for producing an interesting game about local government. Will it be the Sim City for the next generation? Link: How a Not-Entirely-Polite Card Game Is Changing Urban Planning
The Knope of the Week card in Cards of Urbanity is one of the highest honors that ELGL has received.

October 18

Michigan Wins! Michigan Wins!

Another low moment for local news occurred during the Michigan State vs. Michigan football game.


Pictures of the Day

For football fans, every Saturday and Sunday is Halloween. I don’t think I’ll ever get a tattoo but if I do I hope it isn’t one of a sports team or Creed.
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Transaction Wire

Fernandez heir apparent to city manager post

Granite Falls should switch to city manager system
Questions arise over compliance with open meetings law when city manager’s contract not renewed

City Manager Of Santa Ana David Cavazos To Get No Performance Bonus

Winona city, county deal with growing data management in digital age

Kennewick allows non-residents to serve on city boards


October 17

Outside Local Government

A reader’s guide to the people who became memes

Seattle landlord gives tenants a $200 monthly discount for being vegetarian

Hidden cost of your drinking habit
The Night New York Saved Itself from Bankruptcy 


As I was jogging this morning (not many people readily admit that they jog, but I do) I stumbled across my new favorite podcast. Former Obama top staffer David Axelrod has started a podcast, and in the most recent episode, he interviews Mitt Romney. That’s right, the Mitt Romney. It’s a refreshing episode where two people with different perspectives can talk it out in a civilized conversation. Fun Fact: Mitt believes local government is the only level of government that is getting things done. Amen.
Link: Mitt Romney had an emotional interview with Obama’s top campaign adviser

Transaction Wire

Suffolk’s new city manager is a people person

Milpitas city manager: federal age discrimination lawsuit ‘frivolous’ and bewildering

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community

Milford council winners will hire city manager

Message from the City Manager: Voice for McKinney’s vision

Most California cities back new pension strategy despite cost

Attorneys to Kevin Johnson: Don’t hug city workers

City made good deal

Six days until #ELGL15…

Pre-conference assignment – download the app and follow the Twitter list.

“The Mayor Is a F-ing Addict”

That’s the title of a new article in Politico which examines the tenure of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The article reinforces what we know about the former mayor. A more detailed report of the craziness around the mayor is contained in the book, Crazy Town.
This sign spotted at the Kansas City vs. Toronto baseball game showed that former Mayor Ford remains on the minds of the world.

October 16

One Week Until #ELGL15

Thanks to Kylie Bayer-Fertterer for the theme music.


Japan Wins!

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Need more evidence that the US is falling behind the rest of the world? Japan has landed a My Little Pony-themed cafe. That’s a long trip for all of the many ELGL members who fancy Flutter Shy.

Put a Bow on It

A final note on the ELGL/ICMA Mixing in Perfect Harmony event. ICMA posted a nice write up on the event. Onward to Kansas City where everyone can crash on Mike Ekey’s futon.

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut was my second home as a kid growing up in Fairfax, VA. We went to Pizza Hut to redeem Book It rewards, birthday parties, recreation basketball celebrations, and random Tuesday nights. I consumed a few pounds of the thick crust pepperoni pizza. It was a big day when I aged out of the personal pan pizzas.
What happened to multitude of Pizza Huts that could be found in every city. Many of the traditional locations closed with the rise of delivery pizza. The Washington Post documents the transformation of the former Pizza Hut buildings. The Used to be a Pizza Hut blog takes a deep, deep dive into former Pizza Hut locations. You find out that this former Pizza Hut in Yakima, WA is now a morgue.

Trick or Treat — Things Just Got Weird

You know that neighbor that takes it too far with the Halloween decorations. This Ohio woman took it one step too far by hanging an actual dead person from a fence.

Transaction Wire

Audit on way for Bixby city manager who logged 2,800 hours of comp time in five years

Editorial: City manager needs, deserves a review

Fired Oregon City manager faced complaint over racially insensitive remarks
Revenue tools ‘not a dirty word’ says new Toronto city manager

Menlo Park names new assistant city manager to oversee development projects


October 15

New York, New York

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Sarah Hazel and Brittany Bennett presented at the New York State Association of Counties in September. Here’s a link to the presentation.

Life Outside Local Government

How They Do it in Oxford
“Paleo-sleeping” gets a wake-up call
Walking through Texas with a gun and a mission
People are criticizing my dad, Jim Webb, for killing a man. Here’s what they’re missing.

Picture of the Day

Sorry Ranger fans, it’s too good a bat flip to ignore. If you want more entertainment, check this out – Munenori Kawasaki Gives Awesome Interview After Blue Jays Advance to ALCS.

Transaction Wire

Gary Williams named Carbondale Interim City Manager
Oregon City fires high-paid city manager, cites loss of confidence, won’t pay $400,000 in severance
Largo city manager to retire

City manager believes in Athens

Inkster’s Richard Marsh Jr. voted finalist for Muskegon Heights city manager

Candidate asks about timing of hiring new Moses Lake city manager

Nassau Bay selects new city manager

City leadership now includes new assistant city manager position, new finance director

Anita Favors Thompson to retire Nov. 20

Tecumseh manager candidate interviews Thursday
Staffers vetted for city manager job

DeSoto mayor balances leading Best Southwest’s largest city and its smallest as Ferris’ new city manager

Beilue: New regime puts city’s future in jeopardy

October 13

#ELGL15 Notes

Seven more sleeps until #ELGL15 which gives you time to download the #ELGL15 app and follow the #ELGL15 Twitter list. Attendees at #ELGL15 will represent all regions of the country. For example, our friends at GovSense are making the trip from Georgia. Here’s why they decided to make the trip.

Those Cold, Odd Colored Wraps from Costco

If you have kids, you’ve attended at least one birthday party with Costco cake. The double whammy is when the entire food spread is from Costco. I hope to live a life where I never have to eat one of the cold, odd colored Costco wraps. And yes, I know I am food snob.
One dad doesn’t agree with me – Costco-shaped cake grants lucky dad his birthday wish.



34-Year Old Leader

Excellent read on the new interim deputy city manager in Lakeland, FL – Lakeland interim deputy city manager drawn to community activism. Proof that the media will writes positive stories about local government.

Local Government Is Life Saving

The haters will always hate but local government does a lot right. Plano, TX brings us the latest example – Plano parks and rec staff save man’s life at Oak Point Park racquetball court. Not to downplay the lifesaving actions of the Plano staff members but these remarkable deeds happen daily in local government whether a police officer is saving a child from domestic abuse, firefighter stopping a fire from spreading in a neighborhood, or a utility worker saving the life of another worker.
Add to the list of lifesaving efforts of local government by sharing yours in the comments section below.

Transaction Wire

Attorneys: Beloit city manager seeking to fire police chief, deputy police chief

Oakley city manager gets 4 percent raise

Oregon City Manager David Frasher fired without severance payment

Virginia Beach city manager warns of possible $33 million shortfall

Compton names new city manager

2 Glendale city manager candidates had controversies at past jobs

City Commission to interview 8 city manager applicants

Former Huntington Woods city manager recognized for 42-year career

Collinsville City Council members disagree over salary increase for city employee


Mike Ekey Comes From Good Blood

Found out this from Twitter – : There is a park in Hays, KS, named after my great grandfather, my grandfather was Mayor. 

Hear from current city manager – Toby Dougherty, city manager for Hays, Kansas, talks about his city’s efforts to implement a Strong Towns approach.


Quote of the Day

More on this deep thought.

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October 12

Transaction Wire

Aurora city manager again under the microscope as election nears

Scott Somers begins term as College Park city manager

Bixby city councilors: Private firm will audit city manager’s office
Amarillo city manager resigns
Next Eau Claire city manager likely a staff hire
Powder Springs may change charter regarding city manager

New city manager takes helm in Livingston

Moberly City Manager Andy Morris accepts new job
Peter Troedsson, Bothell assistant city manager, talks beer, boats and bad grammar

Former Wilkes-Barre administrator interviewing for Michigan job

Search for Ann Arbor city administrator underway

Mayor says Harry Black deserves raise, doesn’t provide review

Managers come and managers go

City of Temecula appoints Community Development Director

And Then There’s This….

Man Severely Hurt By Massive Pine Cone In San Francisco Sues Government, Park Service. H/T Pam Antil.


October 11

Readin’ and Ridin’

Today you reap the benefits of my long car ride from Gold Beach, OR to Portland, OR. I rode shotgun for half of the drive which allowed plenty of time to read articles on the best app ever (beside the #ELGL15 app) Longform.
Tom Brady’s Personal Guru Is a Glorified Snake-Oil Salesman
WeWork Used These Documents To Convince Investors It’s Worth Billions
In Fantasy Sports, Signs of Insiders’ Edge
BUYING POWER: The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election

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Transaction Wire

Greensboro mayor, city manager ‘cautiously optimistic’ about sit-in museum’s future

Second group of interviews for Mt. Pleasant city manager set


Third time’s a charm: City Council tries again to fund road improvements

As police costs rise, cities cut patrols, shop around

Northfield councilors hope for external candidate in interim city administrator search

Woodruff city manager hired as new Kiawah administrator

New Port Orange city manager looks to lessen turmoil

Craig Malin a finalist for Arizona city manager’s job

Menlo Park: City restructures roles for 2 top execs

Cook’s career goes from circuit rider to Cody’s manager


October 10

Lewis and Clark

The State of Oregon has very little history, what history they do have is centered around Lewis and Clark. As an elementary schooler, I would have traded anything to take “Oregon History” instead of “Virginia History.” My class was full of learning about the major battles fought in Virginia, while Oregon students could answer “Lewis and Clark” on any given history test and there’s a 50 percent that they’d be right.
Why I am rambling about elementary school history class? Well, the University of Oregon football team has found another way to recognize Lewis & Clark.

Arcata Community Park

We visited Redwood Park yesterday by taking a short trip to Arcata. Incredible scenery and huge trees were the highlights. The disappointment was the number of folks we encountered doing shady things in the woods – drug deals, smoking pot, and sleeping. The afternoon can be summed up by the playground at Redwood Park which had more hippies than kids. Instead of hanging around Arcata, we headed back to Eureka for dinner.

Lost Coast Brewery

What’s memorable about the brewery? They have the best mustard that I’ve tasted, and they have pretty good beer.
Fun Fact: Lost Coast Brewery is unusual in the male-dominated world of brewing because it was founded by two women; it is one of only two female-owned breweries in Humboldt County, the other is Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville.

Former Eureka City Hall

Props to the City of Eureka for commemorating the former city hall building.

Grammar Police, Grammar Police

If you are going to throw stones, make sure you use proper grammar.
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October 9


Unlike the Grants Pass newspaper, the Humboldt County paper does not have a paywall; therefore, I can bring you the most important headlines from the area. First, and most importantly, sea otter sightings have been reported by the community. And, not to brag, but I spotted one last night but I decided against reporting it. (Who exactly would I report it to? Would they believe me? Would they accuse me of filing a false report? Would they not like me since I live in Portland?)
First Humboldt coast sea otter sighting in years
Not exactly Humboldt news but must read material – Cat helps San Francisco police talk man off building ledge
Arcata City Council addresses graffiti
City approves Creamery District zoning changes
State association awards county for collaborative marijuana policy work

Dolla Dolla Bills

If you are looking to throw away a couple of dollar bills in downtown Eureka, this machine is willing to take them. Each of the kids had their fortune read. Please note: this was not my idea.
Continuing on the theme of wasting money, I hope Ben Kittelson is sitting down. A vinyl record store is located in Old Town Eureka. Who needs these fancy CDs or music downloads when you can buy a record. Fun Fact: Barnes and Noble has begun selling vinyl records. Ben and hipsters everywhere might change strategy to embrace the 8-track player.

Spend Your Money Wisely

If you want to spend your money wisely in Old Town Eureka, Cafe Nooner is the place to be. Recently featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, the restaurant rocks the party that rocks the party.


Fun Fact: My 3-year old did not enjoy the experience. She tore a pita into tiny pieces and then ate a plain bagel from another joint in downtown Eureka.
Other good spots in Eureka….Sequoia Park Zoo, Banana Hut, and Humboldt Chocolate.
Biggest disappointment? Learning that Eureka, CA is not the birthplace of Eureka vacuum cleaners. So sad.


Transaction Wire

Pierce County deputy executive seeks city manager job in Glendale, Arizona
Engage new council on city manager and interim
Simi Valley’s Former Assistant City Manager Named City Manager of Palmdale
St. Cloud selects new city manager
Council readies to recruit
New Port Orange city manager looks to lessen turmoil


Local government isn’t the only thing that produces awkward moments. A Jeopardy contestant is gaining worldwide fame for a creepy smile.
Jeopardy! Contestant Becoming Internet Sensation With Awkward Smile, Winning Streak
‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Matt Jackson’s smile, attitude is obsessing the Internet
Reigning Jeopardy! Champion Matt Jackson Is Internet Gold



Raleigh, NC took the unique approach to cleaning up downtown. A group launched an advertising campaign aimed at decreasing the public drunkness which has taken over the Glenwood area. Did it work? Results are mixed.
What you should know about Raleigh’s DrunkTown wars

‘Drunk town’ stirring up Raleigh city council race

Did the ‘Drunktown’ campaign ads work?

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#Drunktown has become a trending topic on Twitter, where some have pointed out that the ad wasn’t even produced downtown.

Someone created a Twitter handle for the character, @DrunkTownGuy, and House of Swank is adding a “Drunktown NC” T-shirt to its line of North Carolina-themed clothing.
In a blog post titled “Vomit Politics,” Democratic political consultant Gary Pearce argued that Baldwin’s win is a loss for Debnam.

October 8


I picked up a couple of the local newspapers to find out what’s happening in Humboldt County.
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The Nae Nae Prezi

The wait is over. Here’s a link to the Prezi that we presented to the Humboldt County Leadership Team. For those in attendance, I’m including links to a few of the projects that we discussed.

Bonds… City Bonds & Communicating with Round Rock, TX

The Rest of the Story on the Hillsboro Police Recruitment

#WeBuiltThisCity: Rappin’ About Your #2

Awkward County Hall Selfie

Our youngest child wasn’t too sure about the Humboldt County facility.

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Grants Pass

Wake up….wake up….we woke up in beautiful Grants Pass, OR. I can’t confirm its beauty yet as it was dark when we arrived and it was dark when we awoke. What I can confirm is Grants Pass is home of #ELGL15 headliner Dutch Bros. and everyone’s favorite Chief Administrative Officer Randy Ealy (Beaverton, OR). Since you asked, I made a makeshift map of Grants Pass.
Still tuned for all sorts of blurry selfies in Grants Pass, OR.
Supplemental Read: How Dutch Bros. grew from a pushcart in Grants Pass. I would share current headlines from Grants Pass but the local newspaper has a paywall which makes since because I’ve always compared the New York Times to the Grants Pass Daily Courier.

Nae Nae

Today is a very special day – it’s our first presentation with a Nae Nae theme. Humboldt County, CA employees are in for an awkward treat.
Fun Fact: My favorite Nae Nae moment happened after Mercer beat Dook in the NCAA Tournament.

On a related note, I saw this gem this morning – These Youth Football Players Quit Their Game To Do The “Whip/Nae Nae”

October 7

Media Relations

Local government has struggle for years to strengthen relationships with the media. Some have succeeded, others don’t care and put up an artificial wall between local government and the media. In Dothan, AL, a city commissioner took it one step farther – Watch an Alabama politician hit a TV reporter and Dothan Commissioner Amos Newsome arrested, charged with third degree assault.


Turner and Hooch

If you’re thinking about committing a crime in Boston (admit it the thought had crossed your mind), you might think again after reading about the Boston Police’s new K-9. Boston Magazine reports that the German Shepherd puppy’s name is Tuco, named for the volatile “Breaking Bad” character named Tuco Salamanca.


Transaction Wire

How Cincinnati’s city manager believes the city’s huge surplus should be used

Yakima City Council begins next step after O’Rourke resigns

Santa Ana City Manager Acknowledges Romance With Employee

Mike Bonfield named Creedmoor city manager
City workers could get bonus for fixing budget

Escondido’s Secretive Appearance Committee Decides What’s Art and What’s Not

Six to be interviewed Oct. 15 for Tecumseh manager
Woodland council goes with city administrator system

Northfield council fails to pass interim city administrator recommendation in ‘awkward’ meeting

A Dog Run in Queens With a Price That Stuns: $1 Million

October 6

All Day Breakfast

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If you read this week’s Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, you know that we are fired up about the all-day breakfast from McDonald’s. We dream of the days that Mickey D’s will sell a 6-pack of Sausage McMuffins. The Internet shares our love of the new offering – The catch about McDonald’s all-day breakfastMcDonald’s all-day breakfast starts today: Here’s what to expect, and Excited to eat Egg McMuffins all day?
Sad Fact: McGriddles will not be offered 24/7. For the love of syrup…

#ELGL15 Announcement

Matt Monedero, City of Garland, TX, will kick off #ELGL15 with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. He assures us that it’s a cross between Carl Lewis and Rosanne Barr.


Fact Checking Parks and Rec

It appears Matt is on the same brainwave as many ELGL members who wondered, “who did the TV show Parks and Rec consult to accurately portray the nuisances of our profession?” Unlike the rest of us, Matt made it his personal motivation to find out. In one of the most unique ELGL stories, Matt interviews the City of Santa Monica, CA planner who was a consultant for Parks and Rec. Lucky!

To the Redwoods

Eureka, CA….here we come. (We may need directions.) ELGL will be presenting to the Humboldt County leadership team on Friday. Phil Smith-Hanes has invited us to spread the gospel of local government and ELGL. Our presentation will be void of generational stereotypes and war stories. (I fear that Ben Kittelson will break my knees if I mention how Millennials oppose daily showering.) So, while I have your attention, I’d welcome your input on where the Wyatt clan should visit in northern California or southern Oregon.
Tentative plan:
Wednesday: Grants Pass
Thursday: Eureka, CA
Friday: Eureka, CA
Saturday: Southern Oregon

Are You Having a Twitter Moment?

While you were sleeping or watching batted balls on Monday Night Football, Twitter dropped a new feature – Moments. I am a big fan. Moments summarize the top news on Twitter and elsewhere. Even if Moments was a dud, I wouldn’t admit it since Twitter is my last hope before Snapchat takes over the country.
What does everyone else think about Moments?
Twitter’s ‘Moments’ Will Try to Tame the Chaos
Meet Moments, Twitter’s Most Important New Feature Ever
Twitter Moments Are Like Snapchat’s Live Stories

Life Outside Local Gov

Five things you should know on 25th anniversary of the Fifth Down Game
Firings are common, but it’s not routine for those going through it
Trump left his mark all over NYC. Some wish they could erase it.
How ESPN’s fear of the truth defeated “Black Grantland”

The Next Librarian of Congress Should Be an Actual Librarian


Sports Meets Politics

Texas governor says Cowboys’ defense is ‘More porous than the Texas border’


October 4

Job Alert

Accounting Manager, Multnomah County, OR
Budget Analyst, Multnomah County, OR
Research and Evaluation Analyst Senior, Multnomah County, OR
Strategic Communications Coordinator, Multnomah County, OR
Strategic Project Specialist, Multnomah County, OR

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Google Alerts

City manager interviews begin in Mt. Pleasant

Lowell city, school leaders apologize in racial incident
5 Questions with Lesli Ellis – Boulder Comprehensive Planning Manager

City seeks solution to alcohol-fueled violence

Bloomington City Leaders Spend the Day Fighting Fires
Arbitrator reinstates Elgin cop Jason Lentz, fired over Ferguson comments

October 3

One Liners

Man legally named Santa Claus is running for city council in North Pole, Alaska

Inspecting Oregon’s Bridges, Sometimes 6 Stories Underwater

Colorado Springs’s potholes draw the attention of Koch brothers’ group

Why this Silicon Valley bigshot voted to fire Fiorina but wants her to be president

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California Pizza Kitchen

HUGE props to California Pizza Kitchen! Why? It was the site of Elenaor’s 6th birthday party. We’ve made the rounds to every jumpy castle, trampoline, and indoor playground in a 20 mile radius. These locations are typical spots for birthday parties. Some genius (Kirsten) found out that CPK opens early for birthday parties. We were crackin’ the doors open at 9:30 a.m. for a tour of the kitchen, pizza making, and unlimited pink lemonade. A six-year old’s dream. I know you probably don’t care but in case we have some CPK staffers in ELGL membership I thought a shout out was needed.

Google Alerts

Fiber service may be in Columbia County’s future

Former Enid city manager dies

Lincoln Park moves forward with new city manager

South El Monte to evaluate city manager, launch investigation following critical audit

Marysville’s Fernandez honored as Michigan’s first Hispanic city manager

Behrmann settling in as assistant city manager

San Jose: Police and city attorneys crack down on massage parlors as Super Bowl nears

College Football

Saturday is great because of the Internet fodder produced by college football.

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October 2

Keep Focused

Last month the Confidential got a little off track due to travels to Kansas City, Dallas, and Seattle. This month brings relative calm. A trip to Humboldt County to present in front of their employees, birthdays for both kids, and Halloween are on tap. This should be plenty enough reason to avoid picking up a rake.
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Less than #13Percent

I preface my comments by noting that this year’s ICMA Conference was a first class event. A highlight of the conference was attending a desserts and drinks reception hosted by gay and lesbian managers. The reception was not include in the schedule of events for the conference so this might be your first time hearing about it. A partner of a local government manager organized the event which was especially important because Pat Martel was being installed as the next ICMA president. The reception included a speech from Pat and a great opportunity to interact with a wide range of local government managers.
What I found disappointing was the group had to fund the event themselves. ELGL made a small contribution but other than that they were forced to use the pass-the-hat approach. This group is made of some of the finest and most experienced managers, and yet, their event was not listed on the program and not funded.
I don’t know pretend to know the backstory of what has happened in the past with gay and lesbian managers organizing an event during the ICMA Conference. But, in a time where the local government profession barks about diversity and inclusion, the opposite message was sent by the lack of resources provided to the event by ICMA.

Welcome to Texas

ELGL and the Texas City Management Association are partnering up to bring more benefits to our members. Here’s a quick blurb about the partnership from TCMA. We celebrated the beginning of the partnership at the ICMA conference. By celebrate, I mean enjoying slow service and average Italian food at a restaurant in Pikes Place. The following night, the TCMA folks turned it up a notch with an open bar reception for conference attendees. We have a lot to learn from them.

Transaction Wire

Carbondale city manager steps down
Paso Robles city manager search narrowed to 3 candidates
Second candidate for Ottumwa City Administrator withdraws
At Issue: Should Decatur popularly elect its mayor?

Retiring Cary Town Manager reflects on rewards, challenges



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One Liners

Dead Malls Through Each Season

Cameramen showcasing Houston robbed at gunpoint

The Decline of ‘Big Soda’

Fueling innovation at local level is discussion topic

Should Governments Pay Property Taxes to Other States?


Alan Mond, founder of MuniRent, has a suggestion to solve your internal communication problems. He doesn’t work for Slack but he can promote the hell out of the product. He describes it as a mix between Twitter and Facebook for internal use. ELGL uses GroupMe but we’re experimenting with Slack and so far have been impressed. In fact, it’s safe to say that Ben Kittelson has fallen in love with it. You might consider it for your local government or other groups that you are part of. If it doesn’t work, blame Alan.
Fun Fact: NASA uses Slack.

A Dookie in Governing

It’d been a good year for Duke University. The basketball team wins the national championship and one of their biggest fans is published in Governing. I overcome my Dook bias to request that you read Stacy Wall Schweikhart‘s, Kettering, OH community information manager and ELGL Ohio leader, article in Governing – Cycling’s Lessons for Government Leaders  – Whether it’s about pedaling or public administration, the challenges are much the same.

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