Why leaders should model themselves on Margaret Thatcher | Why "Lean In" isn't just for women | La. neighborhood representation will change for first time in 25 years
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March 26, 2013
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Why leaders should model themselves on Margaret Thatcher
Recently released papers shed light on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's handling of the Falklands crisis, writes Heritage Foundation fellow Luke Coffey. Thatcher's decision to go to war came at a time of uncertainty, confusion and conflicting advice from subordinates, making her stand all the more impressive, Coffey argues. "Perhaps the biggest lesson one can learn is that making the right decision is not necessarily the same as making the most popular decision," he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/24)
Why "Lean In" isn't just for women
Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In," should be on every business leader's reading list, regardless of gender, writes Scott Eblin. While Sandberg's tips for women on leadership and career advancement are getting plenty of attention, her book also includes serious and powerful insights on issues such as mentoring. "People will be talking about and referring to this book for a long time to come. If you haven't read it, you won't be able to intelligently participate in the conversation," Eblin writes. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (3/22)
La. neighborhood representation will change for first time in 25 years
Residents of the 3rd District in Gretna, La., will have to elect a different City Council representative for the first time in 25 years, as Councilman Vincent Cox III runs for mayor. Voters will have to choose from among four candidates in an April election. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/25)
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Tenn. city manager suggests bond for fiscal 2014 and 2015 projects
Kingsport, Tenn., City Manager John Campbell has proposed using one bond issuance to pay for two years of capital-improvement projects. Bonds worth $13.7 million would fund projects in fiscal 2014 and 2015, including a stadium, renovations, rebuilding a bridge and dam repairs. Kingsport Times-News (Tenn.) (3/23)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Calif. city council is against state bill on indoor smoking
The Santa Monica, Calif., City Council opposes state legislation that would ban smoking from all indoor areas of multifamily dwellings. People caught smoking would face eviction and criminal charges. "Many of the anti-smoking advocates are rightfully concerned about health but don't realize in Santa Monica, with rent control and housing stability, we also want to keep people in their housing," Councilman Kevin McKeown said. "Preventing evictions is still important to us." Santa Monica Mirror (Calif.) (3/25)
Texas city manager responds to resident concerns about tower
Midland, Texas, City Manager Courtney Sharp says the city will look for traffic solutions and alternate locations downtown for special events while the 53-story Energy Tower is constructed. Sharp's remarks were brought on by residents' concerns about downtown development viability. Midland Reporter-Telegram (Texas) (3/25)
Legislation, Policy and Grants
Calif. city council might offer incentive for Samsung facility
The San Jose, Calif., City Council is considering a $7 million incentive package to entice Samsung Semiconductor to build a research-and-development center in the city, which is competing with Austin, Texas, for the facility. The package includes tax breaks and equipment reimbursement. KLIV-AM (San Jose, Calif.) (3/25)
Public Works and Infrastructure
Mont. city council considers landfill expansion
The Billings, Mont., City Council is weighing a $2 million expansion of a landfill. The plan would include construction of a landfill cell and installation of landfill liner, access roads and drainage ditches. Billings Gazette (Mont.) (3/24)
Recognitions and Transitions
N.C. county commission selects next manager
The Guilford County, N.C., Board of Commissioners has hired Marty Lawing as county manager, effective May 6. Lawing has been Brunswick County's manager since 2001. The News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) (3/23)
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