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December 14, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • 5 reasons bosses shouldn't try to be perfect
    Perfectionism isn't a desirable trait in business leaders, writes Henna Inam. The best leaders are comfortable in their own skin and recognize, and even embrace, their flaws to develop an authentic and credible leadership style, Inam argues. "They learn to ease their desire to 'be perfect' based on some kind of external standard in favor of 'being powerful' in an authentic way," she writes. The Glass Hammer blog (12/12)
  • Va. city council goes back to drawing board in manager search
    The Martinsville, Va., City Council says it could not reach an agreement with a candidate to become city manager, a post that has been vacant since January. The council interviewed five or six applicants of 44. The search will resume next month. Mayor Kim Adkins says the council will re-interview some finalists and also consider applicants among 10 chosen by a recruiting firm. Martinsville Bulletin (Va.) (12/13) Email this Story
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  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ill. city council aims to fill budget gap without tax hike
    The Galesburg, Ill., City Council is facing a $770,000 budget deficit after council members struck down measures to increase revenue and close the gap. The council decided against use tax for electricity and natural gas, and members say they don't want to raise property or sales tax. The council must make up the deficit by reducing expenditures, such as renovation of a storage facility. The city manager warned that cuts might have to come from reducing services or laying off employees. The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Ill.) (12/12) Email this Story
  • Vt. city council weighs budget options
    The Montpelier, Vt., City Council is considering a budget that would eliminate four full-timers and one part-timer, increase the property-tax rate by 2 cents and raise parking fees for city-owned and -leased lots. The city manager wrote in a letter to the council that some services would be affected by the personnel cuts. He says the Police Department would have fewer foot and bike patrols downtown, phone answering for the Fire Department would become automated and the process for zoning permits could take longer. The Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.) (12/12) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Chinese city plans crackdown on jaywalkers
    Traffic wardens in Beijing will be given more authority to enforce a jaywalking law that was introduced in 2004 and carries a 10 yuan fine. Wardens say jaywalking is a big problem, especially because many cars do not stop for pedestrians, but they are hesitant about enforcing the law, which is part of a campaign by the Municipal Public Security Bureau, the Traffic Management Bureau and the Municipal Bureau of City Administration and Law Enforcement. Global Times (China) (12/13) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Ala. city council OKs loans for businesses in recovery zone
    The Tuscaloosa, Ala., City Council unanimously approved loan applications from four businesses that are choosing to rebuild in a zone that was damaged by a tornado in April 2011. The businesses will receive $690,000 total from the Revolving Loan Program. "We celebrate the fact that [these businesses] were committed to rebuilding in our recovery area," the director of recovery operations said. The Tuscaloosa News (Ala.) (12/12) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • NYC bills would change Secure Communities compliance
    Members of the New York City Council were set to propose two bills that would limit compliance with the federal Secure Communities plan, which requires city and county jails to send fingerprints to the Department of Homeland Security so it can detain suspects who are in the U.S. illegally and who have a criminal record. The bills would allow the city to detain only immigrants with felony convictions or outstanding criminal warrants, who are facing felony charges or who are on a terrorist watch list or in a federal gang database. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/12) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Calif. city might form infrastructure panel to tackle backlog
    San Diego City Manager Todd Gloria proposed forming a committee to work on an $800 million backlog of infrastructure projects. The committee would focus on streets that need repaving, clearing flood channels and sidewalk conditions. "I have heard the call of San Diegans that they are tired of driving over potholes and tripping over sidewalks," Gloria said. "This committee will be able to develop comprehensive solutions to a citywide challenge." Mar-Carmel Valley, Calif. (12/12) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Call for ideas for ICMA's 2013 Boston/New England conference
    ICMA members and strategic partners are invited to submit educational-program ideas for ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston. The deadline for submission is Jan. 4. Contribute to the conference program by suggesting session ideas that correspond to one or more of 12 focus areas developed by the 2013 Conference Planning Committee. To read more about the focus areas and how to submit ideas, visit the Call for Ideas website.
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