Why leaders should be more willing to take advice | Speaker of N.Y. city council could become first female mayor | La. city council tweaks but doesn't eliminate residency rule
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March 11, 2013
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Why leaders should be more willing to take advice
Bosses should be more willing to ask for advice even if they already know the decision they're going to make, writes Dennis Bakke in this book excerpt. "The advice process isn't just about getting the right answer. It's about building a strong team and creating a process of communication that will improve all decisions in a company," Bakke explains. Fast Company online (3/5)
Speaker of N.Y. city council could become first female mayor
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn could become the city's first female and first openly gay mayor. She officially launched her campaign Sunday, saying part of her platform is advocating for middle- and working-class residents. Quinn has served on the City Council since 1999 and has been speaker since 2006. She is seen as the most likely candidate to receive an endorsement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/10)
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La. city council tweaks but doesn't eliminate residency rule
Amid objections from police and fire representatives, the New Orleans City Council has failed to eliminate a law that requires new city employees to live inside the parish. The council lengthened the grace period, however, giving employees 180 days to move. The law does not apply to anyone hired before Jan. 1, but employees who move outside the parish will forfeit their position. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/7)
Budgeting and Finance
Pa. city councilman seeks budget-related charter change
Philadelphia City Councilman-at-Large David Oh has proposed a charter change that would create a City Council budget office separate from the mayor and his advisers. The proposal comes as the mayor prepares to introduce what is expected to be a controversial budget. "We have basically what is almost a $4 billion budget that we have to look at in a very short time. ... when it comes to going as deep as I think we should, as deep as the owners would want us to go, I think we need more tools," Oh said. KYW-TV (Philadelphia) (3/10)
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N.C. county manager wants property tax raised by 6.7%
Durham County, N.C., Manager Mike Ruffin has proposed a 6.7%, or 5-cent, property-tax increase, which would raise the bill for a $200,000 house by $100. Ruffin also proposed a $125.45 million bond referendum for the November 2014 ballot that would fund schools, open space, farmland and the Museum of Life and Science. The Durham News (N.C.) (3/7)
Emergency Management and Public Safety
N.C. city council allows purchase of police mini drone
The Monroe, N.C., City Council has approved paying $44,000 for a battery-operated mini drone. The equipment, a topic of national debate, will be used by the Police Department at crime scenes, during searches and after natural disasters. "It's not like we're going to send it up and see what you are doing in your backyard," police Major Bryan Gilliard said. "It's for community safety." The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (3/8)
Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Calif. city council supports development vision
The Fremont, Calif., City Council has approved the creation of a community plan that will include 4,000 housing units and add 20,000 jobs. The plan is part of the city's goal to become a destination for jobs and young professionals. The first phase will be presented to the council by July. Fremont Bulletin (Calif.) (3/7)
Legislation, Policy and Grants
N.Y. city council is jeered for "roommate ban"
The Watertown, N.Y., City Council is being criticized and ridiculed for passing a "roommate ban." The council eliminated language in the zoning code that allowed people to rent out rooms in a single-family house. However, planning officials say the rule is impossible to enforce. North Country Public Radio (Canton, N.Y.) (3/8)
Public Works and Infrastructure
Ala. city council will weigh $500,000 stormwater plan
The Mobile, Ala., City Council is set to consider a $500,000 plan to bring the city into compliance with regulations of the state Department of Environmental Management and the federal Clean Water Act. The plan would update the drainage system and improve controls to keep litter out of waterways. AL.com (Alabama)/Real-Time News from Mobile blog (3/9)
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