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  Leadership and Management 
  • Smart bosses take their enemies to lunch
    Every business professional winds up making enemies, so the real test is how you respond to conflict, Mike Figliuolo writes. It's usually better to take the high road, responding to workplace slights by inviting your enemy for lunch or buying the person a beer. "You kill them with kindness. ... if you're being nothing but professional, it's hard for you to look bad," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (12/3)
  • Mass. city council aims for compliance after charter update
    The Northampton, Mass., City Council will consider several procedural changes to comply with an updated charter, which was approved by voters last month. The changes include extending the mayor's tenure from two years to four, making the council president chairman of meetings, electing a council vice president and eliminating the mayor's voting right on committees. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (12/4) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Pa. city council might cut fees for tax delinquents
    A committee of the Philadelphia City Council approved a plan to reduce the interest rate and the penalty charged to tax delinquents. The plan, which aims to get more residents to pay back taxes, would put the interest rate at 5 points more than the federal short-term rate and would cut the penalty to about a third of what it is now. Residents owe Philadelphia hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes. KYW-TV (Philadelphia) (12/4) Email this Story
  • Ohio city council will consider balanced 2013 budget
    The Marion, Ohio, City Council's Finance Committee passed a balanced budget for 2013 that includes gradually increasing revenue and one layoff in the Parks Department. "I hope in the next few years we can begin to provide services to people that we have cut," one council member said. The City Council will vote on the budget next week. The Marion Star (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (12/4) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Mich. city and county try to work out policing contract
    Phil Ludos, assistant city manager for public safety in Saginaw, Mich., will present a counterproposal to Saginaw County officials as part of negotiations of a policing contract between the city and the county. Ludos' counterproposal would provide 113 law enforcement and civilian positions, down from 137 proposed by the sheriff, and would cost about $10 million less over five years. The Saginaw News (Mich.) (12/4) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Expert: Cycling, rock climbing should be part of city rebuild
    The New Zealand government, the Christchurch City Council and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority should consider including cycling and pedestrian paths, as well as rock walls, in rebuilding Christchurch after a devastating earthquake last year, says a sports-science expert at the University of Canterbury. Paths would encourage more people to bike and walk to work, he says, while rock-climbing walls would promote a healthier lifestyle among city dwellers. (New Zealand) (12/3) Email this Story
  • Md. city council OKs "superblock" tax breaks
    The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval to a plan of payment in lieu of taxes for a "superblock" development that will include hiring and profit sharing for the city. The plan gives the developer $22.1 million in tax breaks. The development, on a block that has been vacant for years, will cost about $150 million. "Hopefully, this project will reignite the growth of the central business district," Councilman Carl Stokes said. The Baltimore Sun (12/3) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Colo. city manager hopes to foster "proactive" planning
    The Pueblo, Colo., City Council elected Sam Azad as city manager in a 4-3 vote. Azad, who moved to the U.S. from Iran 40 years ago and whose full name is Shariar Azadmanesh, frequently tells people, "Please, call me Sam." He says his top priorities as manager are collaborating with the council to improve the city's finances; managing departments to encourage "proactive," rather than "reactive," activity; and working with local partners to bring better jobs into the city. The Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.) (12/4) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
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