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December 19, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • How to drive a Jeep across quicksand
    Managing innovation is like driving a Jeep across a pond of quicksand, says John Nottingham, a co-president of Nottingham Spirk. It's risky, but you need to commit fully to the path you've chosen and not stop to second-guess yourself. "If you pause to think about it for a while, you start sinking in the quicksand and all of a sudden you disappear," Nottingham says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/24)
  • Texas city council works to define new post of manager
    The Justin, Texas, City Council is working to spell out the job description of city manager, a newly created position. Voters approved the creation last month. Mayor Greg Scott says a city manager is necessary in light of recent population growth. "The city manager will allow us to work more efficiently and manage our time better," Scott said. "As a council, we now can focus on making important decisions on city policy rather than handling routine administrative tasks." Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas) (12/16) Email this Story
  • Va. city manager talks public safety and panhandling
    Charlottesville, Va., City Manager Maurice Jones' State of the City address turned into a question-and-answer session, with residents asking about the homeless, public safety and panhandling at a pedestrian mall. Jones says the city has addressed public safety and panhandling downtown by adding police officers, planning a mall ambassador and discussing ordinances to dictate where people can sit or lie. He also said a single-resident-occupancy facility is addressing homelessness. Charlottesville Tomorrow (Va.) (12/16) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • N.J. city council implements towing fees to add revenue
    The Salem, N.J., City Council approved an ordinance to charge city-approved towing companies a $300 fee every two years and $20 for each towed vehicle, bringing the city an additional $3,000 annually, according to a Police Department estimate. The ordinance is "long overdue" because the city was not getting money from towed vehicles, the council president says, and the fees are comparable to those in other cities. South Jersey Times (Woodbury, N.J.) (12/18) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • London Fire Brigade might create emergency Twitter feed
    The London Fire Brigade says it is looking into setting up a Twitter feed for residents to report fires and other emergencies. The feed is being considered as part of the London Safety Plan, which takes into account how emergency services will change in the near future. The brigade plans to work with the government and the Metropolitan Police and Ambulance Service to study how applications and social media can be used in emergency services. (12/18) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • $1.5B development awaits approval of Texas city council
    The New Braunfels, Texas, City Council will consider approving a $1.5 billion development outside city limits that would include a water-improvement district. The developer hopes to establish the district to generate funds that would pay for infrastructure improvements before the development is built. The Veramendi master planned community would cover about 2,400 acres with businesses, health care facilities, residential units and schools. KSAT-TV (San Antonio) (12/18) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Wash. city council adjusts agenda to include gun safety
    The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to amend its annual legislative agenda to include measures on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, universal background checks, trigger locks, storage and micro-stamping technology on firearms. The revision, brought up after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, outlines priorities for city lobbyists for the Washington Legislature. The Seattle Times/Politics Northwest blog (12/17) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • N.C. city council delays capital-spending discussion
    The Charlotte, N.C., City Council voted unanimously to put off discussion of $926 million in projects until 2013, leaving the city without a capital budget this year. The vote came after council members were unable to agree on several plans meant to transform the city and encourage economic development. One of the most contentious projects would have extended a streetcar line through the city's center and cost about $119 million. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (12/17) Email this Story
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