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December 7, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Good bosses don't waste time on distractions
    Bosses need to make sure they don't waste time chasing after stuff that's cool but unimportant, getting sucked into projects with no clear endpoint, or overreacting to minor, one-off problems, writes Terry Starbucker. "It's all a matter of leadership perspective -- that ability to take a step back, and 'see' the bigger picture," he writes. (12/2)
  • Ohio city council weighs marketing campaign
    The Lakewood, Ohio, City Council is considering spending $7,000 to $10,000 on a marketing strategy. "It's time to do more to get the word out about what makes Lakewood great, and, in the process, support our local businesses, schools and housing market," Councilwoman Monique Smith, who proposed the plan, wrote in a letter. The Economic Development Fund would pay for the plan, which would include hiring an outside marketing professional., Ohio (12/6) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Pa. city council will seek payment from nonprofits
    The Bethlehem, Pa., City Council expressed support for the mayor's plan to request payment in lieu of taxes from some nonprofits. The request would ask that Lehigh University, Moravian College and Lehigh Valley Health Network pay a total $1 million in exchange for use of city services, employment of residents and endowments. By law, the nonprofits aren't required to pay taxes, but the payment would help the city close a $4.8 million budget gap. The Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.) (12/5) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Calif. city council authorizes end of ambulance service
    The Ukiah, Calif., City Council unanimously approved a plan for the Fire Department to stop ambulance service. Instead, paramedics would respond in a fire engine, which has the same life-saving tools as an ambulance. The city's public-safety director, who is also the police chief, says the city can no longer afford to deploy an ambulance and a fire engine in an emergency. The Ukiah Daily Journal (Calif.) (12/6) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Texas city council might allow golf course on landfill
    The Dallas City Council is considering building a golf course on landfill property in partnership with AT&T and Southern Methodist University. An agreement could include making the course home to the university's golf teams and a city group that encourages play among those who don't normally have access to the sport; allowing charity tournaments, public play and youth programs 25% of the time; and getting the HP Byron Nelson Championship played there, instead of in Irving, Texas. The Dallas Morning News (free content)/City Hall Blog (12/5) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Calif. city council supports valet regulation
    The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance regulating valet parking. The ordinance, the first of its kind and subject to a second vote, would ensure operators have liability insurance, a permit and proof of off-street parking. A valid California driver's license would be required for workers. The ordinance also would bar valets from blocking traffic and using public street parking unless they have permission. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/5) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Mo. city council looks to improve readiness for races
    The Kansas City, Mo., City Council aims to better prepare the city for 40 to 60 run, walk and bike races that occur annually. The council is considering shifting planning from the Public Works Department to the Parks and Recreation Department and hiring a race coordinator, who would notify residents affected by road closures and ensure races do not conflict with city events or businesses. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (12/7) Email this Story
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