Female business leaders are making progress globally | La. city council wants AG to weigh in on term limits | Va. city manager's budget would raise pay, keep taxes steady
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March 14, 2013
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Female business leaders are making progress globally
Women hold almost one-quarter of senior leadership positions worldwide, according to a Forbes Insights study with Grant Thornton, but some regions have made more headway than others. In Asia-Pacific, 29% of senior leadership positions are held by women; only 21% of North America's senior leaders are women. Flexible working arrangements and talent-management programs are two ways to get more women into leadership positions, Tatiana Serafin writes. Forbes (3/8)
La. city council wants AG to weigh in on term limits
The Slidell, La., City Council will seek an opinion on term limits from the state attorney general. Under the city charter, councilors are limited to two terms in a district seat and two terms in an at-large seat, with each term lasting four years. However, it is unclear whether councilors who have served a partial term can run for re-election twice. All nine seats are up for election this year, and the attorney general's opinion could affect three councilors. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/12)
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Budgeting and Finance
Va. city manager's budget would raise pay, keep taxes steady
Lynchburg, Va., City Manager Kimball Payne has proposed a budget that includes a 2.5% pay raise for city and school employees; a 1% raise for police officers, firefighters and public-safety staff; the full amount requested by schools; and no tax increase. "Unlike previous years, the proposed budget is characterized more by what it can do than by what it cannot," Payne said of the $318.1 million plan. The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (3/13)
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Calif. county supervisors OK exploration of job reorganization
San Mateo County, Calif., Manager John Maltbie has gained approval from the Board of Supervisors to explore a plan in which as much as 15% of county workers would become temporary, with no defined pension. The plan aims for cost reduction, but board President Don Horsley says he doesn't want the county to miss out on good employees because of the move. Palo Alto Daily News (Calif.) (3/12)
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
N.Y. city council pushes for state speed-camera law
After a slew of traffic deaths, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other key councilors are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would let the city install speed cameras. "Speeding is, tragically, the No. 1 cause of fatal crashes in New York City," Quinn said. "We just need these cameras to help keep New Yorkers safe." TransportationNation.org (3/12)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Fla. city council allots $11M to boost downtown, other areas
The Jacksonville, Fla., City Council has authorized $11 million for reinvestment citywide. Although Councilman John Crescimbeni expected the plan to be "a pretty tough sell," councilors voted 17-1 in favor. The plan includes $9 million for downtown revitalization. American City Business Journals/Jacksonville, Fla./Morning Edition blog (3/13)
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Ohio city council authorizes economic-development grant
The Solon, Ohio, City Council has approved a $70,000 economic-development grant for circuit-board-maker CTI Solon Properties, provided the company invests $4.3 million in renovating a vacant building. In addition to the renovation, the company, which employs 165 workers at two locations, will try to expand its workforce by more than 50% over three years. Sun News (Cleveland) (3/13)
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Va. city council unanimously bans living in hotels
The Newport News, Va., City Council has agreed to ban living in a hotel or motel. The law, which councilors say will not increase homelessness, will take effect next year and will prohibit the renting of a room for more than 30 days over a 60-day period. Extended-stay hotels and business travelers will be exempt, and the Department of Human Services/Social Services can grant a 90-day waiver for people who prove they need time to find housing. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (subscription required) (3/12)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Okla. city council invests in lightning-detection system
The Norman, Okla., City Council has approved spending more than $70,000 on a lightning-detection system for parks. The existing system, which has become unreliable, was installed in 2000. The equipment, which monitors atmospheric conditions, sounds an alarm when storm conditions become unsafe. The Norman Transcript (Okla.) (3/13)
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Ill. city council expresses support for fracking moratorium
The Murphysboro, Ill., City Council has drafted a letter in support of a two-year hydraulic fracturing moratorium proposed by nearby Jackson County and Carbondale. The council wants to stall fracking until studies are conducted on the long-term effects of the natural gas extraction method. The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Herrin, Murphysboro) (3/13)
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