City Council members in Kansas City, Mo., last week voted to eliminate ordinances restricting the possession or control of marijuana as part of an effort to reduce negative interactions between law enforcement officers and Black people. "The city doesn't need to be in that business; instead, we remain focused on how we can help open doors to new opportunities and empower people to make a decent living," says Mayor Quinton Lucas, noting that state and federal laws regulating marijuana already exist.
Officials in Venice, Italy, are optimistic that an inflatable barrier tested last week will help reduce flooding caused in the city by high tides. The system relies on 78 barriers that can be inflated when tidal waters threaten the city and lowered when the threat passes.
The City Council of Chanhassen, Minn., appointed Heather Johnston as interim city manager after Todd Gerhardt retired. "His remarkable career may be ending, but his legacy will forever be tied to Chanhassen," says Mayor Elise Ryan.
Residents in Tenino, Wash., who can show they've lost income because of the coronavirus pandemic will be able to get relief funding up to $300 per month in the form of wooden $25 bills the town is printing. Tenino previously printed its own currency to drive recovery after the Great Depression while ensuring that relief funds were spent at local businesses.
Authorities in Thiruvananthapuram, India, have implemented severe lockdown restrictions over fears that coronavirus cases in the city were rising to unmanageable levels. Neighborhoods have a single entry and exit point and only one shop per neighborhood is permitted to open, while residents are restricted from leaving their homes, except to purchase essential items between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
City Manager Scott Adams of Las Vegas this week announced he will retire in November after 16 years of serving the city and 43 years of working in local government. "During my career, nationally and here in Las Vegas, I have met and worked with many wonderful elected officials, business and civic leaders and employees that have enriched my life and made my work incredibly rewarding," Adams said in a letter to city staff.
The Portland, Ore., City Council discontinued a highway widening project for Interstate 5 after the mayor, city commissioner and other stakeholders objected to the project. Opponents say organizers of the $800 million project, which was slated to go through a historically Black area of Portland, failed to address the community's concerns.
Tennis is a great form of exercise that can be played safely during the coronavirus pandemic, as it allows for proper social distancing and does not involve physical contact, writes Victoria Chiesa of the U.S. Tennis Association. She provides guidance for departments on how to safely reopen and manage tennis courts.
City Council members in New Haven, Ind., have approved a wheel tax that would levy a $25 fee on motorcycles and passenger vehicles and a $40 charge on larger vehicles. Council members estimate the tax will bring in $350,000 annually for road repairs and improvements.
Officials in the Ontario township of Russell are seeking a new namesake after residents raised concerns about the town's original namesake, Peter Russell, and his affiliation with slavery. The town is seeking submissions of a suitable candidate -- whose first, middle or last name is Russell -- to whom they can rededicate the town.
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