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8/2/2021

City Manager Noel Bernal of Brownsville, Texas, will participate in a local cycling event in the hopes of getting feedback from residents on the municipal plan for sidewalks and trails. Bernal says he is also open to discussing other local issues with participants during the free event.

8/2/2021

Prosecutors in Ingham County, Mich., have announced they no longer will seek criminal charges against drivers pulled over for minor infractions that do not threaten public safety. The county hopes to reduce the number of racially biased traffic stops and lower the number of potential violent encounters between drivers and police.

8/2/2021

City Council members in Portland, Ore., have approved protocols that ban people experiencing homelessness from camping in areas deemed to be at high risk of fire to reduce the number of fires accidentally ignited in dry regions. The policy, which will ban camping in areas designated by fire officials as "high risk," will remain in force throughout wildfire season and whenever burn bans are in place.

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8/2/2021

Officials in West Lafayette, Ind., are hoping to improve food-waste recycling by investing in a new bin to simplify and expand the city's collection of food waste. Collected food waste is taken to a wastewater treatment plant, where it is converted into energy that helps power the facility.

8/2/2021

Protesters and counterprotesters in Charleston, S.C., will be required to obtain a permit from local law enforcement and will be barred from brandishing weapons or disrupting traffic under an ordinance approved last week by city officials. Protests must take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. under the new rules.

7/30/2021

Simply deciding to set audacious stretch goals is an important step for companies and individuals, provided the goals are clear and accountable, writes Nick McLean of Four Pillars Investors. "Shooting for the stars requires stretch goals that might feel uncomfortable to some, yet clear goals and achievable growth metrics make it possible," McLean writes.

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Chief Executive
7/30/2021

City Council members in Bangor, Maine, have approved a decrease in the municipal property tax rate that is expected to save residents a collective $500,000 annually. The decrease was facilitated by additional funds from a state revenue-sharing program and the local school committee, councilmember Dan Tremble said.

7/30/2021

Los Angeles City Council members have approved an ordinance that bans people experiencing homelessness from setting up camp on driveways, sidewalks, overpasses and on-ramps, as well as near schools, parks, libraries and homeless shelters. If Mayor Eric Garcetti gives final approval to the ordinance, violators will face fines if they do not relocate camps within two weeks of being warned.

7/30/2021

Officials in Fredericton, New Brunswick, have commissioned First Nations artist Percy Sacobie to create an 8-by-24 painting for the departure lounge at the Fredericton airport. "[I]t's a significant and highly visible statement about the city's commitment to culture, and it is also a statement of inclusion and a significant effort to recognize the presence of First Nations in our community and in a visible way in Fredericton," said David Seabrook, the city's manager of tourism and culture.

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CBC News (Canada)
7/30/2021

The end of a moratorium on evictions enacted by the CDC will likely bring a new wave of people experiencing homelessness in New Orleans, city officials say. Health Department officials note that many people experiencing homelessness hesitate to stay in shelters.

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WWNO-FM (New Orleans)