Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as director of Office of National Drug Control Policy. The announcement came after a report in The Washington Post highlighted Marino's role in a 2016 law which pared back the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority.
Maryland's Montgomery County Council has passed new legislation giving homeowners permission to rent their properties on home-sharing sites such as Airbnb, but they would need to apply for a license first. However, the new law, which takes effect next July, provides HOAs the opportunity to challenge its residents' short-term rentals.
A circuit court judge has ruled in favor of the Island Estate HOA in Aventura, Fla., saying developers of the nearby Prive at Island Estates trespassed in using a utility easement to build an illegal sidewalk. There will be a hearing, where damages will be determined and homeowners will be requesting that the developers remove the sidewalk, according to homeowner representative Matthew Leto.
A Florida appeals court has determined that Escambia County can only collect property taxes from the Beach Club Towers and Portofino Island Resort for improvements on the land, but not the actual land. The ruling cited the fact that the condo communities' 99-year land leases do not automatically renew and can be "renegotiated."
The Arbor Ridge HOA in Georgia and resident Susan Asher were at odds over Asher renting out one of her rooms and possibly subdividing her unit in the 55-and-older community. After using the covenant's "right-of-entry" clause to inspect Asher's home, the HOA determined that she had not subdivided her place, but the rules dictate that she can no longer charge her young roommate rent because of his age.
Orchestras and concert halls are increasingly downsizing and renovating their facilities to meet the needs of modern audiences, which are smaller but more demanding in terms of their expectations. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra recently wrapped up a $143 million renovation to downsize and update its Music Hall, and observers suggest that the Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic may want to try a similar approach for modernizing Geffen Hall in New York City.
BoardSource's 2017 Leading with Intent study addresses the evolving structure of nonprofit boards and how nonprofits should handle the pending changes, writes the editorial board of The Nonprofit Quarterly. Board size changes, the role of standing committees and proper board management etiquette are covered in the report.
Amazon has pledged a $1 million match donation to St. Mary's Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, Mass. The nonprofit said it would use the gift to expand its community outreach, offer more preventive services and job training for families in danger of homelessness.
XPrize, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that chooses global challenges to address every year, has picked a winner and four finalists for 2018. The winning challenge will be the early detection of Alzheimer's, but the nonprofit said there's also potential to focus on clean air, cybersecurity, evolving our democracy and zero-waste mining in future competitions.
Nonprofit venture capital fund Acumen has launched a new ad campaign that seeks to raise awareness about World Poverty Day by showing what it looks like to live on less than $5 per day in different countries. Photographer Martin Schoeller took photos of 50 of the almost 230 million people living in poverty worldwide against a blank background to show that everybody should be treated the same, no matter where they come from.
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