Sonoma County, Calif., is deploying gauges as early warning indicators for landslides and flooding like those that resulted from recent fires. And authorities are weighing other measures, including controlled burns, to manage future incidents.
Officials in Fukuoka, Japan, announced this week they will issue papers recognizing LGBT couples starting in April. While the move does not entitle LGBT couples to any legal rights, the documents can be used to demonstrate a relationship when renting housing or providing family consent for medical procedures.
Frank Felix, recently appointed city manager of Nogales, Ariz., says he hopes to improve interdepartmental communication and cooperation to improve city services for taxpayers. Felix previously served Nogales as Mayor John Doyle's executive assistant before being named acting city manager.
Leaders of government agencies too frequently stifle innovation by requiring more validation than necessary for new ideas and then overcommitting resources once an innovation has proven worthwhile, writes Alan Pentz. Government leaders should determine what constitutes success and then set key performance indicators and milestones for projects to encourage better manage innovation, he says.
The National Recreation and Park Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation in Virginia a Fit and Strong! grant to create low-impact exercise programs for older residents who have flexibility problems. The Fit and Strong! classes will be woven into the 50 and Wiser program already offered by the city.
Officials in Oakland County, Mich., are spending $5.8 million on improvements to the county's public radio-communications system, OakWIN. Consoles, radio towers and other equipment that has nearly reached the end of its 15-year lifespan will be replaced, says Deputy County Executive Bob Daddow.
Owensboro, Ky., resident Nate Pagan will take on the role of assistant city manager. A city commission will need to approve the selection of Davies, along with the selection of recently promoted City Attorney Steve Lynn.
National Recreation and Park Association President and CEO Barbara Tulipane noted the health benefits of having parks nearby and that Amazon's proposal for a second headquarters emphasized the outdoors and recreational opportunities. She urged cities to pledge to make parks and green space accessible to all residents within a 10-minute walk.
Green design could save cities money as well as improve public health, according to a report by environmental consulting firm Capital E. The Delivering Urban Resilience report studied three cities, finding that expanded tree cover and making surfaces cooler were two ways to save money and benefit residents.
San Francisco's Helen Diller Civic Center Playground has reopened after a yearlong $10 million renovation. The playground now has a weather and nature theme and features new light installations and play structures.
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