Feedback should look to help someone learn going forward and not simply be a list of criticisms, writes Shubha Apte. "Feedback can work wonders for continuous development and is often considered a gift for improvement," she writes.
Officials in Fairfax County, Va., have examined practices and policies in the county's fire department following complaints of sexism and say that, although cultural and communications issues exist, gender bias is not a problem there.
The municipal government in China's Baotou should take over funding social services to help debt-strapped agencies, says Mayor Zhao Jiangtao. The city recently admitted it overreported government revenue and currently faces debts greater than its GDP.
About 100 property owners living alongside Lake Erie in Euclid, Ohio, will open their land for public access in exchange for a more stable bluff where their homes sit. City officials plan to build a boardwalk and multipurpose trail that will connect two parks and make the waterfront more accessible.
The Kingston, N.Y., parks and recreation report outlines the department's goals for 2018 while touting its 2017 successes. Its goals include park and pool upgrades, a 5-kilometer run to benefit veterans and expanded community program offerings.
Officials in California's Sonoma County have drafted a conservation plan that would run through 2031 and have scheduled public meetings. The draft plan focuses on preserving farmland and other types of land that may one day become parks.
Using the National Recreation and Park Association's 2017 survey as a guideline, Oshkosh, Wis., has confirmed a 2011 local finding that it has less parkland than it needs. The Oshkosh report recommends passing an ordinance to establish a parks fee on new housing.