Policy & Advocacy
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12/11/2018

CAMICB has partnered with Acclaim to issue a digital version of your CMCA certificate. It's called the CMCA Digital Badge. How do you claim it? When you get the email from Acclaim (not CAMICB), click "Claim Your Badge" and follow the instructions. What does it do? The CMCA Digital Badge can be displayed in email signatures, posted to your company website and featured on your resume. Showcase your CMCA on Facebook, LinkedIn and anywhere else you want others to know you've earned The Essential Credential! To learn more about the CMCA Digital Badge, visit the CAMICB website.

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12/11/2018

The Millennium Tower HOA is pursuing a retrofit to correct the building's sinking and leaning problems, a $100 million construction project that could take 18 months. "We hope that the fix ... will help resolve the outstanding lawsuits related to the Millennium Tower," HOA spokesman Doug Elmets says.

12/11/2018

Safety experts are warning about the fire hazard posed by dry Christmas trees, a source of fatalities annually, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It's best to keep holiday trees clear of any heating source.

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ABC News
12/11/2018

The Sun City HOA in Arizona, a 55-and-older community, is dealing with an increase in both Airbnb rentals and complaints from residents due to the behavior of young renters. Some residents would like to change the covenants to combat short-term renting, but they would have to get at least half of the approximately 17,500 single-dwelling homeowners to agree.

12/11/2018

When developing a holiday decorations policy, all HOA members should be involved in the process, and the goal should be to create a feasible policy that brings people together and honors the festive season. A committee should be formed to complete an initial policy draft, contact a lawyer for legal advice and get feedback from the community.

12/11/2018

The police department in Rapid City, S.D., invested in shoes for its police dog, Jary, to wear while on patrol during the harsh winter weather and the Belgian Malinois is having a hard time adjusting to wearing the shoes. The police department uploaded a video of Jary attempting to walk in the shoes for the first time.

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Sky News
12/11/2018

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued guidance designed to help nonprofit leaders comply with a provision in last year's tax-code overhaul regarding employee parking. "The guidance issued today aims to provide flexibility while minimizing the burden on non-profit groups that provide employee parking," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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The Hill
12/11/2018

Philanthropic efforts related to plastic waste, malaria, financing for low-income populations, empowerment of women and the use of art to advance social justice initiatives are examples of an evolution brought about by a growing entrepreneurial influence, write Abby Schultz and Beckie Strum. Private charitable contributions expand opportunities for innovation by giving nonprofits more room to take risks, says Gulgun Kayim, director of arts, culture and the creative economy for the city of Minneapolis.

12/11/2018

Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America leaders are facing unrest due to a Boy Scouts policy change that will result in acceptance of some female members. Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon says it's important for Girl Scout members to be present at Scouts BSA recruiting events to clarify the "stereotype out there that Girl Scouts don't do high ad­ven­ture."

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12/11/2018

Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis has received $2.5 million from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos as part of a $97.5 million pledge toward national housing efforts made earlier this year. "This support from the [Bezos] Day One Families Fund will increase our capacity to end homelessness for more families and deepen our impact with each family," says Executive Director Steve Horsfield.

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