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11/21/2018

Taller commercial buildings would be permitted in North Brooklyn's Greenpoint-to-Bushwick industrial zone in New York City under a proposal due to be released by the Department of City Planning. The rezoning is part of a three-year-old mayoral project to add jobs and protect businesses in the city's manufacturing areas.

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Department of City Planning
11/21/2018

Members of the Ethics Review Commission in Austin, Texas, declined to review proposed amendments to the city code regarding discrimination and harassment, saying those policies are outside the commission's purview. Commissioners recommended the topic might be more appropriately addressed by the city's Human Rights Commission.

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Human Rights Commission
11/21/2018

County employees in Nairobi, Kenya, will be required to undergo "integrity tests" as part of a new strategy aimed at reducing corruption. A number of staff members have been disciplined for corruption in recent months, and Erick Munyao, acting assistant director of ethics and leadership, says the county should hold officials responsible for departmental corruption.

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Daily Nation (Kenya)
11/21/2018

Officials in Selma, Calif., are pleased with the city's new manager, Teresa Gallavan, who "hit the ground running," according to Mayor Jim Avalos. Residents expressed hope that Gallavan's economic development experience will be an asset to the city.

11/20/2018

Officials in Arlington County, Va., have pledged to contribute $7 million annually for the next 10 years toward affordable housing solutions in anticipation of increased housing prices prompted by Amazon's new local headquarters. Amazon plans to donate space for tech startups, artists, industrial businesses and a school as it establishes headquarters in Long Island City, N.Y.

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MarketWatch
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Amazon
11/20/2018

Understanding the goals of our superiors allows us to "manage up" and assist them, maximizing our contributions to organizational success, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Help others, and they will help you; when you genuinely work together, great things can happen for both of you," he writes.

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Joel Garfinkle
11/20/2018

Allentown, Pa., has included funding for a full-time emergency management coordinator in its next budget. The duties to be handled by the coordinator -- a position that will be filled if the city's budget passes -- up to now have been part of Allentown's fire chief's part-time responsibilities.

11/20/2018

A three-judge state appeals court has temporarily blocked the paid sick leave ordinance in Austin, Texas, asserting it is unconstitutional, and remanding it to the district court for further review. The ordinance would have required employers with 15 or more employees to offer eight days of earned sick leave per year of work.

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The Texas Tribune
11/20/2018

Charlie Barrineau is leaving his post as city manager for Greenwood, S.C., after serving on the city's management team for almost 20 years. Current and former municipal leaders are praising Barrineau for his hard work and dedication to Greenwood residents.

11/20/2018

Uxbridge, Mass., is among the 85% of cities and towns in the state participating in Wireless Direct, which routes calls straight to public safety answering points rather than to one of three state contact centers. Also, use of Next Generation 9-1-1 data is entering its second phase, providing more accurate locations of callers by incorporating data such as smartphone GPS information.