A class-action lawsuit against New York City has been tentatively settled for $188,531, which will go to 319 street vendors who claimed that city officials had confiscated and destroyed their carts. The suit, which was filed in April 2017, asserted the city ran afoul of the vendors' rights by destroying their carts rather than arranging for them to be retrieved.
A United Nations report assessing countries' financial readiness to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals makes 40 recommendations, including the need to set up financing frameworks and the importance of preparation for future crises. Areas of risk noted by the report include rapidly increasing populations and growth trajectories that are not robust.
The city of Hobart, Ind., is opting for bioaugmentation in lieu of dredging to control sediment in Lake George. The method, anticipated to cost $150,000, is more economical than dredging and may be able to reach more areas of the lake.
The Decatur Park District's Special Recreation Association dances provide a monthly activity for community members with special needs. The organization also offers outings to sporting events and the zoo, in addition to other activities.
As a part of the Healthy Forests Project, Snohomish County, Wash., is partnering with nonprofit organization Forterra to plant 1 million trees by 2040. Officials held a tree-planting event on Earth Day to celebrate the project.
The East Bay Regional Park District in California is encouraging residents to take part in "bioblitz" programs Sunday that will allow them to act as community scientists. Participants need a smartphone or camera and will help document biodiversity.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department in Texas is gathering input through meetings, pop-up events and focus groups as it prepares a long-term plan. In addition to community input, studies and demographic reports can also aid planning, said Kimberly McKnight, program manager for the plan.
The new "99 Counties, 99 Parks" initiative in Iowa highlights activities that the state's parks offer. The project's website offers a Family Fun Guide, and many of the state's parks feature selfie stands where visitors can take and share pictures with special hashtags.
A city councilman in Jacksonville, Fla., has submitted legislation that would broaden restrictions against the use of uniforms or law enforcement vehicles in campaign ads. Previously, the constraints applied to in-person appearances, but the revised law would also apply to televised ads.
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center in Washington is looking to upgrade its facilities, including the pier, the museum, the aquarium and the boat launch. The center will collaborate with Washington State Parks and the Fort Worden Public Development Authority for the project.
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