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9/18/2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault in the 1980s will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, delaying the Sept. 20 committee vote to move Kavanaugh toward confirmation. President Donald Trump has defended his nominee and dismissed questions about the possibility that Kavanaugh would withdraw his nomination.

9/18/2018

Clark County, Wash., will contemplate an ordinance today that would eliminate many regulations regarding prefabricated homes and permit them to be assembled on individual lots. However, HOAs would retain the power to ban these type of housing structures.

9/18/2018

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development bans sexual harassment within housing accommodations, including HOAs, and now California has authorized regulations requiring HOAs to protect residents from sexual harassment from other residents, suppliers and management. The new state Fair Housing regulations will become effective by April 1.

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9/18/2018

The leaning Millennium Tower HOA in San Francisco has secured a cracked window on the 36th floor, thereby avoiding having the building being labeled unsafe by city inspectors. The HOA also paid $150,000 to install city-mandated scaffolding around the sinking building to protect against falling glass.

9/18/2018

The Timber Lake HOA in Virginia took steps last week to prepare its private lake's dam for heavy rains connected to Hurricane Florence. It lowered the lake level about 12 inches and put matting, gravel and soil around the dam's main spillway to help prevent soil erosion.

9/18/2018

Members of the Sea Palms West HOA in Georgia recently voted to acquire the Sea Palms Resort's nine-hole West 9 Golf Course, which was almost deserted, and turn it into a green space.

9/18/2018

Colleagues shouldn't hesitate to turn to their teammates if they need more time on a project due to personal reasons, writes Sara Saddington. People who show their vulnerable side "inspire loyalty, foster engagement, and truly activate those around them," she writes.

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9/18/2018

Facebook, with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, used donation matching, new tools and a targeted approach to raise $45 million for 46,000 nonprofits on Giving Tuesday in November 2017. Facebook's efforts accounted for 15% of the total raised that day, and were especially effective for small and midsize organizations.

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Fast Company online
9/18/2018

Workers and leaders in the nonprofit sector benefit from unions because they protect the interests of staff and facilitate open communication, write Kayla Blado and John Schmitt of the Economic Policy Institute and the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union. "Having a union also allows for greater problem-solving capacity and creates a collaborative culture," they write.

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The Hill
9/18/2018

Springboard to Opportunities will launch Magnolia Mother's Trust, a 12-month basic-income pilot project in Jackson, Miss., in December. The program will provide $1,000 in monthly income to 15 black women living in poverty, hoping to later expand to include 100 families.

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