The Eurobarometer ranks the happiest cities in the EU. Ninety-nine percent of residents say they are satisfied to live in Zurich and Oslo, Norway. Istanbul ranks as the unhappiest, with 65% of residents satisfied to live there.
The Fort Myers, Fla., City Council has voted unanimously to hire Saeed Kazemi as city manager. Kazemi has served as interim city manager for four months.
The Las Vegas City Council has approved a plan to create an "innovation district" downtown, with a goal of attracting high-tech industries looking to test transportation technology. The city plans to allow testing of vehicle technology on district streets, and it is considering constructing controlled testing grounds.
Lead-contaminated pipes in Flint, Mich., will be removed from the water-distribution system, with priority given to high-risk households with pregnant women and children, Mayor Karen Weaver says. "In order for Flint residents to once again have confidence and trust in the water coming from their faucets, all lead pipes in the city of Flint need to be replaced," Weaver said. The project is expected to start within a month.
President Barack Obama's budget request for fiscal 2017 includes $300 million in mandatory parks spending and $560 million on discretionary parks spending. Also included is a proposed program to match private donations for parks up to $135 million, as well as permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and $900 million in funding.
The Santa Clara County, Calif., Fire Department prepared for a year to handle an increase in calls during Super Bowl Sunday. It used an Intterra-designed computer system to track every emergency incident, find hundreds of game-related events and share information with other fire departments. The department had DigitalGlobe take a satellite image of Levi's Stadium in real time during the game, and that image was added to the Intterra system.
The Ottawa, Ontario, City Council has unanimously appointed Steve Kanellakos to become city manager. Kanellakos, city manager of Vaughan, has worked as deputy city manager of Ottawa.
The Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau updated its website to make it mobile-friendly and added Google 360 Photo Tour to give visitors a visual tour. It is also using Facebook and other social media advertising including demographic-based campaigns.
Several cities in China had a fireworks ban for Chinese New Year on Monday because of air pollution. Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou are among cities that prohibited fireworks to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.
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