Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker hopes to use $200 million in state transportation funds to help the state's cities make transportation infrastructure improvements. A bill proposed by the governor also calls for $30 million to provide mobility options for seniors and people with disabilities and $70 million to revamp the information technology system used by the state's motor vehicles agency.
The Chattanooga, Tenn., City Council approved a police department request for $750,000 to purchase cameras, software and video networking tools for its Real-Time Intelligence Center. "We all feel excited about what is happening to our police department with not only the technology, but the personnel," said City Council Chairman Moses Freeman.
Officials in Blaine County, Idaho, are working on a grant program that would offer homeowners rebates of up to $5,000 for energy audits and improvements to energy efficiency. The program is scheduled to roll out in March and will be funded through the county's 2011 Energy Mitigation Program, which levies fees on homeowners who install energy-intensive systems on their properties.
City Council members in Austin, Texas, have approved a $200,000 emergency fund to help immigrants obtain legal aid through the Catholic Charities of Central Texas.
Municipal leaders in Beijing are hoping to ease the city's overcrowding, congestion and pollution with projects such as a new city administration complex and a new airport. The city has also closed more than 1,000 factories and is developing underground transit.
Officials in Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville, Va., have agreed to work together on expanding the city's workforce development program to other county residents as well. The program has been running in Charlottesville for the past three years, and officials say many county residents have expressed an interest in participating.
Los Angeles City Council members voted unanimously to remove street vending from the city's list of misdemeanor violations, and to develop plans for regulation of street vendors. The new rules will take effect immediately when signed by the mayor.
Houston County, Minn., board members may split the positions of court security and emergency management director when the person who currently holds both posts retires next month. Sheriff Mark Inglett said the 40 hours per week his deputy spends in the courtroom leaves inadequate time for emergency management, which includes coordinating natural disaster responses.
San Diego has used a $500,000 state grant to more than double the number of public electric-vehicle charging stations -- part of an effort Mayor Kevin Faulconer says will make it "one of the greenest cities in the country." San Diego Gas & Electric unveiled a plan to install thousands of charging stations to promote electric-vehicle use.
Dispatchers throughout Franklin County, Ohio, will share technology for text-to-911 to save costs and ensure that all areas have text capability. Instead of all local governments in the county purchasing the technology, just three jurisdictions will do so, and all texts will be routed through those areas.
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