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2/27/2017

Los Angeles County's largest transit agency is increasing the number of law enforcement officers on buses, trains and stations from a current total of up to 200 sheriff's deputies. Under the new plan, the LAPD will provide 168 officers, the Long Beach police department will provide 14 officers and the Sheriff's Department will provide 132 deputies.

2/27/2017

The Energy and Sustainability Department in Greenfield, Mass., has exceeded its goals to cut municipal energy use by 20% and is using a municipal aggregation program to bring 100% green electricity to the community. The department is also working on two community solar projects and has plans for an anaerobic digester project that would turn waste into fuel.

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2/27/2017

City commissioners in Pleasant Ridge, Mich., have passed an ordinance clarifying which household pets are legal and what constitutes animal hoarding. City Manager James Breuckman said the city needed to define hoarding to address issues where animals are kept in dangerous or unsanitary conditions.

2/27/2017

Government and corporate offices in Tokyo are being encouraged to end the workday early on the last Friday of every month to facilitate a better work-life balance. "This scheme encourages us ... to go have a drink or eat or play sports with friends, or spend time with our families," said Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

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2/24/2017

To truly have integrity, follow through on the commitments you make without fail, writes Chris McGoff. This is essential because integrity is the building block of trust, and when trust flourishes, so do "interconnectedness, intimacy, and synchronicity."

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2/24/2017

The Board of Supervisors of Woodbury County, Iowa, will delay several planned infrastructure projects for which the county lacks funding, seeking to avoid the hefty interest charges that would come with borrowing to finance the projects. Projects to be pushed back include road asphalting, county courthouse repairs and the purchase of new voting machines.

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2/24/2017

Miami International Airport workers who say they lost their jobs after reporting unsafe conditions are asking the Miami-Dade County Commission to put in place an anti-retaliation policy to protect employees who speak out in the future.

2/24/2017

The City Council of Atlantic City, N.J., is banning all outdoor releases of balloons filled with gas lighter than air, levying a $500 fine for violations. Councilman Frank Gilliam said the ordinance will help keep the city clean.

2/24/2017

London's Metropolitan Police force, also known as Scotland Yard, will have its first female commissioner in its 188-year existence when senior officer Cressida Dick replaces Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe next week. Dick "has a clear vision for the future of the Metropolitan Police and an understanding of the diverse range of communities it serves," said Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

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2/23/2017

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants voters to decide on a property tax increase to raise $55 million to help the homeless. The city needs to double its spending on homelessness, he has said, and hopes to get the measure on the August ballot.

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