MN municipal broadband network reboots to cut losses

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  City Government, economic development, Local Government, Minnesota  /  No Comments

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT--AGAIN: FiberNet Monticello MN muni broadband network reboots in an attempt to cut operating and customer losses.

The sign outside FiberNet Monticello’s offices might as well read “Under New Management — Again.”

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Militarized police may be in a town near you

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Arkansas, California, Featured, Georgia, Local Government, Minnesota, National, New Mexico  /  No Comments

ROLLING OUT IN ST. CLOUD: A retrofitted armored military vehicle is in use by the police department in the town of St. Cloud, Minn. Photo by Jim Maurice of  WJON.com.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico Watchdog story about a 30-second commercial for the police department in Hobbs has drawn national attention, with a well-known author and civil libertarian criticizing the ad running on television stations across the state emphasizing aggressive, military-style policing.
But Radley Balko points out the Hobbs video isn’t unique. In [...]

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Raid and shoot: This ain’t your grandpa’s PD

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  law enforcement, Local Government, National, New Mexico, News, Public Safety  /  No Comments

SHOCK AND AWE: The Hobbs, N.M., Police Department is looking for a few bad asses to join their ranks.

 
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s a commercial that’s been playing across New Mexico for weeks now: A 30-second spot encouraging people to apply to the Hobbs Police Department, offering high pay and good benefits.
But the images in the commercial — of  cops shooting guns, helmeted officers bursting into a home, an [...]

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Johnstown hands out excessive pensions as it deals with $24M in debt

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Featured, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Johnstown is deep in pension debt, but is handing out retirement payments in excess of what is allowed under state law.
A recent audit of the city’s four pension funds found more than $24 million in unfunded liabilities. Collectively, the four retirement accounts for the city’s police officers, firefighters, sewage workers [...]

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Court sides with ‘The Elephant Man’ in public meetings dispute

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Education, Featured, Local Government, New Mexico, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

"ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM": Ched MacQuigg wearing an elephant mask that he refused to remove while attending a 2008 Albuquerque Public Schools meeting. Photo courtesy of Mark Bralley.

He’s been called a gadfly, he may annoy the heck out of the Albuquerque Public School’s Board of Education, and he even attended one public meeting wearing an elephant mask.

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