Florida Investigators Pinpoint Cause of Destructive Wildfire

Mike Thornburg tries to salvage items from his mother's home after wildfires ravaged the neighborhood in Eastpoint, Fla.

Mike Thornburg tries to salvage items from his mother's home after wildfires ravaged the neighborhood in Eastpoint, Fla. Mark Wallheiser / AP Photo

 

Connecting state and local government leaders

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif. online privacy legislation … N.Y.C. rent hike vote … Cincinnati police cuts restored … and St. Louis targets illegal trash.

Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route FIfty’s attention ...

  • Tallahassee, Florida: State officials announced Wednesday that a prescribed burn conducted by a contractor for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission caused a recent wildfire in the state’s Panhandle, which burned more than 800 acres and destroyed 36 homes in Eastpoint. The investigation into the blaze was led by the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, which had eliminated other possible causes, according to an announcement from Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has stopped all prescribed burns in the state as its inspector general launches a review of practices. [Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam; Tallahassee Democrat]
  • Sacramento, California: The California State Legislature is set to vote Thursday on new online privacy legislation that would impact how tech giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Uber collect and monetize consumers' personal data. And that could trigger “a set of changes that could ripple throughout the country.” [The Washington Post]
  • New York City, New York: In a narrow 5-4 vote Wednesday night, the Rent Guidelines Board finalized rent increases on rent-stabilized apartments, lofts and hotels. Around 1 million New York City residents live in rent-stabilized buildings. [Gothamist / WNYC]
(Shutterstock)
  • Clarksville, Tennessee: Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is running for U.S. Senate, said during a Kiwanis Club meeting that the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility, should take the lead to expand rural broadband in Tennessee, just as it did with electricity and telephone service 85 years ago. [Tennessean]

ELSEWHERE …

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore labels Milwaukee’s lead prevention efforts a “hot mess.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
  • Bellevue, Washington: An autonomous vehicle transit network called CommutePool, accessed with an Amazon-developed smartphone app, is being planned for major employment centers in Seattle’s neighboring Eastside cities with a goal of launching in mid-2019. [Seattle Transit Blog]
(Cincinnati City Hall)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: The Cincinnati City Council restores some cuts to police funding after a rebuke from Mayor John Cranley. [WCPO]
     
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: Minnesotans can now buy lottery tickets with a smartphone but there’s fierce resistance from legislators and anti-gambling activists. [Star Tribune]
  • Houghton County, Michigan: The Michigan Department of Transportation has requested emergency funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair roads damaged by recent flash flooding. [UpperMichiganSource]
  • San Mateo County, California: The Board of Supervisors approved spending nearly $800,000 on legal aid for undocumented immigrants. [Bay Area News Group]
  • St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis targets illegal trash dumping, but residents don’t think it’s enough. [St. Louis Public Radio]

Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Government Executive's Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.

FEATURED CASE STUDIES
Powered By The Atlas
St. Louis Uses Interactive Kiosks as a Critical COVID-19 Communications Platform
St. Louis, MO, USA
Forecasting Ambulance Needs for the City of San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA
A large urban park creates a "connected" visitor experience with SMART.NODEs™
Sydney NSW, Australia

NEXT STORY: The Normalization of Gun Violence in Poor Communities

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.