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DWP cancels couple's $51,269.42 water bill, gives $85 credit

Oh, about that $51,000 water bill we sent you?<p>Never mind.<p>The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has decided after an "investigation" that Savely and Stella Goreshter, who live in a Van Nuys condominium, did not use 6.7 million gallons of water between January and October of last year. Or …

L.A. City Council to weigh proposals to slash parking fines

With more than $440 million in cash stashed away for a rainy day, Los Angeles City Hall's finances are looking rosier than they have in years.<p>Those numbers, made public last week, have encouraged a group that is urging elected officials to reexamine how parking tickets are issued. Until recently, …

Urban Design

City Pledges $50M To Beautify & Better New York City's Parks

The Parks Department has announced a new initiative to beautify New York City's public green space and make them a more welcoming and accessible part of the city's urban fabric. <b>Parks Without Borders</b> will focus on improving entrances to attract visitors, lowering fences to create a more welcoming …

New York City

Philadelphia to turn disused overhead railway into much-needed parkland

Philadelphia has been variously described as having a "severe lack of open, public, green space" (Studio Bryan Hanes) and being "seriously …

Urbanism

How Haulers and Municipalities are Battling Recycling’s Economic Woes

It’s been the dark cloud hanging over the waste and recycling industry the past several years. There’s the general desire to increase recycling. But …

Audit prompts new policy for using Virginia Beach school vehicles

VIRGINIA BEACHSome school employees who drive vehicles provided by the division commute up to 66 miles round trip each day on the system's dime, a …

City audit uncovers big cost increases for new LAX Bradley terminal

A city audit has uncovered an unusually high level of cost increases for LAX's new Tom Bradley International Terminal -- the centerpiece of a multibillion-dollar modernization of the aging airport.<p>The Los Angeles city controller's office, which sampled 30 projects across city government, revealed …

Audit finds deficiencies in Arizona Real Estate Department

Revealed it overcharged customers, state officials say.

Audit: Police in North Carolina city destroyed 333 rape kits to make space in evidence room

A North Carolina police department says an audit by the department shows that more than 300 rape kits from cold cases were destroyed to make more space in the evidence room.<p>Local news media outlets reported Monday that 333 of the sexual assault kits collected by the Fayetteville Police Department …

Oakland City Council president fined for late campaign filing

Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney will pay a $1,600 fine for failing to report her 2014 campaign contributions on time, the city’s Public Ethics Commission decided Tuesday.<p>The fine, issued because McElhaney failed to disclose her contributions and expenditures for six months …

CA Water utilities resist proposal to report leaks, breaks

<b>Update 2:20 p.m. Tuesday: Bill clears Assembly committee</b><p>A Senate bill to require utilities to annually audit and publicly report how much water they …

Only 10% of Water Utilities See Climate Change as a Significant Issue

When executives of U.S. water utilities were asked about their industry's most pressing issues, more than half said maintaining or extending asset …

Cycling audit aims to improve commuting routes in Ottawa

Cyclists riding on 20 of Ottawa's major routes will be doing more than commuting to work this morning — they'll also be mapping safety and the state …

When Culture Is the Culprit: Lessons From Toshiba, Hertz and FIFA

​In the past few weeks, I have written about governance failings that came to light at three disparate organizations — Toshiba, Hertz, and FIFA. …

How internal audit can assess and support culture

There is growing consensus that weaknesses in corporate culture have been a significant factor in a range of corporate and institutional scandals, so …

Austin’s Turning a Landfill Into an Eco-Friendly Industrial Park

A former Austin landfill spot is set to become a green-centric industrial hub. The area will soon exclusively house businesses in the recycling and …

Zero Waste

Everything We Know So Far About 7-Eleven Australia’s Wage Fraud Scandal

Franchisees were paying employees well below minimum wage, blackmailing them to work double shifts, and threatening to report foreign workers to immigration if they spoke out.<p>Imagine a job that only paid you for every second hour you worked and threatened to have you kicked out of the country if …

How Katrina Sparked Reform in a Troubled Police Department

New Orleans' force, once a national symbol of corruption and dysfunction, has become a model for change.<p>The New Orleans Police Department had a reputation for corruption long before Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the summer of 2005. For decades, the department was infected by a culture of …

7-Eleven: wage fraud cover-up from head office

On Saturday night, the Dallas-based chief operating arm of the convenience store chain, 7-Eleven Inc, was also forced to respond to a series of …

Do good leaders make good managers?

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>A lot has been written in the industry about leadership traits and whether it maps to good management skills or not.<p>In my perspective, …

Audit: California agencies vulnerable to IT security breach

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Many California state agencies are not complying with the state's information technology standards, leaving them vulnerable …

Climate change: Municipalities unprepared for 'weather whiplash,' warns meteorologist

A top Canadian meteorologist warns that municipalities aren't prepared to deal with the impacts of an increasingly volatile climate that can bring …

Climate Change

Skeptics Create True Believers in Your Innovation

A new idea is relatively easy to come by, but a devoted supporter--that's much harder to win. It takes a considerable amount of time and energy to bring skeptics around, but it's an effort with a big payout.<p>Your most loyal followers of the future just might be the skeptics who doubt you today. The …

Innovation

Audit: inefficient air-traffic control towers cost $142 million per year

Inefficient air-traffic control towers have cost the government an extra $850 million over five years in additional labor and equipment, according to a Transportation Department inspector general's report Monday.<p>The 35-page report found "the least productive towers using more of both labor hours …