Sausalito Marin City voters to decide $41.6M school bond

Voters in the Sausalito Marin City School District will weigh in Nov. 3 on Measure P, a $41.6 million bond to finance repairs and upgrades at the district’s two campuses.

If approved by 55% of voters, the bond would cost property owners $30 per $100,000 of assessed value, raising about $2.5 million annually for capital repairs.

For the district’s average home assessed at about $750,000, that would mean a tax of about $225 annually. The district, which had its last bond measure in 2004 for $16 million, has one of the lowest tax rates in Marin County at $16 per $100,000 of assessed value. There is no parcel tax.

The full tax amount would not be levied until the bonds are issued, likely in a series of about three sales blocks over multiple years. Taxpayers would only be covering the partial tax amount as the bond series are issued, said

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City Hall: Schools scramble to cover COVID costs after FEMA pulls funding | City Hall

BEWARE THOSE LATE Friday afternoon emails.

Karen DeFrancis, business administrator for the Manchester school district, told school board members last week that she received an email at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, from the state’s Department of Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management notifying school districts they should anticipate getting less money from the federal government than they expected to cover COVID-related expenses this fall.

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School districts across the state were planning on reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for materials, including PPE, cleaning supplies and acrylic barriers.

That was before FEMA changed course. In a letter to New Hampshire officials, FEMA said schools did not qualify for financial assistance — even during a pandemic — “because the education of children is not an immediate action necessary to protect public health, life, and safety.”

“We were a little surprised by that,” DeFrancis told school board members. “Basically,

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Arndale Centre jobs in Manchester city centre you can apply for now

Looking for a job in Manchester city centre?

Several retailers in the Arndale Centre are currently hiring – so we’ve rounded up the latest jobs on offer.

From sale assistants at fashion retailers to baristas at Starbucks, there are plenty of roles to choose from – some with no previous experience required.

Here are the jobs you can apply for right now.


Luxury jewelery brand Pandora is looking for a salesperson to join the team at its pop-up store in the Arndale.

As a sales assistant you will work part-time for eight hours per week on a rotational shift-basis, including some weekends and Bank Holidays.

The job description says that the right candidate will “lead the success of the store by influencing sales, excelling in customer service, and sharing their knowledge of the product and brand”.

You will need “strong selling skills” – and experience in a luxury environment

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Mayor Johnson talks slight COVID-19 uptick, CARES Act funding, city manager candidates

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – It’s been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit close to home and Mayor Van Johnson says Savannah businesses are hurting.

The mayor says more than 400 people applied for a second round of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Johnson says coronavirus aid should go into the pockets of small businesses who need it most. He says the first time around that didn’t happen.

“Somehow or another there was some miscommunication,” said Johnson during his weekly press conference. “There was more money given to loan forgiveness than was given to new folks seeking loans and so, therefore, the numbers were skewed.”

This time around the city will only have less than $2 million to divvy up between hundreds of applicants.

“Everybody has needs, but I think the way that we have designated the

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City budget reappropriations to bolster department funding | Local News

CHEYENNE – The city is in the process of reappropriating funds for its fiscal year 2021 budget, and within the budget amendments are three general fund requests – one for the Cheyenne Police Department for a crime analyst, one for Community Recreation and Events to better fund park staff, and one for the city attorney’s office for public defender funding.

Introduced at the Cheyenne City Council meeting Monday night, the budget amendments also reflect a reduction in spending for the last months of fiscal year 2020.

As the city braced for the financial effects of COVID-19, city department heads made cuts where they could to meet the projected revenues. That led the city of Cheyenne to spend $5,303,890 less than originally budgeted for general fund expenditures.

The expenditures were still higher than the actual revenues, but for fiscal year 2020, the Cheyenne City Council also approved $7,461,287 in spending from

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Schneider Electric implements site-wide SCADA system for QF’s Education City – Press Release

Schneider Electric is installing a site-wide supervisory control and data acquisition management solution at Qatar Foundation’s Education City. 

The technology will be implemented across every large building on campus, 42 in all, and will give Qatar Foundation’s operations and security teams a single, centralised platform to manage a number of processes across Education City, including monitoring and controlling energy usage, and temperature settings. The system provides a single, unified environment for real-time data acquisition, analysis, visualisation and integration of various applications.

Education City houses branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, and Weill Cornell-Medicine, as well as Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation’s homegrown university, research institutes, and community facilities. While each building had its own building management system, Qatar Foundation wanted to have a solution that would enable a single unified view and

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In City Council hearing, MTA, Baltimore school officials discuss bus plans for students

Questions about bus service already are flooding in from the parents of Baltimore students.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Monique Ngomba, standing second from left holding pole, rides a city bus with other students.

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Monique Ngomba, standing second from left holding pole, rides a city bus with other students.

What would the Maryland Transit Administration’s plan to reduce bus service by 20% in January due to fiscal losses from the coronavirus mean for the 29,000 students who rely on it?


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Will crowded buses skip students’ stops to make sure proper social distancing is maintained? For however long classes remain virtual, how would students be able to access schools to pick up meals and other resources?

“It’s going to be delicate dance, I’m not going to lie,” said Kevin Quinn, chief of the MTA. “It’s going to be complicated, and communication is going to really be key.”

As students returned to virtual classes this week, MTA and Baltimore City Public Schools

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Top NYC Education Department officials quit as city braces for unprecedented school year

As the city attempts to pull off a school year full of unprecedented challenges, top Department of Education officials are heading for the exits.


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Ursulina Ramirez is stepping down as the DOE’s chief operating officer next week. Earlier this summer, Cheryl Watson-Harris quit as first deputy chancellor. Tomas Hanna, who was chief human capital officer, also jumped ship.

While Mayor de Blasio named a replacement for Watson-Harris last month and there’s another official acting in Hanna’s role, it wasn’t immediately clear how Ramirez’s vacancy will be filled — and whether the departures will hamper efforts to keep kids safe as in-person classes start Sept. 21.

“All of the mayor’s glossy plans and all of his glossy announcements — they’re nothing without key staff to operationalize them,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), who chairs the Council’s Education Committee.

He said the loss of Ramirez — who helped oversee plans

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Amazon to Add 10,000 Jobs to City of Bellevue

Amazon announced Friday that it will add 10,000 new jobs to the city of Bellevue, Wash., over the next few years.

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Amazon to Add 10,000 Jobs to City of Bellevue

The technology company acquired an additional two million square feet of office space in downtown Bellevue.


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Its biggest project is the Bellevue 600, a 27-story office tower designed by the Seattle-based firm NBBJ that just entered its second phase of development. The project is expected to be completed by 2025.

“I want to thank the company for their generous support of critical services during this time of economic recovery. The city looks forward to expanding our partnership with Amazon and creating new opportunities for all Bellevue residents,” said Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson.

The mayor also disclosed that Amazon had provided the city’s Human Services Fund with a $1 million grant “to support health and human service

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Lower Merion students call for fair school funding for city neighbors | Mainlinetimes

Hundreds of students and community members turned out on a late summer Sunday to call for a change to the funding disparities between public school students in Lower Merion and those across City Avenue in Philadelphia.

The event was organized by four Lower Merion High School rising seniors; Kisara Freeman,Caitlin McGinty, Megan Craig and Michaela Craig.

“We the students of the Lower Merion School District are committed to establishing an ongoing and mutually beneficial relationship with fellow students across City Line. We understand that the oppressive conditions under which they must pursue their education are in direct contrast to the superior and safe environment provided to us. We also understand that these disparities are deliberately enforced by a socio-political system that is designed to prevent us from standing in solidarity together against the widespread injustices that are endemic to our communities, our city, and our country,” read the group’s manifesto.

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