GCN: Need help finding broadband grants? Tool helps sift through opportunities

GCN: Need help finding broadband grants? Tool helps sift through opportunities. “US Ignite, a nonprofit dedicated to building the foundation for smart cities, developed the open data tool to improve access to its Federal Funding Opportunities database. Smart city and broadband grants also can be filtered by sector, such as big data, infrastructure, digital equity energy, health care, education, public safety, innovation and information technologies.”

Associated Press: Next release of 2020 census data postponed until next year

Associated Press: Next release of 2020 census data postponed until next year . “The next release of detailed data about U.S. residents from the 2020 census will be postponed until next year because the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it needs more time to crunch the numbers, including implementing a controversial method used to protect participants’ identities. The delays leave government budget-makers, city planners and researchers in a lurch because the detailed data are used for planning future growth, locating schools or firehouses and research.”

News 4 San Antonio: City discusses how to include people with disabilities as they move to “smart” technology

News 4 San Antonio: City discusses how to include people with disabilities as they move to “smart” technology. “Hundreds of thousands of people in San Antonio are living with a disability. This week at the Texas Smart Cities Summit in San Antonio, one of the biggest conversations has been how to make the Alamo City more accessible for people who are blind, deaf, or have other disabilities.”

Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Want to know the condition of a Philly school building? New map to help.

Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Want to know the condition of a Philly school building? New map to help.. “In a move to provide solutions to its facility challenges, the district unveiled a site Tuesday specifically for its Facilities Planning Process aimed to inform the public on how it is managing its aging infrastructure. Visitors will be able to use an interactive map to access information about each school building’s condition, as well as facility assessments conducted by third-party industry professionals.”

Minnesota Star Tribune: Minneapolis recommends masks; two Minnesota counties in high COVID range

Minnesota StarTribune: Minneapolis recommends masks; two Minnesota counties in high COVID range. “The seven-day rate of new COVID cases more than tripled since mid-March to 227 infections per 100,000 people in Minneapolis, and its rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations more than doubled to 4.8 per 100,000, the city stated in a news release. The hospitalization rate is above Minnesota’s COVID-19 caution threshold.”

New York Daily News: NYC schools facing unprecedented levels of chronic absenteeism

New York Daily News: NYC schools facing unprecedented levels of chronic absenteeism. “Before the pandemic, the percentage of city students marked ‘chronically absent’ — those who miss 10% or more of school days — hovered around 25%, and was generally on the decline. That progress stopped in March 2020 when COVID-19 shuttered school buildings and 35% of kids were marked chronically absent during virtual classes. The following fall, when families chose between part-time in-person and fully remote classes and COVID-19 disruptions were frequent, 30% of kids ended the year marked chronically absent.”

Fourth wave scare: Shanghai now using metal barriers to block off streets to control Covid-19 spread (Zee News)

Zee News: Fourth wave scare: Shanghai now using metal barriers to block off streets to control Covid-19 spread. “Shanghai’s new tool in its fight against Covid-19 that induced some rigorous pandemic measures as part of China’s zero Covid policy is metal barriers. Volunteers and low-level government workers are using metal and steel barriers to block off small streets and entrances to apartment complexes, PTI reported.”

New York Comptroller: Comptroller Lander Unveils NYC Climate Dashboard to Hold City Accountable to Climate Goals

New York Comptroller: Comptroller Lander Unveils NYC Climate Dashboard to Hold City Accountable to Climate Goals. “To kick-off Earth Week, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander and the Comptroller’s Chief Climate Officer Louise Yeung unveiled the NYC Climate Dashboard to shine a spotlight on the City’s incremental progress and path forward to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. The dashboard tracks key metrics on NYC’s energy transition, emissions, pension fund investments, and resiliency infrastructure.”

The Mayor: Berlin opens a cyber-security centre to protect against increasing attacks

The Mayor (EU): Berlin opens a cyber-security centre to protect against increasing attacks. “On Wednesday, Berlin authorities opened a security centre against cyber-attacks as part of the Berlin IT Service Centre (ITDZ). The ‘Security Operations Centre’ is supposed to help Germany’s capital detect and ward off hacker attacks. According to the German press agency dpa, experts would be working in the IT centre around the clock, monitoring access to the digital public system and coordinating cross-agency measures.”

The Mainichi: Japanese town mistakenly pays $366K in COVID subsidies to single household

The Mainichi: Japanese town mistakenly pays $366K in COVID subsidies to single household. “The municipal government arranged at a bank on April 3 to transfer 100,000 yen each to the accounts of 463 households that had applied for the subsidy by the end of March. A town employee later submitted a written request to the bank to transfer the 46.3 million yen. However, they mistakenly made the top name on the recipient list the representative of the entire group, causing the massive overpayment to that person.”

Dallas Morning News: DART extends mask mandate until May 3 for all buses, trains

Dallas Morning News: DART extends mask mandate until May 3 for all buses, trains. “Dallas County had recorded 479,597 confirmed coronavirus cases during the pandemic as of Wednesday. The county’s risk level has been at yellow since mid-March. Noncompliance with the mask requirement, unless exempted, is a violation of federal law and could result in the denial of boarding or removal. Fines could be issued between $500 and $3,000 for repeated offenders. [Dallas Area Rapid Transit] has face masks and hand sanitizers on its vehicles for passengers.”

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco spent $250,000 on a database to track construction delays. Years later, it has never been used

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco spent $250,000 on a database to track construction delays. Years later, it has never been used. “Three years after developing a database meant to track the performance of contractors on city construction projects, the system of checks and balances remains unused, according to a report from the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury.”

Princeton University: What climate choices should cities make? A Princeton data tool helps planners set priorities.

Princeton University: What climate choices should cities make? A Princeton data tool helps planners set priorities.. “A new tool for city planners helps them design a portfolio of actions that encompasses compact development, smart electric mobility, electric heating systems, mass timber construction, urban reforestation, and technologies that allow resources to circulate efficiently through the food, waste and energy sectors.”