Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food

Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food. “The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)—led by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability—has developed a free, interactive toolkit that municipalities can use to design, implement, and manage food waste programs at the local level. The three-part guide, How to Build a Municipal Food Waste Strategy: A Toolkit for New York State Municipalities, is designed to assist communities large and small with building programs for reducing wasted food that are realistic and results-driven.”

Indictment: Kansas Man Indicted For Tampering With A Public Water System (Department of Justice)

Department of Justice: Indictment: Kansas Man Indicted For Tampering With A Public Water System . “The indictment alleges that on or about March 27, 2019, in the District of Kansas, [Wyatt] Travnichek knowingly accessed the Ellsworth County Rural Water District’s protected computer system without authorization. During this unauthorized access, it is alleged Travnichek performed activities that shut down the processes at the facility which affect the facilities cleaning and disinfecting procedures with the intention of harming the Ellsworth Rural Water District No. 1, also known as Post Rock Rural Water District.”

Los Angeles Times: L.A.’s homeless residents are 50% more likely to die if they get COVID. Now they’re a vaccine priority

Los Angeles Times: L.A.’s homeless residents are 50% more likely to die if they get COVID. Now they’re a vaccine priority. “Faced with the knowledge that homeless people are dying at much higher rates if they catch COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will make the county’s entire homeless population eligible for vaccines starting Monday. This comes as welcome news for public health officials and advocates who for months have been saying there should be more of a focus on a community that’s rife with comorbidities, struggles to access healthcare and can’t easily shelter in place or maintain social distance.”

StateTech Magazine: New Forms of Ransomware and 5G Smart City Attacks Could Cause Real Harm, Expert Warns

StateTech Magazine: New Forms of Ransomware and 5G Smart City Attacks Could Cause Real Harm, Expert Warns. “The threat of ransomware attacks for state and local governments has been an ever-present peril over the past several years, one that has gotten worse, experts say. What’s more, the threat is likely going to evolve to attack cloud service providers that host government services. That’s according to cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton, who detailed her IT security predictions for 2021 and 2022 during a recent webinar sponsored by CDW and Intel.”

New York Times: Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

New York Times: Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall. “Those dormant offices, malls and restaurants that have turned cities around the country into ghost towns foreshadow a fiscal time bomb for municipal budgets, which are heavily reliant on property taxes and are facing real estate revenue losses of as much as 10 percent in 2021, according to government finance officials.”

Michigan Radio: Introducing Minutes, a new tool to keep track of local government in Michigan

Michigan Radio: Introducing Minutes, a new tool to keep track of local government in Michigan. “We’ve been working on this project for more than a year, with funding from the Google News Initiative. And what we’ve built is a program that can search for and download content from the videos of public meetings from dozens of cities and counties from every corner of Michigan…. One way we’re making these meetings more public is by setting up new podcasts feeds, so you can subscribe and listen to the meetings for your city.”

Techdirt: Hacked Florida Water Plant Found To Have Been Using Unsupported Windows 7 Machines And Shared Passwords

Techdirt: Hacked Florida Water Plant Found To Have Been Using Unsupported Windows 7 Machines And Shared Passwords. “If you’re not in the IT space, this is base level stuff. Have your computer systems on operating systems that are under active support and are being patched. That is doubly so for any systems that are critical, or which have access to critical systems. And to not have any client security, such as a local software firewall, on such a machine is IT malpractice. On top of the above, it appears that TeamViewer hadn’t been actively used by the staff there for nearly six months.”

Washington Post: Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines. The result was a ‘disaster,’ volunteers say.

Washington Post: Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines. The result was a ‘disaster,’ volunteers say.. “Seniors were left in tears after finding that appointments they’d made through a bungled sign-up form wouldn’t be honored. The group switched to a for-profit model without publicizing the change and added a privacy policy that would allow it to sell users’ personal data. One volunteer alleged that the 22-year-old CEO had pocketed vaccine doses. Another described a ‘free-for-all’ where unsupervised 18- and 19-year-olds vaccinated one another and posed for photos. Now, the city has cut ties with Philly Fighting COVID, and prosecutors are looking into the ‘concerning’ allegations.”

Voice of San Diego: Chula Vista Police Chief Says She Didn’t Know Department Shared Data With Feds

Voice of San Diego: Chula Vista Police Chief Says She Didn’t Know Department Shared Data With Feds. “Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy did not know that her own department shared license plate reader data with federal immigration officials for the last three years. Apparently, when the police department entered into an agreement with Vigilant Solutions to use its database back in December 2017, someone simply clicked a ‘share all’ button. The police chief said she just recently learned that Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection were part of the more than 800 law enforcement agencies that were given access to Chula Vista’s data.”

Shine: Bilingual search engine for city’s rules

Shine: Bilingual search engine for city’s rules. “A bilingual search engine for current rules and regulations in the city was launched by the city’s comprehensive law-based governance commission on Wednesday. It is the first platform of its kind in China, the commission said. The public can access over 500 documents on the platform, called ‘A Collection of Regulations and Rules of Shanghai City,’ in Chinese and English.”