PRIMA RiskWatch
Jan. 3, 2013

Cities chart course through pension morass
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
In Philadelphia, pension costs doubled in a single decade. Cities in Rhode Island dimmed streetlights, raised taxes and put off road repairs. Stockton, Calif., fell into bankruptcy. Unpaid bills from decades of retirement promises made to public workers, combined with a lackluster economy and steep Wall Street losses, have built up a financial mountain that threatens to overwhelm budgets and operations in cities and counties across the country.More

Newspaper that put gun permit map online hires armed guards
The New York Times
A newspaper based in White Plains, N.Y., that drew nationwide anger after publishing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders last month is being guarded by armed security personnel at two of its offices, the publisher said recently.More

City housing projects call for environmental help
The New York Times
On a recent Saturday, Ashley Paniagua walked down a brick pathway that snaked between the towering Manhattanville Houses in Harlem, N.Y., and headed toward a small garden she had helped plant months earlier. But the gates to the gardens were locked — the government worker who opened them every morning had yet to do so.More

Prisoner again sues City of Bartow, Fla.; says police had no arrest authority
The Ledger
Early last year, a circuit judge threw out a prison inmate's lawsuit against the city of Bartow, Fla., ruling that the inmate failed to follow legal procedures in notifying the city of the litigation. Now the city is back in court facing the same allegations. Romerio Walker, an inmate of Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka, has filed an amended lawsuit listing the same allegations as before.More

Should Sioux City, Iowa, crack down on illegal sledding?
Sioux City Journal
Joe Cloud took his son sledding recently. It was their first time at Grandview Park, and the two could hardly wait to glide down the snow-covered hills. But only one hill in the 32-acre park has the Sioux City, Iowa's stamp of approval for sledding.More

Hagerstown, Md.'s former Municipal Electric Light Plant 'huge liability'
It's been known for years that the former Municipal Electric Light Plant in Hagerstown, Md.'s East End is a deteriorating eyesore, but it's also a major public hazard, a city councilman said recently.More