PRIMA RiskWatch
Jun. 7, 2012

Chicago's bill for lawsuits on handling of Iraq war protest: $11 million
Chicago Tribune
When the final bill for a 2003 anti-war march lawsuit brought by hundreds of people Chicago police arrested came before the city's Finance Committee recently, aldermen were looking at a figure nearly twice the size of the $6.2 million settlement reached in February.More

Cost of ousting Miami Beach manager still a mystery
The Miami Herald
Nearly a month after Miami Beach's city manager was forced to resign, the looming cost of his ouster is still unknown to the elected officials who pushed him out the door — and the taxpayers who will foot the bill.More

Indianapolis considers domestic partner benefits
The Associated Press via NECN
Health care benefits would be offered to the domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers under a proposal being pushed in the City-County Council. The proposal, formally introduced to the council and assigned to a committee, would offer insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. A city consultant estimates fewer than 30 of nearly 7,500 eligible workers would apply for the coverage.More

With Americans driving less, what will happen to the parking lot?
Parking lots and spaces are a necessary evil of city living. They can be hard to find, take up a lot of valuable space and are symbols of their car-dependent stepchild, the suburb. Yet parking spots always seem to be in demand. A mix of new attitudes, needs and technology, however, is challenging the status quo of how and why we park in cities.More

San Diego installing 14 cameras around Mission Bay
San Diego Union-Tribune
Fourteen security cameras funded by the Department of Homeland Security are being installed around Mission Bay on city light poles, atop lifeguard structures and on boat ramps. Video from the cameras — situated at 12 locations — will feed into San Diego lifeguard headquarters and will be accessible to police as well as state and federal law-enforcement agencies, said city spokesman Darren Pudgil.More

San Jose, Calif., to stop discarding personal possessions
of the homeless

San Jose Mercury News
They took his Bible, all his clothes and his work tools. But it wasn't thieves who removed Ray Canales' belongings three months ago from his makeshift home on the banks of the Guadalupe River. It was a cleanup crew sent by the city of San Jose, Calif., and the Santa Clara Valley Water District that for years have teamed up to collect hundreds of tons of trash and other items at homeless encampments along the city's waterways.More