Briefs: Game Over for Cleveland, Tenn., Employees Playing Computer Games

Graffiti abatement in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

by / October 12, 2010

Cleveland, Tenn., is blocking government employees’ access to social media, solitaire, the Facebook-based FarmVille game and other tools after several workers were found to be using them during work hours, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Cleveland’s IT manager told the newspaper that blocking access to social media is a constant battle. But not all departments have blocked such sites outright. County officials in the region use Facebook and Twitter to make announcements.  

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press


Mesa, Ariz., Launches New Website

Mesa, Ariz., announced the launch of its new website portal The site was created entirely by city staff, officials said.

Some of the features offered on the new site include:

  • content provided by staff from across the city;
  •  rotating “ads” on the homepage that highlight new programs and events;
  • a mobile version of;
  • an interactive map providing important services and contacts for any Mesa address. The map also includes location and directions to all city facilities —including public safety, arts and cultural, parks and pools — and non-city facilities such as hospitals, schools in the Mesa Public School district and higher education facilities.
  • an improved Capital Improvements Program map, including information about progress and dollars spent;
  • directions to frequently visited city facilities on the home page;
  • the option to share any page from the website via social media tools; and
  • the ability for users to change the site’s font size depending on user needs.

The development of the new site began in 2009.

Graffiti Analysis Using GPS and Photos Yields Arrest

Police in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., have arrested a 15-year-old suspect and charged the minor with felony vandalism, after police used a new system that photographs the tagging and uploads the images and location into a database. Graffiti abatement systems are in use elsewhere in Southern California, including Riverside

Source: KPSP