- O’Neill, Cannon: Strong manager key to Columbia’s success
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- Two replace arts commission board members who quit over director’s ouster
- City agency enlists ‘entrepreneur in residence’ to help startups
Why the Government Now Cares a Lot More About How Much You Spend on Gas – Affordable housing isn’t all that affordable without low-cost transportation. The U.S. government is starting to recognize this.
America’s Biggest City Governments Are Still Struggling to Recover From the Recession – Revenues in more than two-thirds of the country’s largest municipal governments had not bounced back to their pre-recession levels by 2011.
Marianne Williamson, New-Age Guru, Seeks Congressional Seat – Ms. Williamson, a best-selling author and spiritual workshop leader, is seeking donations as she challenges Representative Henry A. Waxman in California.
Cities on Their Own – What with dysfunction in Washington and incompetence in state capitals, the spotlight is shifting to the role of cities, not only as arenas of democratic governance but simply as places where things get done. It’s early days yet for this debate, but two new books are setting an agenda.
Welcome to Blueburbia…and other landmarks on America’s new map. Half a century later, America’s landscape has changed in fundamental ways, with powerful implications for its politics. Inner-city neighborhoods—even once notorious ones such as Brooklyn’s Red Hook, whose 1950s-era prostitutes, hoods and union toughs were brought to life in Hubert Selby Jr.’s searing novel Last Exit to Brooklyn, and which remained a hub of the drug trade through the 1990s—are being transformed into meccas of boutiques, art galleries and locally sourced restaurants.
Saving Neighborhoods From the ‘Vacancy Vortex‘ – In cities like Buffalo, empty homes abound. Rather than knock them down, a new group has put together a clever preservation effort.
Denver council’s new bill on marijuana smoking says front yards are OK – Denver residents would be allowed to smoke marijuana on their properties, even their front lawns, under a new set of rules given preliminary approval Tuesday.
State-Run Obamacare Exchanges Signed Up More Than HealthCare.gov – Even though twice as many states have federal-run insurance marketplaces, the 14 states that are running their own account for three quarters of total sign-ups in the first month.
California Health Exchange Outdoes HealthCare.gov – The state made a number of technical decisions in building out the website that helped it avoid some of the technical problems plaguing HealthCare.gov.
‘Pigs get Fat’ email was a joke, Spaccia testifies – The former Bell official says she was merely trying to be humorous when she exchanged emails with Randy Adams, soon to be the town’s police chief.
The president’s long slog – Obama has to figure out where to begin his political recovery.
Republicans Likely to Confront Yellen on Gains of Stimulus – Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve nominee, is likely to face questions during her confirmation hearing on whether bond purchases are producing clear benefits.
Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Provision – Congressional Democrats are expressing increasing support for allowing Americans to retain the health insurance they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act.
Social Experiment Turns Strangers’ Emails Into Handwritten Notes – Emails bombard our inboxes day in and day out, but can you remember the last time you received a handwritten letter?
Messaging Service Snapchat Spurned Facebook Bid – Snapchat, a rapidly growing messaging service, recently spurned an all-cash acquisition offer from Facebook Inc. for $3 billion or more, according to people briefed on the matter.
Jersey City: Cheaper, Yes, But Also a Real Sense of Community – New York-area Millennials moving there are finding a lot more than just low rent.
Federal employees view telework as bright spot in their jobs – Telework was one of just three categories that showed improvement in a broad survey of job satisfaction among federal employees.
Hey, what about Politico’s ‘brain drain’? If the New York Times has a problem with staff retention, so does a certain Rosslyn-based media property.
Wanted: Criminals for State, Local Government Jobs – A growing number of state and local governments are doing what most federal agencies already do and eliminating the criminal history box from public-sector job applications.
Oswego Lake lawsuit pushes ahead – According to court records, the state “has retained a qualified expert who is available and willing to testify” in defense of its ownership of the land at the bottom of Oswego Lake.
Union chief questions TriMet reorganization – But agency says focus on maintenance is a growing priority everywhere
Trader Joe’s is grocer in subsidized NE Portland development – The urban renewal agency’s board voted to authorized the sale of a nearly 2-acre site at Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard and Alberta Street for $502,160, $2.4 million less than its appraised value of $2.9 million in December.
Portland City Council fixes Kelly Building problem without discussing it – The city’s budget officer, Andrew Scott, made a lengthy presentation about a wide range of budget adjustments. One by one, Mayor Charlie Hales and city commissioners explained their priorities and pushed for last-minutes changes.
TriMet hopes ‘accountability center’ website silences transparency criticism – Amid public concerns about its transparency, TriMet on Wednesday launched a one-stop “accountability center” website featuring easy access to myriad financial, planning and performance records.
Why the counting drags on long after King County election voting is over – If it seems to be taking longer to decide some key races, election officials note that voters sent in their ballots later than usual. In King County, roughly 20 percent of ballots arrived after Election Day.
Benton threatens lawsuit against outspoken critic – At a time when Clark County commissioners are considering how to put limitations on public comment topics, Clark County Environmental Services Director Don Benton is considering legal action.
Eugene residents adjust to a ban on plastic bags by bringing their own – Pushing a cart full of groceries from the Fred Meyer store in north Eugene on Wednesday, Tracy Brandt said the city’s six-month-old plastic bag ban has barely changed things in his household.
Powering America’s future: Salem home to facility shaping new approach to energy use – One thousand, four hundred and forty lithium-ion batteries, stacked in towers, take up half a nondescript building in southeast Salem. Inverters and breaker panels fill the other side.
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With 7 new members, Minneapolis City Council could re-shape policies, power structure – On policy issues, for example, the new council could decide that enhanced bus service is a better alternative to the streetcars championed by current council members and Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges.
Neighbors of neglected homes feel forgotten – A few homesteaders hold the fort amid decay, hoping for rescue
UW-Madison launches $3.2 million program to encourage entrepreneurship – Seeking to push more of the results of its vast research efforts into the marketplace, the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday announced a $3.2 million program to encourage both dorm-room and faculty-driven entrepreneurship.