Task Force Report Urges Municipalities to Stop Hiding Fiscal Trouble – The State Budget Crisis Task Force’s final report called for an end to accounting practices that make sinking budgets appear balanced.
What the Interstate Highway System Should Have Looked Like – Two separate road networks: one running between cities and one running within them.
Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World – They can act as economic engines for entire countries.
Drone usage by police agencies increases in U.S. – Some argue that the drones equipped with cameras could lead to persistent surveillance of Americans. The issue has become a hot topic and will go before a Senate committee today.
Bill to Avoid Shutdown Covers Many Local Interests – Lawmakers who have been able to put their imprint on the federal budget are boasting about bringing home the bacon.
Judge Reinstates Some Federal Oversight of Voting Practices for an Alabama City – Election specialists said the move, involving Evergreen, was the first since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act in June.
Big transit jobs done, but Bay Area building boom goes on – It’s difficult to fathom: Three big Bay Area transportation projects that seemed like they’d be with us forever are complete and carrying traffic.
Maryland health official: State could abandon glitchy exchange site – Errors that could force a complete overhaul will have to be reassessed on April 1.
Why Hawaiians Carpool So Much – Three of the nation’s top metros for carpooling are in the Aloha State.
Maine Struggles with Welfare Misuse at ATMs – As states work to comply with new federal welfare rules that restrict recipients from withdrawing cash benefits from liquor stores, reports released by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services show some doing just that.
After Flurry of Changes, Some States Ease Up – In many states under single-party control, lawmakers are steering away from the divisive battles on abortion, gun control, collective bargaining and large tax cuts that have marked recent sessions in state capitols.
Futsal, soccer in miniature, gains popularity at L.A. parks – The fast-moving game of five-player teams is taking over tennis and volleyball courts. At 10% of a soccer field, it’s also a bargain for parks officials.
Martyland: Help Boston’s New Mayor Navigate His First Year in Office! In the game of life, Marty Walsh just won big. Now he’s heading into the unknown.
Congratulations on your budget, Congress. America still hates you. The public’s hatred remains the same, a poll shows
State lawmaker, Pierce County councilman threaten pot fight – A legal tussle is shaping up between the state and Pierce County over state-licensed pot sellers.
Gates, Christie: Two shades of loyalty – They show that too much can be dangerous; too little, demoralizing.
Obama’s plan to save the Senate – President Barack Obama has a plan to save the Senate’s tenuous Democratic majority: Sell a populist message, try to make Obamacare work better and raise lots of cash.
Ads Against Health Law Backers Stagger Outspent Democrats – A group financed in part by the Koch brothers is spending millions on ads aimed at vulnerable Democrats who supported the health care act.
U.S. Retreating on Environment in Pacific Trade Talks – Documents appeared to signal that the United States will pull back on a variety of protections, including pollution and logging rules, to reach a trade deal with other Pacific Rim nations.
Obama’s visit to N.C. may be awkward for Democratic senator – Obama comes to a struggling North Carolina to talk economy, but Sen. Kay Hagan, facing reelection, won’t be there.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle previews State of City Address – Business is burgeoning, demographics are diversifying and construction is coming back to life in Beaverton, according to Mayor Denny Doyle.
Portland Development Commission should keep jobs focus: Editorial Agenda 2014 – The Portland Development Commission has been on the right track in recent years. The agency veered away from a history defined by urban renewal projects to focus on broader economic development goals – in particular, job creation. It was an important move at a time when the city desperately needed jobs.
Higher one-time water fees approved, legislative session previewed: Beaverton City Council roundup – The votes made up one portion of a packed agenda. City leaders also celebrated the recipient of an annual city award, took a peek at Beaverton’s priorities in the state Legislature, heard an update on the Creekside District and learned about a city-supported business incubator.
Hillsboro City Council to consider temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries – At the issue’s core is an essential and unresolved governance quandary: Can local jurisdictions effectively override state law and ban dispensaries?
Tualatin councilors delay decision on extending Seneca Street, destroying own chambers – Tualatin councilors decided to hold off on decidingwhether to extend Southwest Seneca Street into the upcoming Cabela’s-anchored Nyberg Rivers shopping center, destroying its own building in the process.
New 1000 Friends of Oregon Report Slams CRC Project – On the eve of a February legislative session which may see Gov. John Kitzhaber try once again to resurrect the $2.8 billion, Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project
Lake Oswego dodges a ballot, but charter problem remains: Editorial – In early December, its hands tied by a weird provision of the city’s charter, the Lake Oswego City Council approved a public vote that had been demanded by only 31 of the city’s 36,000-plus residents. Perhaps fittingly, this minuscule group was concerned with a minuscule project: the slight widening of 270 feet of road surface to increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Editorial: For fans of open government, one step forward and one step back – Last week’s news from Linn County contained a couple of developments that will be of interest to advocates of openness and transparency in governments on this side of the river.
Entrepreneurs pitch ideas to get shot at OSU accelerator – A crowd of 60 people packed the Corvallis Sports Park on Tuesday night to participate in a game-show- like entrepreneurial competition.
Wastewater plant a source of pride — and recall — In his State of the City address on Tuesday, Mayor Jae Pudewell boasted that, at long last, the city’s at-times controversial wastewater treatment plant project will be finished this spring with all hook-ups connected.
Attorney asks city to revise Civic offer – Art Johnson wants Eugene to buy the site no strings attached
Developers unveil vision for downtown Salem block hit by 2006 fire – Representatives for State Street Square LLC unveiled drawings Tuesday of a mixed-use building planned for the former McMahan’s Furniture site in downtown Salem.
A Century Later, the Expensive Lesson of Reversing the Chicago River – Running the numbers on a proposal to separate the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.
In Abandoned Detroit, Group Tries to Lure Writers with Free Rent – A grassroots organization plans to give away abandoned houses to writers who agree to move to the bankrupt city and boost its arts community and economy. So far, it’s not costing the city a dime.
Mayoral appointees hold majority on light, blight panels – Duggan appointees control streetlighting, Land Bank initiatives
Fuel rules shape vehicles debuting at Detroit auto show – Car companies, foreign and domestic, are taking big risks with new technologies in order to meet tough new federal fuel economy standards, which require manufacturers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
In Detroit, bigger is still better to many car buyers – Despite Washington’s focus on lighter, more fuel efficient cars, horsepower is one of the auto industry’s best draws.
Former Alorton mayor at center of a web of corruption, affidavits claim – As mayor, Randy L. McCallum Sr. ran the village of Alorton like a personal criminal enterprise, according to newly released federal court documents that portray corruption far deeper than suggested in his guilty plea almost two years ago.
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Pamerleau delivers first ‘State of the Sheriff’ address – Sheriff Susan Pamerleauinherited a rampant overtime problem at the Bexar County Jail when she took over at the sheriff’s office last year, but she told business leaders Tuesday she has reined it in and will address other problems with the facility this year.
‘We need a revolution in water technology,’ Texas comptroller says – Texas’ booming population and economy are creating an “increasingly unquenchable demand for water,” Comptroller Susan Combs says. A study by her office also looks at ways to reduce the amount of water used in hydraulic fracking.
Rooftop condo all yours for $6K a month – If your pockets are deep enough, you can rent 2,938 square feet of condo, and an additional 2,862 square feet of rooftop deck. Party, anyone?
Abbott, Davis both bragging about campaign fundraising – Greg Abbott’s campaign says Wendy Davis’ totals are fuzzy math; the Davis camp says Abbott is worried. Republican Abbott and Democrat Davis are running for governor.
Oklahoma’s Ban on Gay Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules – The decision, the latest in a string of legal victories for gay rights, will not take effect immediately, and an appeal is almost certain.
N.S.A. Devises a Radio Pathway to Pry Open Computers – The agency has put software in thousands of computers that allows for surveillance and can also create a path for launching cyberattacks, according to documents, experts and officials.
How an appeals court decision could change your Internet speed, access – The court’s ruling Tuesday will allow firms to sell faster download speeds to the highest bidder.
Tech Security Upstarts Enter the Fray – Symantec, led by CEO Steve Bennett, is competing with younger companies like FireEye and Palo Alto Networks in a market expected to swell to $87 billion by 2016.
Sioux Falls ranked among most promising tech hubs – Sioux Falls has been named to Techie.com’s list of most promising tech hubs of 2014.
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Headed the way of filing cabinets and Wite Out, the government secretary – As agencies evolve and money grows tight, clerical workers make up only 4 percent of the federal staff.
Stop Basing Pay on Performance Reviews – Severing the link to compensation is the key to honest feedback.