Government / Politics

March 29, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A proposed public art piece featuring a bronze statue of the "Happy Days" character Arthur "the Fonz" Fonzarelli has many up in arms about the process creating and approving public art.</p>
The Next American City
March 29, 2008, 7am PDT
<p><em>Architect Magazine</em> talks with San Francisco's new planning director, John Rahaim, about the urban planning challenges and issues in the city.</p>
Architect Magazine
March 28, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Twenty years ago, Los Angeles voters chose Tom Bradley's "world city" vision over a slow-growth councilman's carping about overdevelopment. Voters may face the same choice - and one of the same candidates - in 2009.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
March 28, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Officials in the California city of Sebastopol have gone back on an agreement with an Internet provider that was planning to create a municipal Wi-Fi network for the city. They cited health concerns in their decision.</p>
The Press Democrat
March 28, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Miami may be the first American city to have its police force adopt Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to aid police in fighting crime, a development civil liberties groups are finding disconcerting.</p>
Reuters
March 27, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Lawmakers in Georgia are considering a plan to ask voters in rural areas to decide whether they want to pay a regional sales tax to fund transportation projects -- a response to the state's few funding sources for transit projects.</p>
WMAZ
March 27, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A "tent city" established in the Southern California city of Ontario for occupation by homeless people has been temporarily shut down as city officials and police attempt to evict people without clear ties to the city.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A 15-member "live music task force" will begin work to try to encourage the growth of a musical economy in Austin, Texas.</p>
KXAN
March 26, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>In Salt Lake City, advocates for bus riders have asked the state attorney general to investigate whether the Utah Transit Authority has skewed its ridership figures to gain public support for major investments, which they say is a misuse of funding.</p>
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 26, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Oregon's property rights issues should serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of the country, according to this article from <em>Metropolis</em>.</p>
Metropolis Magazine
March 26, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A bill intended to expand the stock of affordable housing in Middlebury, Vermont, is coming under criticism for actually making it harder for developers to build affordable housing.</p>
Addison County Independent
March 25, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Officials in New York are pleading their case for a congestion pricing plan before city councilors as the April 7 deadline for approval approaches.</p>
The Daily News
March 25, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Progressive Planning</em> looks at the communal councils being set up in Venezuela and the progress they have made in local planning efforts.</p>
Progressive Planning
March 25, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Review of a project that would have added more than 5,500 homes to the fringes of Los Angeles has been halted after a recent City Council vote. Many expect this to be the death knell for the project.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A policy requiring new commercial developments to include public spaces has created more than a dozen new public places in downtown San Francisco since the 1980s. Some say more effort is needed to make these public places known by the public.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Report ranks largest 50 US cities by their readiness for $4+ a gallon gas and $100+ a barrel oil prices</p>
Common Current
March 24, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A recently announced $12.5 billion metropolitan rail system plan for Sydney has many in the region excited about finally getting a good mass transit system. But they are also wary, as many other proposals promising similar services were never kept.</p>
The Sydney Morning Herald
March 23, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Two ballot measures on the June ballot in California will challenge the state's eminent domain and rent control rules.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A <em>Los Angeles Times</em> columnist hears about the Los Angeles density controversy and sees its implications during a recent drive around town with County Commissioner Zev Yaroslavsky.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Dysfunctional and wasteful practices have defined the army Corps of Engineers for years. Despite being caught in the act many times, the Corps continues to propose and push forward unnecessary projects, according to this article.</p>
Grist