Government / Politics

March 22, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The city of Long Beach, California, has initiated a bike sharing program for city officials. The program consists of 16 shared bikes, usable by city employees for short trips and errands around the city.</p>
Press Telegram (Long Beach, CA)
March 21, 2008, 3pm PDT
<p>In a classic Hollywood showdown that could only happen in California politics, Gov. Schwarzenegger axed actor-director-former Carmel, CA mayor Clint Eastwood from the Parks Commission at the expiration of his term after his 'no-vote' on a toll road.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A proposal to place tolls on many of the highways around Washington D.C. is being blasted by critics, who say planners should place more emphasis on providing better transit services than charging commuters left with few options.</p>
The Washington Post
March 19, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The Golden Gate Bridge District, in agreeing to apply congestion pricing to the bridge, has saved the $158 million Urban Partnership grant for the Bay Area in the nick of time, but has created turmoil with S.F because of where the revenue goes.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
March 18, 2008, 6pm PDT
The Federal Reserve’s bailout (arranged liquidation to some) of Bear Stearns over the weekend seriously calls into question the headlong march toward neoliberalism that has been ascendant for the past few decades.
Lance Freeman
March 18, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Bureaucratic red tape has slowed the development process for years in Santa Cruz, California. Now proposed changes look to speed up the process, but critics say the changes could open the door to under-controlled development.</p>
Santa Cruz Sentinel
March 18, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Phoenix's public art program is widely touted as one of the best in the country. But a proposed floating sculpture has elicited criticism from an otherwise uninvolved public, mainly due to the fact that the city is facing a large budget deficit.</p>
The Arizona Republic
March 15, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Officials in D.C. have sought to punish Philadelphia's Housing Director for not selling a vacant property to a friend of the HUD Secretary. The city was then found in violation of rules, and could now lose $50 million in housing funds.</p>
The Washington Post
March 14, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A state task force looking at improving the Oregon state land use and planning system is going back to work.</p>
The Oregonian
March 14, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>City councilors in Washington D.C. have proposed a plan to throw out exemptions that allowed hundreds of landlords to evict residents with little or no notice so they could convert buildings to high priced condos.</p>
The Washington Post
March 13, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Measures are moving forward in Connecticut and Vermont that would protect the rights of residents to dry their laundry on clotheslines -- an act many opponents say drives down property values.</p>
The Boston Globe
March 13, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Included in the budget of any new county building in Los Angeles County is a 1% line item for the creation of public art -- part of a public art program initiated in 2004. The first building to utilize this line item has just been completed.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Denver is not providing enough resources to undertake historic preservation efforts, according to this open letter to Mayor John Hickenlooper.</p>
The Rocky Mountain News
March 13, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Plans for streetcars in Cincinnati are moving forward, as advocates have formally requested nearly $1 million to perform the preliminary studies required to apply for federal funding.</p>
The Cincinnati Enquirer
March 12, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Residents and public officials are calling on merchants to clean up Duval Street in Key West, Florida. Long considered the city's economic engine, the opposition believes some of the questionable quirkiness give the street and the city its character.</p>
The Miami Herald
March 12, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Bay Area political columnist Dan Borenstein examines long-term transportation data and concludes that driving will only increase unless politicians make driving more expensive and transit cheaper, a solution he regards as unlikely at best.</p>
The Contra Costa Times
March 10, 2008, 9am PDT
This report from NPR looks at the impending sale of land on the hillside above the infamous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, and the local official who's trying to prevent it.
NPR
March 10, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>This episode of <em>Smart City</em> includes a discussion about charrettes with Bill Lennertz of the National Charrette Institute.</p>
Smart City
March 9, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The 93-year old Bronx Borough Courthouse will soon become a charter school.</p>
The New York Times
March 8, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Murals are under fire in Los Angeles, as city officials are painting over what they see as "illegal signs".</p>
Which Way, L.A.?