Government / Politics

December 21, 2007, 11am PST
<p>County officials are moving forward with four mega-projects designed to improve downtown Miami. Critics wonder if they will really benefit the taxpayer.</p>
The Miami Herald
December 21, 2007, 6am PST
<p>A 1944 international treaty that requires the transfer of millions of gallons of water from Mexico to the U.S. from the Rio Grande is being challenged by Mexican farmers who are routinely deprived of water every five years when the transfer occurs.</p>
Planet Ark
December 20, 2007, 11am PST
<p>In this video from <em>Reason</em>, comedian Drew Carey looks at the use of eminent domain in Los Angeles and compares it with the efforts of nearby Anaheim to work with developers and avoid seizing land through eminent domain.</p>
December 20, 2007, 5am PST
<p>According to a privately-commissioned study, doubling the proposed New York congestion fee charged to drivers would generate enough money to replace all proceeds derived form transit fares in the city, making fares unnecessary.</p>
December 19, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>As one of the only major U.S. cities that has no turnstiles at its rail stations, Los Angeles is feeling the pinch of riders who don't pay. But now, local officials are trying to get turnstiles installed.</p>
December 19, 2007, 9am PST
<p>After denying plans for a subdivision, the city of Half Moon Bay, California, was sued. The city lost and now must pay a settlement of nearly $40 million -- more than three times the city's annual budget. Many worry the city may have to fold.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
December 18, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>The governors of Florida, Alabama and Georgia have come to a tentative agreement on how to divvy up the water supplied by shared rivers, giving hope that the 17-year water rights battle between the states may soon come to an end.</p>
The St. Petersburg Times
December 17, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Plans to convert a 311-mile section of Pennsylvania's Interstate 80 have been dealt a severe setback by the federal government, which recently returned the state's application.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 17, 2007, 7am PST
Anna Haines, Mary Edwards
December 16, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Daniel Doctoroff, deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding in New York, discusses the changing (and more deliberate) way the city now goes about pursuing development projects.</p>
The New York Observer
December 16, 2007, 9am PST
<p>The Philadelphia city council has approved an inclusionary housing bill requiring developers to include a certain percentage of affordable housing in all projects of 20 units or more.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Oregon's state transportation budget is falling short of the projected demand by billions of dollars. A committee of local politicians is laying blame at the state and federal levels.</p>
The Oregonian
December 15, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Come January 1, new car buyers in France may be charged a hefty carbon fee, or conversely, receive a carbon rebate, depending upon the emissions of the vehicle they purchase. The fee/rebate is strikingly similar to a twice-failed California bill.</p>
Yahoo News
December 14, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>The head of traffic and parking enforcement in Rome, Italy was fired after parking illegally using a fraudulent handicapped permit.</p>
December 14, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>With all the presidential debates going on this election season, not once have urban issues come up.</p>
The New York Times
December 14, 2007, 6am PST
<p>A ballot measure aimed for November 2008 will ask San Francisco voters to raise the commercial utilities tax and lower the city's payroll tax in an effort to reduce energy usage, increase use of public transit, and increase recycling.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
December 13, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Plans to demolish about 4,500 units of public housing in New Orleans have angered many in the city and inspired a string of protests.</p>
Associated Press via The Times Picayune
December 13, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Chicago city officials have proposed a ban that would forbid residents from keeping chickens.</p>
Associated Press
December 13, 2007, 5am PST
<p>According to Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Louisiana's recovery has reached the tipping point, setting 2008 up as the year New Orleans will truly come back.</p>
WWL AM 870
December 12, 2007, 8am PST
<p>The City of Houston has come to an agreement with Clear Channel Advertising for the company to remove about 800 billboards from the city -- the result of a citywide plan to clean up the city's "visual clutter" that started more than 20 years ago.</p>
The Houston Chronicle