Government / Politics

November 23, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Governor Jon Corzine finally explained that a key strategy to reduce New Jersey's staggering $32 billion debt will be to substantially increase tolls on the 3 major state toll roads, using the revenue to form a public corporation to issue bonds.</p>
The New York Times
November 23, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Detroit city officials have approved a plan to recycle the city's waste sludge into fertilizer.</p>
The Detroit Free Press
November 22, 2007, 7am PST
<p>In 2008, Maryland voters will consider a plan to allow slot gambling machines in the state. But local zoning regulations could trump the state law, giving communities control over whether the machines are allowed or not.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
November 20, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Seeking a way to fund the state's many transit and transportation projects, officials in Washington are considering a plan that would put a highway tolling bill in front of the state legislature early next year -- a bill many believe would pass.</p>
November 20, 2007, 10am PST
<p>The first (of four) phases of the infamous Second Ave. subway is ready to begin construction thanks to the approval of $1.3 billion in federal financing, enabling the long-delayed line to be built from 92nd to 63rd streets in Manhattan.</p>
The New York Times
November 20, 2007, 6am PST
<p>A measure that would have increased funding for Milwaukee-area commuter transit was recently voted down, fueling a push for neighboring cities to break away and form their own transit agencies.</p>
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 20, 2007, 5am PST
<p>The Transit Riders' Union of Edmonton has challenged city councilors in Edmonton, Alberta to give up their private vehicles. Four councilors will rely exclusively on public transit for the next week.</p>
CBC News
Blog post
November 18, 2007, 7pm PST

Last year California was one of the states targeted by libertarians in the post-Kelo environment for an initiative that, if successful, would essentially outlaw takings. The country is still at near-fever pitch about eminent domain, but the really scary aspect of the legislation (modeled on Oregon's Prop 37) was that it would have virtually tied local governments' hands with regard to regulatory takings as well. In California Proposition 90 failed to pass after the New York developer who was financing the campaign stopped funding it. However, the Yes campaign had created some strange bedfellows, with poor African-Americans in particular advocating Yes votes as a way to end the destruction of their neighborhoods through badly managed redevelopment initiatives.

Lisa Feldstein
November 16, 2007, 11am PST
<p>While Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has received fame for making global warming a priority, he has studiously avoided the land use connection. Not so for California's attorney general, who is tackling the issue head on, even warning of litigation.</p>
The Oakland Tribune
November 14, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Economist Peter Gordon reflects on a recent tour of San Jose, California -- where the so-called "revitalized" downtown is dead and nearly one-third of the city is blighted.</p>
Peter Gordon's Blog
November 14, 2007, 9am PST
<p>This editorial from <em>The Oregonian</em> argues that even though Measure 49 passed, it is only a slight step backward on an irreversible path towards more property rights in Oregon.</p>
The Oregonian
November 14, 2007, 8am PST
<p>A city councilman in New York City is looking to counteract the city's pigeon problem by charging a $1,000 fine to anyone caught feeding the birds.</p>
November 14, 2007, 7am PST
<p>A dispute over two possible routes for California's high-speed rail line has elevated to members of Congress formally opposing federal funding for a route that does not include their districts.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
November 13, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Sounding eerily similar to his London counterpart, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on the federal government to adopt a national carbon tax. Bloomberg is currently pushing congestion pricing similar to London's program implemented in 2003.</p>
November 11, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>With the passage of Oregon's Measure 49, some development projects already approved under the now-overturned Measure 37 may be in limbo as the courts determine whether they can be completed.</p>
Associated Press via Worldlink
November 9, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Some urban planning projects are so frustratingly bad you just have to sing about them ... or at least find some songs to help vent that frustration. This blog post from <em>Stuck Between Stations</em> finds those songs.</p>
Stuck Between Stations
November 9, 2007, 9am PST
<p>The mayors of more than 700 American cities have signed a pledge to reduce the carbon emissions of their cities. Following up on that pledge is turning out to be a bit difficult.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Voters in Seattle recently voted down a proposition to significantly fund roads and transit in the region. Advocates are pushing forward with efforts to keep the transportation funding issues alive and attain the money needed.</p>
The Seattle Times
November 8, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>A surprising poll shows that Bay Area residents -- who already pay the nation's highest gas prices -- would agree to a 25-cent gas tax if revenue were applied to reduce global warming. Efforts are underway to put that support to a vote.</p>
San Francisco Examiner
November 8, 2007, 10am PST
<p>The key to meeting carbon reduction goals lies in reducing transportation emissions through changing land use. But to do so requires air resources boards and the many metropolitan planning organizations to play key roles.</p>
The Contra Costa Times