Government / Politics

March 13, 2016, 11am PDT
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied a contentious $7.5 billion Liquefied Natural Gas export facility, pipeline, and power plant in Coos Bay, Ore., which had received environmental clearance.
The Oregonian
March 13, 2016, 5am PDT
Climate change was front and center at a Thursday morning joint press conference at the White House, where U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to several energy, environmental, and Arctic initiatives.
Los Angele Times
March 11, 2016, 2pm PST
The San Francisco Planning Commission took historic action earlier this month, voting to end the use of Level of Service in environmental review.
San Francisco Planning Department
March 11, 2016, 10am PST
The recently released U.S. States Open Data Census discovered that the overwhelming majority of states have a lot of work to do in opening their data to the public.
Government Technology
March 11, 2016, 6am PST
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackles the corruption and mismanagement of special districts, which are well known to professional planners, but perhaps not to the rest of the general public.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
March 10, 2016, 11am PST
New Republican majority of SCAQMD voted to adopt oil industry-backed emissions rules on refineries and other major pollution sources
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2016, 9am PST
Containing more than 500 open datasets, GeoHub lets users access the wealth of data Los Angeles makes available. The tool is also intended to help employees from different city departments work together.
Next City
March 10, 2016, 8am PST
The city of Cleveland has begun to build a political consensus around the need to update its 1929 zoning code.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 9, 2016, 2pm PST
Around the country, small, rural towns are experiencing the same political conflicts related to land use and planning more commonly associated with the city.
Next City
March 9, 2016, 1pm PST
The lawsuit by Kings County et.al. was a significant threat to California's $64 billion rail plan, based on the plan's ability to meet the terms promised in the 2008 proposition, such as travel time due to sharing tracks with Caltrain.
The Fresno Bee
March 9, 2016, 8am PST
If the city of Dallas bans smoking its parks, it would catch up on a trail blazed (not blazed, rather) by Houston and Frisco.
The Dallas Morning News
March 9, 2016, 5am PST
The media response to Janette Sadik-Khan's new book has been at scale with the New York-sized ambitions of her tenure as commissioner of transportation.
Eno Center for Transportation
March 8, 2016, 11am PST
Vehicle crashes at grade crossings have emerged as a top priority for Sarah Feinberg, the new Federal Railroad Administrator. Fatalities at rail crossings in 2014 increased by 15 percent from 2013.
Progressive Railroading
March 8, 2016, 9am PST
With the sharing economy repurposing and mutating the one-size (and one size only) fits all world of zoning, is it time to jettison our old zoning codes?
Governing
March 8, 2016, 7am PST
A landowner looking for revenge after neighbors and local officials prevented a proposal to develop 24-acres has gotten creative in irritating the locals.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 7, 2016, 6am PST
Having lost at the California Supreme Court, Big Oil will take their battle against California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard to the legislature with influential lobbyists.
KQED Science
March 5, 2016, 1pm PST
Kristen Jeffers writes that she's changed her mind about the existence of hierarchies among U.S. cities.
The Black Urbanist
March 4, 2016, 2pm PST
The city of New York has decided that police have better things to do than bust people for drinking in public. Cheers!
Observer
March 3, 2016, 8am PST
Los Angeles is experiencing an elevated anti-growth conversation and suspicion of insider dealings at City Hall. In the midst of this, a councilmember known as an "outsider" aims to reconcile his constituents with the city's development processes.
The Planning Report
March 3, 2016, 7am PST
The long-time executive director of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Barry Wallerstein, may be removed to make the powerful regulatory agency more business-friendly. The board meets in closed-session on Friday.
Los Angeles Times