Government / Politics

July 9, 2018, 6am PDT
A Portland regional value pricing committee recommended that the state transportation department operate two pilot programs to toll all the lanes on two interstate highways in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.
KGW
July 9, 2018, 5am PDT
Friday may have been disgraced EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's last day in office of the agency in charge of protecting the nation's environment, but he still managed to roll back a regulation to create lasting air pollution far greater than VW did.
The New York Times
July 7, 2018, 11am PDT
Voters will decide in November on the creation of a cannabis-friendly, publicly owned bank to invest in affordable housing.
Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2018, 10am PDT
Seattle's ban took effect Sunday, while San Franciso's proposed legislation, if successful, would begin July 1, 2019. Other cities have plastic straw restrictions, but Seattle's is the first outright ban. Compostable alternatives are permitted.
Huffington Post
July 6, 2018, 8am PDT
Climate change denier Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, submitted his resignation on Thursday, to take effect July 6. On Monday, EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler becomes the acting administrator.
The New York Times
July 5, 2018, 6am PDT
Border controversies now have a northern front, too.
The Detroit Free Press
July 4, 2018, 1pm PDT
A-frame sandwich board signs are illegal in Chicago, but they're widely used anyway.
Block Club Chicago
July 3, 2018, 7am PDT
Gabe Klein of CityFi outlines how Los Angeles is planning on implementing the Urban Mobility in a Digital Age report.
The Planning Report
July 2, 2018, 2pm PDT
The revenue bonds would be funded from a millionaires' surtax, approved by voters in 2004, to pay for health programs, but not housing, for the mentally ill. Also on ballot: a $4 billion general obligation bond measure to fund housing for veterans.
Los Angeles Times
July 2, 2018, 12pm PDT
Public transit is increasingly a target of the Koch brothers' crusade against big government.
New York Times
July 2, 2018, 8am PDT
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy introduces the possibility that a future court will overturn the doctrine of disparate impact central to fair housing practices and policies.
CityLab
June 30, 2018, 1pm PDT
Georgia politics haven't usually been friendly to renewable energy. But some unlikely alliances, and a healthy dose of economics, can go a long way.
Inside Climate News
June 30, 2018, 7am PDT
Vikki Consiglio wants to create “high-end” town, leaving debt and poorer residents behind.
Bloomberg Business
June 29, 2018, 2pm PDT
London gave Uber a more than a slap on the wrist for the company's lack of concern about public safety. Uber demonstrated sufficient contrition to get back in the large, influential city's good graces.
BBC News
June 29, 2018, 11am PDT
If a majority of the city's voters approve the city-sponsored ballot measure, business license fees will change from a flat $30 annual fee to a new tax based on the number of employees, with the largest employer, Google, to pay $3.3 million.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2018, 1pm PDT
The city’s new $6.5 million "bridge shelters" are providing a place to stay, but not accomplishing what they set out to do.
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 28, 2018, 8am PDT
The courts are no place to be deciding on the contribution of fossil fuels to climate change, ruled a Northern California federal district court judge in a "stinging defeat" to San Francisco and Oakland that wanted Big Oil to pay mitigation costs.
The New York Times
June 28, 2018, 7am PDT
The commercialization of highway rights of way is largely prohibited by federal regulations, but states are looking for new ways to generate revenue from billboards and rest stops.
Governing
June 27, 2018, 7am PDT
The initiative is much more than whether to repeal taxes and fees enacted by the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 which brings in over $5 billion a year. The measure is a means to increase GOP turnout to retain House seats.
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2018, 2pm PDT
Chicago's current housing policies aren't protecting or producing affordable housing in gentrifying areas, so Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a restructuring of the government. Advocates are skeptical of the idea.
Chicago Tribune