Government / Politics

December 3, 2008, 12pm PST
In a place as dynamic as New York City, balancing preservation with development pressure is no easy task.
New York Times
December 3, 2008, 10am PST
The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, faces a slew of federal charges related to bribery and abuses of power.
Birmingham News
December 3, 2008, 9am PST
The mayor of San Francisco delivers his annual state of the city message in ten 45-minute segments on YouTube rather than in person.
NPR
December 3, 2008, 7am PST
Of primary importance will be dealing with the National Highway Trust Fund, long the source of federal transportation funding, but not having seen an increase in the gas tax for 15 years, it is essentially broke - spending more than it brings in.
The Washington Post
December 2, 2008, 11am PST
Tough economic times spell troubles for city budgets. One way to cut back on costs is to rethink operation of seemingly untouchable public safety services like police and firefighters, according to this column from Neal Peirce.
Citiwire
December 2, 2008, 10am PST
A constitutional crisis brewing in Canada may see the ruling Conservative Party defeated next week in favour of a coalition government. Their priorities may be more city-friendly.
Financial Post
Blog post
December 2, 2008, 8am PST

While Americans and Canadians alike watched the U.S. presidential race with growing enthusiasm and passion over the past two years, it may have slipped the notice of our American friends that we actually had a federal election here in October. 

It was a decidedly passionless affair: the lowest voter turnout in Canadian history helped to ensure that almost nothing changed in Ottawa in terms of the balance of power. The Conservatives were returned with a minority mandate, and the once seemingly undefeatable Liberals had their worst showing ever

Michael Dudley
December 2, 2008, 8am PST
A bi-partisan PA bill with considerable support seeks to redirect funds from the Motor License Fund, paid by motorists, that currently go to the State Police to roads. The police budget would have to compete with other needs from the general fund.
Land Line
December 1, 2008, 12pm PST
The mayor of London has announced plans to make the city greener than ever. He stated that opportunities abounded not just for emissions reduction, but for green job creation as well.
Guardian (UK)
December 1, 2008, 10am PST
The Bureau of Land Management hasn't gone through with its plans to auction off leases on land, apparently intended to be explored for oil and gas.
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2008, 7am PST
A proposed New Orleans hospital will have to be built on top of an historic neighborhood that some residents feel that they have just regained. Those in favor of the project insist that the selection of that site was necessary.
International Herald Tribune
December 1, 2008, 5am PST
Outdated funding mechanisms and systemwide maintenance issues ensure that the next transportation secretary will have a full plate during the Obama administration.
The Washington Post
November 30, 2008, 9am PST
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has an ambitious plan to get L.A. to go solar. Still, without a proper financial analysis, skeptics find it too lofty to be true.
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2008, 1pm PST
London mayor Boris Johnson is facing backlash for withdrawing money from bike route funds to rephase traffic lights, among other things. The move is less than effective for making London a "true cycling city," say critics.
Guardian (UK)
November 29, 2008, 9am PST
The key to solving global poverty is possessing secure land and property tenure, according to this opinion piece. Having such security enables poor communities, even those here at home, to make demands from their governments.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 27, 2008, 1pm PST
Enterprising Native American communities are using their sovereignty to approve large projects that would be difficult to clear on neighboring lands, like landfills and casinos. Industry is happy to oblige, and directly targets the Native market.
Center for Public Integrity
November 26, 2008, 1pm PST
A combination of economic crises and a tax code based on square footage rather than rentals is encouraging a raft of demolitions that is leaving parts of London looking like it's been bombed again.
The Globe and Mail
November 26, 2008, 12pm PST
This column deals with two Seattle issues: one political - the victory of a transit measure on Nov. 4 that will direct $18 billion to light rail; the other human - a Sierra Club activist who made the campaign for Prop 1 a full time job.
The Seattle Times
November 26, 2008, 11am PST
After noise complaints by residents nearby, any exercise that takes place on a grassy traffic median in Santa Monica that can qualify as "congregating" has been banned.
International Herald Tribune
November 26, 2008, 6am PST
Vallejo, CA declared bankruptcy last spring, felled by fiscal mismanagement and falling property taxes. Cities around the country are looking to Vallejo's example as they teeter near the edge.
Governing Magazine