California's 2,000+ special districts hold over $3 billion, with little or no public oversight over how the funds are spent.
D. J. Waldie, public information officer for the city of Lakewood and author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir" presents a disturbing look at California's questionable special districts, with a particular emphasis on the Water Replenishment District. Since being mandated, many of these special districts have slipped beyond government or public scrutiny.
Thanks to Chris Steins
The Top Urban Planning Books of 2022
An annual list of the must-read books related to urban planning and its intersecting fields.
Anchorage Eliminates Parking Requirements Citywide
Anchorage is the latest city to enact sweeping parking reforms, in another blow to the car-centric status quo of planning.
Long Delayed, $1.95 Billion Central Subway Opens in San Francisco
San Francisco’s first north-south subway opened last weekend, extending service on Muni’s T light rail line.
Bikeshare Ridership Up From Pre-Pandemic Levels
Shared micromobility, particularly docked bikeshare systems, are seeing record growth, but ‘scooter inflation’ may cool riders’ enthusiasm.
Free Rides, Overnight Service Considered for Metro Transit in D.C.
Washington, D.C. councilmembers are making a bold commitment to public transit.
New York Temporarily Bans Crypto-Mining
Could New York State’s ban on the energy-intensive activity foreshadow similar actions in other parts of the country?
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