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A Canary in the Coal Mine for All Cities? Santa Monica City Manager Steps Down

Rick Cole discusses the existential challenges cities must grapple to be a leading city in the 21st century, Santa Monica's achievements during his five years as city manager, and the sacrifices that will be made as the city endures COVID-19.

April 22, 2020 - The Planning Report

Los Angeles' CAO Shows How Trade-Offs Drive City Budgeting

Yesterday marked the release of the city of Los Angeles Mayor’s Budget for FY 2015-2016, and Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana delves into the details.

April 21, 2015 - The Planning Report

Obama 2016 Budget: New Tax to Yield $238 Billion for Highway Trust Fund

President Barack Obama is expected to propose a one-time, 14-percent tax on overseas profits from companies, resulting in a contribution of $238 billion toward a total $478 billion, six-year Highway Trust Fund package. But will Republicans agree?

February 2, 2015 - The Hill

Developer Pins Los Angeles' Infrastructure Problems on Bureaucratic Bloat

According to developer and consultant Michael P. Russell, the city of Los Angeles has a chronic shortage of funds for infrastructure due to a bloated bureaucracy, small district city council elections, and term limits.

September 15, 2014 - UrbDeZine

CBO Analyzes Obama's 'Hallucinatory' Transportation Budget

According to the CBO, President Obama's transportation budget keeps the Highway Trust Fund, currently expected to run out of funds in 2015, solvent until 2021. The additional funds come from 'intergovernmental transfers' - but are they real?

May 24, 2013 - Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Is CA High-Speed Rail Stalling the Federal Rail Program?

House Republicans object to further funding of the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program - largely due to California's expectation to receive $42 billion in federal funding - yet less ambitious projects have shown much promise.

May 8, 2013 - Governing Magazine

Obama Pushes for Rail Investment Renewal - Without New Funds

Yonah Freemark writes about the expiration of the nation's five-year rail investment program that funds the FRA, Amtrak, and freight rail - separate from MAP 21, and suggests that without a new funding source, don't expect to see any increases.

May 1, 2013 - the transport politic

Senators Resist Obama Budget Proposal to Sell TVA

A proposal in President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget would reduce the deficit and place a government-owned utility in private hands - ostensibly Republican goals - but it is being opposed by Tennessee's senior Republican Senator, Lamar Alexander.

April 18, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Transportation Budget: "Where's The Beef, Mr. President?"

Kathryn W. Wolfe takes President Obama to task on his fiscal 2014, $77 billion transportation budget - not in where the money goes but where it comes from. How often can the 'peace dividend' be justifiably used as a funding source?

April 16, 2013 - Politico

Transportation and Community Revitalization a Focus of Obama's 2014 Budget

In President Obama's newly released 2014 budget proposal, planners will find much to applaud. But what are the chances those nuggets will survive the contentious negotiations to come?

April 11, 2013 - APA Policy News

Should L.A. Merge Its Planning and Building & Safety Departments?

At a recent AIA breakfast brainstorm, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson asked attendees to weigh in on a controversial proposal to merge the Department of Building and Safety with the city's Planning Department in order to cut costs.

December 6, 2012 - The Planning Report

If the Government Shuts Down, Will the Trains Still Run?

Transit agencies brace for reduced ridership but will keep running -- for a little while, at least.

April 10, 2011 - Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Redevelopment on its Deathbed

As lawmakers in California wrangle over the state's budget, redevelopment agencies appear to be days away from being killed.

March 22, 2011 - California Planning and Development Report

Drastic Service Cuts in Colorado Springs Redefines "Basic Services"

Voters in Colorado Springs, Colorado voted against an increase in property taxes in November. Now they're getting a lesson in what taxes pay for, as city services cut back on water, electricity and maintenance.

February 5, 2010 - Denver Post

Redevelopment Funds Take a Hard Hit in California

More than $2 billion has been cut from redevelopment programs in California's budget, which many say will exacerbate the building slowdown in the state.

August 11, 2009 - The Architect's Newspaper

CTA Cutting Service

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) says service cuts are imminent, and invites the public to weigh in on how the cuts will play out.

June 25, 2009 - Chicago Tribune

Are Red-Light Tickets Another Revenue Source?

The mayor of the southernmost city Key West, Morgan McPherson, says catching red-light runners is a good way to raise revenue during tough times.

June 12, 2009 - Florida Keys Keynoter

Caltrain: Fees Raised, Service Cut

Caltrain officials are planning to cut midday service by half, raise parking fees by 50 percent, and charge more for the monthly Go Pass.

June 8, 2009 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Eliminate Child Safety Program to Cut Budget?

House Republicans sent President Obama a $375 billion budget-cutting plan, which slices $1 billion from bicycle and pedestrian programs.

June 6, 2009 - STREETSBLOG.ORG

"Rescue" Bill for New York's Mass Transit

The solution to transportation problems in New York lies not just with the city and the state, but also with the federal government.

June 5, 2009 - DMI BLOG

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