May 15, 2017, 9am PDT
In a few years, Maryland is expected to be the nation's leader in offshore renewable wind power made possible by the Public Service Commission's approval on May 11 of credits to two projects by U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy.
May 8, 2017, 11am PDT
Due to a 2009 court decision, cities and counties in California are prohibited from requiring that a percentage of units in rental developments be affordable. A bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom would restore inclusionary zoning for rentals.
April 9, 2017, 4pm PDT
On April 6, the Senate and Assembly passed a comprehensive transportation funding package that it had been unable to do for years, thanks to much deal-making by Gov. Jerry Brown. The gas tax will increase by 12 cents per gallon on November 1.
January 22, 2017, 5am PST
Well, that didn't take long! Goodbye Obama Clean Action Plan and restrictive environmental regulations; hello shale oil and gas revolution.
January 12, 2017, 1pm PST
About 50 transportation measures appeared on local ballots on November 8, 2016. To date, Planetizen reviewed outcomes in nine regions in six states. Here we compare the measures in terms of revenue, taxes, projects, and reasons for failure.
November 15, 2016, 2pm PST
A compendium of the most discussed examples of news and commentary regarding the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States—but only what's directly relevant to the fields of planning and urban design.
November 10, 2016, 5am PST
More than the president was decided. Results are in on a Washington carbon tax, a California plastic bag ban, a Sunshine State restriction on solar panels, and on a ban on oil drilling in a California county that actually has oil drilling.
October 23, 2016, 7am PDT
During the second presidential debate Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton claimed that the "U.S. was energy independent." Some in the media, including Politifact, were quick to report that claim as "false." And the news just got worse.
October 18, 2016, 9am PDT
Ten newspapers have joined California Gov. Jerry Brown in opposing Proposition 51, a $9 billion bond ballot measure endorsed by both Democrats, including the lieutenant governor, and Republicans.
September 30, 2016, 5am PDT
Welcome, President Obama, to the NIMBY wars.
September 24, 2016, 5am PDT
More than one city made big planning news this week. You only need two minutes and thirty seconds to find out more.
September 17, 2016, 5am PDT
This week featured good news on the economy like it was pre-2008.
September 10, 2016, 5am PDT
The fastest two minutes in planning news.
September 5, 2016, 9am PDT
California's new rigorous renewable portfolio standard of 50 percent by 2030 will support a renewable energy source that serves the dual purpose of reducing forest fire hazards.
September 3, 2016, 1pm PDT
Books! Maps! Data! Renderings! What more could you want from one week?
August 26, 2016, 2pm PDT
It only takes two minutes and 55 seconds to catch up on the biggest news stories from the week in planning.
August 20, 2016, 5am PDT
Climate change dominated the news this week, as flooding wreaked unfathomable havoc on the state of Louisiana.
August 19, 2016, 11am PDT
'Big Brother' has long been voiced as a criticism of charging motorists by the mile driven, but in the ongoing Oregon road usage charge program, more than 75 percent of volunteer enrollees opted for a recording technology with GPS.
August 8, 2016, 5am PDT
It only takes two minutes to catch up on the biggest news stories of the week.
August 1, 2016, 5am PDT
Political junkies, map nerds, and transit fans all got plenty of big news to digest during the last week of July 2016.