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Michael Grass

Executive Editor Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
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The Poverty Argument Against Red-Light Cameras

December 2, 2016 The mayor of Rochester, New York, on Thursday announced that she’ll introduce legislation that would shutter the city’s red-light camera traffic enforcement program by the end of the year. One of the reasons to pull the plug that was cited by Mayor Lovely Warren isn’t often heard in the wide-ranging...

Jacksonville’s Frustrated Mayor: ‘We’ve Got to Get Out of the Pension Business!’

December 1, 2016 Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s ongoing frustrations over the troubled state of his city’s police and fire pension program boiled over this week when a new analysis showed that costs could increase by approximately $44 million next year due to an apparent miscalculation. Curry and other officials at Jacksonville City Hall...

The Mayoral Optics of ‘Small Business Saturday’

November 27, 2016 “Small Business Saturday” may not be an officially recognized holiday across the United States, but for city halls, the day after the traditional Black Friday shopping blitz has been an annual opportunity for elected officials and others working in or with municipal governments to be cheerleaders for small businesses in...

In Booming Dallas, Bankruptcy Talk Shines Light on City’s Tough Fiscal Predicament

November 26, 2016 The current police and firefighter pensions crisis that’s been unfolding in Dallas hasn’t been a surprise to anyone watching local politics in the nation’s ninth-largest city or municipal finance around the U.S. But national attention from The New York Times before Thanksgiving regarding a possible municipal bankruptcy has brought an...

This City in Oregon Will Be Mostly Destroyed in a Future Tsunami. But There's Some Good News.

November 23, 2016 Each time there are large subduction zone earthquakes in the Pacific Ring of Fire, like the recent major seismic events along the coasts of Japan and New Zealand, officials in cities like Seaside, Oregon, know they very well could be the next to experience a megaquake and with it a...

Governor’s Mandate Prompts Maryland Schools to Cut Back on Spring Break

November 21, 2016 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan caught school district leaders in his state off guard in August when he announced that he wanted the start of the new school year to be after Labor Day. Such a move, Hogan said, would not only help beach communities and other summertime destinations but would...

New Ebook: Profiles on Route Fifty’s 10 Navigator Award Winners

November 17, 2016 PITTSBURGH — It’s been a long road for Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards program since it launched this spring. Wednesday night at an event at the Heinz History Center, I helped the Route Fifty team honor our 50 finalists and announce the 10 winners across five categories. We’ve packaged the profiles...

Google Street View Car Sniffs Out Hidden Danger in Pittsburgh

November 15, 2016 PITTSBURGH — Natural gas leaks are usually viewed through the lens of public safety. Problematic pipes and other infrastructure can lead to dangerous explosions, like the one in New York City’s East Village in March 2015 that killed two people and leveled an apartment building or, more recently, an August...

Wednesday in Pittsburgh: We're Announcing Our 10 Navigator Award Winners

November 14, 2016 Back in May, we opened up the nominations process for Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards program. Over the course of the summer, we reviewed the submissions that came in and soon, a list of 50 finalists began to take shape. Starting in September, we started rolling out the 50 finalists one...

Download Our New Ebook: Challenges and Opportunities for Data-Driven Local Governments

November 9, 2016 In government, there’s no escaping important discussions about how to best leverage data, especially at the local level. In city halls, county administration buildings and other local government offices in the United States, data guides decision-making, helps shape policy and plays a critical role in agencies delivering public services. Some...

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