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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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As a High-Tech Quake Alert System Takes Shape, There’s a Lower-Tech Way to Save Lives

1:57 AM ET Friday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake in the Mexican state of Oaxaca was another opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of an earthquake early-warning system, which in some seismic events, can send an alert ahead to cities before damaging waves can reach them. That means that in a place like Mexico City, which...

A Difficult Reality for Those Who Want to Run Government 'More Like a Business’

February 19, 2018 This article is part of an ongoing series looking at findings from Route Fifty’s recently released 2018 Management Survey. It’s a common refrain heard among some voters and candidates pursuing elected office: “Why can’t government be run more like a business?” That’s a complicated question, naturally, and answers can’t be...

Transit Agency Seeks to End Its Use of an Especially Lonely Job Post

February 18, 2018 DENVER — During a recent Monday afternoon headed into the evening rush hour, the Regional Transit District’s A Line commuter train was fairly full upon its departure from Denver Union Station en route to the city’s international airport, 23 miles northeast of downtown. Leaving every 15 minutes during most of...

A Tough Recovery Question After California’s Deadly Mud Disaster

February 16, 2018 Here are state and local government stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention ... DISASTER RECOVERY | Although it’s been weeks since the Thomas Fire burned through large portions of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in Southern California, the recovery continues in hard-hit areas. That includes the coastal community of Montecito,...

‘We’re Not Disbanding the Police Department’

February 15, 2018 LAW ENFORCEMENT | During a brief press availability at Baltimore City Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Catherine Pugh threw some cold water on an idea Maryland Del. Bilal Ali has proposed: Disband the scandal-ridden Baltimore Police Department and rebuild it from the ground up like Camden, New Jersey did. “We’re not...

The Rush to Replenish Blood Supplies After Mass-Casualty Events

February 14, 2018 When there’s a mass-casualty event—like Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida that has killed at least 17 people—blood banks spring into action. But it’s not necessarily to meet the immediate need, but to replenish supplies. OneBlood, the regional blood bank, said Wednesday that it rushed additional supply to Broward Health...

Chicago Mayor Wants to Close a ‘Giant Loophole’ for Carjacking Offenders

February 12, 2018 Here are state and local government stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention. LAW ENFORCEMENT | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing changes to state law aimed at reducing the number of carjackings by fixing “a weak link in the criminal justice system” and “giant loophole” in current law that offenders...

Pittsburgh’s Finances Reach an Important Milestone

February 12, 2018 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and the state’s Secretary of the Department of Community Development Dennis Davin on Monday to make it official: Steel City has emerged from Act 47 oversight, Pennsylvania’s law for municipalities with distressed finances. In 2004, Pittsburgh officials agreed to Act 47...

Nashville’s Embattled Mayor: ‘Failure May Be Instructive’ But It’s Also ‘Humbling and Humiliating’

February 11, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught our attention this weekend ... CITY HALLS | This weekend, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry continued to try to make amends for the extramarital affair she had with a police officer who has led her security detail. In a guest article...

If There Were a ‘State of the City’ Address Contest, This Texas Mayor Would Win

February 8, 2018 This is the time of year when many U.S. mayors deliver their annual State of the City addresses. They’re the municipal equivalent of the president’s State of the Union address or a governor’s State of the State, often with their own local flavors of pomp and circumstance. For mayors, a...