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Senior Editor Michael Grass, who joined GovExec 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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Big City Mayors Line Up Behind Obama’s Immigration Order

9:29 PM ET Mayors in some of the nation’s largest cities are voicing their support for President Obama’s executive order that will give protections to some undocumented immigrants and are planning to meet in New York City next month to discuss ways their cities can get in line with the president’s planned federal ...

For Impactful Urban Bicycling Expansion, It Takes Public Officials With a Big Vision

10:10 AM ET Even in the nation’s most bicycle-friendly cities, frosty relations sometimes exist between bicycling advocates and public officials. But that’s not necessarily the case in Pittsburgh, where Mayor Bill Peduto (pictured below) has made expansion of bicycle infrastructure a top priority on his agenda to improve quality of life and drive ...

County Leaders Confronting Hawaii Lava Disaster Are the ‘Heart of a Very Strong Resilient Community’

November 19, 2014 On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard praised two Hawaii County officials for their “incredible leadership” dealing with the ongoing slow-moving lava flow disaster on Hawaii’s Big Island. Gabbard, who represents all of the state of Hawaii outside of Honolulu's urban core, recognized ...

San Diego City Council Takes Vote on ‘Toilet to Tap’ Plan

November 18, 2014 Sending recycled wastewater to the tap for human consumption is not a new concept in drought-ravaged California. In Orange County, which was an early adopter of “toilet to tap” water, the local water district has been expanding its use of recycled wastewater, which is purified and pumped into an underground ...

Oil Boom Housing Crunch Forces North Dakota to Assist Its State Employees

November 18, 2014 Earlier this year, a report that found that the nation’s highest average rent for a one-bedroom apartment was in Williston, North Dakota, took many big-city dwellers outside the state by surprise. But it’s the reality for residents and oil workers in western North Dakota, the heart of the Bakken energy ...

Next Century Cities Broadband Coalition Presses for Municipal Self Determination

November 18, 2014 After launching its joint initiative with 32 U.S. cities last month in Santa Monica, California, the Next Century Cities coalition, which aims to improve local high-speed Internet connectivity through next-generation broadband, co-hosted a “field hearing” in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Tuesday with the Southeast Tennessee Development District. Tennessee’s fourth-largest city in ...

Cyberattackers Freeze Detroit Database, Demand 2,000 Bitcoin Ransom

November 17, 2014 There’s no doubt that Detroiters are a tough bunch, experiencing a historic rollercoaster ride through the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy to date and facing a lengthy list of problems to attend to. The latest challenge for Detroit’s leaders? Cyberattackers who have been holding a city database for ransom for 2,000 ...

Mapping Oregon’s Wildlife Roadkill; Costly Fence Fight Embroils Louisiana City

November 17, 2014 Here’s our State & Local news roundup for Monday, November 17, 2014 … MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota: Some employers in the North Star State have been cited by the Department of Human Rights for violating Minnesota’s new “Ban the Box” law, which prohibits employers from asking most job applicants about their prior ...

Will California Make a Big Change in How It Votes? Feds Probe Dallas DA’s Use of Forfeiture Assets

November 16, 2014 Here is our State & Local news roundup for the weekend of November 14-16, 2014 … DALLAS, Texas: Since August, the U.S. Department of Justice has blocked the Dallas County district attorney’s office from using federal criminal forfeiture funds and is investigating apparent “accounting discrepancies,” according to Jennifer Emily of ...

Boston’s ‘Smart Parking’ Data Study Brings Changes to On-Street Spaces

November 16, 2014 One Boston neighborhood is set to see some big changes in how drivers park in metered on-street spaces. Mayor Marty Walsh’s office announced some policy changes over the weekend that will impact on-street spaces on certain streets in the Innovation District, a waterfront area in South Boston home to start-ups, ...