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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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More Good News for a Promising Earthquake Early-Warning Tool

August 17, 2017 SEATTLE — As part of Route Fifty’s ongoing emergency management series, “The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America,” I featured a scenario about how applications built off an earthquake early-warning system could be deployed to vulnerable locations and infrastructure, alerting people and vital systems that destructive seismic waves...

Help Us Crowdsource State and Local Government News Links

August 9, 2017 One of the challenges that we face at Route Fifty covering the fascinating and varied landscape of U.S. state and local government is that we live in a big country. There’s no doubt about that. As editors and reporters who cover the entire nation, there’s no shortage of stories that...

Mayor Emanuel: ‘Chicago Will Not Be Blackmailed’ by Trump Administration

August 6, 2017 Lawyers for the nation’s third-largest city are heading to federal court on Monday to challenge new requirements handed down by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that would tie certain federal funding grants for local law enforcement agencies to their jurisdiction’s compliance with immigration enforcement actions. “Chicago will not be blackmailed...

The Transit Investments That Stitched Together L.A.’s Winning 2028 Olympic Bid

August 4, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Much has been written about how L.A.’s Olympic vision for the 2024 summer games—now the 2028 games, thanks to a deal with Paris and the International Olympic Committee—has been built around the notion that unlike most other host cities, it already has plenty of sports-related infrastructure in...

The Very Real Dangers of Building in the Wildland-Urban Interface

August 1, 2017 “The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America” is an ongoing series of Route Fifty dispatches that's part of an ebook released earlier this summer that provides snapshots of the very real dangers and disruptions that emergency planners, first responders, public officials and other stakeholders face, plus the strategies...

It’s Been 10 Years Since the Deadly I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis

July 31, 2017 Flags stood at half-staff on Monday across Minnesota to mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, an event that killed 13 people and injured 145 more after a gusset plate failed during the evening rush hour, causing the half of the 1,907-foot structure...

A Bird’s-Eye View of a Bad Wildfire Season in the West

July 30, 2017 Flying from Los Angeles to Seattle on Friday afternoon, it was abundantly clear that the 2017 wildfire season in Western states is fully underway: It was easy to spot blazes on the trip north, including a fire in the vicinity of the California-Nevada border north of Reno. Although the Long...

New Mapping Tool Helps Chattanoogans Explore Their City’s Data

July 19, 2017 In civic tech circles, Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been known as a pioneering city when it comes to building the Western Hemisphere’s first 10-gigabit-per-second fiber network accessible to every home and business in the city. But Tennessee’s fourth most-populous city has also been known for being an early municipal leader in...

The Tech That Helps San Francisco Process Its Wastewater

July 18, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO — In a long concrete tunnel somewhere underneath the Southeast Treatment Plant campus, there’s a collection of labeled parallel pipes: One of the larger gray pipes is for “Primary Scum” with a directional arrow pointing left. Two other smaller gray pipes, also with left-pointing arrows, are for “Sludge,...

Oregon’s DOT Cleans Up Slimy Mess From a Korean Delicacy

July 13, 2017 The Oregon Department of Transportation and local authorities in Depoe Bay responded to an unusual roadway spill Thursday on U.S. 101: a truck full of eel-like creatures—or more precisely hagfish, sometimes called slime eels—overturned its cargo. The hagfish, a delicacy in Korea, covered Oregon’s scenic coastal highway near milepost 131...