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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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John Kerry Cited for Snow-Clearing Violation in Boston

January 29, 2015 Many cities around the nation have laws on the books mandating that property owners shovel adjacent public sidewalks within a certain amount of time after a snowfall. In the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia’s snow-shoveling law is often considered something that is rarely, if ever, enforced. (Washington City Paper, ...

Watch How Boston Deals With Snow Removal in a Smarter Way

January 29, 2015 While New York City didn’t exactly get clobbered by this week’s massive Northeast U.S. blizzard, Boston has been facing a significantly bigger snow-removal job. But the city government isn’t afraid of snow. In recent years, Boston uses real-time tracking technology and a software program called SnowCOP to monitor not just ...

Want to Make Municipal TV More Interesting? Use Puppets as Interviewers.

January 29, 2015 Let’s not kid ourselves. A lot of television programming produced by local governments can be incredibly boring. Sometimes the topic being covered might be quite informational but inevitably bland. In other cases, there might be a lack of creativity by those overseeing municipal television operations. So, why not add in ...

San Diego Mayor: ‘We Should Welcome the Chaos of Disruptive Minds’

January 28, 2015 During a TEDx conference in San Diego in November, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer got up on stage and created a flashy spark by pouring a liquid into beaker. “I bet you didn’t expect that,” he said in his introductory remarks. “Government is very uncomfortable with uncertainty. They don’t know ...

Police Department Offers Simple Idea to Make In-Person Craigslist Sales Safe

January 28, 2015 There are plenty of Craigslist scams out there. There are also plenty of horrible stories involving criminals using the massive classifieds website to target victims. Some people looking to complete a sale or check out an item in person have been assaulted or even killed. Here’s a simple idea from ...

So, Google Fiber Is Coming to Your City. What Are the Next Steps?

January 27, 2015 There are plenty of people living in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham excited by Google’s announcement this week to expand the company's super-fast gigabit networks to their cities. “Google Fiber is the infrastructure for the next generation of innovation in Atlanta,” Kasim Reed, the mayor of Georgia’s largest city, said ...

Did Andrew Cuomo Overreact When He Closed New York City’s Subway?

January 27, 2015 New York City got the green light to reopen for business on Tuesday morning after Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a regional travel ban and shuttered the city’s subway system—the first time ever for a snow event. While the blizzard has been considerably stronger farther to the east on Long Island ...

How State and Local Leaders Are Preparing for the Major Northeast U.S. Blizzard

January 26, 2015 State and local jurisdictions across the Northeastern United States have been preparing for the impending arrival of a major blizzard on Tuesday that’s expected to bring high winds, dump more than 2 feet of snow in some areas, severely disrupt travel across the region and suspend public services. “Mother Nature ...

California DMV Rescinds Action Amid Uber, Lyft Furor

January 25, 2015 In another flashpoint in the ongoing regulatory battles over ride-booking services like Uber and Lyft, the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced late Friday evening that it was backtracking from a Jan. 5 agency advisory on commercial vehicle registration that the companies argued would hamper their business models. “Any passenger ...

Frustrated Kentucky Man Drives Into Cincinnati City Hall in Search of Mayor

January 24, 2015 A Kentucky man involved an 11-year-long zoning and permitting dispute with the city of Cincinnati involving his drive-up “pony keg” liquor store drove his Ford F-150 onto the steps of city hall in search of Mayor John Cranley on Thursday. According to WCPO-TV, security personnel stopped William Jackson, 37, when ...