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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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City Hall Transition Underway as San Francisco Remembers Ed Lee

December 13, 2017 As San Francisco’s civic community remains shocked by the unexpected passing of Mayor Ed Lee early Tuesday morning, after experiencing cardiac arrest while shopping at a grocery store, municipal life is continuing at City Hall. London Breed, the president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, is serving as acting mayor....

Massachusetts Offers In-State Tuition Break for Students From Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

December 13, 2017 Among the states that mobilized resources to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, Massachusetts has continued to step up its assistance. The Massachusetts Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday to allow students from the U.S. territories living in...

Wild Turkeys Drawn to Their Reflection Highlight an Unusual Human Policy Challenge

December 11, 2017 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walking toward Harvard Square on Sunday afternoon, a small group of people gathered outside an Au Bon Pain location on Massachusetts Avenue, drawn to a small brick plaza tucked between an unremarkable five-story office building and the slushy sidewalk. But they weren’t there to queue up for...

Yes, Boston Faces a Very Real Earthquake Risk

December 11, 2017 BOSTON — Walking into the Government Center station from City Hall Plaza, a spacious 40-foot glass and steel headhouse greets commuters heading down to catch Blue and Green line trains that serve the transit complex below. Although the station originally opened in 1898 when Boston built the nation’s first subway...

In Congested Cities, It Takes a Champion to Deliver Bus-Priority Infrastructure

December 10, 2017 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — This past week, local officials here announced that the city had received a grant from the Boston-based Barr Foundation to launch a pilot project at two intersections aimed at speeding up bus service with “queue jump” lanes where a special traffic signal gives transit vehicles a green...

Portland Mayor Hits Back at Carson’s Comments on Homelessness in West Coast Cities

December 7, 2017 Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, is not happy with comments Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made this week saying that local leaders in cities struggling with homelessness, especially those on the West Coast, shouldn’t expect government to provide all the solutions. "We just need to move...

Handicapped Parking Hijinx Lands Florida Mayor in Jail

December 7, 2017 People in powerful positions sometimes take unnecessary and stupid risks. There’s no shortage of examples in government. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York, whose sexual proclivities and smartphone use destroyed his political career, is just one public official who offers a cautionary tale. There are examples throughout the world...

Mayors Gather in Chicago to Sign New International Municipal Climate Charter

December 5, 2017 More than 50 municipal leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago on Tuesday to sign a first-of-its-kind international charter on climate change that aims to marshal the combined power of city governments to enact policies that meet or exceed goals to reduce emissions as outlined in the Paris Agreement...

Santa Ana Winds Fuel Quickly Moving Fire in Southern California

December 5, 2017 Strong winds and low humidity have created dangerous fire weather conditions across parts of Southern California this week, especially in Los Angeles County and Ventura County, where a new blaze broke out Monday night near the city of Santa Paula and was threatening populated areas. The Thomas Fire prompted local...

Chicago Mayor Looks to Give City’s ‘Mothballed White Elephant’ a Possible New Life

November 30, 2017 CHICAGO — For better or worse, O’Hare International Airport is the global gateway to the nation’s third-largest city. It’s among North America's busiest transportation facilities and an air hub that is known to give some travelers major headaches. That also includes those trying to reach downtown from the airport and...