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Michael Grass

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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Can New York City Improve Its Lackluster Voter Registration Record?

November 26, 2014 With voter turnout hitting all-time lows for New York City’s municipal elections last year and only two-thirds of New Yorkers with up-to-date voter registration information, city agencies are facing more stringent mandates to provide voter registration forms and actively assist residents in filling them out and sending them in. The ...

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Pardons a Tofu Turkey

November 25, 2014 Seattle City Hall might be a bit more fun than your average municipal building. For starters, there’s a ping pong table on its lower level that’s available for public use. There’s also coffee shop—a natural fit for this caffeinated city—around the corner from the lobby-level public art displays in the ...

U.S. Mayors React to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 24, 2014 Mayors from across the nation released statements on Monday night following a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. Here is a sampling of what they said. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in ...

What Your Local Government Can Learn From Miami-Dade County’s Water Rate Hike Website

November 24, 2014 In the state of Florida, Miami-Dade County has had a reputation for having some of the lowest water and sewer rates charged to customers. But such low rates don’t help as infrastructure maintenance and replacement costs pile up. When a local government is left with few options but to increase ...

Cleveland Plans 100-Gigabit Local Broadband ‘Gold Standard’ Network

November 23, 2014 When cities compare themselves against one another, they often use their cultural amenities or sports teams as measuring sticks. Cleveland is no stranger to that. But officials in the Ohio city are developing something that no other U.S. city can currently match: a 100-gigabit commercially available local broadband network. On ...

Big City Mayors Line Up Behind Obama’s Immigration Order

November 20, 2014 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

November 20, 2014 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 ...