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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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New York City Mayor Enlists His Family to Promote Food Composting

August 7, 2014 During his New York City mayoral campaign last year, Bill de Blasio put his family front and center along with his modest-looking Brooklyn home. Now that he’s mayor, de Blasio’s family and that home continue to play a big role in communicating with the residents of the nation’s largest city....

Civic Innovation Program Leads to New Tool for Visually-Impaired Airport Passengers

August 6, 2014 Back in March, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced that the city had selected six startup companies to be part of the Office of Civic Innovation’s new Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Program. The startup projects ranged from a smart device to measure neighborhood air quality to a multi-channel emergency communications notification system to...

San Diego Mayor Dangles Big Monetary Rewards Before City Workers

August 6, 2014 It’s a relatively simple premise: Give a monetary incentive to an employee who comes up with an innovative cost-savings idea and pay for the reward with a portion of the savings. San Diego’s city government will test out that idea for the upcoming budget cycle. In an announcement on Tuesday...

Lake Erie Drinking Water Scare Prompts New Concerns Over Harmful Algae

August 5, 2014 The toxic Lake Erie algal bloom that sent hundreds of thousands of residents in the Toledo, Ohio, area in search of bottled water this weekend is not only a wake-up call in the Glass City but a reminder of the challenges other cities face when relying on the lake for...

County Control of Boise’s Streets Is a Hot Potato

August 1, 2014 In Boise, Idaho, the city’s streets are not the city’s. Technically, “public rights-of-way” are under the “administrative authority” of the Ada County Highway District which effectively controls them on behalf of the public. For some city officials in the state capital, that complicated distinction has been a point of contention...

New Yorkers Throw Out an Obscene Amount of Clothing Each Year

August 1, 2014 In space-starved New York City, it can be too easy for residents to let unassorted stuff pile up in their jammed-packed apartments, especially clothing. It can be even easier to simply throw that clothing away when it’s time to make room for new wares. In fact, nearly 200,000 tons of...

Colorado Made ‘Intelligent Decisions’ on Rollout of Legal Marijuana Market

July 31, 2014 It may be too early to declare whether Colorado’s ongoing legal experiment with legalized recreational marijuana has been successful from a policy standpoint, but a new study from the Brookings Institution finds that the state’s implementation of the regulatory and taxing structure for legal weed has been largely a success....

City Mostly Out of Luck After Tornado Doesn't Do Enough Damage

July 31, 2014 Tornadoes are relatively rare in Massachusetts. So when a EF-2 twister with winds of up to 120 miles per hour touched down in the densely populated city of Revere just outside Boston on Monday, it took everyone by surprise. While nobody was killed and there were no serious injuries, the...

Indianapolis Mayor Announces Plan to Expand Preschool Access

July 30, 2014 The city of Indianapolis has joined the ranks of other major American cities trying to expand preschool options for local children. In an announcement on Tuesday, Mayor Greg Ballard unveiled a $50 million public-private partnership plan to give 1,300 low-income 4-year-olds access to preschool. As many cities and states consider...

State and Local Agencies Stumble on Mobile Readiness

July 29, 2014 A fully equipped and enabled mobile work environment is still out of reach for many state and local government agencies, a new study that surveyed 150 IT managers across the nation indicates. Alexandria, Virginia-based Mobile Work Exchange, a public-private partnership that promotes mobile platforms and telework, released its assessment of...