California Housing Development Proposal Shelved in Legislature

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Illinois governor vows changes at the state child welfare agency … Santa Monica, California, bans micro housing units … Connecticut moves to establish offshore wind turbines.

California Gov. Newsom Changes Course On Plan To Pay For Immigrant Health Coverage

The California Governor had planned to divert public health dollars from several counties to help provide health coverage to young undocumented immigrants.

Instead of a Border Wall, Why Not a ‘Clean Energy Corridor’?

Building solar panels and wind turbines along the U.S.-Mexico border, say scientists, could unite demands for a Green New Deal and stronger border security.

Measles Outbreak Hits 25-Year High

Officials confirmed 78 new cases of the measles, making the current outbreak the largest in more than two decades.

An Island of Silicon Valley Affordability Says Yes to More Housing

East Palo Alto is surrounded by tech riches, but that hasn’t necessarily helped longtime residents, who welcome a state law mandating zoning reform.

California Jails Struggle with Increased Violence

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A Connecticut legal battle over regulation of pregnancy centers ... A county in Illinois started a prescription medication pickup program … North and South Carolina teachers plan another strike.

Building a Map to Help Care for Vulnerable Residents

San Bernardino County, California, uses a survey and mapping tool to connect homeless people with support services.

Union Doesn't Need to Refund Fees to Local Government Workers, Federal Judge Rules

The lawsuits against a California union local are just two of many being filed against public sector unions across the country.

President Trump Suggests 'Sanctuary Cities' Take Migrants

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio passes fetal heartbeat abortion ban ... A proposal to move lobbyists in St. Louis ... Legal challenge to the tax for homeless services in San Francisco.

State's Denial of Custom License Plate Triggers Free Speech Lawsuit

At issue is the phrase “come on you whites,” an English soccer team motto California's DMV says has possible racial connotations.

Mapping the Digital Curb

A data mobility company released an open-data initiative that maps the physical features of curbs in six cities, with the goal of reducing congestion and improving accessibility.

A Patchwork of Privacy Laws Will Stifle Innovation

COMMENTARY | The president of the Consumer Technology Association says California's privacy law—along with proposed legislation in Washington state and Massachusetts—will create a tangle of rules that "stifle competition and choke small businesses."

The Political Battle Over California's Suburban Dream

State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 50 would rewrite the state’s single-family zoning codes. What's wrong with that? A lot, say opponents.

How the Country’s Hottest Rental Market Is Trying to Cool Down

As California’s governor tackles a state-wide housing crisis, he’s looking to cities like San Jose to invest in a smorgasbord of potential solutions.

Audit Reveals Big Problems at Struggling California DMV

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pittsburgh City Council preliminarily bans use of assault-style weapons … Utah sentencing reform heads off deportations … Minimum wage override.

Congress Could Could Move Quickly on Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Seven states submitted their agreements on March 19 with water officials asking for action before the end of April.

Moody’s: FEMA’s Decision About California Dam Is a Signal to States and Localities

The federal agency may want governments to repair and replace aging infrastructure before it fails, but making California eat some of the repair costs could lead to more deferred maintenance on other projects, the ratings company said.