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Michael Grass

Michael Grass
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.
Management

States Sue Trump Administration as Feds Deny Mayors Entry to Detention Center

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Barbara leaders scold Lime over “rouge” launch … Philadelphia construction tax … and a Michigan “zombie deer.”

Health & Human Services

Federal Judge Asked to Appoint ‘Special Master’ for Illinois Child Welfare Agency

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Intergovernmental ‘venom’ in S.C. … Colo. to adopt Calif.-style auto emission standards … and coral disease heading to Key West.

Health & Human Services

State AGs Try to Tackle a Difficult Subject: Elder Abuse

Beyond physical abuse and neglect, vulnerable senior citizens also face financial exploitation from their caregivers.

Health & Human Services

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Management

Washington Gov. and State AG to Trump Administration: ‘Stop Lying’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.J. state government faces shutdown risk … flash floods rip through Mich. city … and Philly mayor responds to city controller’s ‘recklessly inflated’ audit.

Smart Cities

Thinking About How to Manage L.A.’s Future Drone-Filled Skies

“When that airspace becomes more complicated, ‘just don’t hit anything’ isn’t going to be enough,” according to Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the L.A. Department of Transportation.

Health & Human Services

Sacramento Sees ‘Impressive’ Results With Its Homeless Triage Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New concerns over the Bourbon virus in Missouri; S.D. hospital stops sending unregulated medical waste to city landfill … and a progress report for Baltimore’s big bus realignment.

Health & Human Services

Kentucky Sues Walgreens Over Opioid Abuse Epidemic

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Montana preps for another difficult wildfire season … Charlotte’s uncharted scooter territory … and N.J. governor makes first legalized sports bet.

Management

Boston Tightens Regulatory Screws on Airbnb

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s election is resolved … St. Louis airport privatization … Alaska governor uses line-item veto … and a “funny looking” but dangerous foam in Michigan.

Public Safety

Chicago City Hall Pushes State to OK Use of Public Safety Drones

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Philly’s sloppy accounting … high eviction rates in rural Minnesota … New Orleans short-term rental freeze … and Jersey City clears newspaper box “clutter.”

Finance

Seattle Leaders Set to Retreat After ‘Head Tax’ Furor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colo. wildfires … San Francisco mayoral race still in limbo … Lyme disease on Staten Island … and Va. Beach council members want city manager fired.

Public Safety

Texas Town Uses 'Public-Pizza Partnership' to Fix an All Too Common Problem

“In my six years of local government, ‘Paving for Pizza’ is the coolest project I have worked on,” according to a town administrator.

Health & Human Services

‘You Cannot Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps If You Have No Boots At All’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California announces major illegal fireworks bust; Minneapolis’ public records challenge … Iowa’s honeybees make comeback … and Portland’s recycling struggles.

Management

R.I. Gov. Toughens Rules for State Lawyers After Costly Mistakes

The new policies also effect state employees who need certifications and licensures.

Smart Cities

Ranking the ‘Worst Connected’ Cities in the U.S.

This National Digital Inclusion Alliance report isn’t something the local Chamber of Commerce is likely going to put in promotional materials.

Health & Human Services

Worries Over Cyanotoxins in Tap Water of Oregon's Capital City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dallas looks to reform “generous” bulk trash rules … Tenn. vice mayor charged in food stamp conspiracy … and a Maine town warns of caterpillar hazard.

Health & Human Services

Missouri Audit Flags Suspicious SNAP Benefit Use by Deceased, Out-of-State Recipients

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s unresolved mayoral race … N.C. governor vetoes budget plan … and a mysterious Indiana jailhouse substance.

Health & Human Services

West Virginia to Start Statewide Distribution of Naloxone to First Responders

“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.

Smart Cities

Observing the Promise—and Annoyances—of Scooter-Share Systems

As San Francisco and other cities temporarily ban electric scooters, regulations are a work in progress.