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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

Good Reminders for Any Manager Leading a Team

Retaining top talent isn’t just about salary. It can also hinge on excitement and boredom.

Management

San Diego City Council Does an About-Face on Airbnb Rules

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hep A jump in Florida county … calls for “forensic audit” of Philly’s IT infrastructure … and should corrupt lawmakers have names stripped from roads?

Health & Human Services

‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Brings Worries in Kansas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Struggling to recover after Hurricane Michael … firefighter overtime pay in L.A. County … and a growing trash rebellion in St. Paul, Minn.

Health & Human Services

Snapshots of America’s Homelessness Crisis in 4 Cities

From Seattle to Akron to Los Angeles and Minneapolis, here’s how local leaders and others are trying to provide shelter—or deny shelter—to those who desperately need stable housing.

Health & Human Services

Feeling Heat From Anti-Vaccine Parents, State Pulls Immunization Education Program

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.Y. Gov. Cuomo heads into deteriorating tunnel … San Francisco accounting errors … and ACLU sues judge over countywide homeless camp ban.

Management

3 Data Snapshots That Take the Pulse of the ‘Heartland’ States

Looking at indicators of the economy, health and human capital across 19 states in the middle of America.

Finance

Study Shows Why State Pension Plans May Want to Avoid External Asset Management

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rare polio-like disease spreads to 22 states … Tornado Alley’s eastward shift … and disaster unemployment insurance in Florida.

Management

Alaska Lt. Governor Abruptly Resigns After ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Michael’s death toll rises … ransomware attack for N.C. water utility … and a pleasant budget surprise in California.

Public Safety

Tallahassee Tent City to Serve as Home Base for Hurricane Relief Efforts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Portland mayor’s proposed emergency ordinance … state Supreme Court blocks Florida governor … and Chicago mayoral candidate targets Gary’s airport.

Finance

As Sears Declares Bankruptcy, Sites of Shuttered Stores Present Economic Development Challenges

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minnesota data breach … Fresno officials scoff at proposed e-scooter fines … and N.Y.C. pension funds warm up to de Blasio divestment plan.

Management

How a Midsize U.S. City Is Preparing to Host One of the World’s Largest Sporting Events

The IAAF track-and-field world championships are still three years away. Local officials in Eugene, Oregon may be “slightly nervous” but are embracing an “opportunity to really shine.”

Public Safety

Taking Stock of Hurricane Michael’s Widespread Devastation

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mass. mayor arrested … testing out a mass vaccination plan in Minnesota … and N.Y. comptroller’s dismal report on MTA finances.

Public Safety

Staggering Damage as Michael Plows Through Florida Communities

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mass. governor: State Police shouldn’t destroy payroll documents … an ‘antsy-pantsy’ mayor in Vermont; and a Utah transit budget boost.

Tech & Data

Wash. Gov. Inslee: ‘We Will Be Ready’ If Feds Come After State’s Net Neutrality Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ky. governor warns of pension failures … N.Y.C. law on gender preferences for birth certificates … and El Paso feels disrespected.

Management

Airbnb Operator Seeks to Appeal More Than $1 Million in City Fines

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | 6 cases of rare illness in Minnesota … broken Texas voter registration link … and the steel cage protecting Jersey City’s water supply.

Infrastructure

When Nuisance Flooding Becomes More of a Nuisance

Observations of a climate change tourist along Baltimore’s low-lying waterfront.

Tech & Data

Big Differences in Life Expectancy, City by City, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Another police “swatting” call … Florida red tide spreads … San Francisco's new seismic list ... and remembering the Taj Mahal of municipal pools.