recommended reading

author archives

Bill Lucia

Senior Reporter

Bill Lucia is a Senior Reporter for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master's in public administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs.

Results 551-560 of 583

A Way to Fix Illinois’ Pensions Crisis?

May 19, 2015 As Illinois lawmakers consider how to contain a pension crisis that seems to have finally boiled over in the wake of a recent state Supreme Court ruling, one option that remains in the backdrop, at least for now, would involve shifting more retirement costs onto local school districts and public...

Transit Guide-Bots for Blind Passengers?

May 17, 2015 A blind person is traveling on the subway. The train they’re riding on pulls into a stop, the doors open and the person exits. Waiting there on the platform, to help guide them through the station, is a robot. “Making a robot do that, there are some challenges, but it’s...

Bondholders Would Take a Big Hit Under This City's Bankruptcy Recovery Plan

May 15, 2015 To emerge from Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, the city of San Bernardino, California may look to outsource fire department services, while also cutting retiree healthcare benefits, and paying pension obligation bond holders about one-cent on the dollar. Those are among the measures outlined in a bankruptcy recovery plan the city...

This Handbook Can Help Governments Open Data

May 14, 2015 Seeking to offer further guidance about what data governments and other entities should open to the public, and how that information can be best used, the Open Knowledge Foundation on Wednesday released an updated version of its Open Data Handbook. First published in 2012, the online resource features a guide...

From Skeptic to True Believer, An Arizona Mayor Embraces Light Rail

May 13, 2015 When John Giles, the mayor of Mesa, Arizona, was a councilman there back in the 1990s, he wasn’t so sure that light rail made sense for the city. Since then, his views have changed. “Back then it was easy to be skeptical that light rail was a good idea for...

Counties Urge Congressional Action on Transportation Funding Fix

May 13, 2015 During the fall sugarbeet harvest, agricultural truck traffic can get heavy on roads in Renville County. Stretches of U.S. Route 212, or Renville County Road 5 might see hundreds of vehicles per hour, according to Bob Fox, a commissioner representing the Minnesota county’s District 2. “There are certain times of...

Would L.A. County Voters Support a Sales Tax Hike for Transportation's Sake?

May 8, 2015 When Los Angeles County voters go to the polls next November, they could decide on a massive transportation funding measure that would aim to generate upwards of $100 billion in sales tax revenue for road and transit projects over the coming decades. The initiative has not yet been formally proposed,...

New Program in New York State Will Distribute Personal Transmitters for Vulnerable Kids

May 7, 2015 To help prevent children with autism, Down syndrome and other disorders from getting lost, New York state will issue free tracking devices for them through local law enforcement agencies. The state will provide local authorities with 596 personal transmitters, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced on Thursday. The agencies can distribute...

With Open Data, Delicate Questions Arise Over When to Release What

May 6, 2015 Stored in a mainframe database in Philadelphia is a vast number of records about financial payments the city has made. City staffers tried diving into that data about a year-and-a-half ago. Their goal, according to Philadelphia’s chief data officer, Tim Wisniewski, was to see if the information in the database...

San Francisco’s ‘Secret Weapon’ to Keep Pedestrians Safe

May 5, 2015 In the fight to prevent cars and other vehicles from hitting pedestrians on city streets, San Francisco has a “secret weapon.” At least in the view of one analyst at the city’s transportation agency. What is this indispensable tool? It’s a database management system that aggregates over 200 variables related...