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Michael Grass

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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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San Diego Minimum-Wage Hike Battle Might Continue for 2 More Years

August 19, 2014 The battle over the local minimum wage in San Diego might drag on into 2016. Members of the Democratic-controlled City Council on Monday overrode the Republican mayor’s veto of a phased-in plan to boost the city’s minimum wage. That means that minimum wage in California’s second-largest city would eventually rise...

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These States Are Making the Most Open-Data Progress

August 18, 2014 Which states have the best open-data policies and portals? The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Data Innovation has identified six top-performing states—Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah—in a new assessment of the progress that state governments have made to adopt open-data policies and creating digitally accessible open-data portals. “Given...

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How Spokane Is Trying to Plant 10,000 New Trees

August 15, 2014 The city of Spokane, Washington, is in the middle of an initiative to strengthen the city’s tree canopy and improve green infrastructure around the Evergreen State’s second-largest city. This spring, the city announced its Forest Spokane program which aims to add 10,000 new trees in the next two years, in...

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Indiana County Considers Big Shift in Governance Structure

August 14, 2014 Are three heads better than one? Voters in Indiana’s Allen County, home to the state’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne, will decide whether to scrap the county’s current three-commissioner system as a governance structure and replace it with one that would create a single county executive position with an expanded county...

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Another City Declares a Water Emergency

August 14, 2014 First it was Toledo, Ohio, where a toxic algal bloom at the city’s Lake Erie drinking-water intake prompted hundreds of thousands of area residents to fan out across the region in search of bottled water when officials declared the tap off limits. Then last weekend, a water main break in...

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An Opportunity to ‘Restart Government’s Thought Process’

August 13, 2014 Last week, GovExec State & Local spoke with Lea King, executive director of the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, about how the public-private partnership is helping local cities like San Jose, California, tackle civic challenges by talent-brokering pro bono private-sector assistance. This week, Code for San Jose posted video excerpts of...

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As El Paso Public Bikeshare Stalls, Employee Bike Pool Program Pedals On

August 13, 2014 It’s fairly normal for cities to have vehicle-fleet programs for their employees to use for official business. But more and more, cities are adding bicycles to the mix, allowing city workers to use pedal power to make short emissions-free trips on two wheels instead of four that are powered by...

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Arkansas Might Be the 1st State to Connect All Its Schools to Broadband

August 12, 2014 A national nonprofit group that works to boost Internet connectivity in schools thinks that Arkansas could be the first state in the country to meet national ConnectED goals to link every student to high-speed broadband. And it’s helping officials in the Natural State study how to do it in a...

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As Feds Hold Hearings, Native Hawaiians Press Sovereignty Claims

August 12, 2014 The issue of Hawaiian sovereignty has been a touchy subject in the Aloha State for decades. But the issue has been especially sensitive this summer as federal officials have traveled the state to discuss the future relationship between the Native Hawaiian community and the United States government, which annexed the...

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How Local Data Analysis Might Boost Cardiac-Arrest Survival Rates

August 11, 2014 When Jeffrey Hammerstein started as a paramedic in the 1980s, the likelihood of cardiac-arrest patients surviving was extremely low, not just in Wake County, North Carolina, where he still works, but anywhere in the nation. Standard guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) suggested that paramedics only perform the procedure for about...