A Surge in Oil and Coal Transportation in the Northwest Raises Environmental Concerns (Oct 24)
What role do local governments play in addressing the impacts of increased coal and oil rail transportation in the Northwest? More from MRSC Insight.
Second Superior Court Ruling Upholds City Pot Ban, and Other Pot News (Oct 23)
A Chelan County Superior Court judge issued a ruling last week that upheld the City of Wenatchee’s moratorium on the issuance of permits for the production and sale of marijuana and its business licensing provision, as applied to marijuana businesses, that licenses may not be issued for activities that are unlawful under federal law. More from MRSC Insight.
The US Cities That Allow the Tiniest Apartments (Oct 23)
The development of micro-housing—apartments and other dwellings smaller than 300 square feet—is a growing trend in many popular cities cramped for space. More from Gizmodo.
Top Picks from MRSC News and Blog Posts (Oct 20)
Each week Byron Katsuyama, MRSC Public Policy & Management Consultant, scans the Web for interesting and useful news, blog posts, articles, and reports from a variety of local government related sources and posts them to the "In Focus" section of MRSC's homepage. Here are the top picks from his most recent “In Focus” scans. More from MRSC Insight.
NLC City Fiscal Conditions 2014 Release (Oct 23)
The National League of Cities' (NLC) 2014 City Fiscal Conditions report reveals that although the worst is behind, cities' fiscal conditions have not yet returned to full recovery following the Great Recession.
Help Improve MRSC’s Web Content by Taking a Short Survey (Oct 14)
We’re seeking your input on how to improve the MRSC subject pages, which allow local government partners across Washington to research a wide variety of topics. The questions should take about 5-10 minutes; please complete the survey by Friday, October 24. Take the MRSC Subject Page Survey.
Counties Push Crowdfunding for Economic Development (Oct 23)
Counties large and small are finding ways to help local businesses get in on collaborative fundraising action through their economic development arms. More from NACo's County News.
Elements of a Social Media Strategy (Oct 23)
Government that is “for the people” needs to embrace social media in a way that reflects the way citizens use it every day. More from Government Finance Review.
Seattle City Council Pushes Forward on Developer Fees (Oct 23)
A Seattle City Council vote Monday sent developers a clear message: Fees to support affordable housing coming your way soon. More from Crosscut.
APA's Great Places in America (Oct 23)
Seattle's Fremont neighborhood and the Portland Transit Mall made the American Planning Association's (APA) annual list of great places.
San Francisco Issues Ebola Screening Rules for 911 Dispatchers (Oct 23)
Though there have been no cases of Ebola in California, San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management took a precautionary step and enacted new Ebola-specific screening protocols for the city’s 911 dispatchers. More from Emergency Management.
Stop and Frisk: The Role of Police Strategies and Tactics in Police-Community Relations (Oct 23)
Watch and listen to a panel of justice policy experts convened by the Urban Institute discuss how research can inform efforts to control crime while enhancing police-community relations. More from The Urban Institute.