As Federal Climate-Fighting Tools Are Taken Away, Cities and States Step Up

Across the country, local governments are accelerating their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in some cases bridging partisan divides. Their role will become increasingly important.

#carbon-dioxide, #colorado, #fairfax-county-va, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #phoenix-ariz, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellow-springs-ohio

Why New York City Traffic Cameras Are Off When Drivers Speed the Most

As traffic deaths rise in the city, the State Legislature still has the final say on new safety measures, even decreeing when school speed cameras can operate.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #adams-eric-l, #albany-ny, #cameras, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #cuomo-andrew-m, #gounardes-andrew-s, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #reinvent-albany, #rodriguez-ydanis, #schwartz-samuel-i, #speed-limits-and-speeding, #state-legislatures, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-alternatives, #weprin-david-i

How Preservationists Are Losing the Fight Against Luxury Real Estate

A squabble over a new development in rural New York reveals a shifting of priorities among local leaders.

#ciccone-patrick-w, #cornwallville-ny, #durham-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #local-government, #new-york-state-historic-preservation-office, #poughkeepsie-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Why Boris Johnson Will Be Tested in UK by Local Elections

The British prime minister is under fire for lockdown-breaking parties. But many voters are skeptical that the opposition can solve issues such as soaring prices.

#bury, #conservative-party-great-britain, #elections, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

The Tennessee Law Making School Board Culture Wars Even Worse

Tennessee has a plan for that.

#books-and-literature, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #elections, #franklin-tenn, #local-government, #republican-party, #school-boards, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government

In a Michigan County, Stimulus Funds Are Remaking Public Health Programs

Many cities and counties say that shoring up local public health systems is crucial to recovering from the pandemic and addressing entrenched health disparities.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #ingham-county-mich, #local-government, #mental-health-and-disorders, #michigan, #stimulus-economic

Some New York Schools Resume Maskless Classes

On the first day for some school districts to go maskless, there was disagreement at one Long Island school over whether the change came too soon or was overdue.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #health-department-nys, #local-government, #masks, #new-york-state, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #sands-point-ny, #school-boards, #vaccination-and-immunization

Companies Finalize $26 Billion Deal With States and Cities to End Opioid Lawsuits

The first checks could be cut in April. The money — from the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors and Johnson & Johnson — will be used for addiction treatment and prevention.

#amerisourcebergen-corp, #cardinal-health-inc, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #janssen-pharmaceutica, #johnsonjohnson, #local-government, #mckesson-corporation, #opioids-and-opiates, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-science

Town Called Itself a Big Cat Habitat to Block Housing, Then Reversed Course

A Silicon Valley town declared itself a mountain lion habitat to forestall duplexes on small lots. Facing ridicule and the threat of legal action, officials backed down.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #mountain-lions-and-cougars, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #woodside-calif

Georgia and Voting Rights: Deep Distrust Over a Plan to Close Polling Places

As legislation to expand voting rights was blocked in Washington, local residents debate a plan from officials in Lincoln County, Ga., who say they want to streamline and modernize their system.

#black-people, #elections, #georgia, #local-government, #republican-party, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Rise of the Crypto Mayors

This new political breed accepts paychecks in Bitcoin. The mayors also want to use buzzy new tech like NFTs to raise money for public projects.

#adams-eric-l, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #jackson-tennessee, #local-government, #mayors, #scott-conger, #social-media, #suarez-francis-x-1977, #tennessee, #two-harbors-minn, #virtual-currency

Seven Virginia School Boards Sue Over Governor’s Mask Order

The filing questions the constitutionality of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order allowing parents to decide whether their children should comply with mask rules at school.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #fairfax-county-va, #local-government, #masks, #politics-and-government, #school-boards, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Omicron Leaves Small Margins For Error For Small Town Workforces

In large cities and rural towns, the Omicron variant has workers calling in sick with Covid-19. But in the small towns, it is often hard to find a Plan B.

#arkansas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #local-government, #rural-areas, #shortages

De Blasio’s Costly Legacy: The Biggest City Work Force Ever

The budget soared under Mayor Bill de Blasio, who significantly expanded the size of New York City government. The next mayor, Eric Adams, might have to rein it in.

#adams-eric-l, #budgets-and-budgeting, #de-blasio-bill, #district-council-37, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #local-government, #new-york-city, #organized-labor

Proud Boys Regroup Locally to Add to Ranks Before 2022 Midterms

The far-right nationalist group has become increasingly active at school board meetings and town council gatherings across the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #local-government, #masks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #school-boards, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

India Cities Ban Eggs, Drawing a Backlash

Food-cart rules spurred by conservative beliefs draw a backlash, showcasing the tensions around the country’s rising Hindu nationalist movement.

#agriculture-and-farming, #ahmedabad-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #caste-systems, #diet-and-nutrition, #eggs, #food, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #gujarat-state-india, #hinduism, #india, #local-government, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #vegetarianism

New York Businesses Ordered to Require Masks Indoors or Vaccine Proof

Some Republican officials criticized the move, which Gov. Kathy Hochul labeled a “wake-up call” to areas where vaccination lags.

#business-council-of-new-york, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hochul-kathleen-c, #local-government, #masks, #new-york-state, #vaccination-and-immunization

N.Y.C. Grants Noncitizens Right to Vote in Local Elections

The legislation approved by the City Council will set up a system for legal residents to vote in municipal elections.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Why New York State Is Experiencing a Bitcoin Boom

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York’s faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.

#bitcoin-currency, #buffalo-ny, #earthjustice, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #finger-lakes-region-ny, #local-government, #love-canal-niagara-falls-ny, #massena-ny, #mines-and-mining, #niagara-falls-ny, #north-tonawanda-ny, #owego-ny, #seneca-lake-ny, #sierra-club

New York Moves to Allow 800,000 Noncitizens to Vote in Local Elections

New York City will become the largest municipality in the country to allow legal residents to vote if the legislation is approved as expected in December.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #green-cards-us, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-city, #new-york-immigration-coalition, #politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

When the Police Kill Without Cause

A Times investigation sheds light on an unjust practice.

#civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #local-government, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #traffic-and-parking-violations

Cities Try to Lure Factories as U.S. Pushes to Fix Chip Shortage

Many local governments see a silver lining in the shortage of semiconductor chips that has contributed to a slowdown in the global economy.

#adler-steve-1956, #area-planning-and-renewal, #arizona, #austin-tex, #computer-chips, #corporate-taxes, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #local-government, #new-york-state, #samsung-group, #shortages, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #texas, #travis-county-tex

The Core Legal Strategy Against Opioid Companies May Be Faltering

Two recent rulings rejected the “public nuisance” argument being used in thousands of cases against the industry, with more trials and settlement talks underway.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #local-government, #oklahoma-supreme-court, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #your-feed-science

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

Developers say industrial-scale farms are needed to meet the nation’s climate goals, but locals are fighting back against what they see as an encroachment on their pastoral settings.

#agriculture-and-farming, #copake-ny, #local-government, #real-estate-commercial, #solar-energy

Laugh at the S.N.L. School Board Skit, Take Your Local Politics Seriously.

If you’re tired of politics as usual, give local democracy a chance. 

#education-k-12, #local-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

A South African Town Lacks Water and Electricity. But Mayors? It Has Two.

Dysfunctional and collapsing rural towns may test voters’ loyalty to the ruling African National Congress party in nationwide municipal elections on Monday.

#african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #corruption-institutional, #elections-mayors, #local-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa

How Misinformation Threatened a Montana National Heritage Area

Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism. A disinformation campaign got in the way.

#american-farm-bureau-federation, #cascade-county-mont, #great-falls-mont, #great-falls-tribune, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #montana, #national-park-service, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry

The investigation, by the Westchester County district attorney’s office, increases the legal scrutiny of the former president and his family business.

#district-attorneys, #employee-fringe-benefits, #frauds-and-swindling, #golf, #local-government, #mimi-e-rocah, #ossining-ny, #tax-evasion, #trump-national-golf-club-westchester-ny, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen, #westchester-county-ny

Why Public Health Is in Crisis: Threats, Departures, New Laws

An examination of hundreds of health departments around the country shows that the nation may be less prepared for the next pandemic than it was for the current one.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #doctors, #epidemics, #government-employees, #hot-springs-county-wyo, #local-government, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #port-angeles-wash, #states-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wilson-county-kan

Exuberant Art and Cable Car Can Lift a Poor, Violent Place Only So High

A new cableway and hundreds of giant murals have brightened lives in Iztapalapa, Mexico City’s most populous neighborhood, but poverty and attacks against women are still pervasive.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #cable-cars-and-trams, #iztapalapa-mexico-city-mexico, #local-government, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #murals, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

The Role for State Governments in the Housing Crisis

How to solve the housing crisis (part 3).

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #evictions, #gentrification, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

California’s Housing Crisis Looms Large for Gavin Newsom

Having survived a recall vote, the governor is free to focus on the state’s homeless population and housing shortage. He has more room to maneuver than he did when he first took office.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #local-government, #newsom-gavin, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Why $46 Billion Couldn’t Prevent an Eviction Crisis

As national eviction protections lapse, much of the rental assistance sits unspent. Aid was slowed by red tape, resistance from landlords and the difficulty of navigating an informal market. Does a lease on a napkin qualify?

#affordable-housing, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #house-financial-services-committee, #landlords, #local-government, #poverty, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #section-8-housing, #sperling-gene, #states-us

Mask Mandates Are Creating School Board Chaos

Americans have a long history of taking out their grievances on low-level school officials.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #education-k-12, #local-government, #masks

How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts.

#building-construction, #deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #humphreys-county-tenn, #local-government, #national-weather-service, #rain, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tennessee

Most Rental Assistant Funds Not Yet Distributed, Figures Show

Just $1.7 billion in funds intended to prevent eviction were disbursed in July as the White House braces for a Supreme Court decision that could strike down its eviction moratorium.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #evictions, #landlords, #local-government, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

She Hates Biden. Some of Her Neighbors Hate the Way She Shows It.

A local judge ordered a New Jersey woman to take down political banners over obscenity complaints, setting up a First Amendment fight.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #local-government, #new-jersey, #roselle-park-nj

2020 Election Spurs Resignations and Retirements of Officials

The draining work of 2020 has spurred resignations and retirements. In a recent survey, one in three officials said they felt unsafe in the jobs.

#absentee-voting, #anxiety-and-stress, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How Republican States Are Expanding Their Power Over Elections

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

She Was a Black Election Official in Georgia. Then Came New G.O.P. Rules.

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

A Young Cheyenne Leader Was Beaten Bloody. The Response Brought More Pain.

Since Silver Little Eagle was robbed last month, she said she had been bullied and harassed, and failed by the very tribal systems she had campaigned to change.

#assaults, #billings-mont, #bullies, #content-type-personal-profile, #little-eagle-silver, #local-government, #montana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #native-americans, #northern-cheyenne-indian-reservation-mont, #women-and-girls

A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-communications-commission, #fiber-optics, #local-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rural-areas, #rural-utilities-service, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas, #welfare-us

New York City’s Post-Covid Recovery

Coming out of the pandemic, is it possible to build a more equal city?

#bankruptcies, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-mayors, #hudson-yards-manhattan-ny, #local-government, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

How Ranked-Choice Voting Could Affect New York’s Mayoral Race

New York City will use a ranking system in the mayor’s race for the first time. A phenomenon known as “ballot exhaustion,” when every candidate ranked by a voter has been eliminated, could prove decisive.

#elections-mayors, #local-government, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ranked-choice-voting, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

How India’s Kerala Has Battled Coronavirus

Kerala uses tracking of patients and supplies, a network of health care workers and coronavirus “war rooms” to succeed where the national government has fallen short.

#communist-party-of-india-marxist, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #kerala-india, #kk-shailaja, #local-government, #nipah-virus, #oxygen, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

How India’s Kerala Has Battled Covid-19

Kerala uses tracking of patients and supplies, a network of health care workers and coronavirus “war rooms” to succeed where the national government has fallen short.

#communist-party-of-india-marxist, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #kerala-india, #kk-shailaja, #local-government, #nipah-virus, #oxygen, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Lower-Income Americans Get Cheated on Property Taxes

Many homeowners are paying a total of billions of dollars extra because of inequities in assessing property values.

#black-people, #cook-county-ill, #income-inequality, #local-government, #minorities, #property-taxes, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #taxation

Border Towns Brace for More Migrants as the Border Slowly Reopens

Small towns in Texas and Arizona are seeing dozens of migrants arriving each day, in some cases straining local resources. More are coming, federal officials warn.

#asylum-right-of, #border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #local-government, #mayorkas-alejandro, #texas

Cities Are Flouting Flood Rules. The Cost: $1 Billion.

Cities and towns nationwide are failing to properly restrict construction in flood zones, an analysis for The Times found, violating taxpayer-subsidized insurance rules.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-state-relations-us, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #local-government, #national-flood-insurance-program, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states, #urban-areas, #zoning

As Cuomo Reels, Pleas for Political Support Come From His Vaccine Czar

Larry Schwartz, whom Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put in charge of the state’s vaccination efforts, called some county executives about support for the governor.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-department-nys, #local-government, #new-york-state, #schwartz-lawrence-s, #sexual-harassment, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations