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

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

In One Afghanistan District, an Unofficial Cease-Fire With the Taliban

An unofficial cease-fire brokered by local officials, farmers and Taliban forces is an example of how communities, driven by despair, have engineered their own ways to stop the fighting.

#afghan-national-army, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #local-government, #panjwai-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

A looming hit to tax revenues puts pressure on Congress to deliver relief.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #recession-and-depression, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #republican-party, #senate, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

To Plug a Pension Gap, This City Rented Its Streets. To Itself.

Cities and states issued at least $6.1 billion in pension bonds last year. Novel ways to do so include renting property they already own under dummy corporations.

#california, #california-public-employees-retirement-system, #government-bonds, #local-government, #municipal-bonds, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #states-us, #west-covina-calif

New Boston Police Leader Put on Leave as Domestic Abuse Allegations Surface

The mayor said the 1999 abuse allegations “were not known to me or my staff” when the commissioner, Dennis White, was sworn in.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boston-globe, #domestic-violence, #local-government, #police, #police-department-boston-mass, #walsh-martin-j, #white-dennis-a-1961

Inside the Shadowy Militias Luring Unsuspecting Afghans to Fight, or Die

Afghanistan’s poor are being deceived into defending outposts from the Taliban, sometimes under the guise of construction work — a scheme partially bankrolled by the government.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #balkh-province-afghanistan, #ghani-ashraf, #local-government, #noor-atta-mohammad, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Struggling Local Governments May Get Help From the Private Sector

As their fiscal woes become worse, some government officials are looking more closely at public-private partnerships as a way to jump-start their economies.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #infrastructure-public-works, #local-government, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure

After the White House declined to pursue a unified national strategy, governors faced off against lobbyists, health experts and a restless public consumed by misinformation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #governors-us, #local-government, #states-us

Fear Spreads in Minnesota Town as ‘Extremist Group’ Moves to Open Church

Many residents of Murdock, Minn., said they were horrified that an organization condemned by watchdogs as a white supremacist hate group would open a church. City leaders said they had little choice but to grant a permit.

#asatru-folk-assembly, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #local-government, #murdock-minn, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #whites, #zoning

China Has All It Needs to Vaccinate Millions, Except Proof Its Vaccines Work

Across the country, local governments plan to inoculate 50 million people by early next year. But the vaccines have not officially been approved.

#china, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

Kentucky Hurting While Awaiting Federal Pandemic Aid

Urban and rural fortunes diverge in the state, with the pandemic compounding troubles that predated it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #government-employees, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #paul-rand, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment

A $900 Billion Plan Would Help the Economy, but Not Fix It

While a compromise package gaining steam in Congress would provide urgent help to the economy, some people and businesses would be left out in the cold.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #senate, #small-business, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Blue States and Red, Pandemic Upends Public Services and Jobs

As a standoff over federal aid persists, state and local governments are making deep budget cuts. “Everything’s going to slow down,” one official said.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #states-us, #taxation, #united-states-economy

Ransomware Attack Closes Baltimore County Public Schools

The attack, first discovered late Tuesday, disrupted the district’s websites and remote learning programs, as well as its grading and email systems, officials said.

#baltimore-county-md, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #extortion-and-blackmail, #local-government, #privacy

Chinese Statue to Goddess of Beauty Sparks Debate

As China fights to end extreme poverty while also recovering from the economic damage of the coronavirus, the supposed wisdom of building huge statues in poorer areas to grow tourism is coming under harsh scrutiny.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #local-government, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #poverty

Is Trump Trying to Take the Economy Down With Him?

His Treasury secretary is shackling the nation’s central bank and closing an emergency program for local governments.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #local-government, #municipal-bonds

A Third Member of the Cincinnati City Council Is Charged With Corruption

The charges against Alexander Sittenfeld, a mayoral hopeful, stunned local political leaders and reinforced what federal prosecutors have called a “culture of corruption” that has undermined trust in City Hall.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cincinnati-ohio, #city-councils, #corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #dennard-tamaya, #local-government, #pastor-jeffrey, #sittenfeld-alexander

‘Tsunamis of Misinformation’ Overwhelm Local Election Officials

From Philadelphia to Sonoma County, Calif., election officials said they were working marathon hours to fight a flood of falsehoods.

#absentee-voting, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

California Tax Revolt Faces a Retreat, 40 Years Later

Proposition 13 in 1978 curbed property tax increases. Now voters may strip protection for commercial buildings, helping hard-hit local budgets.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jarvis-howard-1903-86, #landlords, #local-government, #political-advertising, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #recession-and-depression, #referendums, #small-business

A Common Retort After Insensitive Remarks by Elected Leaders: Resign

Officials have long atoned for their racist and inappropriate comments. But unlike years past, when apologies might have been enough, they have also been asked to step down.

#apologies, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #blackduck-minn, #carbon-hill-ala, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #endicott-ny, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #harper-woods-mich, #healdsburg-calif, #henry-brian-1967, #local-government, #luray-va, #mayors, #pawleys-island-sc, #petal-miss, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media

The Fed’s $4 Trillion Lifeline Never Materialized. Here’s Why.

The Federal Reserve was meant to take $454 billion and drastically expand it. So far, it has lent $20 billion.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #federal-reserve-system, #house-of-representatives, #interest-rates, #local-government, #mnuchin-steven-t, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #stocks-and-bonds, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Man Arrested After Threatening Wichita Mayor Over Face Masks

Text messages from the man contained a “very descriptive plan of execution,” including locating the mayor, hanging him and turning him into fertilizer, Mayor Brandon Whipple said.

#brandon-whipple, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #local-government, #masks, #meredith-dowty, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #wichita-kan

Trump Is Killing the Economy Out of Spite

So what will he do if he loses the election?

#federal-state-relations-us, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #small-business, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

As China Ages, a Push to Add Elevators Offers a New Kind of Economic Relief

China’s premier wants to retrofit three million older apartment buildings all over the country, but he still needs political buy-in at the top.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elderly, #elevators-and-escalators, #guangzhou-china, #li-keqiang, #local-government, #politics-and-government

The G.O.P. Plot to Sabotage 2021

Republicans are already acting as if there’s no next year.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

Conflicting Virus Data in Texas Raises Distrust of the Government

Delays, discrepancies and abrupt leaps in coronavirus case and death counts in Texas have baffled residents and frustrated local officials. Here is what has gone awry.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #harris-county-tex, #hidalgo-county-tex, #local-government, #nueces-county-tex, #states-us, #statistics, #texas

Police Chief Cheated to Get His Job, and Officers Helped, U.S. Says

Armando J. Perez, the police chief of Bridgeport, Conn., and another official were charged with conspiring to rig the hiring process to ensure Mr. Perez got the top job.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bridgeport-conn, #connecticut, #corruption-institutional, #dunn-david-1948, #frauds-and-swindling, #ganim-joseph-p, #local-government, #perez-armando-j-1955, #police, #police-department-bridgeport-conn

Seven Election Day Nightmares

We asked security experts to tell us what keeps them up at night — and what to do about it.

#absentee-voting, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #local-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-machines

Selling the Census Last Minute, With Cowboys and Sudoku

Worried that people won’t be counted, community groups and local governments are spending big to get the word out. “It’s an absolute panic,” one executive said.

#advertising-and-marketing, #census, #census-bureau, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #local-government, #mobile-applications, #telemundo-communications-group-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #univision

Less Music, More Trash: Cities and States Line Up Billions in Cuts

With lawmakers in Washington at odds over sending more aid, local officials are slashing funding for everything from orchestra subsidies to composting to education.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #moodys-investors-service-inc, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Trump Never Stops Talking About ‘Our Suburbs’

Political polarization along racial lines is worst in small towns and suburbs, where more than half of African-Americans live.

#black-people, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #rural-areas, #suburbs, #trump-donald-j

The Recession Is About to Slam Cities. Not Just the Blue-State Ones.

Those with budgets that rely heavily on tourism, sales taxes or direct state assistance will face particular distress.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #local-government, #recession-and-depression, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #states-us, #taxation

China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

Strong sales at China’s biggest construction equipment maker show Beijing’s strategy for recovery after the virus. But while the company, XCMG, is prospering, the rest of the economy is struggling.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-trade-and-world-market, #local-government, #machinery-and-equipment, #railroads, #xi-jinping, #xuzhou-china, #xuzhou-construction-machinery-group