• Feb 16, 07:00 AM | Daily Bruin (University of California - Los Angele

    Members Only State Law Strives to Facilitate Development of Affordable Housing

    A new state law plans to streamline the development of affordable housing in California and could potentially lead to more housing development in Westwood. Senate Bill 35 requires cities, such as Los Angeles, that have not met state-set affordable housing targets to approve projects where 10 percent or more of the units are set aside for affordable housing. The law, which came into effect Jan. ...

  • Feb 16, 06:13 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Initiative Reimburses Homeowners for Stormwater Management

    When Linda Gielec bought her house in Central City in 2014, she was itching to indulge her green thumb. The house has a side yard where Gielec could envision a natural screen of foliage to create privacy and add coziness. But first she had to deal with the concrete. Lots of concrete. "It was all cement about 5 feet from the side of the house," Gielec said. "It was cracked and broken and half ...

  • Feb 16, 06:04 AM | The New York Daily News

    Port Authority Votes to Spend Additional $44M for Hudson River Tunnel Project

    Feb. 15--Despite no commitment from the Trump administration, the Port Authority on Thursday voted to spend another $44 million on a multibillion-dollar Hudson River tunnel project. Port officials who are backing the tunnel construction as part of Amtrak's massive Gateway project said the money is necessary to keep the project moving, so that when federal funding materializes, there will be no ...

  • Feb 16, 08:13 AM | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

    Members Only Help develop a plan to combat homelessness in West Covina

    West Covina officials are holding a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the West Covina Senior Center, 2501 E. Cortez St., to gather input from residents as they develop a plan to combat homelessness.The city was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to develop a plan that assesses homelessness in the city and the resources currently available to address the issue. The city also hopes to ...

  • Feb 16, 03:45 AM | The Riverdale Press

    Dinowitz is still a 'no' on congestion pricing

    As state and local lawmakers convened in Albany for joint budget hearings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Fix NYC traffic advisory panel has recommended one way to pay for much-needed repairs on New York City's subway system: congestion pricing. The proposal suggests charging drivers $11.52 for entering the city with their vehicle anywhere in Manhattan south of 60th Street, in what Cuomo's panel has ...

  • Feb 16, 03:00 AM | Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota)

    Members Only Frey lays out affordable housing plan at UROC forum

    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey laid out his affordable housing plan and listened to community input at a forum Thursday night. The event, held at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, allowed community members to hear from the mayor and other city leaders and discuss issues of affordable housing in Minneapolis. “We are confronting what is literally the number ...

  • Feb 16, 02:56 AM | The Vicksburg Post

    Vicksburg mayor continues to fight for economic development in our community

    For the second time this year, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs has made the trip to Washington D.C. in an effort to get a piece of the economic pie for our community. Flaggs called the meeting with President Trump and his administration productive. "Considering the place seating, I think it went extremely well. I sat between the president of the United States and Secretary of Transportation; ...

  • Feb 16, 02:24 AM | Gambit Weekly

    Safety, or something else? What's next for New Orleans strip clubs

    In a broad and sweeping public safety plan introduced in January 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials called for a "rebranding of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street's image as a cultural destination." Roughly a year later, Bourbon Street workers fear recent raids that ultimately closed a few strip clubs and suspended licenses at several others are merely a political maneuver ...

  • Feb 15, 08:32 PM | San Jose Mercury News

    Scoop: Google buys big downtown San Jose storage complex, resuming village purchases

    Feb. 15--SAN JOSE -- Google and its development ally on Thursday bought a large public storage complex in downtown San Jose, marking one of the search giant's most expensive purchases yet for its transit-oriented village. Acting through an affiliate, TC Agoge Associates, Google and realty developer Trammell Crow bought the Storage Solutions San Jose complex at 570 Cinnabar St. Thursday. The ...

  • Feb 15, 08:06 PM | Fort Mill Times

    A new law aims to shield manufacturers from complaints. Will it impact York County?

    Feb. 15--YORK COUNTY -- It's a new law designed to protect manufacturers from neighbors filing nuisance lawsuits. But will it work? Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill Tuesday he says will protect South Carolina companies from nuisance complaints or lawsuits, as long as the business is following all laws, licensing, regulation and local ordinances related to what it does. McMaster said the bill ...

  • Feb 15, 05:43 PM | The Bassano Times

    Members Only Urban wetlands make cities more livable

    Celebrating Canada's most valuable real estate on World Wetlands Day /CNW/-In many Canadian cities, nature can be hard to find. But natural habitats like wetlands that exist amid the concrete and pavement are little patches of gold. They're extremely valuable - and they're worth saving.February 1 was World Wetlands Day. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is joining conservation organizations from ...

  • Feb 15, 03:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Rising from Boston’s building boom, a new kind of startup

    Boston has been Crane City for the last five years or more: construction everywhere you look, and detour signs, too. Much less noticeable has been a boom in startups focused on buildings. Entrepreneurs are looking at a massive industry and seeing opportunity: Construction spending on private projects in the United States hit a record high of $1.25 trillion in December, according to the ...

  • Feb 15, 01:35 PM | ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    Rental units for people with disabilitiesDownsized plans pass muster; neighbors still fret

    A nonprofit organization's scaled-back plan to build rental units for people with disabilities has earned approval from Delaware's planning commission. The commission Feb. 7 voted unanimously to recommend Delaware City Council approve Del-Mor Dwellings Corp.'s request to rezone the 3.6-acre site at 250 Curtis St. ahead of the construction of 40 apartments. The organization initially sought to ...

  • Feb 15, 12:22 PM | The Rapid City Journal

    Clock ticking for county commission to approve new mining law

    Two weeks. That's how much time the Pennington County Board of Commissioners has to approve a new ordinance to regulate county mining operations if the law is to take effect before the county's current mining permit moratorium ends April 5. On Tuesday night, a four-and-a-half hour meeting on the first reading of the ordinance - ordinances require two separate readings and approvals by the ...

  • Feb 15, 11:13 AM | Birmingham Post

    Now or never to develop Birmingham's own Central Park

    IN my recent piece on New Year resolutions, I suggested that Birmingham should resolve to create a major new park as part of the markets redevelopment.Now a petition calling for this, organised by CityPark4Brum, has achieved 5,000 signatures, and people are continuing to sign.It's great that thousands of people can see the need and the logic for the park.Somewhere though, in the corridors of ...

  • Feb 15, 11:03 AM | Times Record

    Fort Smith planners approve food truck court

    Feb. 15--A Fort Smith nonprofit organization has approval from the Fort Smith Planning Commission to have a food truck court on Garrison Avenue. John McIntosh of 64.6 Downtown said the organization is planning to have two full-time food trucks at the Garrison Commons pocket park, 913-915 Garrison Ave., as well as seasonal fruit. Granted that the Board of Directors gives the final stamp of ...

  • Feb 15, 07:18 AM | All Iraq News Agency (AIN)

    Relief in Sight as Tech Boom Squeezes Vancouver Office Supply

    (GlobeNewswire) - With global and local technology companies struggling to find office space in downtown Vancouver to accommodate their growth, the first major office building scheduled to complete in the next cycle of commercial development officially broke ground today. Opening in early 2020, The Offices at Burrard Place is the first office complex Reliance Properties is building from the ...

  • Feb 15, 06:03 AM | The New York Daily News

    Hudson River tunnel, rail project faces federal funding purgatory

    Feb. 14--The crucial funding for a critical rail project under the Hudson River faces uncertainty in Washington, as local officials plan to vote Thursday to pump more money into the project. The board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is voting to spend another $44 million to keep the momentum going on the Gateway Project, which consists of a new bridge in New Jersey and a new ...

  • Feb 15, 09:40 AM | Seattle Times

    Seattle Panel Closing in on Plan to Fund Homeless Aid With a Business 'Head Tax'

    Feb. 15--A Seattle task force will start wrapping up its work Thursday, setting the stage for the City Council to pass a new tax on high-grossing businesses like Amazon. Supporters and opponents agree the council will almost certainly greenlight some version of the so-called "head tax" next month and allocate the money to combat homelessness. Exactly how much money the tax would raise, which ...

  • Feb 15, 05:00 AM | Austin Monitor

    CodeNEXT Draft Boosts Housing Capacity

    A day after the third version of CodeNEXT was unveiled, City Council members expressed cautious optimism about the proposed overhaul of Austin's land development rules. Notably, Council members were happy to see that the new version dramatically increased the amount of housing capacity. The second draft would have allowed for 145,000 new units to be built in Austin, while the third draft will ...

  • Feb 15, 01:55 AM | Corporate Meetings & Incentives

    Members Only Houston Astrodome to Be Transformed into Meetings Destination

    Once known as “the eighth wonder of the world,” the Astrodome in Houston, Tex., is about to begin a second life as a convention facility. The former home of the Houston Oilers football team and the Astros baseball team, the first stadium in the U.S. to use AstroTurf has been vacant for 19 years. This month, Harris County officials gave final approval for a $105 million redevelopment of the ...

  • Feb 15, 08:16 AM | The Daily Herald

    County's sprawl needs moratorium while we catch up

    Everett recently earned the dubious honor of having the worst traffic congestion in the United States ("Everett has Earth's worst traffic congestion - by one measure," The Herald, Feb. 6).

  • Feb 15, 08:15 AM | Quesnel Cariboo Observer

    Quesnel mayor wants to ensure City has full control on pot retailing

    City's spot-zoning process allows community input recreational marijuana pot shop locations

  • Feb 15, 07:49 AM | Idaho Press-Tribune

    Public survey available for new public transit plan

    As Valley Regional Transit works to develop its new transit plan, ValleyConnect 2.0, officials are looking for local feedback through a public survey. The survey will collect comments on the drafted plan and is available at surveymonkey.com/r/ValleyConnect. It includes 14 questions that focus on the most efficient ways to shape a public transit system. The deadline to complete the survey is ...

  • Feb 15, 04:27 AM | Erie Times-News

    Could new tax plan help Erie projects?By Matthew Rink and Kevin Flowers

    The city of Erie has asked Gov. Tom Wolf to designate eight areas for a new federal program that aims to spur investment in economic development projects. A proposal sent to Wolf asks that six census tracts in the core of downtown Erie and two industrial tracts be included in his application for Opportunity Zone program designation. The downtown tracts would include the bayfront, the former ...

  • Feb 15, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Planning Commission endorses county transportation priorities

    Feb. 15--From road construction and transit improvements to pedestrian and bicycle projects, Frederick County's list of transportation priorities has the endorsement of the county's Planning Commission. The county's priorities are outlined in a draft letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, asking for them to be considered in the development of the state's Consolidated Transportation Plan ...

  • Feb 15, 03:00 AM | The Daily Iowan (University of Iowa)

    Members Only Iowa City leaders encourage those impacted by the Proctor & Gamble job cuts

    Iowa City officials ask the Iowa City community to remain strong in the face of the recent 500 job cuts by Procter & Gamble. By Aadit Tambe aadit-tambe@uiowa.edu Procter & Gamble has announced that it will cut 500 jobs from its Iowa City plant, a result of the company’s decision to move the manufacturing of beauty and hair care products to a new plant in West Virginia, according to a press ...

  • Feb 15, 12:07 AM | Boston Herald

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh launches plan to assist homeless youth

    Feb. 15--Mayor Martin J. Walsh is launching an effort to get Boston's homeless youth into housing, education and jobs. The city is tapping Matthew Aronson, who formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a team of consultants to create a plan for young homeless people. The team is charged with helping the city gather data on youth homelessness, gauging the ...

  • Feb 14, 11:34 PM | The Wenatchee World

    Chelan needs more first homes, fewer second homes, mayor says

    Feb. 15--CHELAN -- Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney has a message for developers looking to build vacation homes in his city: take your money elsewhere. "We'd rather they skip our town and go to the next one," Cooney said in an interview Feb. 8. The new approach isn't an attempt to shun Chelan's resort town identity, rather it's an attempt to make Chelan livable for people who actually, well, live ...

  • Feb 14, 11:41 AM | Associated Press

    The Latest: US judge tours California homeless encampment

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit over efforts to shut down a Southern California homeless encampment (all times local): 8:30 a.m. A federal judge has been touring a Southern California homeless encampment that officials are working to shut down. Judge David O. Carter took a brisk walk at dawn Wednesday past scores of tents surrounded by trash. He was followed by an entourage of ...

  • Feb 14, 11:17 PM | News-Journal

    As Daytona homeless shelter project drags, board grows concerned

    Feb. 14--DAYTONA BEACH -- The pace of progress on the planned First Step Shelter, and the amount of information being shared about the 100-bed homeless refuge, isn't impressing several members of the board overseeing the project. "Everybody thought it would be erected by now," First Step Shelter Board member Joe Forte said Wednesday. "We're kind of flying blind. When we don't know facts, ...

  • Feb 14, 10:37 PM | Merced Sun-Star

    Merced benches may be coming back. Would they bring the homeless with them?

    Feb. 14--It's coming up on four years since the city of Merced removed several benches from Bob Hart Square to shoo away homeless people, and now the benches may be coming back. First described as "an experiment," the 10 or so benches placed around the square have been in storage since fall of 2014. Other benches remain along Main Street. Called the "Mayor of Downtown" by more than one ...

  • Feb 14, 09:36 PM | Bradenton Herald

    Is downtown streetscaping one project too many for city coffers? Maybe

    Feb. 14--BRADENTON -- With a planned downtown Bradenton streetscaping project now expected to cost between $6 million and $7 million, it may not be affordable and begs the question of why it was even planned in the middle of a construction boom if the money wasn't going to be available. Economic Development Director Carl Callahan told the city council Tuesday that the cost was expected to be ...

  • Feb 14, 08:49 PM | Sun News

    Downtown Myrtle Beach could be changing. Here's a first look at a conceptual plan

    Feb. 14--City leaders have been debating what should go in the Superblock area of downtown Myrtle Beach, and on Wednesday the first conceptual plans for the area were revealed. The plans, which were created by LS3P, show the properties that border Nance Plaza becoming a children's museum, excluding House Parts, LLC and Myrtle Beach photographer Jack Thompson's studio. The properties along 9th ...

  • Feb 14, 05:30 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only New housing in Boston, one brick at a time

    A new housing development player is emerging under the Walsh administration: the city of Boston. Of course, city officials aren’t actually building apartments in Roxbury or condos in Dorchester. But a new report from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau shows the progress city officials made in efforts to put city-owned parcels, many acquired through tax foreclosures, back on the tax rolls. It ...

  • Feb 14, 03:40 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only How the city plans to beat gentrification in Uphams Corner

    A glance at Uphams Corner shows Boston’s building boom hasn’t made its way here — yet. A check-cashing business sits at the corner of Dudley Street and Columbia Road, and across the street, the Payless ShoeSource on the first floor of the Pierce Building is gone, a victim of the retailer’s filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017. Two former bank buildings are empty, and what was once an ...

  • Feb 14, 03:26 PM | The Franklin Press

    Homeless count finds growing need

    A recent survey of homeless Macon County residents revealed a growing need for emergency housing and services in the region, particularly among families with children and local military veterans. The Homeless Point-in-Time Survey is a national effort to document the number of people without permanent housing on a given day each year. The study, developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and ...

  • Feb 14, 02:06 PM | Sacramento Bee

    New pension plan will squeeze California cities

    Feb. 14--California cities struggling with recent hikes in their pension fees will see another one in 2021 because of a decision CalPERS made on Tuesday to speed up the rate of their debt payments. The change will save cities money over time, but it could squeeze local government budgets over the next few years because it requires them to shore up investment losses on a 20-year schedule ...

  • Feb 14, 02:03 PM | Wilson Daily Times

    Historic homes need TLC: Valentine's 'heart bomb' highlights vacant properties in search of a mate

    Feb. 14--Valentine's Day came early for a few historic properties around downtown Wilson as part of Heart Bomb 2018. "People love these historic buildings, they are important to the community and we really just have to at least start talking about their future," said city of Wilson preservation planner Dana Corson. "The conversation has to start somewhere and valentines are a fun and loving ...

  • Feb 14, 12:21 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only ‘We would literally not survive’: How Trump’s plans for the social-safety net would affect America’s poorest

    Since the day in January 2010 when teenager Courtney Bias and her one-week-old daughter were kicked out of her mother's house, the young family has slept wherever they can: under bridges. On strangers' floors. In city parks. Today, 25-year-old Bias, her boyfriend and their three young children are renting part of a friend's apartment in Dunbar, Maryland. They scrape by on his wages from ...

  • Feb 14, 12:16 PM | Times Daily

    Grant to be used for Iron City water improvements

    LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - The Lawrence County Commission has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant totaling $525,000. County officials said the grant will be used to make repairs to the Iron City Utility District's water system. Reports indicate leaks in pipes and related infrastructure cause the utility district to lose at least 50 percent, or about nine million gallons, of the water ...

  • Feb 14, 09:37 AM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Arlington Voices Support for High-Speed Rail But Won't Join Transportation Authority, Yet

    Feb. 14--ARLINGTON -- With mounting pressure to commit to a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Fort Worth, city officials said they are exploring forming a local government corporation with the other cities along the proposed route. Mayor Jeff Williams said the city is committed to high-speed rail, but he stopped short of agreeing to join a local transportation authority such as Dallas ...

  • Feb 14, 05:52 AM | Delta Farm Press

    Members Only Trump Budget Unveiled; Lawmakers Pledge Support for Farm Bill

    The Trump budget was released Feb. 12, 2018 by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The $4.4 trillion budget proposal cuts domestic programs, increases military funding and adds to the federal deficit. The blueprint has little to no chance of being enacted, it is more a vision statement by Trump. – The New York Times Here’s some reactions we’ve received: “The proposed cuts ...

  • Feb 14, 02:16 AM | Associated Press

    At Judge's Urging, Sides Reach Deal Over California Homeless

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Working at the demand of a federal judge in a case that could have broad influence, public officials and homeless advocates have reached an agreement providing motel rooms and other shelter for homeless people who are being kicked out of an encampment in a Southern California riverbed. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter has boldly and unconventionally stepped ...

  • Feb 14, 08:38 AM | Guardian Web

    'Declaration of war': liberals divided as California mulls housing push

    The mayor of Berkeley, California, has called it “a declaration of war”. A neighborhood group in Los Angeles said it would be akin to forcing Native Americans from their land. Amid a desperate housing crisis, legislators in the Golden State have prompted an outcry with new proposals that threaten to take the rulebook that governs American city planning and throw it out the window. Their ...

  • Feb 14, 08:35 AM | Post & Courier

    Myrtle Beach will not use eminent domain for downtown redevelopment project

    MYRTLE BEACH - Eminent domain is officially off the table as city leaders try to decide how to tackle a redevelopment project in the heart of the city's downtown. The ability to use the legal tactic, which can force private landowners to sell their property if a government seeks to use it for a public purpose, was revoked in a 6-0 vote by Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday. Councilman Phil ...

  • Feb 14, 07:51 AM | The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

    Bozeman hires first affordable housing manager

    In less than a week, Bozeman will have its first employee with a job centered on affordable housing — from helping define what that means to converting “affordable housing” from a buzzword into something tangible. Matt Madsen will show up for his first day as Bozeman’s affordable housing manager Feb. 20. Making the move from Summit County, Colorado, Madsen has spent roughly the last five years ...

  • Feb 14, 01:53 AM | Westword

    Sun Valley Could Be Denver's Next Big Thing

    Sun Valley Could Be Denver's Next Big Thing Margaret Jackson | February 13, 2018 | 8:53am One of Denver's poorest neighborhoods is about to undergo a renaissance that could see it become a cultural and entertainment hub in the heart of the city over the next decade. Developers are poised to build on an established, if unofficial, recreational district in and around Sun Valley, which stretches ...

  • Feb 14, 01:50 AM | Waste360

    Could Vertical Landfill Walls Help Solve the Capacity Dilemma?

    With landfills around the country inching toward capacity and limited additional sites available hundreds of miles away at a premium, vertical walls are becoming popular. These structures, which range from 15-feet to 90-feet high, hold massive waste volumes and optimize existing footprints by raising the surface at sites without extending it laterally. The economics appear to be good, as they ...

  • Feb 14, 01:42 AM | Cronkite News: Arizona State University

    Counting on conversations with people who are homeless to reveal respect, gain resources

    Charmaine Tyler curls a blanket around her shoulders as she sits on a curb in downtown Phoenix, bracing herself against a 37-degree predawn in three tattered sweaters, sweatpants, socks and sandals. Anne Scott approaches with a smile and a clipboard. Good morning, ma'am. I'm talking to people who may be homeless for our survey. Can I ask you a few questions? Where did you sleep last night? Is ...

  • Feb 14, 12:43 AM | Telegraph-Herald

    Members Only Trump: 'OK with me' if plan to rebuild roads fails

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sent Congress a sweeping plan Monday to rebuild the nation's depleted roads and bridges - then immediately raised doubts about how committed he was to delivering on that campaign promise."If you want it badly, you're going to get it," Trump told state and local officials during a meeting at the White House. "And if you don't want it, that's OK with me, ...

  • Feb 14, 12:20 AM | Wall Street Journal (Abstracts)

    Members Only THE HIGH COST OF ‘AFFORDABLE HOUSING’ MANDATES

    Paul Kupiec and Edward Pinto commentary notes studies showing 'inclusionary zoning,' which mandates that developers set aside units to rent or sell at below-market prices, actually raises cost of housing and limits supply of new affordable housing.

  • Feb 13, 11:18 PM | Orange County Register

    Costa Mesa planning commission denies permits for more sober-living homes

    Feb. 13--Costa Mesa planning commissioners denied three permits to a sober-living operator Monday, Feb. 12 and rescheduled hearings for two other applications. On a pair of 5-0 votes, the commission denied conditional use permits for RAW Recovery facilities at 321 and 327 Cabrillo St. to house up to 37 people and at 328 Rochester St. for up to eight residents. Some commissioners raised ...

  • Feb 13, 10:43 PM | Tribune

    Another affordable-housing complex could be coming to San Luis Obispo

    Feb. 13--A new apartment complex for low-income residents could break ground in San Luis Obispo by the end of the year and be completed by late 2019 -- if all goes to plan. The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) has received city planning approvals for its Courtyard at the Meadows project at 3175 Violet St. located off Prado Road near the South Hills Open Space -- giving a boost to ...

  • Feb 13, 09:09 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    UC San Diego's Teddy Cruz wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize

    Feb. 13--UC San Diego professor Teddy Cruz, an architect noted for his cross-border projects, has won the annual Vilcek Prize, which honors the contributions of immigrants to American culture. It comes with a cash prize of $100,000. Born in Guatemala, Cruz came to California when he was 20 and was struck by the things that both unite and divide the communities of San Diego and Tijuana, ...

  • Feb 13, 08:43 PM | The Enterprise

    Trump administration wants to sell National and Dulles airports

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is pushing federal officials to sell off, privatize or otherwise dispose of a broad array of govern-ment assets, from Reagan National Airport and the George Washington Memorial Parkway along the Potomac River to properties held by federal agencies across the country. The proposals are part of a long-awaited infrastructure initiative that President Donald ...

  • Feb 13, 08:06 PM | Sacramento Bee

    A 'water grab?' Southern California water agency eyes possible control of Delta tunnels project

    Feb. 13--In a dramatic twist on the Delta tunnels saga, Southern California's powerful water agency is exploring the feasibility of owning the majority stake in the controversial project, a move that raises fears of a "water grab." Under the plan floated Monday by three board members, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California would pour an extra $6 billion or more into the tunnels ...

  • Feb 13, 08:05 PM | Sacramento Bee

    Study commissioned by Brown administration says his Delta tunnels plan would pay off for farmers, cities

    Feb. 13--Even a single water tunnel burrowed under the California's Delta would be worth it for urban ratepayers and farmers who would to pay to build and maintain the project, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. The Department of Water Resources commissioned David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley, to conduct a ...

  • Feb 13, 07:17 PM | Valdosta Daily Times

    City approves Deep South zoning

    Feb. 13--VALDOSTA -- The Valdosta City Council approved an ordinance Thursday for a zone change for Deep South Sanitation despite recommendation to table the matter from the city planning commission. At a Jan. 29 meeting, the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission voted 4-3, with the chairman forced to vote to break a tie, to table the request for a zoning change for one month to allow for Deep ...

  • Feb 13, 06:49 PM | Palm Beach Post

    Treasure Coast counties file new lawsuit to block Brightline bonds

    Feb. 13--Martin and Indian River counties and a Treasure Coast-based citizens group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the approval of $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for Brightline's planned expansion north to Orlando. The 94-page complaint filed against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration alleges federal officials either ...

  • Feb 13, 06:47 PM | Naples Daily News

    Developer accused of filling North Naples wetlands agrees to pay $350,000

    Feb. 13--The developer of Kalea Bay, a high-rise complex in North Naples, has agreed to pay a $350,000 fine to settle an allegation it illegally filled in more than an acre of wetlands to build one of five condo towers. Lodge/Abbott Investments Associates LLC, a Detroit firm that sued Collier County in 2005 to remove local bald eagle protection rules to make the development possible, was ...

  • Feb 13, 03:37 PM | Peninsula Gateway

    City council puts halt on housing with unexpected moratorium on residential developments

    Feb. 13--In an unexpected move by Gig Harbor City Council, a moratorium was placed on residential development for six months within in city limits. Towards the top of the meeting, the council went into an executive session for 20 minutes, most likely to discuss potential litigation if the moratorium was approved. After heated discussion, the council voted 6-1 to approve ordinance No. 1383, ...

  • Feb 13, 02:49 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    As EPA gathers comments on landfill, documentary highlights North County's radioactive legacy

    Feb. 13--The troubling legacy of radioactive waste in north St. Louis County is getting national attention this month -- not only through a high-profile proposal to clean up the West Lake Landfill Superfund site, but also as the subject of the documentary, "Atomic Homefront," which aired Monday on HBO. Although the documentary was shown at a screening in the St. Louis area last summer, it made ...

  • Feb 13, 08:40 AM | Quartz

    Members Only Siemens Wants to Make Your City Work as Well as Your Washing Machine

    Most people probably think about home appliances or power plants when they consider the German powerhouse, Siemens AG. In the last few years, however, the company has moved into various digital data businesses, including targeting city governments for its services. Siemens actually has an executive with the title, head of urban development, who leads something called the Global Center of ...

  • Feb 13, 03:00 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only Trump's Budget Favors Military, Inflating Deficit

    WASHINGTON -- President Trump sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal on Monday outlining steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and a ballooning federal deficit that illustrates how far Republicans have strayed from their longtime embrace of balanced budgets. The blueprint has little to no chance of being enacted as written and amounts to a vision ...

  • Feb 13, 01:32 AM | Miami New Times

    North Miami Beach Creates a Brewery District

    The craft beer industry is so popular in Miami that many of the surrounding cities want a slice of the action. Among them is North Miami Beach, which announced January 18 that it created the state's "first" brewery district. The city changed the zoning code for its redevelopment area by reducing the standard Florida law of a 500-foot separation between schools and breweries, distilleries, and ...

  • Feb 13, 05:33 AM | Victoria Advocate

    Commissioner asking for allies in war on litter

    Feb. 13--Much of the trash headed for the Victoria landfill -- almost -- makes it there. "It looks like a landfill from U.S. 59 over to Farm-to-Market Road 1686," said Commissioner Danny Garcia, Precinct 1. "I'm getting phone calls from the people living out there." Litter dots the shoulders of U.S. 87 and SH 185 as some trash falls from vehicles that fail to secure their garbage loads on ...

  • Feb 13, 05:17 AM | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Affordable housing measures to dominate Santa Cruz City Council meeting

    Feb. 13--SANTA CRUZ -- As Santa Cruz continues its efforts to mitigate a local and statewide housing shortage, its City Council on Tuesday will not only consider a rent freeze, but also look to protect some 70 income-based rental subsidies. Late in the agenda, city leaders will weigh a controversial proposal to impose on landlords a rent hike freeze, plus potentially require landlords to ...

  • Feb 13, 05:02 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Two Supreme Court Cases to Test Local Authority.

    Des Moines: Iowa League of Cities has issued the following news release: A recent article in CitiesSpeak, the official blog of the National League of Cities (NLC), highlighted two upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that will impact local authority. In Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, a resident regularly criticized the city's plan to redevelop a marina using eminent domain. At a council ...

  • Feb 13, 04:07 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Trump deliversrebuilding plan,but downplays it

    WASHINGTON - President Trump sent Congress a sweeping plan Monday to rebuild the nation's depleted roads and bridges - then immediately raised doubts about how committed he was to delivering on that campaign promise. "If you want it badly, you're going to get it," Trump told state and local officials during a meeting at the White House. "And if you don't want it, that's OK with me too." Trump ...

  • Feb 13, 02:44 AM | Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Lynchburg plans for statue of mayor reach milestonePlans for statue of Lynchburg's first black mayor reach milestone

    A year and a half after the campaign to erect a statue of Lynchburg's first black mayor was announced, the project has met a major fundraising milestone and is well on its way to completion. LYNCHBURG - A year and a half after the campaign to erect a statue of Lynchburg's first black mayor was announced, the project has met a major fundraising milestone and is well on its way to completion. A ...

  • Feb 13, 02:43 AM | Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Public Safety Building isn't a city refugeWilliams: Richmond's Public Safety Building has outlived its usefulness

    The decaying Public Safety Building and environs has become a site where individuals of relatively little means, or none at all, are robbed of their dignity. Whether it's a homeless person in search of a warm place to spend a cold night, or bus riders simply trying to find their way home, the 500 block of North Ninth Street provides little in the way of comfort. The site has been wildly ...

  • Feb 13, 02:04 AM | Associated Press

    Plan to name park for Nancy Reagan faces headwinds

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — In one of Virginia's most liberal jurisdictions, political leaders are just saying 'no' to a proposal in Congress to name a popular park for former first lady Nancy Reagan. Legislation passed a House committee last month to rename Gravelly Point Park, which sits on federal land adjacent to Ronald Reagan National Airport. The bill's sponsor, Georgia Republican Jody Hice, ...

  • Feb 13, 01:37 AM | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

    Bill proposes county homeless villages program

    KAILUA-KONA - House Bill 2461, introduced by state Rep. Nicole Lowen, D-Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau, at the request of county officials proposes a Hawaii County Homeless Villages Program under the umbrella of the state Department of Human Services. The program would fund 50 homeless units - 25 at two sites in Kailua-Kona and Hilo, respectively - as well as two homeless assessment ...

  • Feb 13, 01:00 AM | The Atlantic (Blogs)

    Members Only All the Trump Budget Cuts Congress Will Ignore

    Within the thousands of pages the White House transmitted to Congress on Monday morning as part of President Trump’s second annual budget request, there is a line that pretty much sums up the whole ritual.“Many of the eliminations and reductions in this volume reflect a continuation of policies proposed in the 2018 President’s Budget that have not yet been enacted by the Congress,” the ...

  • Feb 13, 12:17 AM | Associated Press

    Trump's high-spending budget reverses longtime GOP dogma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America's social safety net but mounting spending on the military, formally retreating from last year's promises to balance the federal budget. The president's spending outline for the first time acknowledges that the Republican tax overhaul passed last year would add billions to ...

  • Feb 12, 09:48 PM | Foster's Daily Democrat

    Planning Board to hold public hearing on impact fees

    Feb. 13--DOVER -- The Planning Board will hold a hearing and a possible vote on increasing the impact fees it charges for development in the city at its meeting on Tuesday night. The impact fees, which are authorized by state law, are assessed on new developments for "anticipated capital projects, or to recoup past capital investments made in anticipation of the needs to be generated by new ...

  • Feb 12, 09:10 PM | Commercial Appeal

    Gov. Bill Haslam: Tennessee positioned to reap benefits from Trump's infrastructure plan

    Feb. 12--WASHINGTON -- Tennessee's decision last year to boost spending on roads has left the state well positioned to access federal funds through President Donald Trump's new infrastructure improvement plan, Gov. Bill Haslam said after attending a White House meeting on Monday. The $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, which Trump unveiled Monday as part of his budget request to Congress, calls ...

  • Feb 12, 08:32 PM | Contra Costa Times

    'Woefully inadequate:' Bay Area leaders decry Trump's 'puny' infrastructure plan

    Feb. 12--WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bay Area politicians and transportation officials decried President Trump's much-anticipated infrastructure spending proposal, unveiled Monday, as "woefully inadequate" to make the kinds of improvements to public transit and congestion management the region so desperately needs. "After a full year of empty boasts, the president has finally unveiled a puny ...

  • Feb 12, 07:49 PM | Kansas City Star

    Clay Chastain again proposing gondolas as part of smart rail plan for KC

    Feb. 12--Clay Chastain and his gondolas are back. The indefatigable petition driver who no longer lives in Kansas City is once again proposing a system of gondolas for Kansas City, this time from Barney Allis Plaza downtown to Penn Valley Community College. Chastain previously wanted to close all the roads in Penn Valley Park and install a gondola system. Voters actually approved that as part ...

  • Feb 12, 07:20 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Trump wants to overhaul America’s safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care

    The budget that President Trump proposed Monday takes a hard whack at the poorest Americans, slashing billions of dollars from food stamps, public health insurance and federal housing vouchers, while trying to tilt the programs in more conservative directions. The spending plan reaches beyond the White House's own power over the government social safety net and presumes lawmakers will overhaul ...

  • Feb 12, 07:06 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only Federal officials issue 'stop work order' for Milwaukee's efforts to reduce lead in homes

    Feb. 13--Federal officials have issued a "stop work order" for the City of Milwaukee's troubled program aimed at reducing lead hazards, mainly paint, in homes. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a letter to the Milwaukee Health Department on Monday calling on the city to immediately cease work funded by its Lead Hazard Reduction grant. HUD said the order was based on ...

  • Feb 12, 06:26 PM | Flint Journal

    Members Only HUD seeks answers on grant spending

    A federal agency is asking Flint for answers after the city shifted $442,000 in community grant dollars, in part to support a secretive north Flint development, without allowing for public input. In late January, the Flint City Council voted to spend a total of $442,000 in unspent federal Community Development Block Grant dollars to purchase a new fire truck, repair the roof of a city business ...

  • Feb 12, 03:31 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Trump infrastructure plan could lead to more toll roads on interstates

    Feb. 12--Could motorists soon be asked to pay even more tolls on interstate highways? The answer appears to be yes, based on an early reading of President Donald Trump's far-reaching infrastructure plan unveiled Monday. It will be interesting to see how the proposal is greeted in Texas, where state elected leaders have ordered the Texas Department of Transportation not to build any more toll ...

  • Feb 12, 02:57 PM | Associated Press

    Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019, released Monday. DEFENSE Trump's budget for 2019 shows the administration's concern about the threat from North Korea and its missile program. The Pentagon is proposing to spend hundreds of millions more in 2019 on missile defense. The budget calls for increasing the number of strategic missile interceptors ...

  • Feb 12, 02:50 PM | The Washington Post (Blogs)

    Members Only Trump’s budget hits poor Americans the hardest

    President Trump proposed a budget Monday that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies while pushing legislation to institute broad work requirements for families receiving housing vouchers, expanding on moves by some states to require recipients of Medicaid and food stamps to work. The Trump budget ...

  • Feb 12, 02:25 PM | Jersey Journal

    Members Only Wood skyscraper to rise at site of Newark baseball stadium

    The site of the old Newark Bears Stadium will be anchored by an 11-story tall timber tower — the beginnings of a new vision for sustainable construction and modern architecture in the city. Plans for the 500,000 square-foot building were revealed last week by Manhattan-based Lotus Equity Group, which is redeveloping the 11.8 acre site now known as Riverfront Square. “Good buildings are good ...

  • Feb 12, 12:10 PM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Trump budget continues to support air-traffic control privatization

    In this March 16, 2017 photo, air traffic controllers work in the tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. President Donald Trump has embraced airlines’ decades-long goal of removing air traffic control operations from the government and putting industry in charge, making it a key part of his agenda to boost the nation’s infrastructure through privatization. (Seth Wenig, AP) ...

  • Feb 12, 12:03 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Cries over 'poor door' ignore worse segregation in affordable housing

    Feb. 12--Separate and unequal. This notion, as it relates to affordable housing, got some high-profile publicity that struck some nerves last month and led a developer to redesign plans for its 41-story ProsPac Tower in urban Honolulu. But the furor over the idea of a separate entrance -- decried by some as a "poor door" -- for affordable rentals in the predominantly market-priced condominium ...

  • Feb 12, 11:31 AM | Associated Press

    The Latest: Trump budget would usher in new deficit era

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's proposed 2019 budget (all times local): 8:15 p.m. President Donald Trump's budget plan would order steep cuts to the nation's social safety net but push military spending much higher. For the first time, it acknowledges that the Republican tax overhaul passed last year would add billions to the deficit and not "pay for itself" as Trump ...

  • Feb 12, 10:18 AM | NJBIZ

    Zoning ordinance big step in future of Newark sustainability

    Sustainability as a tool for economic development was the main theme at the annual meeting of the New Jersey chapter of the US Green Building Council on Feb. 1 in Newark. Among the featured guests were Upendra Sapkota, acting director of the Economic and Housing Development office, and Natalie Agosto Filion, the officeÙs chief sustainability officer of the office of ...

  • Feb 12, 08:12 AM | Associated Press

    The Latest: Public land development to pay for parks upkeep

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's infrastructure proposal (all times local): 2:25 p.m. The Trump administration's infrastructure plan includes $18 billion to create a public lands infrastructure fund for the Interior Department. Most of the money would come from revenue generated by energy development on federal lands. The money would be used to whittle down an estimated ...