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Top Picks: Ending Homelessness, ‘Aging in Place’ Impacts, Enhancing Walkability

Top Picks: Ending Homelessness, ‘Aging in Place’ Impacts, Enhancing Walkability

December 4, 2017 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Cycling and Walking , Homelessness

From strategies to end homelessness to seniors ‘aging in place,’ Policy Consultant Byron Katsuyama reports on emerging issues for local governments.
 

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Top Picks: Citizen Engagement Tools, Impacts of Shrinking Retail, Telecommuting Update

Top Picks: Citizen Engagement Tools, Impacts of Shrinking Retail, Telecommuting Update

July 14, 2017 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Strategies and Programs , Public Participation , Planning

Policy consultant Byron Katsuyama identifies some of the emerging issues and innovations that local government leaders should be aware of.

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Washington Local Governments Launch Mobile Apps

Washington Local Governments Launch Mobile Apps

March 15, 2017 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Information Technology

This post looks at Washington local governments apps that deliver news and services to constituents in a mobile-friendly format.

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The Gorillas in the Room

The Gorillas in the Room

February 14, 2017 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Human, Health and Community Services , Emergency Management

What does the Cascadia megaquake, the growing opioid crisis, and the lack of affordable housing all share in common? They can all be classified as "gorillas" in the room: big, overwhelming, and not about to go anywhere anytime soon.

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Winter Weather Shelter Programs for the Homeless

Winter Weather Shelter Programs for the Homeless

November 14, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Homelessness

While many local governments across Washington are seeking long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness, some have developed winter weather shelter programs to address the immediate needs that arise during severe weather conditions. This post profiles some programs available in urban and rural communities.

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Regulating Uber, Lyft, and Other Transportation Network Companies

Regulating Uber, Lyft, and Other Transportation Network Companies

September 7, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Licensing and Regulation

Cities and counties in Washington have begun to regulate "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft, and some jurisdictions have taken a more regional approach.

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Top Picks: Ransomware Attacks, Learning What the Public Thinks, Losing Experienced Workers

Top Picks: Ransomware Attacks, Learning What the Public Thinks, Losing Experienced Workers

May 27, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
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Policy consultant Byron Katsuyama identifies some of the emerging issues and innovations that local government leaders should be aware of.

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Top Picks: Making Density Work, Using Tech to Engage with Citizens, Obliterating Worst Practices

Top Picks: Making Density Work, Using Tech to Engage with Citizens, Obliterating Worst Practices

April 13, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Public Participation , Management , Comprehensive Planning-Growth Management

Policy consultant Byron Katsuyama identifies some of the emerging issues and innovations that local government leaders should be aware of.

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Top Picks: Leveraging the Sharing Economy, Citizen Engagement, Improving Police-Community Relations

Top Picks: Leveraging the Sharing Economy, Citizen Engagement, Improving Police-Community Relations

February 22, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
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Each week I scan the web for interesting and useful news, blog posts, articles, and reports from a variety of local government-related sources, and post them to the In Focus section of MRSC’s homepage. Here are some top picks from my most recent scans.

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Looking Ahead: 2016 Predictions and Prognostications

Looking Ahead: 2016 Predictions and Prognostications

December 29, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
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Policy Consultant Byron Katsuyama highlights some key issues and themes that will likely be important for local governments through 2016.

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It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for a Free Alliance for Innovation Membership!

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for a Free Alliance for Innovation Membership!

October 5, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Performance Management-Measurement

As we announced earlier this year, MRSC has partnered with the State Auditor’s Office’s Local Government Performance Center, to secure free memberships to the Alliance for Innovation for all Washington local governments. We are happy to report ...

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Top Picks: Innovation-Friendly Culture, Fireable GPS Trackers, and “The Big One”

Top Picks: Innovation-Friendly Culture, Fireable GPS Trackers, and “The Big One”

August 10, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
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Interesting issues from recent news scans include the importance of listening to your employees, using GPS to track criminals, and preparing your citizens for "the big one."

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Emerging Issue Update: Police Body Cameras

Emerging Issue Update: Police Body Cameras

June 30, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Law Enforcement

A roundup of the latest news and information, including a few sample policies, we have been gathering on the emerging issue of body-worn cameras.

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2015 Predictions and Prognostications

2015 Predictions and Prognostications

February 19, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Management

This is the time of year when various articles aimed at making predictions and prognostications about the issues to watch in the coming year usually start to appear. I look for them because they are a often a good way to find out what local government experts and observers in various fields think will be the most significant state and local government issues over the next 12 months and beyond. ...

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The Exciting Possibilities of Crowdsourcing

The Exciting Possibilities of Crowdsourcing

November 10, 2014 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Social Media

Each week I  scan the Web for interesting and useful news, blog posts, articles, and reports from a variety of local government related sources and post them to the “In Focus” section of MRSC’s homepage. Four recent articles that caught my attention focus on ways that data from social media sites and crowdsourcing tools can be used to pr...

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Emerging Issue: Police Body Cameras in Washington State

Emerging Issue: Police Body Cameras in Washington State

October 14, 2014 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Law Enforcement

The recent fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has greatly accelerated an already growing interest in the use of police body-worn cameras across the country and in several Washington communities.

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Seeing is Believing - CIP Interactive Map Applications

Seeing is Believing - CIP Interactive Map Applications

June 27, 2014 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Tools for Planners

I’m going to take a wild guess and speculate that most local governments do not see long lines of citizens outside of their city halls or county courthouses anxiously waiting to read the latest updates to their capital...

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New and Noteworthy Washington Local Government Website Features

New and Noteworthy Washington Local Government Website Features

March 21, 2014 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Information Technology

I have been a long-time observer of how local governments are using their websites to enhance the delivery of local government services and their interactions with citizens. It has been fascinating to see how local...

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Kirkland Takes Online Citizen Engagement to a New Level

Kirkland Takes Online Citizen Engagement to a New Level

October 17, 2013 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Public Participation

For many years, I have been following the efforts of Washington local governments to provide citizens with greater access to information and services using information technology, initially through the development of comprehensive websites and more recently through the use of various social media...

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Resources for Community Leaders

Resources for Community Leaders

August 7, 2013 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Leadership

What does it take to be a successful community leader? What are the attributes and skills that are required for a local government elected or appointed official to be effective in the offices they have been elected or appointed to fill? MRSC’s new webpage on “Community Leadership Resources” provides...

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New Resources on Council/Commission Meetings and Public Hearings

New Resources on Council/Commission Meetings and Public Hearings

June 24, 2013 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Legislative Body

City council or county council/commission meetings and public hearings provide the settings for councils and commissions to discuss and develop key policies and make important legislative and quasi-judicial decisions. A smoothly-managed and productive council or commission meeting in the right setting...

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More Sage Advice for Councils and Commissions

More Sage Advice for Councils and Commissions

April 22, 2013 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Legislative Body

MRSC has been fortunate to have so many generous Council/Commission, HR, Finance, Planning, and Open Government Advisors over the years who have been willing to share their time and expertise writing columns filled with insightful analysis and sage advice for Washington local government officials and...

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Who Says You Can’t Fight City Hall?

Who Says You Can’t Fight City Hall?

March 6, 2013 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Public Participation

We have all heard the expression, “You can’t fight city hall.” Maybe we don’t hear it exactly in these terms always, but the sentiment is out there. At its heart, it expresses a deeply cynical view about the ability of average citizens to have a say and an impact ...

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Improving Citizen Outreach and Engagement

Improving Citizen Outreach and Engagement

January 9, 2013 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Public Participation

I have had the pleasure over the last eight years of serving as a member of the city of Kirkland Planning Commission. At our annual retreat a couple weeks ago, we were discussing ways to improve citizen...

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A Simple Technique for Improving Council Decision Making

November 5, 2012 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Legislative Body

One of the things that has always fascinated me as a student and observer of local government has been the process that local legislative bodies use to discuss, debate, and formulate policy decisions. To my mind, much of what constitutes “good government” is a direct consequence of an open, fair, and effective legislative decision-making process. The open and fair parts are regulated by state...

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Do We Have Too Many Local Governments in Washington?

October 1, 2012 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Forms of Government-City , Forms of Government-County

We recently had the pleasure of meeting with some staff members from the Governments Division of the U.S. Census Bureau who were visiting the state to talk with local government officials about the 2012 Census of Governments. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census of all state and local government units every five years, for years ending in 2 and 7, as required by Title 13, United States Code,...

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Three Must-Have Local Government Web Search Tools

Three Must-Have Local Government Web Search Tools

July 2, 2012 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Information Technology

If you frequently need to search the Web for information about how other local governments in Washington or other parts of the country are dealing with particular issues, or if you often...

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