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Posts for December 2021

Affordable Housing and the Impact of Short-Term Rentals

Affordable Housing and the Impact of Short-Term Rentals

December 30, 2021  by  Steve Butler
Category:  Housing Tourism

Do an increasing number of short-term rentals impact the local housing market, especially for low- and moderate-income residents? Research suggests it does, and some local governments are regulating short-term rentals differently as a result.

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To Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Consider Buildings

To Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Consider Buildings

December 16, 2021  by  Deepa Sivarajan
Category:  Climate Change Guest Author

In this blog, guest author Deepa Sivarajan discusses why local governments should add building electrification to their toolkit when looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their jurisdiction. 

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They Said What?! — Handling Misinformation

They Said What?! — Handling Misinformation

December 13, 2021  by  Tracy Burrows
Category:  Social Media

From conspiracies to outright gossip, this blog offers tips for local governments on how to counter misleading claims on social media. 

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Dealing with Snow and Ice on Streets and Sidewalks

Dealing with Snow and Ice on Streets and Sidewalks

December 9, 2021  by  MRSC Insight
Category:  Snow and Ice Removal

What can or should a city or county do to deal with accumulations of snow and ice on sidewalks and streets?

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New Ruling Addresses Adverse Possession of Public Property

New Ruling Addresses Adverse Possession of Public Property

December 6, 2021  by  Oskar Rey
Category:  Court Decisions and AGO Opinions Eminent Domain

MRSC occasionally receives inquiries on whether adverse possession applies to public property. A recent Washington Court of Appeals case, Michel v. City of Seattle, provides useful clarification of these standards.

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Sanctioning Rogue Board Members

Sanctioning Rogue Board Members

December 2, 2021  by  Ann G. Macfarlane
Category:  Legislative Body

Sometimes the actions of a member of a governing body cause such disruption that that body will not be able to move forward on important matters. This blog reviews what a council, commission, or board can do when dealing with rogue members. 

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