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Local Governments in the News

Below are recent news articles, studies, reports, magazine articles, and other resources that MRSC has collected regarding local government topics, with an emphasis on Washington State.

All links go to external websites. The dates listed below indicate the date they were re-posted to the MRSC website, not necessarily the date of original publication. Please note that these links were valid at the time of their original posting, but because websites and addresses may change, we cannot guarantee that all links still work.

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Coupeville Town Council approves creative district  (Whidbey News-Times, February 7, 2023)

Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority future small business incubator moves into design development phase  (The Wenatchee World, February 7, 2023)

WA cities take stricter approach to shopping cart theft  (The Seattle Times, February 6, 2023)

Create more sustainable parks through pollinator and native habitat  (NRPA Blog, February 6, 2023)

Kent to begin safety improvements after alarming number of railroad crossing deaths  (KOMO, February 3, 2023)

Connecting communities to infrastructure funding  (ICMA Blog, February 3, 2023)

Two years in, a California duplex housing law has done little to encourage building, report says  (Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2023)

ChatGPT: Hopes, dreams, cheating and cybersecurity  (Government Technology, February 2, 2023)

Ship-loading noise tests Bellingham port’s neighborliness  (Salish Current, February 1, 2023)

Wenatchee awards $6.5 million contract for 'MegaKittrick' street improvement project  (The Wenatchee World, February 1, 2023)

Pasco council sharply divided in vote to allow retail marijuana sales  (Tri-City Herald, January 31, 2023)

Bainbridge Island ferry to be converted to hybrid-electric  (Bainbridge Island Review, January 31, 2023)

Seattle’s massive $2B convention center finally opens after delays  (The Seattle Times, January 30, 2023)

Here’s how Philadelphia’s first guaranteed income program is going  (Next City, January 30, 2023)

Seattle police begin sending automated texts, emails to 911 callers to seek feedback  (KOMO, January 27, 2023)

10,000 Communities Initiative to help small cities access infrastructure funding  (Route Fifty, January 27, 2023)

Potential of manufactured housing and resident-owned communities  (APA Blog, January 26, 2023)

Spokane County’s attempt to make unions bargain in public officially over  (The Spokesman-Review, January 26, 2023)

Skagit County proposes fee increases for environmental health permits  (GoSkagit, January 25, 2023)

Bellingham adds over 40 acres to parks in 2022  (KGMI, January 25, 2023)

Poulsbo leaning toward reducing days for fireworks  (Kitsap Daily News, January 24, 2023)

WA has 530 bridges in 'poor' condition — and limited repair money  (Crosscut, January 24, 2023)

Animal control changes proposed in Yakima could help address roaming cats  (Yakima Herald-Republic, January 23, 2023)

How New Orleans built a better bike-share program  (Route Fifty, January 23, 2023)

Alternative Response Team starts taking 911 calls in Bellingham  (Cascadia Daily News, January 20, 2023)

Nearly all US mayors worry about climate change's local effects: report  (Smart Cities Dive, January 20, 2023)

Vancouver seeks local knowledge about trees to create urban forestry management plan  (The Columbian, January 19, 2023)

Feds release plan for compact communities to counter climate change  (CNU Public Square, January 19, 2023)

Federal COVID aid OK’d to pay for roads, natural disasters  (Associated Press, January 18, 2023)

Guerrilla crosswalks and homemade signage: the promises and perils of DIY urbanism  (KUOW, January 18, 2023)

Vehicle charging stations targeted by copper thieves, Seattle City Light says  (KOMO, January 17, 2023)

The next Lacey city manager could earn as much as $250,000 a year in salary  (The Olympian, January 17, 2023)

Waste Management invests $15 million into Eastern Washington recycling  (YakTriNews, January 13, 2023)

Moses Lake Council Votes To Proceed With Controversial Mixed Residential Development  (Columbia Basin Herald, January 13, 2023)

Making room for housing near transit: zoning's promise and barriers  (Urban Institute, January 12, 2023)

Spokane police announces major reorganization, emphasis on patrols and reducing 911 response times  (The Spokesman-Review, January 12, 2023)

Concerns raised about Island County animal control  (South Whidbey Record, January 11, 2023)

Clark County’s growth management plan to get update  (The Columbian, January 11, 2023)

Seattle schools sue tech giants over social media harm  (KOMO, January 10, 2023)

Early Community Transit data shows youth ridership bump  (Everett Herald, January 10, 2023)

A primer on Missing Middle Housing  (CNU Public Square, January 9, 2023)

EFSEC at odds with Yakima County commissioners on solar project moratorium  (Yakima Herald-Republic, January 9, 2023)

Strategic planning in small communities  (ICMA Blog, January 6, 2023)

Nation's urban and rural populations shift following 2020 census  (United States Census Bureau, January 6, 2023)

The remaking of tourism in five U.S. cities  (Skift, January 5, 2023)

Portland Street Response logs successes as it prepares to serve city day and night  (Oregon Public Broadcasting, January 5, 2023)

Taking stock of WA state’s decade of legal cannabis, and what to expect next  (KUOW, January 5, 2023)

Marysville cracks down on public drug use  (King 5, January 4, 2023)

While Washington’s urban arrests trend down, rural incarceration rates are going up  (NWPB, January 4, 2023)

The ‘silver tsunami’ expected to hit the infrastructure sector  (Route Fifty, January 4, 2023)

3 Washington state electric substations vandalized  (Cascadia Daily News, January 3, 2023)

Five Whatcom County projects to get federal funding  (KGMI, January 3, 2023)

Washington AG says data breaches at 'historic high' across state  (Government Technology, January 3, 2023)

Transit-oriented planning grants begin to change cities  (Governing, December 23, 2022)

More Washington counties trying 'microtransit' for flexible routes  (KNKX, December 23, 2022)

Trade in an unloaded gun for a loaded gift card in Mukilteo, Everett  (Everett Herald, December 22, 2022)

Cowlitz, Skookumchuck rivers rights eyed for Lewis County water bank  (The Daily News, December 22, 2022)

Get ready for a lower speed limit in Tacoma starting in January  (KOMO, December 21, 2022)

Inslee's proposed $70B WA state budget focuses on housing  (Crosscut, December 21, 2022)

WA adopts zero emission standards for car sales by 2035  (The Seattle Times, December 20, 2022)

Lights installations in cities are more than just a holiday attraction  (Smart Cities Dive, December 20, 2022)

When zoning reform isn't enough: how to boost Missing Middle Housing  (Planetizen, December 19, 2022)

New state and local government financial reporting requirements headed to Biden’s desk  (Route Fifty, December 19, 2022)

Poulsbo program to provide phone calls to lonely, isolated seniors  (Kitsap Daily News, December 16, 2022)

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wants to reduce remote work for city employees  (OPB, December 16, 2022)

More trouble for Tacoma Link extension, Sound Transit CEO says. Completion date uncertain  (The News Tribune, December 15, 2022)

Reported cyber attacks in Washington still elevated, report finds  (Spokane Public Radio, December 15, 2022)

Walla Walla hires first woman as city manager  (Union-Bulletin, December 14, 2022)

Kennewick School District wants to place retired law officers in schools, voters will decide in 2023  (YakTriNews, December 14, 2022)

Yakima City Council to rank projects for potential ARPA fund awards  (Yakima Herald-Republic, December 13, 2022)

16,000 employees commute to this part of Pierce County. It’s about to get microtransit  (The News Tribune, December 13, 2022)

How to successfully apply for first-of-its-kind state and local cybersecurity grants  (StateTech, December 12, 2022)

Ocean Shores deals with ongoing illegal hunting problem  (The Daily World, December 12, 2022)

Attacks, plots similar to sabotage of North Carolina power grid have threatened infrastructure nationwide  (ABC News, December 9, 2022)

String of electrical grid attacks in Pacific Northwest is unsolved  (OPB, December 9, 2022)

Spokane City Council approves cap on what food delivery services can charge restaurants  (The Spokesman-Review, December 8, 2022)

Richland searching for new council member to replace mayor  (Tri-City Herald, December 8, 2022)

Buckley launches new emergency alert system  (The Courier-Herald, December 7, 2022)

Mount Vernon hires social workers to work in police department  (GoSkagit, December 7, 2022)

Everett developing alternative 911 responses by using more social workers  (MyNorthwest, December 6, 2022)

Kittitas County Lodging tax group recommends award recipients  (Ellensburg Daily Record, December 6, 2022)

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency releases updated infrastructure guide for local gov’t, tribal defenders  (The Record, December 5, 2022)

Governing in a disruptive environment  (ICMA Blog, December 5, 2022)

Energy Department sets aside $550 Million for state and local clean energy efforts  (Route Fifty, December 2, 2022)

Camas City Council divided over taxes  (The Columbian, December 2, 2022)

Leavenworth City Council approves funding for PRSA Pool Feasibility Study  (The Leavenworth Echo, December 1, 2022)

Children's levy vote reveals urban-rural divide in Whatcom County  (Cascadia Daily News, December 1, 2022)

Thurston sets public hearing on new district map as measure to expand commission passes  (The Olympian, November 30, 2022)

Spokane City Council allocates $5 million for post-high school student programs  (The Spokesman-Review, November 30, 2022)

New WA agency seeks to end practice of police investigating themselves  (Yakima Herald-Republic, November 29, 2022)

Burn scar, landslides pose a threat never before seen in western Washington  (KOMO, November 29, 2022)

Five things city leaders need to know about COP27  (National League of Cities, November 28, 2022)

What should government agencies do amid the Twitter chaos?  (Government Technology, November 28, 2022)

Use of force policy changes recommended for King County Sheriff’s Office  (Renton Reporter, November 17, 2022)

Long Beach, Calif., launches effort to boost tech skills  (Government Technology, November 17, 2022)

Seattle's budget hole is projected to grow $82 million deeper  (Crosscut, November 16, 2022)

5 things to consider when deploying EV charging infrastructure  (National League of Cities, November 16, 2022)

A new Sea-Tac-sized airport is needed. No one wants it, but ‘handwriting is on the wall’  (The News Tribune, November 15, 2022)

Tech-savvy park planning  (National Recreation and Park Association, November 15, 2022)

New dwellings in Washington state must be warmed by heat pumps rather than furnaces, beginning in July, state board rules Friday  (The Spokesman-Review, November 14, 2022)

Council meetings in Port Angeles to be hybrid  (Peninsula Daily News, November 14, 2022)

Cowlitz County commissioners OK cost increase to Tower Road bridge project  (The Daily News, November 10, 2022)

Yakima City Council OKs property tax rate increase of 1%  (Yakima Herald-Republic, November 10, 2022)

Kitsap County commissioners consider ordinance banning gun shows at Fairgrounds  (Kitsap Sun, November 9, 2022)

WA tribes get $11M from feds to help tackle climate change impacts  (The Seattle Times, November 9, 2022)

Renters face charging dilemma as U.S. cities move toward EVs  (US News & World Report, November 8, 2022)

Climate Mayors and C40 Cities provide U.S. cities with guidebook to implement historic Inflation Reduction Act  (Climate Mayors, November 8, 2022)

Bellingham Fire Department is preparing for this challenge electric vehicles bring  (The Bellingham Herald, November 7, 2022)

County auditors have received an unprecedented amount of public records requests since the 2020 election, and it’s likely just the beginning  (The Spokesman-Review, November 7, 2022)

How owner-occupancy regulations are contributing to the housing crisis  (Brookings, November 4, 2022)

States steer more money toward rural roads  (Stateline, November 4, 2022)

Jefferson County considers carbon offset program  (Peninsula Daily News, November 3, 2022)

Federal agencies warn of election security concerns, misinformation campaigns  (American City & County, November 3, 2022)

Council votes to protect Bellingham's mobile home parks  (Cascadia Daily News, November 2, 2022)

WA Building Code Council may allow gas or electricity to power required heat pumps   (Yakima Herald-Republic, November 2, 2022)

Can predictive analytics help prevent homelessness?  (Smart Cities Dive, November 1, 2022)

Four WA communities tried to end youth homelessness. One is seeing success.  (The Seattle Times, November 1, 2022)

Thurston County asked the public how to spend its money. Here are the responses it got  (The Olympian, October 31, 2022)

Longview passes ADU code; some councilmembers question homelessness emergency declaration   (The Daily News, October 31, 2022)

Local leaders will advise states on road safety under new US plan  (Bloomberg CityLab, October 28, 2022)

Going Electric: Bus fleets must consider more than just funding  (Government Technology, October 28, 2022)

FEMA opens applications for over $3 billion in mitigation grant funding  (NACo, October 27, 2022)

Yakima County Commissioners approve $2.8M contract for regional crime lab  (Yakima Herald-Republic, October 27, 2022)

Feds award WA companies $200M for EV battery facilities in Moses Lake  (The Wenatchee World, October 26, 2022)

Report finds EV charging station rollout hampered by outdated state, city regulations  (Smart Cities Dive, October 26, 2022)

City of Kirkland to test new technology aimed at curbing illegal vehicle noise  (Kirkland Reporter, October 25, 2022)

‘Plagued’ by problems, Tri-Cities Animal Shelter now under city of Pasco control  (Tri-City Herald, October 25, 2022)

Local governments and states bristle over proposal to change how they report on finances  (Route Fifty, October 24, 2022)

A new Washington State law to protect election workers gets its first test  (Axios, October 24, 2022)

PNW elections officials amp up defenses against fraud claims ahead of midterms  (InvestigateWest, October 21, 2022)

6 Clark County charter amendments on ballot  (The Columbian, October 21, 2022)

Camouflaged cell towers now allowed in residential areas of Walla Walla  (Union-Bulletin, October 20, 2022)

Woodward says Spokane economic recovery continues, but problems loom  (Spokane Public Radio, October 20, 2022)

Urban spaces get an AI makeover  (Route Fifty, October 19, 2022)

If you don’t already live in a sponge city, you will soon  (Wired, October 19, 2022)

Quincy Council approves special events application ordinance  (Columbia Basin Herald, October 18, 2022)

City, county to look for sites for new stadium in Everett  (Snohomish County Tribune, October 18, 2022)

New juvenile justice law raises concerns  (Whidbey News-Times, October 17, 2022)

Mayors encouraged to adopt Lewis County ordinance prohibiting homeless encampments  (The Chronicle, October 17, 2022)

Conspiracy theorists and 16-hour days: inside the stress elections officials face ahead of the midterms  (The Texas Tribune, October 14, 2022)

Kitsap county starts sticker program for those with mobility issues  (Kitsap Daily News, October 14, 2022)

Building EV charging through public-private partnerships  (Smart Cities Dive, October 13, 2022)

Solar moratorium remains as Yakima County works on siting rules for farms   (Yakima Herald-Republic, October 13, 2022)

City of Seattle to lift COVID emergency at the end of October  (The Seattle Times, October 12, 2022)

Jefferson County may keep COVID emergency orders  (Peninsula Daily News, October 12, 2022)

Federal Way City Council spends round of ARPA funds, signs off on townhouse project at old Bally’s property  (Federal Way Mirror, October 11, 2022)

Federal funds could pay for Everett bathrooms, gun buyback, more  (Everett Herald, October 11, 2022)

How much money your city will get from a $518 million opioid settlement  (KING 5, October 10, 2022)

For more than 20 guaranteed income projects, the data is in  (Bloomberg News, October 10, 2022)

WA homeless program showing early signs of helping those living off highways  (KIRO, October 7, 2022)

How to maximize engagement in community planning  (American City & County, October 7, 2022)

Clark County C-Tran expands free bus program to all 18 and younger  (The Columbian, October 6, 2022)

A new airport in Thurston County? Local officials push back on unpopular proposal  (The Olympian, October 6, 2022)

Bellingham plans to add bike lanes in several areas. But not everyone is happy  (The Bellingham Herald, October 5, 2022)

Woodland looks to purchase land next to new library site to build public space, visitors center  (The Daily News, October 5, 2022)

Treasury releases Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund payments to eligible counties  (NACo, October 4, 2022)

Zoning reform creates new model for smart growth in Walla Walla, Washington  (APA Planning Magazine, October 4, 2022)

Who should be the boss of Spokane’s city attorney? Voters will decide in November  (The Spokesman-Review, October 3, 2022)

US cities are recycling trees and poop to make compost  (Wired, October 3, 2022)

Seattle mayor wants to overrule own vote on human services wages in Seattle  (The Seattle Times, September 30, 2022)

How public spaces can keep small businesses open  (Bloomberg CityLab, September 30, 2022)

Massachusetts, Washington confirm plans to end gas car sales by 2035, following California  (Smart Cities Dive, September 29, 2022)

Yakima police use AI-powered license plate readers to find suspects’ cars in real time  (YakTriNews, September 29, 2022)

Bellingham council will return to in-person meetings for the first time since pandemic started  (The Bellingham Herald, September 28, 2022)

Thurston and Pierce counties become focus of search for new 2-runway airport site  (The Olympian, September 28, 2022)

L&I renews emergency rules for farmworker, other temporary worker housing  (Yakima Herald-Republic, September 27, 2022)

Town of Twisp conducts door-to-door household income survey  (Methow Valley News, September 27, 2022)

Central WA home prices spike amid influx of Seattle-area transplants  (Crosscut, September 26, 2022)

Reducing poverty without community displacement  (Brookings, September 26, 2022)

Narcan vending machines? They’re coming to Pierce County, and there’s good reason for it  (The News Tribune, September 23, 2022)

How a fast-growing town moved from ad hoc to strategic cybersecurity  (Government Computing News, September 23, 2022)

150 years after the Great Chicago Fire, mass timber buildings are making a comeback  (Smart Cities Dive, September 22, 2022)

Spokane City Council votes to ban camping along river, under viaducts and near homeless shelters  (The Spokesman-Review, September 22, 2022)

Snohomish city council rejects tax break on housing for low-income families  (Everett Herald, September 22, 2022)

Kalama residents can petition to create or axe city ordinances starting next week   (The Daily News, September 21, 2022)

Ephrata asks residents to keep vegetation tidy  (Columbia Basin Herald, September 21, 2022)

A key to controlling emissions: more buildings in a city’s unused spaces  (The New York Times, September 20, 2022)

Concerns grow over AI in hiring processes  (Route Fifty, September 20, 2022)

Snohomish, Skagit County solid waste facilities may have to close temporarily due to excess garbage  (KING 5, September 19, 2022)

Redmond police crack down on loud vehicles with ‘muffler patrols’  (MyNorthwest, September 19, 2022)

Port of Everett unveils Blue Heron Slough - one of the region’s largest estuary restorations  (KNKX, September 16, 2022)

South King Fire and Rescue is aiming for more diverse workforce  (Federal Way Mirror, September 15, 2022)

A growing drinking water crisis threatens American cities and towns  (Scientific American, September 15, 2022)

Lewis county commissioner rallies against windmill code changes  (The Chronicle, September 14, 2022)

Chelan County allocates nearly $1 million in CPIF funds  (The Leavenworth Echo, September 14, 2022)

Animal crossings over and under highways can save big dollars — not just lives — says new study  (Spokane Public Radio, September 13, 2022)

Columbia River water flows likely will reduce, change quickly  (The Wenatchee World, September 13, 2022)

Lower Columbia CAP respite program receives $300K grant  (The Daily News, September 12, 2022)

Funding secured for behavioral health crisis stabilization facility in King County  (Bellevue Reporter, September 12, 2022)

How 3 cities are using public art for neighborhood revitalization  (Smart Cities Dive, September 9, 2022)

Cybersecurity grants for states, local governments are coming. Are you ready?  (Route Fifty, September 9, 2022)

Washington State moving ahead with complete streets  (Planetizen, September 8, 2022)

Clark County buys part of former Cedars golf course, will preserve land as park  (The Columbian, September 8, 2022)

Bellingham gets creative to give police more time on the streets  (The Bellingham Herald, September 7, 2022)

Spokane Valley opts out of regional tourism agreement, breaking with county, city of Spokane for hotel dollars  (The Spokesman-Review, September 7, 2022)

Local election offices often are missing on social media   (Route Fifty, September 6, 2022)

Collaborative multi-agency strategy credited for successful end to longtime Seattle-based encampment  (KOMO, September 6, 2022)

Three ways to build support for community-centered climate planning  (APA Blog, September 2, 2022)

Snohomish County looking to expand body camera initiative with sheriff's office  (KOMO, September 2, 2022)

State laws prompt changes in Everett city rules for emergency shelters  (Everett Herald, September 1, 2022)

Court rules: San Juan County to vote on charter amendments  (Salish Current, September 1, 2022)

Employee input: a trusted tool when initiating organizational changes  (ICMA Blog, August 31, 2022)

Governor Newsom vetoes bill for drug-injection sites in California  (The New York Times, August 31, 2022)

For some, community court reduces jail bookings by 87%  (Crosscut, August 30, 2022)

Walla Walla receives $1.5 million in federal funds to repair 10 bridges  (Union-Bulletin, August 30, 2022)

Olympia City Council unanimously OKs rental housing code changes that limit move-in costs  (The Olympian, August 29, 2022)

Police calls drop 30% around Vancouver’s first Safe Stay Community for the unhoused  (The Columbian, August 29, 2022)

Franklin County Sheriff officials working to combat mental health concerns  (YakTriNews, August 26, 2022)

ARPA and public spaces: how cities are investing in places to live, work and play  (National League of Cities, August 26, 2022)

Whatcom County Council rejects proposed tubing ban on South Fork of Nooksack  (KGMI, August 25, 2022)

Eugene's process to develop its middle housing code earns kudos from state  (The Register-Guard, August 25, 2022)

What is the urban heat island effect?  (Planetizen, August 24, 2022)

Benton County officials, some residents object to solar project near Yakima County line   (Yakima Herald-Republic, August 24, 2022)

Kennewick Council reaches split decision on public prayer. Would it be divisive?  (Tri-City Herald, August 23, 2022)

Pe Ell residents raise traffic speed issues; town council expresses frustration with state policies impeding action  (The Chronicle, August 23, 2022)

Lynwood's microtransit test begins this fall, others possible  (Everett Herald, August 22, 2022)

Washington’s designated crisis responders, a ‘last resort’ in mental health care, face overwhelming demand  (The Seattle Times, August 22, 2022)

‘Boot camps’ open to help small cities compete for infrastructure grants   (Smart Cities Dive, August 19, 2022)

Eleven principles for places recovering from disinvestment  (CNU Public Square, August 19, 2022)

Sequim OKs new flag display policy  (Peninsula Daily News, August 18, 2022)

Okanogan County PUD backs process for potential Enloe Dam removal study  (Methow Valley News, August 18, 2022)

Getting started with aerial photography in urban design  (MAKERS, August 17, 2022)

Synthetic fraud is on the rise. Here’s how governments can combat it  (Route Fifty, August 17, 2022)

Expansion of electric vehicle grid hits roadblocks in rural WA  (Crosscut, August 16, 2022)

New fire codes set for landowners near wildlands in Skagit County  (GoSkagit, August 16, 2022)

New Clallam County mental health court to begin this month  (Peninsula Daily News, August 15, 2022)

Can trees save the Nooksack River?  (Salish Current, August 15, 2022)

How car history informs city planning for micromobility  (National League of Cities, August 12, 2022)

New diversity officers struggle to make an impact in Massachusetts cities and towns  (WGBH, August 12, 2022)

Visual guide to agrivoltaics and wildlife-friendly solar  (APA Blog, August 11, 2022)

Spokane County launches new tool to calculate property taxes  (Spokane Public Radio, August 11, 2022)

New deal seeks to extend truce in court battle over Columbia River salmon  (The Bellingham Herald, August 10, 2022)

Should Pasco allow marijuana shops? A cannabis store owner has the city reconsidering  (Tri-City Herald, August 10, 2022)

Cowlitz County commissioners aim to spend $21.5 million in COVID-relief funds on parks, roads, technology upgrades and more  (The Daily News, August 9, 2022)

Tacoma’s uphill battle to grow its urban tree canopy by 2030  (KNKX, August 9, 2022)