1. Cities Consider Taxing Commuters to Drive Up Revenue – Taxes on commuters (and reverse commuters) represent a largely untapped source of revenue that cities may begin to target more aggressively — particularly if they’re struggling. View data showing the cities with the most outside workers and reverse commuters.
2. Rhode Island’s Winding Road to Serious Pension Reform – If all the parties approve it, a recent agreement will preserve most of the benefits of a sweeping reform law.
3. Louisiana’s Coastline Is Disappearing Too Quickly for Mappers to Keep Up – The challenges of surveying an intricate land mass that’s losing 16 square miles a year.Can L.A. Kick Its Driving Habit? The city’s booming downtown is more connected than ever, but are Angelenos really ready to give up their cars?
4. Providence Reclaims a ‘Link’ to Its Past – Relocation of Highway Strip Opens Path to Development.
5. CAN SILICON VALLEY BE SAVED? TECH WORKERS DON’T WANT TO LIVE NEAR COMPANIES’ SUBURBAN HEADQUARTERS. SAN FRANCISCO CAN’T ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE. COULD DENSIFYING SILICON VALLEY SUBURBS BE THE ANSWER?
Massachusetts Court Says ‘Upskirt’ Photos Are Legal – Massachusetts highest court ruled Wednesday that it is not illegal to secretly photograph underneath a person’s clothing, a practice known as “upskirting.”
East Coast Cities Plunge to Record-Low Temperatures – Baltimore set a new all-time low of 4 degrees, and that’s warm compared to the weather elsewhere.
The New York Metro’s Economy Is Almost as Large as Australia’s – How U.S. cities stack up economically worldwide.
Telecom Providers Need to Embrace the Broadband Evolution (Opinion) – Instead of trying to restrict who can build gigabit networks, telecom companies should focus on partnerships and new revenue possibilities.
GOP lacks a clear 2016 front-runner – A Post-ABC News poll finds Republican resistance to a presidential bid by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Young Guns gear up – Friends and enemies jockey to prepare for changes in the GOP power structure.
New Democratic Strategy Goes After Koch Brothers – Democrats are embarking on a broad effort that aims to unmask Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers who are perhaps the best-known patrons of conservative Republican politics.
A Debate Over Who, in the U.S., Is to Blame for Ukraine – Washington’s partisan debaters have wasted little time in trying to frame the crisis in Eastern Europe as an indictment of their political opponents.
Governor Burnishes Brand, Using Mayor as Foil – The increasingly fractious relationship between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio will be tested further over the next month as the state budget is finalized.
How liberal is Portland? This isn’t ‘Portlandia,’ but it sure feels like it according to a survey highlighting the Rose City’s very lefty political leanings.
Tina Kotek called out for covert attempt to help Oregon Democratic donor – The last-minute attempt angered some lawmakers and health care providers, who saw it as a secretive and heavy-handed attempt by the Portland Democrat to grant favors and influence private health care matters.
Multnomah County’s $2 million bungle latest problem Oregon tech project – Portland area taxpayers have been through this before. In recent years, they have footed the bills for several botched technology projects.
More drama in Sherwood surrounding liaison to Chamber of Commerce: ‘There’s not a dictatorship’ – The battle among the Sherwood City Councilabout who will serve as liaison to the Chamber of Commerce appears to be settled: Councilor Matt Langer will hold that position.
Damascus comprehensive plan: 5 milestones that led to possible Damascus deannexations – About 100 property owners on the edge of Damascus plan to leave the city if Gov. John Kitzhaber signs a bill that would allow the deannexations, according to neighborhood representatives.
Medical marijuana in Oregon: Which cities and counties ban dispensaries? Twenty-one Oregon cities have rules in place that effectively ban medical marijuana facilities, according to data provided to The Oregonian by the League of Oregon Cities.
Mayor at Battle Ground’s ‘second City Hall’ a restaurant industry promoter – Mill Creek Pub owner hopes to give back to the industry
Survey: Clark County workers oppose guns in workplace – A survey of Clark County employees shows a majority opposes loosening gun restrictions inside certain public buildings, but that hasn’t deterred commissioners from discussing a new, less-restrictive gun policy.
Going by the book – Eugene Public Library updates its rules for visitors’ behavior
Cover Oregon faces federal audit – The federal government announced plans Wednesday to examine how federal dollars were spent building Cover Oregon, the state’s beleaguered health care exchange.
Linn to seek levy in May to support law enforcement — Linn County will place a four-year local option levy of $2.83 per $1,000 of property value on the May 20 primary ballot to support law enforcement.
Hundreds pack minimum-wage hearing – Members of the Seattle City Council and the mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee listen to comments from the public on Wednesday at Town Hall Seattle. The joint hearing was the first chance for the public to weigh in on raising the minimum hourly wage to $15.
Top 5 Tacoma priorities include business, infrastructure, immigration – The objectives include improving the business climate in Tacoma, cultivating a welcoming environment for foreign-born immigrants and using permeable pavement on some residential roads to improve stormwater quality and repairing city roads
CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ captures flashes of anger in first episode – The ambitious, exciting and depressing first episode of ‘Chicagoland,’ CNN’s eight-documentary series about Chicago.
Focus shifts to Dillard during governor debate – Republican governor candidate Kirk Dillard, fresh from getting the backing of the state’s largest public employees’ union, found himself the target of barbs at the WGN-Tribune governor debate Wednesday night.
Peoria, Illinois American Water propose 20-year suspension of municipal buyout option – “Our infrastructure has deteriorated, and we need to be able to address that,” City Manager Patrick Urich said Tuesday. “This provides us a source of revenue to move forward with addressing our infrastructure needs.”
Regional sewer district’s costly tunnel project and green alternatives stir debate during roundtable discussion – A cleveland.com roundtable discussion Tuesday on the regional sewer district’s $3 billion tunnel project gave rise to a sometimes-heated debate over whether the district has given adequate consideration to the potentially cheaper, greener alternatives to tunnels.
South x Southwest
Fort Worth ‘casting wider net’ in city manager search – Mayor Betsy Price said council members have not changed their expectations for a city manager: They are seeking someone who is tech-savvy, innovative and fiscally responsible, with industry and city government experience.
Pearland Mayor Tom Reid: We have the right team to build a great city – Mayor Tom Reid, the keynote speaker at the State of the City Luncheon hosted by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce Thursday (Feb. 27), believes Pearland has the right team in place in build a great city.
Bryan County, Okla., Courthouse Security Upgrades on the Way – Courthouse security officers will be able to push a button on their phone to lock all three exterior doors at one time.
Residents flex muscle, Remington Estates zoning change denied – Residents voiced their concern and Southlake City Council during the March 4 City Council meeting.. Remington Estates wanted to change a plot designation from low to medium density in order to develop 22 new lots, and with them, a new access road.
Microsoft plans to expand West Side presence — Within the next year, Microsoft Corp. will open a multimillion-dollar data center next door to its existing 427,000-square-foot facility in Westover Hills — a sign that San Antonio once again is seen as an attractive location for this kind of power-intensive, hulking project.
Tea Party in Texas Sees Silver Linings in Primaries – While establishment candidates in some of the top races were successful, Republicans continued to tilt ever further right.
What we love about Texas – While Texas just celebrated its 178th Independence Day, we can all agree there is no shortage of things to love about the Lone Star State. Take a look at these truly unique things only Texans will understand.
Closing the Gender Gap Takes Action from the Top Down – Earlier this year I chaired a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the session was titled “Making Gains on Gender Parity.”
When Your Boss Is Too Nice – Is your manager’s fear of conflict hurting your career?
5 REAL WAYS TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER WITHOUT WASTING MONEY – DON’T GO BROKE BUYING CAREER ADVICE. INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE WITH THIS ADVICE FROM SUCCESSFUL LEADERS WHO FOUND SMART WAYS TO GET BETTER AT THEIR JOBS.
WHY GOOGLE WANTS NEW HIRES WHO ARE HUMBLE AND ARGUE – IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT AT GOOGLE, YOU CLEARLY NEED SMARTS. BUT YOU ALSO NEED HUMILITY. GOOGLE’S HUMAN RESOURCE VP EXPLAINS.
FORMER POLICE CHIEF ON HOW TO INSPIRE EMPLOYEES – THROWING AROUND ENCOURAGING QUIPS AND PATS ON BACKS ISN’T ENOUGH TO KEEP YOUR TEAM MOTIVATED. INVEST IN THEIR INSPIRATION WITH THESE TIPS FROM A POLICE CHIEF WHO MOTIVATED A WHOLE FORCE.
The Social Network
How to Make Money by Blogging on LinkedIn – An entrepreneur reveals how he generated leads and revenue with his LinkedIn blog and show how you can do the same.
Facebook Cracks Down on Illegal Gun Posts – Facebook disclosed new restrictions on posts that promote guns to minors or propose illegal gun sales on the social network amid pressure from groups favoring gun control.
Selfies Bring Ashtags to Lent – The Ash Wednesday selfie—a modern mixing of Christian piety with social media self-involvement—is becoming a tradition for a growing number of Catholics. But some scholars question the practice.
7 Tips for Igniting Your Content With Social Media – But you can’t just create a video, post it on Facebook, and expect it to generate tons of awareness, engagement, and sales. You need to put thought and structure behind the content you create and share on social media profiles. Start with these seven tips for managing and maximizing content in social media.