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Challenges of Closing the Digital Divide

Challenges of Closing the Digital Divide

The City of Winters illustrates the difficulties of deploying broadband in smaller cities.

September 2015
Palo Alto Builds on a Legacy of Innovation as a Sustainable Community

Palo Alto Builds on a Legacy of Innovation as a Sustainable Community

Many of the more progressive policies and programs in place today started as smaller pilot programs.

September 2015
Those Pesky Elephants in the Room

Those Pesky Elephants in the Room

A number of “elephants” lurk in city halls statewide.

September 2015
Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Highlight Best Practices

Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Highlight Best Practices

August 2015
Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

How quickly can stormwater utilities be rescued from their financial straitjacket so they can start helping resolve the state’s chronic water supply problems?

July 2015
Cars of the Future: Connected and Autonomous

Cars of the Future: Connected and Autonomous

Just as the Internet and smartphones changed the world, the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles will have a profound impact on our lives and our cities.

June 2015
Prospects for Community Economic Development Are Finally Looking Up

Prospects for Community Economic Development Are Finally Looking Up

Two new tools and positive developments on the legislative front are welcome news for cities.

May 2015
The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

All 18 metropolitan planning organizations in California will have adopted their first Regional Transportation Plans under SB 375 by May 2015. This article looks at what SB 375 has accomplished and things local officials should keep in mind going forward.

March 2015

New Study Reveals Nearly $7.3 Billion Needed Annually to Make Streets and Roads Safe

In 10 years it is expected that, without greater investment, 25 percent of local streets and roads will be ranked “poor” — compared with 6 percent today. The local system will have an estimated $78.3 billion funding shortfall in the next decade.

February 2015
A Growing Risk: Oil Trains Raise Safety and Environmental Concerns

A Growing Risk: Oil Trains Raise Safety and Environmental Concerns

An oil boom in North Dakota and Canada from the Bakken shale formation and a lack of pipeline infrastructure have led to a dramatic increase in oil-by-rail shipments nationwide. As the volume of oil being transported by rail has swelled, train derailments have also increased.

February 2015
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