Greening the city

By Cate Long
June 27, 2011

Greening the city

Many cities took a big step forward for clean air when they adopted buses fueled by natural gas. But there are other important projects that will make getting around easier, quieter and less polluting. New York City is getting ready to take a big step. From American City:

$96 for noise citations

By Cate Long
June 6, 2011

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America generally has done a very good job in reducing water and air pollution. If you have been in Beijing or Manila where the air is so polluted that most people wear air-filter masks in public, then you can appreciate the only slightly dirty air of New York City or other urban areas.  There is one form of pollution, though, that we haven’t fully tackled yet: noise pollution. In residential areas the decibel levels can climb in the summer months as souped-up motorcycles are brought out of storage and people roll down the car windows and crank up the tunes. A little history from Wikipedia:

Muni sweeps: How much job creation?

By Cate Long
May 27, 2011

Job creation or program pass-through?

The Congressional Budget Office has published a new report entitled “Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output from January 2011 Through March 2011.” It makes some large claims about how many jobs stimulus funds have created:

Doors of the legislature must remain open

By Cate Long
May 26, 2011

“The right of the people to monitor the people’s business is one of the core principles of democracy.” –Schill vs. Wisconsin Rapids School District, WI 86

Issa’s municipal pension hearing

By Cate Long
April 14, 2011

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Congressman Darrell Issa’s Committee on Oversight and Reform meet today on state and municipal debt.