The Future of What’s Happening Now
Police officials didn’t support a recent proposal for gunshot detection technology, but as violence increases, the City Council is looking for a mobile version of the technology. So far, nothing is within budget.
With deadly wildfires across the state, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said that the federal government will do a better job providing more personnel and funds to assist the firefighting efforts.
The city has made impressive strides in retaining and growing riders on its bus transit system thanks to a free fare program during the pandemic. But sustaining the policy while expanding service could be tricky in the long run.
Vaccines against smallpox during the Revolutionary War may have saved the Continental Army from defeat. It’s one example of how mandates have protected the health of Americans for more than two centuries.
After refusing to take cybersecurity training, Councilman Fred Richardson’s emails were shut down for two weeks, a situation he compared to Jim Crow-era discrimination. Richardson is also a mayoral candidate in the upcoming primary.
Mayor London Breed has agreed to pay $22,792 in city fines to settle allegations that she committed several ethics violations while in office. Breed is the first sitting mayor in the city to settle such a case.
The eviction moratorium expired last weekend, and despite pleas from Congress and advocates, the White House has said the CDC cannot extend the order any further, putting millions at risk of losing their housing.
Online medical services are cheaper to deliver than in-person care, but legislatures are mandating reimbursement at the same rates. It’s costly for taxpayers and patients, and it stifles innovation.
The field of 46 candidates includes GOP politicians, a reality TV personality, a YouTuber, a retired detective, a cannabis advocate, several business owners and even a New Age shaman.
The Trump Administration Feuded With State and Local Leaders over Pandemic Response – Now the Biden Administration Is Trying to Turn Back a Page in History
It has taken steps to give local policymakers more control over the allocation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations, while setting national policies to hasten the availability of vaccines.
As vaccines become more political and case numbers continue to rise, many expect Republican candidates to use the coronavirus pandemic as leverage for their campaigns in the upcoming midterm elections.
The county has started requiring its police officers to wear a body camera after launching training courses that began in early July. They expect all officers to finish by October.
A new report ranked which states have the best and worst K-12 public school systems in the nation; Massachusetts came in the top spot. On average, blue states ranked higher than red.
A special two-person team hopes to crack down on the most prolific and violent criminals. By the end of 2020, 305 people had been shot in Denver — a 51 percent increase from the year prior.
Compared to other forms of transit, public buses are cheap, flexible and plentiful. But policymakers aren’t that interested in buses, and ridership is declining. It’s a problem that needs fixing, argues Steven Higashide.
Judges shouldn’t hear cases involving their campaign donors. Though some lawmakers are addressing the issue, only a few states have ethics rules that require judges to avoid hearing such cases.
A $26 billion pharmaceutical settlement would resolve lawsuits by the state attorney general, counties and city governments across the state. But some officials don’t agree with the terms of the settlement and aren’t signing on.
An audit found the California Prison Industry Authority improperly provided nearly $1.3 million in gifts to other state agencies and encouraged the hiring and promotion of friends, relatives and other favored candidates.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all 300,000 municipal workers, including police officers, firefighters and teachers, will be required to either get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.
Dangerous policies and practices are sidelining public health evidence and authority. With COVID-19 cases and deaths surging, public leaders need to support the experts, tune out the anti-science chorus and encourage vaccinations.
Charlie Crist, a Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, criticized Gov. Ron DeSantis for his recent visit to the Texas border while the state’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has nearly tripled in the last three weeks.
With some of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, state officials are hopeful that a new lead to the Department of Health and Senior Services will update the whole system and make it better, post-COVID.
As drought grips most of California, water thefts have increased to record levels. Thieves tap into hydrants, pump water from rivers and break into remote water stations and tanks.
New Yorkers relied on street vendors during the pandemic, but as the city reopens, those essential workers are once again being fined.