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    DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for a vote next week on major changes to Detroit’s constitution that critics claim could ruin the city’s delicate finances. The state Supreme Court, in a 4-3 order, said the ballot question isn’t doomed despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s refusal to give it her blessing because state law is silent...
    More On: department of education DOE bungled distribution of student iPads during COVID: comptroller report Curtis Sliwa says critical race theory is ‘creeping’ into NYC schools Parents demand NYC middle school bring back honors math classes Just 21 COVID cases among nearly 20K tests during NYC’s summer school sessions The City Council announced a new bill Thursday that would...
    A new resolution passed in Berkeley, Calif., this week mandates that local jails and public buildings begin offering vegan meal options, and also commits the city to significantly reducing spending on animal-based products over the next few years.  The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to officially require that city buildings and events offer an array of plant-based foods, like vegetables,...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – City Council is hosting four community meetings on the American Rescue Plan. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports Over 1,000 New Cases You can see the times dates and locations below: In August, @Pittsburgh City Council will host four community meetings on the #AmericanRescuePlan. Check out the slides...
    More On: city council Lame-duck council speaker fast-tracks carting bill for Queens ally The City Council’s gift to hackers in the name of helping restaurants ‘You can’t run from it’: Candidate for Council speaker sought socialists’ nod Bronx biz leaders jeer de Blasio over crime, quality of life ahead of borough tour Former City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch was sentenced...
    More On: city council The City Council’s gift to hackers in the name of helping restaurants ‘You can’t run from it’: Candidate for Council speaker sought socialists’ nod Bronx biz leaders jeer de Blasio over crime, quality of life ahead of borough tour Wife of Alabama councilman who used racial slur fears he’ll be shot Term-limited City Council Speaker...
    Los Angeles city leaders approved a sweeping ordinance Wednesday that would restrict homeless encampments in certain areas as the issue continues to become a flashpoint in parts of the city overrun with tents, crime, trash and other quality of life issues.  The City Council voted 13-2 to endorse the measure, with Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Mike Bonin opposing. Mayor Eric...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet said the district is looking into many ways to close the achievement gap. Things like year-round and Saturday schooling were mentioned Wednesday to make up for learning loss due to the pandemic. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Pitt Center For Vaccine Research Explains How Variants Form And What They Mean...
    The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval on Wednesday to a measure outlawing camping around parks, libraries and other facilities, over objections from critics who said it would punish people for living on the streets. The measure, approved on a 13 to 2 vote, had been billed as a more humane way to clear the city’s sidewalks, alleys and...
    More On: city council Bronx biz leaders jeer de Blasio over crime, quality of life ahead of borough tour Wife of Alabama councilman who used racial slur fears he’ll be shot De Blasio blew deadline for vendor oversight board by three months Lawmaker uses racial slur at public meeting to refer to colleague One of the leading candidates in...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Council has finalized an ordinance that would restrict the homeless from camping in certain public places and make sure sidewalks are passable.If signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the ordinance would restrict the presence of encampments, as well as sitting, lying and sleeping, in several areas of the city."Violent and property crime have...
    A Detroit City Council member has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and accused of accepting $1,000 from an undercover law enforcement agent. Andre Spivey was named late Tuesday in an indictment filed in federal court in Detroit. The bribe allegedly was accepted on Oct. 26, 2018, according to the indictment which also says that between 2016 and 2020,...
    A proposal to clean up Antioch’s trouble spots by helping youth offenders get off the streets moved forward after a short council discussion Tuesday. Mayor Lamar Thorpe, who advanced the proposal at a news conference Monday, said he realizesAntioch’s drug and gang issues won’t disappear overnight, but he wants to begin the work of establishing youth development programming, including jobs...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — The City of Aurora is taking steps to crack down on street racing — by impounding the cars involved for up to one year. The city council has approved an ordinance that allows for the temporary seizure of cars if the racers have previously been caught street racing. (credit: Wesley Davis) The proposal was suggested back...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday is expected to give final approval to an ordinance that would ban homeless encampments from certain areas of the city, including sidewalks. L.A. city crews conduct a cleanup of homeless encampments on the Venice Boardwalk on July 9, 2021. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) In a July 1 vote, the...
    A controversial new anti-camping law has been billed as a tool that would allow Los Angeles to clean up some long-standing homeless encampments, while also ensuring that the people who live in them find shelter. Even if that proves to be true, the law could also produce a less-discussed outcome: granting even more power to the City Council to decide...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh City Council put charter schools under the microscope on Tuesday during a discussion on closing the education gap in the city. READ MORE: Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Company Volunteer Dies Of Cancer Administrators from Propel Schools and others virtually discussed current and future plans to increase academic achievement. Some people...
    SUNNYVALE (CBS SF/BCN) — The Sunnyvale City Council plans to consider joining a long list of local governments this week in declaring a water shortage emergency. On Tuesday, the City Council will vote to enter Stage 2 of its water supply shortage plan, which calls for a 15 percent water use reduction compared to last year and sets a...
    Minneapolis officials are seeking intervention from the state’s Supreme Court, as the city battles a judge’s recent order to have 730 police officers on the force by next summer. Residents in northern Minneapolis, which has been plagued by violence since widespread demonstrations calling to "defund the police" broke out after George Floyd’s death, filed a lawsuit against Mayor Jacob Frey...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee and its former police chief could finally part ways after a lengthy legal battle. The Milwaukee Common Council voted Tuesday to approve a $627,000 settlement with Alfonso Morales over his demotion last year. A federal lawsuit by the former chief over his ouster would be dropped as part of the agreement. Morales has 21 days...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – The Huntington Beach City Council Monday filled the seat which was vacated by controversial former Councilman Tito Ortiz last month. Rhonda Bolton was sworn in Monday night by a 4-2 vote and is believed to be the first Black councilmember in Huntington Beach history, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawyer and mother of two...
    A report by Forbes shows that numerous Democrat mayors around the country hired private security after their cities cut or “proposed cutting” police budgets. According to Forbes, “25 major U.S. cities across the country” took up the defund the police cause and mayors in 20 of those cities “enjoy the personal protection of a dedicated police security detail.” Moreover, Forbes...
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    One was a lobbyist and the other was a City Council member, but they also were best buddies who thought they had a special bond. Sigrid Lopez and Victoria Martinez Muela traveled together on a trip to Cuba. Lopez attended her friend’s 2017 wedding. The two were like sisters, Martinez Muela said, and both were key figures in San Gabriel...
                        Knoxville City Council will appoint its first members to the African American Equity Restoration Task Force during its meeting next Tuesday. The task force will consist of the following members: George Underwood, Enkeshi El-Amin, Brandon Hardin, Regina Olum, Anderson Olds, Dave Miller, Deborah Porter, Matthew Best, Tanisha Fitzgerald Baker, Bill...
                        The Minneapolis City Council is frustrated over the slow review of the city’s response to the unrest in 2020. Minneapolis was plagued by riots as well as peaceful protests after the death of Goerge Floyd on May 25, 2020. Due to the massive amounts of damage and the...
    After the abrupt departure of an anti-mask, ex-UFC fighter city council member, Huntington Beach, California, is careening toward a wild special election highlighted by a candidate who filmed herself at a protest with men who would later go on to storm the U.S. Capitol and drink goat blood in a pagan ritual. From late December until June 1, Tito Ortiz...
                        Knoxville City Council will be considering a zero-tolerance policy on racism and sexism displayed by any city employee. Council member Amelia Parker announced that she is drafting the policy. This latest initiative follows a similar policy proposed in the wake of George Floyd’s death last year by community activists, and...
    The Tarrant, Alabama City Council held its first meeting since the incident in which Republican Tommy Bryant blurted a racial slur in the direction of Councilmember Veronica Freeman — and Bryant was at the latest meeting. Earlier this week, Bryant tried to defend his wife from accusations she used the n-word on Facebook by springing up and said, “Do we have...
    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The city of Flint is taking steps toward renting a helicopter for the police department. Officers told the city council that a helicopter could help them find reckless drivers, crime suspects and missing children. READ MORE: Weekend Traffic Backups Possible Due To I-275 Lane Closures “You can see the city a lot easier in a helicopter...
    Addison Sarter, a former candidate for D.C. city council, will introduce a ballot initiative that would make areas of Washington, DC, into “autonomous regions” where only black Americans would be allowed to live. Martin Austermuhle, a reporter with tax-payer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate WAMU in D.C., tweeted Wednesday about the development and included some of Sarter’s ideas that are...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council is one step closer to getting a measure on the November ballot that would do away with the Minneapolis Police Department. The ballot measure would replace police with a Public Safety Department. The measure is so complex and so much is at stake that, for the first time, the council committee also approved...
    The Minneapolis City Council is preparing a measure that would allow voters to replace the city's police department with a community-focused safety initiative, according to local reports. The Minneapolis Policy and Government Oversight Committee, which is comprised of all 13 Minneapolis City Council members, approved the measure proposed by the advocacy group Yes 4 Minneapolis Committee in an 11-2 vote...
    CHICAGO — City Council overwhelmingly approved a compromise deal Wednesday to speed up permitting for businesses that want to put up signs, awnings or advertisements. It was a bumpy ride to approval: Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed the ordinance, which would strip aldermen of ultimate authority over issuing of the permits. But aldermen argued at a meeting last month they know...
    Pandemonium erupted at this week’s Victorville City Council meeting when sheriff’s deputies arrested Councilwoman Blanca Gomez after she tried to prevent them from removing a masked man from the building who was recording the meeting on his cellphone. The ruckus occurred nearly five hours into Tuesday’s meeting, which was abruptly halted after Gomez stood up from behind the dais and...
    TARRANT, Ala. —  A White city leader captured on video using a racial slur toward Black people during a council meeting said he won't apologize, and might run for mayor. Others are calling for his resignation. Tarrant City Council member Tommy Bryant told news outlets his use of the word Monday night reflected something the city's Black mayor, Wayman Newton,...
    JEFFERSON PARK — Lake Effect Brewing Company cleared another hurdle toward opening its Northwest Side brewpub this week when the City Council reversed a liquor ban impacting the business. The council approved an ordinance Wednesday to allow liquor sales on portions of North Lipps Avenue. Lake Effect Brewing’s vision to take over the historical Jefferson Park firehouse at...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minneapolis City Council on Wednesday approved $14 million to create 104 affordable homes in the city. The program, called Minneapolis Homes, will construct 62 new houses, while 42 additional units will be acquired and repurposed. The goal of the program is to help eliminate racial disparities in homeownership in the city, as the state has one of...
    NORWOOD PARK — The Far Northwest Side’s Molly Morris is expected to be honored by City Council for her “extraordinary strength and courage” as the 6-year-old battles stage 4 kidney cancer. Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) and 14 other aldermen introduced a resolution to honor Morris during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Napolitano said the girl is an inspiration to his ward....
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) – The Walnut Creek City Council wants to proceed with at least one six-home development of micro-houses through a special permitting process instead of creating a new zoning designation, to give the concept a test drive. The council took no formal action on a proposal to build a half dozen home for low-income residents in the...
    VICTORVILLE (CBSLA) — A council meeting in Victorville took an aggressive turn Tuesday night when Council Member Blanca Gomez was arrested. Victorville Council Member Blanca Gomez was arrested Tuesday night after attempting to intervene in the removal of a man from the council chambers. (Source: Chef Basil/Facebook) According to the city, a masked man in the audience — later identified...
    Council member Tommy Bryant, a Republican, used the outburst after a disagreement between himself and Mayor Wayman Newton, who is black. "The N-word. The N-word. Let's get to the N-word. Hey. Do we have a house n***** in here? Do we? Hey. Would she please stand up?" he said, referring to a black female council member. ...
    The resolution states that "in our capacity as a local municipal authority we declare racism as a moral and public health crisis in our city, state, and nation and reaffirm our commitment to the principles of the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion." Mayor Erin Mendenhall was elected in November 2019 and has served as the city's...
    (CNN)An Alabama city councilmember has rejected requests to resign after he used the n-word earlier this week at a city council meeting. The Alabama Democratic Party asked Tarrant city councilmember Tommy Bryant to resign after video of Monday's meeting began circulating. Bryant told CNN affiliate WVTM he's not going to step down. CNN has reached out to Bryant, who is...
    CHICAGO (AP) — After years of protests over law enforcement misconduct, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a panel giving citizens more input on how the city’s police perform its duties. The panel is a compromise between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and activists. Both had pushed competing proposals that failed to get much support from aldermen. The ordinance that...
    WEST HUMBOLDT PARK — After years of sitting empty, a closed West Side bank could be home to a Latino heritage center after the City Council endorsed a land agreement for the bank and surrounding lots Wednesday. The plan for the Pioneer Trust & Savings Bank, 4000 W. North Ave., which would also include affordable housing, is part of the...
    UPTOWN — A national developer has been cleared to build a 12-story apartment building on a Weiss Hospital parking lot after a City Council vote Wednesday ended a heated back-and-forth on the controversial project. Council members endorsed the development that would bring 314 apartments to the corner of Wilson Avenue and Marine Drive. The vote caps a months-long approval process...
    AUSTIN — A controversial police training campus on the West Side will also be the home of a new Boys & Girls Club after the plan was approved by City Council Wednesday. The $8 million youth development center in the 4400 block of West Chicago Avenue would be the first new Boys & Girls Club built in decades. The West...
    LINCOLN SQUARE — The City Council on Wednesday approved a developer’s plans to add first-floor residential units in a mixed-use building that is currently home to the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.  It will force the chamber of commerce to find a new office. Developer Sumac sought the zoning change to add four residential units on the ground...
    CHICAGO — Chicago residents will get more oversight and control over the Chicago Police Department after a City Council vote Wednesday, though some key powers will remain with the mayor’s office. Council members voted 36-13 to approve an ordinance creating a seven-member oversight commission charged with drafting and proposing police department policy. The ordinance is a compromise between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the...