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    The Catalan elections have been good for Pedro Sánchez. The winner of 14-F, former Minister Salvador Illa, may not be president because the independentistas have reinforced their absolute majority, but in Moncloa they are equally satisfied for three reasons. Carles Puigdemont has lost the crown of his “legitimacy” because Junts will no longer preside over the Generalitat, and that ERC now takes over facilitates a scenario of détente, at least in the short term. The coalition government is reinforced with the victory in votes of the PSC and the result of In Comú Podem, which endured its representation. The same did not happen in the Galician autonomous communities or in the Basque ones, where the Socialists did not do badly, but the purple ones suffered a huge hit. Finally, the Poor center-right results (Cs and PP), next to sorpasso that Vox has done to them in Catalonia, leaves their...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– When Aurora City Council voted unanimously this month to put retired Denver Fire Captain Harold Johnson on their powerful Civil Service Commission, they apparently had no idea about his history. The Denver Fire Department had terminated Johnson in 2015 for lying, compromising the safety of subordinates, “bullying” and “volatile” behavior and being “sexist and racist towards others.” (credit: CBS) “I am embarrassed and appalled at my vote,” said Aurora Councilman Dave Gruber. READ MORE: This Is The Way: Baby Yoda Reminds Jefferson County Residents To Lock Cars He said he only learned Friday morning of Johnson’s employment history with the Denver Fire Department through news reports. “I didn’t know any of it. We made a mistake and we have to do something to rectify it.” Another council member, Juan Marcano, also told CBS4, “I had no idea about this. This is just unacceptable.” He had not seen...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has packed her “Council on Climate Solutions” with campaign donors and a major utility lobbyist and dark money group executive that boosted her 2018 campaign, a review of campaign finance records revealed. Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-182 last September to create the board, which advises the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. “The science is clear, and message urgent: the earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, and human activities are largely responsible for this change,” the order said. Members of the advisory board are tasked with creating the “MI Healthy Climate Plan,” which is to “serve as the action plan for this state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward economywide carbon neutrality.” A review of appointed members and campaign finance records found 10 of the 21 members donated to Whitmer’s gubernatorial campaign:...
    The chairman of the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and four other board members resigned in the aftermath of the failure of the power grid to deliver electricity to millions of residents during the winter storm. The five board members, who do not live in Texas, came under pressure to resign after more than 4.5 million electric customers were left in the cold and dark during the historic freeze. “When Texans were in desperate need of electricity, ERCOT failed to do its job and Texans were left shivering in their homes without power,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in response to the resignations. “ERCOT leadership made assurances that Texas’ power infrastructure was prepared for the winter storm, but those assurances proved to be devastatingly false.” The governor said the organization’s lack of preparedness and transparency was “unacceptable.” The ERCOT board came under criticism after the winter storm not only...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — At the beginning of the day Wednesday, we planned to lead our “Hour 18” newscast with more on a proposal by several members of the City Council tackling bad police raids. But then, Mayor Lori Lightfoot threw a curveball with a new plan on her part. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dry And Quiet This is all the result of CBS 2’s exclusive investigation into the raid on Anjanette Young’s home two years ago. Mayor Lightfoot said Wednesday that the CPD is days away from announcing their reforms on raids. Meanwhile, the group of progressive City Council members announced massive reform proposals of their own. The proposals are each aimed at preventing what happened inside Young’s home. She was handcuffed naked and afraid in a high-profile and violent botched police raid. As CBS 2’s Chris Tye reported, the proposed Anjanette Young Ordinance is what some city leaders call...
    “I am pleased to announce that the United States will seek a seat on the Human Rights Council for the term 2022-2024. We humbly ask for the support of all member countries of the United Nations in our wish to sit again in this institution “, said Mr. Blinken, during an intervention by videoconference before the HRC. The Trump administration had loudly announced in June 2018 that it was leaving the Geneva-based institution and the highest UN body in charge of defending human rights, accusing it of hypocrisy and to go after Israel. “The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of its foreign policy, because they are essential to peace and stability,” Blinken said. “This commitment is rooted in our own experience of an imperfect democracy and often falling short of its own ideals, but always trying to become a more united, more respectful and...
    A resident holding a child walks past debris from damaged homes after Hurricane Iota made landfall on Providencia Island, Colombia, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Climate change represents the "gravest threats" to global peace and security, the UN Security Council will hear on Tuesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to warn the UN Security Council that unless the global community takes "urgent action to tackle climate change, the world risks worsening conflict, displacement and insecurity," the government said in a statement. The U.K. currently has a one-month presidency of the Council, which is charged with ensuring international peace and security. Its permanent members are China, France, Russia, the U.K. and U.S. Johnson will address the group at 1.30 p.m. London time. Ahead of the session, Johnson said the Council "is tasked with confronting the gravest threats to global peace and security, and that's exactly what climate...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support Tuesday to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s politics. Her comments came a day after a top Beijing official signaled major changes would be coming to ensure is run by “patriots,” a clear sign that China intends to no longer tolerate dissenting voices, 23 years after the former British colony was handed over to Chinese rule with a promise it could maintain its own rights and freedoms for 50 years. Following China’s imposition of a sweeping national security law on the city last year, authorities have moved to expel members of the city’s Legislative Council deemed insufficiently loyal and rounded up veteran opposition leaders on charges including illegal assembly and colluding with foreign forces. Government critics and Western governments accuse Beijing of going back...
    Recognition of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) to the initiative approved by the majority of the deputies of the Mexico state to lower the number of members in the councils, is a true act of justice and legality, said the senator Higinio Martínez Miranda. He explained that the initiative that last August 2020 presented in the Mexican Congress and that was approved by a majority, implies the reduction of members of the council, which would allow savings for municipal governments that can be applied in other areas such as works and services. The senator gave the municipality of Texcoco, which has 15 members of the council but according to the new proposal already approved not only from the congress if not ratified by the SCJN, would go to 11 council members, in Chiconcuac from 12 to nine. After being decisive, the senator recalled that the BREAD...
    London (CNN)When members of an English town's local government committee met to discuss planning matters before Christmas, they had little idea that their Zoom call would become the cinematic event of the decade.But on Wednesday, still recovering from their reluctant brush with fame, members of Handforth Parish Council convened again to give the people what they wanted: A sequel.The group's first meeting went viral around the world earlier this month thanks to its enthralling dysfunction, petty disagreements and Machiavellian maneuvers, as councilors vied for power and senior officials were dramatically ousted to the virtual waiting room.Their follow-up meeting was widely anticipated. And, if possible, it unraveled into deeper chaos still, as members of the public butted in and the main characters reckoned with their newfound celebrity.Jackie Weaver, Britney Spears and a local coup détat: A breakdown of the worlds worst Zoom callBut it was notably missing the lead character from...
    The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved $6.4 million in funding to hire dozens of police officers despite some council members and advocates in the city calling to defund the police department. The move comes after the city’s police department reported having only 638 officers available, which they said is about 200 fewer than usual. Many officers quit the department or have yet to return from extended leaves since the unrest and rioting in the city last summer, after the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody. The city now anticipates that it will have 674 officers by the end of the year, with another 28 set to go through the hiring process. Three of the city’s council members have called for the police department to be replaced with a department of public safety, hoping to combine traditional law enforcement approaches while bringing in mental health professionals to...
    A gay white dad of a mixed-race child has been denied a spot on the San Francisco Board of Education’s parent committee because he would hurt the diversity of the all-female group. The board debated for two hours earlier this week on whether Seth Brenzel should be allowed to be a volunteer member of the committee after the parent advisory council unanimously supported his joining the committee and submitted his name to the school board for approval. The Daily Mail detailed the ensuing battle: His candidacy, however, faced opposition from some board members and members of the public who argued that there wasn’t enough diversity on the council – even though there are five seats currently empty. Those who opposed his candidacy were concerned with the fact that he is white. The 15-person council currently only has 10 members: Two black mothers, one Asian-American, three Latinx, one Pacific Islander and three white. Brenzel,...
    Seth Brenzel, a gay white father of a mixed-race child, was denied a spot on the San Francisco Board of Education's volunteer parent committee on Tuesday night because he doesn't bring enough diversity to the group A gay white father of a mixed-race child has been denied a spot on the San Francisco Board of Education's volunteer parent committee because his race doesn't bring enough diversity to the group.  The issue of whether to allow Seth Brenzel to volunteer for the 15-person parent advisory council was debated for almost two hours on Tuesday night during a board meeting.  The parent advisory council, who had unanimously supported Brenzel to join their all-female committee, had submitted his name to be approved by the school board.  His candidacy, however, faced opposition from some board members and members of the public who argued that there wasn't enough diversity on the council - even though...
    Irvine City Council on Tuesday edged toward temporarily raising grocery workers’ salaries by $4 per hour, following in the footsteps of progressive California cities that champion so-called hero pay. The ordinance, introduced by newly elected Mayor Farrah Kahn, would apply to large supermarkets and drug stores. Council members Tuesday agreed to modify the stores that would be affected. Now, qualifying stores must have at least 20 employees and their parent company must employ at least 500 workers nationally, according to Kristina Perrigoue, a spokeswoman for the council. Stores of less than 15,000 square feet are exempt. The ordinance would hike pay for a minimum of 120 days and would bar companies from reducing the base wage rate, overtime and holiday pension contributions to pay for the temporary raise. The hazard pay would raise the wages of at least 1,600 workers in Irvine, according to Derek Smith, political...
    The town council president in Palm Beach, Fla., said during their meeting Tuesday that she agreed former President Donald Trump should be allowed to continue living at Mar-a-Lago in an owner's suite, though it remains unclear whether the town council has reached a final conclusion on the matter or if the issue will be deliberated further. The Palm Beach Town Council spent close to seven hours Tuesday considering issues important to the wealthy island community in South Florida: the availability of the coronavirus vaccine, revitalizing the downtown’s upscale shopping district, and even the durability of the Belgian tile being used on a new walking path and the danger posed by coconuts falling when palm trees get too tall. But the last item on the agenda – discussing Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residency -- took up no more than a half-hour of the council’s time at the meeting's end, the Associated Press reported. ...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/CNN) – The decision as to whether former President Donald Trump will be able to reside at his private club Mar-a-Lago in the Town of Palm Beach is no decision at this point. During a town council meeting on Tuesday, attorneys defended Trump’s right to live at the club he owns and manages. RELATED: Miami Weather: Mostly Sun & Warm Afternoon The issue for the town was Trump’s promise, long ago, not to call Mar-a-Lago home. Trump bought the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1985 and turned it into a members-only club in 1993. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a Christmas Eve dinner with his family at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) To transform the private residence into a revenue-generating business, he had...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/CNN) – The decision as to whether former President Donald Trump will be able to reside at his private club Mar-a-Lago in the Town of Palm Beach is no decision at this point. During a town council meeting on Tuesday, attorneys defended Trump’s right to live at the club he owns and manages. RELATED: Miami Weather: Mostly Sun & Warm Afternoon The issue for the town was Trump’s promise, long ago, not to call Mar-a-Lago home. Trump bought the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1985 and turned it into a members-only club in 1993. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a Christmas Eve dinner with his family at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) To transform the private residence into a revenue-generating business, he had...
    (CNN) — On Capitol Hill, Trump’s attorneys were fighting Tuesday for his legacy; in Palm Beach, Florida, the fight was to allow him to live full time at Mar-a-Lago, the club he owns. The issue for the affluent town was Trump’s promise, long ago, not to call Mar-a-Lago home. Trump bought the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1985 and turned it into a members-only club in 1993. To transform the private residence into a revenue-generating business, he had to agree to certain limitations. The deal stipulated that members could not live at the club for more than 21 days a year. Now, neighbors of the former president have complained to the town that Trump has breached the agreement. Town attorney John “Skip” Randolph advised the council that the issue is whether Trump is an employee of the club. Town zoning allows for a “bona fide employee of the club”...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy for Syria on Tuesday urged the rival international players in Syria to bridge the divides that have blocked any moves toward peace, but the chasm remained too deep for the Security Council to take any action. Geir Pedersen reiterated his disappointment to the U.N.’s most powerful body that after five rounds of preliminary discussions aimed at revising the war-torn country’s constitution — a key step toward U.N.-supervised elections — ended without progress Jan. 29. But the Security Council could not agree on a press statement that would have expressed regret “that 17 months after the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee, the drafting of a constitutional reform … had not begun.” A revised statement dropped the expression of regret and made no mention of the Constitutional Committee, which diplomats said was at the request of Russia, a key ally of...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy for Syria on Tuesday urged the rival international players in Syria to bridge the divides that have blocked any moves toward peace, but the chasm remained too deep for the Security Council to take any action. Geir Pedersen reiterated his disappointment to the U.N.’s most powerful body that after five rounds of preliminary discussions aimed at revising the war-torn country's constitution -- a key step toward U.N.-supervised elections -- ended without progress Jan. 29. But the Security Council could not agree on a press statement that would have expressed regret “that 17 months after the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee, the drafting of a constitutional reform ... had not begun.” A revised statement dropped the expression of regret and made no mention of the Constitutional Committee, which diplomats said was at the request...
    PALO ALTO — A former councilwoman has been penalized for violating political campaign rules and other sitting council members are facing similar complaints as an ongoing political battle continues between the slow-growth faction of the community and housing advocates eager to build more homes. A four-year investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission of Councilwoman Liz Kniss — who ran a successful campaign for council in the Nov. 8, 2016 election — found that Kniss failed to maintain one campaign bank account, a violation of government campaign financing rules. Kniss had been on the council between 1989 and 2000 and was chosen to serve as mayor of Palo Alto three times. She was last mayor in 2018, and she termed out of her position in 2020. From Aug. 2016 through Nov. 2016, Kniss used personal funds to pay for campaign expenses without first depositing the respective funds in the...
    Town officials in Palm Beach, Fla., heard oral arguments Tuesday morning on whether or not former President Donald Trump should be permitted to continue living at his Mar-a-Lago luxury club and golf resort. The meeting, held virtually over Zoom beginning at 9:30 a.m., came hours before the second impeachment trial for Trump was to begin Tuesday in Washington, D.C., where Democratic House impeachment managers will frame Trump as fundamentally responsible for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  TRUMP RESIDENCY AT MAR-A-LAGO BACKED BY PALM BEACH TOWN ATTORNEY  In Palm Beach, council members heard town attorney John C. Randolph give a presentation on the 1993 Declaration of Use agreement between the town of Palm Beach and the Mar-a-Lago club, according to the meeting agenda published on the town website. Randolph already appeared to have backed Trump’s residency last week, laying out his opinion in a written memorandum submitted...
    After the military coup in Burma, the United Kingdom and the EU called on Monday, February 8, for the establishment of an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss the Burmese situation. An emergency meeting request Not only the United Kingdom and the European Union, but also 19 other members of the Human Rights Council of theUN, demanded an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Burma following a Rebellion military. Massive mobilizations against the seizure of power by the army have taken place in major Burmese towns in recent times. “The human rights situation is deteriorating rapidly there” On the occasion of a meeting of the council by videoconference, Julian Braithwaite, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in Geneva, explained that the request for a emergency meeting constitutes “a response to the state of emergency imposed on Burma as well as the...
    This request was made “in response to the state of emergency imposed on Burma, the arbitrary detention of democratically elected politicians and members of civil society,” said the UK ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, Monday morning. “We must respond urgently to the ordeal the people of Burma are going through and the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation there,” he added during a Council meeting by videoconference. . The meeting will be held Friday from 9:00 a.m. GMT (10:00 a.m.BB), according to a council statement released Monday evening. Tens of thousands of Burmese have taken to the streets since the coup at the beginning of last week to protest the military’s return to power, despite numerous arrests and internet censorship. The Ambassador said the group proposing an emergency meeting would inform other Council members about the drafting of a resolution. A request for an emergency meeting...
    Unbelievable footage shows yet another parish council zoom meeting in Cheshire descending into chaos as a councillor mutters, 'Wipe that smirk off your f***ing face, you f***ing piece of s**t' - not realising he is unmuted. The heated clip, involving members of Penketh Parish Council, has emerged just days after a chaotic Zoom meeting in Handforth (40 miles away) in December, which included the now-famous outburst, 'You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver!'  In the latest video, from last October, the-then Penketh Parish Council chairman David Simm, from Warrington, delivers a profanity-filled rant about a rival under his breath. After asking members if they were in agreement over starting a tendering process, Mr Simm - unaware that his mic is on - can be heard saying: 'Wipe that f***ing smirk of your face, you f***ing piece of s**t.' Stunned into shock, the 11 other callers in the meeting begin to laugh, with...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)  — A medical center expected to shut down next month is being urged by the Los Angeles City Council to reconsider closing as I.C.U. capacity continues to be low in the county. Two L.A. City Council members Wednesday urged the operators of Olympia Medical Center to delay its planned closure on March 31 by at least six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution, which was introduced by Councilwoman Nithya Raman and Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, urges Alecto Healthcare, which is selling the hospital to U.C.L.A. Health, to work with U.C.L.A. to ensure medical care at the hospital, located at 5900 W. Olympic Blvd in the Mid-Wilshire area, remains available during the pandemic. “There are only a few dozen I.C.U. beds currently available in Los Angeles County, and hospitals near Olympia Medical Center to which patients are being referred are already severely understaffed,” the resolution stated. Alecto Healthcare...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two Pittsburgh City Council members introduced legislation to declare a “state of educational emergency” within the city. Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle say they want to assess, address and evaluate the state of education within Pittsburgh’s schools. They say the combination of the pandemic and institutional racism have fueled an education gap within the city’s schools and among African American students.
    Three Minneapolis City Council members introduced a proposal Thursday that would nix the city's police department and replace it with a new Department of Public Safety, while still keeping officers in the city.  The plan -- proposed by Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder -- said the new setup would also include "additional divisions ... to provide for a comprehensive approach to public safety beyond law enforcement." The council has been pushing for sweeping reforms to the police department after protests rocked Minneapolis for months following the death of George Floyd in late May. Floyd died in police custody after an officer could be seen on video kneeling on his neck for more than 8 minutes while other members of law enforcement stood by without intervening.  MINNEAPOLIS LAWMAKERS DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM 'DEFUND THE POLICE' MOVEMENT AFTER $8M BUDGET CUTS In December, two council members -- Fletcher and Cunningham -- denied their involvement...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Three Baltimore City Council members and the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition are asking the state to investigate Comcast for what they call “predatory price gouging.” They say they’re concerned about the company’s new fees for internet data usage. In a letter written to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday, some Baltimore City council members and the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition are claiming that new internet data cap fees created by Comcast are a predatory form of price gouging for Maryland consumers. “To add this arbitrary capricious fee in the middle of a pandemic is unacceptable,” Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen said. Cohen, along with Baltimore City council members Ryan Dorsey and Kris Burnett, say they learned that the company will charge $10 for every 50 gigabytes of data after internet customers go over a 1.2 terabyte limit, and can charge up to $100 dollars a month for...
    A Minneapolis city proposal announced this week would scrap the police department and replace it with "a comprehensive public safety approach," although it would retain many of the officers. Three City Council members are calling for the end of their law enforcement division to create a Department of Public Safety, which is being dubbed an initiative "beyond law enforcement." The plan, a charter amendment that would require approval from voters, would do away with a minimum requirement of officers based on population size and leave the number of uniformed policemen up to local leaders. "Minneapolis residents are imagining a comprehensive public safety approach that is more effective and more reflective of our values, and they are calling on the city to act," council member Steve Fletcher said of the plan that he spearheaded in concert with members Jeremy Schroeder and Phillipe Cunningham. "This charter amendment creates a structure...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea have announced a new NYPD reform aimed at improving the relationship between community residents and police officers. “I’m announcing today a change in how we select the most important frontline leaders of the NYPD,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. De Blasio says effective immediately, the Precinct Community Council, a group of citizens dedicated to improving policing, will help choose the top cops in their neighborhoods. “The precinct commander sets the tone. The precinct commander gives the men and women who patrol that neighborhood a sense of direction and the values they should bring to the work,” the mayor said. RELATED STORY — NYPD Adopts New Guidelines For Disciplining Officer Misconduct; Mayor De Blasio Says It’s A ‘Game Changer’ As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports, when the next precinct commander position opens, the precinct council will receive three...
    WALNUT CREEK — Police don’t have the tools or training to de-escalate crisis situations involving people struggling with mental health, according to the consensus view of residents, city employees and law enforcement officers surveyed in a new report. Through anonymous “listening sessions,” the report finds that trust between law enforcement and the community was eroded by the 2019 police killing of Miles Hall, a Black man who had suffered a mental break. The listening sessions were led by Jason Seals, chairman of ethnic studies at Merritt Community College in Oakland, who also runs an independent consulting firm that creates “healing spaces” for community members, with a focus on those of African ancestry. As part of a “collective healing” process, the report recommends that the city hire more mental health clinicians and train police officers to respond more peacefully to situations involving mental health crises. In addition, it urges Walnut Creek...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The Montgomery County Council this week appointed 11 county residents to serve on a redistricting commission responsible for drawing new county council district boundaries this year, following the release of the 2020 Census count. The appointed members of the Commission on Redistricting include four Democrats, four Independents, two Republicans and one member of the Libertarian Party, according to a Council news release. “The biggest goal of all my colleagues is to create new fair and equitable districts that reflect the great diversity and complexity of Montgomery County,” Council President Tom Hucker (D) said Wednesday in an interview. The commission includes a former councilmember, Valerie Ervin, and a former mayor of Gaithersburg, Bruce Goldensohn, along with a few other familiar names in Montgomery County politics. The selected commission members are: —...
    Montgomery County Council members were pleased that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and County Executive Marc Elrich had a “productive” discussion about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. But they’re still getting questions from residents desperate to get themselves and loved ones vaccinated. Council member Gabe Albornoz said Tuesday that he and fellow council members have been bombarded with “emails, questions, phone calls from people who are frustrated, angry, scared.” When the state announced that Maryland residents in Phase 1c could receive vaccinations, it created confusion — and frustration — among residents who found that the county didn’t follow suit and was still restricting vaccinations to those in Phase 1b. Worsening the situation: reports of vaccine shortages nationwide. As of Tuesday morning, Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said the health department had administered 43,790 vaccinations for people getting their first dose. Just 4,899 people had received their second dose. The county’s ability to...
    OAKLAND — It’s not going to solve the city’s $62 million budget shortfall, but a $10 million payment Oakland is to receive from the Golden State Warriors for Oracle Arena renovations should at least put a dent in it. The California Supreme Court in December cleared the way for that payment when it rejected the Warriors’ appeal of a lower court’s ruling that the team owes Oakland and Alameda County millions in debt for the work. Oakland and Alameda County each are slated to get $10 million back. The City Council’s Finance Committee recommended Monday that the full council approve a resolution Feb. 2 to accept the money, which has been sitting in a reserve fund pending the court ruling. The Coliseum Authority next would have to vote to release the funds to Oakland and Alameda County. How that money is allocated has yet to be decided, council members said...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Five members of Pittsburgh City Council introduced legislation to ban Pittsburgh police from using no-knock warrants. Laws banning no-knock warrants are often called the Breonna Taylor Law. The 26-year-old paramedic was shot and killed by plainclothes police issuing a search warrant on March 13, 2020. Protesters marched across the country, including in Pittsburgh, calling for justice. In a release over the summer, Mayor Bill Peduto said Pittsburgh police do not currently engage in no-knock warrants or plan to use the practice in the future. “This is a continuation of the Black Pittsburgh Matters agenda about reimagining policing. No-knock warrants are a risk both to police officers and private citizens. This kind of legalized home invasion can quickly become deadly for the occupants of a home and the police officers forcing entry. We must ensure that no-knock warrants are banned in the City of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A number of Minneapolis City Council members are working to put the question of whether Minneapolis should institute rent control on the 2021 ballot. Council President Lisa Bender, along with council members Cam Gordon and Jeremiah Ellison, plan to give notice of their intent at the council meeting Friday. They argue that more than half the population in the city rent their homes. “Almost none have protection from eviction or abrupt, large rent increases. I have seen too many families lose their homes to eviction or displacement, we need to use every tool we have under state law to prevent eviction and stop unlimited price gouging by landlords,” Bender said. The City Council would need to act by the end of February in order to allow the Minneapolis Charter Commission 150 days to consider the amendment and whether to place it on the 2021 ballot. The same...
    The city is objecting to a council proposal to give citizens cash for reporting illegal parking and placard abuse — claiming it could lead to street fights between neighbors and that the generous payouts could create a cottage industry. “We are concerned that this could lead to many verbal and physical confrontations, pitting neighbor against neighbor,” Acting Transportation Commissioner Margaret Forgione said during testimony to city council members on Tuesday. “We worry that with this program members of the public are going to see another member of the public taking a picture of their license plate, or what have you, and that could result in split-second confrontations.” Forgione also argued that the program would be challenging to implement and have an “uneven impact” depending on neighborhood. “If the violation is $175, and the citizen gets 25 percent, that’s sort of substantial,” she said. “We think that a whole...
    More On: parking placard Placard-policing follies expose the real ‘Two New Yorks’ injustice Mayor De Blasio’s war on NYC parking placard abuse has stalled NYC correction officers charged with using forged disability placards NYPD union mocks proposal to pay New Yorkers for ratting out parking violators The city is objecting to a council proposal to give citizens cash for reporting illegal parking and placard abuse — claiming it could lead to street fights between neighbors and that the generous payouts could create a cottage industry. “We are concerned that this could lead to many verbal and physical confrontations, pitting neighbor against neighbor,” Acting Transportation Commissioner Margaret Forgione said during testimony to city council members on Tuesday. “We worry that with this program members of the public are going to see another member of the public taking a picture of their license plate, or what have you, and that could...
    Mr. Guterres told the presidency of the General Assembly and the Security Council that he was “available for a second term as secretary general of the United Nations if that is the will of their member states,” the spokesperson said. speech during his daily press briefing. According to diplomats, Antonio Guterres told the five permanent members of the Security Council on Friday that he wanted to come back for a second term. This position was expressed to China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Russia, during a lunch organized within its mission by the Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun. Appreciated by the five permanent members of the Security Council, the expression of his wish to remain at the head of the UN did not arouse any particular opposition at this stage, according to diplomats. It is traditional for a UN Secretary General to serve...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) – A microgrant program to help Martinez small businesses and offering support for a Contra Costa County-wide cap on what food delivery services like DoorDash and GrubHub are among the measures Martinez leaders hope to approve this month. On Wednesday, the City Council discussed possible updates and expansion of existing measures to help small businesses ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among those steps was creating a microgrant program, using $350,000 to $400,000 from the city’s “economic uncertainty” reserves. Council members noted $350,000 would allow 70 local businesses — small “mom and pops” with 25 or fewer employees, according to one suggestion — to each get $5,000 to help them survive. Mayor Rob Schroder said such grants would help not only the individual business owners, but the greater city as well. “We worked hard for years on revitalization (of the downtown area) and we don’t want to...
    Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz spent his first city council strategic planning workshop parked outside in his car for six hours after being told he couldn’t attend unless he followed health guidelines. “I go in for the meeting and (Mayor) Kim Carr says you can’t go in without a mask,” the new council member said in a video he posted to social media during the Tuesday, Nov. 5 meeting. “Now I gotta do it through Zoom. Great way to start the new year off! Embarrassing.” The annual brainstorming session took place at the Huntington Beach Central Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Although he briefly argued with Carr before leaving, other council members said, Ortiz participated remotely without fanfare. “We would have put the meeting on hold to give him time to get home, but he stayed there,” Councilman Dan Kalmick said. “He chimed in and asked...
    HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has a new slate of leaders after the mayor and five first-term City Council members took the oath of office. Former television executive Rick Blangiardi was sworn in as mayor at City Hall on Saturday. The 74-year-old became Honolulu’s eighth mayor since Hawaii gained U.S. statehood in 1959. Blangiardi replaces Kirk Caldwell, who was in office for eight years. Blangiardi's 22 appointed cabinet members also were sworn in by retired Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Steven Levinson. “We all know we have very big jobs and very big responsibilities,” Blangiardi said. “I have found in my life if you can collect enough passionate people with skill sets who have proven that, great things happen, and clearly we need to anticipate making great things happen together." Blangiardi declined to offer specifics on plans to address issues facing his administration, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and...
    BRENTWOOD — The Brentwood City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to fill a vacant council seat with the runner-up in the city’s mayoral election in November. Former Councilwoman Karen Rarey will fill a seat left open by Mayor-Elect Joel Bryant, who edged Rarey by less than two percentage points in last month’s race. Rarey will likely be sworn in at the council’s next meeting in January. The council’s 4-0 vote followed hundreds of comments by residents at a pair of meetings this month supporting Rarey’s appointment. Rarey served one term on the council before running for mayor this year in a campaign that promised economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support for local police. Karen Rarey, a former Brentwood City Council member, was named to the council to fill a vacancy. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)    “I am overwhelmed by the support of the residents who sent in...
    The shooting death of a 7-year-old girl has prompted an alliance between police, politicians and businesses who are ramping up calls to establish a private security force to supplement the Atlanta Police Department.  The $1.62 million plan will address crime in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.  City Council members Howard Shook, J.P. Matzigkeit and Matt Westmoreland plan to allocate $125,000 of their municipal funds to the Buckhead Security Plan, a proposal for a private police force in the business district.  The Atlanta Police Foundation, the Atlanta Police Department and even members of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration, along with other community groups, backed the plan.  Kennedie Maxie, 7, was struck by a stray bullet that passed through a car she was a passenger in on Dec. 21 after she had just finished Christmas shopping with her mother and aunt. Maxie was in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries on...
    The shooting death of a 7-year-old Atlanta girl has emboldened a group of community leaders to call for a private security force to supplement the Atlanta Police Department. NBC News reports that 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet just days before Christmas. She remained in critical condition before dying of her injuries on Saturday. NBC notes that Maxie's death was one of a record amount of homicides the Atlanta Police Department has investigated this year. A suspect has not yet been identified. Atlanta Police Officer Steve Avery said in a statement, “As of the end of the week 52 reporting period we are at 154 homicides compared with 99 for the same period of 2019 … That is an increase of 61%." Maxie's death on Dec. 21 has galvanized a group of Atlanta city council members to announce on Monday they were allocating...
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A campaign to recall Lincoln's mayor and four city council members has failed after petition circulators failed to gather enough signatures to trigger a recall election, organizers said Wednesday. The group LNK Recall said it came up thousands of signatures short in their quest to recall Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and hundreds short in the effort to recall the council members. The recall campaign was launched in October in response to new pandemic restrictions in Lincoln, including a city-wide mask mandate. Organizers targeted Gaylor Baird as well as council members James Michael Bowers, Richard Meginnis, Jane Raybould and Tammy Ward. All but Meginnis are registered Democrats, and the effort won support from local Republican activists. Justin Carlson, a spokesman for the recall opposition group Decline to Sign, said the announcement shows that “most of Lincoln agrees that now is not the time to implode our city...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona civil rights leader Calvin C. Goode, who spent more than two decades on the Phoenix City Council fighting to improve the low-income Black neighborhoods he represented, died Wednesday, his family said. Goode died at age 93 of an illness unrelated to COVID-19, the family said in a statement. During his tenure, Goode often disagreed with other council members, voting in the 1980s against freeway expansion projects he argued would destroy neighborhoods. Originally from Oklahoma, Goode attended a high school for Black students and went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from Arizona State University. He worked 30 years for the Phoenix Union High School District and ran his own tax accounting business. In 1971, he became the second African American elected to the council, representing much of southeast Phoenix and Ahwatukee Foothills. Goode lost a mayoral bid in 1990 and retired from the council in...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vetoed a plan backed by black and Latino members of the City Council to redistribute money cut from the police Tuesday because he said it was too focused on everyday needs and not on the “call of history.” The plan, which was originally passed 13-2, included funding to trim trees, improve parks, and repair sidewalks in poor neighborhoods. The mayor told the Los Angeles Times that the proposal was too focused on “business as usual.” In June, as the city was under curfew and the National Guard was on the streets, Garcetti acceded to a demand by Black Lives Matter activists to defund the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) by $150 million, more than 10% of the budget. The funding was to be redistributed to “communities of color.” The move led to a collapse in morale within the police department, and coincided with a surge in homicides...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Some members of the Chicago City Council called Friday for a special meeting to order officials to settle any legal action with a woman who wasn't allowed to put on clothes before being handcuffed during a botched raid at her home. It was the latest development in the case of Anjanette Young, a social worker who is seen on police video repeatedly pleading with officers in 2019 that they were in the wrong place. The video was released Thursday by Chicago officials after they tried this week to block WBBM-TV from airing it. The TV station had obtained it separately. Aldermen Raymond Lopez, Stephanie Coleman and Jeanette Taylor sought to have a council meeting next Tuesday to consider ordering city attorneys to “negotiate, draft and do all things necessary” to settle any legal action by Young. Young's lawsuit was withdrawn in federal court in March as part...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Some members of the Chicago City Council called Friday for a special meeting to order officials to settle any legal action with a woman who wasn’t allowed to put on clothes before being handcuffed during a botched raid at her home. It was the latest development in the case of Anjanette Young, a social worker who is seen on police video repeatedly pleading with officers in 2019 that they were in the wrong place. The video was released Thursday by Chicago officials after they tried this week to block WBBM-TV from airing it. The TV station had obtained it separately. Aldermen Raymond Lopez, Stephanie Coleman and Jeanette Taylor sought to have a council meeting next Tuesday to consider ordering city attorneys to “negotiate, draft and do all things necessary” to settle any legal action by Young. Young’s lawsuit was withdrawn in federal court in March as...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City council members are asking people to take part in the #ShopLocalChallenge. Their message is simple. “In this unprecedented moment of challenge, let’s show up for our local businesses,” Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen said. “From Hampden to Coldstream – Homestead – Montebello, it is clear that we need to support our businesses to have thriving communities,” Baltimore City Councilwoman Odette Ramos said. Martiza Fisher, Owner of New York Dominican Salon and Laser Jewelry, said business is down 50 percent. “We’re here waiting for the customers, sometimes they come, sometimes they don’t,” Fisher said. If you’d like to take part in this campaign, take a picture buying from your favorite local business and spread some virtual love to those who need it during this challenging time. Fisher said, by staying local, you’re also getting a more specialized shopping experience. “We have conversations with the customers, like why...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas real estate developer is facing federal bribery charges for his involvement with members of the Dallas City Council. Sherman Roberts is the president of City Wide Community Development Corporation, a company that has worked on real estate projects for years, including one CBS 11 profiled in 2012. Sherman Roberts (CBS 11) Roberts, 66, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery involving a local government. The Dallas City Council members involved are not named in the indictment. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is determined to restore Dallas’ trust in its city government by systematically dismantling the ecosystems that allowed this sort of corruption. We continue to attack the problem from every angle, targeting bribe payors, recipients, and facilitators,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “Cities flourish when leaders have only constituents’ best interests at heart. We will not stop until that goal is achieved.” “Bribing...
    Community members in California are upset after their local city council called the “thin blue line” flag a racist symbol. Upset at the city council’s declaration, these community members decided to protest by waving the pro-law enforcement flag in downtown Livermore, California, KTVU reported. Last week, a Livermore city council committee deemed the “thin blue line” flag, along with the Confederate flag, racist symbols. The committee — comprised of community members and council members — was conducting an “inventory of racist symbols.” The city council committee’s reasoning for taking inventory of these symbols had to do with making sure only inclusive symbols were displayed at city-owned properties. Officials involved in the discussions hoped to make things transparent by posting the discussion notes of the committee online, the Pleasanton Weekly reported. However, their plan backfired on them, ruffling the feathers of many residents. The Alameda County Sheriff was one of those people who begged...
    Members of the Minneapolis City Council claimed this week that the group never said it would defund the police department. “‘Defund’ is not the framework the council has ever chosen,” Councilman Steve Fletcher told KSTP during a recent interview. “If we’re going to look at how we fund different programs, it would be very hard to do that without taking that money from the Minneapolis Police Department,” he continued. However, following George Floyd’s death, Fletcher and Councilman Phillipe Cunningham joined their colleagues on a stage in Powderhorn Park and “pledged to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, while standing behind a banner that read ‘Defund Police,'” the KSTP article said. In June, the council voted unanimously to abolish the police department, and on December 10, it cut $8 million from the department’s budget. By November, the city was reportedly experiencing the most homicides since the mid-1990s. “The number of homicides thus far in...
    LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Longmont City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday night, urging Weld County to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Weld County moved into Level Red Severe Risk on the state’s COVID-19 dial last month. Longmont Safety and Justice Center (credit: CBS) Weld County Commissioners said they will not enforce the restrictions that come with Level Red, which include limited capacity at businesses and gyms, as well as indoor dining restrictions with restaurants. “This isn’t a free for all, but make the best decisions for yourself, for your family, for your loved ones, for your friends, for your business,” Weld County Commissioner At-Large Kevin Ross told CBS4 in November. “We just don’t feel that we should play the heavy hand in government to enforce something that we feel just isn’t enforceable.” Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley first proposed and then backed away from an ordinance that would make it unlawful for...
    City council members in Minneapolis appear to be backpedaling after slashing some $8 million from the city's police budget, claiming that 'Defund the Police' was never their 'framework.' In June, Minneapolis city council members Steve Fletcher and Phillipe Cunningham appeared with seven colleagues on a stage bearing a huge sign reading 'Defund Police' during a protest in Powderhorn Park. Now, the duo seem to be mincing words, with Fletcher telling KSTP-TV on Tuesday: ''Defund' is not the framework the council has ever chosen,' as Cunningham audibly agreed.  'If we're going to look at how we fund different programs, it would be very hard to do that without taking that money from the Minneapolis Police Department,' he continued. Minneapolis city council members Steve Fletcher (left) and Phillipe Cunningham (right) said in an interview on Tuesday that ''Defund' is not the framework the council has ever chosen' In June, they could be...
    LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Longmont City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday night, urging Weld County to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Weld County moved into Level Red Severe Risk on the state’s COVID-19 dial last month. Longmont Safety and Justice Center (credit: CBS) Weld County Commissioners said they will not enforce the restrictions that come with Level Red, which include limited capacity at businesses and gyms, as well as indoor dining restrictions with restaurants. “This isn’t a free for all, but make the best decisions for yourself, for your family, for your loved ones, for your friends, for your business,” Weld County Commissioner At-Large Kevin Ross told CBS4 in November. “We just don’t feel that we should play the heavy hand in government to enforce something that we feel just isn’t enforceable.” Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley first proposed and then backed away from an ordinance that would make it unlawful for...
    The union that represents rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers is targeting several City Council members through a billboard campaign amid talks of budget cuts that could lead to a reduction in services and cops. The Los Angeles Police Protective League is asking around 9,800 members to vote in favor of forgoing $22 each pay period over two years to fund the union's political activities, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Most of the money would be spent on local and statewide races in 2022 in which Los Angeles will elect a new mayor and several council members will seek re-election.  Other funds will go toward erecting billboards in the districts of at least five council members who have frequently criticized the Los Angeles Police Department -- Mike Bonin, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren Price, Monica Rodriguez and Council President Nury Martinez.  TEEN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF CALIFORNIA WOMAN FATALLY STABBED WHILE HIKING  The advertisements will...
    Los Angeles’ newest City Council members, Nithya Raman and Mark Ridley-Thomas, put forward proposals aimed at addressing homelessness at their first council meeting Tuesday, signaling the crisis will be a priority for both politicians. Raman, who represents a district stretching from Silver Lake to Sherman Oaks, introduced a motion that asks Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the city to report back on homeless outreach efforts, specifically “proactive outreach.” “Proactive outreach has been shown to expedite the path to housing and services, expand data collection, maintain sanitation, and improve relationships between unhoused people and their housed neighbors or local businesses,” Raman’s motion says. “Most importantly, regular contact from caseworkers without the presence of armed law enforcement helps build meaningful relationships of trust, which are essential to the work of helping someone from a tent into a home for good.” California Kelly Gonez, 32, first in her family...
    Faced with the threat of layoffs and calls from activists to defund law enforcement, the Los Angeles Police Department’s largest union is looking to raise at least $10 million to fight the cutbacks and support its favored candidates in 2022. The Police Protective League, which represents about 9,800 officers, mailed its members ballots last week asking them to donate $22 per paycheck for the next 48 weeks to help the union support its allies, attack those it views as enemies and inform the public of the dangers associated with eliminating hundreds of positions at the LAPD. If approved, a portion of the “Protecting Our Profession” assessment would be used in part for the 2022 election, when candidates will be running for Los Angeles mayor, city attorney and as many as eight City Council seats. The funds could also go toward supporting candidates in Sacramento and fighting state and federal legislation,...
    This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here. Teachers at P.S. 63 anticipated their Bronx school would shut down this week when they learned from a company conducting on-site COVID-19 tests that three students were positive for the virus. Two cases are supposed to trigger a building shutdown for at least 24-hours to investigate any possible links. But the building stayed open, and while some classrooms were closed, families didn’t hear about it until well into the night, a staff member at P.S. 63 told Chalkbeat.
    SAN ANTONIO – Two city council members who represent San Antonio’s South Side want officials to focus on the most vulnerable communities of the city when distributing COVID-19 vaccinations. The first doses of the vaccine will be reserved for front-line health care workers. But as more doses become available, District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran and District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia said the city needs to keep in mind underinsured residents on the South Side, who have been harder hit by COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions. Your questions answered: COVID-19 vaccine in Texas “As future distribution phases begin to take shape, we need to ensure we utilize an equitable approach as more rounds of COVID-19 vaccines are made available, by including our smaller hospitals and clinics located in our hard-hit communities and serve our constituents in low-income areas like the Southside,” Rocha Garcia said. The city’s COVID-19 dashboard shows...
    A small-town Minnesota city council voted anonymously to allow a pagan, whites-only Nordic heritage group to take over an abandoned Lutheran church, numerous sources reported. Council members in Murdock, Minnesota, voted in favor of approving a conditional use permit that would allow the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA) to use the church as its third “hof,” or house of worship, in the country, West Central Tribune reported.  Voting anonymously, the Murdock, Minn., City Council granted a permit allowing a white supremacist church to use an abandoned Lutheran church as its third gathering spot in the United States. https://t.co/CTAqNaZtJf — Star Tribune (@StarTribune) December 10, 2020 The vote came after city attorney Don Wilcox advised the council that the city could face legal challenges if they voted against the group based on religious belief, and that zoning can’t be used to place a burden on the First Amendment right to religious...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 300 Minneapolis residents signed up to speak Wednesday night on a plan to shrink the city’s police department, with some pleading for City Council members to deliver the reforms they promised after George Floyd’s death and others warning it would be irresponsible to cut officers amid soaring crime rates. The council was expected to vote on the plan late Wednesday after several hours of public comment, and 11 of its 13 members have already cast committee votes in favor of key components of it. Supporters call the plan “Safety for All,” the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality and a nationwide reckoning with racism. The plan would cut nearly $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s $179 million policing budget and redirect it to mental health...
    More than 300 Minneapolis residents signed up to speak Wednesday night on a plan to shrink the citys police department, with some pleading for City Council members to deliver the reforms they promised after George Floyds death and others warning it would be irresponsible to cut officers amid soaring crime rates. The council was expected to vote on the plan late Wednesday after several hours of public comment, and 11 of its 13 members have already cast committee votes in favor of key components of it. Supporters call the plan “Safety for All,” the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality and a nationwide reckoning with racism. The plan would cut nearly $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s $179 million policing budget and redirect it to mental health teams, violence prevention...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles City Council members are echoing residents’ concerns in calling to close down the decades-old Whiteman Airport due to environmental and safety concerns. A resolution calling for a closure of the airport, which is located in a residential area of Pacoima, was unanimously supported on Wednesday by council members. Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said the 182-acre aviation airport impacts residents’ safety and contributes to major pollution in the surrounding area. RELATED: Pacoima Neighbors Call For Whiteman Airport To Be Closed After Fatal Plane Crash “In addition to the obvious safety risk of an airport in a residential area, the many takeoffs and landings each day produce large amounts of toxic pollutants,” Rodriguez said. The council voted unanimously in support of legislation to close the airport, a report on the recent fatal airplane crash near the airport, an environmental analysis of how toxins impact the surrounding community,...
    Loading the player... Minneapolis City Council members who tried unsuccessfully to dismantle the police department in response to George Floyd’s death are voting Wednesday on whether to shrink it, a move that could imperil the entire city budget because the mayor is threatening to use his veto to protect public safety amid soaring crime rates. The plan, which supporters call “Safety for All,” is the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality and a nationwide reckoning with racism. Read More: Alleged member of right-wing group Boogaloo Bois charged with rioting during Minneapolis protest Eleven of the 13 council members have already cast committee votes in favor of the largest parts of the plan, signaling that passage is likely. It would cut nearly $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s $179 million policing budget...
    A former UFC fighter with no political experience is next in line as mayor of Huntington Beach. Tito Ortiz was named mayor pro tem on Monday. As such, he will fill in when the mayor is absent. The post is also the conventional stepping stone to the mayorship, which rotates every year. Ortiz’s immediate advancement to the on-deck circle was the result of a confluence of circumstances as three new City Council members were sworn in. Mayor Lyn Semeta had declined to run for another term, and Kim Carr — mayor pro tem since October — stepped up to the top post. All three sitting council members were barred from moving into the pro tem post because each has been a mayor in the past four years. The rules say that in such a case, the position goes to new memmber who got the most votes in the recent election...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis City Council members who tried unsuccessfully to dismantle the police department in response to George Floyd's death are voting Wednesday on whether to shrink it, a move that could imperil the entire city budget because the mayor is threatening to use his veto to protect public safety amid soaring crime rates. The plan, which supporters call “Safety for All,” is the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality and a nationwide reckoning with racism. Eleven of the 13 council members have already cast committee votes in favor of the largest parts of the plan, signaling that passage is likely. It would cut nearly $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s $179 million policing budget and redirect it to mental health teams, violence prevention...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis City Council members who tried unsuccessfully to dismantle the police department in response to George Floyd’s death are voting Wednesday on whether to shrink it, a move that could imperil the entire city budget because the mayor is threatening to use his veto to protect public safety amid soaring crime rates. The plan, which supporters call “Safety for All,” is the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality and a nationwide reckoning with racism. Eleven of the 13 council members have already cast committee votes in favor of the largest parts of the plan, signaling that passage is likely. It would cut nearly $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s $179 million policing budget and redirect it to mental health teams, violence prevention programs and other initiatives. “I...
    MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis City Council members who tried unsuccessfully to dismantle the police department in response to George Floyd's death are voting Wednesday on whether to shrink it, a move that could imperil the entire city budget because the mayor is threatening to use his veto to protect public safety amid soaring crime rates. The plan, which supporters call “Safety for All,” is the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality and a nationwide reckoning with racism. Eleven of the 13 council members have already cast committee votes in favor of the largest parts of the plan, signaling that passage is likely. It would cut nearly $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s $179 million policing budget and redirect it to mental health teams, violence prevention programs and other initiatives. “I am...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis City Council members who tried unsuccessfully to dismantle the police department in response to George Floyd’s death are voting Wednesday on whether to shrink it, a move that could imperil the entire city budget because the mayor is threatening to use his veto to protect public safety amid soaring crime rates. The plan, which supporters call “Safety for All,” is the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality and a nationwide reckoning with racism. Eleven of the 13 council members have already cast committee votes in favor of the largest parts of the plan, signaling that passage is likely. It would cut nearly $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s $179 million policing budget and redirect it to mental health teams, violence prevention programs and other initiatives. “I...
    The Los Angeles City Council made its first move Tuesday toward eliminating hundreds of jobs at the Police Department and other city agencies, while stopping short of a more sweeping plan that would have targeted nearly 1,900 workers. Facing a projected $675-million deficit, council members agreed to seek new employee furloughs, drain much of the city’s reserve and borrow $150 million to cover the cost of ongoing operations. But they scaled back the portion of the budget-balancing plan devoted to job cuts, identifying 843 positions — three-fourths of them at the LAPD — for possible elimination if other cost savings cannot be found. The package of budget-balancing measures, which passed on a 13-2 vote, decreased the number of positions targeted at the LAPD from 1,679 to 628 — 355 officers and 273 civilians. Councilmen Joe Buscaino and John Lee voted against the proposals, saying they do not want any LAPD...
              The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council on Wednesday backed legislation that revises state laws on electronic meetings and gives members of public bodies more freedom to participate virtually instead of in-person. The council recommended approval of the changes to the Virginia General Assembly, where the final decision will happen, by a 10-2 vote. Specifically, there were two changes within the proposal. The first change adds language for members of public bodies to attend meetings electronically if they have a family member whose medical condition requires that member to provide care and therefore preventing in-person attendance. The second change deals with the number of times a member can attend meetings virtually because of personal reasons, which has to be specified to the body. Under current Virginia Law, members can only cite personal reasons for participating electronically two times, but the revision allows for...
    The Portland City Council on Thursday approved the creation of a commission tasked with overhauling the city's form of government that some critics say hurts its diversity. Going into 2021, the Portland City Council will include two women and two people of color for the first time, but its members want to keep that historic change from becoming an anomaly. The 20-members of the Portland Charter Review Commission nominated by Mayor Ted Wheeler and the city council will brainstorm changes to the city’s founding document. Among the changes the citizen body is expected to consider is Portland's 107-year-old commission style of government. Portland is among the only major cities in America to operate under a commission form of government commonly referred to as the Galveston Plan. Introduced back in 1901 in Galveston, Texas, the system has voters elect commissioners in citywide elections rather than through...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Pass Collin’s Law to help stop hazing The Columbus Dispatch Dec. 1 Few parents ever want to see lawmakers pass a bill named for their child, because when that happens, it typically comes after there has been a tragic end to a short life. Once a mother and father have experienced the horrific death of a son or daughter, they surely want to think their child didn’t die in vain. It won’t ease their pain — not in the least — but knowing that something has changed to try to prevent another senseless death can provide a ray of hope. This is why the Ohio General Assembly must finish its work on House Bill 310 and send Collin’s Law: The Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act to Gov. Mike DeWine. It will close a chapter in the...
    Photo via AdobeAs of the Tampa City Council’s next meeting tomorrow, Dec. 3, community members will no longer have the option to submit a voicemail to be read live during council meetings. Police reform activists in Tampa who initially discovered this change at the beginning of the week took to social media on Monday to question City Council members about the issue. “[What’s] the reason why the voicemail option for city council public comment was taken away?” community activist Shiv Shukla asked on Monday, directly addressing City Council Chairman Guido Maniscalco and councilman Luis Viera, “not everyone can attend live/online at 9am on a Thursday…” The confusion about the removal of the voicemail option appears to be due to a miscommunication (or lack of communication) between community members and the City Council. As confirmed by City Councilman Luis Viera on Wednesday, this removal of the voicemail option for public comment...
    More On: animal care and control Squalid conditions at NYC dog pound are of ‘grave concern’: state senator Inside the ‘neglectful’ conditions at NYC’s embattled Animal Care Centers Animal shelters hit hard by coronavirus as adoptions halted New York man charged with trafficking wild cats from Africa Members of the City Council’s Committee on Health said evidence of neglect at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center that was revealed by The Post is deeply disturbing and demands an immediate investigation.  “The allegations set forth in the October 30 article and the corresponding report are reprehensible and unacceptable. Furthermore, any entity that does business with the city and taxpayer money should be held to higher standards,” Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel (D-Brooklyn) railed in a statement.  “When put to use, the city has an excellent system for rating vendors and reviewing contracts and we need to be more intentional with ensuring that we...
    Washington — President-elect Joe Biden is set to formally introduce Tuesday the officials who will lead his economic team, which is poised to take the helm of the federal government as the nation grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.  The president-elect's transition team announced the key members who will be tasked with shaping the new Biden administration's economic agenda Monday. If approved by the Senate, several of Mr. Biden's intended nominees would break barriers, including Janet Yellen, selected for Treasury secretary, Wally Adeyemo, tapped as deputy secretary of the Treasury, and Neera Tanden, picked to helm the Office of Management and Budget.  Yellen, the former chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, would be the first woman to lead the Treasury Department. Adeyemo would be the first Black deputy secretary of the Treasury, and Tanden would be the first woman of color and first South Asian American to lead...
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday afternoon are expected to introduce key members of their economic team at an event in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden and Harris on Monday announced several economic nominees who would make history if confirmed by the US Senate. Their economic team includes: Janet Yellen, who would be the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary; Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo, who would be the first Black deputy Treasury secretary; Cecilia Rouse, who would be the first woman of color to chair the Council of Economic Advisers; and Neera Tanden, who would be the first woman of color and first South Asian American to become director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also announced his plans to appoint Jared Bernstein, a longtime economic adviser to Biden, and Heather Boushey, one of Biden's chief economic policy advisers during the campaign, as members of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Six months after the death of George Floyd, city officials remain divided on their approach to police funding in Minneapolis. On Friday, three Minneapolis City Council members unveiled their “Safety for All Budget Plan,” which would cut $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed 2021 police budget. Penned by Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Council President Lisa Bender, the plan outlines methods for providing appropriate responses for calls, intervening in cycles of violence, and increasing resources for civilian-led police accountability. It also cuts the number of officers to 770 for 2021, with a plan to decrease the number to 750 in future years. Frey’s proposal, on the other hand, calls for 888 sworn officers for 2021, an already-reduced number due to a city-wide hiring freeze. However, his plan allows for more officers to be added in future years. “The mayor would have significant concerns if his council colleagues...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Six months after the death of George Floyd, city officials remain divided on their approach to police funding in Minneapolis. On Friday, three Minneapolis City Council members unveiled their “Safety for All Budget Plan,” which would cut $8 million from Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed 2021 police budget. Penned by Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher, and Council President Lisa Bender, the plan outlines methods for providing appropriate responses for calls, intervening in cycles of violence, and increasing resources for civilian-led police accountability. It also cuts the number of officers to 770 for 2021, with a plan to decrease the number to 750 in future years. Frey’s proposal, on the other hand, calls for 888 sworn officers for 2021, an already reduced number due to a city-wide hiring freeze. However, his plan allows for more officers to be added in future years. “The mayor would have significant concerns if his council...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A city council member in Delaware’s largest municipality has been publicly reprimanded for threatening to cut the city auditor’s pay if he didn’t conduct a forensic audit requested by the council. The Wilmington Ethics Commission issued the reprimand Tuesday against Vash Turner following a public hearing two weeks ago that he chose not to attend. Commission members voted unanimously after that hearing to reprimand Turner for violating the city code. The reprimand follows a complaint filed in November 2019 by city auditor Terence Williams after Turner threatened to reduce his salary to $1 if he did not conduct a forensic audit of the Wilmington Housing Partnership. The financially troubled nonprofit received taxpayer money and defaulted on a $3.4 million city-backed loan. The city council approved a resolution requesting a forensic audit of WHP, but Williams refused, saying it would be both costly and unnecessary. Under the...
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A petition drive in Lincoln seeks to recall the mayor and most of the city council, an effort spurred by the city leaders' actions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that LNK Recall organizers on Monday took the petitions to the County-City Building as the council held a meeting. Several dozen people waited near the entrance to sign the petitions. Meanwhile, a counter protester stood nearby chanting, “My daughter's a nurse. Don't make it worse. Wear a mask.” The recall effort accuses Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird of seeking authoritarian control and attacking the liberty of Lincoln residents. Petition organizers want to remove several council members for voting to appoint Pat Lopez as health director in August. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, health, Nebraska, coronavirus, lung disease
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Monday handed a dossier to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council about a major attack that it said militants from Pakistan had attempted in the Indian part of Kashmir last week, government officials said. The four militants, belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, infiltrated into Indian Kashmir through a tunnel in the Samba area, the government said. The heavily armed men carried radio sets, a mobile phone, medicines and foods all made in Pakistan, it said. They were moving in a truck and when that was stopped for a routine inspection at a checkpoint in Nagrota, they opened fire, the government said. Security forces killed all four of them. Pakistan has rejected allegations of any involvement in the alleged attack and said these were aimed at diverting attention from India's repression of the people of Kashmir. Stepping up the diplomatic offensive against...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has rejected a proposal intended to block more than 100 police officers from being hired in 2021, siding with Mayor Jenny Durkan and others who say new recruits are needed. The measure was promoted by a coalition of local organizations, including the King County Equity Now group that emerged as a leader during Black Lives Matter demonstrations, The Seattle Times reported. In July, during the nationwide protests where many called for cities to “defund" the police, most council members agreed the Police Department should have its funding reduced by 50%, with the money shifted to other needs. But council President M. Lorena González and council member Lisa Herbold objected to a hiring freeze Thursday, arguing it would shrink the force too fast when combined with accelerating attrition. They said other transfers and cuts that will reduce the police budget by up to 17%...
    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city is delaying an increase in water rates by three months, saying residents are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ledger-Enquirer reports that the five-member board of the Columbus Water Works, which includes Mayor Skip Henderson, unanimously voted Monday to delay a 3.75% rate hike from January to April. The vote came after a majority of Columbus council members requested a postponement. The council appoints the four other members of the water works board. Henderson said seven or eight of the council's 10 members contacted him to request a delay. Some wanted to push it off for six months. “It had everything to do with the fact that there are, in their districts, a lot of people still struggling,” Henderson said. When the rate increase does take effect, it would cost a residential water customer an extra $1.29 a month if they...
    A review of leisure centers in Cardiff did not “indicate closures”, although the council raised the risk of “service delivery” in red. The study comes after a non-profit organization that runs eight leisure centers across the city sought $ 1.1 million in bail from Cardiff Council. Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) has sought financial assistance from the board to deal with the impact of the corona virus infection as member incomes have plummeted. Councilor Peter Bradbury, a cabinet member for culture and leisure, responded to concerns on social media that the recently announced review could mean the closure of leisure centers. During an Economic and Cultural Review Committee meeting, Cllr Bradbury stressed that the review “does not refer to a gateway that allows us to close private leisure centers”, but rather “an honest assessment of the situation by GLL and [the council] Find us ”. He said: “GLL is a...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Three Long Beach councilmembers are pushing to get the state to allow limited indoor dining, even as local and county health officials warn of a new surge in COVID-19 cases. The council members want to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow indoor dining to 25% capacity at restaurants in counties in the purple tier, the state’s most restrictive tier, The Long Beach Post reported. Currently, state rules only allow outdoor dining for restaurants. “Long Beach is a major urban city and considering our hospitalization and positivity rates, we are not dissimilar to cities in nearby communities that are in the red tier based on their county designation,” the proposal, that will be considered at Tuesday’s city council meeting, states. “This reality has produced very unfair and illogical outcomes, given that businesses within two miles of each other, offering the same service and engaged in the same activities,...
    SAN ANTONIO – With the Cenotaph relocation apparently off the table, San Antonio City Council members discussed options forward for the $400 million Alamo Plan. Thursday’s special council meeting was the first in-depth discussion council members have had about the plan since the Texas Historical Commission denied the city’s permit to relocate the Cenotaph a few hundred feet south of where it currently sits in Alamo Plaza. With the monument’s relocation a “crucial” part of the overall plan, city staff members say plans or timelines need to be changed. “We’re going to have to redo redesign because that Cenotaph is not moving,” City Manager Erik Walsh told council members. In its entirety, the Alamo Plan includes repairs to original structures, a redesign of the plaza and a museum. However, current plans for the plaza and museum both rely on the Cenotaph’s relocation to the southern edge of the plaza. The...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Some unfortunate consequences to the coronavirus crisis may be used to help the homeless in Los Angeles.Several city council members are proposing that large facilities which sit empty because of the pandemic, like the Los Angeles Convention Center, can be used as temporary shelters for the homeless.City leaders have seen a similar conversion work before.Earlier this year, the massive convention center was turned into a temporary medical facility used as an overflow for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, with 250 beds set up.
    Labor-backed candidate David Cohen has flipped one of two open San Jose City Council seats, marking a power shift that could alter the city’s approach toward addressing its housing crisis and amending the city’s government structure. Incumbent Lan Diep, who was endorsed by business groups such as the now-dissolved Silicon Valley Organization PAC, conceded Tuesday to Cohen, a Berryessa Union School District board member who was backed by the region’s labor unions. Cohen’s victory will flip the balance of power on the 11-member council from a business-aligned majority lead by Mayor Sam Liccardo to a labor-endorsed majority that will include the city’s five Latino councilmembers and Cohen. In recent years, the council has cast split 6-5 votes on contentious issues from extending fee waivers for downtown developers to granting more power to the mayor to a more equitable distribution of funding and resources. Over the course of the coming months...
    The Montgomery County Council has voted to reinstate COVID-19 restrictions that tighten the rules for businesses, restaurants and religious organizations amid an ongoing hike in coronavirus cases throughout the region. The new rules approved by council members Tuesday reduce capacity limits for restaurants, retail outlets and personal services businesses to 25% — down from 50% previously. The reduced capacity limits also apply to religious facilities. In addition, public gatherings are limited to 25 people — down from 50 before. The nine-member council voted reluctantly to reinstate the restrictions, with members saying there were no good answers to balancing the need to safeguard public health and protect local businesses. The vote was unanimous, and the order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Last week, the county also ended a program that allowed some bars and restaurants to serve alcohol to dine-in customers after 10 p.m. Also at 5 p.m. Tuesday,...
    West Hollywood residents have ushered in a new era by voting out the two longest-serving members of the City Council. West Hollywood City Councilman John Heilman speaks during a council meeting on Feb.19, 2019. He’d been on the council since the city was founded in 1984.(Los Angeles Times) John Heilman, a councilman since the city incorporated in 1984, and John Duran, a colorful figure who has been dogged by sexual harassment allegations, lost to two newcomers who promised a fresh perspective for a governing board once dominated by longtime incumbents. Sepi Shyne, a 43-year-old attorney who runs a holistic healing business for humans and pets, and John Erickson, the 35-year-old director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, were the top two vote-getters among 11 candidates on the ballot in last Tuesday’s at-large election. In this undated photo, newly elected West Hollywood City Councilwoman Sepi Shyne,...
    For years, homelessness has loomed over the civic culture of Los Angeles as its most intractable problem, one that defined the city and its government in the eyes of many people. Now change may be in the air, with the election of three new members to the City Council, relentless pressure from a federal judge and the potential for a new administration in Washington. The council’s three newest members rode a wave of discontent over the government’s failure to help the 40,000 Angelenos who have no home amid a pandemic. For some voters, it came down to the city’s inability to keep streets clean and rights-of-way clear. For others, it was about the plight of the most vulnerable citizens — and how the city has essentially criminalized their existence. Councilman-elect Mark Ridley-Thomas returns to the council after decades of helping to shape homeless policy at the local and state...