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    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – On Thursday, a city of Dallas spokeswoman said administrators were still calculating the changes made by council members Wednesday night to the Dallas Police Department’s overall budget, and that the final numbers would be released Friday morning. But based on numbers previously published by the city on its website and based on discussions from council members Wednesday night, the city will spend about $7 million more on police in the next year fiscal year that begins October 1, totaling around $561 million. That figure comes even after council members by a margin of 11-4 voted to cut $7 million from DPD’s nearly $28 million overtime budget, which includes both sworn officers and civilian employees. As part of that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Metro Transit workers have been authorized to strike after two days of negotiations and votes failed Wednesday. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 President Ryan Timlin says the Metropolitan Council, which runs Metro Transit, “put a crappy offer on the table and walked away,” calling it their “final offer.” The union, which represents more than 2,350 Metro Transit workers, says 94% of their voting members rejected the council’s latest offer. The union says management refuses to hold meaningful negotiations. The president of the union says workers also want more COVID-19 protection and hazard pay. Met Council says their offer includes a one-time payment of about $1,500 and a 2.5 % raise. The Metropolitan Council sent WCCO...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas City Council voted 11-4 Wednesday night to cut $7 million from the Dallas Police Department’s $24 million overtime budget. The police department’s overall budget as proposed by City Manager T.C. Broadnax is more than $516 million, while the general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. While cutting DPD overtime, the new budget keeps police funding in place. The overtime amendment was approved in a 11-4 vote. The complete budget package passed by a 9-6 vote. Yes: Mayor Pro Tem Medrano, council members West, Thomas, Arnold, Resendez, Narvaez, Bazaldua, Atkins, Blackmon, Kleinman, & Blewett. No: Mayor Johnson, Dep. Mayor Pro Tem McGough, council members Mendelsohn, & Gates. @CBSDFW — Jack Fink (@cbs11jack) September 24, 2020...
    The Seattle City Council overrode Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto Tuesday evening and forced through budget cuts that activists say are a “down payment” on an effort to defund the police in the city by 50%. In July, a veto-proof majority of council members backed a proposal to defund the police by 50%. Those cuts could not be implemented in one year, however, so the council settled on cutting 100 officers from the department this year as a “down payment.” Mayor Durkan, who had initially backed the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) or “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP) protest in the summer, vetoed the proposal, but her veto was ineffective. The Seattle Times reported: The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday to override...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas City Council voted 11-4 Wednesday night to cut $7 million from the Dallas Police Department’s $24 million overtime budget. Yes: Mayor Pro Tem Medrano, council members West, Thomas, Arnold, Resendez, Narvaez, Bazaldua, Atkins, Blackmon, Kleinman, & Blewett. No: Mayor Johnson, Dep. Mayor Pro Tem McGough, council members Mendelsohn, & Gates. @CBSDFW — Jack Fink (@cbs11jack) September 24, 2020 More to come.
    (CNN)The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday evening to override Mayor Jenny Durkan's veto of a nearly $4 million cut from the police department's budget.The final vote was 7-2 in favor of the cuts. "We need a public safety that invests in harm reduction, and not the ongoing status quo of policing as we know it in America," City Council President Lorena González said as the cuts were approved.The mid-year changes go into effect right away, and will effectively cut $11 million each year. That's far less than the 50% budget cut that had been previously discussed.The City Council rebalanced the budget in light of the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and calls to redistribute funds from policing...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – About 40 area Republican party leaders and members held a “defend the police” demonstration in front of Dallas City Hall one day before council members will vote whether to cut $7 million from the police department’s overtime budget next year. The proposal also led five former council members to send this letter to current council members saying, “We are urging you to reconsider your proposed $7 million cut from Dallas Police Department’s overtime budget.” Gary Griffith is among those who signed the letter. “I’m really stunned that we found ourselves in Dallas, where historically we’ve really supported the police department and we champion public safety and we want safe neighborhoods, safe businesses, safe streets, safe schools, and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Several members of the Los Angeles City Council have proposed building a statue of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg here in the City of Angels. Ginsburg died last Friday at the age of 87. Today’s LA City Council meeting adjourned in her honor. “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of race and gender equality. She was determined, fearless, resilient and a fierce advocate for women’s rights and civil rights,” LA City Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement. “It’s impossible to overstate the incredible impact she had on women across the nation. A City of Los Angeles statue honoring her would be a lasting tribute to a woman whose life-changing work...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council will take action Tuesday on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s vetoes of council bills meant to scale back the police department and ramp up community-led programs starting this year. The mayor may mostly get her way, The Seattle Times reported. With seven votes, the nine-member council on Tuesday could override Durkan’s vetoes and cement 2020 budget adjustments passed in August after months of debate and massive protests against police violence. That’s what Council President M. Lorena González said Monday she would prefer. However, she said, other council members have indicated they are likely to side with the mayor. Because of that, González has unveiled a substitute budget proposal. The substitute proposal would nix many of...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The 2021 races for City Council remain more than a year away, but a coalition of union members gathered in Battery Park City on Sunday afternoon to announce their first slate of endorsements. The Road to Justice NYC is comprised of union members from 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Make the Road Action, and Community Voices Heard Power. The coalition seeks to advance racial and economic justice through their early endorsements for the 2021 elections. Leaders say that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated racial and economic injustice and inequality. They added that the new coalition is working to...
              The president of a Nashville-based center-right think tank said members of the Nashville Metro Council refuse to make the kinds of sacrifices that they ask their own constituents to make. Beacon Center President Justin Owen said as much in a column on the organization’s website. Owen said you get lifetime health insurance if you serve two terms on the Nashville City Council. He also said the city of Nashville has more than twice the debt held by the entire state of Tennessee. “As Beacon pointed out in a recent policy report, lifetime Council benefits are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the city’s fiscal woes. But they are a tip...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- An Oakland City Council task force is considering cutting the police department budget in half after their first meeting on Wednesday.The total budget of the department is $300 million which means that 44 percent of Oakland's general fund is spent on policing.In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by Minneapolis police and the subsequent growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, some members of the Oakland City Council are thinking about reducing the amount the city spends on policing.RELATED: Judge issues preliminary injunction limiting Oakland police practices"Not only from this moment, but for years we've been advocating for more police accountability," said Nikki Forunato Bas, an Oakland city councilmember.Bas co-chairs...
    Montgomery County, Maryland’s, Office of Animal Services has been undergoing major transition — in the middle of a pandemic. The office’s executive director, Tom Koenig, told council members that he never would have believed it, “But that’s what we’re doing!” The OAS had formerly operated under Montgomery County police and is now a stand-alone agency. In the past fiscal year, the OAS had more than 21,000 calls for service, had a daily average of 271 animals in its care and took in 5,813 animals. Due to the coronavirus pandemic — and the desire of people stuck at home to have some company — Koenig reported a surge in adoptions and volunteers who agreed to foster pets, caring for them on...
    Two campaign team members for Republican Lacy Johnson, who is challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), were shot Monday afternoon in Minneapolis, one fatally. Minnesota Public Radio reports that one 17-year-old and another team member were shot after being “approached on foot.” CBS 4 reports that the two were standing outside Super USA convenience store at the time, and that a gunman, or gunmen, fled the scene before they could be apprehended. The 17-year-old succumbed to his wounds and the other campaign team member was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Johnson’s Campaign stated that the two were not carrying out official duties when shot. The Campaign released a statement after the attack: “Today, we are shocked and saddened to learn of this senseless act of...
    Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police union — which is the largest union representing Chicago Police Department officers — has been working without a contract with the city since 2017. Talks with the city had previously stalled when the union's prior president demanded an 18% raise — with back pay — over three years. The union elected a new president, John Catanzara, earlier this year, which led some to hope that the contract impasse might end. That hope may prove to be short lived. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightftoot's office sent the FOP a proposed contract on Tuesday that provided for a 10% raise over a four-year period, but which also included a lengthy list of police reforms that...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three Kansas City Council members boycotted a committee meeting Wednesday because Mayor Quinton Lucas has not removed another council member as leader of the committee for what they called racist and unethical behavior. Council members Kevin O’Neill, Melissa Robinson and Eric Bunch boycotted the meeting over a dispute with Councilwoman Teresa Loar, who is white, after comments she made to Robinson, who is Black, in July. The boycott meant the committee did not have a quorum and could not meet. A coalition of civil rights groups and the three council members have previously asked Lucas to remove Loar as chairwoman of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee. They said Lucas had made several verbal commitments...
    By any account, the Aug. 7 hearing convened in Los Angeles City Hall by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter was unusual. “This is a rather historic occasion that the federal court would gather in the City Council chamber,” Carter, who took the chair usually reserved for the council president, said. “I hope it’s very positive.” But Ground Game LA, a group that describes itself as a nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic engagement, contends the meeting was illegal. At the status conference, Los Angeles City Council members came forward one by one to brief the judge on the progress of their efforts to create more shelter for homeless people camped near freeways and underpasses. That, Ground Game LA contends in...
    Members of the Minneapolis city council who voted three months ago to dismantle the police department are now expressing concern over crime spikes in the city.  City council members asked the Minneapolis police chief during a business meeting Tuesday how to grapple with an uptick in carjackings, robberies and street racing.  One city councilman noted the drastic reversal on the part of his colleagues, saying he was “flabbergasted” that members who earlier wanted to abolish the police department are now claiming it is not doing enough to fight crime.  Three months after voting to dismantle the Minneapolis police department, city council members there spent much of a business meeting on Tuesday complaining about an uptick in violent crime...
    Ramsey County JailDerek ChauvinThe unprecedented rebellion following the heinous killing of George Floyd marks a watershed moment for Minneapolis like no other in its history. To date, however, the mayor and City Council’s actions fall far short of meeting this historic challenge. City officials dare not wait until the next police victim lies dead.  Council members’ pledge to reinvent policing via a vaguely worded charter amendment put the cart before the horse. A robust democratic debate depends on citizens knowing what they are voting for. Council members offered no details, no vision or models. About half the current council members were elected in 2017 on their commitments to tackle police reform and end police misconduct and brutality. Yet, following a...
    A “judge” within the Latin Kings' Crown Council pleaded guilty to racketeering, Tuesday, Sept. 15, in U.S. District Court. Hector “King Demon” Vega, 34, was arrested in 2019 along with 61 other gang leaders in a major sweep of the region. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly known as RICO conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Connecticut, said. The Latin Kings is a national, well-organized street gang with its own laws, government, justice system, and treasury.  While investigating the gang, law enforcement officials obtained recordings of Vega and the “Connecticut Crown Council” presiding over a Latin Kings’ trial for two Massachusetts members accused of violating gang rules, according to court...
    In a move that its members had telegraphed for close to two weeks, Denver City Council rejected a collective bargaining agreement struck by city officials and the Denver police union. "I am not in support of this because I don’t feel like council was represented in good faith at the table," Council President Stacie Gilmore said at the September 14 council meeting. Council members voted eight to five against the agreement. Gilmore had already complained that council wasn't included in the negotiating process in a meaningful way at a September 2 safety committee meeting, where other members echoed her concern. Others argued that the agreement should not include a guaranteed raise for police officers in 2022, even if the police...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall sought to reassure residents Monday after a majority of council members voted to reduce the department’s overtime budget last week. After the meeting, a variety of council members held a news conference to defend their vote to cut the department’s overtime budget by $7 million, about 25%. Then one day later, Governor Greg Abbott ripped the council’s decision, calling it defunding the police. Mayor Eric Johnson has also sharply criticized the council vote on the overtime budget. Council members Cara Mendelsohn, Jennifer Gates and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough voted against the move. During the Dallas City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon, Chief Hall fielded questions from council members...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A majority of U.N. Security Council members called for an immediate halt to fighting between Myanmar government forces and the Arakan Army guerrilla force following a closed council meeting on the latest situation in the southeast Asian nation. A joint statement from eight of the 15 council nations said the clashes in western Rakhine and Chin states are taking “a heavy toll” on local communities and risk escalating, and stressed that a halt to fighting is “even more urgent in light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Rakhine State.” The government has been embroiled for more than a year in an intermittent conflict with the well-trained and well-armed...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A majority of U.N. Security Council members called for an immediate halt to fighting between Myanmar government forces and the Arakan Army guerrilla force following a closed council meeting on the latest situation in the southeast Asian nation. A joint statement from eight of the 15 council nations said the clashes in western Rakhine and Chin states are taking “a heavy toll” on local communities and risk escalating, and stressed that a halt to fighting is “even more urgent in light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Rakhine State.” The government has been embroiled for more than a year in an intermittent conflict with the well-trained and well-armed Arakan Army representing members of...
    By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys representing the children of Alton Sterling, a Black man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, said Thursday that a decision by local officials against offering $5 million to settle a pending civil case showed they were uninformed about the matter. Sterling was fatally shot on July 5, 2016, outside a Baton Rouge convenience store during a struggle. Lawyers for Sterling's five children subsequently filed a wrongful death suit in 2017 against the city, its police department and former police chief and the two officers involved. The suit alleges the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by Baton Rouge Police. it also claims...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys representing the children of Alton Sterling, a Black man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, said Thursday that a decision by local officials against offering $5 million to settle a pending civil case showed they were uninformed about the matter. Sterling was fatally shot on July 5, 2016, outside a Baton Rouge convenience store during a struggle. Lawyers for Sterling’s five children subsequently filed a wrongful death suit in 2017 against the city, its police department and former police chief and the two officers involved. The suit alleges the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by Baton Rouge Police. it also claims poor training and...
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester's outgoing police chief Thursday defended his officers' response to protests over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, which included the use of pepper balls. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and his command team responded to occasionally pointed questions from members of Rochester's city council during an online briefing. There have been protests in Rochester for a week over the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died several days after being restrained by police March 23. Protests in recent nights have been relatively peaceful. But at a rally Saturday night, protesters and some elected officials reported officers fired pepper balls at close range, hitting people. Singletary, who abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday along with...
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester’s outgoing police chief Thursday defended his officers’ response to protests over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, which included the use of pepper balls. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and his command team responded to occasionally pointed questions from members of Rochester’s city council during an online briefing. There have been protests in Rochester for a week over the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died several days after being restrained by police March 23. Protests in recent nights have been relatively peaceful. But at a rally Saturday night, protesters and some elected officials reported officers fired pepper balls at close range, hitting people. Singletary, who abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday along with...
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester’s outgoing police chief Thursday defended his officers’ response to protests over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, which included the use of pepper balls. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and his command team responded to occasionally pointed questions from members of Rochester’s city council during an online briefing. There have been protests in Rochester for a week over the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died several days after being restrained by police March 23. Protests in recent nights have been relatively peaceful. But at a rally Saturday night, protesters and some elected officials reported officers fired pepper balls at close range, hitting people. Singletary, who abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday along with...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas council member Carolyn King Arnold praised police Chief Renee Hall after her announcement Tuesday afternoon that she is leaving the department. “I still remain saddened by the news.” King Arnold said Hall brought reform to the department, including changing protocols for officers to report wrongdoing and increasing community oversight. “I think the oversight board was one of the steps most folks were excited to have that change. I think we continue to be happy about the fact she does push the community policing.” Hall came under increasing criticism for the department’s use of tear gas and pepper-ball guns against people as they protested George Floyd’s death on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on June 1. The...
    Virginia's capital city Richmond is banning guns on public property during protests and events to prevent violent confrontations. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the city council on Tuesday unanimously approved the ordinance as demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality continue in other parts of the country, in some cases resulting in deadly clashes, following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The new law prohibits the holding or possession of firearms on public property during any event or general area event, including on streets, walkways and alleys, regardless of whether the city officially sanctioned the event. Some city council members expressed concerns about how the law would be enforced, and some members of the community voiced concern about whether the...
    The Minneapolis City Council's attempt to defund or abolish the city's police department appears to have lost momentum as the highly charged emotion after George Floyd's death in May gives way to the reality of how important a police department is to public safety, according to the Star Tribune. In the aftermath of Floyd's death while being restrained by Minneapolis Police, the city council voted in favor of a commitment to replace the police department with another form of public safety. That effort failed to get on the November ballot, however, mostly due to a lack of detail on what would replace the police. The obstacles have forced some city council members to face the fact that creating policy...
    By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer Maxim Znak, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with the country's leader of 26 years on a transition of power, was taken out of the council's office by unidentified people in ski masks, his associate Gleb German said. He said Znak only had time to text message “masks” before they took the phone away from him. Belarusian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into members of the Coordination Council, accusing them of...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer Maxim Znak, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with the country’s leader of 26 years on a transition of power, was taken out of the council’s office by unidentified people in ski masks, his associate Gleb German said. He said Znak only had time to text message “masks” before they took the phone away from him. Belarusian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into members of the Coordination Council, accusing them of undermining national security by calling...
    SEATTLE (AP) — An open government activist’s lawsuit accusing the Seattle City Council of breaking Washington state’s open-public-meetings law in its abrupt repeal of a 2018 tax on large businesses has been revived. An appeals court revived the suit on Tuesday by throwing out a King County judge’s ruling dismissing the case, The Seattle Times reported. The matter now must go back to King County Superior Court for “further proceedings,” the appeals court ruling said. Tuesday’s ruling, written by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals, agreed with activist Arthur West’s argument that a King County judge last year wrongly dismissed his lawsuit before trial last year because of a lack of evidence. West had argued that a news...
    CHICAGO — After a summer of hurried school police votes that raised questions about engagement and transparency in local school councils, interested Chicagoans will get a second chance to run for a council seat.  Chicago has reopened its candidate nominations for council spots until Oct. 2, part of a series of changes to address council elections delayed in April due to the coronavirus crisis.  Now rescheduled for November, the new nomination dates will give parents and community members another chance to run for a seat. It also will test the district’s ability to run a mostly virtual candidate process.  Local school councils — made up of parents, students, and community members that can make school budget and principal hiring decisions —...
    Minneapolis City Council members are now begrudgingly admitting that momentum has “slowed” on plans to defund the city’s police department and replace it with a “community-oriented” law enforcement solution, and it’s not likely the effort — backed largely by far-left progressive council members — will result in any movement on the issue. The Minneapolis City Council immediately voted to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department after a video went viral showing Minneapolis police officers arresting and, eventually kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, who later died in their custody. The incident sparked national outrage and vast anti-police brutality and anti-racism marches that still continue in some cities. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the abolition movement quickly fell apart...
    Belarusian authorities claimed Tuesday that one of the country's leading opposition figures had been detained while trying to cross into Ukraine, a day after her allies said she had been bundled into a van by unknown men and whisked away. European nations had demanded that Belarus' government explain the whereabouts of Maria Kolesnikova after her disappearance, along with two other opposition figures, on Monday. On Tuesday, after officials in Minsk spent hours denying any knowledge of Kolesnikova's whereabouts, a spokesman for Belarus' State Border Committee claimed that she had been detained while attempting to cross overnight with two other members of the opposition's Coordination Council. He said two male members of the Council escaped, but Kolesnikova was arrested. Quickly the...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A leading opposition activist in Belarus was held on the border Tuesday after she resisted authorities’ attempt to force her to leave the country. Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with longtime leader President Alexander Lukashenko on a transition of power, was detained Monday in the capital, Minsk, along with two other council members. Early Tuesday, they were driven to the Ukrainian border, where the authorities told them to cross into Ukraine. Kolesnikova refused, and remained on the Belarusian side of the border in the custody of the Belarusian authorities. Two other council members, Ivan Kravtsov and Anton Rodnenkov, crossed into Ukraine. The authorities have applied similar...
    (CNN)Belarus' political opposition has said three of its leading members have been abducted, and called for their immediate release.The Belarusian Coordination Council said in a statement Monday that "unknown people in the center of ​Minsk" had abducted Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the council's executive committee, as well as press secretary Anton Rodnenkov and executive secretary Ivan Kravtsov.The council, which is led by main Belarusian opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, is a body aimed at coordinating a peaceful and orderly transition of power in the wake of August's disputed elections.Its statement said Kolesnikova, Rodnenkov and Kravtsov's "whereabouts are unknown." A spokesperson for the council also told CNN that the organization has been unable to contact any of the trio on their...
    By YURAS KARMANAU KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A leading opposition activist and several other members of an opposition council in Belarus went missing Monday and their colleagues feared they were detained as part of the authorities’ efforts to squelch nearly a month of protests against the re-election of the country’s authoritarian leader. Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with President Alexander Lukashenko on a transition of power, was reportedly put on a minibus in the capital, Minsk, and driven away by unidentified people. Her disappearance follows a massive rally Sunday that drew an estimated 100,000 protesters pushing for the resignation of Lukashenko, who extended his 26-year rule in the Aug. 9...
    A confessed member of a violent "war ready" Trenton drug-dealing crew must spend more than 13 years in federal prison for his role in a massive heroin trafficking operation. Omar “Stacks” Council, 41, is the latest of 23 defendants to take guilty pleas in exchange for leniency when he admitted participating in a trafficking network that flooded the streets of the state capital with heroin and other drugs amid shootouts with rival gang members Council -- also known as "Snow" and "Y-O" -- must serve out the entire 160-month plea-bargained sentence because there’s no parole in the federal prison system. A joint effort of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies led to charges against Council and other members of...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas City Council members debated next year’s proposed city budget into the early morning hours Thursday. After debating about 80 amendments, they adjourned their meeting at 1:35 a.m. The votes aren’t official, but those approved will be considered when the official votes are taken. In the straw or unofficial vote, a majority of council members, 11-3, approved reducing the Dallas Police Department’s overtime budget by $7 million. The police department’s proposed budget next year is more than $516 million and the general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. If council members finalize their straw vote, some of the police overtime money will go toward non-public safety programs such as bike lanes, street repairs, and raising the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Councilmen Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle are inviting Joe Biden back to Pittsburgh. In a letter, they ask Biden to visit Pittsburgh’s Black neighborhoods and see the challenges Black people face in Pittsburgh. They also want him to support the city’s “Black Pittsburgh Matters” resolution and prioritize rebuilding Black communities. “If we are saying that we are committed to Black lives, and that Black lives matter, we must commit to reinvesting in Black people, Black places and Black spaces to create sustainable Black communities. We must rebuild Black communities, for Black people, by Black people with our partners as allies,” Burgess said. “Pittsburgh, as one of America’s most livable cities, is simultaneously one...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Council Members rejected by a large margin Mayor Eric Johnson’s highly-publicized, months-long push to cut salaries at City Hall. No council member voted for his proposals. This happened during a “straw vote” as the mayor and council members discussed their 84 proposed amendments to next year’s proposed budget. The general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. The Mayor said salaries should be cut at City Hall because many in the private sector and non-profit agencies have done the same. “I think we owe it to them to share, share in the sacrifice and provide more robust services. That’s why I’ve called for defunding the bureaucracy.” Most council members didn’t want to talk about the Mayor’s...
    As elected officials across Colorado rethink police policies, members of Denver City Council are pushing back against a bargaining agreement recently reached by the Denver police union and the administration of Mayor Michael Hancock. At a September 2 safety committee meeting, council members expressed their opposition to the agreement, which had been hashed out in private per city regulations. Their major complaint was that council hadn't been included in the negotiating process in a meaningful way; some also argued that the agreement shouldn't include a guaranteed raise for police officers in 2022. "I have a heck of a problem assuring a raise when we have no assurance of similar raises in other elements of our workforce," said Councilman Paul Kashmann, chair...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas city council members rejected by a large margin Mayor Eric Johnson’s highly-publicized, months-long push to cut salaries at city hall. It came during a “straw vote” as the mayor and council members discussed their 84 proposed amendments to next year’s proposed budget which takes effect Oct. 1. The general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. The mayor said salaries should be cut at city hall because many in the private sector and non-profit agencies have done the same. “I think we owe it to them to share, share in the sacrifice and provide more robust services. That’s why I’ve called for defunding the bureaucracy.” Under the mayor’s proposed amendments, the city would have saved $6.5...
    BELL  — A former Bell city council member who was elected after the Los Angeles suburb was mired in a corruption scandal was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting his wife to death, authorities said. Danny Harber, 76, was held on suspicion of murder after Donna Harber, 81, was found dead at a home in the city of Bell, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Other details weren’t immediately released. Authorities didn’t immediately mention a motive for the shooting. “Such horrible news for the community,” Violeta Alvarez, a former City Council member, told KNBC-TV. “It could not be possible. It could not be possible for someone who always expresses so much love for his wife.”...
    A former Bell city councilman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing his wife, authorities said. Danny Harber, 76, elected in 2011 after scandal and indictments obliterated Bell’s previous City Council, was taken to a hospital Tuesday to be medically cleared before being booked on suspicion of murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. He is being held on $200,000 bail. Responding to a report of a gunshot victim, Bell police officers arrived about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4900 block of Weik Avenue and found Harber’s 81-year-old wife, Donna, fatally shot in the upper torso, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The officers detained Danny Harber when they arrived and turned...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is ignoring his own COVID-19 pandemic transportation advisory council, panel members charged Tuesday. “We spent collectively hundreds of hours on smart plans that have just gone to sit somewhere in a box at City Hall,” said Tri-State Transportation Campaign director Nick Sifuentes, one of 12 members of the 24-person council who signed onto an open letter accusing the mayor of inaction. The “Surface Transportation Advisory Council” was formed May 8 — one of a handful of panels organized “to provide guidance to shape the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Since then, it has met 18 times, Sifuentes said. Department of Transportation officials were on hand for the meetings and took copious notes, while the committee...
    San Antonio – Almost all of the San Antonio City Council members raised fists in solidarity with police reform advocates at a meeting Thursday. The moment came after Kimiya Denise, an activist who signed up to speak to the council, invoked the names of several men killed by San Antonio police officers in recent years. “Before I speak, I want to yield one minute to the lives of Charles Roundtree, Marquise Jones, Antronie Scott, Norman Cooper,” Denise said. “And city council, I am calling on you to raise a fist or take a knee if you stand in solidarity with us today.” Almost all of the council members could be seen raising their fists during the the moment of silence....
    The St. Paul City Council is inviting the public to participate in the efforts of its new audit committee, which seeks to study and improve upon the work of city departments. The council is asking residents, district councils, businesses, city employees and partner agencies to suggest topics for annual review by audit. Topics can include any department, program or process led by the city. The public can fill out an online survey at tinyurl.com/AuditCommittee2020, submit ideas by phone at 651-266-8539, or email CCAuditCommittee@ci.stpaul.mn.us. In addition, the council is looking for three members of the public who are interested in serving in an advisory role . They will meet biweekly with the audit committee throughout their three-year term. Applications are due...
    The U.S. on Monday pushed back against a majority on the U.N. Security Council as it vetoed a resolution on how to handle foreign militants who had fought for Islamic terror groups in Syria and Iraq. A resolution before the Council, drafted by Indonesia, encouraged countries to prosecute, rehabilitate and re-integrate those who had fought for terrorist causes back into their societies. UN SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTS MOVE TO 'SNAPBACK' IRAN SANCTIONS; TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLEDGES TO KEEP GOING But the U.S. vetoed the resolution as it did not call for terrorists to be repatriated to their home countries in the first place -- something the U.S. had demanded and that U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft called a “crucial first step.” “It is incomprehensible...
    Mayor Invoice de Blasio is ignoring his personal COVID-19 pandemic transportation advisory council, panel members charged Tuesday. “We spent collectively a whole lot of hours on sensible plans which have simply gone to take a seat someplace in a field at Metropolis Corridor,” mentioned Tri-State Transportation Marketing campaign director Nick Sifuentes, one among 12 members of the 24-person council who signed onto an open letter accusing the mayor of inaction. The “Floor Transportation Advisory Council” was shaped Could 8 — one among a handful of panels organized “to supply steerage to form the town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Since then, it has met 18 instances, Sifuentes mentioned. Division of Transportation officers have been available for the conferences and...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is ignoring his own COVID-19 pandemic transportation advisory council, panel members charged Tuesday. “We spent collectively hundreds of hours on smart plans that have just gone to sit somewhere in a box at City Hall,” said Tri-State Transportation Campaign director Nick Sifuentes, one of 12 members of the 24-person council who signed onto an open letter accusing the mayor of inaction. The “Surface Transportation Advisory Council” was formed May 8 — one of a handful of panels organized “to provide guidance to shape the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Since then, it has met 18 times, Sifuentes said. Department of Transportation officials were on hand for the meetings and took copious notes, while the committee...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has proposed three amendments to next year’s proposed $1.4 billion general fund budget. All would cut city employees’ salaries on a sliding scale from those making more than $60,000 a year all the way up to those making the highest salaries, including City Manager T.C. Broadnax, who earns more than $400,000 a year. The Mayor’s proposed reductions would amount to more than $6.5 million in savings. His three proposals would put that money either toward public safety, streets, or give it back to taxpayers. In an interview Monday, Mayor Johnson said, “We have employees at the city of Dallas who make more than the President of the United States of America. We have...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. A 30-minute session of the Wicomico County Council Friday evening yielded a majority consensus — without a formal vote — to restart the search for a new county executive, derailed earlier in the week when the council’s initial choice to fill the job, Dr. Rene Desmarais, declined it amid intense political blowback. The council’s move reopens the application process for those interested in filling the vacancy. The new round of applications are due Sept. 14, five days after the original Sept. 9 deadline for appointing a successor to the prior county executive, Robert L. “Bob” Culver — who...
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland calls for the release of arrested members of Belarus' opposition Coordination Council, Poland's Prime Minister said on Wednesday, as Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko has accused the council of attempting to seize power. Lukashenko has faced more than two weeks of mass demonstrations against his 26-year-old rule since a presidential election, which official results say he won with 80 percent of the vote. He denies opposition allegations of electoral fraud and says the protests are funded from abroad. "We jointly call for the release of all political prisoners, and we very strongly call for the release of the arrested members of the Coordination Council," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after a meeting of with Polish opposition politicians....
    The UN Security Council has blocked a controversial bid by the US to trigger the "snapback" of all sanctions on Iran lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal. Indonesia's permanent representative, who holds the rotating presidency, said many of the 15 member states contested the move because the US withdrew from the accord two years ago. The US envoy accused them of "standing in the company of terrorists". Iran's foreign minister said "lawless bullying" had left the US isolated. The Trump administration attempted to initiate the snapback process last week, after the security council rejected a draft US resolution that would have extended indefinitely an arms embargo on Iran due to expire in mid-October. Under the nuclear deal, the P5+1...
    The U.N. Security Council’s president on Tuesday attemped to dismiss a U.S. move to “snapback” all U.N. sanctions on Iran -- a denial that led a furious U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft to accuse the Council of “standing in the company of terrorists.” Dian Triansyah Djani, who as Indonesia’s ambassador holds the rotating presidency for August, said that the Council would not be taking up the U.S. request, after objections from Russia, China and other members. US FORMALLY MOVES TO RESTORE UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN, AS POMPEO PROMISES 'AMERICA WILL NOT APPEASE'  “Having contacted the members and received letters from many member countries it is clear to me that there is one member which has a particular position on the issues, while there...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, a move that drew an angry rebuke from the U.S. ambassador who accused opponents of supporting “terrorists.” Indonesia’s ambassador to the U.N., Dian Triansyah Djani, whose country currently holds the rotating council presidency, made the announcement in response to requests from Russia and China to disclose the results of his polling of the views of all countries on the 15-member council. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted last Thursday that the United States has the legal right to “snap back” U.N. sanctions, even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, a move that drew an angry rebuke from the U.S. ambassador who accused opponents of supporting “terrorists.” Indonesia’s ambassador to the U.N., Dian Triansyah Djani, whose country currently holds the rotating council presidency, made the announcement in response to requests from Russia and China to disclose the results of his polling of the views of all countries on the 15-member council. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted last Thursday that the United States has the legal right to “snap back” U.N. sanctions, even though President Donald Trump pulled...
    By Sam Richards Bay City News Foundation LAFAYETTE (CBS SF/BCN) — After 9 1/2 years of plans and revisions, dozens of contentious public meetings, a ballot measure and threats of lawsuits, the controversial 315-unit Terraces of Lafayette apartment project was approved early Tuesday morning by the Lafayette City Council. But council members were adamant that developer O’Brien Land Co. work with the city both on traffic-related issues and on a list of other new conditions of approval the council established Monday night. The council, which had met for 10 hours on the Terraces project two weeks earlier before postponing an approval decision, spent almost eight hours again Monday (and until 12:45 a.m. Tuesday) discussing the project and hearing...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Less than four days after his surprise appointment as the next Wicomico County executive stirred both consternation and controversy, Dr. Rene Desmarais – a cardiologist with little prior political experience – announced Monday that he had decided to decline the post. In a letter to the Wicomico County Council – which appointed him last Thursday evening on a 4-3 vote – as well as to “the people of Wicomico County,” Desmarais said he had reached a “difficult decision…after a weekend of self-reflection and consultation with a number of his close personal and professional associates.” Desmarais was one of...
    MINSK (Reuters) - Two members of the Belarusian opposition's coordination council were detained on Monday near the entrance to a factory in Belarus, a spokesman for the council told Reuters. The detained people were Olga Kovalkova and Sergei Dylevsky. It was not immediately clear why they were detained. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Photograph: Mike Segar/AFP/Getty Images The extent of US isolation at the UN has been driven home by formal letters from 13 of the 15 security council members opposing Trump administration attempts to deepen Iran’s pariah status. The letters by the council members were all issued in the 24 hours since the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, came to the UN’s New York headquarters to declare Iran in non-compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal. Under that deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), comprehensive UN sanctions on Iran would be restored 30 days after the declaration. But almost every other council member has issued letters saying that the US has no standing to trigger this sanctions “snapback”...
    A group of Chicago City Council members requested that Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker immediately declare a state of emergency in Chicago and deploy the national guard in light of ongoing rioting and looting in the city.  The City Council held a special meeting Friday to consider the resolution. The governor was asked to deploy the national guard for a period of 4 months to assist local law enforcement in quelling the unrest.  The council members also asked for monthly public safety hearings and “reports regarding the collective and unified efforts to address the rioting, looting, destruction, and most importantly, the safety of all Chicagoans.” (RELATED: ‘I Make No Apologies Whatsoever’: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Defends Banning Protesters From Her...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Del. Carl L. Anderton Jr. (R) Thursday unexpectedly fell short of winning appointment as the next Wicomico County executive — losing out to Rene Desmarais, a Salisbury-based cardiologist with little political experience outside of a losing bid for the House of Delegates in 2014. The reaction from the audience gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center to watch the council interview three county executive aspirants ranged from astonishment to anger. Speakers ranging from the chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee to Randy Day, CEO of the county’s most prominent business — Perdue Farms — rose...
    By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Two leading members of a newly formed opposition council in Belarus were questioned on Friday in a criminal case that accuses the body of trying to seize power from President Alexander Lukashenko after a disputed election. Dozens of supporters accompanied Maksim Znak and Sarhey Dyleuski as they arrived for questioning at the headquarters of the Investigative Committee. When he emerged later Znak, a lawyer, said he had had "productive discussions" and he saw no basis for his arrest. "We gave our explanation, we will continue to work," he said. The Coordinating Committee was launched this week with the self-described aim of negotiating a transfer of power amid the largest political crisis in Belarus since...
            The Richmond City Council chose to delay a vote on an amendment to its firearms ordinance. The council heard over an hour of public comments and discussion in the virtual meeting on Thursday afternoon. Eventually, the council members concluded they needed more time to clarify questions about vague wording in the amendment. Councilwoman Kristen Larson said, “The sense that I’m getting from my fellow council members (and this is where I am,) I have some concerns about the enforcement as well as the legality of this.” The council will consider and vote on the amendment in a special meeting on September 8, 2020, at 4 p.m. The amendment was proposed by Mayor Levar Stoney,...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council declared racism a public health crisis on Thursday, passing a resolution that, among other promises, “commits to advocating for racial justice as a core element of all policies, programs, and procedures.” The resolution was passed by all council members, except District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez, who was absent, and District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, who abstained from voting. The resolution does not make any immediate changes. However, it includes various commitments to pursue racial equity, like reviewing policies and procedures to eliminate racial bias and working with historically marginalized communities to find solutions for health equity issues. Residents and council members alike noted that actual action would still need to follow.  "We...
    The Trump administration on Thursday formally notified the United Nations of its demand for all U.N. sanctions on Iran to be restored, setting off an immediate confrontation with Russia and other Security Council members who called the U.S. move illegal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the notification to the president of the U.N. Security Council, citing significant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal, a requirement to “snap back” U.N. sanctions. Pompeo tweeted, “The United States is determined to make sure that the Iranian regime doesn’t have the capacity to inflict even more harm on the world.” Russian deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky shot back: “Looks like there are 2 planets. A fictional dog-eat-dog one where US pretends it can...
    Business owners in Seattle say they are fed up with local leadership, claiming that some members of the Seattle City Council have sympathized with protesters who police say have endangered public safety. “We’re now at the point where we’re sick and tired of our mayor that continues to pander to our Marxist City Council members,” said Joey Rodolfo, who owns a clothing store near where activists took over a six-block area of the city earlier this month. "We’ve not heard anything from our mayor that says, ‘Hey, listen: We might be able to reopen our stores here soon,’ and our store is still boarded up because of the recent riots again. So we are not getting any lifeline from...
    The United States will initiate a controversial procedure called “snapback” at the United Nations Security Council on Thursday in a bid to unilaterally reimpose sanctions on Iran. AFP answers key questions surrounding the unprecedented legal measure, which America’s European allies oppose and which threatens the Iranian nuclear deal. – What’s the background to this? – In 2015, after long negotiations, the permanent members of the Security Council (the US, China, Russia, France and Britain) plus Germany signed a historic nuclear accord with Iran. The agreement saw the UN lift international sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran agreeing not to develop nuclear weapons. The deal, signed in Vienna and known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),...
    ALBANY — Top Assembly Democrats joined the condemnation of New York City’s Democratic Socialist political chapter, which provoked a firestorm with its demand that City Council candidates boycott any travel to Israel. “No political organization that embeds antisemitism into its platform should be welcome in the halls of our legislature,” they said in a joint open letter Tuesday. Dan Rosenthal (D-Brooklyn) organized the letter, getting roughly 50 other Democratic politicians to sign on to the missive slamming a survey sent out by the NYC chapter of the DSA last week. The left-wing group asked candidates seeking their endorsement: “Do you pledge not to travel to Israel if elected to the City Council in solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation?”...
    ALBANY — Prime Meeting Democrats joined the condemnation of New York Metropolis’s Democratic Socialist political chapter, which provoked a firestorm with its demand that Metropolis Council candidates boycott any journey to Israel. “No political group that embeds antisemitism into its platform ought to be welcome within the halls of our legislature,” they stated in a joint open letter Tuesday. Dan Rosenthal (D-Brooklyn) organized the letter, getting roughly 50 different Democratic politicians to signal on to the missive slamming a survey despatched out by the NYC chapter of the DSA final week. The left-wing group requested candidates in search of their endorsement: “Do you pledge to not journey to Israel if elected to the Metropolis Council in solidarity with Palestinians...
    ALBANY — Top Assembly Democrats joined the condemnation of New York City’s Democratic Socialist political chapter, which provoked a firestorm with its demand that City Council candidates boycott any travel to Israel. “No political organization that embeds antisemitism into its platform should be welcome in the halls of our legislature,” they said in a joint open letter Tuesday. Dan Rosenthal (D-Brooklyn) organized the letter, getting roughly 50 other Democratic politicians to sign on to the missive slamming a survey sent out by the NYC chapter of the DSA last week. The left-wing group asked candidates seeking their endorsement: “Do you pledge not to travel to Israel if elected to the City Council in solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation?” A...
    On August 17, Denver City Council voted down a rushed charter-change proposal from Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca that sought to abolish the Denver Police Department and replace it with a "peace force" that would have given only a minority of officers arrest powers and the right to use firearms. "There was no comprehensive robust community input," said Denver City Council President Stacie Gilmore, before joining ten other members in voting against referring the measure to the November ballot. "None of us, none of us are afforded to privilege to change our charter so drastically without talking to our communities and each other." CdeBaca was the lone "yes" vote, while Councilman Chris Hinds abstained.Related Stories Homeless Camps in Central Denver Are Growing,...
    The Trump administration said late Friday that it will act “in the coming days” to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran -- after a U.S. resolution to extend it failed in the U.N. Security Council. “The United States has acted in good faith throughout this process and made clear to all parties that failure was simply not an option,” U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft said in a statement to the Council on Friday. UN SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTS US RESOLUTION TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO  The U.S. resolution, which would have extended the 13-years-old embargo “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” picked up only two votes in the chamber. Russia and China voted no, while the rest of the Council members...
    SEATTLE — Behold the destruction of Seattle’s fine reputation for civic progress and national leadership on police reform. Police Chief Carmen Best, the city’s first Black chief, resigned Tuesday because of mistreatment by the City Council. That highlights how far the council has fallen and how poorly it’s responding to the call for bold progress against racism and police brutality. The council appropriated the momentum of recent protests for ideological ends. On Monday, it mindlessly began slashing the police department budget — all, astonishingly, without meaningful consultation with the chief. Under the guidance of council President M. Lorena Gonzalez and budget chair Teresa Mosqueda, it simultaneously shifted dollars to activist organizations, building council members’ political capital. The council charged ahead,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Members of the New York City Council are joining calls to delay the start of the school year. While buildings are being cleaned for their planned reopening on September 10, the United Federation of Teachers has said it will fight to prevent schools that do not meet safety standards from opening their doors. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Several New York City Council members are now calling for a delay in reopening public schools in the city.The council members took part in a virtual meeting Friday along with members of the teachers union and other education advocates.They want to postpone in-person teaching until they say adequate funding and resources are identified to safely reopen schools, and they're also questioning the city's plan to put a nurse in every school building.RELATED: Schools reopening plan 'unsafe,' teachers and students sayNew York City schools are scheduled to reopen for in-class learning next month. City officials are expected to release operational plans for 1,800 individual public schools across the district."By the infection rate, all schools can open,"...
    WEST LOOP — Whitney Young Magnet High School is keeping police officers at the selective enrollment West Loop school following a contentious debate Wednesday. Though all students, alumni and parents who spoke urged the committee to listen to students and set an example by ousting officers from the prestigious school, Whitney Young’s local school council voted 8-5 to keep police officers after more than two hours of discussion. Following unrest stemming from police killing George Floyd in Minneapolis, activists have demanded Chicago Public Schools cut ties with the Police Department and remove officers from schools as part of a larger movement against police violence. City and district leaders have resisted taking widespread action, instead requiring local school councils to make decisions...
    GARFIELD PARK — The local school council for Westinghouse College Prep narrowly voted Tuesday to keep Chicago police officers on campus. The 6-4 vote to keep officers comes after the decision was pushed back several times to better define what school resource officers do, gather more student and teacher input, and ensure there were enough votes for a majority. At a previous meeting, board members also narrowly voted 5-4 in favor of keeping school police. But Chicago Public Schools required six votes from the 11-member council one way or the other to be binding. Nearly everyone who spoke to the council at multiple town halls demanded police officers be removed from campus. No community members spoke in support of...
    A New Jersey gym that repeatedly reopened despite Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's coronavirus-related lockdown restrictions had its business license officially revoked on Tuesday. The Bellmawr Borough Council voted 5-1 to revoke the mercantile license of Atilis Gym for repeatedly defying Murphy's order, which was made months ago during the height of the COVID-19 panic in the United States, NJ.com reported. Following the decision, gym owner Ian Smith claimed the council — which is composed of all Democrats — was taking marching orders from Murphy's office. "In a clear political move, the all democrat town council followed their orders from Gov. Murphy to revoke our business license," Smith said. "Zero evidence was put forth to support the claim that @atilisgymbellmawr...
    The current embargo — which prohibits Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons — is set to expire in October. The U.S. is aiming to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran — indefinitely.  The embargo prohibits Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons. And it’s set to expire in October under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.  “The Security Council’s mission is to maintain international peace and security. The council would make an absolute mockery of that mission if it allowed the Number One state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons freely,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.  The U.S.’ new proposed resolution reportedly recommends extending the ban until the “council decides otherwise.” The U.S. argues it’s “essential...
    San Antonio – Amid questions over how a proposed sales tax-funded workforce development program would operate, San Antonio City Council members remain concerned about the fate of a popular aquifer protection program. The city council received a second briefing Tuesday morning on a proposed plan to use a 1/8 cent sales tax to collect roughly $154 million over four years to be used to help train or educate San Antonio residents for in-demand jobs and industries. The tax would need voter approval, and Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who is championing the plan, wants to get it onto the November ballot. To do that, the council would have to order the election by Aug. 17. They are scheduled to vote on the...
    Black and Hispanic members of the New York City council are firing back at colleagues who support the movement to “Defund the Police,” calling the effort “white-led,” and an example of “political gentrification” and “colonization” — a ‘”‘bourgeois liberal’ solution for addressing systemic racism,” per a report in the New York Times. Councilmembers who represent minority districts say they aren’t supportive of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to strip $1 billion from the New York Police Department (NYPD), even if they are supportive of efforts to reform the police, restrict their use of force, and even reduce the number of law enforcement officers overall. “Black and Latino council members representing both poor and middle-class communities of color, including Brownsville, Brooklyn,...
              Memphis Police officers will be required to live in the city, whether they like it or not. Memphis City Council members approved an ordinance this month that removed the question of residency from the November 2020 ballot. Specifically, the approved ordinance rescinds Referendum Ordinance No. 5744, which might have allowed specified personnel employed within the Divisions of Police and Fire Services to reside 50 miles outside of the City of Memphis. Memphis City Council Chairwoman Patrice Robinson announced this in an emailed newsletter to her constituents late last week. “In short, the Council believes that individuals protecting our diverse neighborhoods should also call these places home, fulltime. At present, we support current residency requirements allowing public safety...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A standard Afghan council concluded Sunday with a whole lot of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the best way for an early begin to negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring sides. The declaration learn out in each of Afghanistan’s official languages of Pashto and Farsi requires a right away begin to negotiations in addition to a right away cease-fire. The Taliban have mentioned they had been prepared for talks instantly after their last prisoners had been launched and {that a} ceasefire can be one of many first gadgets of negotiations. The transfer appears to convey the USA a little bit nearer to bringing its troops house and finish its longest navy engagement. The choice to...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A traditional Afghan council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring sides. The declaration read out in both of Afghanistan’s official languages of Pashto and Farsi calls for an immediate start to negotiations as well as an immediate cease-fire. The Taliban have said they were ready for talks immediately after their final prisoners were released and that a ceasefire would be one of the first items of negotiations. The move looks to bring the United States a little closer to bringing its troops home and end its longest military engagement. The decision to free the prisoners does not come...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council is considering using a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund a four-year program to help 40,000 out of work or under-employed San Antonio residents move into higher-paying careers. In their first B-session meeting after the July break, city council members discussed the initial outline of a four-year program that would funnel $154 million of local tax dollars toward job training, education, and wraparound services for participants. The ultimate goal would be to place people into career pathways with jobs that pay at least $15 an hour plus benefits. Mayor Ron Nirenberg is pushing for the initiative to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and help it grow beyond where it...
    A majority of Seattle’s City Council on Wednesday voted down a proposal to slash the police department’s remaining 2020 budget by 50 percent. The vote by the budget committee—which came one day after the city’s mayor and police chief held a press conference to criticize the proposal—was a setback for Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality advocates who’ve pushed to defund departments across the U.S. and reallocate funds to community services, including housing and youth programs. The plan, proposed by council member Kshama Sawant, would have cut $54 million from the Seattle PD immediately through layoffs and reallocated it to programs, including $34 million for affordable housing. Sawant was the only member to vote in favor of the proposal, while...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and police Chief Carmen Best said Tuesday they are against proposals by City Council members to reduce the police force by as many as 100 officers this year through layoffs and attrition. In a remote news conference, Durkan and Best urged the council to hold off on additional cuts until the 2021 budget, arguing reductions would be too hard to make right away and ill-advised. The Seattle Times reports that has been the stance of the mayor and police chief since Black Lives Matter demonstrations began in Seattle following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Defunding advocates say the department’s budget is bloated and reforms have failed and to stop police killings....
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police chief urged the City Council to tell protesters to stop visiting the homes of elected officials and others during emotional debates over reducing funding for police. Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best said council members need to “forcefully call for the end of these tactics.” Protesters recently appeared outside the homes of Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Seattle Times reports residents blocked a road into Best’s neighborhood during the demonstrations. Her letter said her neighbors “were concerned by such a large group” and didn’t...