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    (CNN)One after another, disgruntled North Dakotans took the podium at a city council meeting in Minot to air their grievances.At issue: the mayor's decision to raise the Pride flag at city hall a week earlier.One person recalled having to "embarrassingly" answer an elderly neighbor's question about "what the flag was up on their city court." Another accused the mayor of starting a "war" in the city and said he had "never been so pissed off."Eventually, council member Carrie Evans appeared to have had enough.A colorful history of the rainbow flag"So Mr. Walker, if you're not aware and I think a lot of people in this room are not aware and have come here just because this is a gay issue,...
    Minneapolis doesn’t have city elections this year. But many of the suburban communities outside it do. And questions about “defunding” the police have spilled over into many of those elections.   Candidates for suburban city council seats generally get asked similar questions, often about infrastructure and development in their communities. Come this election cycle, however, the first since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the city council’s subsequent discussion about “dismantling” the Minneapolis Police Department, suburban voters are adding another frequent inquiry: what candidates think about the funding for their city’s police. In Maplewood, according to city council candidate Nikki Villavicencio, the idea of defunding the local department is “easily one of the most common issues people...
    The Minneapolis city council, which unanimously supported a pledge to abolish the police, is now asking, “Where are the police?” Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported that the city council met with Minneapolis’ head of police on Tuesday: “Just months after leading an effort that would have defunded the police department, City Council members at Tuesday’s work session pushed Chief Medaria Arradondo to tell them how the department is responding to the violence.” Newly elected council member Jamal Osman said, “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” Osman added, “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.” Council President Lisa Bender suggested police are...
    Minneapolis City Council members, who just two months ago moved to eliminate the police department, sounded the alarm during a Wednesday meeting about a surge in crime seen by their constituents. Council members pressed police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the uptick in crimes that included daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing. “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Council Member Jamal Osman, noting that constituents' calls to the Minneapolis Police Department have gone unanswered. "That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.” MULTIPLE WORKERS FIRED AFTER GEORGE FLOYD'S MEDICAL RECORDS 'IMPROPERLY ACCESSED' Council President Lisa Bender accused police...
    After the tragic death of George Floyd rocked the nation, the Minneapolis City Council — which is composed of nearly all Democrats — took the lead in the anti-police movement, voting to defund the city's police department. The council sought to replace traditional law enforcement with newer community-based, alternative forms of policing. But as violent crime has plagued the city for months, the city council is now asking: "Where are the police?"What's the background?As TheBlaze reported, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution in June to replace the city's police department with an alternative "community safety" model. The development came days after the council promised anti-police residents that they would completely dismantle the city's policing system.What is happening now?During...
    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...
    The Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council is reportedly panicking as violent crime is surging throughout the city after they called for defunding the police department following the death of George Floyd in late May. During a two-hour Minneapolis City Council meeting on police reform, “council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents are seeing and hearing street racing which sometimes results in crashes, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings,” MPR News reported. “The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes,...
    Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson slammed the Dallas City Council for voting to cut $7 million from the city police department’s budget amid spiking crime rates in the city. The Dallas City Council voted on Wednesday to cut the money from the police department’s fund dedicated to overtime pay. The cut comprised 25% of the department’s overtime budget. The decision came after Black Lives Matter protesters called on elected officials to defund the police department. “The city of Dallas is facing a serious uptick in violent crime, and it’s not just a few days or weeks or months in the making. We’re talking about a couple of years now of steadily increasing aggravated assaults, steadily increasing homicide and steadily increasing domestic...
    WOODLAWN — City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday to preserve affordable housing in Woodlawn, giving community organizers a major victory in their five-year effort to prevent displacement ahead of the Obama Presidential Center’s arrival. The Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance includes: A requirement that for each redevelopment of 52 vacant, city owned lots, at least 30 percent of new apartments be made affordable to “very low-income households.” This is defined as households making less than 50 percent of the area median income, or about $45,000 annually for a family of 4. An initial commitment of $1.52 million to a loan fund for acquiring and rehabilitating vacant buildings, followed by a $100,000 annual commitment. A commitment of $1.5 million to a...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he's considering legislation that would put Austin's police department under state funding as a way to protect it after the city council voted to defund it. 'This proposal for the state to takeover the Austin Police Department is one strategy I'm looking at,' Abbott, a Republican, tweeted from his personal Twitter account Thursday.  'We can't let Austin's defunding & disrespect for law enforcement to endanger the public & invite chaos like in Portland and Seattle.' On Saturday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed the sentiment behind Abbott's tweets, telling Fox News that the idea is a response to Austin's city council voting to defund $150million from the city's police department in August - a move that Austin...
    Seattle's top cop has said she quit her job last month after cuts to the budget left her 'destined to fail.' Carmen Best was the Seattle Police Department's first Black female police chief and officers lined the streets to bid her farewell Wednesday during her last day on the job. In an interview published the same day, Best - who previously said her decision to leave 'certainly isn't about the demonstrators' following the death of George Floyd – blasted the city council's decision to drop 100 officers out of 1,400. 'I believe 100% that they were putting me in a position destined to fail,' Best told NPR All Things Considered regarding a revamp in response to calls to defund the...
    For immigrant rights activist Hairo Cortes, the Santa Ana jail stood as a monument to oppression. In a city with a large Latino population, elected leaders had turned it into a detention center for immigrants in the country illegally. The jail became a rallying cry for a political reform movement that eventually led the Santa Ana City Council to phase out immigrant detention at the facility, improve police accountability and spend more money on badly needed community services. In many ways, the effort foreshadowed what is happening in Los Angeles and other cities around the country as protesters call for an end to police brutality and sweeping social reforms. But Santa Ana offers a cautionary tale for the...
    The City Council’s passage (and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s July 15th signing) of a Queens Councilman Rory Lancman’s “diaphragm compression bill” is an understandable, but unfortunately misguided, City Council approach to continue micromanaging the police arrest process when arrestees forcibly resist. Rather than focus on already-banned NYPD chokeholds and diaphragm compression, Lancman’s Law also prohibits police officers from sitting, standing or kneeling on an arrestee’s back and chest, even as they undertake to effectuate an arrest of a suspect unwilling to cooperate, or acquiesce in standard arrest protocols. The Council acted after the State Legislature only recently enacted legislation essentially codifying a targeted ban on diaphragm compression like that which killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The City Council has...
    ABCTOLEDO Updated: 08/25/2020 7:57 PM Save The Municipal Group Izquierda Unida-Podemos in the Toledo City Council has urged the local government to close the premises, apartments, chalets or any building in the city in which prostitution is practiced and to help women who suffer from this “sexual violence” with 1 percent of the municipal budget that is used to make equality policies in the Toledo City Council. This has been explained by the councilor of the United Left-Podemos of Toledo, Olga Ávalos, after registering in writing in the municipal offices the request to close these premises, as reported by the IU in a press release. Ávalos has indicated that the Toledo City Council allocates 1...
    MVToledo Updated: 08/25/2020 18: 53h Save Related news The owner of a hotel establishment in YuncosHe died last Saturday, August 22, from coronavirus at 37 years old. This was said by the mayor of the town last Monday, María José Gallego, who recommended, at the request of the health authorities, that clients and workers who were closer and without protection with the deceased contact the epidemiology service of the Board Communities if they consider that a Covid-19 PCR should be done. Gallego expressed encouragement to the relatives of the deceased in a press conference in which he detailed the health situation of the municipality by the 41 cases detected of Covid-19. And he asked “prudence and a lot of...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Many people are having a hard time making ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, Aurora City Council member Alison Coombs says people making minimum wage in her city were struggling. Minimum wage in Aurora is currently $12 an hour. Coombs says, with soaring housing costs, it’s impossible to make ends meet working a 40-hour week at that rate. “A lot of folks are working two and three jobs and then what we also know from the data is that 29% of people in Aurora are paying more than 50% of their income for housing,” says Coombs. Alison Coombs (credit: CBS) That’s why Coombs is proposing to raise the...
    LOGAN SQUARE — From the coronavirus pandemic to surging gun violence, and a deepening budget deficit to civil unrest, the last several months have demanded quick, authoritative and sometimes spontaneous decision-making from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. But the blunt style that initially made the mayor a popular meme is wearing thin for local aldermen. Some say Lightfoot is opting to go it alone on major decisions, shutting out aldermen when the city is in crisis and needs collaborative leadership the most. “We get the info about these decisions in the ninth inning and then are forced to respond very quickly, often with little info. That doesn’t work for me on the North Side,” said Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th), a freshman alderman and...
    SAN ANTONIO – Numerous people had a hand in developing the resolution San Antonio’s City Council passed on Thursday, declaring racism as a public health crisis. While the Office of Equity was the main city department involved, the lesser-known Office of Health Equity also played a role and helped provide some of the data on health outcomes here in Bexar County. We took a closer look at what specifically it is they do for the city. The full story can be watched above in the video player. RELATED: City Council passes resolution that declares racism as a public health crisis Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she would veto budget changes passed by the Seattle City Council to defund the police. The proposals could have cut up to 100 officer positions. The proposals follow upon demands from Black Lives Matter protesters to "defund the police" and reroute the funds to social services, the lack of which is said to be the root cause of crime and violence. Durkan indicated that she was open to something similar to what the council had passed, but that they had not collaborated enough with her office before passing he measure. "This veto was because the bills as passed did not have the type of collaboration that I think we will...
    A Seattle Police Officer appeared to announce his resignation from the department because of ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in a viral video, telling an activist ‘I’m leaving, you guys won’. While the circumstances surrounding the video remain unclear, the officer, who is not named in the clip, is seen pulling up in a patrol vehicle next to a protester, winding down his window and appearing to sarcastically ask, ‘how’s your day going today bud?’ When the activist responds ‘not really, because you’re around,’ the officer tells him he has some good news for him. ‘I’m sorry for that. But just don’t worry man, 'cause guess what?’ he says. ‘I’m leaving. You guys won. F***ing two months baby and I’m...
    Cities and towns across the country are supporting the police by increasing spending for law enforcement next year, despite a national drive from the Left to "defund" the police. In both small and large cities and red states and blue, some police departments are getting more money in 2021, even as budgets take a hit amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fort Worth and Dallas, TexasForth Worth, on Tuesday, unveiled a fiscal 2021 budget that increases public safety spending and expands the police department's mental health crisis intervention team. Dallas also has boosted its proposed police funding to $542 million. Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said her focus is countering and responding to violent crime, but she supports "reimagining public safety."...
    New and bigger billboards in San Jose? Really? Well, that’s what the City Council is proposing by gutting the 1985 ban on new billboards. The city Planning Department explains that by allowing new, large, digital billboards, four times as many “old” existing billboards will be removed. Plus, they say new billboards will be “vibrant quality signs.” Is that a deal you can’t refuse? Planners think so, asserting billboards will “facilitate economic development” and are “an … aesthetic asset” that will be responsible for a “vibrant urban landscape.” City Councilman Raul Peralez and other City Council members agree, declaring billboards to be, of all things, “progressive.” Judge for yourself, for as many as 90 new digital billboards are on their way...
    ALAMEDA — A park that honors a mayor who asked for a review of the “problem” of Black people moving into Alameda during World II might get a new name, the latest city site to have its name questioned amid the national debate about race and who should be honored in public. Milton Godfrey was mayor of Alameda from 1941 to 1945, a time when the city’s population jumped more than 50,000, as Blacks and others arrived seeking jobs. During a City Council meeting in 1943, at Godfrey’s request, the city manager “reported on the problem of the increased negro population” and the housing shortage it was causing, according to meeting minutes that supporters of renaming the park are circulating....
    Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best pictured in January 2020. Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her resignation on Monday, effective September 2.  Best, who is the city's first Black female police chief, decided to quit hours after the City Council passed cuts to her department's budget. The Seattle Police Department's $409 million budget was reduced by $3.5 million for the rest of the year, which will likely result in about 100 officers being laid off. The cuts amount to far less than the 50% sought by Black Lives Matter protesters.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The police chief of Seattle resigned on Monday, hours after the City Council reduced her department's budget...
    (CNN)Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her retirement Monday night, shortly after a city council vote to cut nearly $4 million from the department's budget."I want to thank Mayor (Jenny) Durkan for her continuous support through good times and tough times," Best said in a letter to members of the Seattle Police Department obtained by CNN. "I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times."She said her retirement will be effective September 2.Durkan said the city is losing an unmatched leader."Her grit, grace and integrity have inspired me and made our city better," Durkan said in a statement. "These last months, I knew Chief Best was the person to lead our city through this challenging time, to...
    The Seattle City Council voted ‘yes’ to sweeping budget cuts for the police department following weeks of protests.  In the 7-1 vote, the city council approved more than $1,000,000 in cuts to the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) budget as the city moves to ‘defund’-and not abolish- the police, according to MyNorthWest. The package includes: Capping staff pay at $150,000 (not including the police chief) Slashing $50,000 from SPD travel and training activities Cutting $800,000 from SPD’s Retention and Recruitment budget As many as 100 layoffs for officers A defund Seattle Police Department (SPD)  (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images) The new law will also redirect more than $1,000,000 away from the Navigation Team in the Human Services Department...
    A federal judge warned the Seattle City Council to “remain mindful of its Consent Decree obligations,” which require any large-scale changes to their police policy to be approved by a federal monitor and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, ahead of a Monday vote to defund the police. “Legislation passed by the City Council may impact the City of Seattle’s obligations under the Consent Decree,” U.S. District Judge James Robart wrote in his ruling extending the restraining order he placed on a crowd control weapons ban. “The court encourages the City of Seattle to remain mindful of its Consent Decree obligations and to work in tandem with the court, the Monitor, the Government, and other...
    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,...
    (CNN)Before deciding on whether to hold the 80th annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, the local city council turned to its residents to get their take. "There was a significant amount of discussion that the council had with residents, businesses and state health officials as well as local health officials," Daniel Ainslie, the city manager, told CNN Sunday. The city, home to fewer than 7,000, sent a survey to all households asking if they wanted the rally to proceed on its scheduled date. The massive event usually brings in crowds of about 500,000 over 10 days of drag races, contests and concerts. On its 75th anniversary, nearly three quarters of a million people showed. A little more than 60%...
    The Minneapolis Charter Commission wisely, if unpredictably, told the Minneapolis City Council that its plan to reimagine public safety was not ready to go on the ballot this November. Predictably, this was met with outrage from the activist class who insisted the delay was an example of democracy denied. Jeremiah Ellison, for example, a council member in favor of abolishing the police department to be replaced by a Department of Happy Thoughts and Good Wishes, said of the commission’s decision, “this is not democracy. In a democracy the people decide. But I guess today the Charter Commission decided otherwise.” Ellison is wrong. The way it works is that the charter is the city’s constitution. To amend it requires adult thinking,...
    Two senior Louisville officials have walked out of Metro Council meeting after refusing to answer questions about the mayor's handling of protests in the wake of Breonna Taylor's death. Louisville Metro Police acting Chief Robert Schroeder and Public Safety Chief Amy Hess were appearing at the Council's Government Oversight and Audit Committee on Monday but left on the advice of their counsel. Their lawyers said that testifying publicly before the committee would jeopardize a federal civil rights lawsuit which was filed last week against Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Government, Schroeder and several LMPD officers. The attorneys said that their clients could give evidence behind closed doors, WDRB reported, but this proposal was rejected by Democrat Councillor Brent Ackerson.  Public Safety...
            by George Rasley  If you want a look at the dystopian Hell that Democrats will create in your city or town should they win the 2020 election look no further than what has happened in Minneapolis since the city council and Mayor gave the city over to the Far Left BLM revolutionaries. After the city leaders allowed days of violent insurrection, that burned over three miles of city storefronts, the Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 to abolish the city police department. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, homicides, shootings and robberies in Minneapolis have all increased by double digits from last year. So far this year 288 people have been shot — a total that...
    He was the consummate behind the scenes player, advising and influencing the Los Angeles City Council on its most urgent issues while staying out of the public eye. Ronald F. Deaton, the city’s chief legislative analyst from 1993 to 2004, offered his expertise as the council responded to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, dealt with the aftermath of major civil unrest and battled a years-long campaign to break up the city. When the mayor and council were at odds, or council members weren’t speaking to each other, Deaton served as a valuable go-between, said Zev Yaroslavsky, who served on the council and later the county Board of Supervisors. “People trusted him, because at the end of the day, he loved the...
    For the first time in half a century, the exclusive Foothills Park will be open for non-residents after the city council approved a pilot program that allows such visitors to buy passes to the preserve. The move comes a month after activists resurrected the decades-long conflict over the 1,400-acre Foothills Park, a massive nature preserve believed to be the only publicly owned park in California that excludes non-residents unless they’re guests accompanied by Palo Altans. In settling on a compromise between those who believe the restrictions are discriminatory and others who think opening it up to more visitors threatens the park’s ecosystem, the city council this week also set out plans to put the issue to voters in 2022 —...
    Seattle's police chief has pleaded with city officials to 'stop mob rule and do the right thing' after 'aggressive' protesters marched on her home Saturday.  Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council Monday two days after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best, who opposes a 50 per cent cut in police funding, said council members need to 'forcefully call for the end of these tactics.'   Protesters recently also appeared outside the homes of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Best last month spoke out against a plan proposed by advocates to cut the police department budget by 50 per cent and...
    Seattle’s Chief of Police called on Seattle’s City Council to stand up against “mob rule” after “aggressive” activists reportedly targeted her home over the weekend, which scared her neighbors. “I wanted to update you on recent events, particularly those that occurred late last night,” Best wrote in a letter addressed to City Council President Lorena González and Public Safety Chair Lisa Herbold. “A residence of mine in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protestors late last night. My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so. Currently, the...
    ALAMEDA — The City Council has rejected a proposal that called for cutting up to 42 percent of the Alameda Police Department’s budget and shifting the money into social service programs. The council’s decision Tuesday followed public push-back, including from those who said such a deep cut in police resources would make residents vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. “I think there is some reason for us to change the culture of the police force,” Councilman Tony Daysog said. “But I think having those budget reductions was putting the cart before the horse.” Multiple people wrote emails to the council about defunding the police, which had been proposed by Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilman Jim Oddie. “Yes, the...
    Many Seattle residents have expressed disapproval of the Seattle City Council’s measure to slash police department funding by half, with one telling the council Wednesday the proposal is a “radical experiment” that will only “hurt the vulnerable.” The Seattle City Council is weighing a measure, which would slash police department funding by 50 percent or $85 million for the remainder of the year. According to Q13 Fox, “nearly 300” people signed up to weigh in on the measure during Wednesday’s budget meeting, and many expressed disapproval. One caller phoned in to describe the move as a “radical experiment that will hurt the vulnerable.” “Seattle City Council, you are irresponsibly not fully representing your constituents by making the reckless decision of...
    Seattle residents have said calls to half the police budget are 'radical' and 'irresponsible' after violence and vandalism spread throughout the city during protests. Around 300 people who phoned in to a city council meeting on Wednesday night said the redistribution of around $85million in funds will 'hurt the vulnerable'.  'Defunding the police is a radical experiment that will hurt the vulnerable,' one woman claimed. 'Why are you defunding the police when many of you have called on the SPD for protection recently? We know you have. Why are you cutting protection for everyone else?' Seattle residents have said calls to half the police budget are 'radical' and 'irresponsible' after violence and vandalism spread throughout the city during protests  ...
    Hundreds of Seattle residents spoke up about proposals to “Defund the police” during a city council budget meeting on Wednesday, according to reports. The council is considering a plan that could slash the budget of the city’s police department by 50 percent – resulting in layoffs for hundreds of officers – all as Seattle deals with the coronavirus outbreak and frequent riots and other unrest since the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. While the “Defund the police” effort was initially popular in the city, opponents of the plan have been growing more vocal, Q13 FOX of Seattle reported. SEATTLE POLICE UNION LEADER HITS BACK AFTER MAYOR CLAIMS TRUMP USING FEDS AS 'DRY RUN FOR...
    Anna CabezaBarcelona Updated: 07/24/2020 20:32 Save The Barcelona City Council approved this Friday, with the unanimity of all its groups, to demand that the Government be able to use all the surplus generated in 2019 and its cash surpluses to address questions about Covid. Despite the same vote, the formations had a tense debate about it, since the opposition reproached the commons and the PSC, in the City Council and in the Government, they couldn’t do more to get this request. Mayor Ada Colau pointed out, in an attempt to blame other formations, that it was necessary to “change the PP laws that suffocate all municipalities.” The session, the last one before the holiday break, also served to...
              The Minneapolis City Council voted to cut the Minneapolis Police Department’s communications division during its Budget Committee discussion Wednesday. The ultimate goal is to have the city’s communications department handle all emergency calls. According to the proposal, the city’s communications department will assume police department communications under two separate plans of action. In one, calls categorized as “Theft-Report Only” will be fully transitioned by December 1st of this year. In another, “Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDP)” and “Report-Only” calls will be transferred starting 2021. The Council also voted to cut the Communications & Video Coordinator and the Director of Public Information positions from the police department. These proposals raised some concerns within the community. A...
    LOGAN SQUARE — The demolition ban along The 606’s Bloomingdale Trail, which is meant to curb rapid gentrification along the popular jogging and biking path, has been extended for another six months. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved extending the ban until Feb. 1, 2021. The ban was set to expire Aug. 1. With the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout, Northwest Side aldermen have said they need more time to continue studying the impact of demolitions and deconversions on displacement and gentrification, and to come up with a long-term legislative solution. Also passed by #ChiCouncil today:A 6 month extension to our demolition moratorium around the Bloomingdale Trail.This will give area aldermen & groups more time to craft a long...
    Joe Borelli, one of three Republican members of New York City's 51-member City Council, told "The Daily Briefing” Thursday that Mayor Bill de Blasio "is, right now,  just caving in to this sort of woke progressive mob ..." In addition to growing anti-police sentiment and an alarming surge in gun violence across the city, Borelli cited “an encampment outside of City Hall blocking the streets, blocking subway entrances, harassing people who walk by,” but de Blasio is “just letting this go.” “Ever since the protests have really took off, he totally just collapsed any bit of rational thought, and he’s given in to every demand,” Borelli continued. VideoBorelli, who represents part of Staten Island joined host Dana Perino after NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea slammed city lawmakers in an appearance on CNN, claiming that six...
    New York City police union President Patrick Lynch blamed the municipal and state governments Tuesday for New York City’s escalating murder rate. “Our city council, our mayor’s office and the state legislature have handcuffed police officers and given the street back to the criminal,” Lynch told Fox News’ “Hannity” when asked why “18 people were shot last night.” “Remember just a few short years ago the city was out of control. Police officers literally took our street corners back block by block.” Lynch told interviewer Lawrence Jones. (RELATED: You Took My Son: Go To Hell: Father And Grandmother Of Slain 1-Year-Old Baby Speak Out Against Killers) He said the city has now taken the side of those who “demonized...
    New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council Tuesday for a spike in shootings this summer, telling Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones: "The city has given our streets back." "Our city council, our mayor's office, and the state legislature have handcuffed police officers and given the street back to the criminals," Lynch told Jones on "Hannity" after the Fox News contributor reminded him that 18 people had been shot overnight, and at least one person had been killed. AT LEAST 17 SHOT IN NEW YORK CITY AS GUN VIOLENCE CONTINUES TO SOAR Video"Remember just a few short years ago, the city was out of control," Lynch said. "Police officers literally took our street corners...
    City activists and leaders demanded New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea to reassemble its anti-crime unit after 28 people died in shootings in June, along with a growing amount in July. Several black community leaders gathered in Brooklyn on Tuesday and called upon the mayor, the City Council, and clergy leaders to end violence ravaging their communities. The activists disparaged the police reforms proposed by city officials and accused them of urging anti-cop activists such as Black Lives Matter to dictate city policy. They called upon de Blasio not to sign the police reform bill that the City Council just passed. “The African American community is saying we don't want...
    As the Minneapolis City Council moves ahead with its plan to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, the controversy swirling around the effort has overshadowed a key feature of the plan, a shift in power and authority away from the mayor and toward the 13-member council. The City Council plan would strip the mayor of much of his authority to oversee public safety functions, a role granted to him by the Minneapolis City Charter. The charter language now empowers the mayor to establish rules and regulations for the MPD and to appoint the police chief to a three-year term, subject to council confirmation. Those powers would be eliminated under the council’s plan to replace the MPD with a new Department of...
    Madrid, Jul 14 (EFE) .- The delegate of the Culture, Tourism and Sports Area, Andrea Levy, announced on Tuesday that the facilities of the Venta del Batán will house the Madrid Bullfighting School, through a collaboration protocol between the Community of Madrid and the City Council of the capital to be signed “in the coming days”. This has been stated by Levy in the Committee on Culture, Tourism and Sport, where he has advanced that the agreement will include the recovery of the bullfighting awards of the San Isidro Fair, the promotion of bullfighting “as cultural heritage” and the institutional presence of the City Council of Madrid in the Las Ventas bullring and in bullfighting-related events. Levy, who regretted that...
    Seattle's Police chief spoke out against a plan proposed by advocates to defund cops by 50 per cent and reallocate the money to other community needs. Speaking on Fox & Friends Monday, Police Chief Carmen Best blasted the proposal, which already has won majority support among members of Seattle's City Council. 'We will be much less safe,' Best warned if the proposal made by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now, two coalitions of local community groups and Black leaders, goes forward. 'I'm hoping that the council will reconsider this very rash and reckless decision and allow us to do the work that we're supposed to do for the city of Seattle,' she said on the broadcast. Seattle...
    The late Robert Kennedy once said: Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights begins with the sentence: All human beings are born free and equal in human rights. Frank G. FernandezIn the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd, Minneapolis is hemorrhaging. It needs to rebuild its infrastructure, starting with the Minneapolis Police Department. Ideas are being proposed right and left — from throwing out the cops, defunding the police department, to throwing out the politicians, defunding the city government, and everything in between. The City Council has voted 12-0 to dismantle the MPD. Yet no one...
    A majority of Seattle’s city council backs a plan put forth by advocates that would defund the police department by 50%. Three council members added their support to the proposal Thursday, meaning that seven of the nine now back the idea, according to the Seattle Times. This comes after Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan pointed out that Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” caused “a staggering 525 percent spike in crime as a result of the violence that swept through,” the NY Post previously reported. Council members Lisa Herbold, Dan Strauss, Andrew Lewis, Tammy Morales, Kshama Sawant, Teresa Mosqueda and M. Lorena Gonzalez are on board with the advocates’ push to defund the police department. They have promised to move quickly, although Durkan...
    A veto-proof majority of the Seattle City Council backed a proposal Thursday to defund the Seattle Police Department by 50% — including a proposal to remove 911 dispatchers from police control and to “imagine life beyond policing.” The Seattle Times reported: A majority of Seattle City Council members now say they agree with a high-level proposal by advocates to defund the Police Department by 50% and reallocate the dollars to other community needs. … That means seven of nine council members are on board with the idea, though they have yet to say exactly how they intend to make the cuts; six votes are needed to pass budget-related legislation and to override a mayoral veto. [Mayor Jenny] Durkan has not backed...
    A united message — a rarity for the group — emerged from the Minneapolis City Council in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death: It’s time to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.  It’s a powerful statement. For many, it’s also unclear exactly what it means. Uncertainty, argue council members, is baked into the proposition of creating a new public safety system. Even so, during its June 26 meeting, the council forwarded a proposal to the Minneapolis Charter Commission that would amend the city’s charter — essentially, its constitution — to allow for the dismantling of the police department. It’s the first step in the process of giving Minneapolis voters a say by putting the amendment on the ballot this November, a...
    Following the protests that stemmed from the killing of George Floyd by a city cop, the Minneapolis City Council pledged last month to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department. But that plan has not sat well with citizens who have seen crime grow in their communities and want to know what will be done if they're no longer able to count on the police. Now a group of black peace activists is taking on the leadership of the city of Minneapolis over its push to dismantle the police. The group held an "urgent news conference" Tuesday to raise their voices against the council's plan, WCCO-TV reported. One of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Just a few days ago, Leneesha Columbus, was alive and well. But Sunday night someone killed the mother of two, who was 5 months pregnant. The next day, in Minneapolis, a 12-year-old was shot while riding with his family. Lisa Clemons is a former officers and a peace activist with “A Mother’s Love.”  She said to a crowd of reporters, “We cannot have bullets continue to fly in our community.” A panel of African-American violence prevention advocates held what they call an emergency news conference to speak against the city council’s push to dismantle the police department. “It is time to stand up in this city, it is time to tell the city council that utopia is...
    In response to protests and riots that left sections of the city in flames, the progressive leadership of Minneapolis has taken steps to defund the police department and replace it with a “transformative new model for cultivating safety” in the city. But some influential voices from the black community in the city are pushing back hard on how the city council is driving forward with their “absurd” and “egregious”  dismantlement plan. On June 12, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a “community-led public safety system” that will involve “healers, elders, youth, artists, and organizers,” who will “lead deep community engagement on race and public safety” and will offer “transformative...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Council approved a $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department's budget on Wednesday, July 1.The LAPD's original proposed operating budget for this fiscal year before the cut was about $1.86 billion dollars.George Floyd's death has brought the topic of defunding the police to cities across the nation. The People's Budget LA, a coalition led by the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Chapter, gave their proposal in June to cut LAPD's budget by 90%.Now that the City Council has approved the $150 million cut, those funds will instead go toward services like mental health and housing, particularly in underrepresented neighborhoods.The cut will not affect healthcare and pensions for LAPD officers.Follow Gabriela...
    The City of Somerville passed the ordinance during a council meeting on June 25, with it being signed into law on Monday by Mayor Joseph Curtatone A city just outside of Boston has unanimously voted to allow for polyamorous relationships, out of growing concern from residents hoping to visit their partners in hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Somerville passed the ordinance during a council meeting on June 25, with it being signed into law on Monday by Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Councilor Lance Davis told the Boston Globe.  The ordinance may be the first of its kind  in the country. Several Massachusetts cities have already passed such policies prior to the passing of same sex marriage in the...
    The Los Angeles City Council voted to cut the Los Angeles Police Department's budget by $150million that will affect overtime pay and reduce employees - bottoming staff to it's lowest level in 12 years.  The City Council approved the massive budget slash in a near landslide victory of 12-2 on Wednesday in the latest blow dealt to police forces. New York City's police budget was just given a billion dollar slash and the police department in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed two months ago, was abolished by its city council.  The Los Angeles Times reports that the department's hiring took the hit, plummeting the number of officers to just 9,757 by next summer.  The Los Angeles City Council approved...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The city’s efforts to reform the NYPD have received a stunning rebuke from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He called on the mayor and City Council to go back to the drawing board and rewrite the book on police-community relations. The graffiti scrawled by protesters on public buildings are visible signs of unhappiness with the efforts of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to reform the NYPD in the new budget, reported CBS2’s Marcia Kramer. Now Cuomo, seeing the so-called handwriting on the wall, is jumping into the fray, saying the city should redesign the way the NYPD polices communities. “The police department was not formed in the Bible. ‘And God said this shall be the...
    A national movement has sprung from Minneapolis since the police killing of George Floyd. Community members are increasingly calling for greater police accountability, and polling shows Americans overwhelmingly agree; the next question is not just what that will look like, but what changes will stick. One argument that has landed Minneapolis activists in national headlines is that the Minneapolis Police Department is unreformable — that it should be defunded and/or abolished altogether. This idea has been led by local groups Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block, which hosted a community meeting at Powderhorn Park in early June. There, a majority of City Council members took to the stage to back abolishing the police. The council has crafted an amendment...
    NYPD police officers listen to a press conference held by local unions on June 9, 2020. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty The New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday agreed on a budget that strips the New York Police Department of $1 billion in funding.  The $1 billion is being reallocated to youth and community services. The move came in response to nationwide protests to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd's death.  But the budget was criticized from both sides. Some said money shouldn't be taken away from the NYPD at a time of rising crime, while others said the cuts weren't enough to make real changes. Visit Insider's homepage for...
    Bradley Cortright June 30, 2020 0 Comments New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is proposing a $1 billion budget cut to the New York Police Department (NYPD) as several municipalities take steps to slash police departments’ budgets as the push to defund police forces gains steam. However, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says de Blasio’s proposal is “disingenuous” and “not a victory.” In a statement, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math.” She continued:  “It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Educations budget so that the exact same police remain in schools. It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD...
    For years, one of San Jose’s most influential commissions has been overwhelmingly controlled by white representatives from some of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. But that’s about to finally change. The San Jose City Council has appointed five new members from different areas across the city to the Planning Commission after public scrutiny for its longtime lack of racial and geographic diversity. The commission, which evaluates land-use policies and gives recommendations on planning and development proposals, will now include three Latinx residents, three white residents and a Black resident — all seven of whom reside in separate council districts. The council, however, did not appoint any Asian-American candidates even though nearly a third of the city’s population is made up of...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The NYPD is getting its budget cut, even while shootings in New York City are surging. City council is set to vote on the measure Tuesday.Overall, the proposed budget calls for more than $6 billion in cuts citywide.Mayor Bill de Blasio claims $1 billion of that will come from the NYPD.The mayor and City Council bowed to pressure.The proposed cuts come as protesters continue to camp out outside New York City Hall.Many of them have been sleeping in City Hall Park for about a week, calling for the city to defund the police.EMBED More News Videos Dave Evans has comments from local officials on the potential changes, plus an update on the upcoming state budget...
    Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson are finalizing an $87 billion budget deal that would avoid municipal layoffs while slicing $1 billion from the Police Department’s budget through transfers and spending cuts, The Post has learned. The agreement — which the City Council was being briefed on late Monday night — largely restores cuts Hizzoner made to summer youth employment programs, counselors for high needs schools and tuition aid for low-income City University students. But, it also keeps the bulk of the other spending cuts proposed by de Blasio in April intact as officials attempt to navigate the Big Apple’s estimated $9 billion deficit, which was caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown....
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s presented a plan to the City Council to shift about $1 billion from the police department to social programs. The issue, coming a day before the city’s June 30 budget deadline, may remove a major obstacle in negotiations because City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has insisted on cutting that amount from the NYPD’s $5.9 billion budget. The mayor proposed a $95 billion budget in January, then reduced it to $89.3 billion in April, as the virus forced a lockdown that removed billions of dollars in tax revenue. His latest budget, he has said, has been pared down to about $87 billion. © Copyright 2020 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.
    An NYPD lieutenant who blew the whistle on police corruption is now running for city council — the first active-duty cop in recent history to vie for the elected position.   Lt. Edwin Raymond, 34, of Brooklyn North told The Post he hopes he can use his 12 years on the force to help the bridge the gap between lawmakers and cops when it comes to reform. “I understand the mentality and the psyche of police officers enough to tailor the message in a way that they’ll be receptive,” Raymond said. “Many cops are unable to separate themselves as individuals from the department as an entity. So when you criticize the department, they just feel personally attacked and they...
    Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that he thinks Minneapolis City Council members’ plan to dismantle police departments “makes absolutely no sense.” “In Minneapolis-St. Paul, we had over a thousand buildings damaged or destroyed in the riots because there were not enough police here, and then what do they want to do? They want to defund or dismantle the police,” Gazelka,  a Republican, said. “It makes absolutely no sense, the direction they’re trying to go.” Gazelka made the comments two days after City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city’s charter to remove the mandate for a police department – the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The amendment proposed the city replace the police department with a Department of Community...
    Charles Stotts and Kacey White, the owners of a historic restaurant in Minneapolis that was burned down by rioters, told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that they are “not even close” to rebuilding their business. “We did not own the building, we were tenants of the building so we don't have a say of what gets rebuilt there and if the landlord that rebuilds wants another restaurant in there or not, but that area is, I would say, years out from being rebuilt,” White, the owner of Town Talk Diner & Gastropub, said on Sunday. “They have not begun demolition or removal of anything yet in that area,” she said. White made the comments two days after Minneapolis City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city's charter...
    An NYPD lieutenant who blew the whistle on police corruption is now running for city council — the first active-duty cop in recent history to vie for the elected position.   Lt. Edwin Raymond, 34, of Brooklyn North told The Post he hopes he can use his 12 years on the force to help the bridge the gap between lawmakers and cops when it comes to reform. “I understand the mentality and the psyche of police officers enough to tailor the message in a way that they’ll be receptive,” Raymond said. “Many cops are unable to separate themselves as individuals from the department as an entity. So when you criticize the department, they just feel personally attacked and they shut...
    AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of a South Georgia city upheld a decision to fire their city manager over allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior. The city council of Americus rejected an appeal by former City Manager Charles Coney after a three-hour hearing Thursday. The council had fired Coney in February after a law firm investigated complaints by city employees, WALB-TV reported. Coney denied sexual harrassment claims against him and his attorney argued his race had been a factor in his firing. Coney is Black, as are a majority of Americus council members. Attorneys for the city said any claims of racial bias were baseless, noting Coney was fired by the same city council that hired him. The...
    Three members of the Minneapolis City Council have been provided with a private security detail after receiving death threats for supporting proposals to defend the city’s police department in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. A city spokesperson said the private security details ordered for council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks – a rate of $4,300 per day. News of the arrangement surfaced Friday, the same day the council voted 12-0 to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department, initiating steps toward establishing ‘peace officers’ and a new ‘holistic’ approach to public safety. The police force, which is largely white, has failed to regain the city’s trust after the death...
    The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday, 12-0, to approve an amendment that would eliminate requirements from the city’s charter for the city to have a police department. “Under the current charter language, the city council is required to fund a police force of a size proportionate to the city’s population. Changes being considered in the amendment would remove that requirement along with an entire section on the police department,” Fox 9 reported. “The proposal replaces that language with a new department: the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. It would be managed by the City Council, marking a key power shift for a council frustrated with limited authority.” The city council also removed the minimum number of...
    The city of Minneapolis, Minnesota is spending $4,500 a day — so far totaling $63,000 — to employ private security to protect three of its city council members after they received threats, according to Fox 9. On Friday, councilmembers unanimously voted to disband the police department and establish the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention — a move that will have to be approved by the mayor and voters. Nationwide protests began in May after Minneapolis a police officer killed 46-year-old George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.  A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department told Fox 9 it had not received any reports of threats faced by councilmembers. Visit Insider's homepage for...
    Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day on private security for three city council members who support defunding the police after allegedly receiving threats, a local report published Friday showed. Private security details cost Minneapolis taxpayers roughly $63,000 over the past three weeks, a spokesman for the city said, according to a FOX 9 report. Council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano are outspoken supporters of efforts to defund the Minneapolis Police Department, the report stated. Neither Cunningham, Jenkins nor Cano have responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. (RELATED: Black Corrections Officers Allegedly Barred From Guarding Chauvin File Discrimination Complaint) Cunningham did respond to Fox9’s request for comment, telling the outlet through a text message...
    Three Minneapolis City Council members who voted to dismantle the city's police department recently began using a private security detail for protection. The city has spent $63,000 over the last three weeks to provide security for Andrea Jenkins of Ward 8, Phillipe Cunningham of Ward 4, and Alondra Cano of Ward 9, FOX 9 reported on Friday. The security detail, which is being provided by two firms, Aegis and BelCom, cost $4,500 a day. The three city council members say they that have been receiving threats after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Memorial Day once a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite his pleas for air. “I don’t feel...
    Three members of the Minneapolis City Council have reportedly been provided with a private security detail after receiving threats for supporting proposals to defund the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death.  The city is currently spending $4,500 per day on security for council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillips Cunningham and Alondra Cano, Fox 9 reported on Friday. A spokesperson for the city told the outlet that the private security has cost roughly $63,000 over the past three weeks. The security comes after the three of the council members have reportedly faced threats due to their support for defunding the Minneapolis Police Department. Cunningham told the outlet that the security is temporary, but declined to elaborate on security...
    Political leaders have debated for years whether San Jose would benefit from granting more authority to its mayor and abandoning the current council-manager form of government. It’s time to engage in a full public debate of the issue and let voters have their say. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday should place a measure on the November ballot seeking voter approval to expand the mayor’s power. It’s not a slam dunk to go before voters. Beyond the politics of the proposed changes, the ballot measure could significantly alter the race to become San Jose’s next mayor. Labor has been working for the past year to align San Jose’s mayoral election with presidential elections, believing increased turnouts would help its...
    San Diego has radical technology improvements planned in the city council rooms that will boost public participation and solve some problems caused by the change to virtual meetings during the covid-19 pandemic. The long-planned improvements were not triggered by the pandemic or by police protesters who have inundated council meetings with phone calls in recent weeks, but city officials say recent events have prompted them to adjust some details of your plans. The renovations will include new lighting, a new sound system, modernized video screens, and an improved voting system for the council. Members of the public will also have more freedom to display their own slides or photos during their participation. Other possible changes may include creating a virtual...
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed voter fraud charges Thursday against two Paterson city officials who allegedly engaged in a mail-in ballot scheme in connection to a special election in May. Grewal levelled the charges against Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and two other men after the Postal Inspection Service warned Grewal’s office that hundreds of mail-in ballots were found in a Paterson mailbox, InsiderNJ reported Thursday. The attorney general’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability (OPIA) began a probe after the Postal Inspection Service issued the warning. Paterson authorities decided to conduct the May 12 special election through mail-in ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reportedly killed more than 124,000 people in the...
    MINNEAPOLIS council has voted unanimously to advance a proposal to replace its police force with a community safety department. The decision comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police officers, which has sparked protests across the world, and galvanized calls to defund the police. 12 A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in MinneapolisCredit: AP:Associated Press The City Council voted 12-0 to approve a proposal to change the city charter to allow the police department to be dismantled. It is the first step in a long bureaucratic process, which would see the proposal on the November ballot, where the city's residents would have the final say....
    The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a draft amendment Friday to abolish the city’s police department, sending the proposal to the next stages of possible approval. The amendment calls for modifying the city charter to replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, according to a draft posted online. The draft indicates that this new department “will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach” and requires that its director “have non-law enforcement experience in community safety services.” The proposed amendment will now be sent to a policy committee and the city’s Charter Commission, the Associated Press reported. During these stages of formal review, city residents and other officials will be...
    (CNN)The Minneapolis City Council on Friday officially moved to dismantle its police force and replace it with a department of community safety and violence prevention in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. The unanimous vote approving a proposed charter amendment represents a first step in a complicated process that includes a review by a public commission before the measure could ultimately end up in the hands of voters at the November ballot. "No singular action is going to undo longstanding systemic oppression, racial oppression," said council member Jeremiah Ellison. Four weeks after George Floyds death, an embattled police union finally speaks out"This is one action of many that we need to take on the road to...
    The Los Angeles City Council took a first step this week toward launching a new “crisis response” plan that would have unarmed service providers responding to some 911 calls instead of the city’s police department, according to new reports. The council’s police reform committee on Wednesday approved a motion in which the LAPD would work with other city and county agencies that handle health and homelessness issues to “develop an unarmed model of crisis response that would divert non-violent calls for service away from LAPD to the appropriate non-law enforcement agencies and related matters,” The Los Angeles Times reported. Some council members raised concerns about funding and questioned whether the city might be moving too quickly or drastically to slice...
    Minneapolis City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city's charter Friday to remove the mandate for a police department-- the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of George Floyd's death. The amendment proposes the city replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, “which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach,” a draft of the amendment said. MINNEAPOLIS NEIGHBORHOOD THAT VOWED NOT TO CALL POLICE IN WAKE OF FLOYD DEATH IS ALREADY BEING TESTED BY 300-STRONG HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT The proposal adds that the director of the new agency would have “non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches.”...
    The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would amend the city charter and make serious changes to how policing is done in the city. A review of the the ordinance will be conducted by the city's Charter Commission after a 12-0 vote by city council members on Friday. "Vote: 12-0, Minneapolis City Council approves ordinance to send to charter commission possible change to how policing is done in the city," tweeted KSTP reporter Eric Chaloux. "Next steps, Charter Commission must review and hold public meeting in July. These are steps ahead of it possibly appearing on Nov ballot." Vote: 12-0, Minneapolis City Council approves ordinance to send to charter commission possible change to how policing is...
    The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a proposal that would amend the city’s charter to allow the city police department to be dismantled.  The 12-0 vote is the latest push to hold law enforcement accountable after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody on May 25. The proposal’s passage is the first step toward making the decision a ballot measure in the November general election.  The proposal would replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, “which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.” The head of this department would be somebody with “non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited...
    The Minneapolis city council on Friday unanimously approved a measure to abolish the city’s police department — a radical proposal amid nationwide efforts by activists to defund local law enforcement bodies. The 12-0 vote will not automatically dismantle the department, but is a first step in a long legislative process that will ultimately need popular support by city residents in a November election. The proposal gained popularity among city council members amid widespread protests and riots in the city following the killing of George Floyd by a city police officer last month. Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he lost consciousness and ultimately died, which was captured on video. Floyd’s killing touched off nationwide protests against police brutality...
    The Minneapolis city council will vote Friday on a measure to abolish the city’s police department — a radical proposal supported by the majority of the body amid nationwide efforts by left-wing activists to defund police departments. If passed, the proposal would not automatically dismantle the department, but would be the first step in a long legislative process that would ultimately need popular support by city residents in a November election. The proposal gained popularity among city council members amid widespread protests and riots in the city following the killing of George Floyd by a city police officer last month. Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he lost consciousness and ultimately died, which was captured on video. Floyd’s...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council has taken another step in the process toward dismantling the city’s police department, following the death of George Floyd. An ordinance has been introduced to remove the requirement for a police department from the city charter. The charter amendment calls instead for “a department of community safety and violence prevention.” It also includes a provision for licensed law enforcement officers. The council seeks community input on how the system would respond to non-violent incidents, and after a lengthy legislative process, the charter amendment would go to a city-wide vote in November.
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis City Council has advanced a plan to dismantle the city police department following George Floyd’s death. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MILPITAS — In a few months, Milpitas residents could be asked to approve a quarter-cent sales tax to help the city cope with potential revenue losses. The City Council signaled Tuesday it’ll likely place a sales tax measure on the November ballot that, if approved, could rake in about $7 million a year over the next eight years. The city currently has a 9% sales tax rate. The council voted 4-1 during a special meeting to direct staff to return Aug. 4 with specific language for the ballot measure. At least four council members would have to approve it. To pass, the measure would require a simple majority of yes votes from residents. Councilwoman Karina Dominguez was the sole dissenter,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s about to get easier to get around the city. The New York City Council voted to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters Thursday. The bill allows both to operate through the city’s five boroughs. Top speeds for e-bikes will be 25 mph and 20 for e-scooters. The bill also calls for the development of a shared e-scooter pilot program similar to Citi Bike.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Calls to cut the NYPD budget come as the city faces a $10 billion budget gap, and Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council have just five days to solve the fiscal crisis. The streets could get dirtier. There could be fewer firefighters on trucks and possible cuts in the classroom. None of those include de Blasio’s threat to layoff 22,000 people. RELATED STORY: Growing Concern Pandemic Could Cause Spike In Homeless Population Facing the June 30 budget deadline, the mayor and City Council are far apart on how to solve the coronavirus fiscal crisis. The council wants to cut the fat, slashing agency budgets by 5-7%. The mayor wants $1 billion in union givebacks, or...
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Tacoma City Council has announced that implementation of a new tax on firearms and ammunition will be delayed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The City Council voted for the tax in November in response to gun violence, approving a $25 tax on firearms and a 2-to-5 cent tax on each round of ammunition, The News Tribune reported. The tax is estimated to collect $30,000 each year to fund violence prevention programs. The tax was scheduled to go into effect July 1 but city council members determined Tuesday at a meeting that they would not be able to meet all the necessary requirements before then. The requirements included creation of a task force to...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Councilmembers gave final approval to the fiscal year 2021 operating budget on Thursday. They were tasked with filling a massive $749 million deficit brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. While the budget reduces $33 million in police department funding, it pours $45 million into affordable housing, arts funding and social services that address poverty. Libraries also received a significant reduction in funding, slashing neighborhood branches from six to five days a week. The iconic Parkway Central branch, along with four regional libraries, will now be closed on Sunday. “I cannot in good faith vote on a budget that shows disregard of the voices of our constituents, and when we failed to listen to the people...
    The Madrid City Council is clear: it would exercise “all legal paths and channels” If the Government of the Nation tried to “take over” its surplus, the delegate of the Treasury has answered, Engracia Hidalgo, to a question in this sense made by Vox spokesman, Javier Ortega Smith, in the Plenary of Cibeles, where the mayor has stated that, if adopted, it would be a “manifestly unconstitutional” measure. For his part, the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, recalled that the City Council of the capital sent a letter to the Ministry of Finance demanding the use of the remaining 420 million euros to face the consequences of Covid-19 but “there has been no responseof the Government of the Nation ». “We...
    LIVERPOOL could potentially still be crowned champions at Premier League holders Man City’s Etihad after getting the green light from the council. Next week’s clash between the top two on July 2 has been confirmed to take place at The Etihad instead of on neutral ground. 2 The Etihad will host Liverpool's visit to Manchester City next weekCredit: Getty - Pool Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, who thumped Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday, could win the title tonight if Pep Guardiola’s side fail to win at Chelsea. However, there is still the possibility that Liverpool can seal their first top-flight crown for 30-years at the home of their nearest rivals after Manchester City Council announced the clash can take place at the...