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  • Orkin Names Chicago ‘Rattiest City In America’

    10/13/2014 12:35:13 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    cbs chicago ^ | 10-13-2014
    Chicago is the rattiest city in America, according to pest control company Orkin. The company released a top 20 list with Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and New York City trailing Chicago. “Each city on this list is a major urban area that provides ideal conditions for rats and mice to thrive,” said entomologist and Orkin Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. in the release. The list was based soley on the number of treatments performed by Orkin in the past year. Orkin estimates rats and mice invade 21 million American homes each year and one-third of Americans saw a rodent...
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • Los Angeles Looks Into Making Ballot Bankable [BRIBING PEOPLE TO VOTE!]

    08/15/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman suggests the prizes could be $25,000 or $50,000, saying a pilot program should be used first to find out the number and size of prizes that would bump up turnout. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1uV1Ekw) that federal law prohibits payment for voting, but Ethics Commissioner Jessica Levinson says that statute...
  • Times Square Shut Down By Thousands Marching As Ferguson Protests Spin-Off Across The Country

    08/14/2014 7:34:00 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 180 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 August 2014 | By Josh Gardner For Mailonline and Louise Boyle For Mailonline
    The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marching through the streets of New York in a vigil that culminated in Times Square Thursday night. Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city. Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as thousands flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization...
  • Times Square characters want to unionize

    08/13/2014 5:39:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    myfoxny ^ | August 12, 2014 | Stacey Delikat
    Times Square is quickly becoming the costume capital of the world. They seem to be everywhere. City officials have said they want to crack down, but now the people who wear the costumes also want to take action and organize to protect their jobs. You know them as Elmo, Cookie Monster and Woody, but the people who wear these costumes decided to take on a new name: Association of Artists United for a Smile New York City.
  • NYC Announces Plan to Equalize Neighborhoods

    05/27/2014 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Semmens
    Concerned that the City is an inhomogeneous hodgepodge with pockets of great wealth in some neighborhoods and squalor in others, newly appointed Housing Preservation and Development Commissar Vicki Been announced a plan to move 80,000 to 120,000 poorer families into middle class neighborhoods. “This way instead of having blight and filth in every direction they might look poorer families will be within easy walking distance of a better kept neighborhood,” Been boasted. “The crimes that plague poorer sections of our City would be more evenly dispersed throughout the whole City. Victims will come from a more broadly representative subset of...
  • City to end some police cooperation with immigration officials

    03/14/2014 3:03:37 PM PDT · by gooblah · 9 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Posted: March 13, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
    'The pernicious impact" of federal immigration enforcement "on certain communities in Philadelphia" is pushing the city to curtail police cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Public Safety Director Michael Resnick said Wednesday. At a City Council hearing packed to the balcony benches with immigrant-rights groups, Resnick said Mayor Nutter would soon sign an executive order barring police and prison officials from honoring immigration detainers except when a suspect in custody was previously convicted of a violent felony and ICE obtained a warrant to support the detainer request.
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • Government reform group launches public pension database

    02/07/2014 6:10:38 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/04/2014 | Jon Ortiz
    A conservative Southern California group has launched a public pension database that includes retirees’ names, their annual pension payments, years of service, last employer and year of retirement. ---SNIP-- A center press release announcing the database notes that nearly 100 former government employees received a quarter-million dollars or more in annual pension payments in 2012, that more than 1,700 CalPERS pensioners received at least $150,000 from the fund and that California’s two university systems paid 27,115 retired public employees pensions of $100,000 or more. “It’s indefensible,” Bucher said.
  • Poll: Should Sheriff Joe Let Tent City Inmates Watch the Super Bowl?

    01/29/2014 6:08:25 PM PST · by montag813 · 69 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-29-2014 | TRN
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio is world famous as "America's Toughest Sheriff". Inmates weak pink underwear, eat bologna sandwiches that cost only 40 cents per meal (and for which Joe charges them!) . In Summer inmates bake in Tent City, which recently celebrated its 20th year. When Sheriff Joe put up flags in prisoner's cells, he warned if any are defaced that inmate would get only bread and water for a full week -- and 38 inmates have been punished so far. But Joe also has a heart of gold. He spends a huge amount of time helping animals,  giving indoor space to...
  • Cruise ship w/ over 500 ill set to arrive in Bayonne, city officials on standby w/contingency plan

    01/28/2014 4:33:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    Jersey Journal NJ.com ^ | January 28, 2014
    Bayonne officials are planning to have several health officials on hand and local emergency services available tomorrow when a Royal Caribbean cruise ship which recently cut its trip short due to a gastrointestinal breakout overseas arrives at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne.
  • The Ancient Ghost City of Ani

    01/27/2014 7:04:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 24, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Situated on the eastern border of Turkey, across the Akhurian River from Armenia, lies the empty, crumbling site of the once-great metropolis of Ani, known as "the city of a thousand and one churches." Founded more than 1,600 years ago, Ani was situated on several trade routes, and grew to become a walled city of more than 100,000 residents by the 11th century.
  • City ignored pleas to ax ‘lunatic’ principal

    01/19/2014 6:09:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/19/14 | Susan Edelman
    **SNIP** Sills, 48, was a graduate of the DOE’s “Leadership Academy,” which trains principals, and had little teaching experience. Insiders said she lacked literacy skills, noting her invitation to a Nov. 23, 2005, holiday buffet “in honor of my gradutitude” to employees, including “security personel” and “custodially staff members.” Sills ruled by threats and intimidation, ex-staffers complained. She “yells at a volume that resounds throughout the building, slams doors and uses foul language,” a 2006 letter to Condon claims. That letter also accuses Sills of racism: “She has hired only black teachers and has targeted white teachers and a secretary.”...
  • Russia detains six over deadly December bombing in southern city

    01/13/2014 3:41:42 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | January 10, 2014
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's federal Anti-Terrorist Committee said on Friday it had detained six men suspected in a bombing in the southern city of Pyatigorsk last month that killed three people and added to security fears in the run-up to the Winter Olympics. Russia is on security alert only weeks before it opens the 2014 Winter Games on February 7 in the southern Black Sea resort of Sochi, some 270 km (170 miles) west of Pyatigorsk where the car bomb went off...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com ^ | 11/10/2013 | unkown
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.
  • Annapolis City Council considers stripping mayor's powers (Dem Council upset GOP won election)

    11/10/2013 10:22:46 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/10 | Colin Campbell
    Annapolis Alderman Ross Arnett insists the City Council's decision to take another look at making the mayor's job a more ceremonial role has nothing to do with party politics. But if the Democrat-majority council acts to remove the mayor's power, the timing will coincide with the election of Annapolis' first Republican mayor in nearly two decades, Mike Pantelides, who defeated the incumbent Democrat, Mayor Josh Cohen, last week.
  • Ancient city of Iasos rises out of the ashes

    09/30/2013 6:11:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 13 2011 | Dogan News Agency
    Archaeologists working on Iasos on Turkey’s Aegean coast have recently discovered that the ancient city was buried under a mountain of ash caused by the explosion of Mt. Thera on Santorini 3,600 years ago. Excavation works have also revealed a sewage system that was in place in the 4,000-year-old city and tunnels to the city’s theater... Spanu said columns that were found one meter underground provided vital information about the history of the city. “Following the explosion of the volcano Thera, which also caused the destruction of the Minoan civilization on the islands of Crete and Santorini, the ancient city...
  • City bans 'God Bless America' signs (FL)

    10/04/2013 7:17:40 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 26 replies
    Fox 13 News Tampa Bay, FL ^ | 10/4/13 | Anjuli Lohn
    It's a small sign with a big message, but Bartow residents are now being ordered to uproot their "God Bless America" yard signs. About 300 of the signs were handed out at First Baptist Church of Bartow following a Fourth of July sermon. But three months later, City of Bartow Code Enforcement says the temporary signs have worn out their welcome. Residents have three days to pack it up or pay a minimum fine of $25 a day. "Being a veteran, I felt like I was just kicked in the gut. I couldn't believe it, that I couldn't display my...
  • Hospital earns fort's appreciation {Sierra Vista]

    10/03/2013 10:53:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERA VISTA — Going to a hospital emergency room is traumatic for most, but when a person is a victim of a sexual assault, it is even more psychologically and physically painful. Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley came to the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center to thank those who work in the hospital emergency department. He had a two-fold mission, one to express his appreciation for the service provided to Fort Huachuca soldiers and military families when they have a medical emergency, and to express his personal gratitude to a nurse who helped a female soldier make it through the...
  • Plans for a new hospital draw fort's praise [Sierra Vista]

    10/03/2013 10:50:28 AM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — Military leaders on Fort Huachuca are looking forward to the construction of the new 100-bed Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, the ground-breaking for which will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16. After Wednesday’s ceremony honoring the hospitals’s emergency department’s staff, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley said it’s addition to the local communities, military and civilian, will improve health care for everyone. It was some years ago when the post hospital functions were changed to be a health center, meaning soldiers and their families have to go to civilian hospitals for care beyond what the Raymond W....
  • Oklahoma City bombing: Missing videos?

    09/16/2013 6:55:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    fox ^ | 9/15/13 | fox
    Federal Judge Orders Trial Against F.B.I.
  • The NEXT 10 City Pensions That Will Run Out Of Money (Old article relevant to Detroit's Bankruptcy)

    07/19/2013 9:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/27/2010 | Gus Lubin
    The first total municipal pension default happened last week: Prichard, Ala. ran out of money stopped mailing pension checks. Hundreds of cities could be right behind. Projections by Robert Novy-Marx and Joshua Rauh [PDF] show the average city has $15,000 per household in unfunded pension liabilities. These massive liabilities are ignored by common government accounting (see chart). Insolvency means benefit cuts or borrowing from the already-near-broke states. Many of the 77 cities surveyed by Novy-Marx and Rauh are facing insolvency within the next decade. Other small cities like Prichard could go even sooner. #10 Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief Unfunded...
  • Manager of the 'City That Outsourced Everything' Says Privatization Can Help Michigan

    06/13/2013 8:10:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/12/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    When Sandy Springs, Ga., became the "city that outsourced everything" in 2005, it did it out of necessity. Today, the town of about 100,000 residents has great roads, a state of the art traffic system, award-winning parks, and has funded major capital improvements every year without once raising taxes. Oliver Porter served as the interim city manager for Sandy Springs and spoke about his experience in that role at a Mackinac Center for Public Policy “Issues and Ideas” forum in Lansing on Wednesday. "I judge [city] success on two factors: efficiency and response to the public," Porter said. "Based on...
  • [San Francisco] SF's goal of taking its cars off the road hits speed bump

    05/01/2013 7:15:15 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 12 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 04/28/13 | Joshua Sabatini
    Enforcement of San Francisco’s 2010 law to reduce city government vehicles was supposed to begin two years ago. Now that it has finally started, the requirement is being put to the test. Nine city department heads have submitted waivers to protect hundreds of trucks, sedans and other vehicles from elimination. --SNIP-- The fleet has long faced criticism for abuse and waste, a fact seen as a blemish on San Francisco’s environmentally conscious image. In recent years, city leaders have launched efforts to reduce vehicle dependency, such as by partnering with car-share programs. In 2010, San Francisco adopted the landmark Healthy...
  • Kansas City Muslim Derron Black AKA Shahid Abdullah storms podium at Sly James speech

    03/22/2013 9:50:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    causingfitna ^ | 3/22/13 | Mediaite
    causingfitna Just another WordPress.com site Kansas City Muslim Derron Black AKA Shahid Abdullah storms podium at Sly James speech Derron Black, stormed the podium of Mayor Sly James during a recent speech. What is being missed in virtually every story is his alias of Shahid Abdullah. He works with MD Rabbi Alam the 911 Truther who recently ran as Secretary of State in Missouri. Derron Black aka Shahid Abdullah is a working member of AMPAC American Muslim Political Action Committee currently organizing a so-called Million Muslim March to the White House on 911 of 2013. Below you can see the...
  • French city grants honorary citizenship to murderer of Israeli minister

    03/10/2013 10:33:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 3/10/13 | Pamela Geller
    On the eve of the anniversary of the slaughter of Jewish children and a Rabbi at a Jewish Day School in France by a devout Muslim comes this pro-annihilationist move by the repulsive and notoriously anti-semetic French. More proof that dog and pony shows are utterly meaningless and invariably provide cover and sanction for jihadists. French city grants honorary citizenship to murderer of Israeli minister by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdi, PMW Terrorist Majdi Al-Rimawi was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 80 years for participating in the planning and murder of Israeli Minister Rechavam Zeevi in 2001. A few...
  • [San Francisco] 572 city workers paid more than governor

    02/21/2013 5:13:43 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    No fewer than 572 San Francisco city workers and executives made more than Gov. Jerry Brown last year. More than 1,500 city workers made more than state Attorney General Kamala Harris. And that's without overtime. "That's pretty staggering," said Tom Dalzell, head of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, which sets pay for state lawmakers. --SNIP-- The days when the headline-grabbing "$100,000 club" was made up of a handful of top managers and overtime earners are long gone. Last year, city controller's records show, roughly a quarter of the city's 36,000 full- and part-time workers made more than $100,000 - without...
  • City On Hill Deconstructed

    02/07/2013 1:02:51 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 7, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “In popular culture, the phrase ‘city on a hill’ has become so closely identified with Ronald Reagan and before him with John Winthrop that even Christians can forget that the words originated not with a founder of a colony but with the Founder of their faith,” Richard M. Gamble writes in his new book, In Search Of The City On A Hill: The Making and Unmaking Of An American Myth. Gamble teaches at Hillsdale. “The metaphor of the city on a hill comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew,” Gamble reminds us. Specifically,...
  • The GOP and the City

    01/28/2013 4:31:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2013 | Edward L. Glaeser
    Conservative policies have greatly benefited urbanites. Why won’t Republicans seek their votes?After the presidential election in November, New York Times exit polls found that Republican candidate Mitt Romney had received only 29 percent of the big-city vote to President Obama’s 69 percent. That gap prompted Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, to conclude that it was “the turnout especially in urban areas” that “gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.” Ryan was right: the GOP has an urban problem. And it’s partly a self-created one. The party, nationally and even locally, has focused on winning suburban and rural...
  • Apply online for 7th Ward seat on Chicago City Council (Sandi Jackson's old $115,000 spot)

    01/18/2013 2:10:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/18/13 | Hal Dardick
    **SNIP** Although applications cannot be submitted until Monday morning, the city put the site up Friday so people can prepare to file, said Tom Alexander, a spokesman for the mayor. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Jan. 25. In addition to the power and influence, the job comes with a $115,000 annual salary, a $73,280 expense account to set up a ward office and control over $176,484 in staff salaries. Jackson told supporters this week she would like her chief of staff, Keiana Barrett, or local Pastor Scott Onque, to be appointed to replace her. But sources said the...
  • North Kansas City schools to equip a few buses for Wi-Fi access

    01/11/2013 6:21:20 AM PST · by mykroar · 20 replies
    KC Star Online ^ | 12/25/2012 | Mary Sanchez
    Stepping aboard a school bus will soon be the same as taking a seat in class for some students in the North Kansas City schools. In January, the district will begin wiring four school buses that are used for longer trips with Wi-Fi access. It’s believed to be the first such effort locally. The innovative move is just one more example of how local districts are adapting to keep up with technology and use it for the benefit of students. “We are living in a digital age,” said Eric Sipes, information technology executive director for the district. “We are at...
  • Why Cain Built A City...Genesis 4 pt 8

    And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.(Genesis 4:16-17)The story of Cain; his rejected worship, the murder of his brother, consequently ,his sentence to be a vagabond on earth, and the city he built, is one of the primary lessons of the entire Bible. The God of the Bible wants us to consider the deeper...
  • City Attorney of Bankrupt San Bernardino: 'Lock Your Doors and Load Your Guns'

    11/30/2012 11:06:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/30/12 | Bretibart News
    City attorney of San Bernardino Jim Penman had the audacity to tell the truth to the residents of bankrupt San Bernardino at a recent city council meeting. Taking stock of the fact that San Bernardino’s murder rate has jumped 50 percent over the last year, that the city has been cutting its police force by about 80 officers, and that there is no good news in sight, Penman stated, “lock your doors and load your guns.” He stands by the statement today, explaining, “you should say what you mean and mean what you say.” Penman continued, “Let’s be honest, we...
  • Baby Walrus Adapts to Life in City

    10/20/2012 1:01:43 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 12 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 10/19/2012 | LISA W. FODERARO
    A team of 15 is caring for him around the clock. His favorite toy is a plastic bucket. He has taken swimmingly to a large pool. And on Friday, he had his first taste of solid food — surf clams. “He’s hitting every milestone we’re hoping to see,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. “He still has some issues with his bladder, but they are trending in the right direction. Behaviorally, he’s doing great and we’re feeling good about his progress.” He was describing Mitik, or...
  • Contracting Helps Cash-Strapped City Add More Police Officers For Less Money — And Better Service

    10/05/2012 8:28:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/3/2012 | Tom Gantert
    For eight consecutive years, the city of Pontiac broke the law by spending more for police services than it budgeted. According to the city records, Pontiac violated the State Budget Act from 2002 to 2009 and was part of the reason why an emergency financial manager was appointed in 2009. In August 2011, Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel worked out an arrangement where the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office took over as provider of police services for Pontiac. The sheriff’s office brought in the existing 50 Pontiac police officers and re-hired 13 other former Pontiac police officers who had been laid off,...
  • City Has Been Paying $10,000 A Month To Light Vacant Garage

    09/07/2012 2:02:44 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/6/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Pontiac taxpayers have been paying $10,000 a month to keep the lights on at what is basically a huge, nearly vacant garage. As the product of a 1970s urban renewal project, the Phoenix Center has been draining money from the city of Pontiac for years. It was running a half million dollar deficit when it was operational as a parking garage and occassional concert venue with events being held on the top floor of the structure. According to available records, the last event held at the center was in 2008. "With the Phoenix Center not in use, just to keep...
  • Before Emergency Manager, City Had 87 Different Health Plans

    09/06/2012 10:52:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/3/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Talk about bureaucratic red tape. Try dealing with 87 different government union health insurance plans. That was one of the headaches Lou Schimmel faced when he became emergency manager for the city of Pontiac. The city now has one plan and will save millions by consolidating, which would have been nearly impossible without the state's emergency manager law. "Every union had their own negotiated health plan with either no or low deductibles and co-pays,” said John Naglick, Pontiac's finance director. "These plans had been negotiated over the years. An employee who retired under a certain health plan expected to be...
  • Union Contracts, Bad Investment Force State to Suggest Emergency Manager for Allen Park

    08/14/2012 12:53:54 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/12/2012 | Anne Schieber
    Promises to unionized government workers and debt payments due on a failed movie studio have prompted a state review team to recommend an emergency manager for the city of Allen Park. The six-member panel noted that those items, along with budgeted expenditures for police and fire service account for 82 percent of the city's entire budget. The report also made note of minimum staffing requirements in the police and firefighter contracts, suggesting those alone "will render the financial situation in Allen Park difficult to resolve." Gov. Rick Snyder has 30 days to review the report and decide whether to appoint...
  • Flint Union Contracts A Major Reason For City's Financial Problems

    07/30/2012 8:23:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/26/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In 2006, the city of Flint operated at a $5.9 million surplus. Four years later, the city was $48.1 million in the red. Examining how Flint ended up with an emergency manager in 2011 reveals a laundry list of issues that hit municipal finances at the same time. “It’s hard to tie it to one thing,” said Michael Brown, the city’s current emergency manager. At a time when the city’s revenue was evaporating, its expenses were rapidly escalating. For example, the city’s revenue from property tax, income tax and state-shared revenue dropped a combined $19.2 million from 2006 to 2011....
  • Boston mayor vows to keep Chick-fil-A out of city

    07/20/2012 1:56:33 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 44 replies
    The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage. Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he doesn't want a business in the city "that discriminates against a population." Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family. The fast-food chicken sandwich chain later said that it strives to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect --...
  • Michigan Turnaround Stories: City Versus Schools

    07/09/2012 6:41:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/5/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Both the Pontiac School District and the city of Pontiac are operating with deficits, but the city is climbing out of the hole while the school district suffers. Why? Because the schools are operating with the same officials at the helm trying to implement a deficit elimination plan while the city recovers thanks to a strong emergency manager. In spite of its own plan to get out of the red, the Pontiac School District faces a $24.5 million deficit. That's 32.4 percent of its annual revenue. Of the 48 Michigan public school districts with deficits, only two of comparable size...
  • City Pays Pension and Benefits to Almost Twice As Many Retired As Current Workers

    07/03/2012 7:57:57 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/30/2012 | Anne Schieber
    Allen Park is well known for the fiasco surrounding a failed $30 million movie studio the city government got involved in, but that's only part of the problem. Allen Park also is being held hostage by a pension and a retiree health insurance program that is only a dream to people who work in the private sector. Typically, Allen Park's government union workers retire in their 50s, earn close to full salary with mid-career overtime loading, and get lifetime health, dental and vision care for themselves and their dependents for no more than $1,100 a year, according to city documents....
  • Oklahoma City named most manly city

    06/17/2012 10:11:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    Gant Daily ^ | 15JUN2012 | Diane Alter
    Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E) – Oklahoma City has been dubbed “America’s Manliest City” in the fourth annual Combo’s “America’s Manliest Cities” list. Conducted by New Jersey-based Mars Chocolate, in conjunction with research expert Bert Sperling, the list ranks the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas using a scale that takes into account the number of home improvement stores, steak houses and “manly” occupations per capita. Cities stood to lose points if they had too many “girly” or feminine factors, such as a high number of nail salons or high-end retail boutiques. Topping the list as America’s Manliest City is...
  • Critics of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s ‘Tent City’ Announce Protest, Then Chicken Out of Meeting

    06/08/2012 2:41:20 PM PDT · by montag813 · 7 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 06-08-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona A pro-illegal alien activist group announced what they promised to be a "massive" protest to "demand" that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's famous Tent City be "shut down", but then chickened out when Arpaio invited them to his office to discuss it. "Puente", a left-wing, Soros-funded  group which advocates for illegal alien amnesty and against Arizona immigration law S.B. 1070, declared their intention to "take on" the "racist Sheriff Joe" and show they are "unafraid". But that all changed after this Sheriff Joe Facebook post: Evidently Puente does not like my 19 year old successful tent...
  • City Cuts Police OT in Half Once Union Contract’s Restrictive Language Was Removed

    06/06/2012 9:46:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2012 | Tom Gantert
    When Joyce Parker took over as emergency manager for the city of Ecorse in 2009, she was faced with a police union whose five-year contract had been expired for two years. Faced with $8 million in debt, Parker wasn’t going to be able to save any money in police overtime with more efficient scheduling. That was because the contract wouldn’t allow it. The provision of the Police Officers Association of Michigan contract read: “The City will not change the work schedule resulting in the loss of overtime.” “I’ve never seen that in a contract,” Parker said this month. “There is...
  • City Claims Significant Workforce Cut; Budget Says Otherwise

    05/11/2012 6:14:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/8/2012 | Tom Gantert
    For the second time in two years, the city of Oak Park is asking for a tax increase via a public safety millage, saying it has made signficant cuts in its workforce but that those efforts didn't save enough money. The city's budgets online, however, appear to dispute the claims of how deep those cuts were. Voters will be asked May 8 to approve a 1.14 mills Public Safety Millage for 10 years. Voters approved a 1-mill Public Safety Millage last year, but the city now says that wasn’t enough because of a drop in residential property values. The city...
  • VIDEO: Here Come The Municipal Bankruptcies

    04/17/2012 9:43:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/17/2012 | Youtube
    Allen Park went "all in" on Michigan's film subsidy program. When the deal collapsed, the mid-sized city got stuck with the bill. Adding in skyrocketing public employee legacy costs leaves a recipe for fiscal disaster.
  • LAPD to Ignore California’s Car Impound Law Because It’s “Unfair” to Illegal Aliens

    03/23/2012 8:53:05 PM PDT · by montag813 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-24-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWe have become sadly accustomed to California - America's Sanctuary State - sinking lower and lower into utter lawlessness for the sake of naked racial politics. But whatever they do in Sacramento doesn't even come close to the utter madness that is Los Angeles - which makes the rest of the state look conservative by comparison. This week saw the Los Angeles Police Department announcing that it will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days - because it is "unfair" to illegal aliens!That's right....
  • Gang Signs Seen in City Sticker Design, Clerk Investigating [Chicago]

    02/08/2012 6:49:01 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | Feb 8, 2012
    <p>Chicago - City Clerk Susana Mendoza is investigating whether gang signs are in the artwork of the new Chicago city sticker just days before the sticker is set to be printed.</p> <p>The sticker was picked as the winner in a city-wide contest and was designed by a 15-year-old boy who attends a school for troubled youth.</p>
  • Oh no, she said she chose to be gay

    01/24/2012 12:27:38 PM PST · by Mustang Driver · 57 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | January 24, 2012 | Don Surber
    Cynthia Nixon of “Sex In The City” fame (I finally got to see it on E years after its run on HBO; what a loathsome show about some lonely, superficial people) is gay. She said it was a choice — a statement that has angered certain people who want to stifle her free speech and dictate how she feels. First the over-reaction from John Aravosis: “It’s not a ‘choice,’ unless you consider my opting to date a guy with brown hair versus a guy with blonde hair a ‘choice,’” he writes. “It’s only a choice among flavors I already like…...