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  • Phoenix city council to vote on becoming sanctuary city in two weeks

    02/01/2017 6:38:31 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 32 replies ^ | February 1, 2017 |
    PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council will be asked to vote in two weeks on the issue of becoming a sanctuary city, a councilman said Wednesday. “A citizen dropped off a petition requiring a public vote on whether or not the city of Phoenix is going to vote on becoming a sanctuary city,” Councilman Sal DiCiccio said, who also tweeted the news.
  • Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    09/13/2016 1:06:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 12, 2016 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart
    Ed Edelman, the longtime Los Angeles County supervisor whose crusading policymaking influenced many aspects of local life including child welfare, health services and environmental preservation, has died. He was 85. During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Edelman championed efforts to improve the way county government treated its most vulnerable citizens while also fighting to protects parts of the Santa Monica Mountains from development.
  • Campaign email warns of Harlem takeover by 'greedy Jews'

    08/18/2016 9:00:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 08/18/16 12:37 | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    A fundraising email sent out by a candidate running for New York City’s City Council has sparked controversy amid accusations of anti-Semitism and racial incitement. The man at the center of the controversy, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, denies claims his campaign’s rhetoric is anti-Semitic, prominently featuring a 2014 article on his website entitled “Fighting Jewish Slumlords Isn’t Anti-Semitic”. Lopez-Pierre is running for the 7th district seat in the NYC City Council, challenging incumbent and fellow Democrat Mark Levine. […] Lopez-Pierre has repeatedly cited “greedy Jews” in his campaign, including a fundraising email earlier this month calling on supporters to help “Save Harlem...
  • Getting An Opinion Of Someone Running For Local Office (vanity)

    08/16/2016 6:38:14 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 17 replies ^ | 8/17/2016 | me
    I have a legit question about someone in our local community who is running for City Council. Happens to be publisher for our local paper. Should he be required to quit if elected?
  • Age to buy tobacco in Chicago increasing to 21 this week

    06/29/2016 10:42:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 7:24 AM EDT
    The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week. […] Hawaii and California have raised the tobacco purchase age to 21 statewide. Illinois lawmakers are considering a similar measure. The Chicago City Council approved the age increase in March, along with higher taxes and other efforts to combat tobacco sales. …
  • Removal of Confederate symbols turns nasty in New Orleans

    03/25/2016 7:06:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2016 9:47 AM EDT | Cain Burdeau
    Backlash against a plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death threats, intimidation and even what may have been the intentional torching of a contractor’s Lamborghini. For now, at least, things have gotten so nasty the city hasn’t found a contractor willing to bear the risk of tearing down the monuments. The city doesn’t have its own equipment to move them and is now in talks to find a company, even discussing doing the work at night to avoid further tumult.Initially, it appeared the monuments would be removed quickly after the majority black City...
  • New Bill Would Require NYC Restaurants to Post Carb Warnings

    03/10/2016 5:12:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Grub Street ^ | March 9, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Clint Rainey
    Looks like the city is spoiling for a new fight with restaurateurs: A bill being introduced today by Brooklyn city council member Inez Barron would force them to warn customers that foods with too much sugar and carbs are dangerous to people with diabetes. If it’s passed, restaurants would be required to hang a poster created by the Department of Health that spells out the “risks of excessive sugar and other carbohydrate intake for diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals.” Barron says the city has “an obligation” to provide consumers with this information just like it has with calorie counts. …
  • Hamtramck is 1st American city to elect majority Muslim council

    11/04/2015 5:45:43 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 22 replies
    Click On Detroit ^ | 11/4/2015 | Will Jones
    4 of 6 Hamtramck City Council members are Muslim The Polish flocked to Hamtramck in the 1900s and evidence of the city's Polish roots remain. However, over the last few decades a new wave of immigrants, primarily from the Middle East, South Asia and Southeastern Europe, has dramatically changed the face and culture of this community. Now, the Hamtramck City Council is going to reflect that diversity. "We are very proud and we are very happy for that achievement, what we have done in this city, for our city," said Jamal Alturki, a voter. Voters gave Abu Musa and Anam...
  • Boston Council gives itself a 23 percent pay raise

    10/08/2014 12:58:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2014 3:39 PM EDT | Philip Marcelo
    Boston City Council approved giving itself a nearly 23 percent pay raise on Wednesday, despite threats of a possible veto by Mayor Martin Walsh. The council voted 9-4 to raise its annual pay from $87,500 to $107,500, a $20,000 increase, effective January 2016. […] Boston City Council salaries already exceed those in other New England cities; only Cambridge councilors, who earn $73,362, come close, according to a 2013 Boston city survey. …
  • Detroit elected officials regain city control

    09/25/2014 8:57:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2014 10:05 PM EDT | Corey Williams
    The Detroit City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to return oversight of daily operations to elected officials while retaining the city’s state-appointed emergency manager to oversee bankruptcy matters until they are resolved. Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by the state in March 2013 to manage Detroit’s troubled finances and who took the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, said Thursday that Detroit is “more than ready for the change.” …
  • Santa Fe council votes to decriminalize pot

    08/28/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 3:13 PM EDT | Russell Contreras
    The cost of getting caught with a little weed in Santa Fe will drop to just $25 max, thanks to a City Council vote Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana. When the ordinance goes into effect, those caught with an ounce or less of marijuana in arts loving Santa Fe will be hit with a civil fine. Previously, it was a criminal misdemeanor carrying a possible $100 fine and jail time. With the 5-4 vote, the liberal-leaning northern New Mexico capital known for its arts market and tourist draws joined the national movement to change marijuana laws, and became the first city...
  • Auckland city council subsidizes event on ‘queer polyamory’ relationships

    06/07/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 6, 2014 | Michele Kaufman
    Residents in Auckland, New Zealand are questioning their council’s decision to subsidize a one-day conference exploring “queer polyamory” relationships. The Auckland Council, which serves New Zealand’s largest population, recently gave grants to various homosexual organizations, but it is the conference on polyamory that is causing a stir. Entitled “Poly Panel, Discussions around Queer Polyamory” is described on GayNZ as “a one day event exploring a framework of ethical, healthy polyamory relationships.” An advertisement for the event states: “Along with questioning heteronormativity, many LGBTI people question monogamous marriages and relationships.” According to the advertisement, the event aims to “break down some...
  • San Jose Dispensaries Offering Free Marijuana for Voters

    05/31/2014 3:53:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 31, 2014 | Chris Roberts and Nannette Miranda
    Several Silicon Valley cannabis clubs to offer free weed to those who can prove they votedFree marijuana is the reward in store for certain voters on Tuesday in San Jose's municipal election. San Jose is in the process of choosing a new mayor -- and also passing new, more-restrictive rules on medical marijuana. A proposal the City Council is still considering would zone dispensaries out of business, weed supporters say -- so Tuesday's election is important. Half of the City Council's 10 seats are at stake. Select Silicon Valley medical marijuana dispensaries will give free discounted and in some cases...
  • California Town Drops City Council Prayers to Avoid Further Legal Costs

    04/21/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/21/2014 | KATHERINE WEBER
    A small, coastal town in central California has settled a lawsuit regarding prayer at City Council meetings, ultimately agreeing to no longer hold any form of prayer, whether sectarian or non-sectarian, ahead of the local government meetings. City officials say they decided to settle the lawsuit to avoid further legal costs paid by taxpayer money. Pismo Beach city officials announced their settlement earlier this week, nearly six months after the Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF] and the local chapter of Atheists United San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit against the city, arguing that it had violated the U.S. Constitution's separation...
  • Atheist Group Tells Michigan City Council to Stop Praying on Taxpayers' Time

    02/22/2014 3:19:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/21/2014 | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    An atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a city council in Michigan over the local government's usage of prayer at council meetings. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has threatened legal action against the Saginaw City Council. In a letter sent to Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca S. Markert wrote that Saginaw "should drop these prayers altogether." "Government prayers exclude a significant portion of Americans from the democratic process, are of dubious legality, and are a repudiation of our secular history," wrote Markert. "City Council members are free to pray privately or...
  • In one small Colorado town, it could be open season on drones

    01/21/2014 8:52:33 AM PST · by Daffynition · 12 replies
    LAT via ^ | January 20, 2014
    DEER TRAIL, Colo. -- Wearing a black duster and a black cowboy hat, Phil Steel walked to the front of the meeting room armed with a Nerf gun and a smile. The U.S. Army veteran was there to pitch his big idea: an ordinance that would legalize and regulate drone hunting inside Deer Trail city limits. If approved, residents could pay $25 to get a drone-hunting license; the town would pay a bounty for every drone bagged. "Really?" someone asked sarcastically as the theme music to "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" blared during Steel's entrance. Laughter rippled through...
  • Brooklyn's Charles Barron Bombastic To The End In Council Farewell Speech

    12/23/2013 7:01:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | December 19, 2013 | Erin Durkin
    Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron was a firebrand to the end, delivering a farewell speech that echoed many of the greatest hits of his controversial tenure barron.jpg “I just wanted to come before you to say that I will always be black, radical, revolutionary. I will always be a socialist, anti-capitalist/imperialist” said Barron, who represents East New York, at the Council’s last meeting Thursday, where many members took the chance to make farewell remarks. “I went to Cuba. I went to Venezuela. I went to Zimbabwe. I brought you the president and you didn’t appreciate it!” he said, a reference to...
  • NYC Council Approves Ban On Indoor E-Cigarette Use

    12/19/2013 7:08:37 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 29 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | December 19, 2013 | CBSNewYork
    he New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited. Because many of the e-cigarettes are designed to look like cigarettes and be used just like them, they can lead to confusion or confrontation,” Quinn said
  • Will Annapolis council strip mayor-elect Pantelides of key powers? [Republican = Political)

    11/12/2013 1:58:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Maryland Capital Gazette ^ | November 11, 2013 | JACK LAMBERT with Elisha Sauers
    Mayor-elect Mike Pantelides’ honeymoon as the new chief executive of Annapolis might end before it begins, as City Council members say that next term they plan to revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Alderman Ross Arnett, D-Ward 8, said he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a full council-manager form of government. This would create a position similar to the current city manager, except that the official would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor. He or she would also manage all department heads. The mayor’s post would...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies ^ | 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.
  • Transgender candidate could become a first in NYC

    06/18/2013 3:52:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2013 2:45 AM EDT | Jennifer Peltz
    Mel Wymore is a typical city council candidate in many ways, campaigning as a community board appointee, ex-PTA chair and founder of a roster of local organizations. But Wymore’s community-leader resume has an unusual feature: He built much of it while he was a woman. If he wins, Wymore would be the first openly transgender officeholder in the nation’s biggest city and one of only a handful ever in the U.S., though his campaign isn’t emphasizing his personal story—or sidestepping it. … Wymore, a Democrat, faces several opponents who also have long records of community involvement on Manhattan’s upscale, liberal...
  • L.A. union says a lot about itself by endorsing a racist for city council

    02/22/2013 10:45:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EAGnews ^ | February 21, 2013 | Victor Skinner
    United Teachers Los Angeles made a bold and revealing statement about its radical political principles when the union endorsed Ron Gochez for L.A. City Council this month. The endorsement is significant for a couple of reasons. First, Gochez is an extreme left-wing L.A. teacher known for racist, anti-American rants. He also has decades-long ties to the African People’s Socialist Party—which is very open and passionate about its hatred of Jews, whites, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Koreans, basically everyone. Second, the UTLA didn’t have to endorse him. The union’s leaders wanted to. …
  • Enterprise Zone Endorsed Without Council Approval

    02/17/2013 7:16:48 AM PST · by Desert_Vortex · 4 replies
    Desert Vortex News ^ | 2/13/2013 | Dean M Gray
    When does a council member speak for the city without first seeking the formal approval of the city council where they serve? That is a question at the center of a brewing conflict on the Desert Hot Springs City Council. Continuing down a familiar path, Mayor Yvonne Parks recently sent a letter on behalf of the city endorsing enterprise zones in California. A statewide debate is underway over their effectiveness.
  • Allegiance to more than the flag

    02/09/2013 12:26:56 AM PST · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 3:01 am, Friday, February 8, 2013 | Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist
    The Pledge of Allegiance has taken it on the chin over the years. Everything from the clause "one nation under God" to its recitation in public schools and public meetings has been challenged. This week, El Cerrito City Councilman Mark Friedman proposed eliminating the custom from the start of each council meeting. "I've always had problems with the Pledge of Allegiance," said Friedman, whose politics were shaped in the fiery days of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in his hometown, Chicago. In his argument to end the custom, Friedman said that in a world without "liberty and justice for all,"...
  • Outrage: 'White/Jewish City Council Member Representing NYC?'

    12/02/2012 4:15:27 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A candidate for a position on New York City’s 7th Council District said he opposed to the candidacy of his Jewish opponent, whom he referred to a “White/Jewish candidate”, because he was trying “to sneak into office like a thief in the night.” City Council hopeful Thomas Lopez-Pierre wrote an e-mail to the members of the Douglass Grant Democratic Club, stating his opposition to rival Mark Levine. The subject line of the e-mail: “A White/Jewish City Council Member representing Upper Manhattan?” In an interview with The Jewish Week, Lopez-Pierre, an African American, maintained, "I don’t hate Jews; I love black...
  • City Council: American Flag is Clutter

    07/03/2012 1:18:44 PM PDT · by Altariel · 6 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 3, 2012 | Bobby Eberle
    A Texas city council has voted to ban American flags from a local cemetary. Why? Because these people want to keep the cemetary free of "clutter." That's right... according to these "leaders," the American flag is "clutter" and cannot be placed beside a tombstone. It appears common sense and respect for veterans have gone out the window. As reported by in Houston, the city council in Mineral Wells, Texas voted to ban the display of flags and other items such as teddy bears from grave sites. Flags are now only allowed during the two weeks around Memorial Day and...
  • Stockton bankruptcy: 'All that's left is sadness' for city

    06/27/2012 11:28:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2012 | by Diana Marcum
    With the city of Stockton moving to become the nation's largest city to seek protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Tuesday night's City Council meeting was quiet, with an evident sadness on faces in the packed chambers. The working-class port city -- from where many of California's agricultural exports set sail -- lived largely on credit during economic boom times. The city borrowed millions of dollars for ambitious, eye-catching projects in the mid-2000s. Up went a sports arena, hotel and promenade. The city booked a Neil Diamond concert as a kickoff to better times. Houses in sprawling tracts sold quickly...
  • Marion Barry criticizes hospitals for hiring Filipina nurses

    04/24/2012 11:38:01 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2012 | Lisa Gartner
    Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry made comments Monday about Filipina nurses who work in District hospitals, just weeks after Barry told his supporters that Asian businesses "ought to go." At a hearing, Barry told the president and board members of the University of the District of Columbia that the school should be supplying D.C. residents to serve in the "lucrative" posts of nurses and teachers. But that was not the case, Barry said. "In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines," Barry...
  • City Council Awakens to Evil and Defeats It (Agenda 21)

    04/12/2012 5:37:45 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 2 replies
    The City of Colfax, CA reportedly defeated UN Agenda 21 by a 4-0 vote and passed Resolution No. 12-2012. Ken Delfino, one of the City Councilmen, reportedly wrote a letter describing what he learned about UN Agenda 21 and urges others to educate themselves about it too. You can help by sending these three items of information to your City Council Members. If they’re uninterested, be sure to campaign against them, so that they are defeated when they run for re-election. 1. Here is the reported letter in its entirety (a link to the letter is not yet available). Dear...
  • Nauvoo City Council’s minutes of 1840s provide chaos, contention and lies [Lds' Smith Shenanigans]

    01/10/2012 5:47:28 AM PST · by Colofornian · 52 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Jan. 4, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) The LDS Church Library no longer allows access to the Nauvoo City Council and High Council minutes from 1839 to 1845. That’s a shame, but the minutes, when accessible, were recorded. Signature Books, with the assistance of historian John Dinger, has published the minutes, along with notes, and they’re just plain fascinating for enthusiasts of history. Without spin, they lay out the controversy that swirled in Nauvoo prior to Joseph Smith’s murder and the LDS exodus west. The documents lend credence to the belief that the then-secret doctrine...
  • Father Nathan Monk at Pensacola City Council - Almost Arrested

    12/21/2011 8:34:13 AM PST · by Chunga85 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Right Face - Taking Back America ^ | 12/19/2011 | Debbie Meyers
    Father Nathan Monk tells the City Council, "We have the right to redress our government without fear of being arrested," and is nearly arrested. I think more people should be involved in their communities. Father Monk was interviewed on "Freedom Watch" tonight and was very clear in his message. Father Monk stated that if we honor our military men and women, the ones fighting for our rights, we should not backdown. I remember back this summer, that a woman was arrested in Arizona for speaking up in a council meeting, with the Mayor telling the council she had the floor...
  • Provo councilman Steve Turley charged with felonies [LDS High Council Member]

    08/05/2011 3:48:47 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 40 replies
    Provo Herald Extra ^ | July 27, 2011 | Heidi Toth
    PROVO -- After a year of complaints, doing their own investigation and raising Cain at Provo Municipal Council meetings, a group of citizens knew they were heard on Wednesday when the Utah County Attorney's Office charged Municipal Councilman Steve Turley with 10 second-degree felonies and his fellow elected officials asked him to resign. The "exhaustive" official investigation from the Utah County Bureau of Investigations took into account complaints, Turley's activities on the Municipal Council and as a developer and landowner and a request from the city for an ethical investigation, although they only looked at possible criminal activity, not any...
  • Man with Child Porn Claims Split Personality (Guess which party!)

    08/04/2011 1:04:22 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 6 replies
    KMJ Radio 580 ^ | 8-4-11 | KMJ News
    "A longtime L.A. political operative who claims ties to the presidential campaigns of Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Robert F. Kennedy, Abrams is alleged to have downloaded files from a content sharing website using the alias "Boy Wonder USA."
  • Businesses worry Holland's anti-gay vote could hurt efforts to attract and retain talent

    06/23/2011 1:41:32 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 39 replies
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | 6/23/2011 | Shandra Martinez
    HOLLAND, Mich. — It seems like just yesterday Holland was basking in the glow of being named one of the happiest places in the nation. But those smiles may be a bit strained. Some people are painting Holland as unwelcoming after its City Council recently voted against adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination policies. The fallout is drawing criticism far beyond the waterfront community’s borders. A Facebook page calling for a boycott of the city has more than 1,000 members. But it also could have ramifications for Holland-area businesses. Being perceived as intolerant could hurt local companies’...
  • City Government demands all keys to properties belonging to Cedar Falls residents.

    06/12/2011 12:08:09 PM PDT · by heart1776 · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 7, 2011 | Crushingbastards
    The Cedar Falls, Iowa city council voted to take the keys of residents to enter their businesses and some residential properties for the sake of "security." This is clearly government in over-reach mode and is unconstitutional. The next meeting is set for June 13th.
  • L.A. City Schedule Cut to Four Days a Week?

    01/25/2011 4:10:10 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 9 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Jan. 25, 2011 | Simone Wilson
    And on the fifth day, they rested. It's a wild notion: Would the Los Angeles City Council really go so far as to cut an entire day out of the workweek for all city-run agencies? The LA Daily News thinks it's a real possibility, and Councilman Bernard Parks is having the Budget and Finance Committee take a good hard look at it, what with the $40 million city deficit and all. (So... We're going to briefly make this a selfish thing and complain about how we already can't get a hold of L.A. city politicians, attorneys and myriad secretaries --...
  • iPads Could Replace Paper For (Ormond Beach, FL)City Council Meetings

    12/27/2010 10:24:19 AM PST · by greatdefender · 46 replies · 5+ views
    WKMG 6 Orlando ^ | December 27, 2010
    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- Some city commissioners in central Florida want to replace the stacks of paper they get before meetings with something more state-of-the-art -- the iPad. Ormond Beach's city commissioners say their plan to have the city buy the mayor and four commissioners iPads will save taxpayers money. Every two weeks, city leaders get stacks of documents before meetings at city hall. Officials say the paper alone costs $1,100 a year. The five iPads could cost around $3,250. It's not the first Florida city to phase out paper. Palm Coast city leaders replaced printed documents with iPads earlier...
  • 'Get sane!' Councilwoman suffers meltdown on camera

    10/05/2010 6:15:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 4, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    An investigation has been launched into the behavior of a member of the city council in Vancouver City, Wash., after she lost her cool at a meeting when people wanted to argue over a light rail plan, ordered one member of the public out of the room, ordered the council chairman to "gavel down" a constituent, and ordered a colleague on the council to "Shut up!" The situation developed as members of the public were in attendance to express concerns about a light rail program. Harris told one speaker not to address individual members of the committee, and when he...
  • Neb. city suspends immigration law, goes to court

    07/28/2010 4:44:23 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | Updated: 6:07 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | MARGERY A. BECK
    FREMONT, Neb. — A Nebraska city suspended its voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but opponents still want a federal judge to block the ordinance until all legal fights are resolved. Groups challenging the ordinance are expected in court Wednesday, a day after the Fremont City Council voted to suspended the ban. City officials said delaying the ordinance would save the city money as it fights lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund. The groups, which call the ban discriminatory, along with attorneys for...
  • Boycott Backlash: Some stay out of city: Update

    05/21/2010 8:47:18 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 104 replies · 2,973+ views
    kxan ^ | Updated: Friday, 21 May 2010, 6:12 PM CDT | Chris Sadeghi
    Growing number vow not to do business in AustinAUSTIN (KXAN) - The city council’s decision to boycott travel to Arizona is resulting in organizations and individuals boycotting the city of Austin in protest. A growing number of political organizations, including the Odessa and Burleson Tea Parties, have decided not to do business with the city of Austin until the council resends the Arizona boycott they passed a few weeks ago. “We will try to minimize what the city gets from our stay there,” said Hood county Republican Party Chairman Randy Shelton. “We will not stay in hotels inside the city...
  • The Fatigue of Supporting Freedom

    05/20/2010 12:56:35 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 286+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | May 20, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Earlier this month, I hosted the first of what I intend to be regular Tea Party Patriots meetings in my community. One of the roles considered for our newly formed group was monitoring local units of government by organizing volunteers to attend city council meetings, town halls, school board meetings, county commissioner boards, etc. Responding to my report of that meeting, Moorhead City Councilman Luther Stueland left a message worthy of forwarding: I cannot agree more with your comments regarding local government. As a newly elected liberty-minded council member, it is astounding the amount of control local governments can have...
  • Boston: Proud… and Stupid

    05/05/2010 12:20:48 PM PDT · by Stoutcat · 8 replies · 404+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 05-05-10 | Stoutcat
    You sometimes have to wonder about the city of Boston. Here we are in the midst of Marine Week 2010, with our servicemen and women everywhere–in fact the Marine Band has been all over the city, and I’ve been fortunate enough to see them three times in as many days... Sights and sounds that simply swell my being with pride, and choke me with unshed tears. And in the midst of all that, the City of Boston pulls something like this: The Boston City Council today passed a resolution ordering the city to yank any investments in Arizona companies in...
  • DC passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor

    05/04/2010 6:01:34 PM PDT · by 198ml · 25 replies · 491+ views
    The D.C. Council has passed a measure to legalize medical marijuana, sending the bill to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty. Under the measure passed Tuesday, the nation’s capital would join 14 states that allow medical marijuana. Patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS or cancer could obtain marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. It would be given out at five to eight distribution centers.
  • D.C. City Council Ready to Vote to Protect Illegal Alien Criminals

    05/01/2010 9:14:35 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 17 replies · 489+ views
    "Some D.C. Council members are looking to prevent police from joining a federal fingerprinting program that allows authorities to check the immigration status of people they arrest, officials said Tuesday," according to WJLA. [click on WJLA for full story]
  • D.C. Council bill opposes immigrant fingerprint checks

    04/30/2010 10:10:53 AM PDT · by freespirited · 8 replies · 309+ views
    Examiner ^ | 04/28/10 | Freeman Klopott
    Some D.C. Council members are planning to propose legislation that would prevent police from joining a federal program designed to catch illegal immigrants by matching fingerprints of arrestees against a database, officials said. The District announced it was joining Secure Communities in November, but as the Washington Examiner reported earlier this month, the program has yet to get under way because police say they have run into technical difficulties. Now, Councilmen Jim Graham and Phil Mendelson say they are sponsoring legislation that will prevent the program from ever being implemented. They plan to introduce it May 4. Police Chief Cathy...
  • Lynnwood(Washington)sets height limit on grass: 8 inches

    02/09/2010 5:56:50 PM PST · by MountainLoop · 49 replies · 856+ views
    The Everett Herald ^ | February 9, 2010 | Mina Williams
    LYNNWOOD — Lawns with grass taller than 8 inches are now illegal in this city. Placing the restriction on unsightly yards was one of several steps the City Council took on Monday to tighten up its nuisance ordinance. Provisions also were added to rules governing overnight parking of trucks in residential areas and “mother-in-law” apartments. “It is unfortunate that this ordinance has been tagged as the ‘grass ordinance,’ since there is only a couple of lines in the whole ordinance addressing lawns,” Councilman Loren Simmonds said. “This is not government weighing in on little people. We are simply trying to...
  • Gay Marriage, Marijuana Rx, Obama? Yes, DC Says

    02/08/2010 4:04:58 PM PST · by mgist · 13 replies · 402+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/11/2010 | By Asha Beh
    When it comes to "the progressive, activist social agenda being pursued by the D.C. Council," District residents are on board -- at least in the majority-white areas, according to a Washington Post poll conducted last month.
  • Washington, Gay Marriage and the Catholic Church (Barf and cry at the same time alert)

    01/09/2010 4:57:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies · 1,414+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2010 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    ... The drive for gay marriage is ... forcing unwanted change within the Catholic Church. Last month, Washington D.C.'s City Council passed legislation legalizing gay marriage. Mayor Adrian Fenty, a Democrat, quickly signed the bill. To become law—which could happen as early as March—the legislation must undergo a congressional review period. By passing gay marriage, the City Council has put the Catholic Church, or more accurately, the Archdiocese of Washington, in an awkward position. Either the church will have to recognize gay marriage or it will be forced to abandon a large portion of its charitable programs. That's because the...
  • Jacksonville City Council's 'no' voter not backing down

    12/26/2009 7:37:59 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 15 replies · 1,246+ views
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | 12/26/2009 | Tia Mitchell
    On the surface, it might seem like Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough is a real-life Grinch. He votes "nay" more often than his 18 other council colleagues, opposing public funding for feel-good initiatives like after-school programs, affordable housing and historic preservation. Most of the time, he's the sole dissenter.