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Dog park gets 'amazing reception' in Havre de Grace
Havre de Grace elected officials are hailing the new K-9 Cody Dog Park, unveiled this past week by the community center off Lagaret Lane, as a major success. The new park got an "amazing reception," given that it was a soft opening, with many people in attendance over the weekend, Mayor Bill Martin...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Dog German Shepherd Dog Constable Picnic Councillor Police dog Law enforcement City council
Councilor blasts BPS sneaks
Suburban families are illicitly sneaking their kids into Boston’s elite public exam schools and its free, nationally recognized pre-K program, a city councilor charged yesterday, vowing a crackdown.
195 points by Boston Herald | High school United States City council Kindergarten Resident Councillor City Education
Philly Clout: Rick Mariano — now with ponytail — returns to Council chambers
RICK MARIANO - you know, former city councilman, did about five years in the clink for bribery, tried his hand at stand-up comedy, learned Krav Maga, says whatever he damn well pleases these days - made a surprise visit to City Council's chambers on Thursday for its first session back from summer vacation.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | City council High school Councillor Philadelphia Charter school Federal Bureau of Investigation Ed Pawlowski Public school
Pro-Palestine protesters booted from tense city hearing
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators repeatedly disrupted a City Hall hearing on a resolution condemning calls to boycott Israeli institutions, sparking dozens of ejections amid a tense hearing that saw both sides hurl accusations of discrimination. The nonbinding resolution, introduced Thursday by City Councilman Andrew Cohen of The Bronx, condemns “all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel”...
91 points by New York Post | New York City Councillor Israel City council Activism Legislators City of London Zionism
Boycott Israel City Council hearing gets heated; dozens removed
A heated holy war broke out at a City Council hearing Thursday.
157 points by Daily News | Israel Middle East Councillor Protest Arabic language City council Bible Jordan
Emanuel’s utility tax survives test vote, but it got a bumpy ride
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest city employee pension funds has cleared its first hurdle.
116 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Pension Chicago Pension fund City council Richard M. Daley Rahm Emanuel Tax Municipality
Finance Committee OKs Emanuel’s utility tax but it wasn’t pretty
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest city employee pension funds has cleared its first hurdle.
73 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Pension fund Pension Chicago City council Municipality Funding Tax Rahm Emanuel
Jumping into local politics, Bernie Sanders endorses councilman in Berkeley mayor's race
Essential Politics: Pence visits California, Brown faces hundreds of challenges in bills on his desk Sept. 8, 2016, 1:24 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:The Republican nominee for vice president, Indiana Gov....
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Finance Committee approves Emanuel’s utility tax
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest city employee pension funds has cleared its first hurdle.
73 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Pension fund Pension Chicago City council Municipality Funding Tax Rahm Emanuel
FBI probe shadows City Council's return
Philadelphia City Council returned from its three-month summer recess Thursday, proceeding with business as usual despite the cloud of an FBI probe looming over the office of Majority Leader Bobby Henon.
24 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Federal Bureau of Investigation Councillor Law enforcement agency City City council Municipality Philadelphia Early childhood education
City Council panel plans vote tonight on Port Covington deal
A Baltimore City Council committee could vote on a public financing package for the developer of the massive Port Covington project this evening, after city officials, community leaders and the developer announce a community benefits deal this afternoon. Officials on Wednesday agreed to a deal...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Management occupations Baltimore City Council Councillor City council Leadership United States English-language films
Ten Commandments monument going back up in New Hampshire
Officials in the New Hampshire city of Somersworth have voted to reinstall the municipality's controversial Ten Commandments monument to its original location next to City Hall
5 points by The Boston Globe | Tyranny of the majority Democracy Separation of church and state Municipality City council Mayor Councillor United States
Meet the Candidates: Gatsas puts experience at forefront of bid
Republican Ted Gatsas is fond of saying he has gone 24-0, the number of elections he has won in the nearly two decades he has represented Manchester as an alderman, a state senator and the mayor.The record was at risk last year, when Gatsas barely won his fourth term as mayor. When the votes were ta...
2 points by Concord Monitor | Alderman City council City of London Corporation Mayor Buffalo New York Mayor of New York City Queen City Mayors
Affordable housing advocates push for trust fund, money to fill it
Baltimore voters will be asked in November to approve the creation of a trust fund to develop and maintain housing that extremely low-income residents can afford. But that is only a first step. If the fund were approved, advocates still would have to persuade city officials to put money in it.A...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Homelessness Poverty Maryland Councillor Trust City council Mayor Johns Hopkins University
Henderson extends city attorney’s contract, OKs fire station for Inspirada community
Henderson City Council on Tuesday approved in a 4-0 vote a second amended employment agreement with Josh Reid, which will be in effect through Aug. 31, 2018.
37 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Salary Councillor City council Recruitment Employment Local government in the United States Municipality The Council
Advocates want Speaker Mark-Viverito to let majority choose votes
The good government group Common Cause proposed a plan that would automatically give a floor vote to any bill that has 26 co-sponsors.
14 points by Daily News | Councillor City council Legislature Legislatures Democracy Elections Bill Clinton Voting
Meet the candidates: Steve Marchand seeks to be most progressive, fiscally responsible N.H. governor
Steve Marchand was in his first term on Portsmouth’s city council when he submitted a critical analysis of police staffing levels in the city, saying the department’s request for more patrolmen was unfounded.Even at 31 years old, the work was routine for a man of Marchand’s background, including yea...
106 points by Concord Monitor | Taxation in the United States City council Taxation Democracy Democratic Party Police Leave Capital punishment
Stokes: Baltimore officials reach deal with Port Covington developer
A prominent city councilman says officials have reached an extensive community benefits agreement with the Port Covington developer that doubles the originally proposed amount of lower-income housing and requires greater commitments to hire local workers. Councilman Carl Stokes said the City Council...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Councillor City council Economic development Mayor Municipality Local government in the United States The Wire Town council
Pugh vetoes bill that would raise Baltimore minimum wage
Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed legislation Friday that would have raised the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15 by 2022, leaving the measure's future in question.The council — which next meets on April 3 — would need 12 of its 15 members to vote to overturn the veto. On Friday, the 12-member coalition...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Minimum wage Veto Wage City council Councillor Municipality Baltimore Employment
City councilors divided over Concord condo disclosure
There’s wide disagreement among Concord’s city councilors about whether and how Deputy City Manager Brian LeBrun’s plans to buy one of the condos at Sacred Heart Church should have been made public.Some said in hindsight it should have been disclosed alongside the note that he left the meeting befor...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Councillor City council Conflict of interest Legislators Management occupations City
Aberdeen gets loan for sewer work at 2.12 percent
The Aberdeen city government has completed borrowing $1,395,178 to pay for two sewer system improvement projects, the design of a third and the purchase of two pieces of equipment needed for the municipal sewer system. The city issued a short-term note through a private negotiated sale with Manufacturers...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Municipality Finance Sewage treatment Mayor City council Councillor Term Time
Havre de Grace 2018 budget has no water and sewer rate increases, real property tax decrease
Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin introduced a nearly $15 million fiscal 2018 budget earlier this week that has no increase in water and sewer rates and a slight decrease in the real property tax rate. "The 2018 budget reflects my continued commitment and strategic investment in the city's parks...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Property tax Real estate Municipality Mayor Property taxes Fiscal year Rates City council
Squabble over Oxford mounted reserve unit sparks suit
Three volunteers, who rode in Trump’s inaugural parade, say village officials wrongly accused them of improper conduct        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Constable The Lone Ranger Police Brace Beemer Sheriff Chief of police George W. Trendle City council
Developer withdraws tax break application that would have saved city official tens of thousands
The city’s finance director would have received a tax break worth tens of thousands of dollars if a subsidy requested by the developer of the Sacred Heart Church had been approved.Deputy City Manager Brian LeBrun plans to buy a $300,000 condominium at the converted Gothic Revival church, he confirme...
30 points by Concord Monitor | City council Condominium Councillor Sacred Heart Hearing Public finance Real estate
Havre de Grace mayor seeks re-election, faces former HdG mayor
Wayne Dougherty, Havre de Grace's former four-term mayor, spent the past two years traveling and spending time with his granddaughter, but now he wants to get back into the political arena and has filed as a candidate for mayor in this spring's city election. The mayor's office, held by Bill Martin,...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Harford County Maryland According to Jim City council Municipality Mayor Havre de Grace Maryland Councillor Susquehanna River
Havre de Grace mayor, council races set; Craig not running
The field of candidates is set for the 2017 elections for Havre de Grace mayor and City Council, with a contested race for mayor and one of three council seats open to a new member, as Councilman Randy Craig did not file for re-election by the 5 p.m. Tuesday filing deadline. Mayor Bill Martin,...
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July 4 HdG carnival move not her doing, mayor's sister says
Mary Martin tells City Council she loves the event, 'people that know me know I love it'
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Municipality City council Local government in the United States Councillor Mayor Susquehanna River Town council Drinking water
Pittsburgh teachers union endorses Sala Udin for school board seat
The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers announced Thursday that it will back former city councilman Sala Udin in his bid for a city school board seat in the May 16 primary election.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Municipality Mayor Zürich City council Councillor English-language films United States Political action committee
Embattled ACS misses city’s deadline for annual report
The beleaguered Administration for Children’s Services has failed to deliver its annual report by the city’s deadline, an oversight mandate created by Bill de Blasio when he was a city councilman. The ACS-reporting law was designed to provide detailed information of the agency’s work to both to the public and to the City Council. The...
3 points by New York Post | Councillor City council Annual report Report United Nations Municipality Financial statements
These millennials can’t wait to run for NYC mayor
There’s nothing these millennials think they can’t do — even run for mayor of New York City. A trio of thirty-somethings — Michael Basch, Mike Tolkin and Josh Thompson — all want a shot at toppling Bill de Blasio, 55, in this year’s election. A fourth, Queens Republican City Councilman Eric Ulrich, 32, is exploring...
5 points by New York Post | New York City Mayor of New York City Mayor Municipality Toronto City of London Donald Trump City council
Six-week Civics Academy to pair curious residents with Concord’s top brass
A free, six-week civics program beginning next month promises to put 30 Concord residents in front of the city’s biggest movers and shakers and empower them to make their mark on local government.And if the Civics Academy goes well, the joint effort between the city, the American Friends Service Com...
54 points by Concord Monitor | City council American Friends Service Committee Local government in the United States Local government Councillor County Local council Federal government of the United States
Soda lobbyists to Council: Repeal the tax

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Councillor City council Coca-Cola Cola Caffeine Mayor Diet Coke Municipality
Mayor's Safe Art Space Task Force holds forum for public input
College students, artists and other supporters of Baltimore's arts community gathered Thursday evening at the War Memorial Building to discuss safe, affordable housing and workspaces for artists. The forum, held by Mayor Catherine Pugh's Safe Art Space Task Force, was held to solicit thoughts and...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Arts Space Music Arts-related lists City council The arts The Work Art
DA: Ex-Palm Springs mayor took $375K in bribes from developers
Steve Pougnet accepted bribes from local real-estate developers, prosecutors say.       
-2 points by USA Today | Local government in the United States Mayor Municipality Government occupations City council Mayors Mexico City Town council
Police chief suspended for 2nd time since December
FERRIDAY, La. (AP) - A Louisiana town's police chief has been suspended for the second time since December. The Natchez Democrat reports ( ) that Ferriday Mayor Sherrie Jacobs suspended Police Chief Arthur Lewis for 30 days without pay. The mayor on Wednesday cited unspecified "administrative issues" as the reason ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Constable Louisiana City council Alderman City of London Corporation Local government in the United States
Phoenix council denies sanctuary city request
The city will look to take other steps in response to President Trump's executive order.       
66 points by USA Today | Police Phoenix Arizona City Constable Councillor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement City council Municipality
Bill Linehan leaving council after decade in office
City Councilor Bill Linehan is stepping down from his District 2 seat after a decade on the council — opening a hot race for the Southie seat.In a statement released on the Southie pol’s behalf last night, Linehan was credited with helping Mayor Martin J. Walsh during a “smooth transition of power” following his election. Linehan also oversaw “the most vital” district in the city, the statement added.
1 points by Boston Herald | Thomas Menino Raymond Flynn South Boston Boston Boston City council Titles Municipality Management occupations
Las Vegas council OKs pared-down condo project at edge of Badlands course
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday narrowly gave the green light to a proposal to put hundreds of condominiums on the eastern edge of the closed Badlands golf course, after a late-in-the-game reduction in units drew a 4-3 favorable vote.
100 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Councillor City council Proposals Proposal Mayor Local government in the United States Municipality City
Garcetti accuses Measure S campaign of 'dirty tricks'
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti accused the backers of a controversial ballot measure of “dirty tricks” Wednesday after they used his image in a campaign message. “They are well aware I strongly oppose Measure S,” Garcetti said. “The Yes on S Campaign should cease and desist from any suggestion...
67 points by Los Angeles Times | Planning Los Angeles City council Mayor Municipality Mayor of Los Angeles California Real estate Political campaign
Denver council pushes police chief to create advisory board to write final use-of-force policy
Denver City Council positioned itself on Wednesday to go head-to-head with police Chief Robert White over bringing more voices to the table in writing the department's use-of-force policy.
231 points by The Denver Post | Councillor City council Mayor Municipality The Council Writing The Police Local government in the United States
Closer monitoring on tap for City Council's ethics trainings

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Councillor City council Executive director Municipality Member of Parliament Board of directors The Council Council of the European Union
Beale says he has the votes to curb honorary street signs
The new rules would kick in only after seven more signs are added to the list, including one honoring Puerto Rican activist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
42 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Barack Obama Chicago Luis Muñoz Marín Alderman Anthony Beale City council Democratic Party Presidency of Barack Obama
Micro-housing fears drive Denver c members’ calls for stricter changes to parking exemptions
Denver City Council members are nearing the end of a seven-month moratorium on the city's small-lot parking exemption. But agreeing on a fix may not be easy.
130 points by The Denver Post | Councillor City council Parking Denver Parking space Apartment Colfax Avenue Proposals
Who's running for Cleveland City Council? One incumbent faces host of challengers
All seats on Cleveland City Council are up for election in 2017. Incumbents in several of those seats are unopposed at this point. Others, though, may face races with several candidates opposing them. CLEVELAND, Ohio - A member of Cleveland City Council for nearly four decades already faces seven potential challengers for re-election with more than four months to go until the filing deadline.  Cleveland Councilman Ken JohnsonCity of Cleveland Cleveland's Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson, who took office in 1980, has taken out nominating petitions to get on the ballot for re-election.   And a rule of thumb for local elections is that incumbent officeholders often don't face many challengers for re-election.  But that's not the case for Johnson. Among the challengers who have taken out nominating petitions are community and labor activists and some real estate professionals.   All 17 seats on Cleveland City Council are up for election this year. Candidates have until June 29 to file nominating petitions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections if they want to appear on the Sept. 12 municipal primary. The top two vote-getters for each race advance from the primary move to the Nov. 8 general election. If there are only two in a given race, then they go straight to the November ballot, bypassing the primary. Here's a look at potential candidates who have pulled petitions, along with some biographical information on candidates for whom it was available. will update this list periodically as the filing deadline nears. Incumbents are noted with an asterisk.  Ward 1  Terrell H. Pruitt*: Member of council since 2008. Major in the Ohio Army National Guard, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.  Kimberly F. Brown: Former social worker and radio personality who ran for mayor in 2009. Runs an advocacy and marketing group called Doveside Promotions LLC.  Keith Smith   Ward 2   Carol Ford: Nursing home worker. Member of the Raise Up Cleveland petition committee that sought to raise the minimum wage in the city.  Robert Owens: Has pulled nominating petitions for the Ward 2 seat on City Council. He also has pulled candidate petitions for the mayoral race.  Ward 3  Kerry McCormack*: Appointed to City Council in April to replace resigning Councilman Joe Cimperman. Previously was director of community affairs for Ohio City Inc.  Ward 4  Kenneth L. Johnson Sr*: Member of City Council for nearly four decades. Chairs the Municipal Services and Properties Committee and is a member of the Transportation Committee.  Monroe Bynum Jr: CEO of his own company, the IYI Network.   LaShorn K. Caldwell: Housing manager for the Union Miles Development Corp.   Julie Donaldson: Real estate agent.   Cecil Ekechukwu  Michael McDaniel Sr: Advocate with the American Postal Workers Union.   Rowland Mitchell   Gail Sparks: Director and founder of GOA Realty in Cleveland.   Ward 5  Phyllis Cleveland*: Member of City Council since 2006, majority leader.  Ward 6  Mamie J. Mitchell*: Member of City Council since 2008. Vice chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.  Lavitta Murray: Self employed, Murray is studying at Cleveland State's Marshal College of Law.   David B. Roney: Physical director for the city's pools. Develops and coordinates aquatic programs.  Dylan L. Sellers: Management professional who has worked with nonprofit organizations.  Ward 7  TJ Dow*:  A lawyer. Member of City Council since 2008.   Robert L. Heflin III   Basheer Jones: Community activist   Demar L. Sheffey: Public defender  Ward 8  Michael D. Polensek*: Longest serving member of City Council in Cleveland history. Took office in 1978.   Donald Boyd   Brian A. Friedman: Executive director of Northeast Shores Development Corp.   Ward 9  Kevin Conwell*: Member of City Council sine 2001. Vice chair of council's Safety Committee.  Guy Coleman Jr.  Ward 10   Annamaria Cora: Retired from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department.   Rico Dancy   Ed Hudson-Bey  Ward 11  Dona Brady*: Member of City Council since 1999. Vice chair of the Utilities Committee.  Gilder E. Malone  Ward 12  Anthony Brancatelli*: Member of City Council since 2005. Chairs the Cuyahoga County Land Bank.  Ward 13  Kevin Kelley*: Member of City Council since 2006. He became president of council in 2014.  Ward 14  Brian Cummins*: Member of City Council since 2010. Chairs council's Health and Human Services Committee.  Omar Medina: Pastor  Ward 15  Matt Zone*: Member of City Council since 2002. Chairs council's Safety Committee.  Ward 16  Brian Kazy*: Member of City Council since 2015. Former Cuyahoga County probation officer.  Ward 17  Martin J. Keane*: Member of City Council since 2008. Chairs council's Transportation Committee.  Clinton E. Preslan: Lawyer
160 points by The Plain Dealer | Elections General election Cleveland Election Councillor Voting system Cuyahoga County Ohio City council
Graham City Council clears up old misdemeanor charge
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) - A Graham city councilman has gotten an old misdemeanor charge dismissed. The Times-News of Burlington reports ( that Bruce Caldwell Turner II took the 27-year-old case to an Alamance County Superior Court judge Monday. Caldwell was charged in 1989 with misdemeanor assault on a female by ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Councillor Assault Judge Burlington North Carolina Felony Alamance County North Carolina City council Lawyer
In 2016, crime in San Diego drops to rates comparable to the late 1950s to early 1960s
San Diego’s crime rate last year was the second-lowest in 47 years, city officials said Tuesday. The rate of violent crime dropped by nearly 5%, the lowest in four decades. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman credited police-community partnerships and focused crime-fighting for the positive trend. The...
524 points by Los Angeles Times | Crime Criminology Constable Police Violence Crimes City council Law enforcement
Scammers threaten to deport Hispanic man
A team of scammers dressed as U.S. ICE agents stopped and threatened to deport a Hispanic man in Queens if he did not pay them.
594 points by Daily News | United States Councillor European Union U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement City council Immigration Money Monday
L.A. City Council rejects historical designation for Parker Center
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to include the Welton Becket-designed Parker Center in L.A.’s list of historically significant buildings. On a 10-0 vote, the council declined to grant historic-cultural monument status to the downtown structure that once served as the Los...
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Under Armour, Ravens donate money to restore free after-school bus rides for city students
Under Armour and the Baltimore Ravens have donated a combined $75,000 to restore free bus rides for Baltimore public school students, city officials announced Tuesday. The money, combined with $26,000 raised by families, will allow students to ride free on Maryland Transit Administration buses...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | High school Councillor Chocolate chip cookie City council Municipality Rice Krispies treat Maryland After School
Prosecutor says city appointed council members illegally
CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer has called out the western Washington city of Napavine for engaging in illegal practices. The Chronicle reports ( Meyer told county commissioners last week the Napavine City Council has scheduled meetings and appointed members unlawfully. City code requires the council to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | City council Municipality Councillor Local government in the United States Mayor Washington D.C. New York City Lewis County Washington