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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
Lafayette adds transgender antidiscrimination protections
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - The Lafayette City Council has approved antidiscrimination protections for transgender people. The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports ( ) council members voted unanimously Tuesday to add gender identity, age and veteran status to the list of protections in the city's human relations ordinance. The ordinance already ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Homosexuality Transgender Gender Sexual orientation Gender identity Identity Councillor Municipality
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
After closed-door meeting, Pittsburgh amends police-response policy
Pittsburgh police will send an officer to every call for simple assault, harassment and terroristic threats, putting a tighter limit on the types of calls that may be handled only by phone, city officials said today.
234 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Assault Crime Domestic violence Constable Police Violence The Police Councillor
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
Insurance deductible raised over city council's conflicts
LAKE ELMO, Minn. (AP) - Insurers say they've significantly raised the deductible on insuring Lake Elmo because the city is being managed in a way that creates too much of a risk of lawsuits. The Insurance Trust Board of the League of Minnesota Cities has raised the deductible from $500 ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Insurance Municipality Councillor English-language films City Minnesota Deductible Risk
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
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
Setting boundaries: An in-depth look at how Towson was rezoned
The Baltimore County Council voted last week to adopt a new zoning map for District 5, which includes Towson, that maintains limits on high-density development in the Towson Triangle and allows Goucher College to move forward with a proposal to develop nearly 9 acres on its campus. The map also...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Towson Maryland Baltimore County Maryland Zoning Goucher College Baltimore County Maryland landmarks Parking Councillor Towson 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
Havre de Grace council agrees to apply for funding for trolley-bus, downtown signs
The Havre de Grace City Council has agreed to apply for state grants to fund a proposed a downtown trolley-bus system and to erect more visitors signage. The council approved two resolutions Tuesday night allowing the city to apply for Department of Housing and Community Development funding for...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Tram Bus Trolleybus Rapid transit Councillor Harford County Maryland Tram accident Tourist trolley
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
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
Baltimore Co. Council questions proposed sewer extension to official's property
The Baltimore County Council postponed action this week on a resolution that would have extended a public sewer line to a single property at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $200,000. The home is located in the 100 block of Delight Road in the Reisterstown area. "I think the question that we all have...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Baltimore County Maryland Property Local government in the United States Sanitary sewer Ownership County commission Councillor Baltimore
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,...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | City council Local government in the United States Councillor Municipality Titles Mayor Computer file Town council
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
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
Little Caesars Arena adds NBA locker room, higher doorways for Pistons
Construction changes for the Pistons' move already are under way, despite approvals still required by the city, others        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | National Basketball Association Auburn Hills Michigan Detroit Detroit Red Wings Basketball Detroit Pistons The Palace of Auburn Hills Councillor
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
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
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
Aberdeen finally inks deal to acquire old school property from Harford County
Mayor says they will move as quickly as possible to market, sell building to private sector
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | High school County Municipality Secondary school Councillor Real estate Ownership City
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
Planning commission votes in favor of proposal to put subdivision on closed Badlands golf course
The Las Vegas Planning Commission voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of a proposal to put a 61-lot subdivision on part of the closed Badlands golf course.
117 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Proposal Proposals Council of the European Union Councillor City
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...
290 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles Los Angeles Police Department Santa Monica California Downtown Los Angeles Los Angeles County California Councillor Los Angeles International Airport City council
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
Henderson, CCSD officials look to alleviate overcrowding at 5 schools
Overcrowding issues at five Henderson campuses have led city and Clark County School District officials to begin searching for sites to build new schools.
102 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Primary school Councillor High school Municipality Primary education City council Overpopulation Elementary school
Portage mayor loses $30K board chairmanship salary in City Council vote
The Portage City Council late Thursday capped off a tumultuous week by passing an ordinance that strips Mayor James Snyder of his $30,000 salary as the Utility Services Board's chairman just hours after an Indianapolis law firm advised the council that doing so could be a violation of state law....
46 points by Chicago Tribune | Chairman Mayor City council Councillor Board of directors Law Municipality Ordinance
Henderson City Council adopts 6-month moratorium on sale of recreational marijuana
The Henderson City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance Tuesday declaring a six-month moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana. The ordinance follows the passage of Question 2, which legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada.
83 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Councillor City council Law State Medical cannabis Dispensary Oregon
Seattle becomes the first city to sever ties with Wells Fargo in protest of Dakota Access pipeline
With supporters carrying signs saying “Make big business pay” and Native American activists performing an “honor song” in gratitude, the Seattle City Council on Tuesday voted to make this the first city in the nation to ends its relationship with a bank in protest of the Dakota Access pipeline....
230046 points by Los Angeles Times | North Dakota Seattle Sioux Bank Wells Fargo City Councillor Bank of America
Howard County executive vows to veto council's controversial 'sanctuary' measure
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on Tuesday said he will veto a controversial bill that declared the county a safe place for illegal immigrants and limited county employees’ involvement in enforcing federal immigration law. Members of the County Council had stripped the bill of the label...
214 points by Baltimore Sun | Police United States Congress Illegal immigration Democracy County Immigration Immigration to the United States Councillor
Baltimore councilman seeks increased penalties for motorists who park in bike lanes
After hearing an outpouring of complaints from residents, a Baltimore councilman is pushing a bill to crack down on motorists who park in bike lanes. In recent years, government agencies have spent millions trying to boost the city's bike infrastructure. Miles of lanes have been installed, including...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Cycling Road Traffic Segregated cycle facilities Councillor Automobile Lane City council
Council votes to rehire consultant, boost hourly pay
Larry A. King of Washington, D.C., will be paid $215 per hour to implement new human resources system        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Councillor Ernst & Young City council Municipality City Democracy Contract Chief financial officer