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Should Venice secede from Los Angeles?
When, in the course of human events, there are Venice residents who desire to dissolve their bonds with Los Angeles, or “Vexit,” in the hope of securing an independent community — a course the Venice Neighborhood Council is exploring — a decent respect to the opinions of their neighbors requires...
172 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles City Local government Santa Monica California Global city New York City Toronto Chicago
Clubbers Lament Demise of Fabric, a ‘Totem’ of London’s Dance Scene
The deaths of two 18-year-olds in drug-related cases led the authorities to close down one of the capital’s most fabled electronic music venues.
623 points by The New York Times | Nightclub London Drug addiction Local government City of London Music Police Electronica
Metro cities sue Michigan, say they’re owed millions
Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government says incorrect formula is being used to calculate amount shared       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Metro Detroit Michigan Public finance Tax Wayne State University Appeal Local government
Feds working with local authorities on evidence-destruction cases
Federal investigators are working with local authorities to untangle the destruction of what prosecutors say could be as many as 21,500 pieces of evidence by the Precinct 4 constable's office that led to erroneous jailing or convictions of more than 150 defendants.
18 points by The Houston Chronicle | Federal Bureau of Investigation Audit United States Department of Justice Office Police Financial audit Auditing Local government
More local control of digital billboards needed, lawmakers told
Alarmed by the proliferation of digital billboards in Pennsylvania, area residents, enviromentalists and local officials had the same message for state lawmakers Wednesday: Give municipalities more power to restrict electronic signage.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Chester County Pennsylvania United States Senate Advertising Municipality Borough Out-of-home advertising Township Local government
Kremlin warns Navalny supporters against unsanctioned rally
The Russian president’s press secretary says top Kremlin officials are keeping track on developments around a rally planned by supporters of anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny, but warned them against launching unlicensed protests. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | Law Police Law enforcement agency Local government Interior ministry London City Russia
As counties move to help immigration officials, Maryland lawmakers weigh policy change
When people are booked at Frederick County's jail, they're handed a form asking a series of questions, such as whether they're on medication or experiencing any pain. It's a standard list used in many jails and booking centers, but with two additions:What country were you born in?What country are...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Police U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement United States Sheriff Maryland counties Maryland Local government Immigration to the United States
Mark Keough: Putting the brakes on red light cameras
[...] within the Lone Star State, cities, local governments, and municipalities have deployed automated traffic light cameras under the pretense of traffic safety. Under the current law, the County Tax Collector's office may refuse the registration of a motor vehicle if a red light camera citation is unpaid. Any city, local government, or municipality that continues to operate such a system is subject to litigation by the Attorney General and face fines for each day of use.
-1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Local government Rights County United States Congress District Rick Perry Individual rights Traffic enforcement camera
Baltimore County Council member says new charter review panel has conflicts of interest
A Baltimore County Council member has withdrawn his name from legislation establishing a commission to review the county charter, citing possible conflicts of interest by some members of the panel. "I cannot in good conscience support a commission comprised of a large number of lobbyists who are...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Baltimore County Maryland County Local government in the United States Unincorporated area Towson Maryland Towson University Local government County commission
EDITORIAL: Is Republic Services inappropriately charging some commercial customers?
“There’s no way to gauge just how much money Republic has netted from those unapproved fees,” she said, adding that, “If we had paid them, it would probably be in the thousands of dollars.”
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Clark County Nevada Nevada Las Vegas metropolitan area Las Vegas Nevada Local government Contract Henderson Nevada North Las Vegas Nevada
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
Miami-Dade commission votes to end county's 'sanctuary' status
The county, which is majority foreign-born, will fully comply with federal immigration officials.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Immigration U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Local government Immigration to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal government of the United States Illegal immigration to the United States Unincorporated area
Immigrant-rich Miami-Dade split over sanctuary city order
MIAMI (AP) — The mayor is an immigrant, and more than half its residents are foreign born.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Federal government of the United States Immigration Police Cuban American Local government United States President of the United States Federal government
Analysis: Lack of info not helping school funding rewrite
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - There's still time to have a real discussion about possible changes to Mississippi's school funding formula. Last week's derailment of what had once looked like a legislative freight train might provide the opportunity. Unable to decide on what proposals to bring forward, leaders in the House ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Property tax Associated Press United States Mississippi River Lieutenant Mississippi Fundraising Local government
Emanuel, Mexican mayors stress leadership on local level
Despite what's happening in national politics, all four mayors said they are committed to helping citizens and immigrants on both sides of the border.
25 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Mexico City United States Immigration to the United States Chicago Local government Democratic Party U.S. state Federal government
Galveston gets $600k to up its fight against Zika

2 points by The Houston Chronicle | Local government Public health Mosquito control Insect repellent Remainder Epidemiology Mosquito Galveston Texas
Delco township says yes to medical marijuana facility

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Abuse Municipality Town Bullying Local government County Delaware County Pennsylvania Defamation
State lawmakers offer competing immigration proposals
As Annapolis City Council prepares to vote on a bill intended to protect foreign-born residents from discrimination, state legislators are weighing in with their own immigration-related proposals. Lawmakers have filed more than a dozen bills this session dealing with immigrants and citizenship,...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Local government in the United States Local government County Immigration Maryland Federal government Anne Arundel County Maryland Federal government of the United States
May accused of ‘sweetheart deal’ to prevent embarrassment of wealthy Tory council raising taxes
British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of doing a ‘sweetheart deal’ with a Conservative council in one of the wealthiest parts of Britain to stop them raising taxes by 15 percent. Read Full Article at RT.com
220 points by Russia Today | Surrey United Kingdom England County Text messaging Local government Civil service House of Lords
California's Rep. Tom McClintock pleads for civil discourse and says he'll get a bigger space for his next town hall
Essential Politics: Holder visits Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly advances bill providing immigration law resources Feb. 7, 2017, 4:15 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Former U.S. Atty....
76 points by Los Angeles Times | Protest Police Civil disobedience Law Rock music Democracy Local government Activism
GOP leaders advise House members on dealing with protests
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are discussing how to deal with protesters showing up at their town halls and other events in their home districts after angry confrontations this past weekend. GOP leaders told members at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday to be welcoming and polite while arranging for moderators ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Democratic Party Donald Trump Massachusetts Arnold Schwarzenegger American Civil War Republican Party Local government United States
911 call reveals why police called about kindergartner
A Cooke Magnet School official said a kindergartner was "out of control" when she called Waukegan police last month. "He's punched staff members," the woman, later identified by district officials as Principal Nan Heim, said in the 911 call to police. "He's ran out of the building. He's climbed...
9 points by Chicago Tribune | Police The Police Sting Constable Local government
Hogan presses Maryland counties to support repeal of transportation law
Gov. Larry Hogan is pressing local politicians to support his effort to overturn a law that requires transportation projects to be ranked. Hogan sent a letter to more than 250 county executives, county council members and mayors across the state last week calling the measure a "severely flawed...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Baltimore County Maryland County Local government Local government in the United States Veto County commission Baltimore Unincorporated area
Bucks DA: Serial child rapist whose crimes go back 40 year is arrested

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Crime Bucks County Pennsylvania Criminal law Falls Township Bucks County Pennsylvania Levittown Pennsylvania Local government Municipality Fairless Hills Pennsylvania
Joe Bray-Ali, a grassroots activist for Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles is at a developmental crossroads, growing out of its callow youth as the capital of car culture and suburban sprawl and coming into its maturity as — well, as something else. What exactly that will be depends in large part on who guides its development. Will it be a place with more...
2324 points by Los Angeles Times | Councillor Small business Local government Los Angeles City council Urban sprawl Neighbourhood Pasadena Freeway
Experts: New plan to ditch STAAR would violate federal law
Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, has started a push to allow local school districts to decide which assessments are appropriate for their students, but experts say his approach is misguided and would run afoul of federal law.
-1 points by The Houston Chronicle | High school Local government Texas United States Federal government of the United States Standardized test Law of the United States United States Congress
California lawmakers can't figure out what to do with Airbnb. Here's why
In San Francisco, tumult at the ballot box, with the Board of Supervisors and in the courtroom has defined the city’s relationship with Airbnb and other short-term rental sites. In Los Angeles, regulating Airbnb is a top issue at City Hall. In New York last fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed one of...
256 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles City Local government Legislature United States Renting
Colorado 'flag man' lives in a hole in the ground
He lives in the dirt and he does it dirt cheap       
220 points by USA Today | Robinson Crusoe Unincorporated area Flag of the United States Flag Local government Zoning Parcel County
Patterson draws fire over controversial speaker
Bank withdraws support from Oakland business round table over controversial conservative speaker        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | L. Brooks Patterson Local government Barack Obama Federal government of the United States Oakland County Michigan Federal government Official County
Patterson draws fire for speaker's anti-refugee views
Bank withdraws support from Oakland business round table over controversial conservative speaker        
277 points by Detroit Free Press | L. Brooks Patterson Local government Barack Obama Federal government of the United States Oakland County Michigan Federal government Official County
Coping strategies against creeping authoritarianism
Last Wednesday, when three-quarters of America’s eligible voters woke up to the sick realization that an authoritarian boor they didn’t support would soon take the same oath of office as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, there was some cheerier election news tucked deep inside the nation’s...
341 points by Los Angeles Times | Police Joe Arpaio Federal government of the United States Criminal justice Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani Local government
Hundreds protest against militants in E. Aleppo, rallies brutally dispersed – Russian MoD
Resistance against the terrorists and rebels controlling eastern Aleppo has been growing amongst the civilian population trapped in the city, Russia's Defense Ministry said. Eleven protests have been staged in militant-controlled areas since the beginning of the week. Read Full Article at RT.com
830 points by Russia Today | Terrorism Rebellion Militant Activism Local government Protest Resistance movement
Town hall meetings set on mental health funding, bid to privatize
People can share concerns about efforts to shift Medicaid funding for mental health services to private HMOs.        
35 points by Detroit Free Press | Mental health Oakland County Michigan Michigan Metro Detroit Medicine Local government Health economics Illness
Special session on Las Vegas stadium hastens need to fill legislative vacancies
Gov. Brian Sandoval intends to convene a special legislative session in October to consider tourism-related improvements, including the construction of an estimated $1.9 billion stadium. The governor’s declaration this evening immediately followed Clark County’s call for applications to fill two Nevada State Assembly vacancies — a move designed to ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Nevada Legislature Clark County Nevada District Legislative Assembly Local government Governor Legislatures
$5 million gift will erase 30 'park deserts'
A $5 million gift from two local foundations will help provide park space in 30 Houston-area schools in neighborhoods that lack access to green space.
17 points by The Houston Chronicle | United States High school Local government Park Harris County Texas Texas Executive director Westheimer Road
Sweden increases funding for refugee integration, but it may not be enough
The Swedish government has presented a new national budget, promising to balance the finances and cut the deficit in 2018, despite increasing spending on a record number of asylum seekers. Read Full Article at RT.com
171 points by Russia Today | Tax Government Economics Sweden France Immigration Refugee Local government
Ban affecting Newton County mosque expires

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Islam Sharia Muhammad Mosque Place of worship Freedom of religion Local government Flag of the United States
Plastic bag fees spawn Michigan political fight
Legislators try to pre-empt Washtenaw County plan to force customers to pay for each store-provided bag        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Local government United States Senate Government Grocery store Local government in the United States Bag United States Congress County
In Chesco, an issue of population growth vs. open space
Even as the region continues to gain population in the next two decades, regional planners envision big gains in another area: protected open space.
39 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Chester County Pennsylvania Borough Philadelphia County Delaware Valley Local government Zoning City
1 killed in fiery crash near NW Indiana airport
A person was found dead with severe burns after a motor vehicle crash near a northwest Indiana airport Sunday afternoon.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Coroner Sheriff County Native Americans in the United States Lake County Indiana Legal professions Local government Indiana
Hermine debris pickup begins Monday in Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Veterans of Florida's historic hurricane seasons say Gov. Rick Scott did well handling the state's first hurricane landfall in 11 years, but familiar problems with communications and coordinating resources resurfaced. Hurricane Hermine made landfall Sept. 2 in Florida's Big Bend with 80-mph winds. Coastal communities were ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Florida Local government Government County Local government in the United States Jeb Bush Orlando Florida Tallahassee Florida
EDITORIAL: Economic liberty
Removing occupational licensing barriers
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | License Local government Licenses Law Regulation Nevada State Economics
Man robs bank near Crown Point, Indiana
Authorities are searching for a man who robbed a bank Saturday morning near Crown Point, Indiana. It happened around 11:30 a.m. at the First Midwest Bank branch at 10858 Pike St. in unincorporated Winfield Township, according to the Lake County, Indiana, sheriff’s office.  
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lake County Indiana Bank Local government Ohio River Cincinnati Northwest Indiana
Weld County collects $7.3 million from fracking on federal land
Weld County officials announced Thursday they’ve sent about $2 million to 17 school districts from fracking on federal land.
132 points by The Denver Post | Federal government of the United States Government of the United States Connecticut Louisiana President of the United States Federal government Local government
2017 road money boost disappoints
When the loss of general fund money is considered, total road money for cities will increase by 8.2%, not 25%.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Road Tax Local government Freeway The Road Fuel tax Taxation Federal government of the United States
At least 10 killed, 20 injured in huge Bangladesh factory blast & fire (VIDEO)
Footage of the horrible devastation caused by a boiler explosion that triggered massive fire at a Gazipur packaging factory has appeared online. At least 10 people are reported to have died in the incident. Read Full Article at RT.com
301 points by Russia Today | Local government Steam engine
Election Commission preparing to organise voting in district councils
Election Commission is gearing up to hold polls to the district councils, or Zila Parishads, following the endorsement of the District Council (Amendment) Act-2016.
1 points by | Voting Election Local government Bangladesh Elections District Voting system Democracy