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Hoping to blunt anti-growth forces, Garcetti vows to bar private developer meetings
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he plans to put a stop to private meetings between planning commissioners and real estate developers or other outside parties, part of a bigger attempt to fend off a hotly contested ballot measure that would restrict development. The move comes as Garcetti and...
341 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles City Municipality Commissioner The Commission Ex parte Mayor Ex parte Quirin
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....
2042 points by Los Angeles Times | Tom Bates Mayor City council Municipality Candidate Race United States Senate United States
FDNY’s new hires to see increased disability benefits
Nearly 15 years after the FDNY lost 343 members on 9/11, Gov. Cuomo signed a law Thursday increasing disability benefits for new hires.
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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...
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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
Few public officials knew about Baltimore police surveillance program
It wasn't until media reports on aerial surveillance by the Baltimore Police Department appeared that key members of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration were briefed on the trial run — eight months after it had begun. Kaliope Parthemos, the mayor's chief of staff, and Neal M. Janey,...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | The Wire State Surveillance Crime Police Mayor Criminal justice United States
Kenney staffers heading to Europe on a trade mission
Members of Mayor Kenney's administration will travel to Europe this month on a trade mission stopping in Germany, Portugal, and France.
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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
Caught in the crossfire as the soda tax war rages on

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Michael Bloomberg Mayor New York City Public relations Mayor of New York City Layoff
Political battle heats up among 7 candidates for Henderson mayor
Henderson Councilwoman Debra March faces her biggest political battle in a mayoral race that includes six other candidates.
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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
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
Rahm Emanuel gung-ho about U.S. Steel project, alderman says
"We are encouraged and supportive of what’s happening,” a top mayoral aide said.
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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
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...
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Baltimore education advocates pressure city to pitch in to avoid widespread layoffs in schools
For weeks, education advocates have pushed state officials to increase funding for Baltimore's schools to help prevent widespread layoffs and close a $130 million budget shortfall. Now, they are stepping up pressure on Baltimore's government as well — launching a telephone campaign to persuade...
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Soda lobbyists to Council: Repeal the tax

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Councillor City council Coca-Cola Cola Caffeine Mayor Diet Coke Municipality
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
Palm Springs corruption: Criminal charges to be filed
D.A. will file charges as a result of investigation into Palm Springs public corruption.       
39 points by USA Today | Riverside County California Mayor Real estate Palm Springs California Phoenix Arizona Municipality Desert The Palm
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
Service employees union denounces Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in political ad
The Service Employees International Union District 1199 took aim at Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's record this week in a new political ad set to air on several local radio stations. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Service Employees International Union District 1199 on Monday released a radio ad blaming Mayor Frank Jackson and his administration for the city's poverty, homicide rate and neighborhood deterioration. The minute-long commercial, titled "The failed leadership of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson," features a conversation between a man and a woman about Jackson's policies. (Listen to the radio ad in the Soundcloud player at the bottom of this post.) Here's the transcript: Man: Uh-oh. Looks like Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson made the news again. Woman: That's usually bad news for Cleveland families. Hasn't he failed us enough? Like when Mayor Jackson shut down the buses on Public Square. Man: Putting RTA funding at risk. Woman: And the homicide rate continues to climb. It's the worst in 10 years. Man: How about the staggering number of Cleveland families struggling to make ends meet on poverty wages? Woman: And the children. Half of Cleveland kids are living below the poverty rate. Man: All of this while Cleveland politicians beg their Republican cronies in Columbus to stop our city from voting on the minimum wage. Woman: And how about this? After Mayor Jackson lavishly hosted Donald Trump and the RNC, our neighborhoods are still falling apart. And grocery stores are now closing. Mayor Jackson's list of failures just goes on and on. Voiceover: Stop this insanity. Call the Jackson accountability hotline at 216-512-1740. Let's work together to build a better future for our neighborhoods and our families. Paid for by SEIU District 1199. Becky Williams, president. Anthony Caldwell, director of public affairs for District 1199, said in a written statement that the city "needs a leader who has the ability to successfully address these difficult issues and will work with community leaders to build a better future for our families." He said the anti-Jackson ad is set to air on stations WTAM 1100AM, WNWV 107.3, WENZ 107.9 and WERE 1490AM. District 1199, which represents nearly 30,000 health care and social service workers in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, found itself at odds with Jackson when the union backed a ballot initiative to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Jackson opposed the measure, arguing that raising wages in Cleveland alone would undermine the city's economic recovery and drive business from the city. Petitioners eventually withdrew the proposal after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that prohibited municipalities from raising the minimum wage beyond the state's rate. Last month the union endorsed City Councilman Jeffrey Johnson in his bid to unseat Jackson, citing Johnson's support of the minimum wage initiative. Jackson could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The mayor announced at a news conference earlier this month that he would be seeking an unprecedented fourth four-year term in November. In his announcement, he emphasized that he is a lifelong resident of Cleveland's Central neighborhood and that he lives with the same daily challenges that his constituents face. If re-elected, Jackson said, he would continue marching ahead with the key initiatives of his administration -- improving the school district, reforming the police department, and ensuring that residents share in the city's prosperity. The recent passage of a city income tax increase, which is expected to draw an extra $80 million into the general fund annually, gives the city greater capacity to improve services across departments, he said. As a result, the city expects to hire as many as 350 new employees this year, including police officers, firefighters and housing inspectors. Click here to read about the issues framing the 2017 mayoral race.
49 points by The Plain Dealer | Minimum wage Frank G. Jackson Municipality Employment Wage Mayor Initiative Poverty
Emanuel waters down home-sharing rules to survive court challenge
On Wednesday, the City Council’s License Committee will consider Emanuel's plan to strip the ordinance of one of its most onerous requirements.
16 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Mayor Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Municipality Hosts file Democratic Party Warrant
Ethics experts howl over de Blasio’s debt fund
Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that he’ll have donors pay his mounting legal bills tied to suspected City Hall corruption is drawing howls of protest from government watchdogs and ethics experts. De Blasio will be walking into “a trap of his own making” if he hits up supporters for cash to fund his defense, said John...
125 points by New York Post | Lawyer Money Law Law firm Executive director Fundraising Mayor Payment
Morning Spin: Roskam says he prefers doing town hall meetings over the phone
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton says he’s no fan of “circus” town hall meetings and prefers a more controlled...
663 points by Chicago Tribune | Peter Roskam Randy Hultgren Mayor
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 (http://bit.ly/2la3l1R) 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
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
Tensions rise between Waukegan aldermen, city staff
A seemingly routine vote to amend Waukegan's housing plans stretched over two meetings and sparked tension between aldermen and city staff, another sign that the ongoing mayor's race is in full swing as the Feb. 28 Democratic primary draws near. The primary rematch between first-term incumbent...
133 points by Chicago Tribune | Grants City council Alderman Grant Mayor Block grant Municipality Ulysses S. Grant
Ethics Board: No probable cause to probe Peduto fundraising
Pittsburgh's Ethics Hearing Board has found no probable cause to investigate the fundraising activities of city Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin on behalf of Mayor Bill Peduto, according to a letter released today.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Greensburg Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Hugh Henry Brackenridge Urban decay Chief of staff Mayor Following
De Blasio admin broke off talks with Airbnb after donations
A politically powerful opponent of the home-sharing website gave $200,000 to Campaign for One New York.
156 points by Daily News | New York City Mayor of New York City Hotel Mayor Municipality London City of London American Broadcasting Company
Morning Spin: Emanuel to give speech on infrastructure Thursday
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Here’s a sign a politician has been in office for a while: He delivers a speech timed to the anniversary of another speech. That’s what...
14 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Rahm Emanuel Democratic Party Rod Blagojevich City and town halls Mayor Donald Trump City council
Mixed-use development planned for Lakewood Hospital site
Lakewood announced that it's seeking ideas and developer submissions for the future of the former Lakewood Hospital site, which is 5.7 acres in downtown Lakewood. LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- The city wants to create "Lakewood's finest multi-functional outdoor community gathering space," on the site of the former Lakewood Hospital, which closed its doors early last year. The city wants the 5.7-acre site to be a mixed-use, with residential and commercial opportunities, according to a news release. A request for qualifications seeks responses from developers who could partner with the city, Mayor Michael Summers said. City Council would like to consider a proposal by the fall, according to the city's website.  The controversial decision to close the century-old Lakewood Hospital and sell land to the Cleveland Clinic has dragged out for years, with lawsuits and referendums. The city has been working on demolition for months at the downtown site, on Detroit Road. The Cleveland Clinic plans to open a new family health center and emergency center, expected to be completed by mid-2018.  A community conversation to discuss the process of redeveloping the site will take place 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Lakewood City Hall. Questions about the redevelopment? What would you like to see on the site? Leave them in the comments below.
25 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cleveland Clinic Mayor Clinic Municipality New Jersey City Case Western Reserve University
Council members relaunch $15 minimum wage effort
BALTIMORE (AP) - City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is joining a coalition of council members pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Baltimore. Media outlets report that legislation is expected to be introduced Monday evening. Maryland's current minimum wage is $8.75 and the city would follow the state's ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Minimum wage Employment Years in the future Municipality City council Wage Councillor Mayor
De Blasio’s aides fear he will ‘sacrifice’ them to the feds
Mayor de Blasio’s aides are scared stiff about his impending interview with federal prosecutors in Manhattan over his fund-raising operation, a City Hall source said. “Folks in the mayor’s office are very nervous about the mayor going in and speaking,” the source said. “Everybody is expendable.” City Hall aides believe “someone is going to be...
698 points by New York Post | Political campaign Prosecutor Federal Bureau of Investigation New York City Jury Mayor of New York City Mayor City of London
Baltimore City Council members relaunch campaign for $15 minimum wage
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young is joining a coalition of council members pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Baltimore. Legislation is expected to be introduced at the council's Monday evening meeting. The bill would incrementally raise the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2022....
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Employment Minimum wage Wage The Bill Councillor Mayor Small business Woodentop
Coming this week in Harford County – Feb. 6-12
Public meetings and events planned in Harford County for Monday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 12: Monday, Feb, 6 – The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners will hold a regular town meeting, preceded by a public hearing on a resolution to adopt new lease rates for the Armory. Commissioners meeting...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Harford County Maryland Local government in the United States Havre de Grace Maryland Mayor Meetings County United States Municipality
Harris seeking Democratic endorsement over incumbent Mayor Peduto
Though she hasn’t formally launched a campaign, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris has sent the strongest signal yet that she plans to challenge Mayor Bill Peduto’s re-election this spring.
136 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh Allegheny County Pennsylvania City council Mayor Race Municipality The Rev Chief of staff
Baltimore City Councilman under fire for attacks on Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank
A new Baltimore city councilman is under fire from other elected, community and business leaders for suggesting that Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's development plans amount to "white supremacy."Ryan Dorsey, elected in November to represent Northeast Baltimore, made disparaging comments about Plank...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Community Racism Baltimore Councillor The Wire Mayor City council Municipality
Term limits cause strife on Lakewood City Council
The Lakewood City Council is discussing term limits that could affect Councilwoman Ramey Johnson's ability to run for another term in 2017. Johnson believes some of the council is politically motivated.
2 points by The Denver Post | Councillor City council Mayor Local government in the United States Municipality Town council Government occupations Decision theory
Future of Havre de Grace Independence Day carnival up in the air
Parade, fireworks, concert will go on regardless, as outlined by new commission
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Harford County Maryland Fireworks Carnival Susquehanna River Havre de Grace Maryland Mayor Councillor Aberdeen Maryland
Officials celebrate 100th Green Light site
The latest location is at Seaway Market Place on West Chicago        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Crime Municipality Camera Councillor City council Violent crime Mayor Light
Warren Mayor Fouts faces toughest test of his career. Will he survive?
Fouts has survived multiple controversies in past thanks to forgiving residents who say he does a great job running city        
218 points by Detroit Free Press | Local government in the United States Warren Michigan Mayor Government occupations Municipality City council Town council Metro Detroit
Trump's plan to spend on infrastructure leads companies to pitch their products as infrastructure
Gone are the days when federal infrastructure spending was measured in highways, bridges and ports. As President-elect Donald Trump considers a massive new spending plan on public works, policy experts, lawmakers and companies are racing to make the case that infrastructure could include projects...
554 points by Los Angeles Times | Infrastructure Donald Trump Verizon Communications Mick Cornett Mayor Ivana Trump Fred Trump Taxation in the United States
Mayor's panel approves plan to sell downtown Baltimore parking garages
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake bypassed the City Council on Thursday to approve a proposal allowing the city to sell four downtown, city-owned garages to raise up to $60 million for recreation centers.The plan — which clears the way for the city to begin negotiating with companies to buy the garages...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Municipality City council Mayor Councillor Titles Town council Management occupations Positions of authority
Sal Albanese hopes to run for mayor for the fourth time
A former Brooklyn legislator who lost three previous bids for mayor is looking at another campaign in 2017. Sal Albanase, a Bay Ridge-based City Councilman from 1983 through 1998, told The Post that he plans to file the necessary paperwork next month and has set a goal of raising $1 million by May. If he...
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