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Bel Air finance director honored for town employee health and wellness programs
Bel Air Finance Director Lisa Moody is in charge of looking after the Town of Bel Air's budget, but she has taken on an additional effort in the past decade, looking after the health and well being of her co-workers. She was honored for that effort Tuesday evening with the Silver HEAL Leader award...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Health Nutrition Health care Municipality Personal life Medicine City Public health
Lafayette adds transgender antidiscrimination protections
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - The Lafayette City Council has approved antidiscrimination protections for transgender people. The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/2cyrgEp ) 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
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
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....
2042 points by Los Angeles Times | Tom Bates Mayor City council Municipality Candidate Race United States Senate United States
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
Utah city considers offering fire suppression help
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - A Utah city might bring in extra revenue by contributing to firefighting efforts throughout the West. The Spectrum of St. George reports (http://bit.ly/2bVLnHX ) that the Cedar City Fire Department presented the idea to the city council this week. Chief Mike Phillips says a Southern ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Utah Southern Utah University Firefighter Firefighting English-language films Cedar City Utah Municipality Local government in the United States
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
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
'Mayor' of Eastport dies after cancer battle
Mike Miron was a business owner, city official and a founder of the Maritime Republic of Eastport
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Annapolis Maryland Annapolis Mall Municipality City Westfield Group History Maritime history Lewis Mumford
Letter: Concord, the welcoming city
A welcoming cityI applaud the forward-looking vision of Concord’s mayor and the city council adopting a resolution affirming Concord as a “Welcoming City” on July 11. This resolution helps to unite our diverse communities and cultures. It offers a message of inclusiveness and upholds that Concord is...
9 points by Concord Monitor | Culture The Culture United States Municipality Sociology Social sciences Village Value
Civic Federation questions Emanuel’s utility tax plan
The Civic Federation wants proof that the mayor's tax on water and sewer bills will be enough to save the largest of Chicago’s employee pension funds.
42 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Pension Pension fund Finance Actuary Tax Insurance Actuarial science Municipality
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
Strongsville takes up medical marijuana issue
Strongsville fell in line with the three other Ohio 82 cities in Cuyahoga County on Tuesday night and established a moratorium on medical marijuana. STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - On Tuesday night, Strongsville fell in line with three other Ohio 82 cities in Cuyahoga County and established a moratorium on medical marijuana. The moratorium, which City Council approved, will prohibit the growing, processing and selling of marijuana for six months. New Ohio legislation allows patients, starting this week, to use medical marijuana prescribed by doctors, but the state has not nailed down the law's details. "The moratorium gives us the ability to see what the state is going to do and decide if the city needs to introduce its own zoning legislation," Law Director Neal Jamison said Tuesday night. Last week, Broadview Heights City Council voted unanimously to establish a 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana. Brecksville and North Royalton city councils were expected to approve six-month medical marijuana moratoriums, and may have done so Tuesday night. Broadview Heights establishes one-year moratorium on medical marijuana Several other Cuyahoga County communities, including Lakewood, and municipalities throughout Ohio, including Beavercreek, Troy and Piqua, have also approved medical marijuana moratoriums. Rocky River has introduced legislation that would ban the growing, processing and selling of medical marijuana. The new state law - House Bill 523, which Gov. John Kasich signed in June - already provides some restrictions on medical marijuana. For example, no one can grow, process or sell marijuana within 500 feet of a school, church, library, playground or park. Also, no one is allowed to grown marijuana in their homes. HB 523 authorizes municipal governments to establish their own medical marijuana regulations. Local governments can restrict locations where marijuana is cultivated, processed or sold, or they can ban the growing and selling of marijuana altogether. However, municipalities can't stop patients from using medical marijuana. Strongsville Councilman Joe DeMio said council hasn't yet decided whether the city should ban the growing and selling of medical marijuana here. He said such a debate is premature. But DeMio did express concern that HB 523 might contradict federal law, which still lists marijuana as an illegal drug. He asked Jamison to prepare a memo on the state versus federal laws. This story has been updated. 
120 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio North Royalton Ohio Broadview Heights Ohio Municipality Parma Ohio United States Congress United States Local government in the 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.
122 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia Michael Nutter Pennsylvania Municipality Tel Aviv City Eintracht Frankfurt Mayor
Havre de Grace council agrees to create Independence Day Commission for next year's celebration
The Havre de Grace City Council has agreed to create an Independence Day 2017 Commission, which the new leaders of the annual July 4 festivities had requested earlier. The resolution creating the commission was unanimously approved by the council with little discussion during Tuesday night's council...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Council of the European Union Debut albums Corporation New York City United States Municipality Fiscal year Fundraising
Aberdeen Room museum leaders blindsided by city's notice that they might have to move
Volunteers with The Aberdeen Room Archives & Museum have been shocked to learn they may have to vacate their longtime downtown building, which is owned by the City of Aberdeen. The museum is a treasure-trove of documents, heirlooms and other archival material documenting the city's history and...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Harford County Maryland Aberdeen Proving Ground Aberdeen Maryland Municipality Local government in the United States Management Heads of settlement New York City
Official: City's low fund balance 'no cushion against hard times'
The city's meager reserve funds offer "almost no cushion against hard times," Philadelphia Finance Director Rob Dubow said at a hearing Wednesday.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Bond Finance City Metropolitan area Bond credit rating Defamation Debut albums Municipality
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
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
Warehouse to penthouse: Finkl site, industrial corridor ready for makeover
A construction boom of apartment towers, office buildings, retail spaces, roads, bridges, parks and trails is envisioned for a 3.7-mile stretch along the Chicago River that once was dominated by manufacturers. A recently released proposal, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, aims to address a long-brewing...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Residential area Residential development Near North Side Chicago Municipality Chicago Loop Lake Shore Drive Rahm Emanuel
X-rated film streamed through Turkish city’s loudspeakers (VIDEO)
Turkish cities often turn on their loudspeakers to send out the Muslim call to prayer, but one town was treated to a quite scandalous broadcast when the sounds of a porn flick were transmitted to residents. The mayor denounced the stunt as “unmoral.” Read Full Article at RT.com
568 points by Russia Today | Social media Municipality Sound Neighbourhood City Legal process Laughter Pornography
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
Detroit residents to discuss future of closed rec center
Detroit officials are hosting a community meeting about the potential redevelopment of a shuttered recreation center        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | University of Detroit Mercy Detroit Michigan High school Municipality President pro tempore of the United States Senate College Joe Louis Arena
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
Pugh wants to cut $5.5 million from Baltimore Police Department budget to send to schools
Mayor Catherine Pugh wants to cut at least $5.5 million from the Baltimore Police Department to help plug a shortfall in the schools budget as part of a developing plan she outlined Wednesday to better control police spending.Pugh — who is expected to release her administration's first budget next...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Mayors Police Kurt Schmoke Municipality The Police Andy Summers Baltimore Police Department Crime
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
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...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | School State Education Mayor High school Municipality State Teacher
D.C. family leave act heads to Congress for OK
The District will soon offer the most generous paid family and medical leave in the country after Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday declined to veto legislation that was approved by the D.C. Council in December. Miss Bowser had been against the measure, which she said benefited out-of-state residents more than ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | New York City United States Congress Tax Municipality New Jersey The Council The Washington Times Council of the European Union
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
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
City passes bills to reform law NYPD uses close homes, businesses
The City Council voted to pass 13 bills that would add sweeping reforms to the city’s nuisance abatement law.
92 points by Daily News | New York City Law Crime Criminal justice Police Black-and-white films Municipality Criminology
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
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
Old Inwood golf course will store stormwater
A defunct golf course in northwest Houston will be excavated to hold up to 370 million gallons of stormwater with City Council's approval Wednesday of an agreement with the county Flood Control District.
103 points by The Houston Chronicle | Water Dam Flood Hydrology Houston Municipality Thames Barrier River Thames
Butkovitz: City, state-run retirement plans in peril

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | New York City Philadelphia Municipality Management City Employment New Jersey Speaker