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City Council president says L.A. lacks a strategy for creating jobs

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said Wednesday that the critics were right: City Hall lacks a comprehensive strategy for attracting new jobs.

Seattle City Council Member Urges Grass Roots Broadband Revolution After Ten Years Of Failing To Fix Broken Broadband Duopoly

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For most of the last decade Seattle, like many U.S. cities, has been painfully unhappy with its broadband options. If they're "lucky," Seattle residents have the choice of apathetic telco CenturyLink (formerly Qwest), or everybody's favorite dysfunction monolith, Comcast. Show More Summary

Acting D.C. fire chief Gregory Dean clears hurdle toward confirmation

Acting District Fire Chief Gregory Dean cleared a hurdle toward his confirmation as head of the city’s embattled department Wednesday, when the D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve his nomination and send it to a full council vote July 14.Read full article >>

Bus Countdown Clocks Coming To Every Borough, Eventually

Thanks to $1.2 million in funding from eight city council members representing Queens, the Bronx, Central and South Brooklyn, and the Upper West Side, countdown clocks may soon proliferate at bus stops across all five boroughs. [ more › ]

Marqueece Harris-Dawson takes office as councilman of L.A.'s 8th District

Community organizer Marqueece Harris-Dawson was officially sworn in as the Los Angeles City Council representative for District 8 on Tuesday during a ceremony on the top floor of City Hall.

After Developer Gets $3 Million Break on Housing Fee, Mike O'Brien Calls for Audit of City Planning Department

7 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

After the city's planning department charged a developer less than it should have in affordable housing fees, Council Member Mike O'Brien wants an audit of the department. Alex Garland Labor and housing advocates gathered with city council...Show More Summary

Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Back in November, the Paris city council voted to reject the proposal. This week’s vote overturns that decision, which had been criticized as invalid after some conservative councilmembers disclosed how they voted. The new vote was conducted in to and

Washington, D.C., Increases Minimum Wage to $10.50

On Wednesday, the minimum wage in Washington, D.C., rose to $10.50, higher than any state.  The wage bump was approved by the Washington City Council and former mayor Vincent Gray in 2013. The wage will be increased again in July of next year by one dollar to $11.50. Show More Summary

How Much Uber Is Too Much?

That's the question the City Council's Transportation Committee debated yesterday, at a hearing on legislation that would put a temporary cap on the issuance of all for-hire vehicle (FHV) licenses. [ more › ]

South America's Biggest City Wants To Ban Uber

10 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The city council of Sao Paulo, South America's largest metropolis, voted to ban the U.S.-based Uber ride-sharing service late Tuesday, the latest setback for the company after several countries took similar steps in recent months. Show More Summary

Time for a City Deal for Belfast…

13 hours agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Last week, LOCUS and I, hosted a City Deal seminar in Belfast which was addressed by Mr Richard Brown, Director of Regeneration Glasgow City Council. He explained that City Deals are agreements that have been negotiated between the UK government and 29 cities in the UK; the city gets new powers in exchange for greater more...

For the record

Academy Museum: In the June 25 Calendar section, an article about the Los Angeles City Council approving the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures said that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had sponsored a failed attempt in the 1960s to establish a film museum in Los Angeles. Hollywood...

Council puts more crossing guards in the street—and in danger

No one complained when the City Council added funding last week to hire 80 more crossing guards. It is self-evident—at least for politicians and parents—that crossing guards make streets... To view the full story, click the title li...

Garcetti shifts stance, won't enforce tough new homeless measures

Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday he will block enforcement of controversial new legislation targeting homeless encampments until the City Council softens some of the measures' provisions.

19 bells to mark 19 lost lives as Arizona remembers Granite Mountain hotshots

Hours before bells marked the moment when a quick and unpredictable wildfire killed 19 elite firefighters in the hot summer of 2013, Chris Kuknyo was in his Prescott City Council office, unable to sit still.

From River to Shining River

River to River 2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council New York, NY June 18-28, 2015 by Martha Sherman copyright © 2015 by Martha Sherman Summer in New York City was welcomed back in a now treasured annual ritual, as the River to River festival returned downtown. Show More Summary

Stoke-on-Trent: Another Fine Mess

This one's going to run and run. I am, of course, referring to the controversial (to put it mildly) relocation of Stoke-on-Trent City Council from Stoke to Hanley. If you're not from the Potteries, it's a city made up of six towns with their own centres and, according to some, unique senses of identity. Show More Summary

L.A. to loosen minimum wage rules for some nonprofits

Nonprofits that hire and train disadvantaged and out-of-work clients to rejoin the workforce won't have to pay them Los Angeles' new minimum wage for the first year and a half of their employment, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Tuesday.

Tuesday news and notes

Parks and LaBonge check out of the City Council. SCOTUS to take on labor union fees. Gravel yards. Much more politics, media and place.

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