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Brickbat: Now, Hear This

6 hours agoNews : Reason

A new ordinance passed by the Minneapolis City Council requires night clubs and other businesses featuring loud music to provide ear plugs to patrons. Council members say they want to help people protect their hearing.

Now, Hear This

6 hours agoNews : Reason

A new ordinance passed by the Minneapolis City Council requires night clubs and other businesses featuring loud music to provide ear plugs to patrons. Council members say they want to help people protect their hearing.

Top cop Bratton, Mayor de Blasio shoots down proposal to hire 1,000 officers

Top cop Bill Bratton shot down the City Council’s proposal Wednesday to hire 1,000 officers, saying any new spending at the NYPD should be used to give cops raises instead.

Kshama Sawant on a $15 Minimum Wage: "Ultimately, the Decision Will Be Made By the City Council"

15 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Eli Sanders A human chain of minimum wage activists, encircling City Hall. City council member Kshama Sawant says she's "not surprised" that the mayor's minimum-wage committee wasn't able to reach a deal today. "I think it's important...Show More Summary

Free Sunday parking could soon go away in parts of Chicago

Free Sunday parking in a host of North Side and Northwest Side shopping districts soon would vanish under changes the City Council Transportation Committee endorsed today.

Pedicab Operators Worried About Proposed New Regulations

The City Council’s Transportation and License Committees will review next week a proposal from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) to regulate pedicabs in Chicago and some language in the legislation has owners of the bicycle taxis concerned the ordinance may regulate them out of existence, if it passes. [ more › ]

Chicago headed toward partial plastic bag ban

Large chain and franchise stores in Chicago would have to stop providing plastic bags to customers in August 2015 under a compromise measure that is gaining support among City Council members and has the backing of Mayor Rahm Emanue...

City Council proposes $257M in new spending

A thousand more cops, free school lunches, more money to fight homelessness and a commission to overhaul the city's property tax system were among the items included in the City Council's $257... To view the full story, click the title link.

Government Buildings, Security and We The People

Los Angeles, CA—The L.A. City Council is considering massive security changes at all LAPD facilities. This follows an April 7, 2014 shooting inside the lobby of LAPD's West Traffic Division. Daniel Yealu, 29, who was rejected as a police recruit entered the station with a handgun opening fire on two officers assigned to desk duty. Show More Summary

Ann Arbor Takes Steps Towards An Outdoor Smoking Ban

Monday evening, Ann Arbor City Council passed a controversial ordinance which would limit outdoor smoking. The new ordinance, passed by a nine to two vote, will ban smoking within ten feet of a bus stop and within 20 feet of city buildings. Violators of the outdoor smoking ban ordinance will be issued a civil infraction

Aldermen back crackdown on valet parking

Unscrupulous and unlicensed Chicago valet parking operators could be quickly put out of business or hit with heavy fines under a measure a City Council committee endorsed today.

Next Stop for the $15 Minimum Wage Battle: the City Council

23 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Seattle mayor Ed Murray's advisory committee on the minimum wage is finally, after lots of churning and surprisingly minimal leaking, expected to release recommendations this week. Perhaps we'll get a comprehensive policy for getting...Show More Summary

'Trojan Horse' schools: Birmingham City Council tries to blame the Telegraph for revealing the scandal

Birmingham City Council’s leader, Sir Albert Bore, today attacked the Telegraph for its “wholly reprehensible and completely unacceptable” publication of a leaked Department for Education report into three of the so-called “Trojan Horse” schools taken over by Muslim hardliners. This is what in the trade is called “deflection": try to make the story about the [...]

Two-thirds of Mayors Can Quantify Carbon Emissions Cuts

Cities with a mayoral pledge or formal city council action to curb carbon emissions are making progress on their goals, with two-thirds reporting quantifiable reductions in emissions from city operations and one-third for citywide emissions.  So says the US Conference of Mayors climate survey released on Earth Day. The survey findings were based on responses […]

Former Met Council chief admits to stealing $5M

The politically connected former CEO of a prominent city charity admitted Wednesday he helped steal $5 million in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions. William... To view the full story, click the title link.

Schools in 'Trojan Horse' Extremism Probe Named

Birmingham City Council has published a list of state schools under investigation over allegations of a hard line Islamist takeover. The council issued the list in a statement today, following what it called "misinformation" in press coverage over the weekend. Show More Summary

TN: City Council: Chattanooga Light Rail Study Must be Convincing

Chattanooga officials say they'll look into the idea of bringing back the city's Choo Choo but they'll make no promises.

Pismo Beach City Council Votes to Halt Prayer at Meetings

The coast at Pismo Beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The following press release is being posted by request from a reader and was received on April 16, 2014. I hope it will serve as yet another reminder that church-state activism canShow More Summary

April 23: Rick Perry, unsupervised kids and carriage horses

Hobe Sound, Fla.: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito opined that Rick Perry’s visit to woo New York businesses to Texas is some kind of “sideshow” (“Yo, Tex, don’t poach our jobs!” April 22). Wrong.

Republic of Austria vs. Altmann: Schoenberg to speak at Malibu City Hall Council Chambers on April 29

yesterdayArts : ARCAblog

Malibu's Cultural Arts Commission will host a free lecture "Republic of Austria vs. Altmann" at the Malibu City Hall Council Chambers on April 29 (see article by Sarah Schmerling report ing for The Malibu Times). You may find more information at the Malibu City Calendar of events here. Show More Summary

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