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Obama’s Dept of Justice Sues Ferguson over Policing

The City Council of Ferguson didn’t like what the feds told them to do, so they changed their mind. The feds are not happy. Photo by usembassylondon

City Officials Have a Spending Plan for Emergency Homelessness Money, but Show No Signs of Stopping Encampment Sweeps

2 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

City human services staff say they offer services when they evict homeless encampments of three or more people, but not always when they evict just one or two campers. HG Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council have agreed on how...Show More Summary

Council speaker's proposed criminal justice reforms could lead to Rikers closure

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is calling for criminal justice reforms that could include the eventual closure of the massive Rikers Island jail. The comments are part of her... To view the full story, click the title link.

Torontoist Explains: City Council Revenue Tools

5 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Council's perennial budget woes could be solved with the right mix of revenue tools. Here's what those options are. I won’t call them revenue tools. I think that’s a misnomer. We have to have more taxes or fees to offset the cost of government. Show More Summary

Justice Department Sues Ferguson, Mo. to Force Police Reform

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday that the Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri after the city council voted Tuesday to change the terms of a deal that would have brought sweeping changings to the city's embattled police department.

Surrey County Council signs up City Car Club as car club provider

Surrey County Council has appointed City Car Club to offer car club services using a range of low-emission vehicles to residents, council employees and businesses in the county. City Car Club has been appointed as the council’s preferred car club provider following a competitive tender process and will initially operate 14 low emission vehicles, including […]

L.A. will pay a white parks worker nearly $3.8 million in a racial bias lawsuit

Five years after a white city parks worker accused a former supervisor of disparaging his skin color, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a multimillion-dollar payout to satisfy a court judgment in the racial discrimination lawsuit. The council voted unanimously Wednesday to pay...

Spineless aldermen put one over on Chicago

"Some law enforcement officers — and don't mistake it, IG's consider themselves prosecutors — we know there have been people railroaded and falsely convicted and on death row." — Ald. Will Burns, warning City Council colleagues about alleged perils of letting an inspector general routinely audit...

Government Sues Ferguson After It Tries to Revise Policing Deal

The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, the AP reports. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson's decision to reject the deal...

Justice Department Sues the City of Ferguson for Reneging on Police Reform Deal

20 hours agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

The Justice Department sued the city of Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday to mandate police reform after the city council voted Tuesday against accepting a carefully negotiated overhaul of its criminal justice system. The city council instead made its acceptance conditional on a series of amendments. Show More Summary

NYC pol eyes plan to purge warrants for small crimes

21 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will propose a plan to wipe away old warrants for small time crimes.

Maryville Gets City Council Zoning Okay, Nearing Final Steps of Approval Process

It's been a big week for the proposed Maryville development plan. Yesterday the City Council's Zoning Committee gave its approval to allow redevelopment of the site, and today the full City Council approved the same. This is the farthest...Show More Summary

The Department of Justice Is Suing the City of Ferguson

21 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

The Department of Justice is suing the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the lawsuit this afternoon following the Ferguson City Council’s decision to amend parts of their agreement with the DOJ for police and municipal court reform. Read more...

Affordable housing zoning plan presented to City Council

21 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

The de Blasio administration is arguing for taller buildings with less parking in a push to make the city more affordable.

Justice Department Sues Ferguson After City Amends Police Reform Deal

22 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

One day after Ferguson City Council voted to change a police and court reform plan, negotiated with DOJ, the feds filed a lawsuit against the city. The city council said the deal was too costly.

Is Ferguson's city council trying to get around a proposed consent decree for its police department?

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The city council in Ferguson, Missouri, voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 8 to accept a consent decree negotiated with the Department of Justice  regarding its policing and court practices.  Well … kind of. Sort of.  The city council...Show More Summary

Source: Government to announce civil rights suit against Ferguson

The federal government was expected to file a civil-rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. The lawsuit was confirmed...

Dallas Councilman: Anti-Gay Bigots Have No Prayer of Repealing City’s LGBT Protections

23 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A group of anti-LGBT pastors is again threatening to try to overturn Dallas’ LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, but one city council member says the so-called Christians have no prayer of succeeding. A week after Houston’s Equal Rights Ord… Read The post Dallas Councilman: Anti-Gay Bigots Have No Prayer of Repealing City’s LGBT Protections appeared first on Towleroad.

City Hall, council members butt heads over building heights, parking spaces in new residential projects

Senior city officials defended one of the de Blasio administration's key housing proposals during a City Council hearing Wednesday, where they traded ideological arguments with council members on... To view the full story, click the title link.

What Does "Affordable Housing" Really Mean In De Blasio's New York? We're About To Find Out

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen had just begun testifying at a City Council zoning subcommittee hearing yesterday morning when a barrage of catcalls erupted. “De Blasio’s plan ain’t affordable to me!” the hecklers shouted, and about a dozen were ejected from the Council chambers. [ more › ]

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