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Aston Hall in Aston, Birmingham

Aston Hall, now owned and operated as a museum and public gardens by the Birmingham (UK) City Council, was built in 1618. Or 1635. Well, really 1618 through 1635, since it took all 17 years to finish it. Aston is called a “Prodigy House”...Show More Summary

CATS cost overrun of the moment

Per the UPoR: Problems with a contractor will force the Charlotte Area Transit System to spend an additional $950,000 to upgrade capacity on the light-rail line. In April 2014, the City Council awarded a $16.5 million contract with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, mostly to expand four Lynx Blue Line stations so they can handle three-car trains […]

'We will not have another parking meter deal in this city'

Chicago just took a huge step towards closing the door on irresponsible sales of public assets and reckless outsourcing of public services. Last week, the city council passed an ordinance that mandates real public review of large privatization deals and increases transparency and contractor accountability. Show More Summary

London announces more council owned land for new home building

London is leading the way in the UK in terms of releasing land for new housing development and encouraging institutional investment in the city’s residential property market. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London has pledged to release all City Hall-owned land for development by the end of his Mayoral term in 2016 and almost all […]

Alexandria council to consider raising its pay

Alexandria City Council will consider in December giving itself a pay raise next year. It's been about a dozen years since it's gotten one and it's at the bottom of other area jurisdictions in terms of pay.

Marijuana dispensaries are banned in Newport Beach

Brick-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries and delivery services are now illegal in Newport Beach. Despite protests from two public speakers Tuesday night, the City Council gave its final OK on an ordinance banning the cultivation, processing, distribution and delivery of medical cannabis in Newport...

Munich does U-turn and calls for new concert hall

Nine months after the city council decided to spend millions on a refit of the irredeemably unsightly Gasteig (pictured), it has now responded to a campaign led by Anne-Sophie Mutter to build what the city has lacked since 1945 – a decent-sized concert hall with a world-class acoustic.   The favoured site is behind the […]

Funding for affordable housing project in Newport Beach neighborhood angers some residents

Dozens of Newport Shores residents stormed out of the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday night — many shouting at officials as they exited — after it became clear that the council was going to allocate nearly $2 million toward an affordable-housing project in their neighborhood. "I've lived...

Watch This Woman Deliver an Impassioned Speech on Behalf of the McRib

yesterdayHumor / odd : Neatorama

It was time for the City Council of Santa Clarita, California to open the floor to public comments. No one expected anything of note to be said. Then this young Demosthenes stepped up and called for the restoration of civilization. Specifically, she wants the 10 McDonald's restaurants in Santa Clarita to bring back their famous McRib sandwich. Show More Summary

Drive by LA's Prostitutes? Your Wife May Get a Letter

Los Angeles is considering a controversial policy to help cut down on prostitution: City Council voted Wednesday to have the city attorney's office review a proposal to send warning letters to the owners of cars spotted in areas frequented by prostitutes, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. The plan would...

Anaheim Ducks operators plan ice rink complex for Irvine's Great Park

A state-of-the-art ice rink complex proposed by the company that operates the NHL's Anaheim Ducks was approved by the Irvine City Council on Tuesday night for the western part of the Great Park. The council voted 4-0 in favor of the project, pending an environmental review. H&S Ventures plans to...

Light rail and tram-train options proposed for Glasgow airport link

Glasgow City Council in Scotland has proposed two options to provide a rail link between the city centre and the airport.

Gas Pumps In North Vancouver To Warn Pumpers About Climate Change

Originally published on EV Obsession. The Canadian city of North Vancouver (in British Columbia) will soon be home to gas pumps featuring climate change warning stickers, following the passing of a law there by the city council, according to recent reports. Show More Summary

Why I’m Supporting Fred Stewart for Portland City Council

By Ronald A. Buel of Portland, Oregon. Ronald is a longtime progressive activist in Portland. Fred Stewart is running against Steve Novick for the Portland City Council in the May 16 primary. Portland has been Fred’s home for 39 years. Show More Summary

City Council set to approve security for NYC private schools

4 days agoNews : NY Daily News

The City Council is set to vote to give city-funded security to some private schools after striking a deal.

Black City Council members renew call for top cop's ouster over teen's shooting

Black aldermen renewed their call Wednesday for the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy over the handling of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke. Members of the City Council's black caucus also said an independent prosecutor should be brought in to...

Black Aldermen Call For Police Chief McCarthy To Resign

The City Council's Black Caucus is calling again for Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy to step down. [ more › ]

Moreno Valley leaders OK initiatives in favor of 40-million-square-foot warehouse

Moreno Valley city leaders on Tuesday voted to adopt measures that would help insulate a 40-million-square-foot warehouse project from environmental legal challenges. After the council council voted earlier this year to approve World Logistics Center, it quickly faced a barrage of legal challenges...

Morning News: New City Council Member Lorena González Says She'll Fight for the Poor, King County Welcomes Syrian Refugees

5 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

"We will stand up for the poor, we will stand up for the underrepresented, and we will change the face of the table that represents power." Dan Nolte, City of Seattle Today is Lorena González' First Day at City Council: "We can agree that growth and prosperity are good, but the market alone will not create prosperity for everyone. Show More Summary

The Final Election Results Are In, and the Race for Seattle City Council District 1 Is Headed for a Recount

5 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Shannon Braddock (left) is trailing Lisa Herbold by just 39 votes. Photos courtesy of campaigns The King County Elections office certified the final results of all the local races yesterday afternoon. Most of the outcomes have been clear—if not since election night, at least for the last week or so. Show More Summary

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