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Vote! Vote! VOTE! Deadline for Mailing in Your Primary Election Ballot Is Tomorrow!

5 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Holy shit: There are 47 candidates for Seattle City Council and the deadline for mailing in your primary election ballot is TOMORROW. James Yamasaki The future of the Seattle City Council is up for grabs in this election. Which means the future of housing affordability, transportation, and police reform are also up for grabs. Show More Summary

All Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Are Now Guaranteed Paid Sick Days

The city council just passed the proposal, seven to one. Here's some good news for restaurant workers in Pittsburgh: According to Think Progress, the city council passed a bill today that requires businesses with 15 employees or more to give workers at least five paid sick days. Show More Summary

After Bullet-Ridden Weekend, Brooklyn BP Sets Up Casket Outside Borough Hall

     Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to immediately release $10 million to local community groups as part of an effort to quell gun violence after a bloody weekend in the borough. Show More Summary

Vote By 8 PM Tuesday

[Author’s note: The above video has little to do with city council issues. I put it up as an ode to flailing candidate Tony Provine and nihilist filmmaker Jean Luc Godard. Provine’s bulldozer’s-are-coming mailer is about as absurdist as a Godard flick. The only difference is that Provine is actually taking his delusions seriously.] The […]

ACTIVIST SPOTLIGHT: Our ocean needs advocates

This month features Lindsey Deignan from our Surfrider Cape Fear chapter who recently spoke for the entire anti-drilling community in Wilmington, North Carolina leading to the City Council's resolution against seismic testing and offshore oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina.

Council bill would kill NYC helicopter tourism—and my job

I am a New Yorker and I work at the downtown heliport. I was dismayed to read about the City Council's bill to legislate the helicopter industry out of business. Dismayed, but not... To view the full story, click the title link.

Glasgow Crash (24/07/15)

Three disturbing issues have emerged, so far, from the fatal accident inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry crash which is reported here by the BBC. The first is that the Glasgow City Council driver had 'blacked out' on a previous occasion in 2010 while working in a different job with First Bus Glasgow. Show More Summary

I "Dated" a Bunch of City Council Candidates So You Don't Have To. (Now Go Vote for Some of Them!)

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

All those names next to the bubbles? I spent the last seven weeks on "dates" with a bunch of them. Read what I learned and then vote! ES In the first installment of this "District Date" series, I wrote that the "name is a little girl-reporter-ish,...Show More Summary

The Stupidity of Stoke's City Independents

Ah, Stoke-on-Trent. How I love thee. It's not the oatcakes that captured my heart, but the utterly dysfunctional local politics. And the latest twists and turns by nominal Council Leader Dave Conway has caused my heart to throb even more. Show More Summary

'Shall not be infringed' -- get it, anti-gun activists?

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

To the editor: The purpose of the new ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council restricting the size of gun magazines to no more than 10 rounds is to reduce the firepower of gun users. ("L.A. City Council bans large-capacity ammunition magazines," July 28)

Redwood City (CA) Officials Halt Invocations After Pastor Speaks Out Against Abortion and Homosexuality

The Redwood City (California) City Council has temporarily halted invocations at meetings.Was it because they got a warning letter from a church/state separation group, or because a Satanist wanted to be included in the invocation rotation? Nope! It's because a Christian pastor decided to use his time to give a sermon on homosexuality and abortion... Show More Summary

King County Judge Upholds Port's Decision to Host Shell's Arctic Drilling Rig in Seattle

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien joined kayaktivists who demonstrated against the Polar Pioneer, one of Shell's contracted Arctic drilling rigs, as it left Seattle in June. Kelly O Just a day after activists dangled from a Portland...Show More Summary

Nuremberg votes for new concert hall

The city council has decided that the iconic Meistersingerhalle does not meet 21st century ambitions.     It has voted funds for a new 1,500-seater and will turn the Meistersingerhalle into a conference centre. When London gets a new hall, that must be the solution for either the Barbican or the RFH.      

Blabbermouth: Our Week-in-Review Podcast Talks to Nick Licata About Affordable Housing and Charles Mudede About Cops

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Episode 15 of our Stranger week-in-review podcast. (Now available on iTunes.) Seattle City Council member Nick Licata is on the show this week! He talks about what he's learned about the city over the course of five terms (this one being...Show More Summary

Meanwhile in Greensboro…

This is one of the odder things I’ve come across in 25 years doing public policy work: The General Assembly felt the need to change the composition of Greensboro City Council and the powers of Greensboro’s mayor. This was an extremely controversial move, especially as all this was suppose to happen without giving the city’s […]

A busy night of local by-elections previewed by Harry Hayfield

Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill (SNP defence) and Kincorth, Nigg and Cove (SNP defence) on City of Aberdeen Result of council at last election (2012): Labour 17, Scottish National Party 15, Liberal Democrats 5, Conservatives 3, Independents 3 (No Overall Control, Labour short by 5) Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill Result of ward at last election (2012): […]

City Council Could Hit The Brakes On Uber And Lyft Pick-Ups At LAX

Looks like Uber and Lyft might not be allowed to pick you up at LAX after all, if some L.A. City Council members have their way that is. [ more › ]

L.A. City Council REALLY Doesn't Want Stuff Being Sold At Beaches And Parks

The L.A. City Council voted 12-3 to reinstate a ban on unlicensed vending at the beach and in parks. [ more › ]

Curbside cafes could have Chicago diners eating in the street

Chicago restaurants could soon be inviting diners to eat and drink in the street under a City Council proposal to allow "curbside cafes."

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