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    A group of Norman, Okla., residents have launched a recall effort to oust the citys mayor and half the City Council over budget cuts to the police department and her order that people wear masks in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The group Unite Norman was borne out of frustration with a June 17 City Council vote to divert $865,000 -- or 3.6 percent --  of police funds to community development programs to track police overtime and to fund an internal auditor position....
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver City Council is returning to virtual meetings after a rise in coronavirus cases in Colorado. The city council held virtual meetings at the beginning of the pandemic and then returned to in-person meetings with mask and social distancing requirements. (credit: CBS) In addition to the virtual meetings, the city has scheduled three listening sessions for residents who want to voice their concerns over issues to the council. According to a news release from the Denver City...
    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey presented a plan to patch a more than $155 million revenue gap using furloughs, cash reserves and spending freezes. The deficit followed the COVID-19 pandemic and riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, which combined brought a steep drop in parking, utilities and general revenue. “This unprecedented time calls for an unprecedented approach to our budget,” Frey told the City Council Thursday. The city saved $58 million from a...
    Residents in Norman, Okla., launched a petition on Friday to recall the citys mayor and several members of its city council. The petition was started by a group called Unite Norman amid frustrations over the councils decision last month to reallocate $865,000 – or nearly 3.6 percent – of the police departments annual budget, according to The Associated Press. The reallocated funding was moved to community development programs to form an internal auditor position to track law enforcement overtime spending as well as outlays.  Last...
    On Thursday, three more members of the Seattle City Council joined four others who want to defund the city’s Police Department by 50%, forming a majority on the council. Lisa Herbold, Dan Strauss and Andrew Lewis joined Chair Teresa Mosqueda, Tammy Morales, Kshama Sawant, and M. Lorena González in supporting a plan propounded by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now. That means seven of the nine council members favor the huge cuts to the police. Gonzalez said Thursday, “The status quo...
    By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A group of citizens in Norman, Oklahoma, launched a recall petition drive on Friday in an attempt to oust the city’s mayor and half of its City Council. The group, “Unite Norman,” is upset with the council over its decision last month to reallocate $865,000, or about 3.6%, of the police department’s annual budget. The money was shifted to community development programs and to create an internal auditor position to track...
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A group of citizens in Norman, Oklahoma, launched a recall petition drive on Friday in an attempt to oust the city’s mayor and half of its City Council. The group, “Unite Norman,” is upset with the council over its decision last month to reallocate $865,000, or about 3.6%, of the police department’s annual budget. The money was shifted to community development programs and to create an internal auditor position to track police overtime spending and outlays....
    Seven of the nine members of the Seattle City Council said they support an advocate-made proposal to defund the citys Police Department by 50% and to reallocate the funds to other areas of community need. The proposal was laid out by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now, advocacy coalitions that came about during the recent Black Lives Matter protests, according to the Seattle Times. The plan includes a four-point proposal for defunding the police, including removing Seattles...
    A majority of Seattle’s city council backs a plan put forth by advocates that would defund the police department by 50%. Three council members added their support to the proposal Thursday, meaning that seven of the nine now back the idea, according to the Seattle Times. This comes after Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan pointed out that Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” caused “a staggering 525 percent spike in crime as a result of the violence that swept through,” the NY...
    SAN ANTONIO – Despite being one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country, San Antonio also has a reputation for being one of the most impoverished and economically segregated cities in the United States. “We have had to take a systematic and comprehensive look at the way we build our communities in order to overcome some of these systematic inequities and deficiencies that we’ve had for generations,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. A 2018 American Community survey found that San...
    A veto-proof majority of the Seattle City Council backed a proposal Thursday to defund the Seattle Police Department by 50% — including a proposal to remove 911 dispatchers from police control and to “imagine life beyond policing.” The Seattle Times reported: A majority of Seattle City Council members now say they agree with a high-level proposal by advocates to defund the Police Department by 50% and reallocate the dollars to other community needs. … That means seven of nine council members...
    SAN LEANDRO — Restaurant owners struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic got a bit of relief Tuesday, when the City Council capped the amount that delivery companies can charge for ferrying food orders to home-bound customers. Currently, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, UberEats and other companies charge city restaurants up to 30% of a meal price for a delivery, a cost that restaurants typically pass on to the hungry person making the order. That bill does not include a tip...
    The Seattle City Council has enough support in its body to defund the city’s police department by 50 percent even without Mayor Jenny Durkan’s approval, a report said. The Seattle Times reported late Thursday that three council members threw their support behind Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now. The paper described Decriminalize Seattle as a coalition inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests that seek the defunding. TRUMP TELLS HANNITY THAT SEATTLE ONLY ACTED AFTER THREAT OF FEDERAL FORCES Seattle has recently...
    After Greenwood Village City Council introduced a resolution attempting to negate a key provision of Colorado SB-217, a sweeping police reform law, a major backer of that law says shes ready to introduce legislation to close any potential loopholes. If we have cities who want to do a runaround of 217, then we will create stronger legislation to ensure that they are also held accountable for the bad actions of their officers, says state Representative Leslie Herod, a Democrat from...
    Local high school students will be protesting outside of Greenwood Village City Hall at 4 p.m. today, July 9. Greenwood Village City Council just attempted an end-run around Colorados new police reform law, passing a resolution declaring that the city will defend its police officers and cover their legal costs connected to any lawsuits brought under SB-217, a sweeping bipartisan police accountability and reform bill passed by the Colorado Legislature last month. The new law includes a provision that creates up...
    HAYWARD — This city is the latest to ban sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously voted to eliminate the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping items, plus the paraphernalia that goes with them, as well as prohibiting the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and drug stores. The changes still must come back before the council for a second reading and confirmation vote. The council also decided to increase what it calls the “buffer...
    A united message — a rarity for the group — emerged from the Minneapolis City Council in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death: It’s time to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.  It’s a powerful statement. For many, it’s also unclear exactly what it means. Uncertainty, argue council members, is baked into the proposition of creating a new public safety system. Even so, during its June 26 meeting, the council forwarded a proposal to the Minneapolis Charter Commission that would amend...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey presented his plan Thursday to address the remaining $97.8 million budget deficit the city is facing due to COVID-19. The mayor already made cuts earlier in the year due to the pandemic in phase 1 of his plan. Hiring and wage freezes were put in place, but those are simply not enough to keep things going. Frey said more cuts need to be made — and layoffs are a possibility. During...
    Following the protests that stemmed from the killing of George Floyd by a city cop, the Minneapolis City Council pledged last month to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department. But that plan has not sat well with citizens who have seen crime grow in their communities and want to know what will be done if theyre no longer able to count on the police. Now a group of black peace activists is taking...
    City councils in Chattanooga and Memphis have passed resolutions declaring racism a public health crisis. The Nashville Metro Council office confirmed Wednesday that no similar resolution has been filed with the Nashville Metro clerk. The Memphis resolution was brought by City Council Chairwoman Patrice Robinson. While the resolution expresses commitment to enacting policies that eradicate the effects of systemic racism, no policies specifically are outlined in the resolution. “Today, many decades after the passage of the Civil...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is looking to increase his hiring and firing powers at city hall. The mayor is holding discussions with labor groups this week to mount a “strong mayor” campaign that could go before voters on the November ballot. He has only weeks before the August 7 deadline and will need city council support to do it. Sacramento’s last mayor, Kevin Johnson, tried four times to gain strong mayor power and failed each time. Sacramento...
    HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday urged Hawaiis governor to consider delaying a plan to allow travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine until the number of new cases on the U.S. mainland and in Hawaii drop significantly. The nine-member council unanimously approved a resolution making the request. The document cites a surge in new cases both locally and in California, Texas, Florida and Arizona since Gov. David Ige announced the travel plan on...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  The Edina City Council agreed Wednesday to extend the city’s mandatory face mask order. The mayor of the southwest Minneapolis suburb signed an executive order last week requiring residents to wear masks inside retail establishments and city buildings. The order requires all restaurants to include in their COVID-19 preparedness plan that all customers wear a face covering when not seated at their tables. Users of public transportation are also required to wear a face mask. The city...
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona city repealed an ordinance restricting the public from filming police officers at crime scenes. The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to repeal the ordinance establishing police restricted areas and penalties for interfering with police investigations or enforcement activity, The Arizona Daily Star reports. The ordinance passed in April was a response to a nationwide trend of people arriving at crime scenes to record police and create conflicts to be posted online for profit. The...
    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4)– The Town of Breckenridge is considering mandating face masks. The Breckenridge City Council may toughen restrictions because a lot of people are crowding onto Main Street as tourism picks up this summer. (credit: CBS) Shops and businesses have expanded onto the street. There are growing concerns of those who aren’t wearing masks or social distancing. “Honestly, I’m on Main Street every day for long stretches of time, there’s people walking around, I didn’t see one...