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            by Jake Dima  The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure Tuesday that would allow unarmed community responders to step in for uniformed officers on non-violent calls, according to news reports. The local government’s initiative was unanimous and will replace police on calls for drug overdoses and mental health issues, among other non-violent situations, according to CBS Los Angeles. The city is likely to draw on its health and homeless departments to strategize on the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to continue some relaxed parking enforcement through the month of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Department of Transportation announced it would begin enforcing certain parking violations starting Monday, but the council’s emergency motion Wednesday directed the department to not enforce violations related to: residential street sweeping peak/rush-hour and anti-gridlock zone restrictions abandoned vehicles (72-hour rule) expired registrations loading zones (white curb) within a 10-minute...
    The Los Angeles City Council voted to reduce their police department budget by $150 million amid local and nationwide activists calls to defund the police, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The council voted 12 to 2 to bring the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) workforce down to 9,757 officers by next summer. The last time that level of police staffing was seen in the city was 2008. Much of the $150 million cut comes from funds allocated for police overtime pay. “This...
    The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure Tuesday that would allow unarmed community responders to step in for uniformed officers on non-violent calls, according to news reports. The local government’s initiative was unanimous and will replace cops on calls for drug overdoses and mental health issues, among other non-violent situations, according to CBS Los Angeles. The city is likely to draw on its health and homeless departments to strategize on the new style of policing. “The Los Angeles City...
    The Democrat-controlled Los Angeles City Council voted 12-2 Wednesday to slash $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget, according to local reports. The only opposing votes came from Councilmen John Lee, a former Republican-turned-independent, and Joe Buscaino, a Democrat and former police officer. Those in favor of cutting the police budget are all Democrats. The Budget and Finance Committee had approved the cuts earlier this week. Buscaino, in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Daily News on Monday,...
    Los Angeles has moved to replace police with unarmed community-based responders for nonviolent calls. The measure was unanimously approved by the city council. Nonviolent calls include mental health crises, substance abuse, and neighbor disputes. Instead of police, these calls will now be answered by trained crisis responders. READ MORE: Los Angeles authorities to investigate hanging of Black man after outcry over suicide ruling “This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles.” Councilmember Herb...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to cut the L.A. Police Department’s budget by $150 million as it finalizes its overall budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. FILE — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore (R) joins local faith leaders in a vigil for George Floyd at police headquarters in Los Angeles on June 5, 2020. (Getty Images) The cuts follow the protests over police brutality in the wake of...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The L.A. City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to replace police officers with a team of unarmed crisis response teams for nonviolent emergency calls. “This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles,” Councilman Herb Wesson said on Twitter. “The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities. This last month has made that crystal clear. We have a responsibility to listen to...
    The Los Angeles City Council took a first step this week toward launching a new “crisis response” plan that would have unarmed service providers responding to some 911 calls instead of the city’s police department, according to new reports. The council’s police reform committee on Wednesday approved a motion in which the LAPD would work with other city and county agencies that handle health and homelessness issues to “develop an unarmed model of crisis response that would divert non-violent calls...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approve a $100 million renters relief program.The programs goal is to help renters struggling with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.Once approved, funds would be paid directly to their landlords.The city estimates the program could help 50,000 households through two months of assistance, with up to $2,000 being awarded per home.Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion Tuesday to pull up to $20...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Both the Los Angeles County’s supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council have approved millions in rent relief. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to use $100 million from the CARES Act to help residential tenants and landlords with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will fund the city’s reinstated Emergency Renters Relief Program. Tenants within the city of Los Angeles can apply if they were affected by COVID-19 and earn below...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a $100 million renters relief program.The programs goal is to help renters struggling with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.Once approved, funds would be paid directly to their landlords.The city estimates the program could help 50,000 households through two months of assistance, with up to $2,000 being awarded per home.Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion Tuesday to pull...
    Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez filed a motion last week to cut $150 million from the LAPD budget, despite the fact that she and her family were receiving private police protection, from officers whod been stationed at her house since April. She initially had round-the-clock protection from two officers at her home, before reportedly canceling the detail after Spectrum News 1 called her office on Thursday, looking for comment on the issue. Martinezs motion to slash police funding cited slavery, Jim...
    The Los Angeles City Council president is facing criticism for using police officers as personal security while calling for the department to be defunded. Democratic Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez used LAPD officers as security for the past two months until journalists began asking her questions, Spectrum News 1 initially reported. “It’s kind of ironic. Here she is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet she has security at her house by the Los...
    Among their other inadequacies, which became more evident in the month of George Floyd, the city councils in Minneapolis and St. Paul appear not to factor families and children into their long-term planning. In Minneapolis, that would be called the 2040 Plan, essentially the elimination of the single-family home and the automobile. In St. Paul, council member Mitra Jalali appeared seemingly gleeful to note that St. Paul is now a majority rental city. She was just as gleeful that the...
    The city council for Montpelier, Vermont unanimously rejected a petition to paint an American flag and the phrase “Liberty and Justice for All” in front of the Vermont State House. The city council made its decision in a contentious Wednesday night meeting where the members heard arguments for the murals from GOP gubernatorial candidate John Klar and several other supporters. Klar wanted to paint the flag on one side of an existing “Black Lives Matter” motto on the street, and...
    Denver City Council will be hosting its first fully virtual meeting on Monday, July 13. Following the guidance of Denver’s top health official, city council will be conducting its meetings via a virtual platform,” Council President Jolon Clark says in announcing the switch. “Virtual participation will allow voices to be heard while allowing for maximum safety in a time of pandemic.” Clarks decision means that both council reps and members of the public will be able to participate in...
    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...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The spcaLA has lowered its adoption fee to $25 between Friday and Sunday for dogs and cats at its Long Beach and Hawthorne shelters. According to spcaLA, there are about 70 pets available for adoption at the two shelters. The two shelters are among 160 throughout the United States and Canada participating in the “Empty the Shelters” event. Adoptions through the SPCA are normally $125 to $255. The shelters are currently closed to the public because...
    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....