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Distrust of the Minneapolis Police, and Also the Effort to Defund Them

Residents on Minneapolis’s North Side, which has a majority Black population, have mixed opinions on the City Council’s effort to significantly reduce the police force.
Tags: News, Minneapolis, City Council, Black Lives Matter Movement, Minn, Police Reform, Minneapolis (Minn, Police Department (Minneapolis, George Floyd Protests (2020


Bass, Harris on Biden’s ticket? Either way, political effects would ripple in Southern California

With presidential candidate Joe Biden on the cusp of announcing a running mate, the stakes are high in Southern California, where the political domino effects could be profound if either U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris or Rep. Karen Bass are picked and ultimately win. It could happen. Both are on Biden’s short list of potential vice preesidential candidates — all of whom are women who in many cases would leave legislative posts that would need to be filled. Several Southern California leaders have emerg...
Tags: Texas, Congress, California, Housing, La, Senate, White House, US, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Cnn, Soccer, Gop, Hawaii


Eviction Operations Continue to Resume

One of the greatest concerns of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was that individuals who could not pay rent would be evicted from their homes, and many would be left homeless. Aside from the important social and moral significance of increased homelessness, there are important public health considerations as well. For example, Perri et al. recently described in the Canadian Medical Association Journal how there is an increased risk of infection of COVID-19, as well as a higher risk...
Tags: Law, Court, Toronto, Bill, City Council, Ontario, Myers, Superior Court, Perri, Justice Issues, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Justice Myers, RJR Macdonald, LTB, Medical Association Journal, Persons Unknown


Inquiry Eyes Claim That Vallejo Police Bent Badges To Mark Killings

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Under scrutiny after several fatal police shootings, the police chief of Vallejo said he is opening an inquiry into allegations that officers bent their badges to mark on-duty killings. Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he would not tolerate such a “despicable” act if the claims are true. “It would be considered vandalism of department property,” Williams said. “And if you’re doing that in celebration of a killing...
Tags: Crime, News, Local, Syndicated Local, San Francisco, Williams, City Council, Whitney, Taco Bell, Vallejo, San Francisco Chronicle, Vallejo Calif, John Whitney, Willie McCoy, Monterrosa, Vallejo News


$100 coronavirus mask fines could come to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Councilman Paul Koretz introduced a motion Wednesday that would authorize Los Angeles to issue fines to people who don’t comply with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s order to wear masks in public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Koretz’ motion, the first violation would result in a $100 penalty, followed by a $250 citation for the second violation and $500 for the third and subsequent violations. “I’ve been a strong proponent of residents wearing masks to protect themselves and others...
Tags: Politics, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, City Council, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County, Martinez, Wesson, LA County, San Fernando Valley, LA City Council, Herb Wesson


Area Where George Floyd Died Becomes ‘Police Free Zone’ Plagued By ‘Constant’ Gunfire

The area in Minneapolis around where George Floyd died in police custody has become the site of nightly shootings and drug overdoses as police avoid the area and local officials consider how to restore order.Residents say lawlessness reins at night in the four blocks in South Minneapolis near where Floyd died. Floyd was arrested on May 25 and later died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded for air.In early July, a pregnant woman was fatally shot in...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, New York Times, City Council, Floyd, Minneapolis City Council, South Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins, George Floyd, Jackie Kawiecki


Minneapolis Charter Commission votes to keep first of two police reform measures off ballot

The commission's vote could signal trouble for the City Council's proposal to replace the department.
Tags: City Council, Minneapolis Charter Commission


Minneapolis commission votes to keep first of two police reform measures off ballot

The commission's vote could signal trouble for the City Council's proposal to replace the department.
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LA City Council roundup: Martinez pushes for help for low-income coronavirus victims

City Council President Nury Martinez introduced a motion to use $50 million of the Los Angeles COVID-19 federal relief fund to assist low-income people who have tested positive for the coronavirus and cannot work. Martinez said she wants to focus particularly on getting assistance to low-income people infected by the virus who were left out of the first round of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act. “Los Angeles is home to a large number of low-wage and undocumented wo...
Tags: Business, News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Seaworld, City Council, Busch Gardens, Los Angeles County, Martinez, Wesson, LA County, Garcetti, Koreatown, San Quentin


Minneapolis Charter Commission votes to keep first of two police reform measures off ballot

The commission's vote could signal trouble for the City Council's proposal to replace the department.
Tags: City Council, Minneapolis Charter Commission


California Withholds Virus Money From 2 Defiant Cities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is using new powers to withhold money from two cities in California’s Central Valley that are defying his health orders by allowing all businesses to open during the pandemic. Newsom blocked nearly $65,000 from Atwater in Merced County and more than $35,000 from Coalinga in Fresno County, the first installments of $2.5 billion in federal funds that cities and counties across the state risk losing if they don’t toe the line on coronavirus safeguards. Th...
Tags: News, California, City, City Council, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, Health And Human Services, Sacramento Calif, Creighton, Merced County, Fresno County, Newsom, Office of Emergency Services, Atwater, Brian Ferguson, Coalinga


Vancouver City Council moves to limit police response to issues around mental health, sex work and homelessness

Local politicians in Vancouver, Canada, are pushing to change its policing strategies, after its City Council passed a motion that would limit police response to mental health, substance abuse and other nonviolent issues -- working instead to fund a community-led initiative.
Tags: Cnn, City Council, Vancouver Canada, Vancouver City Council


As ‘bridge’ shelters open, LA considers resuming tent enforcement, deep cleanups

Los Angeles city leaders on Wednesday, July 29, will take up the question of whether to resume intensive cleanups of homeless encampments in zones surrounding temporary shelters that were promised as part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s A Bridge Home initiative. The issue will be considered by the City Council, which voted in March to allow people living in encampments to keep their tents up amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. That vote specifically instructed the Sanitation Department to suspend enfo...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, City Council, Eric Garcetti, Garcetti, North Hollywood, Sylmar, Joe Buscaino, LA City, Bob Blumenfield, Top Stories LADN, Paul Krekorian


Chevron, Shell, Wells Fargo fund powerful police groups

“Many powerful companies that drive environmental injustice are also backers of the same police departments that tyrannize the very communities these corporate actors pollute,” write the authors of a newly released investigation by the Public Accountability Initiative. The report is titled "Fossil Fuel Industry Pollutes Black & Brown Communities While Propping Up Racist Policing" and it's a damning indictment of corporate giants who protect their astronomical wealth by exploiting the vulnerable....
Tags: Post, News, New Orleans, Louisiana, City Council, Shell, Alley, Wells Fargo, APPALACHIA, Baton Rouge, Entergy, Wells, Houston Police Department, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Arkansas Mississippi, Entergy New Orleans


Georgia governor backs out of hearing on Atlanta mask order

Georgia's governor said he's withdrawing a request for an emergency hearing in a lawsuit that aims to block the state's largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this month sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council, but a spokesman announced late Monday that the governor wanted “to continue productive, good faith negotiations.” As a result, the governor decided to withdra...
Tags: News, Atlanta, Georgia, City Council, Brian Kemp, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cody Hall


Pasadena’s new med school welcomes its first class amid pandemic

If you’re going to be on campus anywhere during a pandemic, it might as well be a medical school, right? The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine opened its doors Monday, July 27, welcoming its inaugural class of 50 students to Pasadena. The physically-distanced students will be taking some in-person and other online-only classes during the next year in a four-story building at 98. S. Los Robles Ave. The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine in Pasadena, Mond...
Tags: Education, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, Sport, Hospital, Soccer, Higher Education, City Council, Pasadena, Local News, Parks and Recreation Department, OB GYN, Los Angeles Daily News, Schuster, Glenn Kaino, Top Stories LADN


Judge blocks U.S. agents from arresting observers in Portland

By GILLIAN FLACCUS PORTLAND, Ore.  — A federal judge specifically blocked U.S. agents from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers at protests in Oregon’s largest city where President Donald Trump is testing the limits of federal power. Federal agents appeared to deploy tear gas early Friday to force thousands of demonstrators from crowding around the federal courthouse. Protesters had projected lasers on the building and attempted to take down a security fence ...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Congress, Washington, Oregon, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Wheeler, Portland, Cbs, Associated Press, Portland Oregon, City Council, Donald Trump


Portland Mayor Tear Gassed By Federal Agents During Protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) was tear gassed by federal agents late Wednesday as he stood at a fence guarding a federal courthouse during another night of protest against the presence of federal agents sent by President Donald Trump to quell unrest in the city. “I’m not going to lie — it stings; it’s hard to breathe,” Mr. Wheeler told a reporter from The New York Times. “And I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.” He called it an “egregious ov...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Oregon, Chicago, Protests, Wheeler, Portland, The New York Times, City Council, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Albuquerque, Trump, Ellen Rosenblum, Ted Wheeler, Mark O Hatfield Federal Courthouse


LA County’s latest poorly thought out idea

Californians will begin voting in the Nov. 3 election early in October, and for some politicians and the interest groups they represent, the race is on to get voter approval for an agenda that many voters would oppose if they had a little more notice of what’s happening. Some city councils and county boards of supervisors are declaring “special elections” to be consolidated with the election, a legislative trick that the state Legislature recently used to get Propositions 18 and 19 qualified for...
Tags: John Lewis, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Soccer, City Council, Compton, Legislature, Los Angeles County, Board of Supervisors, Barger, James Ramos, LA County, John Stossel


Inglewood approves environmental impact report for Clippers’ new arena

Construction of an arena for the Los Angeles Clippers in Inglewood cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, July 21, with the City Council unanimously approving its environmental impact report. Related links Have Rams tickets? Team is canceling them and offering new options Whicker: Will SoFi Stadium be The Last Manse in sports? Los Angeles makes its World Cup 2026 host pitch Inglewood’s James Butts hands over reins of Metro board to LA’s Eric Garcetti PETA says new Clippers arena in Inglewood will b...
Tags: Business, News, California, La, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Development, Soccer, Forum, Basketball, Steve Ballmer, Nba, NHL, City Council, Peta


New Biketown e-bikes will be nice, but at what price?

Biketown pricing has always been a sensitive subject. (Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland from vandalism incident in April 2017). “Every trip now comes with a marginal cost. That’s a significant disincentive to using the system.”— Iain Mackenzie Amid the excitement around the City of Portland’s announced last week, one key detail deserves more scrutiny: The price to use the new electric Biketown bikes will be much higher. City officials say it’ll be worth it, they’ll monitor usage impact...
Tags: Lyft, City, Nike, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Council, Rivera, MacKenzie, TriMet, Iain Mackenzie, Biketown, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Jonathan Maus


Armed ‘Volunteers’ Defend White Supremacy in Charlottesville

In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, July 13, an anti-racist activist in Charlottesville, Virginia, awoke to find that someone, in the dark of night, had planted a flaming tiki torch on their front lawn. About half an hour later, another local anti-racist organizer would discover a blazing tiki-torch had also been placed, in his words, “very carefully and deliberately next to my mailbox.” Later in the day, another tiki-torch was found—this one unlit and abandoned by the side of a road, along with a ...
Tags: Facebook, News, Virginia, Gop, Charles, City Council, Jackson, University Of Virginia, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, South Carolina, Jim Crow, Provence, Trump, Kessler


Former cold-weather shelter in Sylmar to open as 85-bed temporary housing for women

For decades, the national guard armory in Sylmar converted each year into a shelter during the winter months to give people living on the streets a place to shield themselves from the cold weather. This month, after decades of serving as a seasonal sanctuary, this otherwise little-used facility near Foothill Boulevard will begin begin bringing people who are homeless in from the elements on a year-round basis. The armory will open this month as an 85-bed shelter for women who are experiencing ho...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, City, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, City Council, Eric Garcetti, San Pedro, Valley, Sun Valley, Board of Supervisors, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti


Sneak peek at new physically protected bike path on North Greeley

A thick concrete wall now separates a two-way bike path from other traffic lanes on North Greeley Avenue between Interstate and Going. Note the old bike lane on the west side of the street (right) is now gone.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) The long-awaited and much-delayed bike path on North Greeley Avenue is finally coming together. Learn more Official project page Total budget $1.8 million. Funded by a City Council-approved Major Maintenance Set-Aside as well as the Heavy Vehicle Use Ta...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, City Council, St Johns, Greeley, University Park, Portland Bureau of Transportation, N Greeley Ave, North Greeley, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, North Greeley Avenue, Major Maintenance Set Aside


Downtown boulevard in Burbank to close to vehicles for freer social distancing movement, dining

  San Fernando Boulevard near Olive Avenue in Burbank. (Google Street View)   The City of Burbank issued an emergency order on July 15 to close San Fernando Boulevard in downtown Burbank to vehicles. The order is in response to requests from businesses and residents to close a portion of San Fernando Boulevard to allow for freer social distancing movement and allow restaurants a chance to add outdoor seating. The following street blocks along San Fernando Boulevard that will be closed to cr...
Tags: Business, Small Business, Government, Restaurants, Sport, Soccer, City Council, Local News, Los Angeles County, Burbank, San Fernando Valley, Olive Avenue, Economic Development Team, Top Stories LADN, Magnolia Boulevard, San Fernando Boulevard


Detroit Police Release Video of Justified Shooting which lead to Protests

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- On 10 July, 2020, at about 12:30 p.m., in Detroit, there was another police shooting. A young black man, Hakeem Littleton, 20, was shot and killed by Detroit police. Agitators quickly organized a protest, and gathered, claiming the shooting was not justified and Hakeem was unarmed. The police were making an arrest in conjunction with a homicide which took place on 5 July. Hakeem Littleton was a bystander, who tried to prevent the arrest. One of the protest organizers ...
Tags: Video, Guns, Minneapolis, Department Of Defense, United States, Maine, Arizona, San Diego, City Council, Police Shooting, Detroit, Beretta, Scorpio, Craig, Hakeem, Gun Rights News


Portland announces major bike share expansion with 1,500 new e-bikes

Expanded coverage in orange. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced a new 5-year contract extension for the Biketown bike share system. The contract maintains partnerships with Lyft and founding sponsor Nike and will go in front of City Council for approval on July 22nd. The contract means we can expect a major expansion that includes an all-new fleet of 1,500 pedal-assisted electric bikes with a top speed of 20-mph. The new system will go live in September with a service ar...
Tags: Lyft, Nike, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Electric, Kenton, St Johns, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Biketown, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Bike-sharing system, Chloe Eudaly


Reparation plan approved by Asheville, North Carolina council

A historic move in North Carolina: The city council of Asheville has unanimously approved reparations, through investments, for its Black citizens. Forbes: The topic of reparations, which has gained renewed attention in light of recent racial justice protests, got a civic boost this week in Asheville, N.C., as the City Council voted to apologize for the city's historic role in slavery, discrimination and denial of basic liberties to Black residents and voted to provide reparations that will bene...
Tags: Post, News, City Council, North Carolina, Asheville, Asheville North Carolina, Reparations, Citizen Times, Keith Young, Making It Right, Black council


Reparation plan for Blacks approved by Asheville, North Carolina council

A historic move in North Carolina: The city council of Asheville has unanimously approved reparations, through investments, for its Black citizens. Forbes: The topic of reparations, which has gained renewed attention in light of recent racial justice protests, got a civic boost this week in Asheville, N.C., as the City Council voted to apologize for the city's historic role in slavery, discrimination and denial of basic liberties to Black residents and voted to provide reparations that will bene...
Tags: Post, News, City Council, North Carolina, Asheville, Asheville North Carolina, Reparations, Citizen Times, Keith Young, Making It Right, Black council


LA Pride parade is leaving West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD — LA Pride intends to move its annual LGBTQ parade and celebrations out of West Hollywood after more than four decades in the city, the organization confirmed Wednesday. Representatives from Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that produces LA Pride, said the parade and festival will be moved from West Hollywood in 2021, but a new location has not been announced. “There were several factors that led to our decision in moving future Los Angeles Pride festivities. This has been a...
Tags: News, La, New York City, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lgbtq, City Council, West Hollywood, West Hollywood Park, City News Service, Los Angels Times, LA Pride, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze