The Summer of NIMBY in Silicon Valley’s Poshest Town

Moguls and investors from the tech industry, which endorses housing relief, banded together to object to a plan for multifamily homes near their estates in Atherton, Calif.

#affordable-housing, #andreessen-marc-l, #apple-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atherton-calif, #benchmark-capital, #city-councils, #computers-and-the-internet, #draper-timothy-c, #electronic-arts-inc, #felicis-ventures, #google-inc, #high-net-worth-individuals, #johnson-ronald-b-1959, #kordestani-omid-r-1963, #meta-platforms-inc, #netflix-inc, #palo-alto-networks-inc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #venture-capital, #whetstone-rachel-1968, #wilson-andrew, #zoning

Why New York City Traffic Cameras Are Off When Drivers Speed the Most

As traffic deaths rise in the city, the State Legislature still has the final say on new safety measures, even decreeing when school speed cameras can operate.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #adams-eric-l, #albany-ny, #cameras, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #cuomo-andrew-m, #gounardes-andrew-s, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #reinvent-albany, #rodriguez-ydanis, #schwartz-samuel-i, #speed-limits-and-speeding, #state-legislatures, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-alternatives, #weprin-david-i

7 Takeaways From ‘The Trojan Horse Affair’ Podcast

Here are seven key takeaways from “The Trojan Horse Affair,” our podcast investigating a national scandal.

#birmingham-england, #city-councils, #education-k-12, #england, #great-britain, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #reed-brian-journalist

Chicago Woman Who Was Handcuffed Naked Receives $2.9 Million Settlement

The Chicago City Council approved a settlement on Wednesday for Anjanette Young, a medical social worker who was forced to stand naked in front of a dozen police officers in 2019.

#chicago-ill, #city-councils, #police-department-chicago-ill, #search-and-seizure, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #young-anjanette

Fight Erupts Over New York Blood Center’s Manhattan Building

The New York Blood Center wants to build a 233-foot-tall tower on a residential block in the Manhattan neighborhood. The city has proposed $450 million in tax incentives.

#brewer-gale-a, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #kallos-benjamin, #new-york-blood-center, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #zoning

Under Caribbean Skies, New York Power Brokers Shape a Crucial Race

The contest for City Council speaker was in high gear at a political gathering in Puerto Rico, where candidates politicked among the palm trees.

#brannan-justin-l, #brewer-gale-a, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #endorsements, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico, #republican-party, #rivera-carlina

Some Tenants in Los Angeles May Lose the City Councilwoman They Elected

How some tenants in Los Angeles may lose the voice they found on the City Council.

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #rent-control-and-stabilization

Jefferson Statue May Be Removed After More Than 100 Years at City Hall

Black, Latino and Asian City Council members who find the sculpture oppressive and racist may finally win a two-decade fight to remove it from their chamber.

#art, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #jefferson-thomas, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #new-york-historical-society, #politics-and-government, #public-design-commission-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity

California Homeowners Flex Their Political Muscle

The lasting power of neighborhood organizing.

#affordable-housing, #california, #city-councils, #hancock-park-los-angeles-calif, #hancock-park-homeowners-assn, #homeowners, #internal-sub-only, #los-angeles-calif, #politics-and-government, #raman-nithya, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-fernando-valley-calif, #sherman-oaks-calif, #sherman-oaks-homeowners-assn, #zoning

The Role for State Governments in the Housing Crisis

How to solve the housing crisis (part 3).

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #evictions, #gentrification, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

San Jose Apologizes for Decades of Discrimination Against Chinese

A resolution that the City Council approved unanimously this week also acknowledged the injustice of the destruction of the city’s Chinatowns.

#arson, #chinese-americans, #city-councils, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #immigration-and-emigration, #liccardo-sam, #san-jose-calif

Are Censures of Politicians a Form of Free Speech or a Threat to It?

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this fall on whether the censure of an elected official in Houston ran afoul of the First Amendment.

#city-councils, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #houston-community-college, #supreme-court-us

Councilman Who Pleaded Guilty to $82,000 Tax Fraud Is Expelled

Chaim Deutsch, a Brooklyn Democrat, was removed for violating his oath of office, officials said.

#city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #deutsch-chaim-1969, #politics-and-government, #tax-evasion

California Beach Seized in 1924 From a Black Family Could Be Returned

Nearly a century ago, the city of Manhattan Beach shuttered a resort that belonged to Willa and Charles Bruce. Though the county is trying to give the land back, the city has declined to apologize.

#apologies, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #bruce-charles, #bruce-willa, #bruces-beach-manhattan-beach-calif, #city-councils, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #los-angeles-county-calif, #reparations

Chicago Suburb Shapes Reparations for Black Residents: ‘It Is the Start’

Officials in Evanston, Ill., were weighing how to distribute $10 million in reparations to those who suffered housing discrimination.

#black-people, #city-councils, #discrimination, #evanston-ill, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #reparations, #slavery-historical

In California, Berkeley Beat Back NIMBYs

Is California finally ready to accept a more sustainable way of life?

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Minneapolis Will Pay Influencers to Fight Misinformation During Officers’ Trials

The city will pay six social media influencers $2,000 each to share messages during the trials of Derek Chauvin and three other former police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chauvin-derek-1976, #city-councils, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

Independent Report Is Highly Critical of Colorado Police in Death of Elijah McClain

A panel commissioned by the Aurora City Council also found “serious concerns” with an internal police investigation into the 2019 death of Mr. McClain.

#aurora-colo, #city-councils, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #colorado, #mcclain-elijah-d-2019, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-aurora-colo, #rosenblatt-jason-aurora-colo-police-officer, #search-and-seizure

A City’s Mayor, Police Chief and Clerk Face Misconduct Charges

The officials of Armstrong, Iowa, and a former city clerk, face charges that include assault with a dangerous weapon, theft and falsifying public documents, the authorities said.

#armstrong-iowa, #assaults, #buum-greg-1951, #city-councils, #embezzlement, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #iowa, #lang-tracie-1963, #merrill-craig-1977, #thackery-connie-1954

Even in Poorer Neighborhoods, the Wealthy Are Lining Up for Vaccines

Officials acknowledge that the coveted shots are disproportionately going to white people and that planners’ efforts to course-correct are having limited effect.

#black-people, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #hispanic-americans, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites, #your-feed-healthcare

Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum Is to Open This Fall

The new center, in Riverside, Calif., will be dedicated exclusively to showcasing Mexican-American art and culture.

#art, #california, #city-councils, #libraries-and-librarians, #marin-cheech, #mexican-americans, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-calif

Minneapolis City Council Votes to Remove $8 Million From Police Budget

The move comes as the city grapples with efforts to overhaul the department after the police killing of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #floyd-george-d-2020, #frey-jacob-1981, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #united-states

10 Million Residents, 88 Jurisdictions, 1 Outdoor Dining Ban

Frustrated over an order to temporarily ban outdoor dining across Los Angeles County, many elected officials have fought back — with votes to form their own health departments.

#california, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #los-angeles-county-calif, #newsom-gavin, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional

A Third Member of the Cincinnati City Council Is Charged With Corruption

The charges against Alexander Sittenfeld, a mayoral hopeful, stunned local political leaders and reinforced what federal prosecutors have called a “culture of corruption” that has undermined trust in City Hall.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cincinnati-ohio, #city-councils, #corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #dennard-tamaya, #local-government, #pastor-jeffrey, #sittenfeld-alexander

Copenhagen Mayor Resigns Amid #MeToo Wave in Denmark

Frank Jensen admitted to harassing numerous women over decades. His case is part of a gathering confrontation in the country over sexual misconduct.

#city-councils, #denmark, #frederiksen-mette, #jensen-frank, #kofod-jeppe, #linde-sofie, #sexual-harassment, #social-democratic-party-denmark, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Andy King Removed From New York City Council After Ethics Inquiries

Andy King, a Bronx Democrat, was voted out after facing three ethics inquiries.

#city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #king-andy-jr, #new-york-city, #sexual-harassment

Andy King, N.Y. City Council Member, Faces Expulsion for Misconduct

Andy King, a Bronx Democrat, might lose his job after facing a third ethics investigation.

#city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #king-andy-jr, #new-york-city, #sexual-harassment

How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed

When a majority of City Council members promised to “end policing as we know it” after George Floyd’s killing, they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #black-visions-collective, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-councils, #constitutional-amendments, #frey-jacob-1981, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #noor-miski, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #politics-and-government

The Field: Policing and Power in Minneapolis

Could a push to transform the police in the city where George Floyd was killed become the issue that defines the presidential election?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-visions-collective, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #noor-miski, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

One Man’s Plea to His City Council: Rename Boneless Wings

“Nothing about boneless chicken wings actually comes from the wing of a chicken,” he told the Lincoln, Neb., council. “We’ve been living a lie for far too long.”

#ander-christensen, #chickens, #city-councils, #lincoln-neb, #restaurants

Seattle Police Chief to Resign as Council Pursues Ambitious Plan to Cut Budget

Carmen Best announced her retirement on Monday night, hours after the City Council approved cuts to the police budget.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #carmen-best, #city-councils, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-reform, #seattle-wash

‘Not a Welcoming Name’: Calls to Drop ‘Plantation’ Gain Steam Nationwide

Across the country, people are pushing to change the names of cities, neighborhoods and gated communities that include the word “plantation.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #city-councils, #florida, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hilton-head-sc, #plantation-fla, #slavery-historical

5 Years After Charleston Church Massacre, City Says Calhoun Statue Will Go

Five years after the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, officials in Charleston, S.C., announced a plan to remove a monument to the prominent slavery defender John C. Calhoun.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #calhoun-john-caldwell-1782-1850, #charleston-sc, #charleston-sc-shooting-2015, #city-councils, #confederate-states-of-america, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #tecklenburg-john-j

What Happened When the Minneapolis Police Lost Legitimacy?

Ordinary people took control of their own safety.

#city-councils, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Streets Should Be Car-Free During Lockdown. And After.

Cholera changed the face of Paris. Will Covid-19 change the streets of New York?

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #cholera, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-corey, #le-corbusier, #olmsted-frederick-law, #police-department-nyc, #urban-areas

An Official’s Removal Is Sought After He Throws Cat During Zoom Meeting

“OK, first, I’d like to introduce my cat,” said a planning commissioner in Vallejo, Calif., lifting it close to the camera and then, with two hands, tossing it off screen.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cats, #chris-platzer, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #vallejo-calif, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

Vallejo Official’s Removal Is Sought After He Throws Cat During Zoom Meeting

“OK, first, I’d like to introduce my cat,” said a planning commissioner in Vallejo, Calif., lifting it close to the camera and then, with two hands, tossing it off screen.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cats, #chris-platzer, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #telecommuting, #vallejo-calif, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications