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ex-sheffield city council boss roger dodds jailed for abuse


a news investigation has revealed how sheffield city council failed to stop an employee, a predatory offender, from abusing his victims in council offices over two decades. roger dodds has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. the council was first told about the allegations against dodds back in 1981 - but didn't inform the police. years later, following further allegations, they allowed him to take early retirement with an enhanced pension. michael buchanan reports.ex-sheffield city council boss roger dodds jailed for abuse






seattle city council: bad politics


the seattle city council has a bill pending in which “social justice” principles would be considered when awarding city contracts.this is an example of bad politics in full gallop. is the public sincerely demanding an added layer of bureaucracy, expense and arbitrary decisions by city officials?if the bill p es, the law of unintended consequences will prevail.jess gobel, shoreline






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president trump’s executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents currently detained at the airport.the president’s order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the united states for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney’s office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution city council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney’s office and the city’s human rights and equal






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president trump's executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents currently detained at the airport.the president's order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the united states for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney's office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution city council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney's office and the city's human rights and equal






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president donald trump’s executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president’s order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney’s office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney’s office and the city’s human rights and equal economic oppo






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport because of president donald trump’s executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president’s order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney’s office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney’s office and the city’s human rights and equal economic






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport because of president donald trump's executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president's order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney's office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney's office and the city's human rights and equal economic






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president donald trump's executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president's order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney's office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney's office and the city's human rights and equal economic oppo






20-year-old city councilman dies after car wreck in idaho


wilder, idaho — a 20-year-old city councilman who was one of the youngest people ever elected in idaho, has died after being involved in a car accident.the idaho press-tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2kerye8) that city councilman ismael fernandez died friday in a collision on highway 19 in canyon county.fernandez was just a 19-year-old freshman at the college of idaho when he was elected in 2015 to the four-member wilder city council. his win made national headlines.fernandez was also part of idaho's first all-latino city council.wilder has about 1,500 residents and is in southwestern idaho near the oregon border.idaho state police say fernandez was traveling west on highway 19 when he crossed the center line and crashed into a truck hauling beets.fernandez died at saint alphonsus regional






council sets goals for next 18 months


facebook will fund a design competition for a downtown parking garage and the city of menlo park will hire a lobbyist to represent it on transportation issues at the state and federal level.those are two of 53 goals the city council set as priorities at its annual goal-setting session on jan. 27. at the session, first introduced in 2013, the council set its goals for the next 18 months.mayor kirsten keith said she is excited about getting to work on the city’s first comprehensive transportation plan, a process that could take 18 months.she also said there will be more opportunities for affordable housing this spring, but would not elaborate. one of the council’s goals is to work more closely this year with the housing commission and it has directed staff to increase the commission’s meetin






centennial petition seeks to reinstate ban on new car dealerships, gas stations


a petition seeking to reverse recent changes to the centennial land development code that clear the way for new car dealerships, drive–thru restaurants and gas stations along a busy stretch of a ahoe road has been certified by the city clerk.on monday night, the city council will discuss whether to repeal those changes or put the issue in the hands of voters via a special election. the petition was filed with the clerk dec. 19, according to the city website. in january, the clerk certified petitioners collected enough valid signatures from centennial residents – the minimum necessary was 4,083 or 5 percent of all local voters — to put the referendum in front of the city council.“council will discuss their options whether to repeal the ordinance, have a special election, etc. at the feb. 6






lake elmo: new council majority, same uproar


there may be a new city council majority in lake elmo, but in the council chambers tuesday it seemed just like old times.elected on promises to restore some sanity to city hall after years of turbulence, the new council called a special meeting to dismiss the city's finance director, cathy bendel."i am embarr ed this council is doing this," said council member julie fliflet, who noted that bendel was recently honored by her profession."i am not surprised, but i am appalled. it's so telling that nothing in her performance was cited as a reason."the vote to fire bendel was 3-2, with council member jill lundgren dissenting along with fliflet."everyone needs to wake up and see what's going on here," lundgren said. "this is not a kinder council."mayor mike pearson, however, called it a "busines






lake elmo: new council majority, same uproar


there may be a new city council majority in lake elmo, but in the council chambers tuesday it seemed just like old times.elected on promises to restore some sanity to city hall after years of turbulence, the new council called a special meeting to dismiss the city’s finance director, cathy bendel.“i am embarr ed this council is doing this,” said council member julie fliflet, who noted that bendel was recently honored by her profession.“i am not surprised, but i am appalled. it’s so telling that nothing in her performance was cited as a reason.”the vote to fire bendel was 3-2, with council member jill lundgren dissenting along with fliflet.“everyone needs to wake up and see what’s going on here,” lundgren said.“this is not a kinder council.”mayor mike pearson, however, called it a “business






city council studies measure to fund town center – the mercury news


the atherton city council on wednesday got an early look at the ballot language for the measure it is likely to approve on feb. 15, asking voters to repeal 2012’s measure l.wednesday’s meeting was a study session only, and no action could be taken, but the likely ballot measure isn’t likely to change much from what town staff recommended in the council agenda:“should the town of atherton be allowed to use available general funds to fund the remaining funding need of the town center? other funding sources include private donations, grants, and building fees; but the town would not use any of the town’s parcel tax or mandatory reserves.”the key phrase is allowing the town to use general funds for the project, which had been denied by measure l.the town has been working to rebuild the civic c






san diego legalizes recreational pot dispensaries


san diego legalized recreational pot dispensaries on tuesday and the city also opened up the possibility it will allow pot farms, manufacturing facilities and testing labs.san diego is the first local city to approve recreational marijuana sales since state voters approved proposition 64 in november, and no other local cities have indicated they intend to follow suit.the san diego city council unanimously agreed on tuesday to allow the sale of recreational marijuana at 15 dispensaries approved by the city to sell medical marijuana, and any additional dispensaries the city approves in the future.sales of recreational pot will begin when statewide regulations being crafted in sacramento are completed sometime before next january. dispensaries along the coast may have to wait for coastal comm






council approves emergency marijuana use ban – the mercury news


although voters across the state voted to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in november, cities are still debating what to allow beyond california proposition 64, which among other things lets anyone older than 21 smoke marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants inside a residence.to give milpitas city council time to put a permanent ordinance in place regulating marijuana use in the city, the council on jan. 17 unanimously approved an interim urgency ordinance which bans marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in milpitas and prevents marijuana from being grown outdoors for 45 days.“i can indicate to you that we had an inquiry at the planning level for fairly big businesses with people who have ivy league graduates on their board of directors,” milpitas city attorney chr






20-year-old city councilman dies after car wreck in idaho


wilder, idaho — a 20-year-old city councilman who was one of the youngest people ever elected in idaho, has died after being involved in a car accident.wilder city councilman ismael fernandez died friday in a collision in canyon county, according to the idaho press-tribune (http://bit.ly/2kerye8).fernandez was a 19-year-old freshman at the college of idaho when he was elected in 2015 to the four-member wilder city council, the newspaper said. he decided to run for the council just three days before the election. his win made national headlines and placed him on the state's first all-latino city council.during his paign, he went door-to-door with his grandmother, the paper said."the lack of a youth voice leads to cynicism in politics," fernandez said at the time. "when you don't have that o






loneliness tips from 90-year-old published


tips to combat loneliness written by a 90-year-old man have been published by a council.derek taylor felt isolated and alone after the deaths of his partner and sister."the older you get, the less people seem to contact you... and i thought what can i do to stop being lonely," he said.his tips, which include having local coffee clubs and being in more contact with neighbours, have been distributed by manchester city council.






coal war returns to oakland; activists fight phil tagami’s lawsuit – the mercury


oakland — anti-coal activists stood in support of the city of oakland on monday, holding an afternoon protest outside the offices of developer phil tagami, who filed a lawsuit last month seeking to overturn the city council’s vote to ban coal transports in the city.members of no coal in oakland and labor and faith leaders began the rally at 1 p.m. outside the rotunda building, tagami’s headquarters. the protest was a show of support for the city and city attorney barbara parker. attorneys for the city are expected to file a response to tagami’s federal lawsuit on monday.the council’s ban essentially derailed tagami’s plans to import and export coal through a new terminal he is building adjacent to the port of oakland. but oakland is up against tagami’s high profile lawyers, quinn emanuel u






more than $200,000 has already poured into st. paul mayor's race


candidates vying to replace chris coleman as mayor of st. paul reported a wide range of paign fundraising totals at the end of 2016.according to paign finance reports submitted tuesday, melvin carter iii has raised $152,370 — the most so far — and council member dai thao has raised the least — $1,755.carter began fundraising in 2015 and has significantly more money than the other three candidates, who started their paign work at the end of 2016.about 800 people have donated to carter, a former st. paul city council member and executive director of the minnesota children’s cabinet, according to a news release from his paign.pat harris, another former council member and senior vice president at bmo harris bank, has raised $54,540 since dec. 6, according to his report.the ramsey county electi






city employees could see significant pay hikes


menlo park city employees could receive larger pay raises next year than in recent years to keep up with the market, according to a report prepared by the city’s human resources department.officers represented by the menlo park police officers’ ociation and menlo park police sergeants ociation received 3 percent salary increases last year to offset inflation, but the report states that city staff and labor officials agree they’re falling behind comparable agencies. it states the officers have gone “five years without a salary adjustment.” the current agreements expire june 30.city employees represented by the american federation of state, county and municipal employees local 829 and the service employees international union local 521 received 2 percent across-the-board pay bumps last year.






fearing trump paign promise, spokane city council votes against religious regist


opponents of the ordinance called the vote “fake council business” and an effort to demonize the president.spokane — an imp ioned crowd that spilled out of the city council chambers monday night mostly implored council members to p an ordinance that would prohibit spokane employees from isting in the creation of a registry based on religious preference.and the spokane city council did just that – unanimously. to the sound of cheers and applause, the council voted 7-0 to approve an ordinance that outlaws any city employee from participating in the development of “a program that requires, or has the effect of requiring, persons to register on the basis of religious affiliation, belief, or conduct.”“we have many refugees, and people of different faiths, who live in our community, and they are






city to reallocate frozen funds to neighborhood groups


more than $9 million in frozen neighborhood revitalization program (nrp) funds will be restored to minneapolis neighborhoods over the next few years, pending city council approval.a council committee voted monday to restore the funds to 66 neighborhood groups. the city council froze the money in 2010, in an effort to reduce property taxes by shrinking the tax increment finance (tif) districts that funded the revitalization program."to have these funds released is really exciting," said kristel porter, cleveland neighborhood ociation executive director. "it gives us a little more longevity."when the revitalization program started in 1991, the plan was to capture $404 million in tax increment revenue over 20 years and distribute it to the neighborhoods in two phases — from 1990 to 2000 and f






city to reallocate frozen funds to neighborhood groups


more than $9 million in frozen neighborhood revitalization program (nrp) funds will be restored to minneapolis neighborhoods over the next few years, pending city council approval.a council committee voted monday to restore the funds to 66 neighborhood groups. the city council froze the money in 2010 in an effort to reduce property taxes by shrinking the tax increment finance (tif) districts that funded the revitalization program."to have these funds released is really exciting," said kristel porter, cleveland neighborhood ociation executive director. "it gives us a little more longe­vity."when the revitalization program started in 1991, the plan was to capture $404 million in tax increment revenue over 20 years and distribute it to the neighborhoods in two phases — from 1990 to 2000 and f






mpls. council member cano rebuked for defying city hall security


the president of the minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall.“[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them and interfering with building staff’






mpls. council member cano rebuked for defying city hall security


the president of minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage of the altercation on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall.“[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them, and interfering with






mpls. moves forward with 29th av. closure near midtown greenway


a group of seward montessori students who gathered in the minneapolis city council chambers tuesday quietly, paper signs held aloft.“it works! keep 29th closed for good!” one sign read. “two years, no fears. the closure works!” read another.the portion of 29th avenue s. that crosses the midtown greenway has been closed to motor vehicle traffic on a trial basis since 2015 as part of a city plan to turn it into a bicycle boulevard. a council committee on tuesday accepted a staff recommendation to close the crossing permanently.city plans designate 29th avenue as both a bicycle boulevard and a safe route for seward students biking or walking to school. traffic counts taken during the trial closure showed a reduction in traffic around the greenway as well as a few blocks away near the school,






california avenue neighborhoods get permit parking


a new palo alto permit parking program coming to neighborhoods around the california avenue business district has some residents smiling and some dental workers wincing.residents of evergreen park and mayfield successfully lobbied the city council this year to establish a residential preferential parking district in the area north and south of the city’s “second downtown.”starting april 1, the city plans to enforce a two-hour free parking rule between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. during these hours, only vehicles with valid permits could park longer in the district, which is bounded by park boulevard, the caltrain rail corridor, oregon expressway, page mill road and el ino real.residents, such as tommy derrick, petitioned the city for a program similar to the one established downtown. the city counci






mpls. to reallocate more than $9m in frozen funds to neighborhood groups


more than $9 million in frozen neighborhood revitalization program (nrp) funds will be restored to minneapolis neighborhoods over the next few years, pending city council approval.a council committee voted monday to restore the funds to 66 neighborhood groups. the city council froze the money in 2010 in an effort to reduce property taxes by shrinking the tax increment finance (tif) districts that funded the revitalization program.“to have these funds released is really exciting,” said kristel porter, cleveland neighborhood ociation executive director. “it gives us a little more longe­vity.”when the revitalization program started in 1991, the plan was to capture $404 million in tax increment revenue over 20 years and distribute it to the neighborhoods in two phases — from 1990 to 2000 and f






mpls. moves forward with 29th av. closure near midtown greenway


a group of seward montessori students gathered in the minneapolis city council chambers tuesday quietly, paper signs held aloft.“it works! keep 29th closed for good!” one sign read. “two years, no fears. the closure works!” read another.the portion of 29th avenue s. that crosses the midtown greenway has been closed to motor vehicle traffic on a trial basis since 2015 as part of a city plan to turn it into a bicycle boulevard. a council committee on tuesday accepted a staff recommendation to close the crossing permanently.city plans designate 29th avenue as both a bicycle boulevard and a safe route for seward montessori students biking or walking to school. traffic counts taken during the trial closure showed a reduction in traffic around the greenway, as well as a few blocks away near the






mpls. moves forward with 29th ave. closure near midtown greenway


a group of seward montessori students gathered in the minneapolis city council chambers tuesday quietly, paper signs held aloft.“it works! keep 29th closed for good!” one sign read. “two years, no fears. the closure works!” read another.the portion of 29th avenue s. that crosses the midtown greenway has been closed to motor vehicle traffic on a trial basis since 2015 as part of a city plan to turn it into a bicycle boulevard. a council committee on tuesday accepted a staff recommendation to close the crossing permanently.city plans designate 29th avenue as both a bicycle boulevard and a safe route for seward montessori students biking or walking to school. traffic counts taken during the trial closure showed a reduction in traffic around the greenway, as well as a few blocks away near the






st. paul city council looks to banks to help reduce racial disparities


st. paul city leaders want to partner with banks to combat racial disparities, and started accepting proposals wednesday from companies who want to handle the city’s banking needs for the next several years.city council members want to select a company that is committed to racial equity and gives everyone an opportunity to get affordable housing and financial services. they voted wednesday to create a “responsible banking committee” that will evaluate proposals and recommend a bank to the city’s chief financial officer.u.s. bank currently handles the city’s general banking needs and wants to continue to do so. their contract with the city expires this year.“u.s. bank will participate in the [request for proposals] and we are proud to have been the city of st. paul’s bank since 1985,” spoke






st. paul city council looks to banks to help reduce racial disparities


st. paul city leaders want to partner with banks to combat racial disparities and started accepting proposals wednesday from companies who want to handle the city's banking needs for the next several years.city council members want to select a company that is committed to racial equity and gives everyone an opportunity to obtain affordable housing and financial services. they voted wednesday to create a responsible banking committee that will evaluate proposals and recommend a bank to the city's chief financial officer.u.s. bank now handles the city's general banking needs and wants to continue to do so. their contract with the city expires this year."u.s. bank will participate in the [request for proposals] and we are proud to have been the city of st. paul's bank since 1985," spokesman d






st. paul city council looks to banks to help reduce racial disparities


st. paul city leaders want to partner with banks to combat racial disparities and started accepting proposals wednesday from companies who want to handle the city's banking needs for the next several years.city council members want to select a company that is committed to racial equity and gives everyone an opportunity to obtain affordable housing and financial services. they voted wednesday to create a responsible banking committee that will evaluate proposals and recommend a bank to the city's chief financial officer.u.s. bank now handles the city's general banking needs and wants to continue to do so. their contract with the city expires this year."u.s. bank will participate in the [request for proposals] and we are proud to have been the city of st. paul's bank since 1985," spokesman d






st. paul city council looks to banks to help reduce racial disparities


st. paul city leaders want to partner with banks to combat racial disparities and started accepting proposals wednesday from companies who want to handle the city’s banking needs for the next several years.city council members want to select a company that is committed to racial equity and gives everyone an opportunity to obtain affordable housing and financial services. they voted wednesday to create a responsible banking committee that will evaluate proposals and recommend a bank to the city’s chief financial officer.u.s. bank now handles the city’s general banking needs and wants to continue to do so. their contract with the city expires this year.“u.s. bank will participate in the [request for proposals] and we are proud to have been the city of st. paul’s bank since 1985,” spokesman d






protesters call for seattle’s billions to be pulled from wells fargo over dakota


a seattle city council will hear a proposal to pull $3 billion in money from wells fargo bank.hundreds of anti-pipeline demonstrators gathered wednesday morning at seattle city hall to encourage the city council to pull $3 billion from wells fargo for its role as a dakota access pipeline lender.the rally was planned before the council’s 9 a.m. committee hearing, where a proposal to pull the funds was to be considered. the ordinance is co-sponsored by council members kshama sawant and tim burgess.about 8:30 a.m., protesters lined up outside city hall chambers to for a chance to speak to members of the affordable housing, neighborhoods and finance committee.anti-pipeline demonstrators gathered at seattle city hall wednesday morning to protest the city’s relationship with wells fargo, which i






green party candidate elizabeth dickinson joins st. paul mayor's race


environmental activist and life coach elizabeth dickinson is joining the st. paul mayor's race.dickinson, 56, ran for mayor as a green party candidate in 2005 against chris coleman and then-incumbent randy kelly. she e in third in the primary election but won an impressive 19 percent of the vote against the two dflers.since then, the west side resident has pursued much of her political activism through clean water action and community power, organizations that push for environmental protections and clean energy.dickinson said she wants the city to develop a clean energy plan and living wage ordinance, as well as leadership programs to support city employees and youth. she also plans to focus on homelessness and simplifying city regulations for business owners and entrepreneurs.she said she






cupertino hires new firm to complete parks master plan


the city of cupertino is moving ahead with its citywide parks, open space and recreation master plan by hiring a new consultant.on jan. 24, the city council unanimously approved hiring new consultant firm moore iacofano goltsman (mig), to complete the master plan, which has been in the works since september 2015.the comprehensive plan aims to address the city’s needs in relation to park and recreation facilities for the long term, including adding new features and prioritizing funding. the plan will also include a profile of each of cupertino’s current parks and what needs should be addressed.in summer 2015, the council approved a contract with royston hanamoto alley & abey, or rhaa, but according to city manager david brandt, staffing changes at the firm resulted in the city choosing






cano releases letter, videos over city hall security spat


the president of minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage of the altercation on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall."[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them, and interfering with






mpls. council member cano rebuked for defying city hall security


the president of the minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall."[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them and interfering with building staff'






alaska town’s new inupiat name to stay – for now


anchorage, alaska (ap) — alaska voters in the nation’s northernmost town won’t get a chance at the polls after all to repeal the community’s new inupiat eskimo name.the city council in the town formerly known as barrow voted 5-1 against the proposal by mayor fannie suvlu last week. suvlu was voted into office in the same october 2016 election that saw voters approve the town’s new name, utqiagvik (oot-ghar’-vik), by six votes.suvlu says the council’s jan. 31 rejection of her proposal e after locals had several opportunities to address the issue.the new name is being challenged by a local alaska native corporation, which filed a civil lawsuit after the election. the lawsuit claims city officials rushed the process with insufficient outreach to the public. that case has not been resolved.mos






roseville armory controversy: council aims for homes on site


a dispute in roseville over whether to try and save the city’s former national guard armory is nearing an end.against the wishes of those who wanted to preserve the armory for use as a community center, the city council last week signaled its preference to redevelop the site for low-density housing instead.city officials consulted neighbors, getting what they considered a solid response: 87 comments, online or on paper. among those comments, 69 people said they preferred single-family detached homes on the site, while the community center option drew 44 positive responses, community development chief kari collins told the council.but 29 people declared that no institutional use was suitable — a hint of polarization.many in the area wanted the armory preserved partly because “some of our ol






san jose city council approves critical change to rent control policy – the merc


san jose — spurred by a critical city audit that raised the ire of mayor sam liccardo and some veteran council members, city leaders tuesday approved a major change to the city’s rent control policy — before it even went into effect.san jose’s rent control law, which applies to 45,820 units built before 1979, caps rent increases to a maximum of 5 percent a year. under the initial policy, if a landlord decided not to raise the rent any given year, they could “bank” the unused rent hikes and apply them at a later time. but a council majority tuesday agreed to eliminate the banking option on a 7-4 vote. that policy would have allowed rent increases up to 8 percent a year.liccardo and council members chappie jones, dev davis and johnny khamis were opposed. the debate tuesday landed city audito






seattle city council to reaffirm support for immigrants, refugees


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female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n