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San Diego's City Council Race Highlights the Splintering of Today's Democratic Party

Dan Arel | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Dan Arel

The Democratic Party is splintering, not unlike that of the Republican Party following the rise of the Tea Party offshoot. Yet, for the Democrats, the...

Right to Counsel in Housing Court: The Bottom Line

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 04.18.2016 | New York
New York Legal Assistance Group

By Susanna Blankley, Director, Community Action for Safe Apartments and Andrew Scherer, Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, New Yo...

On the Minimum Wage, Pasadena's Restaurant Lobby is Serving Baloney

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Don't let the restaurant industry and the Chamber of Commerce feed you misinformation. Their claims are full of baloney. Here are four reasons why Mayor Tornek and the City Council members should take their arguments with a grain of salt.

Meet The 20-Year-Old Councilman Hoping To Change His Hometown For The Better

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jewell Jones is a city councilman who still needs to finish his homework each night, but he has big ideas for improving his community. T...

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town... Hall

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

No, the headline is not a joke. A man legally named Santa Claus is running as a write-in candidate for a city council seat in North Pole, Alaska, the...

City Council Candidate Still Not Explaining GOP Support

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.27.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Wayne New told the Post he supports left-leaning initiatives, like a plastic-bag fee, and he doesn't want to get into partisan scrapping. Fair enough. But it's not a partisan attack to want to know why Wayne New donated to Cory Gardner. It's a substantive question.

Mariah Stewart

Welcome To Normandy, One Of The Many Fergusons You've Never Heard Of | Mariah Stewart | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

NORMANDY, Mo. -- This St. Louis suburb has problems that may sound familiar to anyone who followed the unrest in nearby Ferguson. The city budget ...

If Ferguson Stays Ferguson, Blacks Have No One to Blame but Themselves

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Despite past voting obstacles, there are compelling reasons for blacks in Ferguson to rush to barricades this time to vote. One is the prospect of a regime change. Another is they could move to dump the racket that city officials have run for years that criminalizes virtually the city entire black population. Another is there's no excuse.

Hundreds Convene at Seattle Church to Discuss Hate Crimes

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

Hundreds of concerned citizens convened for more than two hours on Capitol Hill at the All Pilgrims Church Tuesday evening for the LGBTQ Hate Crimes Public Forum, sponsored largely by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

With Chicago's Mayoral Election Headed to a Runoff, How Badly Do Chicagoans Still Want the 'Strongman' Style of Emanuel?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On Feb. 24, Emanuel did not win outright. He won about 45 percent of the vote, with challenger Jesus "Chuy Garcia" winning about 34 percent. The two will go head-to-head in an April 7 runoff. Will Chicagoans double down on their wish for an Emanuel-strong leader or forge a new road and elect Garcia?

Christopher Mathias

New York City Council Members Block Traffic In Manhattan, Chant 'I Can't Breathe!' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A large group of New York City Council members staged a "die-in" on the steps of City Hall Monday, before marching into the street and blo...

Teddy Davis, Clean Money Candidate for L.A. City Council

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 12.29.2014 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

At a time when development in Hollywood is rampant while infrastructure crumbles, having a voice in what happens to your community in Los Angeles can seem impossible.

First City in Iran to Ban Killing Stray Dogs and the Woman Behind It

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Negar Mojtahedi

Shooting stray dogs is common practice in Iran. However, now the northwestern city of Tabriz has become the first and only city in the country to outlaw killing street dogs. It's all thanks to the efforts of one Iranian woman who is campaigning for those who can't speak for themselves.

A Network Dedicated to Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

It is time we work together to solve this pervasive national problem, and develop ways every city in our country can effectively combat gun violence.

Council Districts Rallying to Form Community Advisory Councils by July Deadline

Delphia Simmons | Posted 09.01.2014 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Despite having a shorter-than-anticipated window of time, every one of the seven newly formed City Council Districts is working to meet the requirements to form a Community Advisory Council (CAC) for their district.

Los Angeles: Where Your Boss Is Most Likely to Steal Your Pay

Jordan Melograna | Posted 08.26.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

Wage theft is a crime, but we don't treat it like one. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the total amount stolen from workers far eclipses the total amount from all bank, gas station and convenience store robberies in 2008.

City Council Must Not Undermine Minority Opportunities

Bertha Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

A new City Council proposal meant to solidify organized labor's role in local development projects will effectively bar minority- and women-owned businesses from competing for contracts and create new barriers to employment for many residents.

Diversity in Action: Minneapolis Elects Its First Hmong, Somali and Hispanic City Council Members

William O. Beeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

It is hard not to feel good about these elections. Though they are local, they demonstrate how important the American democratic process is to communities recently arrived in the United States.

Plan To Add Skyscrapers In East Midtown Gets Demolished

DNAinfo | Posted 11.13.2013 | New York

MIDTOWN — The Bloomberg Administration's plan to add skyscrapers to East Midtown crumbled Tuesday when the City Council rejected it. Council Spea...

Where Are Filpino American Women in Politics?

Noel Alumit | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Noel Alumit

It is a rarity, it seems, to see Filipino women participate. In Artesia, a small Southern California city of roughly 17,000 residents, a Filipina is trying to make a name for herself.

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

Heroes and Hope In Hotel Hell: The New Diaspora of Hurricane Sandy

Sandi Bachom | Posted 05.19.2013 | New York
Sandi Bachom

If there is a gift in all this, it's that these kids have a glimpse of a possibility of life past the projects.

Robert Jackson, Transit Forward, a Million Hoodies and Moms Demand Action on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week I spoke to City Council Member Robert Jackson on education funding in NY and the recent lawsuit to restore $250 million to the city school b...

We Must Reduce the Number of Crime Victims in Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I am concerned that there are not sufficient strategies in place to reduce the number of crime victims in Detroit and change the perception that Detroit is not a safe city. In my view, there are 10 strategies to achieve the goal.

Eleazar David Melendez

City Weighs Dramatic Foreclosure Crisis Solution | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business

In a move that’s pitting grassroots housing activists against Wall Street interests, the City Council of Brockton, Mass., decided this week to commi...