Let the bidding begin: San Diego looks to auction off San Diego's electric and gas services
A future San Diego City Council meeting may resemble a session at an auction house. Or maybe it won’t.Under an Invitation to Bid process outlined by Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday, it is hoped that multiple energy companies will compete with each other to win the city’s franchise agreement — that is, the right to supply gas and electric services within the city limits of San Diego.The current franchise agreement is held by San Diego Gas & Electric, as part of a 50-year pact signed in 1970 that is set to expire in January.The mayor’s team on Wednesday unveiled some of the stipulations a pot...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
You can't look up Philly property owners by name anymore. City cites 'security matters.'
Philadelphia officials have reprogrammed the city’s property-search website to remove the ability to look up properties by the names of their owners, citing undisclosed security concerns.Under the change implemented about a week ago, users of the search at property.phila.gov can still find out who owns a property by inputting an address. But searchers can no longer enter the names of people or companies to see the addresses of properties they own.“We decided that disabling the search function can help prevent any heat-of-the-moment incidents that would target a property owner, while still keep...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seattle City Council overrides mayor's veto of policing cuts
SEATTLE — The City Council voted Tuesday to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s vetoes of council bills meant to start shrinking the police force and scaling up community solutions this year. Council members chose to stick with the 2020 budget bills instead of a substitute proposal that the mayor had said she could accept.The veto-override votes on the three bills were preceded by more than an hour of public comments, with most speakers urging council members to “hold the line” against the mayor and demonstrate they were listening to the Black Lives Matter movement. Several council members then shar...
The Seattle Times
Michael Bloomberg raises $16 million to help Florida ex-felons vote
Michael Bloomberg and some of his billionaire buddies have donated more than $16 million to help ex-felons in Florida vote in the November election, the Washington Post reported.Bloomberg, who briefly ran for president earlier this year and was New York’s mayor from 2002-2013, led the charge to give money to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which has now raised $20 million.The FRRC is working to pay fines, restitution and court fees for thousands of former felons across the state.In 2018, 64% of Floridians voted in favor of Amendment 4, which allowed released felons to vote so long as...
New York Daily News
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After Sturgis superspreader, Missouri hosts thousands at Lake of the Ozarks bike rallyThe rumbling can be heard from miles away. Thousands of motorcycles have converged around the Lake of the Ozarks, where local officials are bracing for more than 100,000 visitors for the 14th annual Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks.The event is one of the last and largest of the season in the lake area. Lake Ozark Mayor Gerry Murawski said in years past they’d see about 100,000 bikers spread over the entire lake area over five days of events, scenic rides and concerts.Hundreds of bikes were parked in the center tu...
Tribune News Service
Minneapolis to name stretch of Chicago Avenue for George Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS — A stretch of Chicago Avenue that includes the place where George Floyd cried out for his life will soon be named in his honor.While the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city of Minneapolis will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place.A sign to be installed at the intersection of 38th and Chicago will mark the commemorative designation.The City Council approved the naming Friday morning, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said he will likely sign off on it as well.Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, who represents the area, th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Write a big old check, Mr. Bloomberg and help Florida's ex-felons vote in November
Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor and former flash in the pan for the Democratic nomination for president, has $100 million burning a hole in his pocket.He says he’s going to spend it all in Florida to help Joe Biden win the state in November.We have an idea. First, a little history.Ex-felons in the state for decades did not have the right to vote, regaining that right when voters approved it in 2018. Already they’ve lost it again — if they have any unpaid fines and fees mandated by the court.This new stumbling block comes courtesy of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican Legislature who...
City says deal for temporary 3rd Precinct site for Minneapolis police is off
MINNEAPOLIS — Amid protests, vandalism and criticism from the City Council, a deal to find a temporary home for the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct fell apart this week.Moments before a City Council committee was set to discuss a $1.2 million annual lease for a temporary base Wednesday, the city announced that negotiations had ended.City staff scouted 26 locations before recommending that City Council approve a deal to lease a warehouse at 2633 Minnehaha Ave. to replace the former 3rd Precinct several blocks away.That building was destroyed by rioters after the death of George Flo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In hate-filled speech, Giuliani lashes out at Black Lives Matter, NYC schools chancellor
NEW YORK — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani painted a grim picture of the city’s future — attacking everyone from his successor Bill de Blasio to participants in the Black Lives Matter movement — in a divisive and racially charged speech in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday.Harkening back to when he first ran for mayor in the late 1980s, Giuliani said, “Crime was way out of control … You couldn’t walk at night.“We’re going in that direction right now, if we’re not already there,” he added.Cast as a speech on restoring safety to a city reeling from a surge in violent crime, the event was l...
New York Daily News
'It's a lack of respect.' Why some Haitians felt spurned by Kamala Harris' Miami visit
MIAMI — Sen. Kamala Harris courted Venezuelan, Black-American and Jewish voters during her first visit to Miami on behalf of her running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.But other than a “Sak pase “ by Harris — Creole for “what’s happening” — Haitian American representation was mostly absent from Thursday’s campaign stop, reinforcing feelings of neglect by a large contingent of the South Florida Black community that has long felt overlooked by Democratic politicians.“When I turn on my TV, you hear everything in the Hispanic community about (President) Trump or about Biden. Biden...