“All members of the crowd control team of Portland police have resigned from their positions in the unit after an officer was indicted on an assault charge stemming from alleged illegal use of force during a protest last year,” Reuters reports.
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Sara Goddard explains how preemption laws are wielded as weapons against blue cities in red states to stifle citizen engagement.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Reed posted to Twitter a link to an online betting site that put him as the odds-on favorite to win Atlanta’s top job again now that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, his former protege, decided not to stand for a second term.”
Bloomberg: “The U.S. Treasury Department has already doled out $105.3 billion of aid to state and local governments from President Joe Biden’s $350 billion relief package for them under the American Rescue Plan legislation.”
“That means the federal government has handed out about 30% of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to more than 1,500 entities since it was launched on May 10.”
“Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner easily defeated Democratic primary challenger Carlos Vega on Tuesday, taking a giant step toward winning a second term after campaigning on his record of criminal justice reform,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
An Ohio Mayor has been credited with saving the life of her skydiving partner after an equipment malfunction during a training exercise, the Dayton Daily News reports.
USA Today: “An infusion of $350 billion in federal COVID-19 rescue funds now headed to local and state governments this week sets up a new – and welcomed – dilemma: how to spend a financial windfall.”
“Two months after President Joe Biden signed his American Rescue Plan into law, the Treasury Department on Monday made available a historic amount of direct aid to thousands of city and county governments. Local governments are in line to collectively receive more than $110 billion over two years in addition to $125 billion for the reopening of public schools. Another $195.3 billion will go to states.”
“Los Angeles County could reach herd immunity from the coronavirus among adults and the oldest teenagers by mid-to-late July, another milestone that underscores the region’s rapid recovery from the pandemic,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
Wall Street Journal: “The Biden administration will begin distributing $350 billion to state and local governments this month, giving them money to pay for pandemic-related costs, fill revenue shortfalls and pay for water, sewer and broadband projects—but not to cut state taxes.”
“Money could start flowing to states, local and tribal governments within days.”
“The debate over coronavirus precautions and school reopening has fueled a surge of new candidates for school boards across the country,” Axios reports.
“What was traditionally a nonpartisan, hyper-local role is now at center of a swirling national political debate. Conservative and progressive parents have clashed over when and how to reopen classrooms — and it’s pushed some of them to run for office themselves.”
New York Times: Schools are open, but many families remain hesitant to return.
The page explains the death of a 26-year old woman at his mansion in 2013 with whom he had a romantic relationship.
“In a stunning announcement Thursday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) told supporters that she will not run for reelection this year,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
“The move is a shocking reversal for Bottoms, a mayor with a rising national profile who had launched her reelection campaign and held a fundraising event featuring President Joe Biden. The decision creates a wide-open mayor’s race this year, and is likely to open the door for a slew of new candidates.”
“After a record 16 years in office, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said it was time to call it quits,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“The longest serving mayor in the city’s history announced Thursday that he would not seek an unprecedented fifth term, bringing an end to an era of governance in Cleveland that lasted the better part of two decades. It also officially sets off what has become a crowded primary field to succeed Jackson.”
The New Republic profiles Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (D) who rose to power as a champion of the people, but may now be using his influence to protect his family from the law.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced that New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1, with no restrictions on restaurants, retail, or any other business, Axios reports.
Bloomberg: “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is proposing a guaranteed income program for poor residents, making it the largest U.S. city to test such a policy.”
“Garcetti will ask the City Council on Tuesday to set aside $24 million in next year’s budget to send $1,000 monthly payments to 2,000 low-income families in America’s second-largest city, the mayor said in an interview. Funds from council districts and other sources could bring the total to $35 million.”
“For the last year, New York City has been running in the shadow of a deadly pandemic, with many city and private sector employees forced to work from home, stripping New York of its lifeblood and devastating its economy,” the New York Times reports.
“But with virus cases seeming to stabilize and vaccinations becoming more widespread, city officials intend to send a message that New York is close to returning to normal: On May 3, the city will compel its municipal office employees to begin to report to work in person… Workers will return in phases over several weeks.”
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