“Minneapolis voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a proposal to replace the Minneapolis Police Department, crushing the hopes of supporters that outrage over the killing of George Floyd would translate into one of the nation’s most far reaching experiments in transforming public safety,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
“More than 26,000 New York City government employees, including firefighters, police officers, and sanitation workers, flouted the deadline for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” Gothamist reports.
Reuters: “Public safety is at the forefront in dozens of major U.S. cities poised to elect mayors on Tuesday. However, a year after ‘defund the police’ became a rallying cry at protests against racism and police brutality, Democratic candidates from Atlanta to Minneapolis are eschewing proposals to reduce police funding even as they emphasize the need for reform.”
“With most urban areas deeply Democratic, the campaigns provide a preview of how Democrats may seek to bridge the gaps between liberals who support policing overhauls and moderates who worry Republicans will weaponize the issue in next year’s congressional elections.”
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said it’s “a major priority” for the city to be able to pay government employees in Bitcoin, Bloomberg reports.
Said Suarez: “I want us to differentiate ourselves as a crypto capital of the United States or of the world.”
The Atlantic: “In the absence of local coverage, all news becomes national news: Instead of reading about local policy decisions, people read about the blacklisting of Dr. Seuss books. Instead of learning about their own local candidates, they consume angry takes about Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
“New York City investigators concluded that Mayor Bill de Blasio misused his NYPD security detail for personal and political purposes and that the NYPD official who runs the detail actively obstructed the subsequent investigation,” NBC New York reports.
“The Los Angeles City Council approved a new ordinance that requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter indoor restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, hair and nail salons and many other indoor venues,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
As Sen. Dick Durbin revealed how dangerously close he came to a drive-by shooting in Chicago, former White House advisor David Axelrod urged Mayor Lori Lightfoot to declare a “public safety emergency,” Fox Chicago reports.
Public health experts criticized San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) “over images of her singing and dancing maskless in a live music venue this week — a violation of San Francisco’s indoor mask mandate,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) announced on Friday that Portland City Council will vote on an emergency resolution on Wednesday with the intent to ban city business and employee travel related to the state of Texas,” Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.
“The resolution was made in response to the state’s recent abortion laws that greatly restrict access to the procedure. In a statement from the city of Portland, the law was called unconstitutional.”
“The only resident of Nebraska’s only one-person town was surprised when she heard the news,” the Lincoln Journal Star reports.
“The U.S. Census Bureau was reporting Monowi’s population had exploded by 100% and was now home to two people, according to 2020 results it recently released.”
Said Elise Eiler: “Well, then someone’s been hiding from me, and there’s nowhere to live but my house. But if you find out who he is, let me know?”
“His name is Noise, and he was created by an algorithm to try to protect Eiler’s personal information. Monowi didn’t add another resident to its population, but the Census Bureau did.”
Associated Press: “Anyone who wants to eat, drink or exercise indoors in San Francisco must show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when one of the nation’s most stringent restrictions on unvaccinated people takes effect.”
“Federal grand jury subpoenas have been issued for records in the investigation into the campaign finances of Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore (R),” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
“San Francisco will become the first major city in the country to require proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus for a variety of indoor activities, including going into bars, restaurants and gyms,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
San Francisco Chronicle: “San Francisco Mayor London Breed has agreed to pay a $22,792 city fine to settle allegations that she committed a series of ethics violations while in office, including asking former Gov. Jerry Brown to release her brother from prison and allowing Mohammed Nuru, the disgraced former head of Public Works, to pay for repairs to a car she owned.”
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), one of the most prominent Black women in Congress and an ally of President Biden, has signaled she is open to running for mayor of Los Angeles in 2022 under encouragement from some Democrats, the Washington Post reports.
Former White House COVID Response advisor Andy Slavitt told CBS News that he expects New York City’s new policy of requiring vaccination for many indoors activities “will be copied around the country.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “announced Tuesday morning that New York City will require proof of vaccination for people participating in indoor activities, including at restaurants, gyms and performances, his latest attempt to spur more vaccinations. The mandate also applies to workers at those places,” the New York Times reports.
“The policy is similar to mandates issued in France and Italy last month and is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.”
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