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Look to Northwest Denver to see the future of city politics

Buildings are going up. District 1 has one of the most contentious council races this year, a political scramble with seven candidates on the ballot. Political change This is the third election in a row that will bring a new council member to District 1. For example, Jefferson Park and Sunnyside both have absorbed about 700 new residential units since 2015, resulting in whole blocks of residential redevelopment, according to a Denver Post analysis. But, despite the district’s rapid growth, the election hasn’t turned into an all-out fight over development. ”I’m running for office because as a lifelong resident, just like you, I’ve seen the changes in our neighborhood. “Housing hasn’t kept up with growth. Mike Somma, 64, is a Denver Fire Department lieutenant running on a public service platform. He’s also skeptical of new development, saying that some new three-story residences don’t fit their surroundings. Acknowledging that the candidates share similar priorities, she argues that her previous council work and deep local roots will make her the most effective.

Americans Fear That Former Trump Staffers Will Be Released Into Their Cities

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Americans are in a state of abject panic amid reports that Donald J. Trump is threatening to dump thousands of fired Cabinet members and aides on cities that do not support him. Harland Dorrinson, who lives in San Francisco, said that “every American should be alarmed” at the spectre of former Trump staffers like Kirstjen Nielsen, Scott Pruitt, and Anthony Scaramucci descending on their towns. “A lot of these people were unsavory to begin with, and their time at the White House only hardened them,” he said. Carol Foyler, who resides in Boston, said that, with Trump staffers being fired at a rate of four hundred a day, she lives in terror at the prospect of these castoffs melting into the general population. “I was on line at Starbucks the other day and I thought I saw Steve Bannon,” she said. “It turned out it was just some other creepy-looking guy, but my heart was racing. The fear is real.” Tracy Klugian, who lives in Minneapolis, has started a petition to create a city ordinance preventing former Trump aides from settling in his town. “This city is full,” he said. As they brace themselves for an onslaught of fired Trump underlings, some Americans are grasping for a silver lining. “As of now, Stephen Miller and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are still employed at the White House, where their movements can be closely monitored,” Foyler said.

Marvin Rees: Cities can help the left develop an inclusive politics of migration

Migration is one of the defining political issues of our time, and all around the globe national politicians are seemingly unable to meet the challenge. Today there are more than 1 billion migrants in the world. But I fear that if we only contest notions of collective identity at the national level that we will be waiting a long time for any meaningful success. Such a politics could also deliver lessons that can be applied across the country, creating a platform of strong local and regional identities on which to build a meaningful national narrative. If we want to support the development of strong and inclusive local identities, we need to empower local leaders by giving them the tools they need. Last October, Bristol was proud to host the third annual summit of the global parliament of mayors. One of the key items on the agenda was migration and how cities can take the lead in implementing the UN global compacts on migration and refugees. Those on the left need to find ways to support and enhance the role of cities at the international level if we want to see progress globally on the treatment of migrants and refugees. The global compacts give us a great opportunity to do just that. Marvin Rees is the Labour mayor of Bristol.

How African cities are run is largely shaped by everyday politics, what you need...

How do African cities grow and develop in a sustainable way to confront climate change? Therefore, people in Africa who live in urban areas are often forced to confront climate change on their own. My new book Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa suggests that people in Africa who live in urban areas confront these challenges in a contentious political environment. In particular, informal settlement and claims to urban space continue to structure everyday politics in Africa’s cities. These forms of everyday politics boil over into multi-party politics and municipal governance. The case of Accra In my view the everyday politics of urban neighbourhoods can help explain why the capture of public goods for private gain, and sustained ethnic politics continue to undermine urban development. Like Beira, Accra faces rising sea levels. This collective strength is an important ingredient in local communities’ ability to confront challenges like climate change in the future. The international community, central governments, and municipal authorities must support sustainable development policies. But their success depends on the implementation and management by residents in the very neighbourhoods most affected by climate change.

Q&A: District 15 Madison City Council candidates

Grant Foster Because I love Madison and I want to do everything I can to make it an even better place to live. My professional experience and skills combined with the knowledge and experience I gained working within Madison’s city government have prepared me to be a very effective leader on the Council and a strong advocate for District 15. I’ve been very involved with city governance for the last five years and have an in-depth understanding of city processes, the work of the council, and the major issues facing our community. The Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan was also just approved by the Common Council and it looks to capitalize on the excellent public transit access by adding significant housing as well. It will also bring greater opportunity to improve access to public transportation for those that live and work in the district. This is both an exciting and pivotal time for our city, Madison, with projected growth in population over the course of the next few years. In addition, as a first generation immigrant, I will bring diversity to the council and will work hard to ensure all segments of the city are represented. Our city is growing and with growth, comes change. It is pertinent for council members to listen and gain input from their respective communities and work collectively to maintain our strong and diverse communities as part of the legislative and oversight function. Our communities are evolving and the council has the opportunity to impact the lives of its residents positively and make our beloved city, the best that it can be for all.

Q&A: District 2 Madison City Council candidates

Two candidates are running for the District 2 seat on Madison's City Council. On TLNA, where I lead and guide neighborhood input when evaluating development proposals, my appreciation of the concerns of neighbors, as well as the needs of both the city and developers, has grown. Due to years of advocacy for my neighborhood, District 2, and the City of Madison, I understand city processes, the important role of city staff and how city ordinances are crafted and enacted. My years of working with District 2 neighbors on parking, traffic issues, and pedestrian/bike safety, gives me the knowledge to represent and convey the District's diversity of opinions on Common Council. I'm a community organizer who has been organizing the community for progressive candidates. The 2nd District has more than 1,000 new housing units since our last competitive alder election. Our next alder needs to engage these new residents and bring everyone into the political process. Madison has an affordable housing crisis. I want to see us rewrite our neighborhood plans more often and ask neighborhoods themselves to find places to accommodate new growth. Since then, the people of my community have given me a sense of place that I have never had anywhere else.

Texas files first ‘sanctuary cities’ lawsuit against San Antonio

In a video statement, Attorney General Ken Paxton said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus ordered the release of the immigrants when his officers responded to a suspected human smuggling operation in the back of a tractor-trailer. "A San Antonio police officer alerted federal immigration authorities, but Police Chief William McManus ordered the release of the immigrants in violation of Senate Bill 4," Paxton said. In the lawsuit filed in a Travis County district court, Paxton named McManus, the San Antonio Police Department, the city of San Antonio and San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley as defendants. In a 25-page complaint, Paxton alleges that McManus "skirted normal San Antonio PD protocol by ignoring repeated requests by homeland security to investigate and take custody of the suspected illegal aliens." "Chief McManus called a private entity to take the aliens away from Homeland Security, and their status remains unknown," Paxton said. "The police department did not sufficiently check the background or criminal history of the suspected aliens, nor did it contact Texas Child Protective Services to investigate the safety of a minor who was being smuggled." Paxton petitioned the court to force the city of San Antonio and its police department to comply with requests from federal immigration authorities. "Senate Bill 4 guarantees cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement to protect Texans," Paxton said. "The very reason law enforcement officials from across the state are against SB 4 is that it ruins the trust and relationship between officers and the communities they serve," said Manny Garcia, the party's deputy executive director. A federal district court in San Antonio temporarily blocked the law last August, but a federal appeals court allowed the majority of it to go into effect in March.
Pittsburgh Mayor Asks President Donald Trump To Delay Visit To City | Hardball | MSNBC

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joins to talk about the tragic shooting in Squirrel Hill over the past weekend. In his latest comments, he asked the President to reconsider coming to the city "while we are burying the dead." » Subscribe…

Travel vlogger Nuseir Yassin steers clear of politics on Hong Kong trip, with videos...

Having just spent two days in Hong Kong, popular travel video blogger Nuseir Yassin has already felt discontent among locals and wants to cheer the city up with videos showcasing its unique characteristics. “The frustration with the government, the frustration with just life here is pretty high,” he said, giving examples of high rent, the “China situation” and also the humid weather. On Tuesday, he travelled across the city to get footage of damaged buildings and fallen trees for a new video on Hong Kong’s recovery from Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm Hong Kong has seen since records began in 1946. “In Hong Kong, I think, one of the cool things is how it doesn’t feel there was a crazy typhoon a week ago, it just doesn’t feel like it,” he said. Yassin will also produce another video on expensive rent in the city and has published a clip on the tradition of villain hitting, or da siu yan in Cantonese, in which old ladies curse people upon request. “The politics of Hong Kong is not worth the headache,” he said. “Every time you engage in a political debate, there is a guaranteed headache from the comment section, from the reaction from everything.” He said he would like to shed light on the unique good things in Hong Kong to make people feel more proud of their town. His fans who met him on Tuesday afternoon at Hong Kong Park appreciated his efforts, saying Yassin always offered new perspectives on the world. Local university student Gloria Liu has watched his videos for about two years. He can tell us the special things which we did not know about in every city,” the 21-year-old said.

Three thoughts on the politics of Italy’s cities

1) In a divided country, top-down policy-making is increasingly inadequate Like the UK, Italy also has a North-South divide. The Five Star Movement is now the party of the less successful South, where unemployment and low wages are the main issues. But it could also mean that national policy becomes the sum of different disjointed economic policies rather than a coherent economic strategy. For example, the agreement between the two populist parties proposes both a basic income, a policy of the Five Star Movement, and a flat tax, a policy of the League. 2) But Italian cities are better placed than UK cities to overcome national political gridlock In Britain, since the vote for Brexit, many major policy issues have been put to one side so that the government can get on with negotiations with the EU, including the city region devolution agenda. Both of these factors have contributed to gridlock and stasis at the national political level, and a lack of clear policy direction for the government. Despite the progress made in city region devolution in the UK over recent years, urban areas across the country still lack the powers and resources they need to grow their economies. 3) Mainstream parties should not take cities for granted While populist parties have made gains across Italy, the centre-left and left remain mainly in charge of large cities (Milan, Naples, Palermo) with the centre-right keeping control of a few others (Genoa, Venezia). Firstly, there is no room for complacency among mayors and other city leaders, who need to deliver on their economic agenda and make the most of their mandate to avoid the kind of backlash against mainstream parties seen in Italian cities. This needs to change if people and places across the country are to prosper.