Tag: City Councils

Fight Erupts Over New York Blood Center’s Manhattan Building

While New York is in its name, the Blood Center expanded beyond the city long ago and now operates in more than a dozen states, running a collection of blood banks and laboratories mostly in the Northeast and the Midwest. The center supplies about 80 percent of the blood in New York City hospitals and […]

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Under Caribbean Skies, New York Power Brokers Shape a Crucial Race

ISLA VERDE BEACH, P.R. — The candidates openly courted allies by lavish hotel pools. They held can’t-miss parties, sometimes at the exact same time. Party insiders updated spreadsheets to keep track of fresh commitments from supporters. The fevered battle to become the next New York City Council speaker will not be formally decided until January, […]

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Some Tenants in Los Angeles May Lose the City Councilwoman They Elected

You might assume that given Park La Brea’s numbers — it is home, after all, to 12,000 residents — it wouldn’t be at risk of losing political influence. But organizing these voters to turn out can be challenging. Homeowners will always have a set of advantages over renters: They stay in the same place for […]

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Jefferson Statue May Be Removed After More Than 100 Years at City Hall

“The thing that is so troubling to people is that even someone who understood so deeply the values of freedom and human dignity, and the value of each life, was still a slave owner,” the mayor said. The leaders of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus saw the issue with less equivocation. “I don’t expect […]

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California Homeowners Flex Their Political Muscle

Some may roll their eyes at the thought that a coalition of mostly affluent homeowners could qualify as “grass roots,” a term more commonly associated with social justice movements. But they would be wrong: Throughout his four-decade reign, Close and SOHA have consistently out-organized, out-hustled and outmaneuvered their political opponents. In the 1980s, Close and […]

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The Role for State Governments in the Housing Crisis

A friend of mine, who is very much on your side of the political aisle, said there’s this challenge that all Yimbys have: You’re basically acting as activists and lobbyists to allow real estate companies to build more housing. He said — and I agree — that while that might be the right move, it’s […]

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San Jose Apologizes for Decades of Discrimination Against Chinese

The city of San Jose, Calif., apologized this week to Chinese immigrants and their descendants, acknowledging its role in nearly a century of violence and discrimination, including the dismantling and destruction of the city’s Chinatowns. A resolution that the City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday also recognizes the contributions of San Jose’s Chinese community. It […]

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