Tag: District

Kalamazoo County commissioner faces small business owner in 61st House District race

Republican Bronwyn Haltom and Democrat Christine Morse are facing off to represent the 61st District in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Morse is a current Kalamazoo County commissioner representing District 9. She has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School.

“Christine is Michigan native, former attorney, Kalamazoo County Commissioner, public school parent of 3, breast cancer survivor, and spouse of a Navy Veteran,” she said in her responses to the Vote411.org voter guide from the League of Women Voters.

Haltom Attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and transferred to the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

“I was born here, educated here, and own a small business here. I believe in our community and am committed to serving our neighbors to move Michigan forward,” Haltom said in responses to the League of Michigan Voters voter guide.

Haltom defeated

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Rep. Roger Williams discusses reelection campaign for District 25

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-25) joined Ashley Goudeau to discuss why he’s seeking another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott is being sued by top members of his own party over his decision to extend early voting, and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams sat down with KVUE Political Anchor Ashley Goudeau to discuss the race to represent U.S. House District 25. 

Three things to know in Texas politics

Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on Texas lawmakers to create new laws to punish violent protestors. The governor was joined by Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) at a campaign event in Dallas on Thursday, where he said he wants lawmakers to increase penalties for people who destroy property, hurt others and injure or target police officers during protests. 

Gov. Abbott proposes felonies for rioting, causing injury or destroying property

Former judge weighs

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Workplace Experience Platform Lane to Power Nuveen Real Estate’s Waterford Business District in Miami

The 1.8 million+ square foot professional hub will be digitally connected by Lane’s best-in-class workplace technology.

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – This summer, Lane, a leading workplace experience platform, and Nuveen Real Estate, a leading global real estate manager, rolled out the Lane mobile app at Waterford Business District, one of the most prominent corporate office complexes in the Southeast U.S. Located near Miami International Airport, Waterford houses more than 100 multinational corporations and has one of the highest concentrations of regional and Latin American headquarters in South Florida. 

“Launching our technology across seven office buildings in the midst of a global pandemic was no small feat, but we were inspired by Nuveen’s commitment to creating a unified workplace culture within the District,” said Clinton J. Robinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Lane. “It’s not every day that you get to help revitalize one

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District Court Dept. 1: Villani, Yeager seeking seat

A prosecutor and Clark County hearing master are squaring off in a race for an open seat on the District Court bench.

The two candidates — former public defender Bita Yeager and deputy district attorney Jacob Villani — told the Review-Journal that they would take varying approaches to serving as judge.

Villani, who worked in a family construction business before attending law school, said he would be “tough on crime.

“I will be tough on criminals. There’s a difference between that and being fair to an accused criminal… I am victim focused.”

Yeager, who spent 18 years at the Clark County Public Defender’s office, said she supported treatment and rehabilitation for some defendants.

In 2015, Yeager was appointed as a Las Vegas justice of the peace, but lost a re-election bid the following year.

Yeager pointed to her 25 years of work as an attorney and vowed to implement “community-minded”

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Austin’s Downtown 2nd Street District ‘sidewalk sale’ aims to generate foot traffic, business

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Longtime Austin Downtown business owner Shelley Meyer never imagined a pandemic would turn her business world upside down.

“Trust me that none of our leases were undertaken with the expectation of doing 20% (business),” she said. “There’s just no way to financially plan for that.”

Meyer first started about 30 years ago with Wild About Music on Sixth Street, then Austin Rocks, and most recently taking over Toy Joy a couple of years ago which led to the birth of Yummi Joy, a candy specialty store. Today, Meyer oversees six store locations across Austin. Three store locations sit next to each other along Second Street near the corner of Guadalupe Street.

However, since the pandemic hit Austin in mid-March business has been slow.

“Without the office workers and without the tourists there just isn’t enough business to sustain retail in downtown Austin at the moment,” she said.

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City approves central business district for another decade

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -Tuesday, the city of Tucson’s mayor and council vote to extend the central business district for another 10 years.



a tall building in a city: Downtown Tucson will remain in the central business district.


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Downtown Tucson will remain in the central business district.

Brian Flagg and Roxy Valenzuela walk around the block on 25th and 4th—the area the City of Tucson and South Tucson are separated.

“I see bars and restaurants coming in this direction that aren’t for the people who live in the city of South Tucson,” said Brian Flagg, who opposes a central business district.

Flagg says the differences from one side of the street to the other are stark, and something like central business district would highlight those differences even more.

“It’s like the world changes, and it’s much more low income, and I think that’s starting to change,” said Flagg.

Valenzuela and Flagg are part of a movement

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Tucson City Council holds off on business district expansion, keeps transit free through December | Local news



A man enters the Tucson Streetcar at the Tucson Streetcar stop on N. 4th Ave in Tucson, Ariz., on September 23, 2020. Tucson City Council voted to keep public transit free until the end of the year.




The Tucson City Council voted to renew the Central Business District for an additional 10 years Tuesday, but opted to delay expansion discussions as community members continue to express their concerns.

The district was created in 2012 as a way to boost economic development through financial incentives. Businesses located within the district are eligible to apply for up to eight years of property tax abatement, which is called a Government Property Lease Excise Tax, or GPLET.

After a proposal was made to expand the central business district earlier this year, some community members and neighborhood associations scrutinized the incentive process, saying it contributes to the gentrification of

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Tucson City Council votes to renew Central Business District, holds off on expansion | Local news



AC Marriott, Tucson

The AC Marriott hotel at 151 E. Broadway Boulevard, located in the Central Business District, is an approved city GPLET project and was completed in 2017.




The Tucson City Council voted to renew the Central Business District for an additional 10 years Tuesday, but opted to delay expansion discussions as community members continue to express their concerns.

The Central Business District was first adopted by the council in 2012 as a way to boost economic development within the city through financial incentives. Businesses located within the designated district are eligible to apply for up to eight years of property tax abatement, which is called a Government Property Lease Excise Tax, or GPLET.

After a proposal was made to expand the central business district earlier this year, many community members and neighborhood associations scrutinized the incentive process, saying it contributes to the gentrification of historic

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City council passes renewal of current Central Business District, tables expansion

TUCSON, Ariz. — Barrio Neighborhood Coalition demonstrators gathered downtown Tuesday morning again to fight against the expansion of a Central Business District.

Expanding the district would give businesses who move into the area the chance to apply for partnerships with the city and tax incentives.

Activists say that type of benefit for business could come with a downside for historic neighborhoods.

Organizer Trish Muir said “By it’s own report, the city says that there are 7,500 housing units inside of the business district — 60 percent are rental properties. People who don’t own homes — When we see gentrification when we see property values go up, when we see rents go up, there is a very good chance that those 60 percent of the population could be displaced.”

A central business district does already exists in Tucson, but this action would expand that district to include parts of the south

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Neighborhood revitalization, economic development top priorities in District 5 Metro Council race | News

The two candidates running for the District 5 seat on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council both say neighborhood revitalization and small business development would be top priorities if they’re elected come November.

The district, which is currently represented by councilwoman Erika Green, covers much of north Baton Rouge and stretches from Monte Sano Park and Zion City through Merrydale and into Monticello. Its population is 88 percent Black and 9 percent White. 

Green, 35, a Democrat, was first appointed to the seat in 2016 after her predecessor, Ronnie Edwards, was elected to the statehouse. She later won reelection and she says she is running again to complete the work she’s started. 

She’s facing off against Darryl Hurst, a small-business owner who describes himself as a solutions-oriented problem solver, interested in strengthening families and filling in the gaps he’s encountered in his role running a sports-oriented nonprofit.

“I believe that

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