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Pekin council schedules public hearing on proposed business district – News – Journal Star

The Pekin City Council unanimously voted to schedule a public hearing regarding a proposed Business Development District during Monday’s meeting.

“Several weeks ago, we had a public hearing on the Business Development District ordinance,” said City Manager Mark Rothert. “There was some discussion to go back and add in a 1% Hotel/Motel Tax to the BDD ordinance. That required us to go back and re-start the public hearing process.”

A public hearing on the BDD ordinance is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m., with another public meeting slated for Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The council will consider the creation of a BDD at the Nov. 9 meeting.

A proposal to seek public assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency passed with unanimous consent. The funding would reimburse the city for expenditures on personal protective equipment, sanitation and safety materials, and medical

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Holyoke City Council, Redevelopment Authority continue talks on amending Urban Renewal Plan

HOLYOKE – In a joint-virtual session, the City Council’s Development and Government Relations Committee and Holyoke Redevelopment Authority examined amending the city’s urban renewal plan while a property owner feared his building would be taken if added to the amended list.

Monday’s session was a continuance of the Sept. 3 public hearing on the matter. John “Jay” Whelihan reopened the hearing on behalf of the Redevelopment Authority.

Ward 3 Councilor David Bartley, who chairs the Development and Government Relations Committee, said the Redevelopment Authority is granted permission to make “minor, non-substantial changes to the urban renewal plan amendments” if the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development deems necessary.

The changes sought by both boards expand the list of properties in the Urban Renewal Plan, many ripe for development, historic designation or other uses. Many of the neighborhoods in the plan have transformed its passage.

Lyman Terrace apartments’ renovations are

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City Council Looks To Extend Business Flexibilities Into 2021

ALEXANDRIA, VA — On Tuesday, Alexandria City Council will be asked to extend certain flexibilities for businesses as they adapt operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspension of the specified land use regulations for businesses would continue through March 31, 2021, unless the city manager decides the suspensions should be lifted sooner. City Council previously provided these flexibilities with votes on April 14, May 26 and July 7.

In addition, the 100 block of King Street and Wales Alley will remain closed to vehicular traffic until March 31, 2021 in accordance with the city manager’s authority under the continuity of government ordinance. The closed block of King Street is being used for outdoor dining and extra walking space for pedestrians.

City staff also recommended a text amendment and ordinance go to the Planning Commission and City Council to address the longer-term need for these suspensions. Staff want to bring forward

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Prevent future L.A. City Council scandals by fixing our planning system

The FBI raids City Councilman Jose Huizar's residence in Boyle Heights on Nov. 7, 2018. Former city officials suggest a commission could help prevent similar scandals. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
The FBI raids City Councilman Jose Huizar’s residence in Boyle Heights on Nov. 7, 2018. Former city officials suggest a commission could help prevent similar scandals. (Los Angeles Times)

Corruption has again been exposed at Los Angeles City Hall, with one council member under indictment in a development scandal and another having pleaded guilty to his part in it. The transgressions highlight the real-world consequences of failing to modernize outdated planning codes and leaving decision-making power over development projects in the hands of City Council members. To try to prevent future corruption, the city needs to fix what’s broken about L.A. planning — by fully updating planning and zoning laws according to the recommendations of an outside commission, not the council.

Some City Council members have proposed incremental reforms in reaction to the indictment of council member Jose Huizar, who has been charged with a running a “pay-to-play” scheme to

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Kent marathon idea considered as county council seeks ways to tackle devastation caused by coronavirus pandemic on tourism

Runners from across the UK and abroad could come to Kent for its own brand new marathon, if new recommendations are accepted.

The idea of an international marathon held in the county is to be suggested at a Kent County Council (KCC) meeting tomorrow.

Runners in Medway braved the conditions and completed the marathon on Sunday
Runners in Medway braved the conditions and completed the marathon on Sunday

Thousands of fitness fanatics ran their own marathons around their home towns yesterday after Covid-19 restrictions meant only the elite runners could do the London Marathon in the capital.

But under these new recommendations, runners in Kent could have somewhere closer to home to complete a 26.2-mile course.

The recommendation in KCC’s visitor economy report said: “KCC should promote the establishment of a regularly-occurring international marathon which involves neighbouring countries across the Channel.

“This event would cement international relationships and provide an additional platform to advertise Kent, as well as promoting the benefits of

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Council Post: Say Goodbye To 2020 Sooner Rather Than Later: Holiday Planning Starts Now

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We are so over you, 2020. 

That’s what companies large and small seem to be saying as they start planning the holiday season earlier than ever before.

It makes sense. Businesses have been starved of the interpersonal connectedness —  in-person meetings, trade shows, business lunches and dinners — that normally fuels them. And we’re looking ahead at a Q4 without the community-building holiday parties, client open houses and informal “Secret Santa” exchanges that connect us as humans, not just business partners.

These colossal interruptions to “business as usual” in 2020 translate into a holiday season that is especially meaningful as a way to show staff and clients alike that we appreciate all the flexibility and sacrifices 2020 has required. Despite the physical separation, we’re still here for them; we’re together, although physically apart.

In my

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$100M bond proposal is backdrop for 10 candidates in Key Biscayne council race

The Village of Key Biscayne is at a turning point. The village, which turns 30 next year, is grappling with its future as a low-lying barrier island especially prone to sea rise. Its manager, largely responsible for modernizing the village’s operations, has resigned and, notably, voters are being asked to approve a bond proposal for up to $100 million that would create a steady funding stream to back large-scale resilience projects. The proposal alone has brought about divisive local newspaper columns, political mud-slinging and even a lawsuit.


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In the background, of course, is a Nov. 3 election where 10 candidates — including two incumbents — are vying for three unpaid positions on the village’s seven-member council, many of them aligning themselves as “pro-bond” or “anti-bond” and campaigning around the Key as such.

Here’s who is running:

Jennifer Allegra

Allegra, a former state regulator and attorney, moved to Key

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Springdale business people vie for spot on Council

SPRINGDALE — Mayra Carrillo and Randall Harriman are running to represent Ward 1, the northwest and north central parts of the city, on the Springdale City Council.

The council position is nonpartisan. Council members meet twice a month and earn $900 monthly regardless of attendance.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette emailed the same questions to the candidates. Their responses are below. Candidates were limited to 200 words per answer.

Question: Many have called lately for Springdale to become more inclusive of its many diverse communities. Do you agree with the goal? If not, why? If yes, how should the city accomplish it?

Carrillo: By electing more representative voices. Not everyone feels heard or represented by the types of perspectives currently on city council.

Harriman: I agree that we need to include all of our citizens. I think the best way for the city to do this is to add a diverse

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Central Santa Rosa council race finds Chris Rogers fending off challenger

Santa Rosa Councilman Chris Rogers has a rival in his race for a second term, squaring off against political newcomer Azmina Hanna to represent a newly formed district that includes much of downtown and surrounding historic neighborhoods.

The nonpartisan match-up presents a clear contrast between Rogers, a politically connected former legislative aide with a broad range of establishment support, and Hanna, a self-employed creative director who is making her first bid for public office, trying to shake up the political establishment.

The District 5 seat they’re running for is open. But because Rogers comes into the race with a long list of endorsements, including from prominent office holders such as Rep. Mike Thompson, and sits on several regional boards and commissions, he enjoys the status of a “pretty well-known incumbent,” said Brian Sobel, a Petaluma-based political analyst.

“That gives him a heck of an advantage,” Sobel said. “Not taking anything

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Parking Guidance Systems, LLC Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

RICHMOND, Texas, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Parking Guidance Systems, LLC, a business specializing in delivering custom parking technology solutions to improve the customer parking experience, is proud to announce it has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA), a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“It is truly an honor for our company to receive Women’s Business Enterprise certification. It’s important for more companies like ours, where women are the majority owners, to be recognized. Until we started going through the certification process, I had no idea just how many women-owned and operated businesses were out there,” said Chandrea Frantz, President and Chief Marketing Officer. “I believe we have come a long way in leveling the playing field, and I am proud

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