Local Government – Milwaukee County First http://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:41:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1.png Local Government – Milwaukee County First http://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/ 32 32 The tariff loophole for secondary residences will be eliminated https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/the-tariff-loophole-for-secondary-residences-will-be-eliminated/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:41:25 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/the-tariff-loophole-for-secondary-residences-will-be-eliminated/ New measures have been announced to target owners of second homes abusing a tax loophole that allowed them to claim their properties are vacation rentals, despite often being empty. Those who take advantage of the system to avoid paying their fair share of council tax in popular tourist destinations including the Lake District, Cornwall and […]]]>

New measures have been announced to target owners of second homes abusing a tax loophole that allowed them to claim their properties are vacation rentals, despite often being empty.

Those who take advantage of the system to avoid paying their fair share of council tax in popular tourist destinations including the Lake District, Cornwall and Devon will be targeted under new rules announced today by the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

Under current legislation, those who own a second home in England can avoid paying council tax and, by declaring their intention to let the property to holidaymakers, can access business rate relief for small businesses.

The government has held a consultation on the legislation and will now pass changes to the tax system which will see second home owners pay council tax if their properties are not genuine holiday rentals.

Vacation rental owners will now need to provide evidence, including brochures or websites used to advertise the property, in order to qualify for business rate relief.

Communities Secretary Michael Gove said: “The Government is supporting small businesses, including responsible short-term rentals, which attract tourists and bring significant investment to local communities.

“The action we are taking will create a fairer system, ensuring that second home owners contribute their share to the local services they benefit from.”

South Hams DC leader Judy Pearce (Con), who is believed to have a large number of people taking advantage of the tax loophole, told LGC that closing the loophole was a “matter of community cohesion”.

“A lot of people in the area resent people they already consider wealthy because they have a second home, they move in and they don’t pay housing tax.

“But it’s the locals who have to foot the bill for things like emptying bins, cleaning public toilets, when it’s really its holidaymakers who are the majority users of all those things,” Cllr Pearce said.

She added that in financial terms as a district council the change will make a ‘small but not huge difference’ but will have a real impact on the county council which will ‘grab its share of county council, which he gets nothing at the moment”. .”

“I would like to charge a 200% council tax for second homes – non-resident owners. But at the moment we would need government legislation to be able to do that, so it’s not planned at the moment .”

Cllr Hams also stressed that this was “just the first step” taken by the government “to ensure that second home owners contribute to the local economy”.

Shaun Davies (Lab), chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) resources council, said of the changes: ‘Genuine small businesses, including vacation rentals, should be eligible for relief small business tariffs, but we have warned that the current criteria are open to abuse.

“We are pleased that the government has listened to the advice and is taking action to prevent property owners who are not genuine businesses from exploiting the rules.”

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As omicron, COVID-19 rises in Utah, Salt Lake mayor and Governor Cox disagree https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/as-omicron-covid-19-rises-in-utah-salt-lake-mayor-and-governor-cox-disagree/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 21:31:57 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/as-omicron-covid-19-rises-in-utah-salt-lake-mayor-and-governor-cox-disagree/ Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson is pushing back Gov. Spencer Cox after the governor ruled masks optional in state government buildings despite the county-wide mask order issued on Friday. “I have learned that Governor Cox has ordered that with few exceptions, the mask requirement established by Salt Lake County shall not apply to state […]]]>

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson is pushing back Gov. Spencer Cox after the governor ruled masks optional in state government buildings despite the county-wide mask order issued on Friday.

“I have learned that Governor Cox has ordered that with few exceptions, the mask requirement established by Salt Lake County shall not apply to state buildings and to employees and visitors to those buildings.” Wilson said Monday in a prepared statement.

“While I appreciate the governor’s authority on many levels, he does not have the power to exempt state buildings and employees from the Salt Lake County mask requirement and defy an order. public health constraint, ”said the Democratic mayor.

Cox, a Republican, did not immediately return a request for comment through his spokesperson on Monday.

Dr Angela Dunn, chief of the Salt Lake County health department, issued the 30-day public health order on Friday. It requires anyone over the age of 2 in the county, regardless of their vaccine status or previous COVID-19 infection, to wear “tight-fitting masks” indoors or if they stand in line in public. It took effect at 12:01 am Saturday.

“With cases of omicron threatening our community, it is not only a blatant disregard for the law on the part of the elected head of our state, but also a disregard for the health of our community and the authorities. local, ”Wilson said. “I would expect the governor to set an example for us in obeying the law during this difficult time.”

According to an email released Sunday by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, the governor has issued “statewide guidance and advice” to all departments of the state according to which masks would not be required in government buildings.

“While mask wearing is supported if desired, state-owned facilities will not require employees or visitors to wear a mask in our buildings,” the email said. “The exceptions are the 24/7 state-run collective care facilities that have existing mask requirements, the UDOH health clinic, and UDOH on-site facilities for COVID-19 testing. ”

The email also stated that “the best tool against COVID-19 continues to be vaccinations and boosters.”

“We continue to support the voluntary wearing of masks, testing and staying home when sick. High quality masks were delivered to all UDOH / DHS buildings last week. If you would like a mask, please ask your building administrative support or employee support contact, ”the email read.

Wilson pointed to SB195, legislation approved by the Utah legislature that restricts the power of local governments to pass coronavirus-related requirements, including mask warrants. The law, however, created a process by which “duress” health orders, such as mask orders, can be issued by a local health department.

“These ordinances can be terminated by the local chief executive within 72 hours of being issued, or they can be rescinded by the local legislature at any time. The legislation does not allow the governor to disregard local health order, ”Wilson said.

The GOP-controlled Salt Lake County Council should not rescind the mask’s mandate, even though it has that power under SB195.

On Sunday evening, Salt Lake County Council Chairman Laurie Stringham, a Republican, issued a press release announcing that she “will not be calling a special session on the temporary health mandate at this time.” Stringham said the county “realizes the need to step up and provide the public with a better protection solution.”

Councilor Dave Alvord, also a Republican, expressed disappointment in a Facebook post on Sunday evening that Stringham was ‘not ready to overturn the Mask’s tenure’, but urged those who did not support him to push back by “contacting your legislators and asking them to intervene.”

The Utah Legislature has the power under SB195 to override local health orders. Utah House President Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, and Utah Senate Speaker Stuart Adams, R-Layton on Friday did not say the new mask mandates would stand. They promised a “review” of the Salt Lake County ordinance.

“The legislature described a process in SB195 with several checks and balances. While we believe government warrants should be a last resort, we will review recently issued orders, ”Adams and Wilson said in a joint statement.

Cox and House and Senate leaders did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday regarding mask requirements in state buildings and Wilson’s comments.

At the Utah Capitol – where staff were busy preparing for the 2022 general session which was due to begin Jan. 18 – mask wearing was inconsistent among staff and visitors on Monday.

In early 2021, the Utah Capitol opened to the public for this general session with mask and social distancing requirements, as well as encouragement for the Utahns to participate virtually.

About a week before the start of the 2022 general session, the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City had no mask requirements despite the Salt Lake County ordinance – and despite the surge in cases. of COVID-19 in Utah as the highly contagious variant of omicron spreads rapidly throughout the state.

Utah has seen an increase of 24,147 COVID-19 cases since Friday, the Utah Department of Health reported on Monday.

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The MQM-P will ask industrialists during the January 12 competition to join the fight against the contested law of the local government https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/the-mqm-p-will-ask-industrialists-during-the-january-12-competition-to-join-the-fight-against-the-contested-law-of-the-local-government/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/the-mqm-p-will-ask-industrialists-during-the-january-12-competition-to-join-the-fight-against-the-contested-law-of-the-local-government/ After organizing a multi-party conference and a traders’ conference on the contested law on local government, the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement is organizing a conference with industrialists on January 12. The MQM-P called the recently passed Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2021 a one-sided and anti-popular law and pledged to continue its fight against it on […]]]>

After organizing a multi-party conference and a traders’ conference on the contested law on local government, the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement is organizing a conference with industrialists on January 12.

The MQM-P called the recently passed Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2021 a one-sided and anti-popular law and pledged to continue its fight against it on both the legal and public fronts.

Ab spokesperson MQM-P told The News on Saturday that after approaching political parties and traders, the Muttahida called a meeting with industry to join the campaign for empowered local government.

A delegation from MQM-P, led by Federal Minister Syed Aminul Haque and member of the party’s coordination committee, met with Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Muhammad Idress Khan on Saturday and invited him to attend. at the conference.

At a meeting on Friday, the MQM-P delegation also invited SITE Industry Association president Abdul Rashid and invited association officials to attend the conference. The association’s sponsor, Zubair Motiwala, Javed Balwani and other members of the board were also present at the meeting. The MQM-P delegation included MPA Ali Khurshidi and Sadaqat Hussain.

On December 18, the MQM-P held a traders’ conference in the park near the party headquarters where leading traders Atiq Mir, Jamil Paracha, Hakeem Shah and Rizwan Irfan were among the main

the participants, who said municipal bodies under the recently passed law would be “toothless,” and that instead of addressing civic issues facing residents and traders, the new law would make matters worse.

Also on December 11, a total of 14 political parties attended a multi-party conference, organized by the MQM-P, and rejected the controversial local government law.

Khurrum Sher Zaman of Pakistan Terheek Insaf, Shahi Syed of the Awami National Party, Muhammad Zubair of the PML-N, Judge Wajihuddin of the Aam Log Ittehad party, Irfan Memon of the Muslim League of Pakistan, Kamran Rao of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and the leaders of other parties also spoke during the debate.

In a statement released after the conference, the 14 political parties that attended the conference said that all political parties collectively believe that the 2013 law of the local government of Sindh led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the law of current amendment were contrary to the constitution Article 140-A.

The conference declared that the new law on local government was not only against the constitution but also against democracy, against the public and against Sindh. All 14 political parties demanded that the provincial government immediately withdraw the law.

According to the statement, the 2013 Sindh Local Government Law was the Pakistan People’s Party’s attempt to concentrate all the powers of local government at its disposal, and the 2013 law had given rise to several administrative, financial and political problems in various divisions and districts of the Province.

The conference demanded a politically, administratively and financially independent system of local government in accordance with the spirit of Article 140-A.


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South Africa’s ruling party celebrates anniversary amid divisions https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/south-africas-ruling-party-celebrates-anniversary-amid-divisions/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:09:33 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/south-africas-ruling-party-celebrates-anniversary-amid-divisions/ South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, will celebrate its 110th birthday this weekend amid deep divisions, allegations of corruption and sweeping challenges that have seen it run dire in the election local last year. Through MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press January 7, 2022, 7:59 am • 3 minutes to read Share on FacebookShare on […]]]>

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, will celebrate its 110th birthday this weekend amid deep divisions, allegations of corruption and sweeping challenges that have seen it run dire in the election local last year.

The anniversary event, which will take place in the country’s northern Limpopo province on Saturday, comes days after a state-backed judicial inquiry revealed how some of the party’s top officials benefited from corruption.

The ANC remains divided between those who support President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the party chairman, and those who are loyal to former President Jacob Zuma, who has been embroiled in legal battles since he left office in 2018.

Zuma’s refusal to appear before the commission of inquiry saw him sentenced to 15 months in prison in July last year, which sparked riots that degenerated into widespread looting and destruction of property in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. More than 340 people died in the riots.

Ramaphosa acknowledged the problems when speaking to ANC supporters this week.

“We have a lot of challenges, almost on all fronts. We have COVID-19. We have also had corruption scandals … which we have had to deal with. These were people dipping their fingers into money that was supposed to be used for (personal protective equipment), ”Ramaphosa said, citing one of the many corruption scandals.

He said job loss from COVID-19 had worsened South Africa’s already high unemployment rate of 34% and highlighted the July unrest as one of the major events that pushed the country back .

“It’s a wide range of challenges and issues. It needs leadership but also needs that we work together, and that we ask ourselves if we give in… or will we defend the gains that we have achieved? Ramaphosa said.

However, ANC support has waned in recent years and it received less than 50% of the vote cast in the October local elections, its worst result at the polls.

The ANC will try to use the anniversary to regain some of the support it has lost over the years, political analyst Hlengiwe Ndlovu said.

The ANC’s poor performance in the October elections is significant, she said. “It was a clear message from South Africans to say ‘We are tired. We see what you are doing and we are starting to look outside,'” Ndlovu said.

She said Ramaphosa and others “will try to convey the message of unity within the party, but the factionalism within the party is very clear, as we have seen with the protests in support of Jacob Zuma.” , she said.

Fewer people will attend the anniversary event on Saturday due to COVID-19 regulations, which limit gatherings to a maximum of 2,000 people.


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State of emergency declared in Kazakhstan’s capital as fuel protests rage and government resigns https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/state-of-emergency-declared-in-kazakhstans-capital-as-fuel-protests-rage-and-government-resigns/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:26:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/state-of-emergency-declared-in-kazakhstans-capital-as-fuel-protests-rage-and-government-resigns/ By Rob Picheta, Anna Chernova, Radina Gigova and Ivan Watson, CNN Unrest erupted in cities across Kazakhstan on Wednesday, as thousands angrily protested a sharp rise in fuel prices that sparked the resignation of the central Asian country’s government. A state of emergency has been declared in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nursultan, its largest city, Almaty, and […]]]>

By Rob Picheta, Anna Chernova, Radina Gigova and Ivan Watson, CNN

Unrest erupted in cities across Kazakhstan on Wednesday, as thousands angrily protested a sharp rise in fuel prices that sparked the resignation of the central Asian country’s government.

A state of emergency has been declared in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nursultan, its largest city, Almaty, and other areas following tense protests.

In three towns, local administration officials were attacked, buildings were damaged and “stones, sticks, gas, pepper and Molotov cocktails were used,” according to a statement from the ministry. Interior.

The protests were sparked when the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) earlier this year, Reuters reported. Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on fuel because of its low cost.

Prime Minister Askar Mamin resigned amid protests and Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held a meeting on “the difficult socio-political and socio-economic situation in the country,” according to a statement on Wednesday. the presidential site.

Alikhan Smailov has been appointed interim prime minister, and members of the government will continue to serve until the new cabinet is formed, the statement added.

A local reporter told CNN that thousands of people were protesting outside the mayor’s office in Almaty on Wednesday.

“More than 10,000 people in the city administration building, we call it the Akimat. They surrounded him, ”said Serikzhan Mauletbay, deputy editor of Orda.kz. Mauletbay said stun grenades were used and there was “some sort of fire”, according to a live Instagram video he watched from the scene.

Another reporter from Almaty told CNN they were experiencing an internet outage and the lights appeared to be out in the buildings surrounding their residential building in central Almaty, near the President’s residence and the President’s office. mayor.

The reporter described the scene as chaotic and said they could hear and see what they believed to be stun grenades and gunshots, but it is not known what the sounds of shooting were.

Kazakhstan has not asked Russia for help regarding the situation in the country, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state media on Wednesday.

The Kazakh president said a number of measures aimed at “stabilizing the socio-economic situation” had been put in place, including government regulation of fuel prices for a period of 180 days, a moratorium on increasing fuel prices. utility tariffs for the population for the same period. , and the inclusion of rent subsidies for “vulnerable segments of the population”.

On Tuesday evening, Tokayev said on his official Twitter thread that the government had decided to reduce the price of LPG in the Mangistau region to 50 tenge ($ 0.11) per liter “in order to ensure stability in the country”.

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Indiana Court of Appeals Restores Key Sections of Gary’s “Welcoming City” Order | Crime and courts https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/indiana-court-of-appeals-restores-key-sections-of-garys-welcoming-city-order-crime-and-courts/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/indiana-court-of-appeals-restores-key-sections-of-garys-welcoming-city-order-crime-and-courts/ The Indiana Court of Appeals restored key parts of Gary’s “Welcoming City” order that had previously been overturned by the Lake Superior Court. John J. Watkins, dossier, The Times Gary’s “Welcoming City” ordinance, enacted in 2017 in response to the anti-immigrant push by the first Trump administration, is broadly in line with state law, according […]]]>





The Indiana Court of Appeals restored key parts of Gary’s “Welcoming City” order that had previously been overturned by the Lake Superior Court.


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Gary’s “Welcoming City” ordinance, enacted in 2017 in response to the anti-immigrant push by the first Trump administration, is broadly in line with state law, according to a recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals. ‘Indiana.

In a 2-1 opinion, the state appeals court overturned a decision by Lake Superior Judge Stephen Scheele stopping the application of key sections of the order, and instead determined that two minor parts of the order Steel City’s ordinances conflicted with Indiana’s legal ban on so-called sanctuary cities.

Specifically, the appeals court said Gary cannot prohibit city employees or departments from refusing to assist federal officials in investigating any person’s citizenship or immigration status, or on the application of immigration laws, if such assistance is requested by federal authorities.

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At the same time, the court found that Gary did not have an ongoing obligation to participate in the enforcement of immigration laws in the absence of a federal request, particularly if meeting a person with an agency or city employee has no connection with immigration matters.

“While state officials can assist the federal government with immigration matters, it is well established that under federal law, state and local government cooperation with federal immigration officials is voluntary and not mandatory, ”said appellate judge Edward Najam Jr., on behalf of the research.


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Outgoing Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto reflects on his tenure, following https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/outgoing-pittsburgh-mayor-bill-peduto-reflects-on-his-tenure-following/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/outgoing-pittsburgh-mayor-bill-peduto-reflects-on-his-tenure-following/ When the political career of outgoing Pittsburgh mayor, Bill Peduto, began about three decades ago, the city was much different from the one he said left mayor-elect Ed Gainey. Peduto said he started working in “a city that was in depression, a city that had been left for dead and a city that had truly […]]]>

When the political career of outgoing Pittsburgh mayor, Bill Peduto, began about three decades ago, the city was much different from the one he said left mayor-elect Ed Gainey.

Peduto said he started working in “a city that was in depression, a city that had been left for dead and a city that had truly been counted.”

Now, he said, the city is on a stable financial footing, the pension fund is “the strongest it has been in decades” and the city has seen nearly $ 12 billion in investment. during his tenure as mayor. Peduto leaves the new mayor with an operating and investment budget balanced over five years, as well as a reserve fund.

“People don’t laugh about Pittsburgh anymore,” he said. “Pittsburgh is seen more as a cutting-edge city, a city more at the cutting edge of innovation and a city recognized as being back on the world stage. “

Peduto has said he can’t choose a defining moment or his greatest pride as mayor, and he doesn’t think there is one thing that defines his legacy.

“It’s almost like looking at a screen and being asked to choose a pixel,” he said.

A legacy of progress

Peduto, 57, said he hopes his legacy will be one of transformation and progress.

“I don’t think the government’s job is ever done. There is always more work to be done, ”he said. “However, when I look back on what we started with and what we were able to accomplish, I am very proud of the work that we have accomplished.”

Dan Gilman, Chief of Staff at Peduto, said he was very proud of “the extent of the work that we have accomplished,” including restoring the city’s financial security and creating a trust fund for the city. affordable housing to invest more money in city parks. The city modernized the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections and established the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure as well as the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Through partnerships with the city’s workforce, Gilman said the Peduto administration was able to “change the culture of city government to reinvest in our workers, our infrastructure and our neighborhoods.”

“We are certainly leaving a government that is more professional and competent than the one we have inherited. I don’t think people give enough credit to the literal administration of a government, ”said James Hill, Peduto’s special assistant. “The actual administration of a city is often a little less glamorous, but I think history will show that we made the investments. “

Hill said the Peduto administration also “brought to the fore issues that were never taken very seriously” but needed to be highlighted in local government, such as affordable housing and racial equity. .

City Councilor Bobby Wilson said Peduto was responsible for “bringing this city into the 21st century.”

Labor continued after the loss

Peduto failed in his candidacy for a third term as mayor. In the May primary, Gainey defeated Peduto to win the Democratic nomination in a town that has not elected a Republican mayor since the 1930s. Gainey won in November and, in turn, entered history by becoming the city’s first black candidate to be elected mayor.

Peduto said he hoped to use another term as mayor to create a strong home improvement program that would turn vacant and dilapidated homes into affordable housing across the city. He was also eager to use President Joe Biden’s infrastructure funding to make major, long-term improvements throughout the city.

After failing in his bid for re-election, Peduto said he tried to make the most of the time he had left.

“We realized we had a countdown,” he said.

Peduto said he used his last months in office to create the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, present the first budget for the city’s new park tax, designate Hays Woods as one of the biggest Pittsburgh parks and leading major developments, like the Esplanade project. advance to Castle.

Peduto said he was also convinced he was leaving a government “that mayor-elect Ed Gainey can start running with.”

‘A call’

“It was a calling,” he said of his involvement in city politics. “There was something worth fighting for. I just made it my mission in life to work to make this city a place where there would be economic opportunities for others to call it home.

The city council on Tuesday recognized Peduto’s work, designating the day as Mayor William Peduto Day in the city.

“There was something extremely special about this administration,” Board chair Theresa Kail-Smith told Peduto. “You put the city of Pittsburgh first in a way that I haven’t seen a lot of people do.”

City Councilor Erika Strassburger applauded Peduto for making Pittsburgh a leader on climate issues and for fighting hatred and extremism. She called him a “university mayor” who put in place hundreds, if not thousands, of policies and changes in city government.

Peduto said he was grateful for having had the chance to serve his city.

“Growing up in Scott Township, I never thought it would have been possible. There is nothing in my background that would ever have suggested that I would ever have a chance to have this job, ”said Peduto.

“The very fact that I was able to have this opportunity,” he added, “there are so many people I am eternally grateful for for believing in me and helping me get here. “

Peduto looks ahead

Peduto said he felt some anxiety about life outside of Pittsburgh politics.

“It becomes comforting in the routine,” he said. “The question arises as to how are you going to perform outside of this routine. It really becomes the question you think about more than loss of function.

Peduto said he plans to start a consulting business, with more details on that business to be released next month. He said he had also spoken with officials in Washington about the possibility of playing a role in the State Department.

Outside of work, he said he wanted to adopt a dog. He leans for an English Bulldog.

“I honestly believe that for the first time in a long time I am going to have the opportunity to have a dog,” said Peduto. “I just didn’t have time to be able to take care of a dog on my own. And now I think I will.

Peduto said he hopes the townspeople are proud to be residents of Pittsburgh under his administration.

“We have proven to the world that Pittsburgh is a city that can be overturned and raised up,” said Peduto. “We’ve proven to the world that Pittsburgh is a tough blue collar city with a heart of gold.

“We have proven to the world that this is a city worth fighting for.”

Julia Felton is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, jfelton@triblive.com or via Twitter .



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Shanghai publishes five-year plans for metaverse development https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/shanghai-publishes-five-year-plans-for-metaverse-development/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:16:41 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/shanghai-publishes-five-year-plans-for-metaverse-development/ Joggers in Shanghai, China on April 10, 2021. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING – China’s largest city takes seriously the metaverse, the technology that has captured the attention of the masses this year for its potential to shape the next generation of the Internet. Chinese government departments and local authorities released five-year […]]]>

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BEIJING – China’s largest city takes seriously the metaverse, the technology that has captured the attention of the masses this year for its potential to shape the next generation of the Internet.

Chinese government departments and local authorities released five-year development plans this year to show how they aim to implement the central government’s five-year plan released in March.

One published by Shanghai on Thursday contained the first mention of the metaverse, according to Chinese media. Technology extends human interactions to a virtual world of three-dimensional avatars.

The metaverse is one of the four frontiers to be explored, the Shanghai Municipal Economics and Information Technology Commission said in its five-year plan for the development of the electronic information industry.

The document called for “encouraging the application of the metaverse in areas such as utilities, business offices, social entertainment, industrial manufacturing, production safety and electronic games,” according to a CNBC translation of the Chinese text.

The commission said it plans to increase research and development of underlying technologies, including sensors, real-time interaction and blockchain.

The document did not present a specific timeline or goals for metaverse research and development.

Beijing’s latest five-year plan released in March named seven technologies “frontiers” that China would focus on as it seeks self-reliance in science and technology.

The metaverse has since become a buzzword, most notably with US social media giant Facebook changing its name to Meta in October. Earlier this month, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he expects most virtual meetings to move to the metaverse over the next two or three years.

This week, Beijing-based Baidu hosted what it claims to be China’s first metaverse conference. The event was supposed to mark the opening of Baidu’s metaverse app to developers, and an executive told reporters he expects it will be six years before the app’s full launch.

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In addition to the general metaverse buzz on Chinese social media, state media published several articles on the subject, mostly on the risk of scams.

After a year of stricter bans and regulations on various types of technology, including cryptocurrencies, new rules on metaverse development are expected to follow, said Winston Ma, an assistant professor of law at the University of New York, on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia”.

He highlighted how aspects of the global metaverse development relate to gaming and cryptocurrency products such as non-fungible tokens, all of which have come under more scrutiny in China. Ma was not speaking in the specific context of the Shanghai commission’s development plans.

– CNBC Eustance Huang contributed to this report.


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After the redistribution, the lawyers plead for more districts. Or none at all. – Voice of San Diego https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/after-the-redistribution-the-lawyers-plead-for-more-districts-or-none-at-all-voice-of-san-diego/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:30:52 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/after-the-redistribution-the-lawyers-plead-for-more-districts-or-none-at-all-voice-of-san-diego/ Illustration by Adriana Heldiz For years Barry Pollard has met a group of neighbors engaged over coffee to discuss issues of life and community. The longtime leader from Southeast San Diego calls the group his “personal think tank” because these conversations often inspire his work. The group helps him manage events and come up with […]]]>
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For years Barry Pollard has met a group of neighbors engaged over coffee to discuss issues of life and community. The longtime leader from Southeast San Diego calls the group his “personal think tank” because these conversations often inspire his work. The group helps him manage events and come up with innovative solutions to problems. A recent meeting was no different as they dwelled on the redistribution.

Pollard had been frustrated with the process this year – with the coded racism many speakers and commissioners used in meetings and the obstacles faced by communities of color in trying to increase their voting power. But then one of the men – someone who has been involved in the work for a long time and lives in Emerald Hills – said something that stopped the group’s conversation in its tracks.

What if they got rid of city council districts and had all council seats elected in general – or in simpler terms, by the entire city?

“If they keep jerking off with this gerrymandering, we’ll throw this whole system out and open these city council districts to city-wide elections,” Pollard said in an interview.

In 1988, voters in San Diego approved a system that would elect city council members by district. At the time, it made sense for communities of color to stand up for districts so that they could consolidate their power, Pollard said.

But today the game has changed, he said. Pushing district elections made sense when communities of color remained “minorities” in terms of population and relegated to segregated communities south of Interstate 8. Today the city is predominantly non-white, and Latinos and Asians, in particular, thrive in areas across the city.

The city of San Diego is 53% non-white, according to 2020 census data. White voters still make up a slight majority of the city’s voting age population, making up just over 51% of the city. But that’s based on a 2019 survey, not 2020 census data, due to delays in releasing the data this year. And that number is expected to change, as the region’s Latin American and Asian populations are expected to increase.

“The numbers are the numbers,” Pollard said. “The minorities are going to be the majority.

Pollard sees the solution to what he sees as an interrupted redistribution process is to get rid of the districts all together. Others, however, believe the answer is increasing the number of city-wide districts in the hope that each member of city council might be more representative of the population they are supposed to serve if they represent less. of people.

“If you have more districts, you have more options and opportunities to create appropriate representation,” said Adrian Kwiatkowski, a lobbyist who recently ran for city council. “It seems like a natural evolution for local government to try to have as many voices as possible to participate in the process.”

Kwiatkowaski was part of the charter review committee which recommended that the city add a ninth council member in 2010. Prior to that and since 1963, when voters approved the addition of two council members, the city had eight.

But in 2010, voters in San Diego approved a ninth municipal district – while making the strong mayor’s form of government permanent – which was then created during the 2011 redistribution process.

District 9 – the new district – became the city’s second Latino empowerment district, along with District 8. Its slight Latino majority improved its chances of electing a Latino and making the city council more representative of the population. from the city.

The charter review committee first proposed adding three new districts, before settling on the proposal to add just one.

Kwiatkowski said the move was largely political – it was easier to sell the fees of just one additional city council member and his staff. At the time, they estimated that the cost of a new Council office would be around an additional $ 1 million.

“When we think of city council, we think of the people who should have strong ties to the community, who need to know what’s going on in the neighborhood, who are responsible for the potholes, the streetlights, the ‘community and investment vibe,’ said Emily Serafy-Cox, who was the executive director of an organization called EMPOWER San Diego and worked with several marginalized communities across town to create a map during the process. 2011 redistribution that included the creation of the second Latino Empowerment District. “It’s hard to do in a city district the size of San Diego City Districts, and it’s hard to do when you have to raise a quarter of a million to be elected to city council. “

Kwiatkowski has said from his own personal experience that it is impossible for candidates to go door to door to speak to voters and voters.

“I encourage the mayor and city council to form a committee or a working group to look at this issue and come back with a report to have a solid discussion on the issue,” he said. “At the end of the day – the cost of representation and democracy, how do you assess that? “

With the last drawn districts, the San Diego council districts number between approximately 149,000 and just under 159,000 people.

Some cities have more representatives per capita than San Diego. Long Beach, for example, has nine council members who represent districts, but a population of 491,564, compared to San Diego’s 1.41 million. Dallas, Texas, with a population of 1.33 million, has 14 city council members.

The country’s two largest city councils are in New York and Chicago, which have 51 and 50 members, respectively.

But there are also cities comparable to San Diego, or where officials represent even more voters. Each of the 15 members of the Los Angeles City Council, for example, represents approximately 260,000 people.

There is no agreement on what an ideal voter-to-politician ratio should look like. At the Constitutional Convention, George Washington said members of the House of Representatives representing 40,000 people would be too much – and lowered that number to 30,000 people per representative. Today, the members of the House of Representatives represent approximately 747,000 people.

“It’s interesting that no one has ever found an adequate number,” said James Ingram, professor of political science at San Diego State University, who has helped revise several California city charters.

Ingram said the addition of municipal districts is generally politically unpopular. When he was involved in the change of the city of Los Angeles charter in the 1990s, they specifically separated the proposal to increase the size of the council into a separate voting measure so that it did not block some other changes. Indeed, the measure to increase the size of the board failed, while the other measure was adopted.

“The idea of ​​having more politicians makes it difficult,” Ingram said. “It’s unpopular because you are increasing the money spent on salaries – the number of employees, the number of offices. “

Ingram said he was surprised that voters in San Diego had approved a ninth district, but suspects this is because an even number of council members once the mayor is no longer on council could result in disruptions. tied votes, including votes to override a mayor’s veto.

While more districts may provide more opportunities for marginalized communities to elect their preferred representatives, Ingram said this could also dilute the power of individual council members, which could negatively impact marginalized communities who do not develop. For example, if there is only one black representative on the board regardless of the number of districts, his or her vote would have more weight in a nine-member board than one of the eleven members.

“I don’t think the disadvantages will significantly outweigh the advantages,” Serafy-Cox said.

What comes down – even with more neighborhoods – is how you redirect, she said, and whether you redirect in a way that is representative of the city.

But that’s why Pollard doesn’t think more districts are the answer. He does not trust the redistribution process.

“It would be more of the same,” he said. “Just another neighborhood to play with. It will just be more gerrymandering. People are going to do whatever they can to slow down this powershift. “


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Local Cities and Counties Sign to Share Idaho’s Opioid Settlements | Idaho https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/local-cities-and-counties-sign-to-share-idahos-opioid-settlements-idaho/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:17:47 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/local-cities-and-counties-sign-to-share-idahos-opioid-settlements-idaho/ BOISE – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced that all eligible counties and cities in Idaho have committed to participating in two national opioid regulations. On August 24, 2021, Wasden and Governor Brad Little announced their intention to join the settlements, which total up to $ 119 million for Idaho and participating counties and cities. […]]]>

BOISE – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced that all eligible counties and cities in Idaho have committed to participating in two national opioid regulations.

On August 24, 2021, Wasden and Governor Brad Little announced their intention to join the settlements, which total up to $ 119 million for Idaho and participating counties and cities.

The total amount of funding for state, counties and cities depends on the number of eligible entities that commit to participate. A condition for receiving the maximum amount of funds available is that all 44 counties and 24 cities eligible to participate register. As of this week, all 68 eligible entities have now agreed to join the settlements, putting Idaho on track to receive the full $ 119 million.

“This level of participation shows the strong commitment of state and local governments to work together to get the most money to fight the opioid epidemic in Idaho,” Wasden said. “This result would not have been possible without the coordinated work of several organizations and local governments, including counties, cities and regional health districts, the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Idaho Association of Counties and the Association of Idaho Cities. Thank you to everyone involved for bringing us to this point.

Nationally, the deadline for local governments to join opioid colonies is January 26, 2022. Colonies are dependent on sufficient participation from local governments nationwide. An announcement indicating whether these thresholds have been reached is expected at the end of February 2022. Once the settlements are finalized, the participating entities could see their first payments as early as April 2022.

Under the Idaho Opioid Settlement Intra-State Allocation Agreement, opioid settlement funds will be divided, with 40% going directly to participating counties and cities and 20% to regional public health districts. The remaining 40% will be allocated to the state-run Opioid Settlement Fund, which will be allocated by the Idaho legislature based on recommendations from the Idaho Behavioral Health Council.

Eligible governments are:

Ada County, Idaho Idaho County, Idaho
Adams County, Idaho Idaho Falls City, Idaho
Ammon City, Idaho Jefferson County, Idaho
Bannock County, Idaho Jerome City, Idaho
Bear Lake County, Idaho Jerome County, Idaho
Benewah County, Idaho Kootenai County, Idaho
Bingham County, Idaho Town of Kuna, Idaho
Blackfoot Town, Idaho Latah County, Idaho
Blaine County, Idaho Lemhi County, Idaho
Boise City, Idaho Lewis County, Idaho
Boise County, Idaho Lewiston City, Idaho
Bonner County, Idaho Lincoln County, Idaho
Bonneville County, Idaho Madison County, Idaho
Frontier County, Idaho Meridian City, Idaho
Burley City, Idaho Minidoka County, Idaho
Butte County, Idaho Moscow City, Idaho
Caldwell City, Idaho Mountain Home City, Idaho
Camas County, Idaho Nampa City, Idaho
Canyon County, Idaho Nez Perce County, Idaho
Caribou County, Idaho Oneida County, Idaho
Cassia County, Idaho Owyhee County, Idaho
Chubbuck City, Idaho Payette County, Idaho
Clark County, Idaho Town of Pocatello, Idaho
Clearwater County, Idaho Post Falls City, Idaho
Coeur d’Alene City, Idaho Power County, Idaho
Custer County, Idaho Preston City, Idaho
Eagle City, Idaho City of Rexburg, Idaho
Elmore County, Idaho Shoshone County, Idaho
Franklin County, Idaho Star City, Idaho
Fremont County, Idaho Teton County, Idaho
Garden City, Idaho Town of Twin Falls, Idaho
Gem County, Idaho Twin Falls County, Idaho
Gooding County, Idaho Valley County, Idaho
Hayden City, Idaho Washington County, Idaho


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