Cozen Cities – May 4, 2023
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Baltimore District 8 City Councilmember Kristerfer Burnet has introduced legislation that would limit the use of facial recognition technology. The goal of the two bills is to protect privacy and promote transparency and accountability.
Chicago’s technology workforce expanded in 2022, but still has room to grow. Technology employment in the Chicago area grew 1.4% from 2021 to 2022, per data in the Computing Technology Industry Association’s 2023 State of the Tech Workforce report.
The City Union of Baltimore (CUB) released a safety report last week that documents Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) violations, worker deaths, and injuries on city worksites over the last decade. In the report, officials stress the need for better equipment and increased safety training.
More Chicago workers are back in the office now than at any time since pandemic lockdowns turned downtown into a ghost town, according to data from real estate technology firm Kastle Systems, which analyzes building security card swipes.
A number of formerly incarcerated residents — “returning citizens,” in the city’s parlance — have received job training through Detroit at Work programs like Skills for Life, then gone on to work for the city or other outside organizations.
The union representing workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the busiest ports in the nation, said April 20 it has reached a tentative agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). The collective bargaining agreement being negotiated covers more than 22,000 longshore workers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports.
According to a new report, the unemployment rate for Black New Yorkers for the first three months of 2023 rose to 12.2% — much higher than the national average — while the unemployment rate for white New Yorkers fell to 1.3%.
Significantly more people have rejoined the labor force in San Diego County in recent months, helping employers in the tight job market. The region’s jobless rate was 3.7% in March, the same as the previous two months, said state labor officials April 21. It was lower than the statewide rate of 4.8% and higher than the nationwide average of 3.6%.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has fired his Chief of Staff, Chezia Cager, and spokesperson, Cirilo Manego. The staffing shake-up is the latest in an administration that has experienced relatively high turnover.
Frank Baker, Boston’s most conservative member of the City Council, announced that he would not seek a seventh term on the Council.
Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson unveiled his full transition team on April 27, with just over two weeks before he officially takes office in Chicago. The list of committee and subcommittee co-chair appointments included a number of notable names, fellow city leaders, and activists.
Detroit City Council will weigh a proposal to ban guns in popular parts of downtown after a spate of six shootings over the weekend. Councilwoman Mary Waters announced April 18 that she’s introducing a measure that would create gun-free zones in Greektown, the Riverfront, Hart Plaza, and Spirit Plaza.
Rowan Wilson has been confirmed as the first Black judge to lead the New York State Court of Appeals.
An independent opinion poll conducted by Committee of Seventy and partner organizations shows that the top five Democratic candidates are in a statistical tie, with 20% of those surveyed still undecided.
Former City Councilmember At-Large Derek Green, himself a former mayoral candidate, endorsed former District 9 City Councilmember Cherelle Parker for mayor, while former Governor of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia Ed Rendell has thrown his weight behind former City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart.
Baltimore City leaders recently provided an update on its Community Violence Intervention Ecosystem program aimed at reducing incidents of teen violence, which has shown a 19% reduction in homicides and an 18% reduction in nonfatal shootings.
Mayor Wu announced that beginning in July, the city will be expanding its food waste curbside collection program, from servicing 10,000 households to 30,000 across the city. Residents will be able to compost food waste in city-provided bins, which will then be sent to composting sites.
Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson on April 19 claimed a mandate to reshape public safety, delivering a full-throated defense of his promise to take a new approach to crime and violence while offering to partner with state lawmakers during an address to an unusual joint session of the Illinois House and Senate.
Federal and local law enforcement, along with a group of community leaders, announced on April 19 a partnership to combat and prevent violent crime in Detroit. The initiative, dubbed “One Detroit,” builds off of existing partnerships and brings more community members to the table with the goal of balancing enforcement, prevention, and outreach.
The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area was again the most ozone-polluted region in the nation — with Western states also continuing to outpace the East in terms of poor air quality — according to an annual air-quality report by the American Lung Association.
Crimes across San Diego, including homicides, rapes, and thefts, fell by about 7.5% in 2022, but violent crime, largely fueled by a jump in robberies, still inched up.
Kings County voters approved a measure instituting a tax on property owners, which will fund mental and behavioral health services. Each crisis center will contain an urgent care clinic, an observation unit, and a short-term stabilization unit for stays of up to 14 days, with the first slated to open in 2026.
Seattle City Council has introduced a bill proposing that the city make the public use of drugs a misdemeanor, in efforts to curtail the use of drugs on public transit and in city parks.
The Adams administration has released “PlaNYC,” the city’s strategic climate plan, with a focus on retrofitting homes, building green, and reducing building emissions.
Richmond City Council has voted to block a proposed affordable housing project for South Richmond, objecting primarily to the location of the proposed development. The news comes soon after the City’s official declaration of a housing crisis.
The San Diego City Council passed an ordinance proposed by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera providing protections to renters from eviction as long as they continue to pay rent and comply with their lease.
The city’s new social housing developer will receive $200K in state funding, a “drop in the bucket” for overall expected costs, to begin building the agency.
The Baltimore City Council Economic and Community Development Committee has voted in favor of creating a city reparations commission, which would design and implement a system to distribute funds to communities that have been subject to high levels of drug enforcement.
Michigan’s economic development board on April 25 approved a nearly $615 million transformational brownfield plan for the $1.5 billion District Detroit development by Olympia Development and The Related Cos.
A day after Mayor Karen Bass gave her first State of the City Address she unveiled a nearly $13 billion spending plan proposed to meet many of the goals she outlined in the speech, focused on three things – efforts to help the city’s homelessness crisis, public safety and helping the overall city get to the “new LA.”
A recent audit of Richmond’s meals tax has revealed that the City is losing potentially millions of dollars in revenue due to understaffing, outdated business directories, and software limitations. The tax on prepared food and drinks purchased at city businesses goes toward city services.
The San Diego City Council on April 24 heard the presentation of Mayor Todd Gloria‘s proposed Fiscal Year 2024 $5.12 billion budget, with the body’s members focused on equity in various departments and addressing homelessness.
The Detroit Department of Transportation is planning to roll out numerous changes beginning April 24 that the city says will boost service and better align bus timetables with actual travel times.
Metro has been awarded $95 million for upgrades to stations and other infrastructure used by the K and C Lines, including the extension of passenger platforms to accommodate three-car trains at the Aviation/LAX, Mariposa, Douglas, and Redondo Beach Stations.
This week, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) began cracking down on vehicles that block bike lanes in Center City, University City, and South Philadelphia with its strengthened bike lane enforcement unit.
The San Diego City Council on April 24 voted unanimously to spend $22.5 million to widen a 2-mile stretch of the SR-56 freeway in Carmel Valley with new HOV lanes. The project, which has been planned for decades, was protested by climate activists who argue it will be a major setback in the city’s quest to zero out its greenhouse gas emissions over the next 12 years.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held a rally opposing Metro for D.C., the program City Council voted through in 2022 that would make the city’s bus service free, arguing that it would detract from K Street Transitway, a separate transit project aimed at rejuvenating downtown. Funding for the project was not included in the mayor’s most recent budget.
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