The candidates for West St. Paul mayor have been on opposite sides of two divisive issues. City Council Members Anthony Fernandez and Dave Napier are competing to replace Jenny Halverson, who in April announced she would not seek re-election. She was elected in 2016, defeating incumbent Dave Meisinger. The first contentious topic came shortly after Fernandez was sworn to represent Ward 2 in January 2016. Fernandez sided with council members John Bellows and Ed Iago in requesting a special meeting to review the contract for then-City Manager Matt Fulton. But before a meeting could be held, Fulton resigned, saying he believed there would be enough votes on the council “to provide new leadership.” Napier was a Fulton supporter who voted against a separation agreement, which gave Fulton $75,200, medical and dental coverage, and retirement benefits over a six-month severance period. Fernandez and Bob Pace, who also was newly elected, voted for the agreement and were criticized … [Read more...] about Two West St. Paul council members competing to be mayor. They disagree on divisive issues.
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Metro Police Chief Steve AndersonPhoto: Daniel MeigsIn the Aug. 10 edition the Metro Nashville Police Department’s employee newsletter, Chief Steve Anderson wrote, “the past couple of weeks have been tough for our department.”He went on (emphasis his): As we await the findings of the District Attorney’s investigation into the July 26th officer-involved shooting, in which the [Tennessee Bureau of Investigation] is assisting, I want all of you remember this: citizens across Nashville support you and the work that this police department is doing. I am hearing this through messages left at my office and from persons I encounter on the street. I expect many of you are hearing the same. Do not let criticism from anyone dissuade you from continuing to work smartly and closely with your neighborhoods and communities. As a Vanderbilt poll reminded us, 84 % of Nashvillians approve of the work this police department does. Thank you for your commitment to public service in … [Read more...] about Community Groups, Council Members Say It’s Time for Police Chief to Go
THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD … MONDAY: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will participate in a swearing-in ceremony for Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court. Trump will also deliver remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual convention. TUESDAY: The president will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He will also travel to Iowa for a political rally. WEDNESDAY: Trump will have lunch with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He will also travel to Pennsylvania for a political rally. FRIDAY: He will travel to Ohio for a political rally.SUNDAY BEST -- SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-MAINE) MAKES THE SUNDAY SHOW ROUNDS …-- JOHN DICKERSON spoke with COLLINS for CBS’ “FACE THE NATION”: DICKERSON: “Hardest decision you’ve ever made?” COLLINS: “It certainly ranks right up there. There’s no doubt about it. There have been out there very difficult decisions but this was a tough one.” … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh confirmed
Colorado Springs police on Monday began bulldozing the remainder of the Quarry homeless encampment southeast of downtown, even as a new federal report suggested encampments across the nation might be on the rise.No trespassing citations were issued when city crews ended the city’s largest homeless camp in years, covering about 10 acres of private property just outside the Lowell neighborhood.Police began clearing out the Quarry on Dec. 11, but it held off bulldozing a final parcel amid questions about its ownership. Those questions were resolved Wednesday, though, and police posted notices that day warning people to leave.Eugene Napier, 60, says he's been homeless off and on since 1998 but will ignore officials' requests to visit a shelter, opting instead to camp elsewhere in the city. He was waiting for a relative to bring a car to transport his belongings. Emerald Towers evictions leave Colorado Springs seniors scattered"That's the sad thing. I don't know where I'm … [Read more...] about Remainder of Quarry homeless camp removed; feds say homelessness up slightly
Mayor Shawn Morse listens as an emergency meeting of Cohoes Common Council was called to address fresh charges against Mayor Shawn Morse at Cohoes City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 in Cohoes, N.Y. Earlier Morse said he doesn't plan on stepping down from his job. (Lori Van Buren/Times Union) less Mayor Shawn Morse listens as an emergency meeting of Cohoes Common Council was called to address fresh charges against Mayor Shawn Morse at Cohoes City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 in Cohoes, N.Y. Earlier ... more Photo: Lori Van Buren Buy photo Photo: Lori Van Buren Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 Mayor Shawn Morse listens as an emergency meeting of Cohoes Common Council was called to address fresh charges against Mayor Shawn Morse at Cohoes City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 in … [Read more...] about Churchill: Despite controversies, Shawn Morse plans another run