Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh: Removing Statues Is The Right Thing To Do | Morning Joe | MSNBC

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh discusses the city’s decision to remove four Confederate monuments on Wednesday evening.
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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh: Removing Statues Is The Right Thing To Do | Morning Joe | MSNBC

West Memphis, AR. Mayor Candidate Justice Hubert Bass at Unity Baptist Church

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Why am I running for Mayor of West Memphis, Arkansas 2014? It is simply because I love my City and The people in it and I feel that I have the skills to better our lives as it relates to my areas of focus.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • Broaden contractual awards to include more businesses• Build co-ops and green industry• Develop Broadway, Missouri Street and the east-side of the city & other major areas of our city• Ensure that West Memphians are well represented with jobs and business ownership• Repair and develop city infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, public transportation, parks, sewage and water system)• Establish local, national and international economic marketing campaign designed to bring jobs and business to West Memphis and by extension to Crittenden County• Increase services for the elderly and disabled; women and children• Expand urban renewal zones

CRIME • Focus police power against serious crime• Establish strong but fair police department• Develop community patrols • Build alternatives for youth like urban youth corps, jobs, education, recreation• Youth police explorer program• Establish civilian review board

HEALTH AND CULTURE• Initiate health campaign to encourage a healthier citizenry• Promote and develop musical heritage, theatre and arts • Host a citywide community unity day and encourage all churches and community organizations and associations to participate; City Block Party

EDUCATION • Work with School District & Community College for stronger education & curriculum• Foster support for parent, student and teacher participation in an effort to increase graduation rates; and no more school to prison pipeline


Toledo Rotary 07302018 Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz First 6 Months in Office

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Wade Kapszukiewicz was elected mayor of Toledo, Ohio on November 7, 2017 and took the oath of office on January 2, 2018, becoming the 58th mayor of Toledo. Universal pre-kindergarten, increasing the size of the police force, and consolidation of city government functions are among Mayor Kapszukiewicz’s top goals. During his 2018 State of the City address, the mayor announced several accomplishments since the start of his administration – a new “Innovation Partnership” with the University of Toledo, which will work to create better assessments of street conditions; a new bike share program that will soon take shape in Toledo; progress on the both the Manhattan Marsh Project and the Nautical Mile Project, and improvements in the city’s building inspections department. Mayor Kapszukiewicz was Lucas County Treasurer from 2005 until 2018. While treasurer, he worked to change state law in 2010 to allow for the creation of county land banks, founded the Lucas County Land Bank, and served as its chairman since August, 2010. Mayor Kapszukiewicz served one term on the Lucas County Board of Education and was later a Toledo city councilman for nearly seven years. He was first elected to city council in 1999 and then reelected in 2001 and 2003. When he began his service on Toledo City Council, at age 26, Mr. Kapszukiewicz had the distinction of being the youngest person to serve on the legislative body in 25 years. Mayor Kapszukiewicz was recognized in 2006 as a “20 Under 40” community leader, and in 2010 ESOP gave him its “Above and Beyond” award. In 2012, the mayor was again honored by ESOP, this time earning its “Rooted in ESOP” award. The Toledo City Paper named him one of its “Big Idea Toledoans” in 2014 and for his work creating and leading the Lucas County Land Bank, and again in 2018 for his commitment to pursue an ambitious agenda as mayor. Mr. Kapszukiewicz received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in 1994 and was named the valedictorian of the College of Communication, Journalism, and Performing Arts. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in 1996. After receiving his master’s degree, Mr. Kapszukiewicz worked for two years as the Policy Analysis and Research Director of the New Ohio Institute, a public policy research organization that studied issues affecting Ohio’s urban areas. In April, 1998 he accepted the position of Manager of Planning and Development at the Lucas County Mental Health Board, where he worked until he began serving on Toledo City Council. Mr. Kapszukiewicz is also an adjunct professor at Lourdes University, where he teaches a night course in urban policy. He is a parishioner at Gesu Roman Catholic Church. He and his wife, Sarah, will celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary in 2018. They live in the Old Orchard neighborhood of Toledo and have two children, Emma and Will.

Nephew Tommy and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Announce Best High School Coach| Neighborhood Awards 2015

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Nephew Tommy and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Announce Best High School Coach during the 2015 Neighborhood Awards. The winner was Kenneth Lockett of Franklin Senior High School (KBZE 105.39-FM, Baton Rouge, LA).

Nat Bates for Mayor | Truly CA

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Richmond, California is the battlefield in a David & Goliath story to see who will control City Hall. A colorful cast of characters animate the struggle as a small band of progressives take on a big oil company in the 2014 mayoral election.

A Film by Bradley Berman and Eric Weiss.

Executive Producer
Susie Hernandez

Series Producer
Ainè Henderson

Peter Borg

Social Media Specialist
Janelle Hessig

On air promotions
Bridget Louie

Christina Reagan
Cecilia Lei
Peter Cavagnaro

TV operations
Kim McCalla

Production Supervisor
Roger Chiang

Abby Stable

Jessica Haggerty

Amy Standen

John Andrieni
Rick Santangelo
Helen Silvani

Series Music Written
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WATCH: New Orleans Mayor Speaks PASSIONATELY About Robert E. Lee Confederate Statue Removal (FNN)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers tied ropes around a towering statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, preparing to take down the last of New Orleans’ four Confederate monuments Friday as hundreds gawked and some danced in the streets.

The statue of Lee, who commanded Confederate armies against the Union in the Civil War, was the most prominent of the four statues, his bronze figure standing nearly 20 feet (6 meters) tall in uniform, arms crossed defiantly, gazing northward.

Workers jockeyed a tall crane into position Friday morning beside the statue, which has perched atop a 60-foot (18 meter)-high pedestal in a traffic circle where it has been since 1884. The removal comes after a long and divisive battle over whether old South emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage.

While many thought the statue should go, opinions varied in the crowd.

Al Kennedy, who is white and a former New Orleans school board member, backed removal of the statues. Of the Confederate past, he said: “It’s my history, but it’s not my heritage.”

But Frank Varela Jr., a born-and-bred New Orleans native carrying an American flag, said he thought Lee should stay up on his pedestal as “a part of the South.”

“It’s part of history. It’s a part of my heritage,” said Varela. “I was born and raised here. It’s been here all my life … When we came back from Katrina it was here. It’s survived every hurricane this city has ever seen.”

Police on horseback lined up nearby as a security precaution and traffic was diverted away from the area. But protesters defiantly opposed to removal were few as the work wore on for hours Friday afternoon — though some shouted out against the removal.

For many, it was a time for festivities.

Bystander Brittnie Grasmick danced to the song “Another One Bites the Dust,” calling that an appropriate selection for the occasion.

One young man rode a unicycle, children drew chalk hearts in the street and some young women jumped rope. Others brought out lawn chairs to watch, entertained by a trumpeter who played “Dixie” — but in a minor key.

The Lee statue had towered over a traffic circle — Lee Circle — in an area between the office buildings of the city’s business district and stately 19th-century mansions in the nearby Garden District. The city plans to leave the column where Lee’s statue stood intact and will mount public art in its place.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu pushed for removal of the statues, which he said celebrated white supremacy. He said this final removal will allow the Louisiana city to “heal and become the city we always should have been had we’d gotten this right the first time.”

He delivered a speech Friday afternoon declaring the Confederacy was “on the wrong side of humanity.”

“These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for,” he said.

The Robert E. Lee statue was a familiar landmark for tourists and commuters who travel busy St. Charles Avenue by car or on one of the city’s historic streetcars. Lee’s is the last to be removed in accordance with a 2015 City Council vote.

The city removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis last week; a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard on Wednesday; and in April, a monument memorializing a deadly 1874 white supremacist uprising.

Those three statues were taken down in pre-dawn hours without advance public notice, a precautionary measure after officials said threats were made against contractors and workers involved.

Unlike the earlier statues, city officials were taking Lee’s statue down in broad daylight. Landrieu said the change was made to “maintain the safety of the construction worker” because of its proximity to electrical wires and New Orleans’ famous streetcar lines.

As part of the extra security Friday, police cordoned off a one-block radius around Lee Circle to cars in anticipation of protests. But by late Friday afternoon, no significant protests had materialized.

Landrieu had proposed removing the monuments after the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church. The gunman was an avowed racist who brandished Confederate battle flags in photos.

Amarillo mayor reacts unfavorably

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April 3, 2018 meeting. Mayor Nelson explains her rules for public comment session. Clips begins as she is saying she will now allow people to video meetings with cell phones, apparently recognizing that her earlier prohibition was illegal. Nothing about clapping .

But when the first speaker complains about the policy, and people clap, the Mayor loses it.