National Guard On America’s Streets: “It Is Absolutely An Option”

Mac Slavo April 26th, 2013



Now that heavily militarized law enforcement and National Guard troops have been accepted as a necessity to preserve the safety and security of Americans, city officials across the country are undoubtedly starting to consider how they can best utilize their new found policing powers.

In Steubenville, Ohio, for example, where assaults, robberies, rapes and murders are well above the national average, city manager Cathy Davison is reportedly […]

ALERT: Vermont city takes step toward banning assault rifles!

Burlington, Vermont (CNN) — A resolution passed in the most populous city in Vermont could lead to a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

Burlington’s City Council members voted 10-3 in favor of the resolution. City Councilor Norm Blais, a Democrat, said he was moved to sponsor the proposal after hearing what he called President Barack Obama’s pleas to have a discussion about weapons in our country after the […]

NYC Pol Slams Pork in Sandy Aid Bill

House Speaker John Boehner has been blasted by a slew of local elected officials for delaying the vote on the Hurricane Sandy federal aid package, but at least one politician in New York City appreciates the way he handled the situation. Yesterday, all but two of the sitting City Council members joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn in sending a letter to Mr. Boehner calling his decision to delay the vote “heartless and unfair.” […]

Atlanta mayor grants 50% pay increase for city council!

By Jeremiah McWilliams

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has allowed a roughly 50 percent pay increase for City Council members to become law, but is also committing to sit down with employees next month to start hammering out an agreement on an across-the board pay increase for more than 7,500 rank and file staff.

The move may help defuse anger among Atlanta employees who said the City Council pay […]

Furious protests expose Anaheim’s deep racial divisions

The unrest has exposed long-simmering divisions in Anaheim between the glitz of Disney and professional sports and the struggles in some of the less prosperous Latino neighborhoods in Orange County’s largest city.

Of the city’s estimated 340,000 residents, 53% are Latino, and the protests have occurred in the city’s flatlands, where many of those residents live. Most City Council members hail from the more affluent Anaheim Hills neighborhood to the […]

Soda Makers Begin Their Push Against New York Ban

Lobbyists from Coca-Cola and other big soda companies have met with mayoral candidates and City Council members. Canvassers hired by the beverage industry are stopping New Yorkers on the street to solicit signatures on petitions. Facebook and Twitter pages tell readers to “say no to a #sodaban.”

Confronting a high-profile attack on its fizzy products, the American soft-drink industry is beginning an aggressive campaign to fight New York City’s proposed […]

Stockton to file for bankruptcy, will be largest U.S. city to fail… Halts debt payments, slashes pay, cuts pensions

STOCKTON — This Gold Rush-era port city, an epicenter of California’s agricultural exports, will become the nation’s largest city to seek protection under the U.S. bankruptcy code after its City Council on Tuesday stopped bond payments, slashed employee health and retirement benefits and adopted a day-to-day survival budget.

City Manager Bob Deis likened the process to cutting off an arm to save the body. He is expected to file bankruptcy […]

N.Y., JPMorgan Sued by Council Members in Occupy Lawsuit – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg:

The City of New York, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Brookfield Office Properties were among a group of defendants sued by New York City Council members for violating civil rights through illegal suppression of free speech and excessive police force at Occupy Wall Street protests, according to Manhattan federal court filing today.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Glovin in New York at

To contact the editor responsible […]

LA City Council Close To Resolution Barring Radio Hosts From ‘Racist, Sexist’ On-Air Comments

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — City Council members took a step closer on Wednesday to becoming the first in the nation to adopt a resolution condemning certain types of speech on public airwaves.

Councilmember Jan Perry introduced legislation that would call upon media companies to ensure “on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs” on radio and other broadcasts.

Members of Black Media Alliance, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Korean-American […]

Untouchable Pensions in California May Be Put to the Test

When the city manager of troubled Stockton, Calif., had to tell city council members why it was on track to become the biggest American city yet to go bankrupt, it took hours to get through the list.

here was the free health care for retirees, the unpaid parking tickets, the revenue bonds without enough revenue to pay them. On it went, a grim drumbeat of practically every fiscal malady imaginable, except an […]

Cleveland school board votes to cut preschool, sports, busing over shouts from residents, teachers

The Cleveland school board voted to cut preschool, spring sports and busing for high school students Tuesday over the howls and boos from residents and teachers who packed the Lincoln-West High School auditorium.

In total, the board made $13.1 million in cuts to comply with the state’s requirement to have a balanced budget by Monday, the end of the month.

Board members said they had no choice but to make […]

Texas city puts an end to water fluoridation

Ethan A. Huff Natural News October 2, 2011

(NaturalNews) A city of roughly 100,000 people and home of Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex., is definitely no backwoods town. In fact, Money magazine named the city, which is located in a metropolitan area populated with more than 200,000 people, the 11th most educated city in the US. And now that city officials have decided to axe fluoride from the water […]