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This model act allows a city or county to conduct a local election using ranked choice voting in which voters rank the candidates for office in order of preference. Ranked choice voting elections may be used for single-winner elections, such as Mayor, or for elections that elect multiple candidates to office, such as city council. This model act authorizes ranked choice voting methods to be adopted by ballot measure, initiative ordinance, or charter amendment.
Key elements of feed-in rates and CLEAN contracts include cost-based, standardized contracts that are long term, which allows developers to secure project financing. Incentives for local ownership, hiring of local workers, and use of locally made products can help ensure that these approaches help grow the local economy.
"Community benefit agreements, and policies, are a reaction to economic development practices that have left communities behind, workers impoverished, and the environment degraded. Too often public contracts have gone to employers paying low wages and doing poor quality work, with little thought to the environment and community impact. In the long run, we all pay for this low-road approach. The Cuyahoga County Community Benefit & Opportunity Initiative, introduced by Cuyahoga County Council in December 2014, is a comprehensive policy designed to maximize value of the county’s taxpayer dollars. The initiative will strengthen the local economy by: Creating more local jobs and ensuring workers in those jobs receive living wages. Ensuring our workforce reflects the great diversity of our community Creating opportunity for disadvantaged workers, targeting residents from the county’s poorest neighborhoods. Building career pathways out of poverty through on-the-job training opportunities and support for pre-apprenticeship programs. Ensuring high-quality, energy-efficient building, with cost-effective sustainable technology, which will reduce costs to taxpayers in the long run. It will also ensure the county considers health the impact of public projects over the long haul. The upshot is: More local jobs with higher wages Less poverty and stronger neighborhoods A more diverse and productive workforce Long-term economic and environmental sustainability"
This model ordinance adopts the International Green Construction Code; establishes that where there is a conflict between an existing law or regulation and a specific requirement of this code, the specific law or regulation shall be applicable; and establishes the range of application for compliance. The International Green Construction Code creates minimum green requirements for an entire construction project including the design, construction, and certificate of occupancy.
This ordinance: requires, for participating developments, a minimum of 15% of the dwelling units within the participating residential development to be affordable to households with an income not to exceed 80% of the Area Median Income and that participating residential developments including or consisting of apartments provide affordable housing units as rental units in the same proportion that the apartments comprise a portion of the total residential development; provides density bonuses, including a 20% unit increase, and zoning ordinance dimensional adjustments; requires the appropriate agency to annually publish a pricing schedule of sale and rental prices for affordable dwelling units; establishes limitations governing the resale of affordable dwelling units created under this bill; and requires affordable dwelling units to be dispersed among the market rate dwelling units throughout the development.
This model ordinance/executive order prohibits agencies, officers, or employees from inquiring about the immigration status of any individual applying for or receiving any service of benefit, on behalf of oneself or another, unless immigration status information is specifically required by federal or state law as a condition of receipt of such service or benefit and where immigration status information is a condition of receipt of the service or benefit, the agency, officer, or employee shall make only those inquiries necessary to determine whether an applicant or recipient is an immigrant qualified for such service or benefit. This ordinance/executive order requires that no agency, officer, or employee shall record information regarding the immigration status of an applicant for or recipient of any service or benefit unless required by federal or state law. Where federal or state law requires the recording of immigration status information, only that information specifically required shall be recorded.
Resolution No. R2012-0041: A Resolution supporting and collaborating with Emerald Cities Cleveland/Cuyahoga County to create a clean energy economy in Cuyahoga County by developing community workforce opportunities, enhancing environmentally sustainable practices and assisting Cuyahoga County and its political subdivisions to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge to make municipal buildings and facilities 20% more energy efficient by 2020.
The mayor and members of the city council should be elected by ranked choice voting.
The model law contains a raked choice voting ballot, includes tabulation, explains the offices, and covers rulemaking authority.
Live-near-your-work policies can benefit all stakeholders: shorter commute times and lowered housing costs save time and money for employees; improved employee morale, productivity, and retention reduce turnover and training costs for employers; communities can see better air quality, less urban sprawl and decreased traffic congestion.