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This resolution places proposed charter amendment language on the ballot. The ballot language establishes voluntary limits on campaign spending and equal public financing of campaigns for elections, allows participating candidates for Mayor and Council to voluntarily limit their campaign spending and receive an equal amount of public financing from the General Fund for each office and to agree not to accept or spend private campaign contributions, requires the City Attorney and City Clerk to administer the system with strict accountability to assure that all funds are used in the manner for which they are intended.
This report discusses the concept, features, and implementation of municipal-level community benefits agreements (CBAs) in California. This report notes that these agreements enhance trust and cooperation between employees, businesses, communities, and governments by contractually binding them to one another following CBA negotiations. Notably, where large scale development projects are bound to a community through a CBA, this report finds that the economic growth and development is more wide spread across the community where developers and communities have a CBA in place than in cases where developers are not bound to the community through some contract. This report finds that CBAs both open lines of communication between community groups and developers and foster greater coordination between communities and developers by establishing goals of development.
The ordinance prohibits the city from entering into contracts for government funded projects for services of $50,000 or more with a contractor, subcontractor, or vendor who is outsourcing, or causing the work to be performed outside of the United States or Canada. The ordinance requires written verification that work will be performed in the United States or Canada prior to commencement of work. The ordinance allows the Chief Administrative Officer to grant an exemption when the services are not available in the United States or Canada at a reasonable cost. The ordinance requires certain reporting requirements for exemptions granted and authorizes the Board of Finance to override an exemption. The ordinance also establishes civil penalties ranging from $100 to $500 per day for each violation and allows the City to modify, terminate, or seek specific performance on contracts if the contractor, subcontractor, or vendor does not complied with the ordinance provisions.
This report analyzes Santa Clara's proposed ranked-choice election system for two districts compared with six-winner citywide RCV elections. It shows that cross-racial coalitions may be fostered by RCV which encourages collaborative campaigning.
This ordinance restricts certain activities outside health care facilities to ensure patients have safe access to the entrance of facilities such as reproductive health clinics. The ordinance creates a fifteen-foot buffer zone around entrances to clinics in which individuals are prohibited from congregating, patrolling, picketing or demonstrating. The ordinance also prohibits, within 100 feet of the facility's entrance, an individual from barring another individual's access to a facility or from approaching within eight feet of that individual to leaflet, display a sign, or engage in oral protest, education or counseling unless that person consents.
This ordinance amends the administrative code of the city of New York so that city employees are prohibited from inquiring into a person's immigration or citizenship status when he or she applies for or renews a food vendor's license. In addition, the ordinance requires that information about an applicant's immigration or citizenship status will not affect the consideration of a license application.
Police use of Taser stun guns to subdue suspects in California and around the nation has increased dramatically in recent years. Billed by their manufacturer, Taser International, as a non-lethal alternative to deadly force, Tasers have been purchased and deployed by a growing number of law enforcement agencies. However, while the Taser is less deadly than a traditional fi rearm, it is hardly the non-lethal weapon its manufacturer promotes under the slogan “Saving Lives Every Day.” Despite a growing number of fatalities in incidents involving police use of tasers, few departments regulate the number of times police may use a taser on an individual or provide any of their own training materials. Local officials can look to pass legislation restricting use of tasers in non-life-threatening situations, adopt taser policies at a local government and department level, and revise current training materials for officers.
This model establishes accessibility requirements for new construction and substantial rehabilitations for individuals with physical disabilities; and provides for exemptions from compliance where it would result in undue hardship, where the construction is a result of a natural disaster, and where the primary entrance is above grade level.
This ordinance specifies minimum wage and benefit requirements for service workers of vendors, contractors, and subcontractors who contract with the County of Hudson. The ordinance grants the following for workers who work 20 hours or more per week: an hourly pay rate 150 percent of the Federal Minimum Wage at the time the contract is bid; annual five days paid vacation time after 12 months of employment; employer-provided medical benefits for each employee within 60 days of employment.
This ordinance amends the Philadelphia code to require employers within organizations or public agencies that receive city contracts, subcontracts, leases, concessions, financial assistance, or other forms of city support to provide their employees with a higher minimum wage. The new minimum wage standard in this ordinance is an hourly wage, excluding benefits, of at least 150 percent of the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. This ordinance also establishes a Living Wage Advisory Committee to review the implementation and effectiveness of this law.