VIRGINIA BEACHVirginia Beach leaders are considering what their new City Hall should look like, and one thing's for certain: They want something that bears a close resemblance to their current digs.A dome on the roof. Small decorative windows. A front entrance lined with columns and an outdoor, second-floor balcony.But there will also be a key difference between the two buildings. The new one will be much bigger.The firm designing it, Moseley Architects, unveiled three exterior designs on Tuesday. The final plans should be available by the end of May. By November, the city will complete the interior design and layout and select materials and finishes. It plans to bid the construction contract next winter with hopes of breaking ground next June.The current City Hall was built nearly 49 years ago to resemble the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg. It's one of more than 30 Colonial-style buildings in the Municipal Center. Several council members said they would like to … [Read more...] about A dome, columns and balcony on wish list for new Virginia Beach City Hall
Los Angeles' Eric Garcetti, like other Democratic mayors considering the presidential race in 2020, is hoping to show party activists that his experience running a city can preview success on the national scene. He planned to make his debut in Iowa, an early campaign proving ground, on Friday, talking to union carpenters, seeing representatives from the Asian, Latino and LBGTQ communities and headlining a county party dinner. Only a handful of presidents ever served as mayors, and they all had won higher offices before reaching the White House. Americans have never elevated a city leader directly to the presidency from city hall, and no sitting mayor has even won a major party's presidential nomination. That doesn't seem to deter New York's Bill De Blasio and New Orleans' Mitch Landrieu, also mulling 2020 bids. So, too, are Pete Buttigeig of South Bend, Indiana, and Julian Castro, housing secretary in the Obama administration and a former San Antonio mayor. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., … [Read more...] about Will Democrats Pluck the Next President From City Hall?
It’s the strangest thing, just how many wheelers and dealers are confessing to crossing the law after contributing large sums to Mayor de Blasio’s pet political causes. As if there might be something wrong — gosh, really? — with a mayor demanding cash shoveled in his direction tens of thousands of dollars at a time when campaign laws say $4,950 is the max. Now add three more to a rogue’s gallery that includes a restaurateur who pleaded guilty to bribing de Blasio and then testified that he’d rustled up tens of thousands in donations, and a real estate investor who passed along nearly $200,000 to the mayor’s causes, then confessed to fraud in connection with a police corruption case. Monday, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics found that de Blasio personally hit up top lobbyist Jim Capalino for contributions to his nonprofit Campaign for One New York in 2015. Even though under state lobbying rules, a resulting donation would amount to … [Read more...] about City Hall, to the highest bidder
Several months into his family’s legal battle with Philadelphia’s Lead and Healthy Homes Program, a frustrated Jason MacDonald decided to test the entryway to a City Hall courtroom for lead exposure. As he expected, the 3M Lead Check swab results turned up what was – according to the testing-kit instructions – a “hazardous level of lead."By that point, he and his wife Emmalee knew what they were talking about. After their two-year-old son tested positive for lead poisoning, the family experienced the ups and many downs of interactions with a city program that aims to help make homes safer for young children.Despite moving out and working diligently to remediate the issues on their own, they were taken to court by a city that apparently didn't accept they were doing the right things in a timely manner.After covering his family’s plight for the past several months, PhillyVoice decided to follow suit and take a testing kit over to City Hall to test … [Read more...] about We tested City Hall for lead exposure – and this is what we found
PUBLISHED: 13:45 03 April 2018 James Morris Joanne McCartney (back, centre) visits Byron Court Primary School to celebrate its healthy living work. Picture: City Hall Archant A Kenton primary school is “leading the way” in the ongoing quest to make kids healthier. Byron Court school, in Spencer Road, has won a City Hall “healthy schools London” award for its work increasing pupils’ physical activity. It ranges from increasing the number of kids that can cover a mile in 15 minutes, to making sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day. Joanne McCartney, Sadiq Khan’s leader for education and childcare, visited to celebrate the school’s work. She said: “It’s so important to encourage healthy habits at an early age, so that healthy living is seen by children and parents as an integral part of everyday life. “Byron Court Primary is leading the way – focusing on getting students more active, through their … [Read more...] about Byron Court Primary wins City Hall praise for health scheme which encourages pupils to cover 1 mile in 15 minutes