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Two of our pals in Lincoln — Joe Duggan and Paul Hammel — report that similar efforts, aimed at all Nebraska cities, failed twice earlier this legislative session. But a late 30-5 vote on Tuesday gives Chambers a victory on his third attempt to repeal his city’s taxing authority.
“This is a righteous and just vote that was taken today, and it removes a cloud from above the heads of poor and limited-income people,” Chambers said afterward.
The City of Omaha’s official position was to retain the taxing authority, which the Legislature passed last year over the governor’s veto. Omaha elected officials have not yet sought to increase the sales tax, which would require a vote of the people. The amendment was attached to a bill providing incentives for wind energy, which must now pass final reading and obtain Gov. Dave Heineman’s signature before it becomes law.
No word yet on if they’ll have a role in her administration, but attorney and former Nebraska Republican Party chairman David Kramer and Stothert campaign team member Rod Edwards will help Stothert as she moves into the Mayor’s Office.
Brinker Harding, a commercial real estate broker who served as campaign manager and chief of staff to former Mayor Hal Daub, also attended Monday’s meeting
Stothert must work to assemble a Cabinet as her June 10 inauguration approaches. She must decide how bold to be with the city’s 2014 budget. She must reach out to the rest of city government and local interest groups.
We spoke with a group of local experts — including former mayors Hal Daub and Mike Boyle — about what Omaha’s first female mayor must now do. We also might post some other snippets from our interviews with the two ex-mayors later this week.
The March 21 incident highlighted the sometimes contentious terrain that officers and citizens navigate when cameras increasingly capture their interactions.
“Individuals have a First Amendment right to record police officers in the public discharge of their duties, plain and simple,” said Deputy Chief Greg Gonzalez.
Starting Tuesday, the department’s 105 police sergeants will receive training that includes an overview of the revised policy. In addition, all officers have been sent a “training bulletin” outlining the changes. Commanders have gone over the revisions during roll call, which occurs at the start of each officer’s shift.
Over the last four years of fiscal fights, the two were never on equal footing — the mayor introduced complete budgets while the council could only amend his proposals, and the power to negotiate contracts changed from the mayor to the council in the past year.
While Suttle says he was trying to address serious financial problems, he says Stothert was the staunch “voice of no.” He’s accused her of playing politics, declining to name budget cuts unless he led the way. Stothert’s replied that the mayor has simply addressed city fiscal challenges with new taxes or fees.
There definitely seems to be outside interest in the property. The city says it will continue courting several prospective tenants for the site. Plus, in the past two days, even I’ve heard from prospective tenants: a noted Kansas City restaurateur and a local private equity firm.
Truemper, a critical care pediatrician, will face Festersen, a first-term council member, in the May 14 city election. The two are vying to represent Benson, Dundee, Florence and Westroads, mostly Democratic areas.
Appeal notices from the Omaha Police Officers’ Association, which is assisting with the appeal, were sent to Omaha Human Resources Director Richard O’Gara, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and the city labor relations director.
“We believe the termination to be excessive and unwarranted; therefore the termination will be appealed to arbitration,” Sgt. John Wells, head of the police union, wrote in both letters.
You’ve likely heard this before: hotels, restaurants, retail, housing and trails.
However, Cordes reports, it’s unclear just when and how the project could proceed. An impasse has developed between med center officials and the owners of a neighboring steel plant over what that 12-acre parcel of land is worth.
Incumbent Councilman Ben Gray and retired police officer Tariq Al-Amin sparred during a tense public exchange Tuesday evening — trading blows on a variety of subjects including police oversight, their respective abilities to marshal neighborhood groups and Gray’s record on jobs and crime.
Al-Amin, 56, an outspoken community activist, said he entered the race because some residents feel Gray has “betrayed” the district.
“My opponent is very good at taking credit for things he had nothing to do with,” Al-Amin said during the forum at the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center near 24th and Lake Streets. “I don’t believe a lot of things he says. He has no credibility.”
Gray retorted: “I have trust with a whole lot of people in the community, and a whole lot of other businesses. So having trust with you doesn’t mean a whole lot to me.”
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Will the shelters be available to the public for personal use?
Fireman who put is in debt and calls himself "Fire Jean." Your bloated cont
311 works great here in NYC.
If I see something that needs fixing, I mak
Or... the Chamber of Commerce could raise the $35 Million from its members,
Double taxation? So any project using state and local funds is double taxa
How long has Omaha had a AAA bond rating?
How many large municipalities
Way to go Jean Stothert! Your shortsighted decision to commandeer the fire
I think it's a logical idea. Putting tax on tobacco which causes cancer is
Will gov't ever have enough of our money? When does it stop?
Ed, Good to shake your hand at Dundee Days. Just a brief note that we need