Tag Archive: City Council


Backdoor Gun Control: D.C. Sets Impossible Hurdles For Carry Permits

 

 

DC CCW Conditions

 

 

” The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.

  One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

  The disparity is emblematic of the city’s reluctant scramble to comply with the July order that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public.

  The Metropolitan Police Department, working off legislation adopted by D.C. lawmakers last month, released the concealed carry applications on its website at about 7 p.m. Wednesday — hours before the stay of U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr.’s order was set to expire.

  The regulations firm up the details of the application process, including establishing a $75 cost to apply for a permit.

  But it’s unlikely anyone will be walking out of police headquarters with the license anytime soon.”

 

   No surprise here . As we predicted , the bureaucrats in power in DC will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into court , yet again , in order to be forced to restore the citizen’s God-given right to self-defense . They don’t work for the people , they work for the State . Always remember: “The State Is Not Your Friend”

 

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Citizens Take Over Albuquerque City Council, Call For The Arrest Of Chief

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Angry protesters took over Albuquerque City Council Monday night calling for immediate change at APD and the ousting of both Albuquerque’s Police Chief, Mayor and more.

  Protesters even called for the arrest and issued a “people’s warrant” to APD Chief Gordon Eden.

“ This is no longer your meeting, this is the people’s meeting,” protester David Correia, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, said into a commandeered microphone as shown in the KRQE video below. “We now serve a people’s warrant for arrest on Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden.” “

 

 

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Don’t Look Now But Washington DC May Actually Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture

” Washington D.C. city council members are considering a bill that would give D.C. residents the strongest protections against the abuse of civil asset forfeiture in the country. Currently, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) seizes millions of dollars of property from thousands of people each year—and keeps 100 percent of the profits.

Unlike with criminal forfeiture, where the government seizes assets after convicting someone of a crime, with civil forfeiture there is no legal requirement to prove a crime was committed or even to file criminal charges. Instead, once police confiscate property, the burden is on the owner to prove innocence. Property owners who can’t afford a legal battle or whose property is worth less than court costs often simply relinquish their property by default.”

Las Vegas Suburb Accused of Plotting to Seize 5,000 Homes with Eminent Domain to Flip Them for a Profit

 

 

 ” The City intends to target for seizure mortgages 1) that are performing, i.e. current in their mortgage debt obligation of the homeowner; and 2) where homeowners owe more on their mortgages than the current fair market value of their home, i.e. ‘underwater’ mortgages; and 3) that are owned by private securitization trusts in secondary mortgage market lending portfolios rather than backed by the federal government through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the Federal Housing Authority. 

     “An example of the functioning of the Plan is a home in North Las Vegas worth $200,000 in the real estate market today but with a $300,000 current mortgage balance. The City plans to condemn and seize privately owned residential mortgage loans and to pay the owner of that note what it believes is just compensation, say, $150,000 for purposes of the example, from money borrowed from private investors. The City would then purport to accept a short payoff of the mortgage loan originally seized, through a new loan for, say, $190,000, if such new financing could be found and the homeowner can qualify for same. The City then plans to extinguish the original $300,000 note it had seized for $150,000 and to pocket the $40,000 difference as revenue to the City. 

     “There are, by City estimates, approximately 5,000 mortgages in North Las Vegas that qualify and will be targeted for seizure by exercise of the power of eminent domain. “

 

 

 

HT/AgainstCronyCapitalism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloomberg Administration To Change The Way The City Calculates 911 Response Times

 

” The Bloomberg administration will announce today it is going to change the way it calculates response times to emergency 911 calls, The Post has learned.

Sources said Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway will tell a City Council hearing that the calls are going to be measured from the moment they are placed — not from when dispatchers send help.

The change had been demanded by the Uniformed Firefighters Association, which has been hammering the administration for allegedly fudging the numbers since 2009, when the NYPD took over all emergency-call functions.

Before then, fire calls were handled by both the FDNY and the NYPD.

“This is something we want and the public wants. It gives a complete time of the response to a 911 call for the first time ever,” an administration source told The Post.”

 

 

     Let us get this straight . For years now the city’s 911 response time has been calculated from the moment a unit has been dispatched and not when the citizen placed the call for help ? That’s effed up . Talk about CYA . Is it any wonder no one has any faith in government or the statistical hogwash it presents to bolster it’s alleged effectiveness ?

   Two cliches immediately spring to mind : ” Dial 911 and die” and ” When seconds count , the police are minutes away” But New Yorkers are not competent enough to own a gun . Go figure …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ban On Displaying Guns At City Museums Should Be Lifted, Ald. Burke Says

 

 

” The city’s most powerful alderman — Edward Burke (14th) — introduced an ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that would allow Chicago museums to display unloaded firearms for historical purposes.

Currently, city museums are prohibited from lawfully displaying firearms of historic value, according to the city’s long-standing gun ordinance.

Burke said Wednesday he recently learned of the “anomaly in the city code.”

“Museums are caught in a dilemma that if they have in their collections artifacts that can be defined as firearms, even though there’s historical significance to the memento, they can’t be registered in the city and can’t be displayed,” Burke said.

Burke cited the example of Major General William P. Levine, one of the very first American soldiers to liberate the Dachau concentration camp during World War II.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

CA LAWMAKERS PROPOSE ‘HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS’

 

 

 

 

” State lawmakers want to make it legal to loiter, panhandle and sleep on the streets of California. One Citrus Heights City Council member calls the legislation offensive. In recent years, the city has banned panhandling at intersections and ATMS in response to police reports of mounting aggressiveness. It’s no surprise that the City Council would oppose a proposed statewide homeless bill of rights “It’s important to us, because I think there are a lot of unintended consequences to this bill,” said Councilwoman Jeanie Bruins.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gangs And Politicians In Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

 

 

A gang member and a politician

 

 

 

“A few months before last February’s citywide elections, Hal Baskin’s phone started ringing. And ringing. Most of the callers were candidates for Chicago City Council, seeking the kind of help Baskin was uniquely qualified to provide.

Baskin isn’t a slick campaign strategist. He’s a former gang leader and, for several decades, a community activist who now operates a neighborhood center that aims to keep kids off the streets. Baskin has deep contacts inside the South Side’s complex network of politicians, community organizations, and street gangs. as he recalls, the inquiring candidates wanted to know: “Who do I need to be talking to so I can get the gangs on board?”

Baskin—who was himself a candidate in the 16th Ward aldermanic race, which he would lose—was happy to oblige. In all, he says, he helped broker meetings between roughly 30 politicians (ten sitting aldermen and 20 candidates for City Council) and at least six gang representatives. That claim is backed up by two other community activists, Harold Davis Jr. and Kublai K. M. Toure, who worked with Baskin to arrange the meetings, and a third participant, also a community activist, who requested anonymity. The gang representatives were former chiefs who had walked away from day-to-day thug life, but they were still respected on the streets and wielded enough influence to mobilize active gang members.”

 

 

 

 

HT/ Instapundit

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Town Removes Flag As ‘Offensive’ Tea Party Symbol

 

 

 

 

 

” A veterans organization in a New York town is fighting for its right to fly a patriotic flag after the city council refused to let the group display the flag, calling it a symbol of the Tea Party with right-wing connotations.

The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association replaced a tattered American flag at the New Rochelle Armory, flying the Gadsden flag underneath it. The bright yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flag has been used by the Navy and Marine Corps since 1775.

When a city council member complained to the city manager that he found the flag offensive, the city manager initially decided to let the flag fly anyway. But the city council overruled him, and the flag was taken down. On Wednesday, the council voted 5 to 2 to keep the veterans from putting the flag back up.”

 

 

 

Peter Parente President of United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Society speaking on the
                 Confiscation of the NR Armory Gadsden Flag by City Council.

 

 Mayor Democrat

Mayor Noam Bramson
Contact
Noam Bramson
Mayor

515 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY  10801

Ph: (914) 654-2150
Fx: (914) 654-2357

District 1 Republican

Councilmember Louis Trangucci
Contact
Louis Trangucci
District 1 Council Member

City Hall
515 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY  10801

Ph: (914) 235-0499

District 2 Republican

Councilmember Albert Tarantino
Contact
Albert Tarantino
District 2 Council Member

City Hall
515 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY  10801

Ph: (914) 633-1985

District 3 Democrat

Councilmember Rice
Contact
Jared R. Rice
District 3 Council Member

515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY  10801

(914) 633-9200

District 4 Democrat

Councilmember Hyden
Contact
Ivar Hyden
District 4 Council Member

City Hall
515 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY  10801

(914) 606-0834

District 5 Democrat

Councilmember Fertel
Contact
Barry R. Fertel
District 5 Council Member

City Hall
515 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY  10801

Ph: (914) 740-4346

District 6 Democrat

Hon. Shari B. Rackman
Contact
Shari B. Rackman
District 6 Council Member

City Hall
515 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY  10801

914-787-9933
914-533-3307

    Here is the New Rochelle city council’s  contact information . Feel free to voice your displeasure . Politely and intelligently of course . We are not leftists after all . We are civil .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Sen. Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Halloran Arrested In ‘Bribery Plot’ To Rig Mayor Race

 

 

” State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning on charges they plotted to rig this year’s mayoral election through fraud and bribes.

The pols allegedly formed an alliance built on cash payments and fraud to get Smith — one of the state’s top Democrats — placed on the GOP mayoral ballot, sources said.

FBI agents arrested them both at their Queens homes shortly after 6 a.m.

“I have no idea,” Republican Halloran, in handcuffs, told a Post reporter when asked if he knew why he was being arrested.

“I’m sure the truth will come out once I have an opportunity to find out what’s going on.” “

Martial Law: Tucson City Council Hands Authority Over to Military

 

 

 

 

” On February 20, 2013, the Tucson, Arizona City Council passed a resolution allowing the U.S. Air Force to “make appropriate decisions when balancing National Security and community needs when it comes to their existing and future military mission and assignments.”

In other words, the resolution allows the military to reject decisions made by the people of Tucson.

The resolution is posted on the Tucson government website (as of this writing) and further states that it “is necessary for the preservation of the peace, health and safety of the City of Tucson that this Resolution become immediately effective, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this Resolution shall be effective immediately upon its passage and adoption.” “

 

 

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Crowd Packs Heat; Oak Harbor Backs Down

Lucas Yonkman , the veteran that started it all was back with re-enforcements 

” There were handguns in holsters and rifles slung over shoulders and an unknown number of people concealing their weapons as the Oak Harbor City Council met. Many attended the meeting to show support for veteran Lucas Yonkman who Councilmember Almberg tried to have kicked out of City Hall last month, including Joe Hawkins who openly mocked him. “Mr. Almberg I just want you to know that I have a concealed ham sandwich right here I don’t want you to get up and walk away,” he chuckled.”

The "honorable" Rick Almberg

” Most attended the meeting to oppose the city’s ban on guns in parks and the marina. The Second Amendment Foundation had threatened to sue if the ordinance wasn’t overturned.

Sandy Peterson spoke out against the ordinance. “If the city council members are intimidated by people exercising their Second Amendment rights to bear arms, perhaps they need to examine what it is about that that makes them uncomfortable,” she said.

William Frail had an M-1 rifle on his shoulder as he testified. “Sir, my mother was Jew,” he said. “My family went to the chambers. I will not go into the night quietly while these two ask me to board the train.”

 

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VERMONT GUN RANGE BANS POLICE OFFICERS FROM FACILITY OVER PROPOSED CITY-WIDE BAN ON SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES

 

 

VT Shooting Range

 

” A Vermont gun range has banned the Burlington Police Department from using its facility after City Council voted to advance a proposed ban on semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. And given the fact that such facilities are limited in the area, the move could impact when and where officers can go target shooting.

Officials with the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club told Fox News that it is hard for the facility to support the city, which includes police officers, due to the attempted gun grab by City Council.”