Local government – Gary Singh For City Council http://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:12:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png Local government – Gary Singh For City Council http://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/ 32 32 A confident, hopeful and united Labor Party – who knew? https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/a-confident-hopeful-and-united-labor-party-who-knew/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:12:44 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/a-confident-hopeful-and-united-labor-party-who-knew/ After what looks like years of turmoil, this year’s Labor Party conference was marked by a new sense of confidence among councilors and MPs, writes LGC editor Kirsty Weakley. Labor was in good spirits this week in the wind from Liverpool, which surprised even some of its members. On the eve of the conference, Liz […]]]>

After what looks like years of turmoil, this year’s Labor Party conference was marked by a new sense of confidence among councilors and MPs, writes LGC editor Kirsty Weakley.

Labor was in good spirits this week in the wind from Liverpool, which surprised even some of its members.

On the eve of the conference, Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng gave Sir Keir Starmer’s team a gift beyond their wildest dreams. A sense of shared outrage at economic policies that seemingly benefit the wealthy at the expense of others, certainly proved a rallying point. Of course, MPs, councilors and members also shared their deep concern over what is shaping up to be a tough winter for many communities.

Labor now sees itself as a government-in-waiting, and for the most part its best team have stayed on message and stayed out of trouble. There were important, if vague, announcements on a range of policy areas, including decentralization, economic growth and social protection.

There is now a clear water between Labor politics and Tory politics, although this is probably more down to the Tories galloping away from center ground.

Tellingly, Labor was no longer hampered by its past in government.

At councilor level, Shaun Davies, leader of the Labor Local Government Association, hopes to take control of the LGA in the next local elections.

That’s not the only reason he was in a good mood. Local government featured prominently throughout: Cllr Davies gave a speech in the Main Hall on Sunday (although he was told to hurry so delegates could have lunch), as did the Mayor of Liverpool City Region CA, Steve Rotherham, who delivered a report on behalf of the metro mayors.

Sir Keir Starmer gave a rousing speech at the Association of Labor Counselors reception to thank local leaders. And when he delivered his keynote address, he was introduced by the leader of Southampton City Council, Satvir Kaur.

Putting local government center stage makes political sense. It has been over a decade since the Labor Party held office at UK level – part of the proof that it is fit to govern is to highlight where it already governs.

Cllr Davies told the rally for local government that part of the sector’s role is to “ensure that [the shadow cabinet] are ready for the government.

Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Leader of the LGA Labor Party, spoke of the work she has done to build relationships within the Shadow Cabinet, so policies are “deliverable on the ground”.

Of course there were divisions. The party can’t quite agree on whether leveling is a thing. For some, it is a point of contention that the Conservatives have “renamed” equality issues. Others are more pragmatic in adopting a term that has infiltrated the national lexicon.

Shadow Upgrade Secretary Lisa Nandy (potentially the busiest woman in the conference) told a fringe event that she had ‘the dumbest job title in British politics’ and s complained that it was just too long (his full job title is Shadow Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government – we hope readers will understand why LGC normally shortens it!)

“Whatever you call it, I want to be the next secretary of state,” she added.

Labor has always been a broad church, and there remain quiet divisions over which direction the party should go, with socialist groups holding events throughout the conference. There are still those who are bruised by how Corbyn and his supporters have been sidelined. Others cannot understand why Mr Starmer has not benefited more from Andy Burnham’s success in Greater Manchester.

The current government’s agenda continues to crumble. Last night the International Monetary Fund issued a dire statement, then today the Bank of England started buying government bonds at an ‘urgent pace’ because there was a ‘significant risk’ to the UK financial stability. All the while, Mrs. Truss and Mr. Kwarteng appear to have been in hiding.

This level of chaos meant the Labor conference was full of talk of the potential for a snap general election and the prospect of the party returning to power nationwide after more than a decade in opposition.

But there were also those who guarded against an excess of optimism. After Mr Starmer’s speech, Dan Norris (Lab), Mayor of West England CA, recalled the defeat of Labor in 1992 and that while there is now a ‘real possibility that we will come to power campaigners should “warn against complacency”.

Labor will also have to flesh out the set of policies announced this week.

Local government will want answers to the following questions:

  • How much social housing will be built and with what financing?
  • What will devolution deals really look like under a Labor government? And how will the national party, with a history and a tendency towards centralism, keep its promises?
  • What role will councils play in a national care service?

All that said, it was a largely successful few days. At the very least, Labor has drawn attention to its policies rather than personalities. And the current chaos engulfing the Tories means Labor is definitely worth listening to for the first time in a long time.

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Closure of local government offices for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/closure-of-local-government-offices-for-the-national-day-of-truth-and-reconciliation/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:31:53 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/closure-of-local-government-offices-for-the-national-day-of-truth-and-reconciliation/ In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, local government offices will be closed to mark the day. The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) says its own offices and offices in the Town of Comox, Town of Courtenay and Village of Cumberland will be closed. The following centers will be closed on September […]]]>

In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, local government offices will be closed to mark the day.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) says its own offices and offices in the Town of Comox, Town of Courtenay and Village of Cumberland will be closed.

The following centers will be closed on September 30:

  • Courtenay Town Hall
  • Comox Community Center
  • Comox City Hall
  • Comox Valley Aquatic Center
  • Comox Valley Regional District Office
  • Comox Valley Sports Center
  • Comox Valley Waste Management Center (landfill)
  • Courtenay Recreation Center Lewis
  • Cumberland Village Office
  • Cumberland Village Recreation Center

“Sept. 30 is a day for the Comox Valley community to learn about the history and traumatic legacy of residential schools in Canada, including seven schools on Vancouver Island,” CVRD said in a statement.

CVRD adds that through Friday and throughout the year, the four local governments will provide staff with learning opportunities about the harmful effects of residential schools. Staff are also encouraged to follow individual learning paths.

They are also encouraged to participate in local activities that recognize the lives of children who have not returned home.

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North Carolina Local Government Commission Files Guilford County School Bond Approval https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/north-carolina-local-government-commission-files-guilford-county-school-bond-approval/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 23:46:48 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/north-carolina-local-government-commission-files-guilford-county-school-bond-approval/ Guilford County’s plan to take on $1.7 billion in additional debt hit a snag at the North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) meeting on Thursday, September 22. Rather than endorse the $1.7 billion in school bonds passed by Guilford County voters in the May 26 primary election, the LGC filed the story and demanded more […]]]>

Guilford County’s plan to take on $1.7 billion in additional debt hit a snag at the North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) meeting on Thursday, September 22.

Rather than endorse the $1.7 billion in school bonds passed by Guilford County voters in the May 26 primary election, the LGC filed the story and demanded more information.

The LGC, chaired by North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell, must approve debt issuance by local governments. It is the LGC’s responsibility to determine whether “the amount borrowed is adequate and reasonable for the projects and whether it is an amount that the unit can reasonably afford to repay,” according to the LGC’s website.

The North Carolina State Treasurer’s Department press release states, “However, LGC members had questions about the county taking on more debt, how it would be repaid, and whether the downward trends school enrollment justifies the need. A $300 million bond package was approved in 2020. While voters approved the $1.7 billion bond in May, they rejected a referendum to raise sales taxes to pay for it . The county plans to use property taxes instead. School officials said schools in some areas are overcrowded and are deteriorating badly. In filing the case, the commission ordered county officials to respond within 10 days with enrollment numbers.

The press release notes that the $1.7 billion is expected to be used “to build three new schools, demolish and rebuild 19 schools, completely renovate 12 schools, and invest approximately $363 million in safety and technology upgrades. . No tax increase is planned. The school system now has 126 schools and more than 300 buildings.

Enrollment in Guilford County schools has increased from 73,407 in 2015 to 69,580 in 2021. Enrollment figures are based on day 20 enrolment.

Nancy Hoffmann, a member of the Greensboro City Council, is a member of the LGC but did not attend the September 22 meeting.

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Local authorities’ confidence in election security high, but misinformation raises concerns https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/local-authorities-confidence-in-election-security-high-but-misinformation-raises-concerns/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/local-authorities-confidence-in-election-security-high-but-misinformation-raises-concerns/ Michigan city and township officials are even more confident in their jurisdiction’s election security and ability to administer an accurate election than they were in 2020, but fears misinformation is taking its toll , according to a survey by the University of Michigan. The survey found that 85% are “very” confident that the final voting […]]]>

Michigan city and township officials are even more confident in their jurisdiction’s election security and ability to administer an accurate election than they were in 2020, but fears misinformation is taking its toll , according to a survey by the University of Michigan.

The survey found that 85% are “very” confident that the final voting results, voting machines and voters lists in their jurisdiction will not be compromised, up significantly from 63% who were very confident in the three aspects of election security in 2020. Only 2% today are not very or not at all confident about these security issues.

The Michigan Public Policy Survey also showed that 78% are very confident that their voting machines, voter rolls or vote count have been compromised, up sharply from 58% in 2020.

Despite overwhelming certainty that their own elections will be accurate, just over half of local state officials believe their own residents are very confident in the accuracy of their community’s elections.

Local leaders are also less confident in the ability of other Michigan jurisdictions to administer accurate elections, though large majorities still express confidence. Less than half (40%) are very confident in elections in other jurisdictions and 36% are somewhat confident, while 17% are not very or not at all confident.

The report shows that while local leaders of all partisan stripes have similar confidence in the accuracy of their own local elections, partisanship clearly plays a role in local leaders’ concerns about elections in other Michigan communities. Only 31% of local officials who identify as Republicans are very confident in elections in other jurisdictions, compared to 48% of independents and 64% of Democrats.

At the other end of the scale, nearly a quarter of local Republican leaders are not very confident or not at all confident in the accuracy of other jurisdictions’ elections, compared to 12% of independents and just 1% of Democrats. .

“We are encouraged by these results, that even against the noise created by election deniers and conspiracies, confidence in the accuracy and security of election administration remains high,” said Debra Horner, senior program manager. at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at UM Ford’s School of Public Policy. “However, city and township clerks still face a wide range of challenges. For example, in large jurisdictions, 60% expect to have problems recruiting enough poll workers for November.

A survey respondent said that despite public accuracy tests, workshops organized by the Registrar’s Office and other transparency efforts, some members of the public are still influenced by misinformation.

Post-election administrative processes, including counting mail-in ballots, reconciling constituencies and certifying the final tally, have been a point of contention among the public. But in the spring of 2022, only 3% of local leaders expect administrative problems with these activities after the polls close in November. This is reflected in township clerks, the local officials responsible for managing elections in their jurisdictions, who have even greater confidence in the accuracy of local elections: 94% of clerks are “very confident”.

“Despite the ongoing disinformation campaign to sow doubt about our elections, people should understand that the administration of elections is actually done very well by most local governments, as hundreds of audits show time and time again. across the state,” said Tom Ivacko, executive director of CLOSE. “There are many checks and balances built into the system to find and correct problems so that the count of certified votes accurately reflects the will of voters.”

The report concludes that Michigan local officials overall express confidence in their jurisdictions’ ability to conduct accurate elections. Still, he adds, “it remains to be seen whether Michigan residents will feel the same levels of confidence once the election is over.”

The Spring 2022 wave of the survey was conducted by CLOSUP between April 4 and June 6, 2022. The survey of Michigan’s 1,856 general purpose local governments is conducted in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties, the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Townships Association.

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Take a bow | Local Government Chronicle (LGC) https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/take-a-bow-local-government-chronicle-lgc/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:42:25 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/take-a-bow-local-government-chronicle-lgc/ As two council chief executives at the heart of the state funeral share their experiences, LGC editor Sarah Calkin said the sector should be proud of its contribution over the past 12 days. Sometimes you can let the numbers tell the story and yesterday’s state funeral was one of them. Around four billion people around […]]]>

As two council chief executives at the heart of the state funeral share their experiences, LGC editor Sarah Calkin said the sector should be proud of its contribution over the past 12 days.

Sometimes you can let the numbers tell the story and yesterday’s state funeral was one of them. Around four billion people around the world were expected to watch the Queen’s funeral and motorcade yesterday, but probably not the six o’clock.

It is believed that more than 250,000 people have descended on Westminster Hall to pay their last respects to Her Majesty in recent days, some of whom will have queued up to 24 hours to do so.

Speaking to LGC today, Windsor & Maidenhead RBC managing director Duncan Sharkey said more than 100,000 people descended on Windsor yesterday, a town with a normal population closer to 30,000.

Over the past fortnight, staff from across the council have been recruited to organize what has been a beautifully executed event: senior leaders supplying orders of gold and silver to community guardians on the ground . Road workers, street cleaners, garbage collectors and downtown management officers all had a part to play in ensuring the borough was at its best for the occasion. Other staff have swapped day jobs to provide support, leaving colleagues to hold the fort to ensure regular council services continue uninterrupted.

Partners and contractors provided more than 1,000 stewards to support the crowds while there were at least 100 staff involved in building the temporary infrastructure required, such as safety barriers along all of the centre’s pathways -town and the long walk to Windsor Castle, world media facilities and additional mobile phone masts and CCTV.

The council took responsibility for crowd safety and closed nearly 100 roads.

“I’m incredibly proud of everyone… It showed Windsor at its best,” Mr Sharkey said.

The smooth running of the event is no coincidence. Mr Sharkey, who is in the final weeks of his role at Windsor and Maidenhead before joining Somerset CC as chief executive, told LGC there have been between 20 and 30 funeral preparation drills in Windsor this calendar year alone.

Meetings are held at least once a month between the council and the other partner organizations involved in planning and logistics. There have been military-style “concept rehearsal” exercises that go over plans minute by minute to ensure there are no conflicts between what different organizations are planning to do at any given time. .

“Our plans are always up to date,” Mr. Sharkey said. “A lot of people think you would fix this through contingency planning, but we pretty much knew what we were trying to achieve: it could have been unexpected. [at that time] but we knew it was coming.

Hounslow LBC was one of three London boroughs the funeral procession passed through on its way from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle. Chief executive Niall Bolger told LGC that although the planning was meticulous and well-rehearsed, its execution was still a “Herculean effort” for everyone involved.

“The only comparison would have been the first two weeks of the pandemic, but even that didn’t have as many moving parts as this one,” Bolger said. “From counter-terrorism and prevention to cleaning streets and eliminating weeds, while continuing the daily work.”

Across Hounslow, 92 roads have been closed, including the A4 which runs through the center of the borough. As in Windsor and Maidenhead, access still needed to be ensured for vital services such as social workers.

The London operation was coordinated by the Greater London Authority.

“It was a huge effort by everyone involved. Really constructive collaboration across government and the GLA,” Mr Bolger said.

As boroughs hosting elements of the state funeral, Hounslow and Windsor & Maidenhead carried a particularly heavy workload. But for senior council officers across the country, the past 12 days have been relentless as normal hours have been changed to proclaim the new king, open condolence books and create local opportunities for residents to come together to pay tribute on Sunday and Monday. . It was crucial to ensure that these events included modern Britain and involved and reflected the wishes of diverse communities.

It is difficult to imagine the logistical planning required to organize such events in such a short time. Most people spend little time thinking about the work of their local council, but at times like this they certainly expect it to be there, organizing and protecting.

Once again, local government has done the nation proud. Bow down.

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Participating in local government is a way to nip authoritarianism in the bud https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/participating-in-local-government-is-a-way-to-nip-authoritarianism-in-the-bud/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 12:00:22 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/participating-in-local-government-is-a-way-to-nip-authoritarianism-in-the-bud/ Want to join the global fight against authoritarianism? Then, participate in the local government of your community. Because authoritarians don’t teleport fully trained in national leadership. They must first learn to govern in an undemocratic way, usually at the local level. To stop authoritarianism on a global scale, we all need to identify our hometown […]]]>

Want to join the global fight against authoritarianism?

Then, participate in the local government of your community.

Because authoritarians don’t teleport fully trained in national leadership. They must first learn to govern in an undemocratic way, usually at the local level. To stop authoritarianism on a global scale, we all need to identify our hometown autocrats and make sure local governments are as democratic as possible.

Detecting potential authoritarians is not always easy. Some spend too little time in local government, like Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who spent two quiet years on the Rio city council, but many local authoritarians are vocal about their tyrannical ambitions.

“If I go to the presidential palace, I will do exactly what I did as mayor,” Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said while campaigning for the Philippine presidency. “All of you drug addicts, sons of bitches, I’m really going to kill you.” I have no patience, I have no middle ground, either you kill me or I kill you fools.

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Residents of California’s ‘Little Arabia’ neighborhood seeking recognition from local government https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/residents-of-californias-little-arabia-neighborhood-seeking-recognition-from-local-government/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 20:25:48 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/residents-of-californias-little-arabia-neighborhood-seeking-recognition-from-local-government/ DUBAI: Two years after the signing of the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between the UAE and Israel, the UAE rabbi got married on Wednesday at the Hilton Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Rabbi Levi Duchman, 29, is married to Lea Hadad, 27, the daughter of Rabbi Menachem Hadad, the Chabad chief rabbi of Brussels. The […]]]>

DUBAI: Two years after the signing of the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between the UAE and Israel, the UAE rabbi got married on Wednesday at the Hilton Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Rabbi Levi Duchman, 29, is married to Lea Hadad, 27, the daughter of Rabbi Menachem Hadad, the Chabad chief rabbi of Brussels.

The event, which deliberately coincided with the second anniversary of the agreements, highlighted the growing presence of Jewish life in the Emirates where, until a few years ago, Jews had to keep their services almost hidden from the public.

About 1,500 guests attended the ceremony, including senior UAE government officials and more than 20 ambassadors from France, Japan, South Korea, Finland and elsewhere. Prominent businessmen, including Emirati entrepreneur Mohamed Alabbar, were also present at the event, along with male and female Catholic priests, reflecting the UAE’s growing commitment to interfaith and coexistence. .

“We are very lucky to be in this great place that is the United Arab Emirates,” Rabbi Levi Banon of Morocco’s Chabad – Duchman’s brother-in-law and emcee for the evening – told chuppah guests. , or wedding canopy.

“We feel your motto of excellence and hospitality. Thank you for making us feel at home.”

Although the exact number of Jews residing in the UAE is unknown, estimates range from 500 to 3,000 or more since the signing of the Abraham Accords. Since normalization, the UAE has welcomed more than 200,000 Jewish tourists, a growing number given the growing number of Israelis and Jews living in the UAE and establishing businesses there.

The welcoming ceremony in Abu Dhabi brought together friends and family from around the world, some making their first trips since the start of the pandemic. During the ceremony, the mothers of the bride and groom “shattered the glass,” Jewish tradition representing goodwill for a lasting marriage between their children.

Hundreds of guests watched the couple unite in marriage in the chuppah, which symbolizes the home they will build together. Emiratis, Israelis, Americans and other nationalities mingled and chatted as they watched the young couple say their vows.

Rabbi Levi, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates since 2014, is committed to serving the country’s growing Jewish community. Since arriving, he has established communities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including many places of worship, and founded Mini Miracles, the country’s only multilingual kosher nursery and preschool in Dubai’s Jumeirah district. A second branch should open in Abu Dhabi.

He also established a Hebrew Complementary School, a Mikveh for the Jewish Rite of Purification, and the government-sanctioned Kosher Agency, as well as several rabbis in the United Arab Emirates to join him in community service.

He also set up a training program for rabbinical trainees and helped Israeli and Jewish businesses set up in the Emirates following the agreements.

“The couple’s commitment to marry in Abu Dhabi demonstrates their long-term commitment to serving the growing Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates,” said a New York Jew who came for the occasion.

Rabbi Levi was born in Brooklyn and spent two years in Morocco with his sister Chana and her family. It was there that he was inspired to help develop Jewish life in the Arab world.

Her father, Rabbi Sholom Duchman, is the director of Colel Chabad, which was founded in 1788 and is the oldest continuously operating charity in Israel.

Hadad is of Moroccan descent and was born and raised in Belgium. She is the daughter of Chief Rabbi Menachem Hadad. His grandfather started the tradition of emissary work when he established the Chabad community in Milan.

“Rabbi Levi and Lea are the perfect couple,” said Alan Kay, a British Jew who has lived in Abu Dhabi for 11 years.

“The fact that they chose to have their wedding in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is a testament to their commitment to the country and to building the Jewish community here.”

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Madison City Councilman Gary Halverson Resigns After Threats and Vandalism | local government https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/madison-city-councilman-gary-halverson-resigns-after-threats-and-vandalism-local-government/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 04:35:00 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/madison-city-councilman-gary-halverson-resigns-after-threats-and-vandalism-local-government/ Dean Mosiman | Wisconsin State Journal Madison Ald. Gary Halverson said on Wednesday night he planned to resign from the City Council after receiving threats and having his house vandalized, a week after news broke that he was briefly with the Oath Keepers. Halverson said his wife suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to past […]]]>

Madison Ald. Gary Halverson said on Wednesday night he planned to resign from the City Council after receiving threats and having his house vandalized, a week after news broke that he was briefly with the Oath Keepers.

Halverson said his wife suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to past trauma and the harassment triggered her.

“For anyone who has PTSD or lives with someone who has, knows that when something kicks in it’s absolutely terrifying and the terror can last for days, weeks or longer. I don’t want to put him through , her or my family longer,” he said in an email.

Halverson said he failed to properly vet the far-right group and quit shortly after joining. After news broke of his membership in the group, he was criticized by Chairman of the Board Keith Furman and Vice Chairman Jael Currie. Oath Keepers have been accused of playing a key role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol.

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“I am deeply saddened that our current political state is filled with fear and bullying tactics. The end justifies NO means,” Halverson said in the email. “I started this journey to help my community because that’s who I am. I’m proud of my accomplishments and have been honored to work with so many great people who live and work in this city.”

Madison Ald. Gary Halverson, in an email to city council members on Wednesday, said he received threats and his home was vandalized after news broke that he had briefly joined a far-right group in mid-2020.






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Halverson also asked council chairman Keith Furman, who along with council vice-chairman Jael Currie had publicly condemned Halverson’s association with the Oath Keepers, to speak out against the attacks on his family and property.







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“Since your statement was inciting, I have asked you to please speak out against the physical attacks and vandalism directed at my home and my family,” he said. “Your words, like those of Donald Trump before January 6, 2021, have incited others to violence.”

Founded in 2009, the Oath Keepers is a loosely organized group fueled by conspiracy theory that asks its members to pledge to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”, promotes the belief that the federal government is there to strip citizens of their civil liberties and portrays its supporters as defenders against tyranny. The group has been accused of playing a key role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Halverson said he joined without fully understanding what the band was.

In response to Halverson’s email, Furman emailed him and the rest of the council saying that “threats and vandalism are unacceptable” but that “our statement was not the cause of your problems – they are your past actions Your desire to deflect is disappointing.

Madison Police Department spokesman Hunter Lisko said police responded to a complaint of vandalism on Halverson’s property Wednesday morning, but no further information was available and an investigation was ongoing. Lisko had no information available about the threats made against Halverson, who did not respond to a State Journal request for comment Wednesday.

On Sept. 7, the Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism identified Halverson as one of six elected officials from Wisconsin whose names appeared on leaked Oath Keepers membership lists.

Halverson, elected to serve the East Side’s 17th District in April 2021, responded by saying he joined the organization without verification and is no longer a member.

“I thought I joined an organization that welcomed veterans who cared about our democracy,” he said in a Sept. 7 email. “I was misled and terminated membership two months later in August 2020.”

A day later, Furman and Currie condemned Halverson’s association with the band and said it was up to him to decide if he could continue on the board “that secret now being public”. They also said the information calls into question the motivation behind Halverson’s public votes and that voters will have the opportunity to decide who will represent them in April 2023.

Halverson released an additional statement later in the day saying he left the Oathkeepers four months before the 2020 presidential election and was “still disgusted by the heinous attack on our democracy on January 6” .

On Sept. 12, Halverson posted a note on his city’s webpage saying it had been a tough week for him and his family, and thanking voters for their overwhelming support.

“I made a mistake joining a group that cheated on me and other veterans. I quickly corrected it. I apologize for the embarrassment, distraction and pain this has caused,” a “Statements and comments by other elected officials calling me a white supremacist or associating me with one are heinous, extremely offensive and possibly defamatory,” he said.

In his Wednesday email to the council, obtained by the State Journal, Halverson called Furman and Currie’s statement “misleading and cruel” and said it led to “threats against me, including vandalism at home”.

“I don’t expect you to acknowledge or appreciate that I disavowed and left the organization prior to the 2020 presidential election and the events of January 6,” he said.

Furman shared two emails in response, one sent to Halverson and all board members and a second to Halverson.

In the first email, Furman said he would not engage in back-and-forth via emails to all council members, called threats and vandalism unacceptable, and accused Halverson of turning away.

In the email to Halverson, Furman reiterated, “I’m sorry you were vandalized and receiving threats. No one deserves this and it is totally unacceptable.

He also asked if Halverson could point to parts of the joint statement that were inaccurate and that he would be happy to correct it.

“You had every right to join this group and I certainly have every right to be disgusted by it,” he said.

Furman also sent Halverson the Wikipedia page on Oath Keepers from May 2020.

Currie had not responded to requests for comment.

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District approves four-day week trial https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/district-approves-four-day-week-trial/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:00:23 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/district-approves-four-day-week-trial/ South Cambridgeshire DC will pilot a four-day working week from January in a bid to make the council more attractive to potential employees. The three-month trial, which will begin in January, received cabinet approval yesterday (September 12). A four-day working week means that staff work one less day per week but still receive the same […]]]>

South Cambridgeshire DC will pilot a four-day working week from January in a bid to make the council more attractive to potential employees.

The three-month trial, which will begin in January, received cabinet approval yesterday (September 12).

A four-day working week means that staff work one less day per week but still receive the same salary. It differs from the compressed schedule, which involves working 37 hours a week over four long days.

Prior to trial, the council will undertake a three-month planning period between October and December with approximately 470 council staff members ready to participate.

The council will monitor progress from January to the end of March using its standard performance metrics and will track how long it takes the council to process grant applications, rent collections from council houses and how quickly with which planning requests are determined.

The Employment and Staffing Committee will receive update reports and will be asked to report back with recommendations after the trial is complete.

If the trial proves successful, South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City Council – who share a joint planning department – ​​will consider extending their trial to include bin crews later in 2023.

This is because more time would be needed to plan and establish how the two councils would organize a four-day garbage worker week.

South Cambridgeshire hopes the move will make the council more attractive to new staff.

Over the past year it has only been able to fill around eight out of 10 or fewer of its vacancies and there are currently 23 agency staff covering clerical roles which the council would ideally have filled. people in permanent positions.

Agency staff could cost the council upwards of £2m for a year, but if the council were to fill these positions with permanent staff, it would cost around £1m.

Bridgit Smith (Lib Dem), the leader of South Cambridgeshire, said: “We have taken a big step forward in seeking to address not only our own recruitment problems, but also the staffing problems facing local governments in across the country. But above all, it must be a trial that works for our residents and businesses as well as for the council. »

Cllr Smith said as a result the council would have a “three month period to plan and prepare carefully”.

She explained that the process was to “see if the benefits on productivity, staff welfare and recruitment can be seen in local government as demonstrated in the private sector.”

“We only filled about half of our vacancies in the first few months of this year and bringing in interim staff instead is expensive. Plus, we believe it will help us attract a more diverse workforce. If we can help reduce the financial burden of childcare and childcare costs, I believe we will open up as an employer to more people and help them cope with the rising cost of childcare. life,” Cllr Smith said.

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Declaration of Candidates for Burnaby Local Government Election 2022 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/declaration-of-candidates-for-burnaby-local-government-election-2022/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 00:01:10 +0000 https://garysinghforcitycouncil.com/declaration-of-candidates-for-burnaby-local-government-election-2022/ The City of Burnaby received 40 candidate nominations for the 2022 municipal election. Nomination packages for the upcoming election were accepted at the City of Burnaby Elections Office from August 30 at 8 a.m. until September 9 at 16 o’clock. The full list of candidates includes: Mayor’s Office The candidate for mayor is: Advisor’s Office […]]]>

The City of Burnaby received 40 candidate nominations for the 2022 municipal election. Nomination packages for the upcoming election were accepted at the City of Burnaby Elections Office from August 30 at 8 a.m. until September 9 at 16 o’clock.

The full list of candidates includes:

Mayor’s Office

The candidate for mayor is:

Advisor’s Office

The candidates for the position of councilor are:

  • Ken ARNOLD
  • Reah ARORA
  • Pietro CALENDINO
  • Antara DEB
  • Sav DHALIWAL
  • Gulam FIRDOS
  • Mona GREWAL
  • Alison GU
  • Mike Hillman
  • Joe KEITHLEY
  • Martin KENDEL
  • Richard T. LEE
  • Richard N. LIU
  • Carrie McLaren
  • Mario MICELI
  • Jasmin NICHOLSFIGUEIREDO
  • MichaelAngeloROBINHOOD
  • Constantin ROCCAS
  • Brea Huang Sami
  • Maita SANTIAGO
  • Tara SUSHTARIAN
  • Deborah SKERRY
  • Tom Tao
  • Daniel TETRAULT
  • Scott VAN DENHAM
  • James Wang
  • Heymann YIP

school commissioner

The candidates for the position of school commissioner are:

  • Bill BRASSINGTON
  • Pierre CECH
  • Jeff COURSON
  • Rocky DONG
  • Larry Hayes
  • Paul KWON
  • Jen MEZEI
  • Harinder PARMAR
  • Mikel SASAKAMOOSE
  • Christine SCHNIDER
  • Spenser SPROUL
  • Gary WONG

In the 2022 Burnaby local government election, voters will elect 1 mayor, 8 councilors and 7 school trustees. All positions will be held for a four-year term.

As the city has only received one nomination for mayor, if no challenge is received by the Elections Office by 4 p.m. on September 19, 2022, Mike Hurley will be officially acclaimed to the position and sworn in for a new mandate. along with newly elected councilors and school trustees at a ceremony on November 2, 2022.

Given under my hand this September 9, 2022

Lynne Axford,
CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER

For more information: Burnaby.ca/Elections

Burnaby Electoral Office
604-294-7088 | [email protected]

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