public health – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 05:42:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://adventurebase100.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png public health – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ 32 32 Boston City Council’s COVID-19 Recovery Hearing Committee on Case #0160 https://adventurebase100.org/boston-city-councils-covid-19-recovery-hearing-committee-on-case-0160/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 15:13:31 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/boston-city-councils-covid-19-recovery-hearing-committee-on-case-0160/ Message and Order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00) in the form of a grant, granted by the United States Department of the Treasury, to be administered by the city’s financial manager/collector. Treasurer, of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund of the United […]]]>

Message and Order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00) in the form of a grant, granted by the United States Department of the Treasury, to be administered by the city’s financial manager/collector. Treasurer, of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund of the United States Treasury established by Section 9901 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

This matter was sponsored by the Administration and was referred to the Committee on January 26, 2022.

NOTICE: The Boston City Council may have an attendance quorum due to standing committees of the City Council consisting of both voting and non-voting members. However, members who attend this duly posted meeting only participate and deliberate on the business of the standing committee.

Presence

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts 2021, amending certain requirements of the Open Meetings Act and exempting public bodies from certain requirements, including the requirement for public bodies to hold their meetings in a public place that is open and physically accessible to the public , City Council will hold this hearing virtually. This allows the City Council to carry out its responsibilities while respecting public health recommendations and guaranteeing public access to its deliberations by adequate alternative means. The public can watch this hearing live on boston.gov/city-council-tv and via streaming on Xfinity 8/RCN 82/Fios 964.

Public testimony

Written evidence can be sent to the committee or emailed to staff (below) and will be incorporated into the file and made available to all councillors. Members of the public wishing to testify virtually via videoconference should email the staff contact for a link and instructions for doing so.

Contact staff: Michelle A. Goldberg

Committee email: ccc.c19@boston.gov

Staff email: michelle.a.goldberg@boston.gov Staff phone: 617-635-4645

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Social Justice Public Art Initiative “Windows of Understanding” Returns on MLK Day for 5th Anniversary January 17 – February 28, 2022 https://adventurebase100.org/social-justice-public-art-initiative-windows-of-understanding-returns-on-mlk-day-for-5th-anniversary-january-17-february-28-2022/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:47:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/social-justice-public-art-initiative-windows-of-understanding-returns-on-mlk-day-for-5th-anniversary-january-17-february-28-2022/ The New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Highland Park Arts Commission, Metuchen Arts Council and South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission announce the fifth annual public art project ” Windows of Understanding”, an initiative that brings together local artists, organizations and businesses to promote awareness and engagement around […]]]>

The New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Highland Park Arts Commission, Metuchen Arts Council and South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission announce the fifth annual public art project ” Windows of Understanding”, an initiative that brings together local artists, organizations and businesses to promote awareness and engagement around social justice issues impacting local communities.

As Windows of Understanding enters its fifth year, the vision of the public art project is to transform the spaces of the “main street” into real windows of understanding; spaces in which the community can learn about the positive progress made by local organizations around a wide range of social justice issues that do not make daily headlines. Expanding its reach to a fourth town in Middlesex County, South Plainfield, joining New Brunswick, Highland Park and Metuchen, Windows of Understanding is a creative, community-based response to the negativity and hate that lives on in the media landscape of ‘today. It is through visual language that artists can communicate methods of understanding in powerful ways that transcend cultural boundaries.

“Windows of Understanding has always been thought-provoking and important,” said New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill. “Each year, contributing artists have masterfully captured the most discussed social issues in the country and presented them honestly and authentically, stimulating thought and generating dialogue. We look forward to another successful year in 2022.”

This year, more than 20 non-profit organizations will be paired with an entertainer to highlight the positive progress they are making in local communities. The works will be on display in storefronts and public spaces in New Brunswick, Highland Park, Metuchen and South Plainfield, New Jersey, from January 17 to February 28, 2022.

“The Windows of Understanding collaboration and multi-site expo is always a highlight of Highland Park’s annual calendar of activities,” said Gayle Brill Mittler, Mayor of Highland Park. “Our artistic community and many of our residents deeply appreciate the variety of artistic works presented each year and the socially responsible messages they convey.”

Organizers have organized this year’s arts and support events around selected economic justice issues; public health; climate change; and protest against politics; as well as a focus on youth engagement. Installations will be on display along Church, George and French streets in New Brunswick; the Rite Aid windows of the South 4th Avenue Gallery in Highland Park; on XXX in South Plainfield; and at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties in Metuchen.

The project will launch on Monday, January 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to honor Dr. King’s legacy with a “Day of Understanding.”
Current efforts include expanding the importance of creating conversational windows of understanding through events; educational workshops in partnership with local schools will take place until the end of April.

“It is important to note that art is a universal language that evokes thoughts, ideas and meaning in the eye of the beholder,” said Dr. Aubrey A. Johnson, Superintendent of Public Schools for New Brunswick. “We are proud of our partnership with Windows of Understanding, which provides our students with a framework to develop critical awareness, understand the world as they see it, and take action against social injustices.”

“As president of the Art on the Block club, I believe that art can lead people to explore the world of imagination, as art students see it every day,” says 12th grader Nezzle Mendez. year of New Brunswick high school. “We wanted to show awareness of climate change. We must change our ways of polluting the world and continue our efforts for generations to come. »

Free virtual programs such as panel discussions, youth art exhibits, art workshops and film screenings on social justice themes will complement the showcases throughout the season. The Metuchen Arts Council will partner with the Metuchen Human Relations Commission to present a virtual “community conversation” with agency directors and artists involved to highlight each agency’s timely work.

“We at Metuchen look forward to embracing, once again, the principles of Windows of Understanding, as they draw our attention through art to organizations in our community that are doing important work to address the economic justice, public health, climate change and fostering civic engagement. said Metuchen Mayor Jonathan Busch. “Through art comes awareness; through awareness, there are opportunities to create solutions as a community.

The Windows of Understanding project partners artists with local organizations. Local organizations involved include The Black Community Watchline; Brady – United Against Gun Violence; Citizen campaign; Dina’s Lodgings, Town Clock CDC; Elijah’s promise; Pantry of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen; Watch out for food and water; Highland Park gives a hoot; The League of Women Voters; Moms demand action; NAACP; Association of Black Women Physicians of New Jersey; New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition; RCHP Affordable Housing Corporation; TO FILL; The Rutgers Climate Institute; Rutgers student pantry; RWJUH HVIP Community Consortium Working Together Against Violence to Empower (WAVE); Stop NESE Coalition; Sustainable South Plainfield; and Urban Ag Lab, Rutgers University.

Leadership support for Windows of Understanding 2022 was provided by Middlesex County, New Brunswick Cultural Center and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties. Special thanks to the Middlesex County Institute of the Arts and Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs for their in-kind support of this program.

Companies hosting art installations for 2022 include: New Brunswick Center for the Performing Arts (NBPAC), Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, College Avenue Court, New Brunswick Parking Authority, Brunswick, Harvest Moon, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown New Brunswick, Borough of Highland Park, Rite Aid of Highland Park, Johnson & Johnson, Earth & Ivy and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties.

For more information on Windows of Understanding, including a full list of featured organizations, participating showcases, and a full schedule of free events, please visit HYPERLINK “http://www.windowsofunderstanding.org” www.windowsofunderstanding.org . On Instagram at @windowsofunderstanding, #weseethroughhate.

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About the New Brunswick Community Arts Council
Comprised of leaders from across the arts sector appointed by the mayor for a three-year term, the New Brunswick Community Arts Council exists to promote a diverse range of arts and culture throughout the city. Windows of Understanding complements the council’s existing programs such as the New Brunswick Holiday Market.

About Mason Gross School of the Arts
Founded in 1976, the Mason Gross School of the Arts is New Jersey’s flagship public art conservatory and a division of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the nation’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning, a top Big Ten public research university with more than 71,000 students, and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The Mason Gross School is home to the departments of Art and Design, Dance, Music, and Theater as well as Rutgers Community Arts, Rutgers Arts Online, the Rutgers Filmmaking Center, and the Rutgers Print Collaborative. The school has approximately 805 undergraduate and 257 graduate students in five disciplines, supported by approximately 390 faculty and 66 staff. Mason Gross students come from 29 states and territories and 21 countries. Mason Gross is one of the most selective schools in Rutgers – New Brunswick, ensuring students have the opportunity to work closely with accomplished artists in their fields.

About the Highland Park Arts Commission
The purpose of the Arts Commission is to support and facilitate cultural programs in Highland Park for the benefit of its residents. These programs may include, but are not limited to, dance, drama, music, visual arts, poetry, spoken word, culinary arts, fashion design, paper arts, woodworking and interdisciplinary art forms. The Arts Commission is particularly interested in the inclusion of diverse cultural programming and the training of students (of all ages) in these art forms.

About Metuchen Arts Council
The Metuchen Arts Council was established in 1967 to advocate and promote culturally enriching programs that foster appreciation of the arts in the community. The Metuchen Arts Council accomplishes its mission by sponsoring exciting, innovative and entertaining programs in all artistic disciplines; support local artists and arts organizations through grants, sponsorships and networking opportunities; work with others to create a welcoming community to attract artists and audiences of all ages, backgrounds and cultures; and by being an advocate for arts education at all levels.

About the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission
The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission was founded to promote a variety of cultural arts programs to residents of South Plainfield.

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Hearing of the municipal council committee on women, families and strong communities on files # 1168-1171 and # 1240 https://adventurebase100.org/hearing-of-the-municipal-council-committee-on-women-families-and-strong-communities-on-files-1168-1171-and-1240/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 15:32:01 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/hearing-of-the-municipal-council-committee-on-women-families-and-strong-communities-on-files-1168-1171-and-1240/ [ad_1] File # 1240, Message and Order Authorizing the City of Boston to Accept and Spend Three Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand Dollars ($ 399,000.00) in Grant Form, for the East Boston Foundation Fund II , assigned by the Massachusetts Port Authority to be administered by the Age Strong Commission. The grant will fund the operation […]]]>


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File # 1240, Message and Order Authorizing the City of Boston to Accept and Spend Three Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand Dollars ($ 399,000.00) in Grant Form, for the East Boston Foundation Fund II , assigned by the Massachusetts Port Authority to be administered by the Age Strong Commission. The grant will fund the operation and management by Age Strong Commission of the East Boston Senior Center.

These questions were sponsored by the Administration and were referred to the Committee on November 17, 2021 (Files # 1168-1171) and December 8, 2021 (# 1240).

NOTICE: Boston City Council may have an attendance quorum due to City Council standing committees made up of voting and non-voting members. However, members who attend this properly posted meeting participate and deliberate only in the course of the business of the Standing Committee.

Presence

In accordance with chapter 20 of the laws of 2021, amending certain requirements of the Law on public assemblies and exempting public bodies from certain requirements, in particular the obligation for public bodies to hold their meetings in a public place that is open and physically accessible to the public , the city council will hold this hearing virtually. This enables the City Council to exercise its responsibilities while adhering to public health recommendations and ensuring public access to its deliberations through appropriate alternative means. The public can watch this audience live on www.boston.gov/city-council-tv and via broadcast on Xfinity 8 / RCN 82 / Fios 964.

Public testimony

Written evidence can be sent to the committee or by email to staff (below) and will be incorporated into the file and made available to all advisors. Members of the public wishing to testify virtually via video conference should email the staff contact for a link and instructions for doing so.

Staff contact: Shane L. Pac

Committee email: ccc.swfc@boston.gov

Staff email: shane.pac@boston.gov Staff phone: (617) 635-3040

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Conditional sentence for a chef after 1 death and 30 patients with Chinese pâté https://adventurebase100.org/conditional-sentence-for-a-chef-after-1-death-and-30-patients-with-chinese-pate/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 05:08:14 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/conditional-sentence-for-a-chef-after-1-death-and-30-patients-with-chinese-pate/ [ad_1] A former pub chef in England has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence for an incident that killed one person and sickened more than 30 in 2018. John Croucher, the former chef at Crewe Arms in Northamptonshire, was convicted last week at Reading Crown Court after admitting to breaking food regulations. Croucher has […]]]>


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A former pub chef in England has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence for an incident that killed one person and sickened more than 30 in 2018.

John Croucher, the former chef at Crewe Arms in Northamptonshire, was convicted last week at Reading Crown Court after admitting to breaking food regulations.

Croucher has pleaded guilty in an earlier hearing to marketing unsafe food. He was ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work in the community and to pay costs of £ 4,000 ($ 5,300).

Elizabeth Neuman, who was 90, died after eating shepherd’s pie in October 2018, while 31 other people reported symptoms of food poisoning after becoming ill with Clostridium perfringens. Shepherd’s pie is a dish made from minced meat and mashed potatoes.

Pub owner and landlord Neil Bellingham has admitted three counts of breaking food regulations. He has been fined £ 9,000 ($ 12,000) and must pay £ 1,000 ($ 1,300) in court costs.

The Bobcat Pub Company has been fined nearly £ 3,000 ($ 4,000) for failing to register a food premises, failing to implement and maintain a food safety management system, failing to not having provided supervision, instruction or training personnel and placing unsafe foods on the market.

How the incident unfolded
Croucher told the court he was in a rush at the time of the incident.

“I really hate to say it, but I think I was rushed. I was rushing. It is something that I will never forget. Because of that I’m a better chef and it’s just too bad the cost must have been what it was, ”he said, according to media reports.

The court heard that the minced meat from the shepherd’s pie had not been cooked properly the day before before it was put in the refrigerator. The next day it was cooked again with mashed potatoes but the temperature of the meat was not checked. Improper cooking, cooling and reheating of various ingredients led to contamination of the dish with Clostridium perfringens.

The day after the event, West Northamptonshire Council received a call from the event organizer to report that people had fallen ill with severe stomach cramps and diarrhea.

An investigation by environmental health officers from the council and Public Health England (now the UK Health Security Agency) uncovered numerous food hygiene violations which have led to prosecutions.

The outlet now has a five-star food hygiene rating, but in 2017 it was one star, meaning a major improvement was needed.

“This is an incredibly sad and tragic case that demonstrates the grave consequences of failure to comply with food safety regulations, and I commend the officers whose detailed investigation brought these individuals to justice in the past. ‘public safety interest,’ said David Smith of the council.

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Boston COVID-19 Recovery Virtual Public Hearing Committee on File # 1205 https://adventurebase100.org/boston-covid-19-recovery-virtual-public-hearing-committee-on-file-1205/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 14:12:55 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/boston-covid-19-recovery-virtual-public-hearing-committee-on-file-1205/ [ad_1] Message and Ordinance authorizing the City of Boston to accept and spend the sum of eight million dollars ($ 8,000,000) in the form of a grant, granted by the Department of the Treasury of the United States, to be administered by the City of Boston Financial Director / Collector Treasurer. The grant will fund […]]]>


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Message and Ordinance authorizing the City of Boston to accept and spend the sum of eight million dollars ($ 8,000,000) in the form of a grant, granted by the Department of the Treasury of the United States, to be administered by the City of Boston Financial Director / Collector Treasurer. The grant will fund the expansion of the free transit program. This grant payment is made from the United States Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF) established by Section 9901 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

This ordinance was sponsored by Mayor Wu and was referred to the Committee on November 17, 2021.

NOTICE: Boston City Council may have an attendance quorum due to City Council standing committees made up of voting and non-voting members. However, members attending this duly posted meeting participate and deliberate only in the course of standing committee business.

Presence

In accordance with chapter 20 of the laws of 2021 amending certain requirements of the law on public assemblies and exempting public bodies from certain requirements, in particular the obligation for public bodies to hold their meetings in a public place that is open and physically accessible to the public, The City Council will hold this hearing virtually. This allows the municipal council to fulfill its responsibilities while respecting public health arrangements and guaranteeing public access to its deliberations by suitable alternative means. The public can watch this meeting live on Xfinity 8 / RCN 82 / Verizon 964 and via livestream at boston.gov/city-council-tv. It will also be rebroadcast at a later date.

Public testimony

Written comments can be sent to the committee or by email to staff (below) and will be incorporated into the file and made available to all advisors. Members of the public wishing to testify virtually via video conference should email the staff contact for a link and instructions to do so.

Mail address: File # 1205, Town Hall, Town Hall, 5e Floor, Boston MA 02201

Fax number: 617-635-4203 Attention: Christine O’Donnell, File # 1205

Committee email: ccc.covid19@boston.gov Staff email: christine.odonnell@boston.gov

Staff phone: 617-635-1185

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St. Louis County Council Committee Promises Swift Passage of Prison Salary Increase Bill | Politics https://adventurebase100.org/st-louis-county-council-committee-promises-swift-passage-of-prison-salary-increase-bill-politics/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/st-louis-county-council-committee-promises-swift-passage-of-prison-salary-increase-bill-politics/ [ad_1] The seven-member board is expected to approve the wage increase to replace an earlier bill, unanimously approved in August, which allocated $ 1.9 million in ARPA funds to provide lump sum increases of $ 500 to workers after every 90 working days. This bill was the council’s response to former prison warden Doug Burris’ […]]]>


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The seven-member board is expected to approve the wage increase to replace an earlier bill, unanimously approved in August, which allocated $ 1.9 million in ARPA funds to provide lump sum increases of $ 500 to workers after every 90 working days.

This bill was the council’s response to former prison warden Doug Burris’ request for $ 5 million in ARPA funds to increase hourly wages, which he first made in April. At the time, the prison was down to 45 officers, but Burris’ demand dragged on for weeks as the council debated the measure.

The board compromise was designed to provide incentives to prevent officers from resigning. But Deloitte, the accounting firm advising the county on compliance with federal regulations, said the proposed lump sum payments would be an ineligible use of federal relief money.

On Thursday, Damon Armeni, a senior executive at Deloitte, told the committee that an hourly increase would be permissible because, under federal regulations which allow an hourly premium for “essential workers,” or full-time hourly staff working in public health and safety positions that pose increased health risks due to close contact with multiple people.

The pay rise would also reduce overtime payments, Anders told the committee. So far this year, the prison has paid about $ 2 million in overtime, up from $ 1 million throughout 2020. Anders has vowed he could cut costs by about $ 700,000 with even one. part of the 80 vacant positions filled.

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Bobby Henon resigns leadership positions on Philadelphia City Council committee after conviction in corruption trial https://adventurebase100.org/bobby-henon-resigns-leadership-positions-on-philadelphia-city-council-committee-after-conviction-in-corruption-trial/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 00:19:19 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/bobby-henon-resigns-leadership-positions-on-philadelphia-city-council-committee-after-conviction-in-corruption-trial/ [ad_1] PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia City Council member Bobby Henon resigned his leadership role on four council committees after being convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges earlier this week. Henon made the announcement Wednesday night in a letter to Chairman of the Board Darrell Clarke. Council member says he is stepping down as chairman of […]]]>


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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia City Council member Bobby Henon resigned his leadership role on four council committees after being convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges earlier this week.

Henon made the announcement Wednesday night in a letter to Chairman of the Board Darrell Clarke.

Council member says he is stepping down as chairman of the public property and public works committee, chairman of the licensing and inspection committee, vice chairman of the finance committee and vice chairman of the public health and social services commission. .

“As I take steps to implement a responsible and deliberate transition, I ask that the responsibilities of these committees be reassigned to other members of city council so that the committees can continue their work without distraction or delay,” said said Henon.

Henon did not resign from his post on city council. Under Pennsylvania law, he would not have to do so until his sentencing which is slated for February.

Henon and his co-defendant John Dougherty, longtime business manager of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, were convicted on Monday of conspiracy and wire fraud of honest services. Henon was also found guilty of bribery. Both were acquitted of certain charges.

SEE ALSO: Union boss John Dougherty and Philadelphia city councilor Bobby Henon convicted in corruption trial

Dougherty resigned his post on Tuesday, ending his nearly three-decade tenure as head of the union, and said he also plans to step down as business manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, an organization umbrella of the unions in the city he led. since 2015, the newspaper reported.

Prosecutors said Dougherty gave Henon, a union electrician who became a member of Philadelphia City Council, a union-paid walk-in job to ensure Henon responded to union tenders. Dougherty’s lawyers have said he does not exercise undue influence and that the city allows council members to take outside jobs.

Henon’s defense said the case amounts to criminalizing the legislative process and treating the union differently from other groups that lobby lawmakers. Henon was elected in 2011 and represented his district covering parts of northeast Philadelphia for three terms.

Dougherty – widely known by his nickname “Johnny Doc” – was a major force in Pennsylvania politics, spearheading millions of union campaign contributions to candidates for political office, including his brother, who was elected judge in the State Supreme Court in 2015.

Dougherty still faces at least one more federal trial based on the charges in the broad indictment of 2019.

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Removal of Confederate monument fails in Jacksonville City Council Third Committee – Action News Jax https://adventurebase100.org/removal-of-confederate-monument-fails-in-jacksonville-city-council-third-committee-action-news-jax/ https://adventurebase100.org/removal-of-confederate-monument-fails-in-jacksonville-city-council-third-committee-action-news-jax/#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2021 14:30:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/removal-of-confederate-monument-fails-in-jacksonville-city-council-third-committee-action-news-jax/ [ad_1] JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The city of Jacksonville’s plan to remove a statue from Springfield Park appears to have died on arrival after a third committee did not approve the $ 1.3 million measure. Tuesday morning’s vote by the finance committee failed by 3 to 4. On Monday, two other committees rejected the city’s $ […]]]>


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The city of Jacksonville’s plan to remove a statue from Springfield Park appears to have died on arrival after a third committee did not approve the $ 1.3 million measure.

Tuesday morning’s vote by the finance committee failed by 3 to 4. On Monday, two other committees rejected the city’s $ 1.3 million plan to remove the “Homage to the Women of Confederation” statue of Springfield Park. The plan was presented to the Neighborhood, Community Services, Public Health and Safety Committee on Monday morning, and then sent to the Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee on Monday afternoon.

“I am not in favor of this, and I am concerned about removing history of any kind. I think it’s important to say all sides, otherwise we’re going to repeat the story, the bad parts, and I don’t want to do that. City Councilor Al Ferraro said at the commission’s first hearing. Later adding, “I’m concerned about telling the story, the good part and the bad part.”

Councilor Aaron Bowman also spoke in favor of rejecting the plan, saying, “I fully supported the removal of the Hemming monument. It had no place in the public domain, but this monument I think is very different. It shows the harsh realities of war on entire families.

Springfield Park is a public park.

The idea of ​​destruction was briefly mentioned but was shot down. The city of Jacksonville has insured the statue for $ 808,000 and the destruction plans are said to be “in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Mayor Lenny Curry had previously promised to remove Confederate monuments and markers from all property in the city. But the Springfield Park monument was only wrapped in a tarp due to previous acts of vandalism.

Brian Hughes of the mayor’s office told members of the finance committee on Tuesday that a private business owner had offered to house the Confederate statue in Springfield Park. Hughes says this is the same property where a Confederate statue in downtown St. Augustine was previously moved. It is now on display at Trout Creek Fish Camp on State Road 13.

If the entire city council passes the bill to remove the monument, it would take a super majority of the 19 council members. In view of the three votes in committee, it would appear that he does not have the necessary support.

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City Council Committee Approves Contract for City-Wide STAR Expansion | Local news https://adventurebase100.org/city-council-committee-approves-contract-for-city-wide-star-expansion-local-news/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 18:18:23 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/city-council-committee-approves-contract-for-city-wide-star-expansion-local-news/ [ad_1] The Denver City Council Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee on Wednesday approved by consent a nearly $ 1.4 million contract with the Denver Mental Health Center to expand to citywide its civilian-led response program for low-intensity non-violent situations. The contract negotiated by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment is worth $ […]]]>


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The Denver City Council Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee on Wednesday approved by consent a nearly $ 1.4 million contract with the Denver Mental Health Center to expand to citywide its civilian-led response program for low-intensity non-violent situations.

The contract negotiated by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment is worth $ 1,391,579 and runs until 2022.

The Support Team Assisted Intervention Program pairs mental health clinicians with paramedics to respond to people with mental health issues, poverty, homelessness and substance use crises as an alternative to the police.

Teams have the ability to connect people to emergency services if they wish, such as shelters and treatment for the homeless.

STAR relied on 911 dispatchers to screen the calls and determine the appropriate response. By expanding STAR’s reach in Denver, teams will have about 10,000 meetings per year, according to the contract.

Data presented to the city council’s budget and policy committee in late August showed that none of the more than 1,600 calls that STAR teams have responded to so far have led to arrests.

Data from the pilot phase showed responses heavily concentrated around downtown Denver and East Colfax Avenue, South Federal Boulevard and Montbello. Also as part of the expansion, teams operate up to 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

A 15-member advisory committee for STAR is tasked with monitoring program data and community outreach to raise awareness and review feedback on the matter.

Data collection was based solely on 911 calls during STAR’s pilot phase, said Jeff Holliday, who manages the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies at the Department of Public Health and the Environment, during the presentation of August.

He added that one of the intentions of STAR’s expansion is to consider other ways to access the program because of the stigma associated with calling 911.

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Denver City Council Committee defers vote on flavored tobacco ban https://adventurebase100.org/denver-city-council-committee-defers-vote-on-flavored-tobacco-ban/ https://adventurebase100.org/denver-city-council-committee-defers-vote-on-flavored-tobacco-ban/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 20:12:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/denver-city-council-committee-defers-vote-on-flavored-tobacco-ban/ [ad_1] In a rare movement, a Denver City Council committee has decided to postpone a proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vape products for a third committee hearing. “We don’t want to erode the value of this proposal, and I think the key to any amendment is that we are already seeing […]]]>


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In a rare movement, a Denver City Council committee has decided to postpone a proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vape products for a third committee hearing.

“We don’t want to erode the value of this proposal, and I think the key to any amendment is that we are already seeing that our tobacco stores are not compliant,” the city councilor said. Amanda sawyer, who co-sponsors the prescription with the counselor Debbie ortega, said on an October 27 Security, housing, education and homelessness board committee meeting which drew a crowd into the boardroom.

Sawyer and Ortega first proposed their measure, which aims to reduce vaping rates among young people, at a board meeting on October 6. As it stands, the Sawyer and Ortega proposal would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco and vaping products in Denver, bar none. Flavored vape juices would get the ax just like hookah tobacco and menthol cigarettes. And at this point, they say they’re not inclined to add exemptions, even though other board members have proposed five different amendments.

“It’s not done with a scalpel, it’s done with a sledgehammer. And we’re going to impact adults and stop them from being adults and buying the products they want,” the advisor said. municipal. Kendra Black, which proposes two amendments that would increase age restrictions to 21 and over in tobacco stores rather than ban flavorings, said during the committee hearing. “I’m actually a historian, and history shows us that the ban doesn’t work.”

The committee ran out of time to discuss the proposed amendments during the meeting, which is why Councilor Paul Kashmann, the president, suggested discussing the proposal one last time on Nov. 17 before voting on whether to pass the ordinance on to the entire Denver City Council.

Kashmann himself proposed to exempt high-end cigars and pipe tobacco. And municipal councilor Kevin flynn proposed an amendment to exempt menthol tobacco products from the ban.

Flynn said he had heard from members of the black community on both sides of the issue, with some saying menthol cigarettes should be banned because the tobacco industry has always targeted African American smokers with menthol, and others saying black people should be free to smoke menthols if they so choose.

“The main concern I have overall with the bill, like the black adviser, is that we want to keep the products out of the reach of children., [but] this approach does it by keeping it out of everyone’s reach, ”said Flynn.

The proposed fifth amendment came from the councilor Jolon clark, which suggests that shisha tobacco be exempted from the flavor ban. During the meeting, Clark also presented a proposed ordinance that would regulate the opening hours of hookah lounges, requiring them to close at midnight; currently, they can remain open at any time. Those in the hookah industry would prefer a closing time of 2 a.m., when bars must close. Then again, if all flavored tobacco is banned, there may not be any more hookah lounges in Denver.

“It’s not what kids pull out of their backpacks in class to smoke. I think it allows a pathway for good actors and people for whom it is part of their cultural experience while ensuring the safety of our children, ”Clark said. of his amendment, adding that the proposed ordinance would solve “a problem that has plagued neighborhoods through bad operators for many years.” For years, he explained, his district had faced a problem with a hookah lounge just off South Broadway.

The committee approved sending the proposed Clark Hookah Lounge Operating Hours Ordinance to the full board.

Click to enlarge Local hookah lounge owners want to be exempt from the flavor ban.  - CONOR MCCORMICK-CAVANAGH

Local hookah lounge owners want to be exempt from the flavor ban.

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

While hookah isn’t particularly popular among minors in the United States, vaping certainly is.

A 2020 Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention The study found that about one in five high school students, or 19.6 percent, said they had used e-cigarettes in the past thirty days. That percentage was down from 27.5% in 2019. Flavors are very attractive to children who start vaping, according to supporters of the ban.

Sawyer and Ortega’s efforts to ban flavored vaping products come after years of research and advocacy on the issue in Denver.

In early 2020, Mayor Michael Hancock expressed support for further regulation of flavored vaping products. Although the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment considered what a ban might look like, ultimately the Hancock administration did not sponsor a proposal, arguing that a policy solution should be managed at the state level. State lawmakers pitched the idea of ​​a possible flavor ban for Colorado, but never passed such legislation.

At the federal level, the Trump administration implemented a partial crackdown on vaping products that took effect in 2020. Under these regulations, stores are no longer able to sell flavored pods, the disposable cartridges that vapers place in electronic vaping devices; the only pods that outlets can still stock are those flavored with menthol and tobacco. However, federal regulations have not affected flavored vape juices that come in bottles and that vapers pour into pods or vape devices.

The Food and drug administration is currently reviewing applications for vaping products, with companies required to demonstrate that the products can have a positive impact in keeping adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes while having minimal impact on the consumption of tobacco products by youth. No flavored vaping products have been approved.

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