Tag: local

  • California superior court judge tentatively overturns Los Angeles County measure on law enforcement budget restrictions

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    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel announced a tentative decision on June 17 to overturn last year’s Measure J. Strobel said that Measure J unconstitutionally limits how the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors can decide revenue allocations. Strobel gave 15 days for both plaintiffs and defendants to submit more evidence. She said…

  • California Public Employment Relations Board overturns parts of Sonoma County’s 2020 oversight measure

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    The California Public Employment Relations Board overturned portions of Measure P, a police oversight-related measure that Sonoma County voters approved last year, on June 23. The board ruled that certain provisions of Measure P violated the collective bargaining rights of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. The ruling overturned provisions allowing the Independent Office of Law…

  • Michigan Supreme Court to hear arguments on Detroit charter proposal, which includes police policy changes

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    The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on July 7 over Detroit’s Proposal P that is scheduled to go before voters on Aug. 3. Proposal P would replace Detroit’s charter with a new charter. Among many topics addressed by the charter revision, Proposal P contains several provisions related to police policy in the city, including…

  • Cleveland Community Police Commission and police oversight initiative faces signature deadline next week

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    The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections announced on June 25 that proponents of an initiative to rewrite Cleveland’s charter on police oversight and discipline authority fell several hundred signatures short of the required number. Citizens for a Safer Cleveland has 15 additional days to collect enough valid signatures to make up the difference and qualify…

  • Reviewing news about police-related local ballot measures

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    So far this year, Ballotpedia has tracked six certified local ballot measures concerning police oversight, the powers and structure of oversight commissions, police practices, law enforcement department structure and administration, reductions in or restrictions on law enforcement budgets, law enforcement training requirements, and body and dashboard camera footage. We’re also tracking potential measures later this…

  • State, local governments in conflict over police budget reduction preemption laws

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    Various state and local governments have come into conflict over laws preempting municipalities from reducing their police department budgets. Preemption occurs when a law at a higher level of government is used to overrule authority at a lower level. In this case, several states have implemented legislation either prohibiting local governments from reducing their police…

  • Eleven incumbents file to run for re-election to offices in King County, Wash.

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    The filing deadline passed on May 21 to run for elected office in King County, Wash. Candidates filed for the following positions: • Mayor of Seattle • Seattle City Attorney • Seattle City Council Position 8 At-Large • Seattle City Council Position 9 At-Large • Port of Seattle Commission Position 1 • Port of Seattle…

  • Recall effort against supervisors in Shasta County, California, approved to circulate petitions

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    An effort to recall three of the five members of the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in California has been approved to circulate petitions. District 1 representative Joe Chimenti, District 2 representative Leonard Moty, and District 3 representative Mary Rickert were named in the notices of intent to recall. Recall supporters have until Sept. 29…

  • Edward Gainey wins the Democratic primary for mayor of Pittsburgh, advances to November general election

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    State Rep. Edward Gainey (D) defeated incumbent Bill Peduto, Tony Moreno, and Michael Thompson in the May 18, 2021, Democratic primary for mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gainey received 46.18% with 98% of precincts reporting as of May 19. Peduto received 39.29% of the vote, while Moreno and Thompson received 13.12% and 1.2% respectively.  No Republicans…

  • Recall elections defeated in 2 Idaho school districts

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    Two Idaho school districts held recall elections for school board members on May 18. In Idaho Falls School District 91, voters were asked if they wanted to recall Zone 3 representative Lara Hill, and in the Nampa School District, they were asked if they wanted to recall Zone 4 representative Kim Rost. Both recall efforts…