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Uber ordinance draws support and questions at City Council meeting

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At last night’s City Council meeting, community members hoping to bring ride-sharing to the area clashed with taxi company advocates during discussion of a Transportation Network Companies ordinance. Although the ordinance would have further implications, the conversation largely centered on Uber, the popular ride-sharing company that first tried to stake a claim in Iowa City […]

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The ‘Core Four’ won: Now what?

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Mayor Matt Hayek warned that, if elected, the Core Four would return Iowa City to the ‘anti-growth, micro-managing city hall of eras past.’ Now, having swept the election, the Core Four gets its chance to prove him wrong. As the air gets colder and the prairie wind begins to unleash its bite, the hearts of […]

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Letter to the Editor: The gang of four strikes back

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By Mary Gravitt What first interested me in City Council was the Chauncey and an article published in Little Village magazine, Feb.-March 2013: “Your Town Now: The city council’s Chauncey decision is remarkably opaque” By Zach Tilly and Skaaren Cosse. Chauncey is still causing contention within the City chamber. Tilly-Cosse: To decide between the three […]

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Finding a balance in Iowa City’s District A

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As discourse over downtown high-rises and the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) dominates the public conversation leading up to the Iowa City Council race, an entirely different set of issues drives the District A contest between incumbent councilman Rick Dobyns and his sole challenger, nurse and community activist Pauline Taylor: racial disparity in Iowa […]

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Chauncey tower question splits council candidate forum

Less than fifteen minutes into last night’s city council candidate forum on environmental issues, moderator Tom Carsner split the field with a question about the direction of the tax-increment-financed (TIF) development known as the Chauncey Tower. Sitting councilors Rick Dobyns and Jim Throgmorton went back and forth on the project after Carsner asked the field, […]

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County wage ordinace weighs heavy on city election

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Update: On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Iowa City Council indicated that while they plan on allowing the county ordinance to go into effect, leading to a minimum wage increase to $8.20 in Iowa City next month (the first of several wage increases through 2017), councilors stressed the need for a comprehensive analysis of the ordinance […]

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City officials move to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces

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E-cigarette users in Iowa City may soon find themselves lumped in with traditional tobacco smokers under new guidelines proposed by the city council. The Iowa City Council passed its first consideration of an ordinance amendment that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, but not without some trepidation. The council, which voted […]

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