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Botchway kicks off city council campaign focused on affordable housing, mental health and economic development

Kingsley Botchway kicked off his campaign for reelection to his at-large Iowa City Council seat with an event at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom last Friday. As people gathered in the game room to talk about issues, play ping-pong and share a meal, Botchway discussed three issues he plans to focus on if re-elected: affordable housing, mental health and economic development, including supporting small businesses. […]

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Johnson County and Iowa City say they’ll honor the Paris Agreement

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Thursday, June 8 committing to honor the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change from which President Donald Trump recently withdrew the United States. The City of Iowa City passed a similar resolution Tuesday, June 6. […]

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Iowa City Council passes moratorium on some rental and building permits

New rental and building permits for some areas of Iowa City will be put on hold following the passage of a six-and-a-half-month moratorium during a special meeting Thursday morning. The move comes in response to state legislation that eliminates local governments’ ability to place occupancy limits on the number of non-family members in rental units. […]

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Iowa City police working to improve relationships with the community

The Iowa City Police Department is working to foster trust and improve relationships with the community by addressing racial profiling and bridging the gap between police officers and minorities, Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly said in an address to the Iowa City Council during its April 18 work session. […]

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Changes to drunk driving and open container laws this week

Governor Terry Branstad signed legislation Monday that moves Iowa’s OWI enforcement process away from incarceration, and the Iowa City Council reduced open container regulations for special events. Drinking in the streets in Iowa City The Iowa City Council unanimously voted Tuesday, April 18 to allow Iowa Citians to leave a business with an alcoholic beverage. […]

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Going green: Iowa City Council takes steps to make city more environmentally-friendly

Iowa city council members discussed ways to make Iowa City greener — including moving forward with a climate action steering committee, making the city more bicycle friendly and making it easier to recycle — during a Tuesday meeting. […]

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Susan Mims to seek re-election to Iowa City Council

Iowa City council member Susan Mims, who is completing her second term on the city council, announced her decision to run for re-election in November as the representative of District B. In the announcement, she said her focus would be on continuing to improve resident’s quality of life and maintaining the city’s financial stability. […]

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Mazahir Salih announces campaign for Iowa City Council seat

Issues of affordable housing and discussions about creating an accessible, inclusive community took the forefront Monday evening as Mazahir Salih, the current president of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, announced her candidacy for one of two Iowa City Council at-large seats in the 2017 election. […]

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Iowa City Mayor Throgmorton checks in on the ‘State of the City’

Iowa City Major Jim Throgmorton outlined plans to “foster a more inclusive, just and sustainable city” in the annual State of the City speech delivered during Tuesday’s Iowa City Council meeting. The speech addressed the progress Iowa City made and setbacks experienced in 2016 — quoting Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it […]

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