Advertisement

At City Council meeting, community members address The Lens

City Hall

Before the Iowa City Council voted 5-2 against contributing $50,000 toward The Lens on Tuesday, nearly 20 community members approached the podium to offer support, opposition and questions regarding the Black Hawk Mini Park and public art project planned for the north end of the Ped Mall. Those in favor of the project spoke to […]

Read More…

What will the “Core Four” councilors mean for Iowa City’s pending development projects?

Chauncey Tower

Last November, prior to the election of a slate of candidates who called themselves the “Core Four,” then-Mayor Matt Hayek penned an open letter predicting the consequences of such a win. It would, he wrote, see a “return to the anti-growth, micromanaging City Hall of eras past.” But at the top of 2016, to many […]

Read More…

The ‘Core Four’ won: Now what?

City Hall

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 […]

Read More…

Letter to the Editor: In election, consider Core Question, not Core Four

My three-year-old daughter has a favorite phrase. Ask her to put on her shoes or pick up her toys, odds are her response will be “It’s not necessary.” I am borrowing her phrase. It applies to rhetoric employed by some city council candidates and their supporters. […]

Read More…

Letter to the Editor: The gang of four strikes back

City Hall

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 […]

Read More…

Finding a balance in Iowa City’s District A

Iowa City Council

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 […]

Read More…

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, […]

Read More…

County wage ordinace weighs heavy on city election

City Council Candidate forum

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 […]

Read More…

City officials move to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces

E-Cigarettes

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 […]

Read More…

Iowa City Council backs community ID program, commits funds

Iowa City City Hall

The Iowa City Council approved a resolution Tuesday expressing support for the community ID program passed earlier this spring by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Councilors also committed $6,000 to the county-wide initiative — which could go into effect as soon as July — to help cover implementation expenses. The Johnson County Board of […]

Read More…