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This week in political activism April 12-16

Ready to take action to build the community, state and nation you want, but not sure what to do next? Here are some opportunities for political activism this week. Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council Legislative Forum on Mental Illness Mercy Medical Hallagan Center (701 10th St SE, Cedar […]

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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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Linn County Supervisor candidate Stacey Walker on how government can serve its citizens — all of them

It’s probably not election season if you don’t encounter Stacey Walker: He’s worked on a number of Democratic campaigns, including Barack Obama’s 2012 run, but he can also be found watching election results roll in with the crowds at The Mill. As a correspondent for Little Village, he contributed an essay last fall called “The […]

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UR Here: Top-down management of Black Hawk Mini Park at odds with park’s original vision

In my previous column, I discussed “place-led governance,” in which urban development considers history, cultural meaning and an inclusive understanding of community members’ use. At the core of place-led governance lies the idea of the commons. For most people, the commons means natural resources such as air, water and soils. Absolutely true—but not sufficient. Current […]

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Your Town Now: How the 2013 Citizen Survey got it wrong

Last August, our city conducted a staff-initiated survey of a select group of Iowa Citians: 95 percent were white, 93 percent homeowners and 74 percent had a household income of $50,000 to $150,000 or more. The purpose of the so-called Citizen Survey was to assess the general level of community satisfaction regarding various city services […]

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Your Town Now: Iowa City’s 2014 Outlook

Having appreciated “Auld Lang Syne,” it’s time now, in the cold light of January, to consider several issues that are locally important for 2014. Emerald Ash Borer Is On the Way On Nov. 1, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported that 25 eastern Iowa counties are quarantined because of the emerald ash borer (EAB). If residents […]

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An interview with city council candidate Rockne Cole

As the city council election draws near, Little Village posed the same set of questions to four candidates. The answers will be published one candidate at a time through October. Interview with candidate Kingsley Botchway. Interview with candidate Catherine Champion. Interview with candidate Royceann Porter. Little Village: A recent national study by the American Civil […]

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