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Popular Jail Diversion Program Still Underfunded in Latest City, County Budgets

Last Wednesday, in a meeting about the mayor’s proposed budget for the Human Services Department, city council members raised alarms about what looked like a $150,000 cut to Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion–a successful pre-arrest diversion program aimed at reducing recidivism among low-level drug and nuisance crime offenders. 1,181 more words

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Constituent Letter and Response

I sent a letter to many of my constituents two weeks ago. The idea was to solicit feedback from the people who elected me about their vision of our future downtown and their reaction to the current pace of development in Alpharetta. 599 more words

So Last Night Yah

In all the years I’ve been watching council meetings I never saw a council person fight as hard as councilman Dave Wassim Abdallah did last night fought to hear what Waste Management was willing to do for our City. 900 more words

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Here's Another Breaking Story About Rizzo.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court today, Freitas gave insider bidding tips to Rizzo to help them win the deal – which they did – and also accepted a $35,000 bribe from Rizzo to make sure the bill was added onto the water bill so that Rizzo would save money.

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Breaking News Chuck Rizzo Jr. Resigns.

Chuck Rizzo Jr. announced his resignation Tuesday from Rizzo Environmental Services amid a federal investigation and corruption charges against public officials in Macomb County.

Local 4 first broke the story that Rizzo Environmental Services had been cooperating with the federal investigators for months as they probed politicians who are alleged to have been shaking businesses down for cash and favors. 24 more words

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A Conservative and a Liberal Walk Into a Safe-Injection Site

The weekend before last, I took a second trip up to Vancouver, B.C. to visit Insite, North America’s only safe-injection site and, as such, the likely model for two proposed safe consumption sites (which will include space for people who smoke meth, heroin, crack, and other drugs as well as injection stations) in King County. 1,039 more words

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