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Take My Council, Please: Hail to the Chief Diversity Officer…

SPRINGFIELD—Amid a flurry of financial orders for the closing fiscal year, the City Council acted on several items Monday night, many it had considered recently. Most notably, it advanced the chief diversity office (CDO) ordinance to the mayor, prompting executive freak out. The stated reason

Take My Council, Please: Construction Bonfire of the Vanities…

UPDATED 6/9/18 10:07PM: To reflect a correction on the incineration ban. Springfield will levy fines of $1-5k for first offenses. Repeat offenses yield fines up to $10k. SPRINGFIELD—The City Council Monday night took long-awaited action on two highly anticipated ordinances even as the underlying issues

Briefings: Denise Jordan Departs, Shaking up 36 Court Street…

An enduring presence in Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s retinue is leaving. Denise Jordan, Sarno’s chief of staff, has accepted a position as executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority (SHA). Jordan’s exit after more a decade as the mayor’s top aide leaves a gap in

Take My Council, Please: Don’t Stop Thinking about Ordinances…

SPRINGFIELD—A bevy of ordinances and several financial items greeted the City Council Monday night. The broad range of the policies under consideration ranged from rules for signs to outdoor dining. The Council also sought to leverage Springfield tax incremental financing (TIF) programs to ensure tax

Take My Council, Please: Welcoming Strangers with this Plight…

SPRINGFIELD—On Monday night, the City Council delivered a blow to Mayor Domenic Sarno’s efforts to bully a church out of shelting an undocumented woman. The body unanimously passed an order to halt expenditure of city funds to interfere with South Congregational Church’s provision of sanctuary

Briefings: Springfield Council Backs Church in Spat with Sarno…

SPRINGFIELD—The City Council Monday night issued a stern rebuke to Mayor Domenic Sarno, ordering the city back off South Congregational Church, which is providing sanctuary to a woman facing deportation.  It came after Sarno demanded city officials inspect the church for code violations. He also

In March for Our Lives, Springfield Confronts Its Demons…

SPRINGFIELD—From Court Square past the Central Library to the Federal Courthouse and back, hundreds, perhaps a thousand, marched. A bolero of car horns met them along major arteries. Both victim and source of gun proliferation, Springfield offered a rare show of civic force Saturday, adding

Briefings: Warren to March for Our Lives in Springfield…

SPRINGFIELD—United States Senator Elizabeth Warren is slated to attend the Springfield March for Our Lives this Saturday. The nationwide marches, organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, aim to tighten the nation’s gun laws. By speaking at Springfield’s