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GRPD rifle purchase splits Commissioners, residents

by (nathanslauer)

Submitted 12-17-2015 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids City Commission voted in favor of a plan to allow the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) to acquire new rifles on December 15, in a split vote of 5-2. The decision received a mixed response, with attendees split over the role of...

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Two 3rd Ward community leaders race for City Commission seat

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 10-29-2015 under NEWS

As Grand Rapids 3rd Ward Commissioner Elias Lumpkins reaches his term limit, two new candidates are on the Nov. 3 ballot to replace him. Each hopes to emphasize community safety and economic opportunity for one of the city’s most diverse...

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Unopposed 1st Ward commissioner prepares to take office

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 10-29-2015 under NEWS

Jon O’Connor will represent the Grand Rapids 1st Ward on the City Commission following the Nov. 3 election, in which he is running unopposed. He will replace term-limited commissioner Walt Gutowski to serve alongside David Shaffer, who O...

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Backyard Chicken Ordinance to be discussed at Public Hearing

by (Marie Orttenburger)

Submitted 12-23-2014 under NEWS

Rapidians will have a chance to comment on the proposed Backyard Chicken ordinance early in the new year. Those who would like to make their opinions heard can meet with the Grand Rapids City Commission at City Hall in the 9th floor chambers at 7 p....

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City Commission hears public comment about police body camera implementation

by (erictank)

Submitted 12-03-2014 under NEWS

Over 20 concerned citizens took to the podium at last night's City Commission meeting to voice their thoughts on the proposed implementation of the use of police body cameras for patrol officers.  The policy proposal was initiated by LINC...

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City Connection welcomes Commissioner Senita Lenear to monthly show

by (GRTV)

Submitted 12-01-2014 under NEWS

Every month on the first Monday, Mayor Heartwell is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection."  This month, the mayor has given the seat to City Commissioner Senita Lenear, so that she could answer questions...

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Open letter to our leaders: time to prohibit use of wild animals in entertainment

by (Matthew C. Halteman)

Submitted 09-19-2014 under OPINION

I recently sent the following letter to the Mayor and our City Commissioners as part of the End Circus Cruelty campaign, in which a significant and rapidly growing number of concerned Grand Rapidians are asking the city to pass an ordinance that...

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Legalization of urban chickens shows desire for integrated, secure food systems

by (Joel Salatin)

Submitted 09-08-2014 under OPINION

Editor's note: Joel Salatin, author of multiple books and a third-generation alternative farmer and sought-after conference speaker, has become known as "America's most influential farmer" after public discovery of...

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"City of churches" to consider legal action against begging

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 05-20-2014 under OPINION

Grand Rapids City Commissioners will be meeting tonight, Tuesday, May 20, to discuss a proposal intended to put great restraints on panhandling. It wasn't too long ago that we removed laws against begging in our city, and the Federal Court has...

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Commission debate over Airbnb continues

by (NicoleGR)

Submitted 11-15-2013 under NEWS

Recent debate in Grand Rapids has centered around Airbnb, a website that connects visitors in Grand Rapids with homeowners who rent a room in their home. This debated topic helped to encourage a full room at the City Commission public hearing on...

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