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Streetcar route passes City Council vote after contentious debate

Jeff Bezdek voices his disapproval of Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid\’s approach to the streetcar vote, at Tuesday\’s City Council meeting. Photo by Mark Hancock Almost two dozen citizens spoke against and in favor of the proposal, which created a 2 ½ hour discussion of the most controversial MAPS 3 project. Councilmen James Greiner, Ed

Million-dollar members

This year, each of the city’s eight council members will receive a $1 million allocation to spend on projects that were not previously funded. The discretionary spending program comes from the city’s reserve fund, typically 8-15 percent of the total municipal budget. In six of the last 11 years, excess money from the reserve fund

Delayed reaction

The policy amendment, which was introduced by Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, would provide protections for city employees who have faced discrimination because of their sexuality — an issue that has failed to win support at the federal and state levels. The council appeared divided on the issue when it came up for discussion. “There

‘Line in the sand’

The measure, authored by Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid (pictured right) and Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, failed in a 4-5 vote. Ward 7 Councilman Ronald “Skip” Kelly and Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell joined Shadid and White in voting to approve the measure. Shadid criticized The Oklahoman at the meeting. Prior to the citywide

Shadid’s surge

Shadid faced opponent Charlie Swinton, senior vice president and registered lobbyist for BancFirst, in the runoff for the council seat being vacated by outgoing Councilman Sam Bowman, who decided not to run for another term. The runoff election was the result of the March 1 primary race, which featured six candidates in the Ward 2

Don’t count out the tea party

Don’t rush to judgment. There are several factors why these City Council races were not a good indicator of the strengths or weaknesses of the tea party. First, municipal elections are nonpartisan. (I don’t want to debate the merit of such a system. I’m just stating a fact). Picking up the trash, fixing potholes, and

Walters only incumbent defeated in Oklahoma City Council elections

Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer retained her seat, getting nearly 64 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Meanwhile, Ward 8 Councilman Patrick Ryan held on to his seat in a landslide, with almost 73 percent of the vote. Ward 5 incumbent Brian Walters was defeated by challenger David Greenwell, who got 54 percent

You better vote Tuesday!

Voters should carefully examine the backgrounds and qualifications of the candidates before voting, because the differences among them are profound. Candidates from three of the four wards appear to have the support of political interests that seek to reverse the will citizens expressed in MAPS and to assert political agendas. In Ward 8, Cliff Hearron

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