Des Moines City Council’s New Public Speaking Rules Draw Condemnation 2

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines City Council passed new public speaking restrictions at Monday’s meeting, drawing backlash from community members who say the council is retaliating against public criticism. Under the new rules, 20 people were given the opportunity to address the council during the public speaking portion,Continue Reading

Des Moines City Council Votes To Improve the City's Bike Trails 4

DES MOINES, Iowa– This week the Des Moines city council approved two initiatives to improve the city’s bike trail infrastructure.  “We do this national count to help us estimate Project Trail usage. Even before the pandemic any one section of Des Moines proper trail,  we’d see about 300-500,000 trail tripsContinue Reading

Des Moines City Council Approves Mask Mandate for City Buildings 5

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines City Council approved a resolution Monday requiring all city employees and those who visit city buildings to wear face masks. The resolution also encourages people in Des Moines to wear face masks when in public. Councilman Josh Mandelbaum prefers requiring masks in public, butContinue Reading

Des Moines City Council Passes Anti-Racial Profiling Ordinance 7

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines City Council unanimously passed an anti-racial profiling ordinance Monday night. In a 7-0 vote, the council approved the revised ordinance. The elements of the new racial profiling ordinance include: Prohibiting biased policing and racial profiling Mandating annual de-escalation, cultural diversity, cultural competency, and implicitContinue Reading

Des Moines City Council to Review Anti-Racial Profiling Ordinance 9

DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines City Council will review the proposed anti-racial profiling ordinance and hear more input from the public at the next council meeting. The city council received criticism from the community at Monday night’s meeting. Those against the proposed ordinance argued it doesn’t include enough toContinue Reading

‘Not Good Enough’: Community Activists Oppose Proposed Anti-Racial Profiling Ordinance 10

DES MOINES, Iowa — Multiple community activist organizations announced their opposition to the Des Moines City Council’s proposed anti-racial profiling ordinance, arguing it does not adequately address the needs of the community. A proposed anti-racial profiling ordinance is on the Des Moines City Council’s agenda for Monday’s meeting. Ahead ofContinue Reading

Des Moines City Council to Discuss Possible Racial Profiling Ordinance Monday 11

DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday night, the Des Moines city council plans to discuss what it’s calling an “unbiased policing policy.” The proposed policy change comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25th. The death sparked protests nationwideContinue Reading

City Council Voting Monday on Funding for Birdland Levee Repairs 12

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines City Council will vote Monday on funding work for the Birdland levee. The levee protecting downtown Des Moines failed during the flood of 1993 and again in 2008. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers cut the ribbon on the rebuilt levee in NovemberContinue Reading