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Small Spanish villages face big budget woesupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 09:28:00

In a verdant mountainous area in western Spain, the tiny village of Higuera de la Serena has a big problem.

Spanish village turns to volunteersupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 09:28:00

Residents work for free with local authorities unable to pay a wage. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Washington City Council member charged with theft resignsupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 21:06:00

A District of Columbia City Council member who was charged Thursday with taking thousands of dollars' worth of district property and filing false tax returns has resigned.

CNNMoney: Troubled Harrisburg now state's problemupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 17:30:00

A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a bankruptcy petition filed by Harrisburg's City Council, saying that it violated state law.

Former Bell, California, administrator sues city for his $11,000 monthly salaryupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 16:10:00

The former city administrator of Bell, California -- who's at the center of corruption allegations that he and seven other city officials misappropriated $5.5 million in salaries and personal loans -- is suing the city for breach of contract and labor code violations.

CNNMoney: Harrisburg votes to file for bankruptcyupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 18:27:00

The city council of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, voted to file for bankruptcy protection Tuesday night.

Deaths reveal a small town's mean streakupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 15:18:00

For best friends Donna Fairchild and Melanie Giarratana, lunch on Mondays was a time for girl talk and small-town gossip. There was plenty to discuss in late January as the women settled into their seats at The 19th Hole, a hillside restaurant popular with the locals in this resort town some 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

L.A. City Council advances plan for new NFL stadiumupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 19:40:00

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a nonbinding agreement with a developer Tuesday on the general terms on building a privately financed $1.2 billion stadium to lure the return of an NFL team.

Georgia mayor grapples with new lawupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 11:27:00

The mayor of Uvalda, Georgia, expresses his concerns over a new immigration law, currently facing its own legal battle.

Egyptian court dissolves local councilsupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 12:55:00

A Cairo Administrative Court Tuesday ordered the dissolution of local municipal councils that were elected under former President Hosni Mubarak.

Plan released to keep Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from bankruptcy filingupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 22:26:00

In an attempt to rescue Harrisburg from bankruptcy, the state released a financial recovery plan on Monday that would consolidate government offices and services, freeze wages and sell a trash plant that has left the city millions of dollars in debt.

Fortune: The big city fix for climate changeupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 10:07:00

Jay Carson is CEO of the newly formed C40 Clinton Climate Initiative, which combines previous efforts led by former President Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to leverage big cities in the fight against global warming. He'll have a budget this year of $12 million and a staff of 65.

Fortune: Inside a nuclear ghost townupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 09:22:00

In ordinary times, Minamisoma ("south" Minami) is a bustling little city of about 71,000 that sits along the Pacific coast line in Japan's Fukushima prefecture, about 150 miles north of Tokyo.

Voters recall councilmen in scandal-plagued California cityupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 22:42:00

Voters in scandal-ridden Bell, California, voted resoundingly to recall four controversial council members, according to election results reported Thursday.

Councilwoman, husband found deadupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 09:34:00

Police say single bullet wounds were found in the heads of Donna Fairchild and her husband. KLAS reports.

Nevada councilwoman found dead faced possible sanctionsupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 09:34:00

A Nevada city councilwoman who faced possible sanctions over a travel expense voucher and public comments was found dead with her husband Tuesday, hours before a City Council meeting that had the issues involving her on its agenda, officials said.

Mayors sign global pact to tackle urban emissionsupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 09:14:00

Mayors from around the world have signed a voluntary pact committing them to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions at a climate summit in Mexico City.

Boosting cities' green economiesupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 09:14:00

Mayor Lois Jackson, Delta, BC, Canada, on reducing carbon emissions by promoting green jobs.

World Mayors Summit on Climateupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 11:50:00

The World Mayor's Summit highlights action to combat climate change in urban areas. What would you ask city leaders?

People.com: Ellen DeGeneres Praises Gay City Council Member Joel Burns on Speechupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 17:49:00

"It was so real and raw and moving," the talk show host tells the Texas politician

Former California city administrator indictedupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 19:07:00

A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted the former city administrator of Vernon, California, an industrial city that borders scandal-plagued Bell, on three felony counts after an investigation into questionable business practices.

Former city manager in California pay scandal released on bailupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 06:24:00

A former California city manager who was arrested in September in a pay scandal has paid his bail and left jail, officials said

Ex-California city official out on bailupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 06:24:00

The former city manager of Bell, California, who was arrested in a pay scandal, is released on bail.

$2 million bail set for former California city managerupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 22:03:00

A judge set bail at $2 million Wednesday for a former California city manager who was arrested last month and is facing criminal charges in a case that the Los Angeles County District Attorney has described "corruption on steroids."

Pay scandal, resignation deflate City Council in Bell, Californiaupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:41:00

The future of the beleaguered Bell, California, City Council is unclear.

Young Arizona mayor accused of taking bribesupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 20:11:00

The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, was arrested Tuesday on charges he took bribes to protect contracts or obtain business contracts with the city, the state attorney general said.

2 California officials in pay scandal post bailupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 03:00:00

Two officials involved in a Bell, California, salary scandal that sparked outrage over allegedly excessive pay posted bail Wednesday evening after showing that their bail funds come from legitimate sources.

Brown: Bell not only corruption caseupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 18:52:00

During an interview with Rick Sanchez, Jerry Brown vows to chase down corruption in other California cities.

Arraignment for 8 current, former Bell, California officials postponedupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 18:52:00

Three current or former Bell, California, city officials, accused of misappropriation of public funds, won bail reduction Wednesday.

Atty: It's like corruption on steroidsupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 22:39:00

District Attorney Steve Cooley announces the arrests of 8 former and current city officials in Bell, California.

8 current and former officials from Bell, California, arrestedupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 22:39:00

Eight current and former Bell, California, city officials arrested and charged Tuesday with misappropriation of funds and making or receiving illegal loans demonstrated "corruption on steroids," the Los Angeles County district attorney said.

California AG sues over California town's municipal salariesupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 16:32:00

California's attorney general Wednesday sued eight former and current municipal officials in a small Los Angeles suburb, where ultra-high salaries sparked local outrage and national attention.

Town mayor killed in his office in central Mexicoupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 10:17:00

A town mayor was gunned down and killed in his office Wednesday afternoon in central Mexico, state and federal officials said.

Mexican mayor gunned down inside own officeupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 21:29:00

The mayor of El Naranjo, Mexico, in the central state of San Luis Potosi was gunned down and killed inside his office Wednesday, officials said.

Mayor takes $90,000 pay cut to help struggling Mississippi cityupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 16:50:00

The city of Biloxi, Mississippi, is in a financial rut. Its sales and gaming taxes have been sliding for two years. So the mayor is voluntarily taking a $90,000 pay cut and will supplement his income with retirement money.

Worker at taxpayer-funded agency in Virginia plays hooky for 12 yearsupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 16:13:00

A worker was paid for 12 years without ever showing up for work at a Norfolk, Virginia, agency funded by federal, state and local money, officials say.

People.com: Look Out, Wasilla: Levi Johnston Eyes Run for Mayorupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 12:50:00

The budding reality star wants to fill the Alaska office once occupied by Sarah Palin

Attorney general expands probe of California city officialsupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 14:26:00

California's attorney general on Monday ordered city of Bell officials past and present to turn over financial records and give depositions under oath in coming weeks on high salaries that prompted public protests and resignations.

Anger at California officials spreadsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 10:01:00

Residents of Bell, California, are furious at overpaid officials while the town struggles. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

California officials reduce salaries in response to outcryupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 10:01:00

City council members in the small California town of Bell -- where outrage over high salaries forced three officials to resign last week -- voted Monday night to slash their pay.

Anger at high pay for California officials spreadsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 00:07:00

In response to public outcry at city officials' high salaries, the Bell, California, mayor on Monday announced he will finish his term working without pay and will not seek re-election.

In California, 3 who drew high salaries resign from postsupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 13:20:00

Three officials in a Los Angeles suburb whose high salaries sparked statewide outrage will step down from their jobs, the city's mayor said Friday.

Deceased mayor called 'phenomenal'updated: Mon Jul 19 2010 16:54:00

CNN's Don Lemon talks to a close friend of a Texas mayor who examiners say killed her daughter, then herself.

Violence permeates politics, society in Juarezupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 17:20:00

Elections usually can be counted on to bring change, but in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, there is one constant that a trip to the ballot box seems unlikely to alter.

CNNMoney: Cities look to debt collectors for helpupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 04:40:00

In the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Pittston, the seemingly manageable issue of garbage became a much bigger problem than anyone could have ever anticipated.

Mayoral races could change political landscapeupdated: Sun Oct 25 2009 12:42:00

Last fall, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg won his campaign to extend the city's mayoral term limits from two four-year terms to three. Next week, he'll see if voters think he should serve a third term.

Mayor ends hunger strike against Venezuelan presidentupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 18:14:00

The mayor of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday ended a six-day hunger strike protesting the government of President Hugo Chavez.

Caracas mayor protests Chavez with hunger strikeupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 22:56:00

The mayor of Venezuela's capital on Tuesday was completing his fifth day of a hunger strike in protest of what he called harassment and interference from President Hugo Chavez.

New Orleans mayor quarantined in China for possible flu exposureupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 01:15:00

The mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been quarantined in China after possible exposure to the H1N1 virus, his office said Sunday.

Portland mayor faces recall movementupdated: Wed May 20 2009 11:09:00

Last year, Sam Adams won a landslide victory against 12 other candidates to become mayor of Portland, Oregon. Now he faces a growing effort to toss him from that office.

Mayor recall in Portlandupdated: Wed May 20 2009 11:09:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on a mayor's recall campaign based on his past affair with a male intern.

Bloomberg to announce NY budget cutsupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 01:36:00

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday will lay out details of a plan to cut an additional $1 billion from the city budget and lay off as many as 23,000 city employees, according to a press release from the Mayor's office.

N.Y. City Council extends term limits for mayor, other officialsupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 18:22:00

The New York City Council on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would extend term limits, allowing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term.

Fortune: Birmingham on the brink (of bankruptcy)updated: Wed Oct 15 2008 10:36:00

Bob Riley wanted to help. It was Sunday, Oct. 5, and the Alabama governor was on the phone with Neel Kashkari, a Treasury Department official who the next day would be named by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson as interim leader of the government's just-approved $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. But Riley couldn't wait for Kashkari's role to become official. He needed to impress upon the new bailout boss the seriousness of the exploding financial crisis in Jefferson County, home to Birmingham. Riley argued that it was urgent that the federal government come to the aid of his state - now.

Bloomberg wants third termupdated: Thu Oct 02 2008 21:00:00

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll ask the City Council to amend the term limits law so he can run for a third.

N.Y. mayor wants to extend term limits, run againupdated: Thu Oct 02 2008 21:00:00

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday he is asking the city council to change the office's two-term limit to allow him to run for a third term.

Time.com: NYC Mayor Bloomberg Will Seek Third Termupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 16:00:00

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to try to reverse the term-limits law he had long supported so he can seek a third term next year and help the city emerge from financial turmoil

Overshadowing McCain?updated: Sat Sep 06 2008 11:10:00

Is Gov. Sarah Palin overshadowing Sen. John McCain? CNN's Carol Costello reports.

Palin's swift rise is the talk of her Alaskan townupdated: Sat Sep 06 2008 11:10:00

It was the night before Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was to accept the Republican vice presidential nomination in a nationally televised speech, and Becky Moore couldn't sleep a wink.

Detroit mayor resigns, vows 'comeback'updated: Thu Sep 04 2008 20:23:00

A defiant Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick addressed Detroit on Thursday night listing what he said the city had accomplished under his leadership just hours after announcing his resignation amid a sex and perjury scandal.

Time.com: Kilpatrick Out: A Boost for Obama?updated: Thu Sep 04 2008 13:00:00

The end of the long-running soap opera over Detroit's mayor could help the Democrats in Michigan. At least, that's the hope

Time.com: The Cities Where Women Ruleupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 15:00:00

There aren't very many of them, despite the gains of women nationwide. But in a growing number of localities, females have banded together -- and brought about change

Time.com: Detroit Moving Toward Mayor's Ousterupdated: Tue May 13 2008 14:00:00

The Detroit City Council has taken the first step toward removing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick over a scandal involving explicit text messages to his former aide

Time.com: Texts, Lies and the Mayor of Detroitupdated: Mon Mar 24 2008 20:00:00

Kwame Kilpatrick isn't about to resign gracefully in the face of perjury charges. In fact, there's nothing graceful about the case

City council shootingupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 21:50:00

CNN's Susan Roesgen reports on a deadly shooting rampage at a city council meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Community mourns victims of City Hall shooting rampageupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 21:50:00

Hundreds of people sang "Amazing Grace" and prayed Friday evening as they gathered at a City Hall in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, to mourn the victims of a shooting spree.

Giuliani expenses questionedupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 03:49:00

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is being questioned on security detail expenses. CNN's Mary Snow reports

Giuliani: Web site report on expenses a 'hit job'updated: Fri Nov 30 2007 03:49:00

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has called a story raising questions about the accounting of his security expenses while he was mayor of New York a "hit job."

Comptroller questioned Giuliani's security spendingupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 21:49:00

The New York city comptroller's office in 2002 raised red flags about former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's $34,000 in security and travel spending on trips to the Hamptons.

New Jersey mayor MIAupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 11:20:00

Atlantic City's embattled mayor has been absent from his post since late September. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Lawyer says missing mayor under investigation, has resignedupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 11:20:00

The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, who is the target of a federal investigation into his military disability payments, has resigned after being missing from work for two weeks, his attorney said Wednesday.

Mayor, legislators arrestedupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 05:59:00

Mayor, legislators arrested

Mayors, legislators arrested in New Jersey corruption probeupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 05:59:00

Two mayors and two state legislators are among 11 public officials arrested in New Jersey as part of a corruption investigation, the U.S. attorney's office in Trenton announced Thursday.

Time.com: Bloomberg and Schwarzenegger: The New Action Heroes updated: Mon Jun 18 2007 16:40:00

The New York City Mayor and California's Governor are doing the things that gridlocked Washington won't

Time.com: Can Chicago End Homelessness?updated: Wed May 30 2007 08:15:00

Some are starting to wonder whether Mayor Daley's ambitious pledge of four years ago was more politics than policy

Mayor of the worldupdated: Wed Dec 06 2006 11:24:00

Sixteen hours had passed since the Twin Towers crumbled and fell, and people kept telling Rudy Giuliani to get some rest. The indomitable mayor of New York City had spent the day and night holding his town together. He arrived at the World Trade Center just after the second plane hit, watched human beings drop from the sky and--when the south tower imploded -- nearly got trapped inside his makeshift command center near the site. Then he led a battered platoon of city officials, reporters and civilians north through the blizzard of ash and smoke, and a detective jimmied open the door to a firehouse so the mayor could revive his government there. Giuliani took to the airwaves to calm and reassure his people, made a few hundred rapid-fire decisions about the security and rescue operations, toured hospitals to comfort the families of the missing and made four more visits to the apocalyptic attack scene.

ANC embroiled in Cape Town power struggleupdated: Tue Oct 17 2006 03:43:00

The once-banned political party that helped bring freedom to apartheid-era South Africa now stands accused of stifling democracy in that country's Mother City.

Fortune: The long, strange resurrection of New Orleansupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 12:38:00

Ruthie Frierson's dining room does not look like the birthplace of a populist rebellion. The room is quiet, insulated from any street noise, with treatments in heavy fabric around the windows.

23 wannabe mayors vie to win New Orleans voteupdated: Fri Apr 21 2006 07:11:00

New Orleans residents will take time out Saturday from their struggles to reclaim their lives to vote in one of the oddest mayoral elections in U.S. history -- a contest to pick the person who will oversee the Crescent City's comeback fight.

Aides: Mitch Landrieu to announce run for New Orleans' mayorupdated: Tue Feb 21 2006 13:54:00

Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu will formally announce his candidacy for mayor of New Orleans on Wednesday, senior campaign staff members told CNN.

Fortune: STAY CLASSY, SAN DIEGO!updated: Mon Nov 28 2005 00:01:00

MOST FOLKS PROBABLY HAVE certain images in mind when they think about San Diego. A gentle breeze blowing off the Pacific. Aircraft carriers idling at their berths. Well-fed folks lining up putts on...

Ghosts in the machineupdated: Mon Aug 01 2005 16:19:00

A corruption scandal in Chicago raises the question about Mayor Richard Daley: Like father, like son?

Oil, SUVs, and international political powerupdated: Fri Mar 04 2005 14:25:00

Last year, there was a lot of speculation that high gas prices would affect the U.S. presidential election. Surprisingly, they didn't, at least not in any significant manner.

Bulldozer rampage gunman deadupdated: Sat Jun 05 2004 00:59:00

A gunman who went on a rampage with a homemade armored bulldozer, demolishing buildings in the small town of Granby, Colorado, has died, apparently after shooting himself, according to a local county official.

Fortune: The $366 Billion Outrage All across America, state and city workers are retiring early with unthinkably rich pay packages. Guessupdated: Mon May 31 2004 00:01:00

Let's just call it what it is: gaming the system. And it's a game that has already resulted in skyrocketing tax increases and the loss of public services across the country--from the shutdown of li...

N.J. town halts gay weddingsupdated: Wed Mar 10 2004 15:34:00

The city of Asbury Park, New Jersey, has stopped marrying same-sex couples after the state's attorney general threatened city officials with criminal charges.

Fortune: Mayor Mogul Mike Bloomberg wants to be New York City's CEO. Too bad he's only mayor.updated: Mon Apr 01 2002 00:01:00

He sits at half a desk in a room filled with desks, the desks crowded with crisp white shirts, the white shirts stuffed with senior officials, all of them chattering and clattering and on occasion ...

Fortune: THE BIG SLEAZE IN MUNI BONDS MIX POLITICS, MONEY, AND BIG TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES, AND YOU GET A MUNI MARKET RIFE WITH updated: Mon Aug 07 1995 00:01:00

Every year, the U.S. government gives up some $20 billion in tax revenues to subsidize the $1.2 trillion municipal bond market. It's a rare gift-American munis are the only major tax-exempt bazaar ...

Money Magazine: THE ORANGE SQUEEZE ORANGE COUNTY'S BANKRUPTCY CARRIES LESSONS FOR INVESTORS. AMONG THEM: DON'T INVEST IN JUST ONE STupdated: Sun Jan 01 1995 00:01:00

Then a municipality mismanages its money, taxpayers and muni bond investors can get crushed. In the case of Orange County, Calif., the pain is intensified by the fact that nobody knows how bad it i...

Fortune: SOME HOPE FOR TROUBLED CITIES To cure their budget blues, state and local governments are adopting money-saving ideas that have updated: Mon Sep 09 1991 00:01:00

THIS SUMMER will be remembered as the season the woes of local government came crashing into our schools, libraries, and living rooms. Unprepared for recession and undone by their own past extravag...

Fortune: NEW YORK: DOWN BUT HARDLY OUT The city has been unpopular, unpleasant, and unlivable for, oh, at least 100 years now. But the tiupdated: Mon Feb 26 1990 00:01:00

Dear Milton, Happy New Year, where you are at least, I hope. In New York City everything's going to pot again. The schools are falling down, the hospitals are falling down, Wall Street is falling d...

Fortune: HOW BUSINESS BOSSES SAVED A SICK CITY Could this happen in your town? With local government in shambles and companies fleeing, Cupdated: Mon Mar 27 1989 00:01:00

ONE LESSON Americans learned in the Eighties was that they had to take responsibility for their own fates. For companies, in the age of raiders and Darwinian global competition, this was luminously...

Fortune: THE WAR AGAINST GROWTH HEATS UP Put out by traffic jams, opponents of development in Southern California are stymieing builders.updated: Mon Dec 05 1988 00:01:00

THE LONG-RUNNING BOOM in Southern California is the stuff most chambers of commerce can only dream of: a soaring population, office buildings sprouting everywhere, and prices on some single-family ...

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