Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Virginia Beach Officials Plan Arena Finance Session
by Alissa Skelton September 2016
A new report says the city should move full steam ahead with building a sports and entertainment arena near the Oceanfront. But the public won’t get a detailed explanation for how Johnson Consulting arrived at that conclusion because many of the financial predictions upon which it’s based have been redacted from the report.
- Atlanta Hawks Tax Deal Draws Criticism
by Mark Niesse September 2016
A tax incentive deal for the Atlanta Hawks to build a practice facility in Brookhaven includes a creative wrinkle that has critics questioning whether these kinds of arrangements have gone too far. What makes this incentive agreement stand out is that, in addition to giving the Hawks tax money, it also funnels money back to Brookhaven's economic development agency, which granted the tax break. DeKalb Commissioner Jeff Rader calls that payment a "kickback." Schools Superintendent Steve Green says tax breaks are "out of control."The DeKalb Commission passed a resolution condemning the deal.
- Commission’s $40M Park Plan Raises Questions
by David Slade September 2016
An ambitious, $40-million plan for a 245-acre park and sports complex on Rifle Range Road was unveiled Thursday by the town and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, but some key questions were left unanswered. The town and the county PRC jointly purchased the land six years ago for $20 million, and they plan to divide it into a county park with primarily passive uses, such as walking trails, and a town recreation complex with sports fields and a gymnasium.
- Board Eyes Updates for City-Owned Stadium
by Nancy Bowman September 2016
The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools Board of Education again is looking at options for a football/soccer stadium, this time with participation by the city.
- Sports Bar Seeks to Rezone Area for $2M Arena Project
by Karen Robinson September 2016
A Lancaster sports bar wants nearly nine acres of its land rezoned on Wehrle Drive to pave the way for an enclosed sports arena to house its popular flag football league games, as well as year-round soccer and lacrosse games.
- Hearing on Rec Director's Ouster Ends
by Thomas J. Prohaska September 2016
A state Division of Human Rights hearing over the ouster of former City of Lockport Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke ended Monday in Buffalo. Junke's $54,000-a-year job was abolished by the Common Council in 2014, with the city attributing the action to its financial crisis and arguing that the move had been proposed eight months before it happened. Junke had been investigated in 2013 over alleged misuse of a city credit card.
- Board Approves $500K for Ballpark Renovation Project
by LeAnn Eckroth September 2016
A $2.5 million renovation project pitched for the Mandan Memorial Ballpark garnered a commitment of at least $500,000 from the Mandan Park Board on Monday. The project will include resurfacing the sloping field, replacing the single locker room with two new ones (home and away), renovating the dugouts, and increasing seating capacity from 600 to 1,000. Drainage problems also would be addressed. A hall of fame area is also being mulled.
- City to Check Athletes' Residency for Access to Fields
by Louis Casiano Jr. September 2016
The city has added a provision to its field-use policy that requires better checks of verification documents and onsite player rosters for youth sports leagues to verify the Costa Mesa residency of players. A City Council vote of 5-0 on Tuesday came out of concerns that teams using city sports facilities are not meeting the threshold for fielding Costa Mesa players, but are still being given priority access. The change was recommended because the audits were being conducted on a regular basis instead of randomly.
- Hobbyist Fights Community's Drone Policy
by Elena Ferrarin September 2016
A South Elgin resident unhappy with the village's law regulating drone flights has hired a lawyer to fight a $50 citation in court; village officials, in turn, intend to report him to the Federal Aviation Administration. South Elgin requires residents to apply for a permit to fly drones over public parks, but Keith Kmieciak believes the village has no business regulating his hobby. Kmieciak announced at Tuesday's village board meeting his intention to fly a drone — sans permit — at 9 a.m. Wednesday over Jim Hansen Park. Kmieciak went to the park with local blogger Bill O'Neill of Elginet Media, who posted a video on YouTube showing Kmieciak being issued a citation by Deputy Chief Jerry Krawczyk.
- Suit Alleges Golden State App Records Conversations
by Stuart Goldman September 2016
The Golden State Warriors are one of three defendants named in a lawsuit claiming the NBA team’s app secretly records private conversations.