US New York Is Considering Implementing A New Bill That’ll Compensate Civilians For Reporting Bike-Lane Violations
New Orleans police hire civilians to combat officer shortage
Amid an officer shortage, the New Orleans Police Department is getting creative and hiring civilians to help perform some tasks.The number of New Orleans police officers has dwindled to well under 1,000 people, down from more than 1,300 a few years ago.
New York officials are considering enforcing a new proposal that will compensate civilians for reporting bike-lane violations.
According to Lincoln Restler, a city council member, the New York City Police Department hasn’t been handing out enough tickets. To combat this, the Department of Transportation is reviewing the newly proposed bill.
If passed, the bill would pay individuals who submit evidence of a parking violation 25% of the $175 ticket.
“I feel the safety risks every day that are associated with illegal parking,” Restler said. “It’s even more problematic for the parent pushing a stroller or a person in a wheelchair who can’t get by on the sidewalk because of illegally parked cars. That’s why we are creating, in this legislation, a new structure to bring real accountability.”
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Sep. 27—Abington RETAIL THEFT >> Gregory A. Johnson, 60, of Philadelphia, was arrested Sept. 19 and charged with felony counts of retail theft and receiving stolen property as well as false ID to law enforcement, online court records show. ROBBERY >> Jerome Sanders, 34, of Philadelphia, was charged Sept. 18 with robbery, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling at night and fleeing or attempting to flee police, online court records show. RETAIL THEFT>> A 55-year-old man of the unit block of Ember Lane, Horsham, was charged Sept. 18 with receiving stolen property and retail theft, online court records show.
However, Sarah Kaufman, interim executive director of the New York University Rudin Center for Transportation, believes the bill could cause issues amongst residents.
“Wealthier residents tend to call in more and report issues,” Kaufman explained. “In every city that has a 311 system it tends to be whiter, wealthier residents who are calling.”
In addition, the bill would create a new violation and civil penalty. The violation charge would include hazardous obstruction by a vehicle of a bicycle lane, bus lane, sidewalk, crosswalk, or fire hydrant when the vehicle is located within a distance of 1,320 feet of a school building, entrance, or exit.
The bill would also require the DOT to create a civilian reporting program. The program will allow civilians to submit complaints and supporting evidence for alleged violations to DOT.
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Observer: No matter who climbs Beijing's ranks, Xi rules .
BEIJING (AP) — For decades, Ho Pin made accurate predictions about China’s next leadership line-up — no small feat, given the black-box nature of Beijing politics. But now, days before the opening on Sunday of China’s most important political meeting in a decade, the New York-based journalist said there’s little point, given the power amassed by leader Xi Jinping. “It’s not about who’s going to be in the Standing Committee any longer,” he said, referring to the handful of people who will be named to lead the ruling Communist Party for the next five years. “No matter who they are, they all have one thing in common: They all have to listen to Xi.