The Burlington City Council on Monday night will consider a Public Safety Continuity Plan developed by Mayor Miro Weinberger. The plan places the blame for a looming shortfall in police coverage squarely on the “defund the police” vote held last June.
Once the envy of many towns and cities, the city’s police department is now in shambles. The race to the bottom in morale, police coverage and expectations has been devastating: three police chiefs in one year, personnel departures, and lawsuits have only exacerbated the downward spiral.
Burlington is down from 29,000 calls to about 23,000 due to the pandemic. But the serious crime calls are up 6 percent, Murad said.
As the Burlington Police Department mulls cutting its night shift, leaving residents to seek out state police during late hours, the head of the Vermont Police Coalition says City Council was too hasty in its decision to cut police personnel earlier in the year.
Last week the Burlington City Council voted to identify the city’s investments in fossil fuel companies and to divest those by April 2021.
Wallethub ranked Burlington as the No. 152 best small city in the U.S. The city placed better than 82% of the 1,269 contestants which have a population between 25,000 and 100,000.
Here’s an interesting news item from last Friday. The Burlington City Council has banned backyard wood burning fire pits due to concerns about air pollution. They’re addicted to virtue signaling instead of dealing with their own CO2 emitter problem.
A proposal by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger “to dramatically reduce new fossil fuel infrastructure construction” would add about $7,000 to the cost of a traditional oil or gas furnace over the first 10 years of operation, the director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association said Tuesday.
At 4:17 minutes into the six-minute video, Campbell tells Kilburn “shut the **** up and leave, go, they don’t want you here.” Kilburn calls Campbell a punk, gets out of the car, and initiates the violence by punching Campbell first.
Two council members have weighed in on the newly passed racial justice resolution in Burlington, which includes a 30 percent cut to the police force, declaring racism “a citywide health crisis,” and a task force to “consider an apology and a proposal for reparations for the role that Burlington has played in chattel slavery.”
Town Meeting 2020 election night results for Burlington featured changes to City Council as well as four articles, all of which passed.
Independent candidate Ericka Redic has announced she is running for Burlington City Council, Ward 4. She is a native Vermonter with family ties to Burlington’s New North End.