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Dave Chappelle, and others, forced a City Council to scrap plans for affordable housing by threatening to pull his $65 million investment.
The A-list comedian showed up at a City Council meeting in Yellow Springs, a village in Ohio, and threatened to pull his $65 million investment if they went forward with the plans.
According to reports, the City Council members proposed a plan to build "affordable" housing. However, Chappelle objected to the plan because it would attract undesirables and interfere with his investments in the area.
Chappelle, who has an office in the village, planned to open a restaurant and a comedy club in the new development south of the village.
The council held a meeting on Monday to vote on the proposed project.
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So, Chappelle showed up at the meeting and threatened to pull his $65 million off the table if they approved the housing project plans.
The City Council expressed concern about legal action if they didn't go forward with the plans to build affordable housing.
"I don't know why the village council would be afraid of litigation from a $24 million a year company, while it kicks out a $65 million a year company," Chappelle said. "I cannot believe you would make me audition for you. You look like clowns. I am not bluffing, I will take it all off the table. That's all, thank you."
According to VladTV, the Yellow Springs City Council voted 2-2 on the proposed affordable housing development that would have included 64 houses, 52 duplexes, and 24 townhomes.
Now that the housing project has been scrapped, the new plan is to build 143 single-family homes with prices starting at $300,000. Hardly considered "affordable" housing for some families.
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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced new vaccine mandates covering all private-sector workers and children ages 5-11.
De Blasio announced on Monday that the new mandate, effective Dec. 27, is a "preemptive strike" to stop the new Covid-19 omicron variant, which causes mild to no symptoms.
"We've got omicron as a new factor, we've got the colder weather, which is going to really create additional challenges with the delta variant, we've got holiday gatherings," de Blasio said during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
"We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID and the danger it's causing to all of us.
"So as of today we're going to announce a first in the nation measure, our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private-sector employers across the board, all private sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 27."
De Blasio also announced that starting Dec. 14 children ages 5-11 will have to show proof of vaccination to attend indoor entertainment or activities.
NYC residents ages 12 and older already are required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter restaurants or fitness facilities.
NYC's Covid mandates are the strictest of any major metropolitan city in the US.
De Blasio's term as mayor ends at midnight on January 1, 2022 when Mayor-elect Eric Adams begins his term.
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The city of Asheville, North Carolina becomes the first city in America to approve reparations for the descendants of African slaves.
Officials apologized for the city's historic role in slavery and discrimination after the City Council voted unanimously to provide reparations to Black citizens on Tuesday.
"Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," said Councilman Keith Young, one of two Black council members and the chief architect of the resolution.
"It is simply not enough to remove statues. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature," Young said.
The resolution will not provide direct cash payments but it will mandate investments in areas where Black people face disparities, such as home ownership.
Black people will be given the same priorities as whites for bank loans to increase minority business and homeownership, CBS News reports.
The resolution will also close gaps in health care, education and pay for Black people.
The vote comes a month after thousands of protesters called for the Asheville Police Department to be defunded in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis City Council is holding an emergency meeting to "dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."
The emergency meeting comes after nearly 2 weeks of civil unrest and looting in south Minneapolis and surrounding areas in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.
Four police officers are in jail awaiting trial on murder charges in connection with Floyd's death.
On Thursday, City Council member Jeremiah Ellison tweeted: "We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. And when we're done, we're not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It's really past due."
City Council member Lisa Bender added: "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."
The emergency meeting began at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5. City Council members are set to vote on immediate changes to the police force including removing the police force and replacing it with a community-based, non-violent neighborhood watch group.
The City Council on Friday voted to ban police choke holds. Police officers are required to intervene when they observe inappropriate use of force being used on a suspect.
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