Sobering Day for Democracy in Newark

Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting

But when Speight was escorted by police to be sworn in, a group of residents, led by SEIU Local 617 President Rahaman Muhammad, stormed the dais and appeared to lunge toward Speight and her grade-school-age son.

Police restrained the group as they toppled a podium and residents were caught in the rush. When Muhammad would not give way, an officer doused him with pepper spray, along with residents, reporters and at least one other officer.

“This truly was an out-of-body experience,” said Sharif. “The mayor, who goes all around the country to talk about democracy … literally in the back of the room, hiding in the shadows.”

The Dark Knight spends $2 million filming in Newark

Chicago Tribune: Chicago stand-ins steal revenue but not thunder in new ‘Dark Knight Rises’

“The Dark Knight Rises” has already been a blessing for Pittsburgh and Newark, N.J., two non-traditional film locations that replaced Chicago as Gotham City in the third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film.

“There was so much attention and media for Newark,” said Gorelick. “We estimated they dropped $2 million during their time here. They created a lot of sets in City Hall and were here weeks before and a number of days after. … We were thrilled. Newark is enjoying this renaissance. Any attention and positive publicity is a good thing. We got a lot of good PR out of it.”

Expecting City Hall to shine on film.

The new Newark CityPlex theater is featuring a marathon of the Dark Knight trilogy tomorrow night for $20/ticket.

Booker’s lack of face time in the city has residents grumbling

David Giambusso: The absentee mayor? Cory Booker’s endless travel schedule pulls him away from Newark

Arguably the most prolific tweeter in American politics, Booker has mastered the art of having a presence without being present. And while his detractors take issue with Oprah Winfrey’s characterization of Booker as a “rock star mayor,” based on his touring schedule she might be right.

Great in-depth piece on the psychological impact to Booker’s national agenda in Newark. Less face time in the community means less trust, and it brings to mind early criticisms of the Mayor’s being an “outsider.”

Booker likely to run for third mayoral term

Cory Booker again indicates interest in running for third term as mayor of Newark

“I don’t want to do anything with my life that is not about healing the challenges that America hasn’t fully faced up to yet,” Booker told the group of local business representatives gathered at the Newark Museum. “The best perch to do that on is the mayor of a big city.

I seem to remember Booker criticizing former Mayor Sharpe James for his lengthy tenure in City Hall, but couldn’t find a quote. Newark does not have term limits for the office of mayor.

Joan Whitlow: Newark’s pay-to-play ban: Gaps linger in enforcement of campaign contribution rules

Joan Whitlow: Newark’s pay-to-play ban: Gaps linger in enforcement of campaign contribution rules

Didn’t a 2007 executive order by Mayor Cory Booker prohibit city contractors and vendors from donating to municipal campaigns?

The order, which also prohibits City of Newark employees from donating, was heralded as an ethical upper cut to pay-to-play, the unfortunate tradition of giving money to politicians to advance a municipal career or gain lucrative public business.

Joanie examines the implementation of the city’s “Pay to Play” ethics reforms and finds the controls to be lacking.

Grand-Family Center Opens in Newark

By way of City Hall: in partnership Newark opens NJ’s first grand-family resource center. Over 10,000 families in Essex County, 4,000 of which are in Newark, have grandparents raising grandchildren. These centers provide a single source for services like Social Security, disability, and legal consultation.

Full press release after the jump.
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