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Posted June 01, 2022in Civic Skinny

Traditional parking meters on the out. Political campaign contributions on the rise.

As more employees return to the office and in-person events are scheduled, the City of Des Moines is nearing the completion of its transition away from traditional parking meters. The [...]

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Posted May 04, 2022in Civic Skinny

George Flagg Parkway to be renamed? Domestic violence soars. Register costs $3.49.

A petition to rename George Flagg Parkway was posted on March 30 as a joint effort by the Des Moines Black Liberation Movement (DSM BLM) and Des Moines Peoples’ Town [...]

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Posted April 06, 2022in Civic Skinny

22 will take you through? DART usage plummets during COVID. And what happened to the Ankeny Press-Citizen?

One would correctly assume that the use of Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, better known as DART, dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how much? In DART’s fiscal year [...]

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Posted March 02, 2022in Civic Skinny

Costly copyright infringements for schools. $13 million in transportation grants. And a moon tree in Des Moines?

Five days after Apollo 14 launched in 1971, Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the moon. Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter, orbited above in a [...]

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Posted February 02, 2022in Civic Skinny

University sabbaticals: robot handicaps, turtle DNA, mosquito hearing… and the boudoir

The following excerpts are a sample of the professional development assignments, also known as sabbaticals, that were approved by the Board of Regents for 2022-23 at the University of Iowa, [...]

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Posted January 05, 2022in Civic Skinny

Sign of change at The Boat House. Iowa booze sales soar. LHF snubs longtime mud run race directors.

The Johnston City Council started hearing complaints in July regarding a sign posted at The Boat House, a bar located across from Hyperion Field Club at 7695 N.W. Beaver Drive [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Christmas Skinny

Merry Christmas

Twelve drummers drumming… …for “Max and Amy in the morning” — WHO radio’s morning duo of Max Schaeffer and Amy Sweet — but we miss Van (Harden) and Bonnie (Lucas)…for [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Civic Skinny

Towing company says County supervisor’s actions cost him contract. Women only on DMPS board. Eateries lose $1.4 billion to COVID-19.

After losing a Polk County towing contract despite being the lowest bidder, towing operator Randy Crow, owner of Crow Tow, wrote to CITYVIEW to speak out against the Polk County [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Civic Skinny

A whistleblower, a mountain lion, $604 for addicts and some not-so-desirable rankings

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is from Iowa City. The former Facebook data scientist, who is the daughter of two professors and grew up attending the Iowa caucuses with her parents, [...]

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Posted September 29, 2021in Civic Skinny

McCoy asks to join Nahas suit against other supervisors.

In passing, he says Hilton Hotel will lose $8 million this year. In case there was any doubt, Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy proved this week that the board is [...]

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