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Activists protest Dayton's pedestrian safety ordinance at city commission meeting held May 23.
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The Dayton City Commission recently passed a law effectively banning panhandling along 51 major roadways. It’s not the first time the city has passed laws curbing the practice. Now, some legal advocates are already raising questions about the city’s new pedestrian safety ordinance.

At the May 23 city commission meeting, Mayor Nan Whaley was clear: the ordinance is not about panhandling.

“Nothing in this ordinance criminalizes holding a sign on the side of a roadway,” the mayor said.

The rotunda section of the Arcade is in urgent need of repair. downtown dayton
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The Dayton City Commission agreed Wednesday morning to approve a $10 million loan to the development group in charge of renovating the Dayton Arcade. Commissioners will grant the loan to Cross Street Partners, Model Group and McCormack Baron Salazar “at the time the developer group closes its financing arrangements.”

City Manager Shelly Dickstein says the move by the city is a necessary one.

Dayton City Commissioners Wednesday voted to approve an ordinance banning panhandling along several busy roadways within city limits
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Dayton City Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance effectively banning panhandling along many major roadways in Dayton. 

The new law prohibits pedestrians from coming within three feet of an operating vehicle on 51 busy roadways in the city. It would also penalize motorists who slow down or deviate from traffic lanes to interact with pedestrians.

Dayton's officials are coming up against some unknowns in the budget process for next year.
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The City of Dayton is again exploring ways to ban panhandling along major city highways. At a meeting Wednesday evening, the city commission is expected to review an ordinance that would criminalize the practice.

Dayton first introduced legislation to restrict panhandling in 2011. That law required panhandlers to register with the city, and restricted begging to daylight hours. It also allowed cops to arrest violators instead of just citing them.

After legal challenges, the law was partially repealed in 2016.

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Darryl Fairchild won a Dayton City Commission seat in Tuesday’s May 8 primary over opponent Daryl Ward. Fairchild has run for city commission before. He’ll fill the open seat left by former city commissioner Joey Williams, who stepped down in February.

Fairchild’s victory was too close to call for much of the night. He won with around 52 percent of the vote, with Ward claiming 48 percent of more than 12,000 ballots cast.

Minister Fairchild manages the chaplaincy at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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On the ballot in Tuesday’s May 8 Primary is a special election for the Dayton City Commission seat formerly held by Joey Williams. Williams announced in February he would step down because of work obligations. 

Williams was reelected to the Dayton City Commission less than four months before his resignation. Now, two well-known faith-based community leaders -- with similar first names -- are competing to join the existing commissioners on the board. 

Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton officials are seeking public comments on a plan to close or consolidate Dayton Public School-district facilities.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, members of the Dayton City Commission and DPS officials Thursday launched a new 16-member task force that will work to identify underutilized administration buildings and schools for potential shutdown after the current school year.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Dayton voters re-elected incumbents to the Dayton City Commission. 

 

Four people were running for two open seats. Those seats will be held by Joey Williams and Jeff Mims, who were challenged by Darryl Fairchild and Shenise Turner-Sloss.

 

Mims, who has served on the commission since 2014, won 26 percent of the vote.  Joey Williams, who garnered 30 percent of the vote, is the longest serving city commissioner.

Darryl Fairchild came in third, with 22 perent of the vote. Shenise Turner-Sloss won 20 percent.

Tuesday Nov. 7 is Election Day and in Montgomery County, four candidates are running for two open seats on the Dayton City Commission. Two are incumbents, and two challengers are running as a team. For this week’s installment of PoliticsOhio, WYSO spoke with Cory Frolik, who has reported closely on the commissioner’s race for the Dayton Daily News. He begins by providing a little background on the candidates.

 

Dayton City Commissioner Dean Lovelace served six terms and holds the record as the city's longest serving commissioner.
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Many in the Dayton area have been paying tribute to longtime city commissioner Dean Lovelace. Lovelace died Sunday, more than a year after vacating the seat he held for six terms. He was 70 years old.  

Lovelace was seen by many in Dayton politics as a champion for poor and disadvantaged communities throughout his two decades in office. He advocated for a host of economic issues, including fair housing, financial literacy, the earned income tax program and free tax-preparation services.

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