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School officials will ask council on Feb. 12 to approve starting new high school design phase

The Feb. 12 City Council meeting will be when school board officials present the updated construction cost estimates to city council members so they can consider how quickly to move forward with the new high school building.  

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At city council meeting, equal rights brings crowd to its feet

“Good job, ladies! Good job,” said Mayor Deanna Reed, before a standing ovation from about 80 people at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening. The applause celebrated the council’s support for Virginia ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Small girls with their mothers and men sporting ERA buttons were among those clapping alongside eight women who had worked on the issue since Congress first passed the amendment in 1972.

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Several factors drive up cost estimates for new high school, but school board members confident in ‘options’ to move forward

The estimated cost of building the new high school has risen by $9.5 million, according to a presentation Grimm + Parker Architects made to the Harrisonburg City School Board on Monday evening.

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Of all the city projects retiring Councilman Byrd helped shepherd, he says one stands above the rest

During Ted Byrd’s final city council meeting last Tuesday, Mayor Deanna Reed ran through the long list of projects and committees he has worked on during his 12 years of service as a council member, including serving as mayor from 2013-2015.

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Scooter crackdown gets thumbs up from council

Harrisonburg is a little closer to allowing police and city staff to impound scooters abandoned in a right-of-way, blocking entryways or pedestrian traffic, or being ridden on sidewalks downtown.

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Still going strong, Occupy Harrisonburg meetings provide forum for homeless people to request public bathrooms downtown

Kurt Miller and other homeless people have found an avenue to address one of their biggest challenges: lack of public bathrooms, especially during nights in the spring, summer and fall when they sleep outside. Occupy Harrisonburg, the democratically run community group birthed from the national Occupy movement, has given them an opportunity to raise that issue, including at Tuesday’s meeting that has drawn the mayor.

Council takes steps to slow speedy drivers in East Portland neighborhood, begins wrangling with Hburg’s scooter invasion

The Portland East neighborhood’s roads, which have been plagued with lead-footed drivers, might become a little slower to navigate after the Harrisonburg City Council unanimously adopted a “traffic calming” plan Tuesday evening.
In other traffic-related news, the council and City Attorney Chris Brown discussed ways to better regulate the hundreds of electric scooters around Harrisonburg.

On a platform informed by her own life experience, Paloma Saucedo runs for change.

Paloma Saucedo’s platform is based on her experiences as a mother, immigrant, educator, and healthcare provider.

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