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OPD Avoids Budget Cut

Aug 19, 2020

The Omaha Police Department will not have its budget cut.  City Council members voted yesterday to turn down Council President Chris Jerram's proposed two-million-dollar cut to the police budget.  Under the proposal, the two-million-dollars would have gone towards mental health treatment, rehabilitation and employment services.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says she would have vetoed the budget cut.

 

State health officials announced 332 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 23-thousand-818 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and 316 deaths. Thirty-four-percent of hospital beds and eighty-percent of ventilators are available. Officials in Omaha say a citywide mask mandate could go into effect next week. Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said the area needs to get COVID-19 under control in order for schools to reopen.

**UPDATE: The entire interview has been posted below.  It has been broken into three segments for ease of listening during your schedule.

A candid Mayor Stothert discusses the pandemic, the protests, the riots, and what she and her office are doing to drive change in Omaha.

Thursday, July 2nd at noon, from the studios at 33rd and Burt, a special, extended installment of “Live & Local.” 

Host Mike Hogan gets to sit down for an hour with the current and first woman mayor of the city of Omaha, Jean Stothert.   That will be broadcast live at noon and posted online after the broadcast.  You can listen at 91.5 FM or just click the “Play” button above.

Protestors Stage Sit-In At Mayor's Office

Jul 1, 2020
WOWT

Protesters are making their voices heard in Omaha.  A group called the Progressive Black Led Allied Coalition sat in protest outside Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's office yesterday.  Demonstrators say their goal is to get justice for all people.  The demands include the arrest of Jake Gardner, who was released from police custody after the killing of James Scurlock during a protest as well as having all charges dropped against protestors who violated curfew.

Stothert Announces Investigation Into Cafe Closure

Jun 26, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is calling for an investigation into protests that led to the closure of a restaurant.  Stothert announced yesterday that police are looking into allegations that protesters pounded on the windows of the 11-Worth Cafe, blocked traffic and attempted to extort money from the owners.  The restaurant near 24th and Leavenworth closed after protests earlier this month.  

In The Wake Of Protests; Reforms Within OPD

Jun 26, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Chief of Police Todd Schmaderer are announcing changes within the city's police department.  Officers are now forbidden from using their knee to pin a person down by their neck.  They're also required to intervene and report when a fellow officer is not taking the appropriate actions.  The updated policy was announced yesterday.  Officer training will begin next month.

Omaha Parks Director Resigns To Head Nonprofit

Jun 22, 2020

The city of Omaha is looking for a new parks department director.  Omaha Parks Director Brook Bench resigned on Saturday and will lead a new philanthropic organization dedicated to park development.  Bench has led the Omaha Parks Department since being named director on an interim basis in 2011.  He plans to leave the parks department later this summer.

Cited For Violating the Curfew Recently? Good News...

Jun 16, 2020

People who were cited for violating curfew during recent protests in Omaha could see their charges dropped.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced yesterday that she has asked that curfew violation charges be thrown out for people who have no serious criminal history.  If the charges are dropped, bonds will be refunded and records will be sealed.  People who have criminal histories would receive diversion and be required to complete community service before their curfew violation charges are dismissed.   

Fremont Tribune

A day after she rescinded a curfew, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced she would reinstate the restriction for Friday night and Saturday night. Stothert says she took the action after learning from police of five events planned Friday and a large gathering expected Saturday to mark the death of George Floyd after his arrest by Minneapolis police. The curfew will be stretch from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on both nights. The Mayor on Thursday called the move “unfortunate but necessary."  The move came a day after Stothert said Wednesday she would rescind the curfew.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is apologizing to a woman she insulted in a Facebook comment and will meet with her later this week.   Soyeon Sohn had commented earlier this week on a public post about Stothert's emergency order and called the mayor a coward. Stothert replied to the woman and called her a coward who doesn't list her name and who hides behind symbols.  Sohn uses the Korean spelling of her name on Facebook, and Stothert has apologized and admitted to not recognizing the symbols as Korean letters.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has been granted emergency powers.  City council members voted yesterday to give the mayor the ability to extend a state of emergency declaration including a curfew for up to a week.   The council approved the measure on a five-to-one vote with Councilman Chris Jerram voting "no." Council members also voted yesterday to pass a resolution condemning the actions of the Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death.  The resolution noted that the city council grieves with Floyd's family for their loss and joins them in their call for justice and peace.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in street repairs are coming to Omaha.  Voters in Omaha approved measures during yesterday's primary election that will allow the city to issue 200-million-dollars in bonds for street repairs.  The bond issue will generate an additional 40-million-dollars-per-year for street repairs over the next five years.  The first road projects to be funded by the bonds are expected to start this summer.

The city of Omaha will not get any federal money under the CARES Act.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced on Friday that no federal money will go to Omaha because the city's population is under 500-thousand.  One-point-two-billion dollars in CARES Act money will be allocated for the state, and Douglas County will receive 160-million-dollars over the next two weeks.

Pandemic Shifts OPD's Priorities

Apr 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting the Omaha Police Department's workload.  Authorities say the number of disturbances and domestic violence calls have increased slightly over the last two weeks.  Child abuse calls have decreased by 25-percent, which police say is due in part to schools being closed. The OPD is also issuing citations to those who do not obey the mayor's decision to close Omaha's public parks. Mayor Jean Stothert  officially closed the parks April 8th with barricades and signs posted the following day in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

Omaha's Parks Now Closed; Trails Remain Open

Apr 9, 2020
Omaha World Herald

Omaha's parks are off-limits to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor Jean Stothert announced yesterday that the city's 250 parks will be closed until the end of April, but the trail system will remain open.  Anyone caught in an Omaha city park faces possible arrest, and any unattended vehicle at a park could be towed.

On Tuesday, April 7th, starting at noon, KIOS will host a one-hour question and answer discussion with Omaha Mayor, Jean Stothert.  We invite listeners to submit questions for the Mayor in writing before Tuesday.

Omaha World Herald

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said yesterday that Douglas County may be moving soon to restrict crowds to less than 50 people.  Large events like Saint Patrick's Day activities scheduled for Tuesday are a concern because of potential coronavirus exposure.  The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced it will be closed through the end of the month starting today, and Stothert said the city's public libraries and community centers are also closing immediately.

Street Proposal Goes Before Council

Jan 29, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's proposed 200-million-dollar bond is being considered by the City Council.  The bond proposal calls for 75-million-dollars per year to be spent on road repairs.  Stothert says if the bond is approved, the owner of a 100-thousand-dollar home would pay about 26-dollars in year in property taxes.  The City Council will hold a public hearing on the bond next Tuesday.