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Ione City Council Talks State Wide Immigration Policy, City Streets And More

Ione City Council Talks State Wide Immigration Policy, City Streets And More 

The Ione City Council worked on issues that ranged from statewide immigration policy to the repairing of particular city streets at their meeting last night.   With ground being broken on construction of a new casino in the Jackson Valley, the Council discussed the agreement between Amador County and the Buena Vista Casino.   Council members noted that under the agreement, the city of Ione will receive $100,000 annual for public safety, but were concerned that not all the casino's impacts would be addressed.  The city received no bids on a proposal to resurface Sutter Lane, so the council approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to negotiate with construction firms directly to secure a construction contract. The work is expected to cost $66,000 and 2/3 of it will be paid for with the new state gas tax.

The Council also held a very brief discussion of Sanctuary State policies; the Council is generally opposed to state measures to limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials. The council rejected any effort to join lawsuits against state laws, but did direct staff to prepare a resolution expressing the city's disapproval of SB 54, the highest profile of so-called “sanctuary state” laws.  After considering several alternatives, including hiring outside contracting for field maintenance, the Council voted to approve the purchase of a new lawn mower for Howard Field.

Written by Craig Baracco

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