WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council begins $46K project to assess the group's structure and eventually consider changes to bylaws

Douglas County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is seeking some outside perspective as it looks to improve. At Tuesday’s CJCC meeting, council members heard more about a project that will help the group assess whether its purpose and structure align with best practices for criminal justice systems across the nation. The CJCC is working with the Justice Management Institute, a nonprofit based in ...

City of Lawrence staff working to implement new system for city code; city clerk says it'll make the code easier to navigate

City of Lawrence staff is in the process of implementing new software for managing the city’s code, with changes coming soon that will make it much more accessible for members of the public to navigate the regulations. Lawrence leaders heard an update about progress with implementing the system at Tuesday's Lawrence City Commission meeting, and City Clerk Sherri Riedemann said it would be a valuable tool once ...

Dozens rally outside Lawrence City Hall to urge Evergy to shut down Lawrence's coal-fired power plant

Holding signs with phrases like “Our kids deserve clean energy” and “Don’t be a fossil fool,” dozens of people gathered outside of Lawrence City Hall on Tuesday to call for electric utility Evergy to shut down its Lawrence-area coal-fired power plant. The demonstrators, stationed outside the building and scattered around the intersection of Sixth and Massachusetts streets, were there for the ...

According to city legal staff, Lawrence leaders could consider making rental licenses revocable for violating new discrimination ordinance

When Lawrence leaders approved an ordinance making it illegal for landlords to discriminate against potential tenants based on their source of income, they also directed city staff to consider another proposal making rental licenses revocable for violating the approved amendments. Now, city legal staff is indicating that such a proposal could be implemented in the city’s long-term residential rental property ...

‘From surviving to thriving’: Tenants to Homeowners’ Sunrise House places an emphasis on community and supportive services

At Tenants to Homeowners’ Sunrise House, wrap-around services are just as much a priority as having a roof over your head. The supportive service community home, which has 12 communal housing units, is primarily filled with people who are exiting homelessness — and particularly those who have experienced chronic homelessness. Angie Bauer, the agency’s housing care coordinator, operates out of an office ...

Infill development, units in west Lawrence are among Affordable Housing Advisory Board's priorities for trust fund projects

Bringing affordable housing units to west Lawrence, providing low-barrier supportive services and adding infill development are all things Lawrence’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board wants to prioritize when distributing roughly $3 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for next year. That’s according to forms included with the agenda for the group’s Monday board meeting, when board members will ...