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City Hallways (June 30)Big gate begets big sign

Calendar Items
Planning board meets this morning. Agenda includes public hearing on the Highland Park project planned for former  Central Park Plaza site.

Council committee meetings starting with Civil Service and Finance in morning, then Community Development and Legislation in the afternoon.
The council is also having special meeting today on the city takeover of the traffic ticketing system now run by state DMV.  That change occurs Wednesday.

#Love Wins
Mayor Brown joined other politicians and gay rights activists on June 1 for a Gay Pride week event that included raising a rainbow flag in Niagara Square. A photo from the event was posted on Brown's Facebook page Sunday -- two days after  the Supreme Court ruling supporting gay p ride10418445_10153038754349065_6778632974620953588_n  " No form of hate or discrimination should exist in our nation," read the mayor's post, which ended with the hashtag  Love Wins.  As of  this morning,  the post had 447 likes, 42 shares, and 36 comments, most thanking Brown for his support of the LGBT community,  but some not so supportive.

Big picture of big fence in front of big house
This is kind of fitting. There's a huge artist's rendering of the giant fence planned for the mega-mansion on Nottingham Terrace. Anyone wanting an  idea of what the $600,000+, 360 degree fence will look like if it's allowed to be finished, can just drive by 175 Nottingham. You can't miss the sign. Just like you can't miss the gate. Or the house. Here's a picture  I took of the rendering.
ufencennamed (A quick shout out to former Buffalo News reporter Mike Beebe, who posted his own picture of the rendering on his Facebook.  That's how I found out about it.) As of now, just a couple gates are installed. Work on the fence seemed to have stopped until the issue goes back to the zoning board at the end of July.

Money Matters - South District Councilman Chris Scanlon
Our continuing look at campaign finance goes to the South District today. Scanlon raised $53,235 and spent $49,055 from 2012 through December 2014, according to state Board of Elections reports.

Here's is largest donors, over $500:

AFSCME: $3,250
Higgins for Congress: $1,860
Carl, William Paladino and companies: $1,100
Shea Family, $900
Wopperer Family, $700
Goin South: $650
Mosey Persico: $650
Int'l Association Bridge Stuct & Ironworkers, Local 6: $640
WNY Hop Inn: $600
Buffalo  Firefighters Union: $550
Buffalo Police Union $550

Here's his major expenses, over $1,000:

SB Marketing, Buffalo, printing: $6,901
Standing Stone Printing, Buffalo: $6,455
Brick Oven Bistro, Buffalo, fundraiser: $3,983
Patriot Signage, Dayton, Ky: $3,254
Brian Gould, Buffalo, consultant: $2,500
Lalley Kristin, Buffalo, printing:, $1,200
Sparkable, Buffalo, Website design:$1,140

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