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A screenshot of the July 1, 2020 Dayton City Commission meeting that was held via videoconference.
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The Dayton City Commission has unanimously passed a law requiring people to wear masks. It's a dramatic attempt by the city to stem the spread of the coronavirus as the state's economy reopens.

The city ordinance goes into effect this Friday, July 3, at 8 a.m. The law requires people to cover their nose and mouth when inside public places, or even when outside when social distancing isn't possible. Failure to comply will be enforced by Dayton Police officers, who are empowered to issue $85 citations.

The Dayton City Commission met remotely on April 22, 2020.
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The Dayton City Commission is officially objecting to the renewal of liquor permits for five Dollar General stores in the city.

Many say dollar stores, like Family Dollar and Dollar General, often take poor care of their facilities, and contribute to an increase in trash and crime in the neighborhoods around them.

On Wednesday, the Dayton City Commission passed emergency resolutions objecting to the renewal of the Dollar General liquor permits.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley giving her 2020 State of the City address. She complimented residents for their response to a string of tragic events in the past year.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivered her State of the City Address Wednesday morning. Over the course of a half hour, Whaley made numerous references to the tribulations of 2019 — the KKK rally, Memorial Day Tornadoes, and the mass shooting that left nine dead. Yet, much of the mayor’s focus was on what Daytonians have accomplished together.

Last year in her State of the City address Mayor Whaley said Dayton had some tough issues to address — disparities in opportunity among neighborhoods, and the need for more investment in the city’s west side.

Dayton, Ohio, is a city that is used to getting knocked flat on its back.

Downtown Dayton's Grande Illumintation kicks off the holiday season.
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On Friday night, the City of Dayton held their 47th Annual Grande Illumination Christmas tree lighting and Children’s Parade.

Thousands of spectators gathered on Courthouse Square and the surrounding streets to kick off the Christmas holiday season.

The popular event included a “live reindeer display, musical entertainment, games, holiday crafts, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, city and county commissioners and other community leaders were on hand for the ceremony.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, joined by County Auditor Karl Keith, State Senator Peggy Lehner, and representatives from the advocacy group Ohioans for Gun Safety.
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Several state and local elected officials Friday launched a new yard-sign campaign advocating for stronger Ohio gun laws.

Joining Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at a press conference in Dayton’s Oregon District were Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, State Sen. Peggy Lehner and representatives from the advocacy group Ohioans for Gun Safety.

Whaley announced the “Do Something” campaign outside the Trolley Stop tavern on Fifth St.

More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined members of the Community Police Council, Dayton Police and Mayor Nan Whaley for the Coversation on Gun Violence.
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Thursday night in Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, and members of the Community Police Council held a Community Conversation on Gun Violence at Grace United Methodist Church. More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined the panelists for the two-hour event.

“Shots being fired, hearing gunfire at our house is normal,” said Scott Sliver, a member of the Community Police Council. Sliver said it was the normalcy of that gunfire that lead him to join the council.