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I am the Iowa City and Johnson County government reporter for The Gazette. One of my favorite parts about my job is that I’m constantly learning something new and then I get to share that information with readers. Through my coverage, I hope to make it easier for readers to understand how local government works. When I’m not reporting, I enjoy hiking, spending time outside, reading and finding new restaurants to try.
Latest Articles by Izabela Zaluska
Restaurants Jan. 28, 2022 8:57 am
The North Liberty City Council at its Tuesday evening meeting unanimously approved a site plan for Field Day Brewing Company, another endeavor for restaurant owner Brian Flynn.
Local Government Jan. 25, 2022 3:27 pm
The Johnson County compensation board is recommending a salary increase of 18 percent for elected officials in an effort to remain competitive with other counties’ increases and respond to state law changes.
Local Government Mar. 28, 2022 10:32 am
The discussions surrounding the proposed $194 million fiscal 2023 budget will be some of the toughest the council has had due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and state property tax reforms, City Manager Geoff Fruin told council members earlier this month.
Crime and Courts Jan. 24, 2022 11:40 am
Sheriff Brad Kunkel said the program, which has a targeted start date of April 1 and is funded with pandemic relief dollars, continues the county’s effort to find ways to divert people from jail and reduce the jail population, while also keeping victims safe.
Crime and Courts Jan. 21, 2022 1:13 pm
Lance Cpl. Gabe Heefner has “progressed a lot” since arriving at a rehabilitation hospital in Chicago two months ago but has likely plateaued, his father told The Gazette. The family hopes a cranioplasty surgery will “jumpstart his recovery.”
Local Government Jan. 21, 2022 6:00 am
Iowa City property owners are reminded to clear the full width of the sidewalk of any snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall to avoid getting fined. Individuals who are out of town should make arrangements to have their snow cleared.
Local Government Jan. 19, 2022 6:15 pm
Johnson County has been developing its direct assistance program intended to help low-income residents impacted by COVID-19 or previously excluded from pandemic relief payments.
Community Jan. 18, 2022 11:49 am
Last month, the city launched a yearlong effort — “Connected to Tomorrow” — to gather public input and build a vision for the city in 2040. Residents can get involved by taking a survey or participating in the first in-person opportunity on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
Jan. 14, 2022 12:49 pm
A new performance venue part of a “multipurpose development” anticipated on Burlington Street in Iowa City is in the early design stages. Developer Marc Moen has been in discussion with local arts, entertainment and design people to help shape the direction of the new cultural venue.
Business News Jan. 11, 2022 11:50 am
The three-month program will help the selected entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a reality as they tackle potential solutions to issues in education, childcare and other topics.
News Jan. 6, 2022 4:32 pm
The winter shelter opened this week, a month later than usual due to staffing challenges. Despite the challenges, Shelter House has not turned away individuals at its emergency shelter due to a lack of space.
Local Government Jan. 5, 2022 1:46 pm
The council was unanimous in supporting hybrid meetings during a discussion at its Tuesday night work session. The council also discussed how to connect with residents as the pandemic continues and how to handle disruption at council meetings.