Dennis asked a good question: who’s the committee and when does it meet? I approved the comment about an hour ago but don’t see it showing up yet.
There are 3 members of the facilitating committee, Council Member Kathie deNobriga, Karen Bernheimer, and me (Elisabeth Shields). Kathie and I made the original proposal to City Council which was presented at the Town Hall meeting on August 7 (2010). Karen volunteered to help us get people involved after the Town Hall meeting.
Editing after publishing: I am using “committee” here with a small “c”. We are a facilitating team, not an official committee. City Council authorized this charter review using a community learning process model, which means that the role of the facilitators is to get as many people involved as have the willingness and commitment to do so. We plan the events; will citizens want to get involved? We will only know after the kick off meetings on Saturday, August 21 (10 am, Court House), and Thursday, August 26 (7:15 pm, Court House). If so, then this becomes a citizen-led effort.
What we have done since the Town Hall was to tweak the proposal to Council , get out flyers for people not on the email lists (as proposed at the Town Hall), and set up this website. I really set up the website, and I have done a good bit of preparation for the Kick-off meetings.
The next committee (facilitation team) meeting, such as it is, is tentatively planned for Friday August 20 at 1 pm in the Court House. We will be planning the kick-off meetings, the first of which is being held the next day. Anyone is welcome to come. It’s tentative because Kathie has had to be out of town unexpectedly.
I heard from Kathie over night; we have moved the meeting to 3 at the Court House. That is now tomorrow, Friday, August 20.
If you would like to join the facilitating committee, just let us know.
Material in italics added by Elisabeth on Thursday, August 18.
August 18, 2010