Hope for Calendar Clarity and More
Changing the calendar in midstream, as opposed to starting off a year with changes, has its pitfalls. The council has already published a calendar for 2009, but those who dutifully ticked off the dates in whatever way they have of keeping track of important dates will now have to revise them. And it's not only the dates, but also the locations that changed under a new initiative of meeting at schools in the city's four wards.
It will be the City Council's burden to prove that this initiative will increase neighborhood participation. I hope somebody keeps count of attendance and deducts the usual suspects, such as favored vendors, patronage jobholders and politicians. As we used to make the distinction in the news biz, we did not necessarily want quotes from the star players, but from "real people," aka those with a genuine concern for the issues, who are not carrying water for the pols.
Also between now and the March 2 school board filing date (4 p.m. at the Administration Building, 1200 Myrtle Ave.) residents will have made their decisions to run for three three-year school board seats. It is Plaintalker's hope that a a broad and diverse group of candidates will emerge.