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January 13, 2014 Questions

You can find the agenda these questions and suggestions refer to at http://www.epackets.net/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1864&doctype=AGENDA. I’ve noted the agenda item number in parentheses. (8f, 10d) Since we’re being asked to approve several (modest) increases to the budget it’d be appropriate for staff to comment, in general, on where we stand vis a vis…

Green Evolution

Some recent decisions by the Council raised questions about how green the City will continue to be. While I can’t speak for the Council, I don’t believe there’s been any shift in goals. Rather, what’s happening is practices that used to be exceptional are becoming mainstream, and we’re adapting to…

Transit Village Referendum

Greg Rubens, the City’s general counsel, sent me the following email in reply to my questions about referendums. Mark. Thank you for posing these questions in advance of the meeting. I’m taking today off sort of, to help my inlaws. A couple of basic points that would answer some if…

Transit Village Reflections

Last night the Council approved a reduced scale Transit Village on a 4 to 1 vote. I was the dissenter, primarily because I believe the Council should have honored the recent election and made its decision after Cameron Johnson is seated in December. The Transit Village and its associated impacts,…

New Feature: Q&A Discussions

I typically spend several hours prepping with staff for each of our Council meetings. That way I don’t have to get all of my questions answered during the meeting itself. You can imagine how long those would be if I didn’t! Not to mention how much longer they’d be if…

Transit Village Referendum

Questions I emailed to Greg Rubens, our City Attorney, regarding a potential referendum to overturn a Council decision about the Transit Village. Greg, Given interest in certain parts of the community in a referendum to overturn a Council decision on the Transit Village, I want to ensure everyone understands what’s…