I was forwarded as an “undisclosed recipient” the following email. It seems there are some residents concerned that the city council would meet three times in special session without a seat at the table for members of their own appointed task force or any public input to discuss housing issues.
The massive proposal includes recommendations made from the Safe and Quality Housing Task force as well as staff recommendations. Those recommendations do not always agree and that makes some worry that staff may have too much say on those differences on policy proposals aimed at housing.
Government policy that reaches inside property lines and into the home tend to make people nervous, I suppose. Mayor Povlsen has publicly emphasized that if the city council is unwilling to raise taxes or revenue to pay for the proposals then he, staff and his appointed tasked force members have wasted a lot of their time. That concerns a few folks, too.
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Subject: Additional dates for City Council special meetings on Task Force housing issues Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:32:43 +0000 From: Jacobson, Linda <email@example.com> To: Jacobson, Linda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please see the dates listed below for Council’s next meetings on housing issues. The general public can attend and observe and is invited to sit in the audience area. These are special meetings of the Council, not joint meetings of the Council/Task Force.
Wed, Aug 22 at 6p
Wed, Sept 19 at 6p
Wed, Oct 10, at 6p
Please note these dates on your calendars if you wish to attend the meetings.
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