News & Info from The CivCity Initiative
New Year Gov-unteer?
If you've been thinking about how to get more involved in local government, here's an opportunity at the county level.
Washtenaw County has posted several vacancies for advisory boards and commissions, including the Community Action Board, the Huron River Watershed Council, and the Community Corrections Advisory Board. Click here for the full listing.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Jan. 25 with appointments made by the county board on Feb. 1.
The county also has three openings on its Community Mental Health Board. The deadline to apply for those positions is Wednesday, Feb. 8 with appointments made on Feb. 15. Click here for more details.
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AAPS Board Vacancy: Filled!
The newest trustee for the Ann Arbor Public Schools is Jessica Kelly, a special education consultant.
Jessica Kelly was appointed to replace Donna Lasinski.
Her appointment came after the AAPS board's split vote between two other candidates – Steve Norton and Deb Mexicotte – and their subsequent withdrawal from consideration.
Kelly was appointed and sworn into office on Friday, Dec. 16. Here's a link to her application materials. For details about how that appointment transpired, check out coverage on AnnArbivore.com and an article on MLive.
The appointment was made on the same day as a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling in favor of AAPS. The court ruled that the district has the legal authority to ban guns in its buildings and at school-sponsored events. Click here to read a Detroit Free Press report on that decision.
What We're Reading
Today each state's electors for the U.S. Electoral College are casting votes for president, so we're reading up on how that process works.
Map of each state's vote allocation in the U.S. Electoral College.
The "college" isn't a physical location. Rather, votes will be happening in each state throughout the day. Michigan's 16 electors are set to vote at 2 p.m.
Here's a Michigan Radio report on what to expect. The New York Times also provides a decent overview.
And this TED-Ed video is a bit goofy, but helps explain the process.
“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” ― Adlai E. Stevenson II
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This newsletter will take a hiatus during the last week of 2016, so save up your civic energy and we'll see you in the new year!