News & Info from The CivCity Initiative
Thanks to CivCity's Interns!
As the semester winds down and finals approach, it's a good time to publicly thank CivCity's amazing interns, Meghan Cuneo and Madeline Nowicki. Both are students at the University of Michigan.
Meghan has taken on several projects. She organized CivCity's Party at the Polls on Election Day in August and November, helping voters celebrate our democracy. She's developing a brochure with civic info for new residents, and is spearheading our effort to create a community-wide task force to promote local elections and increase the turnout of informed voters.
CivCity intern Meghan Cuneo spoke during public commentary at the Oct. 6, 2016 Ann Arbor City Council meeting.
Madeline, who serves on the Michigan Daily
's editorial board, is working on CivCity's social media efforts, setting up accounts on Instagram
to expand our reach beyond Twitter
. She's also helping develop our "How Ann Arbor Works" project, using skills she's gained through her studies at UM's School of Information.
We're so grateful for the energy, intellect, creativity and good humor that Meghan and Madeline bring to our civic engagement work!
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Your donation to CivCity goes a looooong way – so your impact is significant for our small (but mighty!) nonprofit.
Our ambitious plan to build a more informed, engaged citizenry relies on you. Please help support our nonpartisan work by contributing a one-time or monthly online donation. It's tax deductible!
Or you can send a check to:
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104
CivCity also accepts stock donations! Contact Mary Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Appointment-Palooza Part II
Both the Ann Arbor City Council and Ann Arbor Public Schools board are appointing members to fill vacancies.
Tonight, council is expected to appoint a representative to the Ward 1 seat that Sabra Briere is vacating. Seven men applied and were interviewed last week – you can watch that public session here and read their application materials here.
The AAPS board is interviewing six candidates on Friday, Dec. 9 starting at 9 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 3205 Boardwalk. That session is open to the public. The appointment will be made at the board's meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
The AAPS seat is vacant following the resignation of Donna Lasinski, who was elected to serve as District 52 State Representative on Nov. 8. Applicants include three people who ran for the AAPS board on Nov. 8 but weren't elected – including current board chair Deb Mexicotte. Click here to see the full list of applicants as well as details about the appointment process.
What We're Reading
This week, check out "If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities" by Benjamin Barber. He posits that local governments are better positioned to tackle many important challenges in our society.
If you're looking for a quicker overview of his ideas, watch Barber's TED Talk here.
Bonus Factoid: Barber's examples are from cities with a "strong mayor" system – unlike Ann Arbor, which operates under a "council-manager" form of government. What's the difference? Check out this video for the low-down. (It's produced by Kirk Westphal, who's a videographer by trade, as well as a Ward 2 councilmember. Remember that serving on council is a part-time gig, and most councilmembers have day jobs.)
You can check out this book at the Ann Arbor District Library!
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