Message from Emeryville Councilwoman Jennifer West: City Attorney Ballot Initiative

July 27, 2011
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Message from Emeryville Councilwoman Jennifer West: City Attorney Ballot Initiative

Special Meeting of City Council Required to Get the Issue on the November Ballot (Reprinted with permission from Jennifer West’s Blog).  Enough residents have signed a petition (10% of registered voters) to have a ballot initiative placed on the November ballot. This ballot measure would allow the voters to decide if the city should eliminate the staff position of City Attorney. For many reasons (which I will articulate briefly below and in more detail in future posts), I do not support this ballot initiative. However, I do believe that the city council must show that we hear all 567 people who signed the initiative, and we should place this item on the ballot in November. That is a democratic process, whether we like the content or not (emphasis added).  This process is complicated by the fact that the city council does not have any meetings scheduled before the August 12 deadline that the county has for placing items on the ballot. Like many other cities, Emeryville’s City Council has one summer meeting canceled for our summer recess, and it happens to be the August 2, 2011 meeting. This was decided last December when we determined our meeting schedule for 2011.

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National Night Out, Aug. 2, 5-7 pm, Emeryville City Hall

July 27, 2011
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National Night Out, August 2, 2011, 5-7 pm, City Hall The Emeryville Police are hosting the annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd from 5pm-7pm at City Hall in Emeryville.  Please come by and visit all of your Emeryville neighbors.  Should you have any questions please contact the Police Dept at 510-596-3707 or look at the flyer here.

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