Did I mention that the ordinance I authored earned the mayor’s veto? Just as I was anticipating the establishment of a new Bloomington Parking Commission in the last post, I was taken aback by Mayor Hamilton’s announcement that he refused to sign Ordinance 16-22. The Mayor’s response on Nov. 11, in … Continue reading
It’s been a busy month, faithful readers. To ease my way back into the writing habit, I bring you an anniversary treasure: ten years ago today, I wrote on this blog about wearing a chicken suit to a city council meeting. Most of the content is up-to-date. Not all of … Continue reading
Q: What’re the first steps someone needs to take to get involved in local government? And do you need to be affiliated with a party? — Citizen Newbie A: Newbie, I’m going to dodge the intent of this question, which is how to participate personally in the electoral process. But that gives … Continue reading
Last week, in addressing what Bloomington could do to see more “affordable” housing built, I wrote this: Council has some authority, but not that much in a country called the United “States” of America, whose provinces have significantly more power than do provinces in other countries.Our Constitution mentions neither cities nor any other … Continue reading
Wednesday nights are Council meeting nights, and they can go on. Last night’s committee of the whole was not too long, at only 3 hours and 45 minutes. Despite being a night owl, I’m not keen on writing after meetings. I also have to admit that my first efforts at blogging here about … Continue reading
2010 Census Block Map, Bloomington Township, Monroe County, Indiana In discussion of the decennial mandate to redraw the city’s council districts.
Bloomington elected officials have used their offices to make the statement, but have not committed the City itself to any formal action. The distinction is significant. Continue reading
Normally from now on I’ll post a post-mortem on the previous night’s Council meeting. There was none this week because of the holiday. Don’t eat too much turkey!
The Council won’t meet this week for its usual Committee of the Whole. We had only one item for First Reading at last week’s Regular Session. Anticipating the Thanksgiving holiday, we held a Committee of the Whole last week right after the Regular Session so we could take this Wednesday … Continue reading
David R. Grubb is back to visit us. It’s an unusual week here at City Council. Normally we meet Wednesday nights at 7:30, but¬†this week we’ve been hearing the proposal from each city department for the 2009 budget, so we’re meeting at 6pm each night this week. (Monday’s meeting, the … Continue reading