Charter Proposal Fails to Pass–Home Rule Petition to be Discussed Tonight

The majority of voters rejected the Charter Commission proposal in yesterday’s election, with 10,912 voting in favor and 12,519 voting against.

We sincerely thank all the members of the Charter Commission for their years of dedication to the study, research, and discussion of the city charter, and hope that they will continue to engage the community in discussion of how to make our local government work better.  We also thank the leaders of the Yes for a New Charter campaign for their hard work, positive attitude and focus on this one issue.  And of course, we thank all the volunteers who knocked on doors, wrote cards, made phone calls, held signs, and did many other tasks important to the campaign.  Despite the loss, we believe this led to important discussions about how our government works and what we value in our representation.

We urge our members to attend a public hearing tonight (Wednesday) in the Council Chambers at Newton City Hall, starting at 7 pm.  The Programs and Services Committee of the City Council will begin public discussion of their home rule petition to reduce the size of the City Council to 8 at-large councilors (with residency requirements) and 8 ward councilors.  According to the agenda, this is a public hearing. 

LWVN Lunch at Day on the Hill–Photo

(l-r) Rep. Kay Khan, Kelsi Field, Re. Ruth Balser, Sen. Cynthia Creem, Lisa Mirabile, Sharyn Roberts, Dmitry Gridnev, Lois Levin and Max

Thanks to Sharyn for organizing the LWVN lunch with our state delegation during LWVMA’s Day on the Hill!

Attended, but not pictured:  Rep. John Lawn, Newton City Councilor Alison Leary, Toby Kamens, and Lisamarie Sears.


This Thursday–Topic Meeting: What can be done about Newton’s 588 gas leaks?

Come to the November League of Women Voter’s Topic meeting on

Gas Leaks in Newton

and learn what can be done about our 588 leaks

Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

At NewTV, 23 Needham Street (on Easy Street next to National Lumber Company)

Speakers:  Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA Environmental Specialist

                  Ellie Goldberg, Mothers Out Front

 Natural gas leaks:

  • Can cause explosions
  • Kill trees and other plants
  • Harm human health
  • Are an extraordinarily potent greenhouse gas
  • Waste a valuable fossil fuel that has been harvested through fracking

What’s more – we pay for all the gas wasted in leaks!



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