LWVN strongly urges voters to say “yes” to the charter proposal

LWVN strongly endorses a YES vote on Tuesday in favor of the proposed new city charter.  

After many years of advocating for a smaller city council and a review of the city charter, as well as observing the Charter Commission in action, LWVN reviewed the proposal this past spring and overwhelmingly voted to support a YES vote.

While reducing the size of the City Council, the proposal also enables all Newton voters to vote for 100% of the City Council, increasing accountability of our elected officials.  Geographic representation is still an essential part of the proposed structure, with one Councilor elected at-large from each ward, and four elected at-large without residency requirements.

Other improvements include important procedural updates that bring our city charter in compliance with Massachusetts laws and a requirement for public comment at meetings of all Boards and Commissions.  Term limits are added for both City Council (16 years or 8 terms) and Mayor (12 years or 3 terms).

Remember, we are voting on this proposal only.  The docketed home-rule petition is NOT on the ballot and is not a guaranteed option.  We need to vote on the Charter Commission proposal on its own merits, and LWVN believes this will be a positive step forward for our city.

Plan your vote for this Tuesday–be informed!

The LWVN Voters’ Guide is available to everyone by going to VOTE411.org, inputing your address and  then clicking on the green button until you see all the races you can vote in.  All candidates, whether in contested races or not, have been invited to participate in answering three questions.

Additionally, you can see Candidates’ Forums for 11 races, made by NewTV and LWVN.  You can go to NewTV. org and choose which ones to watch.

If you need a ride to your polling location, please contact us at info@lwvnewton.org or call 617-383-4598.

And don’t forget to vote…remember, democracy is not a spectator sport!

All the Candidate’s Info you need…in one place!

Thanks to Village14.com and Bryan Barash for compiling a giant list of videos, voters’ guides and candidates’ statements in time for November 7th.  To see the list, with all the links, click Village14.com.

Countdown to November 7th: can you spare an hour or two?

The Yes for a New Charter campaign can use your help.  If you can help make phone calls, go door-to-door, or hold a campaign sign, please sign up at Yes for a New Charter.  Bring a friend to help–it’s more fun with a partner!

Another reason to vote YES on the charter: the myths of the home rule petition

LWVN strongly supports a YES vote for the charter commission proposal on November 7th.  In late September, however, a second proposal to reduce the City Council–by using a home-rule petition–was docketed by 14 members of the Newton City Council, and will be taken up in November if the YES votes do not prevail.  LWVN was concerned that this would create confusion by voters on November 7th (click here for our letter to the City Council).  A recent Newton TAB editorial identified this home-rule petition as a viable option–but we want to outline the improbability of such a petition being successful.

There are four main steps to this home-rule petition, with our concerns listed below: [Read more…]

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