LWVMA Day on the Hill on Tuesday, April 28th

Join LWVN members and those from Leagues around the state at the State House on Beacon Hill at 10 am in the Gardner Auditorium.  The Senate President, Senator Stanley Rosenberg, will be the keynote speaker for a day focused on a “Vision for Massachusetts.”

LWVN is planning a lunch with our state delegation after the program, so please RSVP to info@lwvnewton.org to ensure we order enough for everyone.  And don’t forget to register through the LWVMA website at 2015 Day on the Hill!

If you missed LWVN’s Parking Forum on Thursday…

Check out the presentation by Jessica Robertson of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) here:  Parking Pricing for Vibrant Downtowns.

Our top video team of Bonnie Carter, Maureen Reilly Meagher, Barry Mirrer, and Tami Roberts recorded the forum, so keep an eye on your NewTV schedule in the upcoming weeks for a replay.

Thanks to Brooke Lipsitt for moderating, and to Jessica Robertson, Sean Roche and Rene Khachadourian for participating.  Thanks as well to Bonnie, Maureen, Barry and Tami for preserving the event on tape, to Ellen Meyers of the Newton Free Library for sponsoring the evening, and to Andreae Downs and LWVN’s Transportation Committee for their hard work in pulling the whole event together!

Some new info for those who attended and had questions about the numbers:

  • Parking meter revenue is about $1.7 million per year ($1.1 million collected thus far this fiscal year and I expect that current year revenue will be off by $250,000-$300,000 due to snow accumulation this year).
  • Parking violation fines generate about $1.5 million per year ($1.1 million collected thus far this fiscal year).
  • No restrictions on the use of parking violation receipts – they are General Fund revenue.
  • Parking meter receipts are supposed to be used for funding traffic and traffic safety activities.  We currently use them to support DPW street lighting and transportation division costs.

So many League things to do this week!

Monday, April 20th:  Join volunteers from the Charter Review Committee to collect signatures along the marathon route at 11 am at the War Memorial, City Hall (weather permitting.)  Please contact info@lwnewton.org to volunteer!

Thursday, April 23rd:  Learn about new ideas for a seemingly intractable problem–parking!  The LWVN forum at the Newton Free Library (Druker Auditorium) will explain some of the cutting-edge ideas used in cities across America to unlock the potential of public, on-street parking by using the marketplace to set pricing (called “dynamic pricing”), ensuring optimal space vacancy rates while returning funds to the business district. This event will begin at 7 p.m., and features Jessica Robertson of the MAPC and Sean Roche, editor of Newton’s Parking Management Plan.  No need to RSVP–just join us!

Sunday, April 26th:  Learn about the issue of voting rights–past and present!  Judge Gordon Martin will talk about his involvement in a voting rights case when he was a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice in 1961, and will bring us up-to-date on the state of voting rights today.  This is an LWVN fundraiser with refreshments (champagne and chocolate!) at the All Newton Music School, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.   Tickets are $50 each, and get a special gift if you come in your Newton Serves t-shirt.  RSVP at info@lwvnewton.org or through our website (LWVNewton.org).

Coming up on the LWV calendar:

April 28th:  Day on the Hill lobbying day, starting in the Gardner Auditorium at 10 am, continuing through lunch with our state delegation

May 3rd:  LWVMA’s 95th birthday party with Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, 2-4 p.m., register at LWVMA.org



Don’t forget to RSVP for LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event!

Martin-Gordon-Count-Them-One-by-One-coverLWVN is pleased to present Gordon Martin, Jr. as our featured speaker on April 26th at LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the All Newton Music School.  Judge Martin is author of Count Them One By One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote, the personal account of a community and a lawyer united to battle one of the most recalcitrant bastions of resistance to civil rights.

Wear your NewtonServes tee shirt for a special prize!

RSVP here or email info@lwvnewton.org for more info.


Help Collect Charter Signatures on Marathon Monday!

We are close to collecting all the signatures we need, but we still need your help!  The marathon is on Monday, April 20th.  Weather permitting, LWVN volunteers will meet at City Hall at the War Memorial at 11 am and divide into teams.  We need a few more volunteers…please email info@lwvnewton.org if you can help out. 

Working in teams is fun and easy, and a strong effort that day could put us over the tipping point.

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