By: Diane Benjamin
In September, I assume City Manger David Hales will be travelling to Seattle for this years ICMA conference. I’m pretty sure he goes every year, you will be paying the bills. Tari just got back from San Francisco at your expense. Maybe the City motto should be changed to “We see the Country for free!”
I bet David can’t wait for this session:
Making Local Government Relevant
The Phantom Menace: Addressing E-Hostility in Your Community
Learn how to counteract the effects of antigovernment or anticity websites and blogs as they try to influence public opinion and show they are mainstream. We’ll discuss how to keep your mayor and council focused on goals at hand rather than being distracted by these sites. 14, 16
MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Panelist: Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Panelist: Kevin Lahner, City Administrator, City of Waukesha, Waukesha, WI
Panelist: Terrence Moore, City Manager, City of College Park, College Park, GA
Here’s a link to the entire conference: https://members.icma.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebKey=B22B775C-D1C1-4A50-A2B8-E0D36CA02010
A virtual conference video will be available for $199. Think he will stay here and watch the important parts instead of going to Seattle?
I guess we will see!
David: before you go, you need to know the facts. There is a difference between being an anti-government or anti-city website and a website challenging you on spending and policies.
- If roads and sewer systems weren’t falling apart
- If taxes weren’t raised
- If deferred maintenance wasn’t millions of dollars
- If the budget wasn’t rapidly expanding
- If transparency really existed
- If citizens weren’t ignored
- If local media did their job of holding government accountable
- and if the Council cared – I wouldn’t have much to write about.