St. Paul Chapter March meetup

Is the proposition that ‘Citizen Engagement is Essential in Creating a Community’s Public Policy’ Compatible with the Operation of a Plan B Municipality?

Ms. Longrie was the first woman mayor of Maplewood, a statutory plan B city.  Unlike a charter city, a statutory plan B city does not have avenues for citizen engagement unless the city administration and the city council affirmatively create such opportunity.  Opportunities for citizen engagement in the creation of a community’s public policy can be created or eliminated at will without citizen input.   In a statutory plan B city, where the city manager has the exclusive management authority over the city’s operation and the city council has limited authority, when, why or how citizen engagement is utilized or eliminated affects the dynamics of creating the community’s public policy.  While mayor, Ms. Longrie was a vocal advocate of creating opportunities of citizen engagement and was the driving force behind the policy that all city council or commission meetings, including workshops and task forces, be cable cast for viewing by the public.  Currently, Ms. Longrie is an attorney in Maplewood and is the host of several long running,  weekly cable access programs including  “Off the Record News”, “The Citizens’ Reporter” and “Washington@Work” which may be seen through  SPNN, SCC, Town Square and on YTube.

Breakfast Buffet $11.00 Coffee only $3.00.  We need to plan for the room setup and meal, so if you are going to attend, please RSVP on Meetup.


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  • Diana L.

    The participation and questions by the attendees will help me to better improve my presentation, on this topic, for future gatherings. Thanks, all!

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • RogerJL

      A very insightful presentation on Plan B Gov'ts. However, citizen engagement in any type of gov't is inadequate in a democratic system. I would promote citizen decision-making(voting) on issues not just" input". Decision-making is truly power in the hands of citizens. Roger JL

      3 · March 5, 2013

  • Jo M.

    Interesting topic that I didn't know anything about before - Plan B cities. The presenter was very well informed and experienced and the issue is very relevant for today's society.

    March 4, 2013

  • Leon T.

    Excellent and informative about municipal governing

    March 4, 2013

  • John T.

    I breakfast before the meetup or during

    March 2, 2013

  • John T.

    with Breakfeast

    March 2, 2013

  • Gwen W.

    With breakfast

    February 28, 2013

  • Dick S.

    Just coffee, please.

    February 27, 2013

  • Nancy

    I'll have breakfast.

    February 26, 2013

  • Paul R.

    Scheduling conflict, darn it.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    plus breakfast

    February 25, 2013

  • DON L.

    Include me for a breakfast. Thanx

    February 25, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Having Breakfast

    February 25, 2013

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