Separating the mess

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Gresham Charter Review is underway. Great selection by City Council of strong citizen leaders. Hopefully they will have the courage to modernize and strengthen this most important document!

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Separating the mess

  1. 1. Separating the Mess Problem Solving Charter Review Committee 2011
  2. 2. Problem Statement  Current Charter Review Committee Process is inadequate and will not lead to effective Charter Reform.2 11/15/2011
  3. 3. Separating the Mess Cause or Perception No Benchmarking of Best that Charter Practices Effect? is unimportant! Special No Citizen Interests Feedback Override Inadequate CRC Prior to Citizen Process for Final Interests achieving Report Charter Reform Poor Direction from City No Outreach to Council on Citizens or Concerns and Stakeholders Inability to Issues adapt and change3 11/15/2011
  4. 4. Primary Causes of Charter Review Mess? Elections at Large Failure to maintain “control  Cause Communicate by special Use of the Need for interest” over “Service Elected City citizen Fees” as Auditor engagement Hidden concern Tax Issue Council Mayor’s interference with Poor Proceedings City Manager’s Role by Direction and Chairing Monthly from City Deliberations Department Meetings Council on in Public Issue Interacting with and Concerns Influencing Operations and Issues Desire to Outside of Charter Desire to maintain Powers and Authority Maintain status quo so Issue Weak that direct Mayor accountability Structure remains weak4 11/15/2011
  5. 5. Solution  Base on Best Practices of other cities of similar size and demographics utilize an outreach approach to citizen, stakeholders and elected officials for feedback and innovative ideas.  Hard questions needs to be asked if effective change is to be realized.  Will this CRC have the courage to act?  Will the current agenda prevail and our citizens be let down again?5 11/15/2011
  6. 6. Decision Analysis  Determine “Objectives” for decision (s) for Charter Reform after community input and through review.  Determine “Musts” (non-negotiable changes)  Determine “Wants” (important but negotiable) and set weights for each want to help with decision process for recommendation to City Council for citizen approval.  Effective citizen input and feedback will signal what items on the ballot will fly.6 11/15/2011

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