Departmental Budget Presentations Day 1

Tomorrow (Monday February 16 9:00am – noon) is the first day of actual department by department presentations on the 2015-19 draft Financial Plan for the City of Victoria. And as a solid reflection of the City’s commitment to accessibility, there are no attachments on the agenda faceplate. Continue reading Departmental Budget Presentations Day 1

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Feb 12 Council Summary & Observations

In my years observing what goes on at Victoria City hall, I’ve always tended to focus more on committee (e.g., Governance and Priorities, and Land Use and Planning as the main two) than Council meetings. I do this because a) in my experience Council is hard to follow and b) committee meetings are where the most substantive conversation occurs and decisions are made and later ratified at subsequent Council meetings.   Continue reading Feb 12 Council Summary & Observations

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Feb 12 GPC Summary & Observations

I know a lot of people like to say that municipal meetings are boring and difficult to watch and typically I disagree. However this meeting yesterday of the City of Victoria Governance and Priorities Committee was one of those quintessentially boring and yet frustrating meetings to observe.  Continue reading Feb 12 GPC Summary & Observations

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Feb 12 Council Early Thoughts

Tonight will be my first complete live tweet of a Victoria Council meeting. The agenda for tonight is fairly sizeable with what looks like six public hearing items and and four people signed up to address council. Time to go through agenda items and make some notes on what to expect tonight.

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My Council Challenge

The Victoria Council challenge is an idea I first came up with last summer. The premise of it is simple and because my BA was in psychology, I initially thought of doing an experiment with a group of citizens. I wanted to see if I could gather 9 people in a room, have them sit at a group table for 2, possible three meetings in one day for a collective 6 -12 hours as is regularly required of Victoria city council and staff.  Continue reading My Council Challenge

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Feb 12 Early GPC Thoughts

It’s a full agenda for the Feb 12 2015 Governance and Priorities meeting. My overview of items occurring in the public section of the meeting is provided. Continue reading Feb 12 Early GPC Thoughts

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Feb 10 Budget Summary

Today there was an hour long “Special Governance and Priorities” meeting scheduled and the purpose of this meeting was for staff to provide Council with a high level overview of the draft 2015-19 Financial Plan for the City of Victoria.

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Feb 5 PLUC Summary & Observations

It was a short (>1.5 hour) meeting with a relatively short 6 item agenda. Video from the meeting is available here and Agenda item subheadings listed below have been hyperlinked with direct links to relevant meeting sections. Continue reading Feb 5 PLUC Summary & Observations

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