Action Alert: City Council Evening Meeting Monday March 3rd
City Council discussion of ordinance to establish Community Advisory Councils
Monday March 3rd 3pm
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center,
13th Floor – 2 Woodward Ave, Detroit
If you want to see a Community Advisory Council (CAC) established in your district, please attend this City Council meeting and voice your opinion by giving public comment at this session.
View the Current draft version of the CAC ordinance here. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzH9McDOCGeveV9JMDIzQV90ZG8/edit
TAKE ACTION – Tell the City Council to pass the enabling CAC ordinance as quickly as possible to allow the timely establishment of CACs.
Additionally let council members know that the ordinance should include the following:
Establish a filing deadline that allows potential candidates to run directly in the November 2014 general election.
Allow the concurrent collection of petition signatures to establish each CAC and the filing petitions for CAC candidates to run in the election.
Enable CACs to receive basic administrative support from the City in order that they can comply with Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Requirements.
City Council should establish the procedure whereby the Youth and Senior Representatives (2 seats) on the CAC are appointed by the 5 elected CAC members using an open and transparent nomination process.
If you cannot be at City Council on Monday, you may also submit your comments by email to City Council members directly (contact info is below) or send them to Aaron Goodman email@example.com (CDAD staff) by noon on March 3rd and we will forward those on to the City Council.
More information on CACs:
When the new Detroit City Charter was approved in 2011, one of the most anticipated changes was the creation of city council districts and having seven city council members elected to represent those districts. With the election of a new district-based City Council in 2013, Detroiters now have raised expectations of greater accountability and responsiveness from their elected officials and city government.
There is a lesser known provision in the charter that will play a critical role in fulfilling our expectations of the new council and further raise the bar for resident engagement with local policy issues and elected officials. This is the establishment of Community Advisory Councils (CACs), which are elected citizen boards in each of the seven council districts. CACs will be an important tool to promote meaningful community engagement in city government decision-making and encourage communication and accountability between residents and their City Council member.
Each CAC will consist of five residents elected from their district and one youth resident (age 13 -17) and one resident “selected as representing senior issues,” for a total of seven members of the CAC for each district. The youth and senior positions will be selected in a process yet to be determined by City Council. CAC members will serve four years terms, except for the youth member who will serve for one year.
CACs are mandated by the City Charter, yet there is more work to be done by both Detroit residents and the City Council to bring this important tool into existence. City Council is currently considering an ordinance that is required to establish CACs in each district.
Once the ordinance is adopted, each district that wants a CAC must submit petitions signed by 10% of the number of voters in the last election, and interested candidates must file to run in the next election. If a CAC is not established in your district in time for candidates to run in the 2014 general election, the next opportunity to elect a CAC will not be until November 2016.
2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – email@example.com
James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027 – firstname.lastname@example.org
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535 – email@example.com
Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841 – CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505 – email@example.com
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – email@example.com
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