Updates from Letty – April 29, 2016

What a week it’s been! The big news of course was the FY17 budget vote, my first and a tough one (are there ever any easy budgets?) Reasonable people can disagree, and I am grateful for not only the kind words and support I’ve received, but also the healthy and constructive discussions before and […]

My remarks from last night’s budget vote

Exactly a year ago, some of you may remember that I was on the other side of the dais, as a mom speaking and writing to City Council – like many of you tonight – to fully fund the school budget in order to pay for teacher raises and lobbied friends and neighbors to do […]

Updates from Letty – Budget Edition #4 – April 21, 2016

My weekly update is a day early this week as I’ll be on my 1st grader’s field trip tomorrow. We are in the final stretch of budget season, with the budget adoption by City Council 4 days away. This week’s City Council meeting was heavily focused on the final “mark up” of the budget, where […]

Tough choices – recap from last budget work session

Last night’s budget recap: City Council wrapped up our last budget work session, ahead of the final vote next Monday. There was a majority of us who had stated that we wanted to see more fiscal prudence in both general government and school budgets (myself included) in the face of staggering tax increases that will […]

Updates from Letty – April 15, 2016

It was indeed a full City Council meeting and week, as we had GMHS/MEH, budget, City Hall, and the long-discussed West Broad Area Plan and W&OD Plan on the agenda. We are heading into the home stretch of the budget season, with our final work sessions next week ahead of the […]

Updates from Letty – April 8, 2016

Next week’s City Council meeting agenda includes a number of important votes, so today’s update will focus on those key topics. With votes planned for the GMHS/MEH project, City Hall, West Broad Area Plan, W&OD Master Plan, and public comments on the budget – next Monday appears to be one of the busiest and most […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Last Monday night, the community a “planted” a pinwheel Garden at the entrance of Cherry Hill Park in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. We had a great turnout – thank you to everyone for showing support for this important community dedication, and especially to City Staff in spearheading this effort and being so receptive to […]

Updates from Letty – Budget Edition #3 – April 1, 2016

No April Fools jokes here, folks. We have a lot of work ahead of us in the next 3 weeks until the budget is adopted on April 25th. This week’s update will be light on the Council meeting and instead I’ll cover more details on the budget (including why I voted for […]