I was a member of the City of Everett Government for 8 years and it was an honor and privilege.
I have great concern for the proposed changes that are being discussed. That the ward Councilors would be voted for only in their respectful Wards!!!
I attended the Charter reform committee meetings when we changed our form of government and I had made my position known at that time… That the Councilors at large and ward were not only voting on matters that pertaining to one ward but the entire City, therefore that councilors are responsible to the entire City voters!!! Not only that, but the campaigning cost for a Ward Councilor would be much less costly and would require less work than an At Large Councilor, and they would receive the same salary in the amount of $25,000 per year!!!!
The past few weeks have created a stir in our City. I know I was elected to bring up uncomfortable conversations that the City has not had in years. I am very happy to see the discussion is being held and seeing real changes.
I am thankful for the local and national newspapers that continue to highlight some of the excellent work and the challenges I have dealt with on the City Council.
At last, I want to bring up a fundamental matter on the Everett Public School data re- quest. The request was Everett Public Schools Data: To request the Everett Public Schools and School Committee to share information on remote learning: How many students are in the EPS System, how many students/households have received a Chromebook, how many students have been set up on a virtual learning plan, how many have logged in consistently and how many are considered “virtual dropouts,” and include any assistance needed from City Hall that we can help with.
For weeks, elected officials tried to disparage my name and credibility by stating how I do not know what I am talking about and that the data was available during the Mayor’s Virtual weekly meeting or at the School’s Committee meeting. For full disclosure, I cannot attend any meetings (outside of City Council meetings) on Monday and Wednesday evening from 6-9:30 pm due to my MBA Summer classes at Boston University.
Fireworks have become an unacceptable BANG in our community!
In the past several weeks I have received an abundance of phone calls, texts, emails and individuals stopping me on thestreet to stress to me the negative impact of fireworks that are illegally being set off causing anxiety to their quality of life. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic that we are trying to overcome and the unforeseen anxiety that we have adapted to was a challenge enough, we did get through this together now to be startled by loud bangs and the intentional and constant lighting off fireworks is ignorant and unacceptable! Our elderly residents, children, pets and those suffering with medical conditions should not be startled in the middle of the night by this “noise” never mind the chance of a fire in our tight-knit community.