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    andrewchang

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    Town Hall Meeting

    Post  andrewchang on Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:29 am

    Andrew Chang
    Town Hall Meeting

    The relationship between different levels of government has traditionally been characterized by tension—and Arcadia is just now feeling the effects of that stress between its local government and that of the state of California. On Nov 5, the Arcadia City Council co-held a town hall meeting with the Board of Education to discuss the importance of state responsiveness to local needs.

    -paragraph on why this town hall meeting was called, with quotes from city councilman mr. kovacic, to be done on Monday after I meet with him-

    -paragraph(s) on what happened at the meeting, to be done Thursday after the meeting-

    With the reintroduction of civil discourse to our city, it seems that change is just around the corner—and with the myriad different ideas posited at the town hall meeting, it’s now safe to say that our governments have quite a lot to work with on their hands.

    andrewchang

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    Post  andrewchang on Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:31 pm

    Andrew Chang
    Town Hall Meeting

    The relationship between different levels of government has traditionally been characterized by tension—and Arcadia is just now feeling the effects of that stress between its local government and that of the state of California. On Nov 5, the Arcadia City Council co-held a town hall meeting with the Board of Education to discuss the importance of a constitutional convention to fundamentally change California’s state constitution.

    California has seen a significant amount of change through the decades, and not all of it has been for the better. Take our educational standing against the rest of the nation, for example; believe it or not, California was #1 in the nation’s education at one point: a far cry from our position today as 47th in the nation for K-12 learning. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, we were national leaders in transit infrastructure. Fast forward fifty years, and our state has two of the most congested areas in the developed world. Junior Ray Chao remarked: “It’s clear that our state government has had its errors in the last few decades. But it’s most important to look toward the future in solving these questions of important concern.”

    The meeting itself was divided into two parts: the proposal of a state constitutional convention by a speaker of the Repair California campaign, and a Q&A session afterwards with members of the audience. While the first half of the meeting left little room for discussion, the Q&A session became at one point a heated debate on the legal and pragmatic concerns of a state constitutional convention. Said senior Tim Semenov: “The questions brought up at the meeting were all surprisingly poignant, and the answers the speaker gave lended a lot of insight into why we need a fundamental restructuring of our state constitution.”

    With the reintroduction of civil discourse to our city, it seems that change is just around the corner—and with the myriad different ideas posited at the town hall meeting, it’s safe to say that our governments have quite a lot to work with on their hands.

    nancyxiao

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    Re: Town Hall Meeting

    Post  nancyxiao on Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:21 pm

    Andrew Chang
    Town Hall Meeting

    The relationship between different levels of government has traditionally been characterized by tension—and Arcadia is just now feeling the effects of that stress between its local government and that of the state of California. On Nov [Nov.] 5, the Arcadia City Council co-held [co-hosted---co-held is actually fine, whatever you prefer!] a town hall meeting with the Board of Education to discuss the importance of a constitutional convention to fundamentally change California’s state constitution. [the California State Constitution.]

    California [The Golden State---these are all pretty much just suggestions. everything you wrote works fine as it is] has seen a significant amount of change through the decades, and not all of it has been for the better. Take our educational standing against the rest of the nation, for example; believe it or not, California was #1 [ranked first] in the nation’s education at one point: a far cry from our position today as 47th in the nation for K-12 learning. In the 1950’s and 1960’s [1950s and 1960s], we were national leaders in transit infrastructure. Fast forward fifty years, and our state has two of the most congested areas in the developed world. Junior Ray Chao remarked: “It’s [remarked, "It's] clear that our state government has had its errors in the last few decades. But [;but] it’s most important to look toward the future in solving these questions of important concern.”

    The meeting itself was divided into two parts: the proposal of a state constitutional convention by a speaker of the Repair California campaign, [delete comma] and a Q&A session afterwards with members of the audience [audience members]. While the first half of the meeting left little room for discussion, the Q&A session became at one point [,at one point,] a heated debate on the legal and pragmatic concerns of a state constitutional convention. Said senior Tim Semenov: [Senior Tim Semenov said, ] “The questions brought up at the meeting were all surprisingly poignant, and the answers the speaker gave lended [lent] a lot of insight into why we need a fundamental restructuring of our state constitution.”

    With the reintroduction of civil discourse to our city, it seems that change is just around the corner—and with the myriad different ideas posited at the town hall meeting, it’s safe to say that our governments have quite a lot to work with on their hands.

    andrewchang

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    Join date : 2009-09-01

    Re: Town Hall Meeting

    Post  andrewchang on Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:40 pm

    Andrew Chang
    Town Hall Meeting

    The relationship between different levels of government has traditionally been characterized by tension—and Arcadia is just now feeling the effects of that stress between its local government and that of the state of California. On Nov. 5, the Arcadia City Council co-hosted a town hall meeting with the Board of Education to discuss the importance of a constitutional convention to fundamentally change the California State Constitution.

    California has seen a significant amount of change through the decades, and not all of it has been for the better. Take our educational standing against the rest of the nation, for example; believe it or not, California was ranked first in the nation’s education at one point: a far cry from our position today as 47th in the nation for K-12 learning. In the 1950s and 1960s, we were national leaders in transit infrastructure. Fast forward fifty years, and our state has two of the most congested areas in the developed world. Junior Ray Chao remarked, "It's clear that our state government has had its errors in the last few decades. But it’s most important to look toward the future in solving these questions of important concern.”

    The meeting itself was divided into two parts: the proposal of a state constitutional convention by a speaker of the Repair California campaign and a Q&A session afterwards with audience members. While the first half of the meeting left little room for discussion, the Q&A session became ,at one point, a heated debate on the legal and pragmatic concerns of a state constitutional convention. Said senior Tim Semenov: “The questions brought up at the meeting were all surprisingly poignant, and the answers the speaker gave lent a lot of insight into why we need a fundamental restructuring of our state constitution.”

    With the reintroduction of civil discourse to our city, it seems that change is just around the corner—and with the myriad different ideas posited at the town hall meeting, it’s safe to say that our governments have quite a lot to work with on their hands.

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