Langley ballot measure is well-timed | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
June 9, 2011 · 7:35 AM
To the editor:
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy — LWV mission statement.
The idea of changing the way Langley is governed is a major public policy issue for our city that has been floating around for some time. The comprehensive plan states that a council-manager form of government should be considered. The economic downturn has focused attention on the city’s budget and everyone is looking for efficiencies in management. The current mayoral term is ending and an election is coming in November. What better time to start a dialogue about what we, the citizens of Langley, want and expect from our city hall and whether or not another form of governance might provide a reasonable alternative?
It is difficult to have a dialogue without accurate information, and that is what the league, at my request and with my help, attempted to provide. That is what the league does.
I think those who attended the April 6 forum on the three basic types of city government would agree that it was factual and informative. A lot of questions were asked and answered and there was a good conversation about how each works. Some people left thinking change might be good, others left convinced they preferred things the way they are. And that is how it should be.
I have since made no secret that I am one who has come away thinking that change would be good.
My hope is that we do not go off in armed camps and continue the toxic vitriol that political discussion seems to degrade into these days, but that we can have productive, instructive discussions.
If we keep in mind that this is not about individuals, but is about the offices and the powers and responsibilities of governance that go with them, we can be comfortable with our choice in August.