Clarke’s Charter Proposal Draws Ire Of Strong Mayor Advocates

 

“Council President Darrell L. Clarke's controversial plan to create a new city Department of Planning and Development is likely to get even more controversial.” | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

“Council President Darrell L. Clarke’s controversial plan to create a new city Department of Planning and Development is likely to get even more controversial.” | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

  • City Council President Darrell Clarke has significantly altered his controversial bill—up for the Committee on Law and Government’s consideration tomorrow—to create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development, reports The Inquirer. Scrapping plans to transfer to it several duties of the beleaguered Department of Licenses and Inspections, Clarke has now taken to ruffling a different set of municipal feathers altogether, as it would further erode mayoral prerogative by granting him and his colleagues veto-power over that proposed department’s appointed head. Such a change would constitute a fundamental break from the underlying philosophy behind the 1951 City Charter, conceived to address widespread concerns of machine-politicians’ hold on City Hall. In a letter to fellow council members this weekend, Clarke framed his proposal as a means of ensuring “a 21st-century organization structure that would greatly enhance our city’s ability to plan and support development.”
  • The Mural Arts Program is looking for a Bella Vista façade on which to feature artist James Burns’s next mural. The 40’ wide by 55’ tall design “is based on the Enso circle, a form of active meditation that involves clarity of mind and movement of the hand,” says the Bella Vista Neighbors Association. “Overall, the Wellness mural and its circular design represent the communal and cyclical process of seeking wholeness and wellness in our own lives and within our communities.”
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