Thursday, April 7, 2011

The mayor's budget town halls - will they ever be scheduled?

I keep trying to get the details about the FY 2012 budget town halls Mayor Gray and his administration have talked about.   The communications' staff tells me the schedule is almost final.   The last such report was yesterday.   Do I really believe them?   It's not about disbelief for me, it's about understanding how things work and no matter your deadline, it's not always met.

That said, the email below made my blood boil.   It's an example of how this administration is struggling with coordination and connecting those outside government with those inside who are responsible for tasks.

From: "Churchwell, Kenyon (EOM)"
To: ANC Commissioners
Sent: Wed, April 6, 2011 4:33:39 PM
Subject: 2012 Budget Town Hall Meetings

ANC Commissioners
Dear ANC Leaders,

Throughout the month of April and May, the Mayor will be engaging the community about many important issues and decisions pertaining to the 2012 budget. He will be hosting a series of Ward-wide Town Hall (Budget briefing) meetings. We would like your ANC to be one of the co-hosts for the Town Hall in your Ward. This would involve listing your name on the DC Website, assisting with promotions and recruitment of participants, and securing volunteers for the event. Details will follow regarding the date and location of the Budget briefing in your ward. We are asking that you please confirm your participation by email. Please send me an email at if you have any questions. Thank you.

Kenyon Churchwell

Kenyon S. Churchwell
Special Projects Coordinator
Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services
Executive Office of the Mayor
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Suite 211
Washington, DC 20004

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