Last week former Alderman Verne Vance stated that Newton residents have voted more than once to reduce the size of the board and that he supported it then and still supports it now.
But Mr. Vance left out an important part of the story.
In 2006, he and Alderman Lipof proposed a home-rule petition for a 16-member city council, with one at-large and ward-elected councilor from each of Newton’s eight wards ( http://bit.ly/2x8ward). They made a strong case noting that
Mr. Vance fails to contrast the flawed charter commission proposal to his thoughtful efforts; specifically that the commission has rationalized its choices based on myths he discredited and discounting benchmark data he compiled.
Residents may favor a smaller city council, but they also want to retain ward-elected councillors. If the commission’s charter eliminated 8 of the 16 current at-large councilors as he proposed, voters may have been amenable to that. But eliminating ward-elected councilors? No thank you.
Newton Citizens for Local Representation