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Cities v State

In October, a couple of Alameda County supervisors held a meeting in Fremont to promote proposals for revamping the state constitution. Click here for that story. On Monday, the mayors of Fremont, Newark and Union City will hold a repeat performance.

Here are the details:

The Public Forum will be held on Monday, January 25, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Ohlone College’s Newark campus in the Fremont Bank Community Conference Center. The Newark campus is located at 39399 Cherry Street in Newark.

Matt Artz

  • Jon Simon

    I have to work, but I hope everybody who can go does go. This state needs a constitutional reset.

  • Anon101

    Given the Supreme Court ruling on corporations and campaign contributions (see Matt’s post above), that supersede State Law, maybe it’s time that Californians should think about SECESSION from the Union.

    We, the State of California are the 6th or 7th largest economies in the world remember – or at least we were until the likes of ENRON and CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS came along.

    I know, I know, you’re saying that secession is totally unreasonable and will never happen; and your most probably right. In which case – stick a fork in “us” we’re done.

  • Anon101

    Listen to what a 100 year old has to say about this:

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/21-11

  • 2cents

    We need to switch to a charter. we have 200,000 people yet we still bow down to a dysfunctional state. Tell me which local candidates are in favor of adopting a charter…they’ll become contenders for my vote. All government is local. By god, let’s start acting like it.

  • Fremont_Bill

    I agree 2cents, Charter City gives more representation to the Voters. There are normaly 7 council members including the Mayor. It is a strong mayor type of city government.
    Fred Diaz type would be a consultant to the strong mayor.
    Charter Cities also allow district representation which we do not have now. Usually five districts council members and Two at large including the mayor. Most Bay Area Cities have a charter, General law Cities works well for small towns/cities.
    For a simple chart showing the differences go here.
    http://www.moraga.ca.us/agendas_minutes/RevenueEC/9.21.09/General%20Law%20VS%20Charter%20City%20Matrix.pdf

  • Andy

    Anon101 Says “Given the Supreme Court ruling on corporations and campaign contributions (see Matt’s post above), that supersede State Law, maybe it’s time that Californians should think about SECESSION from the Union. ”

    Anon, do you how many billions of debt that the *welfare state* of california has? If its a independent country, then it will go bankrupt and become a banana state the very next day.

  • http://www.ishanforcouncil.com Ishan Shah

    I am a charter proponent. I have been for quite some time, ever since City Attorney Levine informed me that more could be done by the city council for schools if we were. The last time it was up for a vote, it was only defeated by a margin of 804 votes. That was back in 1998. Times change, we need the ability to change with those times without having to wait for General Law alterations. The state is a mess, we can help ease some of the burden by becoming a Charter City. Everybody wins.

  • 2cents

    I hadn’t even thought of the school implications,but now that I do, its absolutely true. We wouldn’t be able repeal prop 13 within our borders, but we could certainly lessen the damage could we not?