Structure of LA government to be discussed at Thursday forum

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By Special to the Monitor

A public forum hosted by the Charter Review Committee and moderated by the League of Women Voters about the “structure of government” portion of the charter is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
Participants are welcome to come early at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments and conversation before the forum begins.
The questions to be explored at the forum include items such as: Should the county have a mayor (rather than a council-manager) form of government? Should the county hold partisan elections? Should the county consider changing the structure to elect councilors by defined wards or districts (rather than at large)?
Two speakers with background and experience in these issues will present information at the forum, then open the floor to question and answer with the audience moderated by the League of Women Voters.  
Professor James Svara of Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs has done extensive research on form of government issues and is the author of several journals and books about leadership by mayors, council members and city managers. He has worked in 12 states and is a top consultant to city governments working on charter revisions involving a change in leadership and management structure.
Karen Walker of Santa Fe was the chairperson of Santa Fe’s Charter Commission in 1997, when the city was drafting and publicly debating its very first charter, which later overwhelmingly passed a public vote.
She has also served on the city’s planning policy commission, along with experience working on “urban policy” issues and active involvement with the League of Women Voters.
For more information about the Charter Review Committee and its active subcommittees, visit their Project page at www.losalamosnm.us.