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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Electing the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees

A few days ago, as my father-in-law prepared his absentee ballot he asked for my opinion on the candidates for Oakland Community College Board of Trustees. That's right, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Oakland County voters will be asked to cast their ballots for two members of this board. When he read the names over the phone, I had no idea who the candidates were and was unable to offer much in the way of advice.

Since they run on a non-partisan ballot, the two candidates with the most name recognition will most likely be elected. There has to be a better way to select the members of this board!

Well, because the selection method is unlikely to change by next week, I did find some helpful information from the League of Women Voters Oakland Area. Click here to view/print their 2014 November general election voter guide of the candidates running for 2 positions on the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees. After reading their guide I now recognize a few of the names of the candidates. Regardless, isn't their a better way to select these public officials?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Move Across Troy October 2014 Followup

Image via City of Troy
On Tuesday, September 30th and Wednesday, October 1st the City of Troy kicked off Move Across Troy by hosting the Big Beaver Pedestrian Symposium. This two day event was a "focused effort to discuss pedestrian mobility barriers that exist on Big Beaver, between Adams and Dequindre Road, and explore future solutions."

I attended the late afternoon session on October 1st. At the bottom of this blog post I've embedded a few photos I took at that session.

The City has provided a helpful Big Beaver Pedestrian Symposium resource page which can be accessed by clicking here.

In addition, City Economic & Community Development Director Mark Miller sent me (thank you Mark!) an electronic copy of the graphic "panels" that were posted at each of the stations during the symposium. Click here to view/print these panels.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bob LaBrant's PAC Man

Congratulations to Bob LaBrant, my former boss at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He's written his memoirs, “PAC Man: A Memoir – a Personal Political History of the Campaign Finance, Redistricting, Ballot Question, Recall and Judicial Election Battles in Michigan 1977-2014.” The book is available on Amazon. I'm looking forward to purchasing and reading the book not only because Bob helped me land my very first job after college at the Michigan Chamber but also to relive some of the great times I had as an employee of that organization.

Click here to read about the private book signing party at the Sterling Corporation, where Bob continues to maintain a full schedule as the firm’s General Counsel.

At the bottom of this post I've embedded a podcast of an interview of Bob LaBrant on Michigan's Big Show where Michael Patrick Shiels discusses PAC Man. (If your browser blocks the display of the podcast link, click here to access the interview.)