“Citizen-led drive aimed at changing Homer’s [Alaska] status to home-rule”
“Tired of complaining about local government, Homer resident Ken Castner has decided its time to make a change. At the regular meeting of the Homer City Council on Monday, Castner announced his plan to bring before city voters the opportunity to change Homer from a first-class city to a home-rule city.
‘What home rule means is that we can write our own constitution, establish how we operate as a city, how our government operates, how we cooperate with nongovernment operations,’ Castner told the council. ‘Im not a big believer that government is designed to do everything, but that government should act in a cooperative manner. A constitution would open up new pathways for the citizenry to feel more enfranchised with government.’
One of the reasons behind Castners decision is ‘an ongoing marginalization of the electorate and that the electorate is being asked to do less and less and that there is a general malaise in the town that needs to be addressed,’ quoting McKibben Jackinsky in the Juneau Empire.
Perhaps the anti Sustainable Thurston folks should think about what Homer, Alaska did.