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In touch with the residents

Original post made on Sep 24, 2010

Tri-Valley mayors reach out to their residents in different ways but they all agree on one thing: If people are unhappy about something they don't hesitate to tell the mayor. Danville Mayor Mike Doyle hosts a monthly informal coffee morning to give residents a chance to meet with him and town officials.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 23, 2010, 1:30 PM

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Posted by Hal
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2010 at 7:12 am

Dear Dolores,

Danville neighborhoods, in e-exchanges, found council comments in this story amusing, "City Hall does belong to us but the people in it don't seem to understand that they work for us." The point for council members' consideration is neighborhoods' discussions with such members seldom result in the best interest of the neighborhoods impacted by a government decision.

You might ask the elected and appointed members of the council how discussions with Danville residents impact their decisions and have the council members give examples of where neighborhoods were served by the "city hall the people own."

It will convert this press release into real journalism.

halbailey@yahoo.com


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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Sep 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

"Tri-Valley mayors.......but they all agree on one thing: If people are unhappy about something they don't hesitate to tell the mayor."

Danville's Mayor is very naive if he is thinking that he is hearing most of the unhappiness/problems that people have with the town.
He is hearing a certain segment of the problems from a certain type of vocal person who--due to the mayor chosen form of communication--like to see him in person.

A lot of people don't have time to go to a coffee....or even like that format. So the mayor is only hearing from a certain type of person. No wonder they are so out-of-touch with the masses.

It's not enough to have a sometimes "open door." They need to find a way to go out and reach ALL of their constituents. Perhaps electronic surveys (with plenty of "comments" fields, questionaries, requests for comments, votes--then they can say that they are hearing the issues and in-touch with the feelings.

It would be interesting to hear how closely the mayors follow the conversations, discussions, happiness/unrest and input supplied by this Danville Express medium.

I haven't seen much movement to utilize more modern forms of communication.

Notices about construction developments/projects in the city often only go out to people within a certain limited distance/radius of that project--as if the project isn't of interest/concern to ALL people in Danville, even farther away.
So I still "don't hear about things before it is too late."


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