WELCOME to the re-tooled blog that former Councilman Bob Jaffe started back when he served on City Council. Following Wednesday committee meetings and a family supper, he shared his thoughts of what transpired during those committee meetings. Oftentimes it was a summation of all matters brought forth, and other times his insight focused on sole topics. As public citizens at the time, we all found his writings to be invaluable as they complemented that of the press and the verbatim minutes the City Clerk’s office is entrusted to take in the name of transparency. The advantage of reading his work permitted a window into the deliberations one must weigh as an elected official. It is apparent to us that listening, asking thoughtful questions, and learning from our constituents – who all have differing views – shapes and sculpts our own opinions in unexpected ways. Sometimes it reinforces our own beliefs; other times we may alter course as the facts unfurl before us.
Our intention with this blog is to continue that thread of insight, and provide a thoughtful viewpoint of what we deem valuable and share information we find useful.
As a constituent you will be able to follow us, search archives, provide feedback, and ask questions if you wish. All we ask is a civil discourse in this endeavor. Note: This list is NOT an official service of the City of Missoula. But posts to this blog may be entered into the public record. If you wish to communicate your opinion on the record, you are always welcome to email Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish to extend a world of gratitude to Bob Jaffe who started the list-serve back in 2006, and recently handed over the compass for own navigation. If you ever want to go back and peruse the history of the list it will continue to live here: http://www.cmslists.com/pipermail/missoulagov/
In service to the public,
Bryan von Lossberg, Ward 1 Councilman & Council President
Heather Harp, Ward 3 Councilwoman
Michelle Cares, Ward 6 Councilwoman