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The consensus meeting for the Agriculture Study will be held
on March the 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
at the Soutside Library
The national League’s 2012 Convention approved a study to update its agriculture position. LWV-Lafayette’s Leadership Team agreed over a year ago to participate. The LWVUS study team took on a multi-topic, complex task with far-reaching readings that continued to arrive at the local League level up until 2 weeks ago. Our Study Chair Ann Burruss has taken a strategic, streamlined approach for our League’s navigating the many technical issues addressed in the consensus questions. This approach just recently was facilitated by several other Leagues around the country coming up with summaries.
Ann Burruss, Devy Missner, and Thetis Cusimano will present the combination blitz and in-a-nutshell approach on Sunday afternoon, March 23 from 2:00-4:00 at the Southside Library for all of our members. The study team will use short talks with Power Point and handouts, alternating with member consensus discussion among ourselves on each set of questions. We are seeking volunteer facilitators and recorders from the Leadership Team or your suggestions as to whom to ask for the discussion on each set. All member comments will be compiled and sent by the study team to LWVUS to meet the deadline of April 18, along with the one answer we come to consensus on March 23 for our League for each question.
In the meantime, we’ll post all of the readings on the LWV-Lafayette website, with the particular 3 overview articles presented prominently, along with the consensus questions for those who would like to read. However, we strongly feel the members will need the short talks we’re preparing, which will include summaries of sample interviews we are doing with local agriculture authorities, producers and researchers, in lieu of having a forum.
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Know Your Local Government Booklet and Webguide
The League released the products of its 2-year study of local governments. Both a booklet and webguide were produced. The booklet summarizes the core concepts and basic structures of our local governments in a convient format. The webguide extends that with an in-depth look at many of our local units of government.
Understand your current local government as the community prepares to change its basic charter. "You gotta know where you are before you can know where you're going!"
The League Guide to Elected Officials
The League has published the Guide to the Elected Officials for Lafayette Parish Voters, the only comprehensive source of its kind. It includes all the Louisiana officials who are elected, in whole or part, by the citizens of the parish. The Guide is presented in both html (for online reading) and pdf (for printing) formats.
The League's study focusing on the potential of the Lafayette fiber project continues. League participation in the Communty Coalition for Lafayette Public Schools, which followed the League's previous study project "Everybody's Schools," remains a priority.
The League study projects are at the heart of the local League. Our studies take the point of view of the community; they are not associated with any special interest beyond local citizenship. The League members' engagement in a thorough and dispassionate exploration of local issues that seldom get such concentrated attention is one of the unique contributions of the League to its community.
The League's "Everybody's Schools"
The League School Facility Study, "Everybody's Schools," remains an active topic in Lafayette's civic and political conversation. The League continues its participation in advisory councils and makes presentations about the study in community forums. You can schedule a League speaker by email.
Of Interest: The Community Coalition for Lafayette Schools has produced its report following up the school facility issues initially addressed by the League's "Everybody's Schools." That valuable report, "State of our Schools," is availble online.
As always, public participation is encouraged and potential members sought!