OPINION: April 15 letters to the editor of the Brookline TAB – Wicked Local

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The following letters to the editor appeared in the April 15 issue of the Brookline TAB. 

Miriam for Select Board

Despite affluence in Brookline, we have many community members who are vulnerable and without substantial resources. 

To support these community members, we need a tireless advocate — and that is why I ask you to join me in voting for Dr. Miriam Aschkenasy for Select Board on May 4! 

Miriam shares my values in ways that no other candidate can match. 

In my professional capacity, I work with communities and states supporting their efforts to end homelessness and to provide affordable housing and services. Over the last year I have worked with HUD and states to protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19. Within Brookline, I’m a member of the Griggs Park Neighborhood Association and a Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member. I served on the Kent Street Senior Affordable Housing Committee. I’ve been a member of the Pierce School Site Council and am active in Pierce FLARE (Families Leading to Advance Racial Equity). 

Here in Brookline, as we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID, we must ensure that our seniors, low-income households, small businesses, and people with disabilities including those with mental health needs have access to the supports and services they need to recover from the pandemic. This work requires competency, and a sense of urgency. Miriam has both of these qualities and would bring them to her role as a Brookline Select Board Member. With her background as a doctor and public health expert, she brings unique skills for this unprecedented time. 

When I served with Miriam on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Race and Equity, I saw up close Miriam’s intellect, passion for teamwork, and seemingly limitless energy to solve big problems. In addition to being a single parent and the Program Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Miriam has served effectively as Treasurer of the Heath School PTO, as president of Heath Extended Day, and as a Town Meeting Member. 

By electing Miriam for Select Board, we will maximize the number of community members who will benefit from her strong advocacy on racial justice, affordable housing, and meeting the needs of our seniors via resources such as reliable, affordable internet service, better transportation access, and more geriatric social workers. 

For a powerful champion of those in greatest need, please vote for Miriam for Select Board on May 4! 

Naomi Sweitzer 

Griggs Terrace 

Town Meeting Member, Precinct 10 

Adopt the CPA

I am writing to encourage the voters of Brookline to adopt the CPA (Community Preservation Act) on May 4th. 

Sometimes opportunities appear that seem exactly designed for the work we do. From the point of view of the Preservation Commission, the possibility of securing funds for the preservation of our historic buildings and site elements, with a matching grant from the state, is one of those opportunities. We believe that the money raised through a 1% surcharge, with low income exemptions, will yield large preservation benefits. 

We will gain the opportunity to coordinate with other town efforts, such as affordable housing projects, and to preserve elements like slate roofs and ornamental detail, that might otherwise be sacrificed for economy. The funds could also be used to restore historic town properties, as has been partially done at the Brookline Reservoir Gatehouse, bringing them back to public use. 

Apart from building projects, the Preservation Commission needs additional funds to digitize its large and valuable collection of photographs and drawings. With the additional funding, it could employ staff to apply for National Register status of individual properties and neighborhoods, expanding a pool of properties that has not increased since 1985. National Register status adds leverage for historic preservation through extending the 12 month demolition delay to 18 months. 

By participating in the CPA we will be joining with 186 other Massachusetts cities and towns that have already taken advantage of this resource to support a wide range of historical preservation projects. We are grateful that the Town of Brookline has acted to put this possibility on the ballot, so that we will no longer leave the State’s matching funds on the table. I urge voters to adopt the CPA on May 4th. 

Elton Elperin 

Chair of the Brookline Preservation Commission 

On reimagining policing

The “Final Report of the Task Force on Re-Imagining Policing” is The Empty Quarter of reports. Across its 171 pages, an expedition of closed minds hunts for devils   

An early sentence ransacks the citadel of impartiality: “The eleven members of our Task Force do believe inequitable policing is a problem in Brookline…” Unencumbered by evidence, the authors summon slave patrols and George Floyd to reinforce their presumption of guilt: devils distant in time and space possess the soul of BPD. 

The expedition rambles incoherently through dunes of data. Blacks, Whites, and Asians are satisfied with the police. Blacks feel safer than Whites. More Whites than Blacks think Blacks suffer discrimination. Blacks are least likely to support abolishing police. Blacks and Whites get fewer traffic tickets than Asians, who thanks to someone’s ethnographic illiteracy are subclassified as “East/SE” or “South.” In that spirit, shouldn’t Black and Latinx have Carribean and Mesoamerican subclassifications? Let’s simplify: All-Others versus White. The classifications are props for a staging of “The Legend of Implicit Bias and Disparate Impact.”  The mulch of numbers and simple-minded taxonomies are embarrassments, not devils. 

Mirages disorient the expedition. It deems traffic stops safe because guns rarely turn up. It presumes dispatchers can predict which crisis situations will be violent and which won’t. It suggests that de-policing these is a sound idea. Delirium bends the folly of exorcising imaginary devils into a phony reality. 

Here are the real devils. The report starts with a judgment. It excludes explanations for outcomes beyond its founding prejudice. The exploitation of racial identity smolders with dishonesty. The methodology is junk: one survey prompts respondents to answer for non-respondents. The recommendations endanger the public.  

Better policing is possible. And desirable. The report embodies the opposite. Turn back or perish in the heat. 

Chris Tsu 

Beacon Street 

Vote for Aschkenasy and Ananian

I am writing to encourage every Brookline resident to vote for Miriam Aschkenasy for Select Board, and C. Scott Ananian for Town Moderator. I am enthusiastically supporting and endorsing both of these outstanding candidates. 

A vote for Miriam Aschkenasy means supporting real social change in our town. Of the five Select Board candidates, only Miriam has the courage to admit that Brookline is deeply flawed from a racial equity perspective. Therefore, only Miriam can be relied upon to do something about it. For those who don’t know Miriam, she is a Town Meeting Member advocating for (in her own words) “Justice, Good Governance, and Inclusivity,” as well as a public health expert, a trained medical doctor, and a single parent with two non-white kids in the Brookline Public Schools. Her track record (and voting record) speaks for itself. Everyone who believes that real, positive change is possible for Brookline should join me in enthusiastically supporting Miriam. 

I also endorse and encourage everyone to vote for C. Scott Ananian for Town Moderator. I’ve known Scott for several years; he’s one of the most sought-after advisers in Brookline due to his encyclopedic knowledge of the Warrant Article process. Not only is Scott profoundly fluent in the rules of Town Meeting, he is also refreshingly attuned to equity issues. Based on his voting record, there is no question that Scott Ananian embodies the values he espouses: “Modern, Inclusive, Responsible.” To me, that is what Brookline should strive to be as well: a modern, inclusive, responsible community. 

The words “inclusive” and “inclusion” keep coming up. That’s because inclusion is Brookline’s current weak spot. Both Miriam Aschkenasy and Scott Ananian were endorsed by housing justice advocates Brookline For Everyone, as well as by Select Board member Raul Fernandez. I am echoing these endorsements, and hoping everyone will appreciate that we have a unique opportunity for real change in Brookline, provided everyone turns out and votes for Miriam and Scott.  

Eric Hyett 

Beacon Street 

Brookline as a city?

A city? A mayor? Fall elections? 

It just doesn’t feel like Brookline. But maybe it should. 

Answering these questions is the motivation for A Better Brookline, an organization that has gathered nearly 3000 signatures to explore the process of turning our largest town in all of Massachusetts, into … well it’s not 100% clear yet. Most likely a city, but a few other options exist as well. 

So why change? Well, after more than 100 years, and with a population of about 60,000 people it may just be time to embrace a form of government that’s more equitable, efficient, and effective. 

First, switching to mayor will almost certainly lead to a more participatory form of government. Turnout for our May town elections is generally 15–20%, compared to ~50% for elections held last September, and a whopping ~75% last November. Could we ever achieve 50% turnout in a Town Election? Probably not. But would turnout jump when electing a mayor in November? Almost certainly. 

Who’s in charge anyway? When 5-people are in charge (like our Select Board) – no one is in charge; when 1-person is in charge, well, 1-person is in charge. A mayor may not be the answer to all of our problems, but they would be someone to praise or blame when things are not going as they should. It should be noted that right now big decisions are highly impacted by professional staff. Is Town Administrator, Melvin Kleckner, one the best public servants in the State? Yes! Is he elected? No! 

Maybe most importantly, cities get things done in a way that towns don’t: attracting and keeping businesses large and small, choosing a site for a new school; Class-A office space versus new condos, the list goes on, and generally includes things that only a mayor with a vision can best achieve; a mayor who can see the bigger picture of what is best for Brookline, not just what’s best for parts of Brookline. 

Plus, mayors seem to do a good job. Mayor-led Cambridge has turned the wasteland of Kendall Square into the “Silicon Valley” of biotech, which now provides a third of Cambridge’s tax revenue; Mayor-led “Slummerville” is now a center for Green-tech, robotics, and cuisine. 

So, what’s the first step in becoming a city or at least starting to think about it? Gathering enough signatures to debate these questions through a citizen-led, organized process. This means when you go to the polls on May 4, take a minute to sign our petition to put this question on the 2022 ballot, and help to make a better Brookline 

Harold Simansky 

Winchester Street 

Poverman is the right choice

Kate Poverman is the right choice to be our next Town Moderator.  Kate has the personal disposition, intellect, and professional training to be a superb Moderator. 

If you’ve never served in Town Meeting, you might not know that Town Moderator is very different from every other role in our town government.  Most elected officials and Town Meeting Members are policy advocates who work every day to make their priorities a reality for Brookline. The Moderator, by contrast, works with all of them, as well as Town staff, as a sort of referee. The priority is to develop well crafted law and to oversee a fair debate; a Moderator does not use a heavy thumb to affect the outcome.  

The Moderator reviews every legislative proposal (“warrant article”) and ensures that it is properly constructed, then presides over debate at Town Meeting, organizing speakers, balancing the debate, and making many rulings on motions. This is much harder to do than it sounds, and it takes the kind personal and professional skills Kate has in abundance. 

The Moderator also appoints the members of the Advisory Committee (AC) whose purpose is to review and opine on every proposal brought before Town Meeting. Most crucially, the AC helps all Town Meeting Members understand the Town Budget article which the Advisory Committee presents as its recommendation annually in May. Kate has been involved with our community long enough to know it well. She will use her knowledge to reach out both for advice and to find diverse representation and talent for Advisory or other Committees where the Moderator makes the appointments.  

Kate’s resume is literally perfect: she has been a Town Meeting Member for several years and serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals. She is a lawyer with deep experience in financial and regulatory sectors. But most important, Kate is thoughtful, persistent, and fair.  If you have ever listened to a ZBA meeting, you know Kate.  She asks tough questions, listens to often wide-ranging responses and opinions, and then somehow crafts it all into a coherent Zoning Board motion. What she does makes the final decision better by fairly reflecting and balancing many voices within the scope of the law.  She is astounding to watch.  Our warrants will be better because of Kate and everyone will feel heard. 

Help elect the Moderator that Brookline needs. Please give Kate Poverman your vote on May 4th. 

Nathan Shpritz 

Town Meeting Member, Precinct 16 

Vote for Zoe Lynn

Zoe Lynn is running for Select Board! It’s great news — Zoe will bring rigor and forward momentum to Town government, to our progressive priorities, and to Brookline writ large. I’m voting for her on May 4th, and I hope you will too. 

Here’s why. 

My family moved back to the area two years ago, settling here in Brookline. My wife Julie and I are planning to raise our two young kids here, so I’m interested in the longer-horizon challenges — climate resilience, racial justice, our schools, our budgets — the hard ones. 

The Town had just hired Zoe as its first Sustainability Program Administrator. I met her while working on Warrant Article 21, the gas line climate action bill. It was the sort of good policy that dies from a thousand objections to a thousand details, by a thousand people for whom those details matter. 

Zoe understood this, and she took it head-on. She opened the conversation to a profoundly broad collection of stakeholders, in a series of public meetings — at the beginning of the process, when it mattered most. I attended several of those meetings, and I got to see her in action. 

It took me a few weeks to understand the depth of what she was accomplishing. We heard very little from Zoe — instead, she asked questions, and listened, and guided discussion towards serious concerns and away from bloviators. (I took some lessons from this.) I learned so much from small business owners, restaurateurs, and fellow homeowners. Thanks to Zoe, so did the bill. 

Zoe understood the policy. She pulled in the people who cared, she listened to them, and it mattered. I’ve never seen anything like it, and Warrant Article 21 passed Town Meeting in a landslide. 

Brookline needs that kind of serious competence at the helm — to navigate big, progressive priorities down difficult paths, and to move our town forward without leaving anyone behind. I’ve never met someone better at understanding the details, at gathering the stakeholders, and at doing the hard work of governing. 

Zoe Lynn is a different kind of candidate: a uniquely talented facilitator, an inclusive leader, and a tactical and strategic visionary. I hope you get to know her (check out www.votezoeforbrookline.com) and join me in voting for her on May 4th. 

Dave Porter 

Clark Road 

Vote for practical progressives

Nancy Heller as a SC member fought successful override to build a new Lincoln School over 3 decades ago. With a handful of others, she reinforced the formula that excellent modernized schools = higher property values, better neighborhoods, a greener future & a AAA bond rating. 

There is simply no one in Brookline who has played a greater overall leadership role in strengthening our infrastructure than Nancy for the last 30 years. For those seeking funding for affordable housing, capital improvements, and especially the overcrowded forgotten Pierce School, Nancy’s wisdom and experience are essential. 

Bernard Greene became chair of the SB 4 years after he was first election 2015. Then the Covid crisis exploded. Working with Dr. Jett (our Dr Fauci) he has done a phenomenal job fighting the virus. When you compare Brookline’s 2200 virus cases to the rest of Norfolk County, you’ll  find they have over 100% more cases per capita. Suffolk is worse, and Middlesex is a disaster.  

Bernard and his committees’ practical, progressive policies will make a huge difference in policing advocating for a (George Floyd) choke hold ban, body cameras, eliminating profiling, increased civilian oversight, and more diversity on the force. 

There is one crucial vote, that marks a clear difference between Heller, Greene, and their opponent Aschkenasy. The budget before Town Meeting cut the police by 4.5 %.  Their opponent backed a plan to gut the police by an additional 12.5%. 

Many of the younger, homegrown and diverse police officers came to the department’s defense. Thankfully, the 17% cut lost by an overwhelming 2 to 1 vote. Many in Brookline, especially our seniors who have been devastated by the impacted by Covid 19, want our first responders to arrive on time. 

Practical, progressive, community involved, & well thought out solutions make everyone winners. Heller and Greene are the epitome of these qualities. 

Joyce Jozwicki, Former School Committee Member; TMM pct. 9 

Barr Jozwicki, Director of the PAC who fought to create our Senior Center; TMM pct. 9 

Give Ehrenberg your vote

My connection to the town of Brookline goes back to my early childhood in the 1970s when I lived nearby in Brighton. I cherish my memories of trips to Coolidge Corner and hours spent sitting on the floor and reading in Brookline Booksmith. My cousins grew up here, and I remember feeling envious of the interesting classes and opportunities they had at Brookline High School. My husband and I have lived in Brookline for over 20 years now and our two boys, now in 8th and 9th grade, have attended the Public Schools of Brookline since preschool. Our children have thrived in this community, both in school and through participating in community sports and other activities. I work in the education field and my professional expertise is in the area of language, literacy, and reading disabilities. I recently served on the School Committee’s Advisory Panel 1 on Educational Excellence and Equity and I care deeply about Brookline and our schools. 

Steven Ehrenberg is a fellow Lawrence parent and we have connected around our mutual passion for high-quality and equitable education. I have been truly impressed by Steven’s deep and nuanced thinking about complex issues. Steven is knowledgeable and experienced, yet always seeking to learn more and understand. He has a knack for asking the kinds of questions that get to the heart of the matter and push the conversation forward. He is a kind person who is committed to helping children and families. 

Our School Committee needs Steven’s expertise in education research. His deep knowledge base and focus on curriculum and learning will be a huge asset. Steven understands that evidence-based literacy teaching, integrated with robust social studies and science content in K-5, is crucial to developing a love of learning in all of our students. His voice on the School Committee will focus attention on student needs and student learning and strengthen our schools and our whole community. Please join me in voting for Steven Ehrenberg for School Committee on May 4! 

Miriam Fein, MS CCC-SLP 

Kilsyth Road 

Vote ‘yes’ on Question 1

Please Vote Yes on Question One to appoint the next Town Clerk. (The question is on the back of your ballot.) Town Clerk Patrick Ward and I agree that the role and responsibilities of the Town Clerk have evolved over the years as changes occurred to regulations governing elections, the management of public records, and—simply—the growth of our community. We have seen how the knowledge and skills required to successfully oversee the duties of this office have become more complex. 

The Town Clerk is a professional, not a policy making position. Certification for Town Clerks takes three years and continuing education is never ending. In the Town of Brookline voters do not elect other department heads. Each is chosen based on their skills and abilities. This is the time to vote for the change from an elected to appointed position, which I feel is in the best interests of the Citizens of Brookline. 

Some voters may be concerned about an appointed Clerk overseeing the election process. The laws governing elections are mandated by the Secretary of State and the locations of precincts are decided by the Select Board, not the Town Clerk. There are over 100 communities with appointed Clerks that successfully oversee elections under the same rules, regulations and laws without incident. 

It was good fortune that all of Brookline’s recently elected Town Clerks first served as the Assistant Town Clerk. The valuable experience gained before standing for election ensured that they became the Town Clerk with the requisite knowledge needed to succeed. For the first time in decades, the Assistant Town Clerk will not be running for election. I plan to retire in the coming months. Appointing the Town Clerk is the best opportunity to ensure the success of the Clerk’s office for the future. 

I strongly urge you to Vote Yes on Question One, so that the Town of Brookline will be able to hire the person who has the best technical, administrative, management, and leadership skills for the position of Town Clerk. 

I look forward to retiring knowing that the office I have committed the last 26+ years to — and the Town that I love — will be left in the qualified and capable hands of the appointed Town Clerk. 

Linda G. Golburgh 

Assistant Town Clerk 

Park Street 

Ananian for Moderator

Please join me in supporting Scott Ananian for Town Moderator if you want our local government to be more accessible and inclusive.    

The position of Town Moderator makes a big difference in how we develop the policies and by-laws that govern all aspects of life in Brookline.  The Moderator must ensure that the Town’s complex legislative process works smoothly.  It is a difficult job that requires attention to detail, flexibility in responding to competing needs and a commitment to transparency and fairness.     

Scott’s professional life is focused on improving people’s access to information, which is a source of personal and political power. With this expertise, Scott will help move our Town government into the 21st century, where information is readily accessible and effective participation is available to all.  

The Moderator is the gatekeeper to Town Meeting’s complex legislative process, which can be difficult for newcomers to navigate. Only one candidate for Moderator – Scott Ananian – has written or assisted in passing dozens of warrant articles. This means he is the only candidate with extensive experience in drafting warrant articles, steering them through the complex hearing process and working collaboratively to meet the competing desires of all participants in local government.   

In his six years as a Town Meeting Member, Scott has worked tirelessly to help a wide variety of people to participate more fully in local government.  He has spent hundreds of hours helping others learn to navigate the legislative process so they can advance legislation on a wide variety of issues.     

Scott has also been a powerful advocate for climate advocacy, police reform and incorporating progressive values into our Town budget.  When he is elected Moderator, he will no longer be able to advocate for these issue as the role of Moderator requires neutrality.   This will be a loss for our town, so it is bittersweet to endorse him.    

However, in the role of Moderator, Scott will help our Town government in many ways.  He will make it more welcoming and accessible.  He will create the conditions for many more people to participate effectively.  He will help make our local government more truly representative .    

Please do not miss this opportunity to help Brookline move democracy forward.    

Join me in voting Scott Ananian for Town Moderator on May 4!  

Rebecca Plaut Mautner 

Town Meeting Member, Precinct 11 

Let’s bring the CPA to Brookline

Let’s bring the Community Preservation Act (CPA) to Brookline.  For the last 20 years Brookline money has gone to other communities that have passed the CPA; now it is time to keep that money in Brookline and have it matched with state funds to enhance our ability to build and rehabilitate parks, playgrounds, and recreational fields, protect open space, support local affordable housing development, and preserve historic buildings and resources. 

Cities and towns across Massachusetts have used funds raised from a surcharge on their real estate tax and a state Community Preservation Trust Fund which draws money from deed filing fees to go beyond what their local budgets allowed to make their communities more green, more equitable, and richer in history and culture.  The filing fees paid by Brookline residents have gone to other communities because we have not yet passed the CPA.  It is time to change that. 

Across the state 31,861 acres of open space have been preserved and over 2,700 parks, playgrounds, and other outdoor recreation projects have been funded by the CPA.  Funds helped create new athletic fields and walking trails, and community farms which were not possible with local funding alone.  In Brookline, it has been shown in study after study that we are lacking in playing fields, amount of open space per 1,000 persons, and resources for maintenance of our historic and heavily used parks.  Let’s put CPA funds to work for our community. 

186 communities have adopted the CPA.  Over $2.5 billion has been raised to date for community preservation funding statewide.  Isn’t it time for Brookline to pass the CPA and stop sending its money out of Town.  A 1% surcharge on our real estate tax will enable us to have a share of money collected by Mass Registry of Deeds and matching funds raised by the legislature.  It is estimated that passage of the CPA in Brookline will generate almost $3 million a year; at least 10% of which will be designated for parks. 

Imagine being able to do more to improve Brookline’s quality of life. Vote for the CPA on May 4. Vote yes on Question 2. 

Arlene Mattison 

Brookline GreenSpace Alliance, president 

Pond Avenue 

Zoe Lynn for Brookline

Brookline needs a strategic plan. And Zoe Lynn can make it happen. 

Local governing has only gotten harder in recent years, what with the corrosive legacy of the Trump years and the multiple traumas of 2020. 

We know the issues. Among them: racial and economic justice in housing, policing and schooling; land use and development; climate change and sustainability; economic development. The usual ad hoc approach that has served us in the past will not serve us well going forward—the problems are just too big and divisive. 

It is increasingly clear that we need to engage in a town-wide, strategic planning process that will focus our talents, our resources, and our good will—all abundant in Brookline—to accomplish some serious problem solving. 

The good news is that one of the candidates running for Select Board, Zoe Lynn, has the exact skills Brookline needs to develop a democratic, community-generated roadmap that can guide our decision-making for the immediate future, and beyond. 

We don’t have to guess if this could work, or if Zoe can lead a strategic town process on tough issues. Zoe has already done it, here in Brookline. In 2019, as our Sustainability Administrator, she organized dozens of listening sessions, a massively attended Sustainability Summit— where Brookline leaders collaborated under her leadership —and led ten Working Groups, which produced excellent town legislation (among other outcomes). The fossil-free construction article, in particular, is having ripple effects across the Commonwealth. Having experienced Zoe’s amazing leadership, many of us who participated are now supporting Zoe’s candidacy. 

As impressive as her work product is, Zoe’s personal qualities are more so. She listens. She validates, she finds common ground, she helps craft solutions that have deep community support. She is not interested in factions, in us-them politics. She wants to develop effective responses to profound problems—and she has the skills, the energy, and the discipline to get it done. 

In normal times (whatever that means) Zoe would be a gift. Today she is a necessity. Please join me and others in giving Zoe Lynn one of your two votes for Select Board on May 4. 

Learn more about Zoe at VoteZoeforBrookline.com. 

Don Weitzman 

Babcock Street 

Town Meeting Member, precinct 8; former Select Board Member; founding member of the Select Board’s Climate Action Committee

Poverman for Moderator

As Town Meeting members from Precinct 3, we write to urge your support for Kate Poverman as our next Town Moderator. These are fractious times in Town Meeting, and Kate fits the bill for what we most need in that role. Specifically:

Kate is an attorney, well versed in statutory process and language. That’s a big leg up for the Moderator, who needs to be able to gauge the likelihood of a by-law being challenged at the state level, and to know when and what legal advice someone writing a warrant article may need.

Kate has served the town in multiple ways, from Town Meeting to Zoning Board of Appeals, to board member for the Brookline Education Foundation, the Community Mental Health Center, and Brookline PAX. She and her husband raised two daughters here, and both went through the public schools. That broad knowledge of the town and its major issues, its staff, and its civic life will help her, as Moderator, to find diverse perspectives and expertise for the Advisory Committee, and to make sure that relevant answers are found to the many questions from Town Meeting Members during our deliberations. 

Kate has not been a vocal proponent of articles or politics in Town Meeting. Focusing on fairness and equity of process is her goal in the role, as we believe it must be. That neutrality is essential for the Moderator to ensure equal treatment of all sides, and to be trusted to do so. Her opponent, by contrast, has been a prominent advocate in Town Meeting on numerous issues. Even though some of us have voted with him, we believe that Moderator is not a role for an activist. Indeed, removing that strong voice from our debates might  be something his admirers regret. 

Kate’s understanding of zoning, in particular, will be important to moderating coming debates about growth and housing. Her reputation for balance on the ZBA is also reassuring to us about her inclination to hear all sides of an issue. We will need that even-handedness at the podium.

Kate would make history as the first woman to serve in the Moderator’s role. It’s high time for that to happen.

Please join us in voting for Kate Poverman for Town Moderator on May 4th.

Mac Dewart, Toxteth Street

Mary Dewart, Toxteth Street

Frank Steinfield, Aspinwall Avenue

Rebecca Stone, Toxteth Street

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