Guest column from OWN: Town hall, candidate forum planned
Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN)
OWN Town Hall
Come learn about the latest news and efforts to better the Westside and the city at the annual Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) Town Hall meeting Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mother Muff's, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. All are welcome.
Planned information updates and topics include:
- Election to fill positions on the nine-member OWN Board of Directors (see more information below)
- Westside law enforcement efforts.
- Westside Avenue Action Plan update.
- Avenue (aka No Man's Land) Task Force update.
- Open OWN board positions.
The five open board positions are Area 2, Area 4 and all three at-large positions (see map at right for locations and term durations). There are nine board positions in total. Three are at-large and six are specific geographic regions of the neighborhood.
Two at-large seats are now held by appointed members Linda Schlarb and Jim Thompson, both of whom are local business owners, but the OWN bylaws require that members who have been appointed be confirmed by a vote at the annual Town Hall.
For more information, contact OWN President Welling Clark by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future OWN town hall meetings are planned to be held at different locations throughout the Westside. OWN's objective is to provide a more festive environment that encourages participation and at the same time helps support our Westside businesses.
Locations at eating establishments give attendees the chance to order dinner and beverages and have a relaxed evening at a meeting with neighbors without feeling hungry and worrying about where to get a meal. Because OWN is not being charged to use the restaurant March 12, OWN encourages everyone to take advantage of the dining opportunity.
Crime - see it, report it
If you see a crime happening, report it by calling 911 for emergencies/threatening incidents or calling the main number, 444-7000, for non-emergencies. The police use called-in crime reports to plan their patrol and staffing levels. If you don't call in, they don't know you have a problem. If you want police protection and a good response time, you need to call in.
Leading up to the April 7 city election, OWN and the Avenue Merchants will host a Mayor/City Council Candidate Forum Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. (Note that this is a date change, based on candidate availability, from what was previously announced in our column online and in the printed Westside Pioneer.) Come meet the candidates for mayor and the three at-large seats in the election and learn their stances on various concerns and issues that affect our Westside. Watch the Westside Pioneer online for more upcoming details; stay informed.
(Posted 2/5/15, updated 2/13/15; Opinion: Guest Columns)