Councilmember uses YouTube videos to convey info, ideas

       Since running for office last winter, District 3 City Councilmember Lisa Czelatdko has been steadily posting videos of herself on the Internet's YouTube website (more than 20 at latest count).

District 3 City Councilmember Lisa Czelatdko, shown speaking at the Oct. 20 Spirit Awards presentation by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) at the Westside Community Center.
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       The earlier videos relate to her campaign for the council seat, while the more recent ones show how she's since gotten involved as an elected representative.
       In a posting Oct. 14, she was filmed discussing Silver Key Senior Services, a Westside-based nonprofit that helps the elderly, and how people can take advantage of its offerings.
       Other videos since being elected include one in which she suited up as a firefighter at the Fire Department's training facility and another in which she talks to the camera about diversity issues.
       To see the videos, go to and type her last name in the search box.
       Asked about the purpose of the videos, Czelatdko said they're part of her effort to communicate with a “large and diverse” District 3, which basically covers the southwest quarter of Colorado Springs, including the Westside. “I think that the more my District 3 residents know about what's going on with council and the city, the better chance I have in getting my neighbors to trust me as their representative,” she said.
       In the future, she added, “I plan on showcasing great areas of District 3 on video so people can see all the great things we have going on.”
       She welcomes feedback from the public, but added that “I will not accept interaction with people who use words to be hurtful. Why should any of us?”

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