Mayor Clarke’s “Reorganization Plan” for CBRM

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s “Reorganization Plan for Positive Change” takes his election campaign and repackages it in the form of a 13-point to-do list. Each point raises an issue, and lists immediate, short-term, and long-term actions Clarke’s administration will take to address it.

Read it online: Mayor Clarke’s “Reorganization Plan”

The original document is only available as a PDF on the CBRM website. I was frustrated that you can’t comment on it, share it on social media, link individually to any of its 13 sections, or read it with ease on a mobile device. So I put together a quick website that allows all these.

Reading the plan, the first thing you’ll notice (if you haven’t already) is how much Clarke differs from his predecessor. Former Mayor John Morgan was a radical populist, presenting himself as a man of “the people”, always and firmly against the elite. Clarke, on the other hand, wants Municipal leaders to get out in front.

The plan is ambitious. Simply calling it a plan for reorganization is a tacit criticism of the status quo. But with the actions it outlines, it raises the bar for the Municipality (legislatively and organizationally). If Clarke and his team are successful, it could very well prove transformative.

But it also assumes — and creates room for — the participation of the community at large. There’s a lot of overlap here with my own campaign “platform”. And I had originally set out to write a blog post detailing some of the similarities. But I’d rather hear what others think, which is why I made the website.

Read Clarke’s Plan. Leave a comment. Share it with your social networks (#ClarkePlan on Twitter). Encourage your Councillor to make comments. And most importantly, refer back to the website over the next four years, and hold Clarke accountable.