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Weekly Newsletter

To my neighbors,

Black History Month Exhibit
On Friday, the City Council held an opening reception for the Black History Month exhibit, South Side: Where Providence Begins, which will be on display on the third floor of city hall until April 12. The exhibit celebrates Black history in our city, the people of the South Side who have fought for fair housing and the South Side’s role in the development of the city. I’d like to thank Council Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris, the Black History Month committee and the City Archives for all of the work they put into making this exhibit as powerful and accessible as it is.
Tours of the exhibit are offered every day at noon and can be scheduled by calling the city council office.

City Year Providence
Last week, the city council voted to contribute $70,000 that was set aside in last year’s budget to City Year Providence, an organization that places Americorps mentors in our schools to keep students on track to graduate high school. According to City Year, students who are on a path to dropping out can be identified as early as elementary school, while students who reach 10th grade are four times more likely to graduate than those that don’t. I’m proud that we were able to contribute this money to an organization that is doing such important work for our city’s youth.

Monetizing the Water
While the City Council remains focused on working to solve the financial issues of the city, I can not support the Mayor’s proposal to monetize Providence Water. Our pension issues deserve a comprehensive, multi-faceted solution and I do not see the Mayor’s proposal as the magic bullet. The Mayor’s office is holding community hearings on the proposal, outlined below.

March 4, 2019
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Nathan Bishop Middle School, Auditorium
101 Sessions St, Providence, RI 02906

March 11, 2019
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Cafeteria
375 Adelaide Ave, Providence, RI 02907

March 21, 2019
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Nathanael Greene Middle School, Auditorium
721 Chalkstone Ave, Providence, RI 02908

City Clerk
This week, Shawn Selleck was appointed by the City Council as the city clerk. Shawn comes from the state’s Department of Information Technology, where he was a project manager. He has a vision for the City Clerk’s office that focuses on modernization, a mission I hope to prioritize in each department. Shawn has previously worked with the City Clerk’s office, most recently in assisting the city in launching the city’s Open Meeting Portal.

This newsletter will be posted on my website and shared on my social media pages each week going forward, as a way for me to communicate information I think is important and to keep you up date on what’s going on in the city council and in the neighborhoods in Ward 15. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me.