Discussion: Local Government in Israel - Who Serves You?

During the seminar, two studies on the provision of municipal services were presented.

14 December 2017
Discussion: Local Government in Israel - Who Serves You?
Two studies were conducted on the subject of municipal services: one on the establishment of a basket of municipal services and the other on the division of responsibility and authority for provision of services in the rural area between the regional council and the local committees. Following the presentation of the studies, a discussion was held on the various issues that arise from them, with the participation of mayors, academics and decision-makers.
Guest speaker:  Adv. Robert Greenblum, former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States

Lecture Summary

SA 2020: Seeing is Believing – Robert Greenblum, Adv.

As Chief of Staff to San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro, I was part of the team that helped create SA 2020, a bottom-up visioning process that engaged and inspired thousands of citizens to dream about how the city of San Antonio could be at its best in the year 2020.  Education was listed as a top priority.  About one year later, I had the privilege of helping Mayor Castro campaign for Pre-K 4 SA, an election that would increase the sales tax to fund high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten education for 4 year-old children who otherwise would not receive it.  I will discuss how true civic engagement can produce political victories, new policies, and an improved quality of life.  


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