In the final month of 2018, we were fortunate enough to experience some of the most thrilling, most breathtaking council meetings of the year.
It was in December that we learned about the city council that was abruptly slashed in half by a higher power.
And it was in December when we heard from a city commissioner who essentially sat through a Trump rally and received heavy criticism.
Naturally, it was also difficult to escape the holiday cheer–like the city council that honored the best home decorations of Christmas 2018.
To look under the tree and see which December council meetings we wrapped for you, peek at the December Month in Review. (And check your stocking for the podcast.)
And if you are pondering why these people are dressed so festively, educate yourself by clicking here:
Turkey. Cranberry sauce. Council meetings?
In November, there was plenty to be thankful for in municipal governance, as we witnessed several provocative council meeting moments worth reviewing.
Remember the city council that grew some “jacket envy” after seeing a group of international visitors?
Or the city that was running out of space to list its sports victories?
Surely you recall the council member who brought Donald Trump into a meeting in a bigly way?
But it was also a month for fresh ideas for how to run a council meeting. For example: conduct a racial equity training. Or have high school students present new policies.
To see what we served up on the Thanksgiving dinner table, visit the November Month in Review.
And if you are curious about whether anyone has raised the roof in a council meeting, this guy answers that question:
Even though it was Halloween season, October’s city council meetings were hardly frightening. In fact, they were downright suspenseful.
For starters, there was the whodunnit involving a city council member who leaked a confidential document.
Then there was the mayor who claimed that his council was just waiting for him to slip up.
And we all got enraged at the city that deletes council meeting videos after a year.
But if you read this website for all things whimsical, we also covered the Canadian council discussing marijuana and the reporter who bought a special council meeting tie.
To see what you missed while you were designing your Halloween costume, visit the October Month in Review.
And if you ever fantasized about being a youth councilor mimicking the mayor, this guy is living the dream:
Most of the time, city councils everywhere operate very similarly. But occasionally, something happens that completely flips the script.
Such as the council members who forced the cancellation of a meeting.
Or the council that expelled a sexual harasser.
Or the mayor who felt taken advantage of by the county.
That’s all pretty heavy. But on the lighter side, we also looked back to International #CityHallSelfie Day and received a final judgment about who took the best city council selfie.
To see what got under people’s skin this month, check out the September Month in Review.
And if it’s good news you are seeking, find out the heartwarming story behind this image:
If ever there was a time to start following City Council Chronicles, it was August. And I’ll give you one hint why:
International #CityHallSelfie Day.
That’s right, we picked the top 10 city council selfies and showcased them to the world! But we had plenty of other serious news to cover, too. Have you heard of the mayor with a rat infestation?
Or the seven city council members who blocked an anti-discrimination measure?
That is some pretty serious fare. But you can also find more lighthearted segments with the council member who reenacted a medical drama and a role-playing exercise for teen engagement.
To engage yourself in a whirlwind of activity, check out the August Month in Review.
And if you aren’t a big reader, you’re in luck, because we’ve got images galore like this one:
July was a solid month for a couple of our key demographics. Readers, for instance, were buoyed by the news that the Book Mobile was roaring back after a 30-year absence!
People who enjoy theater and comedy were also pleased when we interviewed the city manager whose council loves to put on an elaborate production once a year.
We also heard on the podcast from two council members who were part of a once-hostile atmosphere at their city halls that has since cooled down considerably.
To find out who is a city council trendsetter and who is still working out the kinks of the job, check out the July Month in Review.
And if the thought of catching up on all of the council meetings you missed seems daunting, the deputy city clerk here feels your pain:
This podcast episode is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, and right here:
During these hot summer months, why not make it even hotter by listening to some of the most contentious city council meetings featured on the City Council Chronicles podcast?
This week, we revisit:
- The takedown of a racist street sign–with Norman, Oklahoma Council Member Breea Clark
- A woman who had a traumatic encounter with the Lancaster, Pennsylvania police–with Councilwoman Janet Diaz
- Whether to fly the confederate flag on city property–with Danville, Virginia Councilman Lee Vogler
- Why the Greensboro, North Carolina city council decided to screen footage of police brutality in a crowded council meeting–with Council Member Justin Outling
Oh, and we did cover one feel-good moment in this episode: the award we recently won! Hooray!
We came back from our hiatus (because of Tear It Down) last month and not a moment too soon! If we hadn’t, we might have missed, for instance, the poor cockroaches that got dumped onto the dais.
Or the mayor who had secret side gossip with council members during a meeting.
And on the podcast, we encountered one councilor who wanted his own coverage erased–a request to which we flatly said “no.” But on the brighter side, another council member offered to have a sleepover in his council chamber–to which we flatly said “YASS!”
To relive the moments that are only memorialized in time on these very cyberpages, surf the May-June Month in Review.
And if you doubt that last month’s council meetings were heated after all, feast your eyes upon the body language right here:
We are still technically in winter, so naturally we saw some dark and chilling moments at March council meetings–like the mayor who mused about active shooter training or the massive feud over a smoking ordinance.
But spring is so close, and we also experienced glimmers of warmth, including the playful rivalry between two mayors and one vocally-talented council announcer.
Not to mention that on the podcast, we had a delightful time–among other things–reviewing artwork for utility boxes!
To see which city council meetings were rays of hope, take a stroll through the March Month in Review.
And if you still are skeptical that March council meetings had sufficient intrigue, you clearly have not heard the case of the mysteriously-appearing park deck. BEHOLD THE DOSSIER: