Group Launches Campaign For Charter Change

Someone forwarded to me an email blast from Pat Kane announcing a series of meetings at his house to organize a petition drive to once again put a referendum for charter change on the November ballot. According to the email (see below), Gordon Boyd will “explain the features and the benefits of  the 2019 proposed charter” to those attending.

For those of you interested in assisting in their petition drive, the meetings will be on July 15, 17, and 18 at 7:00 PM at Pat Kane’s on 19 Marion Place.

For those of you who may be new to this blog, I have documented two very disturbing incidents involving Mr. Kane’s behavior. They can be found here and here,

Mr. Boyd has also distinguished himself in a number of unfortunate ways most recently during the previous attempt to pass a charter change in the city to adopt a city manager form of government. Most troubling was his behavior during a “debate” with John Franck which involved a number of attacks on John Franck’s character. Many of these mocking slurs regarding John Franck were later included in a mailing done on behalf of charter change.

I have to ask, does this city deserve to be subjected to yet another political battle over the city’s form of government full of acrimonious attacks and disinformation? Can’t the supporters of the change to a city manager form of government find leadership that this time embraces civility and a scrupulous commitment to accuracy and fairness? One can only hope.

From: “Patrick Kane” <>

Date: July 13, 2019 at 11:19:41 PM EDT

To: “Holly Schwarz-Lawton”, “Michael Levy” , “‘Leona Beck'” , “‘Maureen Wendell'”, “Tom Gibbs” , “Ms. Mary-Ann Klemm” , “Margaret Prough” , “Margie Van Meter” , “Mary Kelly”, “Mike Los”, “Mike Perkins” , “Dennis Bigansky” , “Molly Corbett” , “Molly Gagne” , “Nedra Stimpfle” , “Otis Maxwell” , “Josephine Pasciullo”, “Shawn Thompson”, “Craig and Milissa Klotz”, , “Ron Kim” , “Raymond Giguere”, “‘Rita Forbush'”, “‘Rob Wright'” , “Suzanne Singer” , “Tim Holmes”, “Thomas Montelone”, “Zealie Van Raalte” , “‘Tony Oehler'” , “‘Tom Denny'” , “terry lowenthal” , “Vicki Addesso-Dodd”, <valerie_keehn, “Arliss Nygard” , “Gordon and Sharon Boyd”, “Brenda Corbett” , “Christine M. Carsky” , “Christina Brueggemann”, “Daniel De Federicis” , “Evelyn Hefner”, “James C. Helicke” , “Jeff Wendell”, “John Van der Veer” , “Michael Englert”, “Nurcan Atalan”, “Pat Design”, “sabine beisler” 

Subject: Mark Your Calendars  Citizens Charter Initiative 2019

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Subject: Mark Your Calendars Citizens Charter Initiative





We have a big week ahead!!!

Please join us on this week to discuss the progress of the citizen initiative for Charter 2019.

You can pick whatever night that works for you!


Available nights to hear about the citizen’s petition and the and the timing of the petition drive.

Monday July 15 @ 7:00 PM

Wednesday July 17 @ 7:00 PM

Thursday July 18 @ 7:00 PM


Gordon Boyd will explain the features and the benefits of the 2019 proposed charter.

All areas of this effort will be discussed.

We are meeting at my house at 7:00 PM at 19 Marion Place ( behind the Lake Ave Elem. school)


Taking To The Streets


The Petition Kick-off will be held on SATURDAY JULY 20 at 9:00 AM

We will meet at 19 Marion Place to begin the petition drive. We will leave from here and hit the streets.


We will have a ton of fun and collects signatures

Please bring other charter enthusiasts and plan on



Patrick Kane


4 thoughts on “Group Launches Campaign For Charter Change”

  1. Dear god..leave it alone for a while. Our current form it not perfect, but for the time being, from previous results, the commission form is what we have to work with.

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    1. I am a strong advocate for change to a more efficient and representative form of local government. However, I agree with John Veitch. Please let the dust settle for a few years before embarking on another effort for Charter change. Given the 10 vote margin in the last referendum, I have no doubt that the next campaign will be successful if it is done in a calm and analytical manner. Time is on our side. There is no hurry.

      Chris Mathiesen


  2. It appears to be me this is no longer about what is best for the city but all about needing to be right (as perhaps doing right) and about winning. More of a “vanity” type project with something to prove. This saddens me.

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