6 thoughts on “See What’s in the Proposed Charter Changes on the Watertown Ballot

  1. Thank you, Charlie, for such a cogent yet comprehensive overview of the two Charter questions on the ballot. Question 2, in particular, isn’t easy to unpack, much less explain to a varied public, but you’ve done a great job.


    And kudos, too, to Council President Mark Sideris and all the members of the Charter Review Committee who worked so tirelessly over many months, through trials and tribulations of pandemic times. That their efforts bore fruit is a tribute not just to them, but to this historic moment wherein democracy is under siege from so many quarters.

    While things aren’t always smooth, here in Watertown we’re doing what we can to sustain this ongoing experiment in self governance — in service to individual and community prosperity and our cherished ideals. For that, I’m proud as punch.

  2. Well explained, but them I see a “human rights commission”? Does this town/city, take your pick, really need a commission on human rights? Ludicrous! They did this in Cambridge when I lived there along with their calls for the end of nuclear power, an end to poverty and the abolition of racism. That was 40 years ago and take a guess at what came from these ideas? This is Watertown, not Cambridge and not Berkley.

      • Putting undefined and open ended items on the ballot is irresponsible and risky. What exactly are residents voting for or against? Is this another “We need to pass the Bill so we can all find out what’s in it”? Sound familiar?
        I won’t vote in favor of TBD’s.

        Human Rights Commission

        The Town Council would form a Human Rights Commission. The role and details of how the commission would operate would be determined by an ordinance to be adopted by the Town Council. The Town Council would have until June 30, 2023 to adopt and ordinance establishing the Human Rights Commission.

        • No board or commission has its specific details of operation and scope voted on by the electorate. That’s precisely why the Council, which is made up of elected members, acts as the legislative body. This is Civics 101!

  3. Why not just change the name from Watertown to Watercity? Much easier verbiage and less confusing for potential residents that are looking to for a home that is near the water and in a city.

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