City governance is April 14 forum topic

The League of Women Voters is hosting a forum on the structure of Minneapolis city government Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave.

A variety of experts from the public and private sectors will discuss what works and what doesn't work in the city's present "weak mayor" system, which spreads administrative responsibilities among the mayor, City Council and several independent boards.

The Star Tribune recently ran a series of editorials critical of the current system. The League of Women Voters will release its own report on Minneapolis city governance early this month.

The April 14 forum is free and open to the public. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. Kathleen O'Brien, former city coordinator and Council majority leader will moderate the event.

Panelists are: Steve Berg, Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial writer; Jan Hively, former city planning director and deputy mayor; Peter Hutchinson, consultant and former superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools; and Thomas Scott, director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

Responders are: John Bergquist, former assistant city coordinator; Jackie Cherryhomes, former City Council president; Kit Hadley, director, Minneapolis Public Library; and Chuck Leer, Minneapolis developer, North First Ventures.