Mission Statement:  Local Issues

Although national issues receive great press, often the issues that have the greatest impact on local voters are those in our own backyard. For example, the Plum Creek/Weyerhaeuser land development plan is a critical ecological/economic growth issue that will be back in play with the upcoming county commission election. Similarly, the new or expanded routes proposed to ease traffic concerns on I-75 will likely impact our county in significant ways in the near future. Likewise, UF's plan to knit together the long-term growth of the university and the city of Gainesville will significantly affect the growth of Gainesville.  This process is already up and running; according to a recent post in the Gainesville Sun, UF has hired a Boston firm for $1 million to direct the task. These, and other local issues, would benefit from the careful study of the League.  Please contact Sue Hatch ( sghatch1@gmail.com,  352-226-5336.  ) if you would like to get involved!!I  BE part of the solution!

2017-18 Action-Committees

  • Affordable housing for all citizens of Gainesville and Alachua County
    • Team met with Commissioner Helen Warren and discussed
      • State of housing in Gainesville;
      • Ways to keep residents in their homes;
      • Potential effects of gentrification
    • Team met with Scott Winzeler, Executive Director of Alachua Habitat for Humanity and discussed working with newly formed local Land Trust Community.
  • Campaign financing of local elections                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Civic education through social media
    • Team is discussing a desire to continue to pair with the Bob Graham Center for Public Service to promote civic education  
  • Home rule
    • Team attended the forum at Bob Graham Center examining the ongoing negotiations between GRU and the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center.