I live in a growing city. It is important to be informed, to participate and to vote.
I watch City Council meetings on cable TV or on the city website. I help at the registrar’s office and during elections. I attend town hall meetings when I can. I attended one in December, and saw my legislators before they left for Richmond. I even wrote about it, because one of the citizens who spoke, Illana Naylor, brought up the importance of addressing climate change policy on a state level, a subject I had just been studying through the Lifelong Learning Institute-Manassas: http://princewilliamliving.com/2014/01/lli-offers-climate-change-myth-reality/
Now that the 2014 Virginia General Assembly has opened, I can track bills and watch live streaming floor sessions here: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov – and this Saturday, Jan. 11 at noon, I can even watch the inauguration of the governor when it is shown live on the website.
A few years ago I discovered www.richmondsunlight.com. I like it because it is easy to navigate, and neutral.
I like the League of Women Voters of Virginia website, too, at www.lwv-va.org, though some would argue they aren’t neutral because they take positions and lobby for those positions. You be the judge.
And of course I like the State Board of Elections at www.sbe.virginia.gov because the website answers questions about registering to vote and upcoming elections.
So that’s my local life. What’s yours?