Revisit Collaboration - Op-Ed by Cliff Lazenby February 8, 2020
Before we head down paths strewn with costly litigation that risk tying up the McIntyre opportunity well past our 400th anniversary, we should revisit where we have common ground.
At the January 28 meeting, this Council skipped past the stage of collaborating together on the McIntyre project. A vote was pushed ahead without first cooperating with our new City Manager, or hearing critical input from experienced legal advisers. Without the opportunity to embrace the different ideas and innovation of Councilors and City staff. Without collaborating with a development partner who has worked in earnest to forge a public-private partnership with mutual benefit.
The good news is we have a chance for a do-over. At the February 18 City Council meeting, we can revisit collaboration by voting to rescind the action taken on January 28. We can do this better. We can still avoid litigation and find a good solution for the City and its taxpayers.
Committed to Community
Community engagement is essential to a thriving Portsmouth. Through years of public service and City Council experience, I have worked hard to solve problems and maximize benefits for the residents of Portsmouth. As a City Councilor, I will continue actively engaging with our community to forge the best path forward.
Make Positive Change Locally
Portsmouth is central to my life -- family, friends and neighbors, my job, our exceptional food and arts culture. Civic engagement is a vital part of the success we enjoy here. We need positive cooperation from all sectors to tackle challenges such as PFAS contamination, climate change and reducing taxpayer burden. I would be honored to continue serving the people of Portsmouth.
Engaged. Accountable. Committed to Community.
Portsmouth has a long tradition of civic participation, with good people collaborating to take on work-intensive challenges. We achieve that by being accountable and transparent. The more we all cooperate, the better our democracy serves its people.
Read press coverage about Cliff's history of work in the community.
- Assistant Mayor, City of Portsmouth (2018-19)
- Coordinated Community Response to Opioid Crisis
- Citywide Neighborhood Committee
- Economic Development Commission
- Selectman Ward 4
Other Life Experience
- Wife Stephanie, two daughters
- Elwyn Park resident
- Harvard Graduate (B.A. in Government)
- IT Director -- Ocean Properties (Portsmouth)
- Board of Directors at 3S Artspace
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