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Flow Chart of "Citizen Councilor" Initiative 24

Ballot Title

(Approved by the KC Prosecuting Attorney)

Shall a Citizen Councilor Network be established in King County
for citizens to meet, discuss public issues, and provide opinions?

Ballot Measure Summary

This measure would establish a network of citizen councilors to engage in dialogue on topics of public importance. Topics would be periodically identified by the King County Auditor based on special questionnaires sent to citizens who choose to participate, plus suggestions from public officials. The program would be coordinated through the county audior's office, would encourage citizen volunteers to meet in small groups, and develop opinions. Opinions would be tabulated with funding provided by donations.


This bill constructively addresses the implications of the passage of Initiative 695 in 2000 and defeat of Referendums 51 and 53 in 2002 and has no fiscal impact. This is a self-funded citizenship program, to better enable all citizens, young and old, to exercise their constitutional rights of freedom of speech, the press, assembly, petition, and to be heard in symbolic dialogues with the King County Executive, Auditor, and others.


• To organize, County Auditor appoints a volunteer Citizen Councilor Coordinator and Deputys.**

• Selects priority of issues suggested for public discussion and submits to Steering Committee for consideration. Steering Committee is composed of representatives without vote from:

    1. the county executive or the executive's representatiave;
    2. King County councilmembers or the councilmembers' representatives;
    3. The executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council or the executive director's representative;
    4. The superintendent of each school district in King Couny or the superintendent's representative;
    5. The mayor of each city in the county or the mayor's representative;
    6. The county executive from adjacent counties or the executive's representative;
    7. The president of a community college, college or university located in King County or the president's representative;
    8. A representative from any organization participating in the citizen councilor network that has twenty-five or more groups of four to twelve persons each;
    9. The citizen councilor coordinator and the coordinator's two deputies;
    10. Others invited by the auditor.

• Assigns issues reviewed by the Steering Committee to the Citizen Councilor Coordinator and Deputy who assign official “Value Reporters” to prepare materials. (Value Reporters represent “the people’s right to know.”)

• After review by the Steering Committee, authorizes distribution of materials prepared by the Citizen Councilor Coordinator to the Citizen Councilor Communicators for Conveners.


(Are volunteers selected by and amenable to the County Auditor.)

• Solicits Citizen Councilor groups and volunteers from community service, educational, civic, business, unions, religions, and other organizations.

• Assigns “value reporters” to interview scholars, experts, officials and planners, leaders, and others concerning issues.

• Produces materials as evenhandedly as possible on public issues for the County Auditor.

• E-mails approved materials to Citizen Councilor Communicators for Conveners and/or participating school districts involved in student citizenship, psycho-social education, and critical thinking programs with citizen and parents using county materials.

• Provides mailing labels and Citizen Councilor response sheets and materials at regular costs to a participating organization, county, municipality, or school district if a private iteration of their own Councilor or youth groups is desired at their own expense.


• Convenes and hosts group meeting of 4-12 Councilors in homes or workplaces on thirty-day notice by the Citizen Councilor Coordinator.


(A Councilor is: “One elected or appointed to advise a sovereign or chief magistrate.” Webster)

• Meets in own small group of 4-12 persons on call of the Convener, studies materials received from the Citizen Councilor Coordinator as approved by the County Auditor, and states own position to others in a two-minute “Day-in-the- Sun” exchange with other Councilors, and then participates in an open discussion on issues raised with other Councilors.


• Responds individually to objective questions posed on an Opinionnaire® (yes, no, abstain, object; multiple-choice; Likert or “end anchor” value scales etc.) using mark-sense, machine-scannable, Forum Foundation Citizen Councilor® response sheets or other interactive methods such as an Internet website.


• After meeting, mails completed response sheets to the County Auditor for tabulation by the Citizen Councilor Coordinator.


• Scans and tabulates response sheets using the Fast Forum® computer program that is available without cost to this county project as in-kind services by the Forum Foundation, 4426 Second Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98105-6191. Tel. 206- 634-0420; Fax 206-633-3561.


• Oversees tabulation and summarization by the Coordinator. Returns a Viewspaper® summary and a profile report to county officials and to participating Citizen Councilor Network groups and libraries. Maintains profile reports generated by the Citizen Councilor Coordinator for reference by the media and the public. Provides data that councilmembers and others may analyze on a website.


** When $10,000 has been received in donations, a 1-800 number is established and ads placed. The Coordinator acknowledges subscriptions and asks for volunteer Citizen Councilor Conveners and Communicators for meetings homes or workplaces. When a total of $20,000 has been received in donations, the County Auditor calls in the subscriptions, establishes fees and services, and initiates the program.

Note: Forum Foundation is a Washington state nonprofit, educational research corporation that was organized in 1970 to do research in the field of administrative theory while Dick Spady was a student in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington. The following trademarks of the Foundation are registered, United States Patent Office: "Fast Forum," "Opinionnaire," " Viewspaper," "PLAN Forum," "Citizen Councilor," " Fraternity Councilor," and "An Inspirational City in Pursuit of Happiness!" The following trademarks: "Quest Forum™," "PC Rating™," "CPC Rating™", and "MPC Rating™" are pending. The Forum Foundation permits use of its trademarks, where appropriate, when credit and web reference (ForumFoundation.org) is given to the foundation. See The Leadership of Civilization Building (Administrative and Civilization Theory, Symbolic Dialogue, and Citizen Skills for the 21st Century) by Richard J. Spady and Richard S. Kirby with collaboration by Cecil H. Bell Jr., 2002. The Forum Foundation Fast Forum® computer program was first developed at the University of Washington Academic Computer Center in 1970. The proprietary computer program of the Forum Foundation is copyrighted 1970-2007.

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