OKC Civic Life Journal: Catching up with parks, politics and the mayor
Oklahoma City voters decide March 3 on a one-eighth cent sales tax increase, with revenue dedicated to neighborhood parks, and already have a candidate to consider in the 2021 city council elections. Zoo visitors will pay $1 more but still have one of the best bargains anywhere, and the mayor talks (what else?) social media.
It's all in this week's OKC Civic Life Journal.
• Parks initiative, vetted: Questions and answers about the March 3 election are here.
• Why are city executives proposing a cut in the Parks and Recreation Department budget? Hint: it's the economy.
• The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the best bargains anywhere, even with a $1 hike in the admission price. Annual visitors exceed 1 million, making the zoo the city's most popular cultural attraction.
• Oklahoma City's nonprofit partners in the next two MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers are looking for some equity with the first two centers, which already have received a total of $4.5 million to expand.
• Meet Jessica Martinez-Brooks, who aspires to be the next woman and the next 40-something elected to the Oklahoma City Council.
• Sid Ellington is the new executive director of the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Red Cross.
• And Mayor David Holt delved into social media strategies for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Governing has the story. "There's no wasted time in my day," Holt told @TheOklahoman.