Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum: 2017-11-20

Dear Neighbors,

I am writing this message to you from the Airport in Washington, DC to provide some updates around the sale of Burlington Telecom. I was attending a conference this weekend: the New American Leaders Elected to Office Power and Policy Conference. This conference was a huge opportunity for me, as I had the chance to interact with elected officials from immigrant backgrounds and learn how state and local governmental systems are set up around the nation, what are some challenges in other states and cities, how elected officials interact with the communities they serve, and most importantly, I shared the greatness of my city and state, our values and aspirations. It was truly an incredible experience for me. Thanks you Kesha Ram for expanding my horizon and exposure to other possibilities.

At the October 6th City Council meeting, after two tied votes, the council adopted a motion requesting the two final bidders, Keep Burlington Telecom Local group (KBTL) and Tucow/Ting the to create a joint venture proposal. Both parties worked together but could not come to a mutual agreement. Therefore, the council invited the original final four bidders; Keep Burlington Telecom Local (KBTL), Tucow/Ting, Schurz and ZRF to again submit their Letters of Interest by Monday, November 20th in order to allow the council time to review them before the final vote scheduled to take place on Monday, November 27th. During this process, we have an agreement that no councillor will contact any of the four bidders about their bids, and any questions we have for any particular bidder should go through Terry Dorman from Dorman & Fawcett. Mr. Dorman is helping the city with the negotiation and transaction of this sale process.

I would like to express my gratitude for the amount of engagement and respect despite the different points of views from community members on this issue. I truly hope that the community will keep staying involved, especially as we get closer to this finish line.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I am so grateful to be able to live, work and raise my family in Vermont. I have much gratitude to all Burlingtonians, especially New North Enders/Ward 7 residents for your trust and support in electing me as your representative. Have a wonderful holiday and hope to see some of you at the council meeting on the 27th at City Hall.

Please reach out with any questions

Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center - Burlington, VT

Community Forum: Sale of Burlington Telecom

Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center

Thursday at 5:30 PM

130 Gosse Ct, Burlington, Vermont 05408

The New North End Councilors (Dave Harnett, Kurt Wright, and Ali Dieng) are cordially inviting to join us for an information and feedback session about the sale of Burlington Telecom.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the three final bidders and to ask questions about them or the sale process.

Check out the Facebook event.

Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum: 2017-10-02

Dear Neighbors,

I hope that you all had a good summer and wishing you all a great fall season in our great city and state. Like many of you, our thoughts and prayers with the people of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. I was very proud to learn of the amount of support our governor and the people of Vermont provided to support those in need in our country and beyond.

Locally in the Queen City, we have so much work happening simultaneously. In almost every part of town good projects are taking place, from new construction downtown, UVM Medical Center, Cambrian Rise on North Avenue, not to mention updated infrastructure, such as sidewalks, water pipes on Ethan Allen and more. I know it is not easy with school in session, but I am glad that these projects are moving forward in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding, patience in sharing the road, and being flexible for the greater good.

We are working on some other issues such as the future of the memorial auditorium, the redevelopment of Burlington Town Center, and implementation of the Walk/Bike Master Plan and mobility infrastructure recommended by my constituents in the New North End.

The Burlington Greenway paving work on the bike path is nearing completion on the northern segment from Shore Road to Winooski River edge.This entire section is scheduled to be open the first week of October, 2017. Chapin Spencer, Director of Public Works, and his team are doing an incredible job in order to meet the timeline.

Congratulations to the Burlington Police Department for their recent accomplishment in fighting the opioid crisis by addressing it from its roots.

The Burlington City Council alongside the mayor are working tirelessly on the final phase in choosing the best bidder to keep on operating Burlington Telecom. We encountered some hiccups along the ways around transparency and communication. As there were four final bidders, one rescinded their application due to conflict of interest. Despite the attempt to encourage them to continue their bid, ZRF decided to withdraw their bid. There are three bidders remaining: Ting/Tucows Inc., Schurz Communications Inc., and Keep Burlington Telecom Local (KBTL).  I truly value the many emails, calls, and requests I have received on this issue.  Thank you for sharing your voice and engaging in this process!

On this Monday, October 2nd, there is a City Council meeting at 7:00pm in City Hall with an important discussion about the Letters of Interest (LOI) from the three final bidders for Terry Dorman. Public forum will begin at 7:30. I hope to see you there!  The vote to narrow the bids to two will take place at the City Council meeting on October 16th.

The New North End Councilors (Harnett, Write, and Dieng) are cordially inviting you to join us for an information and feedback session about the sale of Burlington Telecom on Thursday, October 5th at the Robert Miller Community Center at 5:30 pm. Looking forward to see you there!

Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum: 2017-08-23

Dear Neighbors,

First of all, this is a reminder that you are cordially invited to attend the “Good Conversation” event at the Robert Miller Community Center on Thursday, August 24th at 5:30 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be served. During your lifetime, have you ever been a victim of discrimination (any type of discrimination), and if so, what was that feeling like for you? In an ideal world what should an inclusive community look and feel like? Please join me, staff from the Community Economic Development Office of Burlington, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, educators, faith based leaders and community leaders and many Burlington residents in creating a safe space for healing, understanding and positivity. We hope to see you there!

The next city council meeting is next Monday, August 28th at 7pm in Contois Auditorium at City Hall. The agenda will be posted here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vt/burlingtonvt/Board.nsf/Public, which will include a public forum at 7:30. I have received many emails about the sale of Burlington Telecom, and I thank you for reaching out. I hope you will come to the public forum to share your perspective on this important issue.

Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront has a new director. Please join me in welcoming Cindi Wight! Over the past 15 years at Rutland Recreation and Parks Department Cyndi has added a significant number of new programs, increased partnerships, connected with the community, expanded parks and modeled enthusiasm and passion with the staff.

Hope to see many neighbors at the Good Conversation!

Thank You, Ward 7 Voters!

Neighbors –

I am deeply grateful to each and every Burlington Ward 7 resident who came out and voted yesterday to elect me as your representative on the City Council. Thank you for your support, your engagement, and your voice in this movement. Thank you for talking to me on your doorsteps, donating to my campaign, volunteering to help in so many ways, and most importantly, turning out to vote. This victory would not have been possible without all of you!

I am committed to honoring my campaign promise to stay engaged, listen carefully to everyone’s ideas and concerns and bring your voices to the city council. I will work hard everyday to strengthen our community and deepen our connections. Let’s keep on engaging together – reach out to me any time at diengali9@gmail.com or 802-318-2527.

Thank you!

Ali

Thank You Ward 7 Honk and Wave 6/29

We are just getting started connecting Ward 7 to each other and the city.

Join Ali and your neighbors to thank Ward 7ers at a lively Thank You Honk & Wave on Thursday, June 29 from 5:15pm-6:15pm at the corner of Rte. 127 and North Ave. Rain or Shine! Bring your handmade thank you signs and energy.

“I didn’t just win, W-E won!” – Ali

Ali addressing a packed house of campaign supporters and volunteers on election night.

Tonight’s victory was a decisive win for the future of Ward 7. This campaign was grassroots and people powered (see above) from the very start. Thank you to all who volunteered and most importantly, thank you to Ward 7!

From the Burlington Free Press article coverage of Ali’s win:

“Ali Dieng, a Democrat and a Progressive, defeated Republican Vince Dober for a seat on Burlington’s City Council.

In daylong balloting Tuesday in a special election in Ward 7, Dieng received 610 votes to Dober’s 302. Results were tallied minutes after the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Other independent candidates trailed far behind. Ellie Blais received 47 votes, and Chris Trombly, 29.

Dieng won 62 percent of the vote, earning a higher margin than his Democratic predecessor, Tom Ayres, did in either of his two elections. Ayres won in 2013 and 2015 by less than 100 votes.

Thomas Fleury, the Ward 7 clerk, said 989 residents turned out to cast votes, including absentee ballots and early voting. ”

More press coverage on Ali’s win from Seven Days, NBC 5, and VT Digger.

This is it! Ali hands on deck needed!

Sunday, June 25 :: Volunteer Opts

19400009_1616015651751242_428655988246742442_nSunday Canvassing: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

It is a beautiful day to take a walk around Ward 7, meet some neighbors, and drop off lit about Ali’s campaign and the election on Tuesday.  Email Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at katyhellman1@gmail.com to help.

Monday, June 26 Volunteer Opts

20170621_075218Monday Honk & Waves :: 7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.

It is our favorite campaign activity—Honk & Waves!

Join Ali and an energized group of volunteers to start your day or end it at the corners of North Ave. and the belt line. Feeling spontaneous? Meet us there, we will have signs for you. Extra credit to bring your own!

Email for more info: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at katyhellman1@gmail.com to help. Thank you!

Monday Canvassing & Lit Drop :: 5-7 p.m.

It is our final day to reach the last few houses in Ward 7, meet some neighbors, and drop off lit about Ali’s campaign and the election on Tuesday. Take an after work stroll and help get out the vote!

Email for more info: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at katyhellman1@gmail.com to help. Thank you!

Obama-Phone-Bank-2-RichlandCountyDemsMonday Phone Banking :: 5-7:30 p.m. 241 N. Winooski Ave. Champlain Senior Center with Rights & Democracy

This election will come down to who turns and votes! Help remind voters that Tuesday is the day to go to the Miller Center and to answer any questions about Ali (don’t worry, we have his position on issues and other details for you).

Email for more info: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at katyhellman1@gmail.com to help. Thank you!

Tuesday, June 27 Volunteer Opts

politics1-1-800affdcefb388e4This is the big day! Help Ali on election day with:

Greeting voters at The Miller Center :: 7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-7 p.m.

Poll Side Checking :: 7-9 a.m. & 9-11 a.m. & 3-5 p.m.
Sit at the polls at the Miller Center and keep track who still needs to be reminded to vote!

Election Day Phone Bank :: 12-6 p.m.
Call those who have yet to vote and remind them to do so on the way home after work/their day!

Email for more info and to sign up: Katy Hellman, Ali’s Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, at katyhellman1@gmail.com to help.
Thank you!

Our Revolution endorses Ali!

our_revolution_atchesonOur Revolution, the next step for the Bernie Sanders’ movement which is fighting to transform America and advance the progressive agenda in this country, has endorsed Ali Dieng in his race. The endorsement draws national attention to Ali’s campaign, which has energized the neighbors of Ward 7 in Burlington and brought folks of all ages and backgrounds together to work toward their collective future in the city.