Oakley Urged to “Choose Civility”

There is a resolution on the table for at upcoming City Council Meeting where the Council is being asked to Adopt a Resolution of the City Council to recognize and support the “Chose Civility Initiative” which is a set of 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct.

The initiative is being led Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Joseph A Ovick, Ed.D who has launched an initiative to encourage cities, PTA’s and the business community to “choose civility” in Contra Costa County. The initiative is based on the work of Dr. Forni who is a professor of ethics at Johns Hopkins University and author of “Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct.”

Dr. Ovick aims to transform the cultures of our schools, government, businesses, neighborhoods, organizations, and families through the example of leaders demonstrating model behavior.

As outlined in Dr. Forni’s Book, Joseph Ovick plans to transform the cultures of our schools, government, businesses, neighborhoods, organizations, and families through the example of leaders demonstrating model behavior by using the following 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct.

  1. Pay attention
  2. Acknowledge others
  3. Think the best
  4. Listen
  5. Be inclusive
  6. Speak kindly
  7. Don’t speak ill
  8. Accept and give praise
  9. Respect even a subtle “no”
  10. Respect others’ opinions
  11. Mind your body
  12. Be agreeable
  13. Keep it down (and rediscover silence)
  14. Respect other people’s time
  15. Respect other people’s space
  16. Apologize earnestly
  17. Assert yourself
  18. Avoid personal questions
  19. Care for your guests
  20. Be a considerate guest
  21. Think twice before asking for favors
  22. Refrain from idle complaints
  23. Accept and give constructive criticism
  24. Respect the environment and be gentle
  25. Don’t shift responsibility and blame

According to Nancy Marquez, Assistant to the City Manager, there is no cost/fiscal impact to the City and no staff time will be required. All it means is the city staff and council would do a self-check and try to lead through example.

While this is a great resolution to accept, I keep hearing in the back of my mind those cry’s of hypocrisy from some who like to speak regularly at the Council Meetings. I can also envision the posts on social media sites distorting the truth to show the hypocrisy from this Anti-Oakley group of activists. It actually might stir up many dead issues and I would hope the City is prepared to correct misinformation.

Hopefully I am wrong with this vision and this can be the start of a new day in Oakley once the resolution is accepted rather than these activists continuing to bring up items from the past that are dead issues.

To review the staff report, click the link below to the City Website. The item will be heard in the Opening Matters of the meeting and is item 1.3

http://www.ci.oakley.ca.us/UserFiles/file/agenda/2012%20Agendas/02_14_2012/text1_3%20-%20Reso%20Adopting%20the%20Choose%20Civility%20Initiative.pdf

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About burkforoakley

I call it like I see it . I love my city, I love my community and I want what is best for the people around me. Do the right thing, I will support you. Do the wrong thing, I will oppose you!
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