Scheduling conflicts will prevent Ald. Silverstein from attending either of the participatory budgeting meetings this week. There was no indication from her office that she either supports or opposes bringing this exercise in participatory democracy to residents of the 50th Ward.
Her office did not offer to send a staffer to represent her and no statement from her will be read at either meeting. Her office did say that any questions could be emailed to her afterwards.
The process of gathering signatures for petitions to place the referendum in support of participatory budgeting on November’s ballot begins tomorrow.