Demystifying City Government

The project is up and running and the first issues are being distributed. 
If you're a shop owner or someone able to distribute zines, or already have some 
and need more, please reach out to Ope! via email or call 917.727.6581.

Links to the individual zines are below.

We hit most of these today (6/7). More will be added over the coming week. 

American Legion, Another Green World, Art Pop, Bodega, Briar Patch, Dan’s Shoe Repair, Deaf Ear, Gold Heart Tattoo, Grounded , Hope Restores, Kroners, La Crosse Public Library Main Branch, Larson’s General, North Side Community Center, Pearl Street Books, People’s Food Co-op, Planned Parenthood, Riviera Salon, Root Note, Tree Huggers, Wrench and Roll

Making La Crosse even better.

And bookmark or subscribe to our podcast on Spotify. As part of this series, we’ll be interviewing the contributors as well as other people involved with city government. 

Getting a project proposal 
in front of Council for a vote

Postal employee/avid skateboarder Brock Coyle wrote about the steps he took to get the skate park by Erickson pool approved AND funded. District 6 Councilwoman Chris Kahlow wrote about the city’s side of the story and how the process can be used for other issues



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Direct legislation: The way to get questions and/or new laws proposed

Pam and Gary Knudtson will write about their experience with getting a “We the People” resolution on the ballot in 2017 (which passed, garnering 80% of the votes). Nickki Elsen, La Crosse City Clerk, will write a brief summary of the process from the city’s perspective.  



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Running for office

District 13 Councilman Mark Neumann has participated in several campaigns for himself and thers and will write about his experiences and what it took to get elected. Former Councilwoman Jessica Olson (District 8) will write about the institutional structure of City Hall, some of the rules and regulations, and her thoughts / recommendations for anyone considering becoming a councilperson.



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Ope! thanks the following for donating to this project.
It’s because of them—along with all the people who are contributing their
time and effort to write about their experiences with city government—
that we’re able to bring these zines to you, free of charge.

Mark Neumann
Janice & Dave
Ross Seymour
Alexis Aubrey
Rebecca DeVivo
Doris Coyle
Jay Lynch
Lucille P. Gruber
Pam Hartwell
Anna Hostler
Martin Gaul
Virginia Crank & Dennis Ciesielski
Gabriel Cohen
Elsbeth (Twink) Battel 
Mary Lloyd-Jones
Curt Meine
Patrice Kohl
G Wayne Hoffman
Eileen McNamara
Nathan Crowder
Casper Molina
William Stabile

with support from:

Strive 2 Thrive Coulee Region

Dan’s Shoe Repair

Pearl Street Books

La Crosse Public Library