Council Member Lisa Babcock to Hold Office Hours

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Friday, February 14, 2020, 8:00 am
Alice Dreger

Lisa Babcock at the Jan. 7, 2020, Council meeting in a photo by Raymond Holt.

East Lansing City Council Member Lisa Babcock will be holding her first constituent coffee hour from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Traverse Pie Company in Brookfield Plaza, near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Hagadorn Road.

Citizens are welcome to drop in and speak to Babcock during that time with no appointment. She plans to hold more in upcoming months.

Why has she decided to do this?

“Holding office hours is a great way to meet people and an is opportunity to talk about longer-term issues that might not be on the City Council's current agenda. Since being sworn in in November, I've been doing my best to communicate with people about specific agenda issues as they've arisen, but there's real value in discussing bigger, broader themes.”

I asked Babcock what she would do if someone is monopolizing the conversation and others are waiting to speak to her — a phenomenon we sometimes see at Council office hours.

She responded, “I think everyone will be courteous. Besides, there will be pie, so I expect everyone will be as interested in eating as they are in talking to me.”

Babcock is hoping people want to talk about two of the issues of her campaign — climate change and senior citizens’ concerns, but she’s “also hoping people will bring me ideas for what they want to see the city council do.” She’s hoping those who drop will “realize that I'm approachable, willing to learn, and interested in their ideas.”

If no one shows up, “I'll be prepared. My sister gave me Walking with the Wind by Congressman John Lewis for Christmas, and I'm looking forward to starting it.” But she expects that, given that this is East Lansing, engaged citizens will come by, and not just for the pie.





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