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NLC names group to assist presidential commission.

NLC President Glenda Hood and Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe announced last week the creation of an advisory group of municipal officials to work with Mayor Ashe in his role as a member of the National Commission on America's Urban Families.

President Bush established the commission in January in direct response to a recommendation made by a group of NLC leaders during a meeting at the White House. Mayor Ashe, who participated in the meeting along with Commissioner Hood, was subsequently appointed to the commission by President Bush and is the only elected municipal official among its eight members. The commission is chaired by Gov. John Ashcroft of Missouri, with former Mayor Annette Strauss of Dallas serving as vice chair. In the executive order establishing the panel, it was called upon to conduct a broad assessment of conditions, issues, programs and potential actions to strengthen and preserve America's urban families.

Since its formation, the commission has conducted several hearings in communities around the United States while also compiling an extensive collection of information about public, non-profit and private sector iniatives focusing on family issues. It is called upon to complete its work and deliver a report to the President by the end of the year.

Mayor Ashe, who serves on the NLC Board of Directors, suggested the creation of an advisory group to channel ideas and serve as a sounding board to help him bring a broad and multi-faceted perspective on the work of the commission.

"Strengthening families strengthens our cities and ultimately our country, and because municipal government is the level of government closest to the people, family problems often become our problems, as well,' Mayor Ashe said.

"I am delighted that through the NLC, this distinguished group of municipal officials from throughout our country will be helping me as I carry out my role as a member of the President's Commission on America's Urban Families," he said.

The advisory group will include Councilor Peso Chavez of Santa Fe, N.M., Alderman Beth Boosalis Davis of Evanston, Ill., Mayor Donald M. Fraser of Minneapolis, Mayor Stephen Goldsmith of In dianapolis, Mayor Robert Lanier of Houston, Mayor Gregory Lashutka of, Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Paul Helmke of Fort Wayne, Ind., Council President Maryann Mahaffey of Detroit, and Mayor Norman Rice of Seattle.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities; Urban Families Commission
Author:Arndt, Randy
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Sep 7, 1992
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