On Tuesday, December 14, the skies clear, the sun comes out
and the clean up from the storm begins.
This large tree fell across a back yard during the storm,
with its branches blocking a public walkway and knocking a light pole.
Signs have been up announcing local community council elections.
December 14 is to be a new day in Jerusalem politics.
One place to vote is in the Ohel Aharon Synagogue, up the steps on the left, with no wheelchair access.
Oops, it seems the street number advertised in the newspaper is incorrect.
The English notice in the paper reads, “Possible to vote for any voting area from each ballot box.”
How many times can you vote?
The polling station opened later than the announced 8:00 am, some impatient voters did not wait around.
At 8:30 am, it takes no time to mark off two names on the simple paper ballot with a pen,
but before election day it was not easy to find information on the candidates’ qualifications.
The blue cardboard voting booth is a statement of simplicity.
There were mobile ballot boxes at several locations, one in Katamon arrived an hour late.
The voter turn out looks better in the evening, as there are people waiting in line and a second booth.
Free drinks were offered to voters at the mobile ballot box at Coffee Shop at night
and around “Ginot Ha’ir”, of the the five Jerusalem neighborhoods voting this year,
many free events were held during the day to entice young voters.
‘Ginot Ha’ir” is a newly created electorial entity that includes all the residents
of all the small neighborhoods from Rechavia to the German Colony and Greek Colony.
The tree is cut up
and pieces are going in a bin,
and hopefully the steps will be cleaned soon.
It has been ten years since the last local elections, some councilmen were appointed by Teddy Kollek,
it may take some time to see the results of this election.
it is the last weekend of Hamshushalim,
a Jerusalem winter weekend festival with special discounts in many restaurants and museums,
so might as well enjoy .