The Hottest Takes Ever with David Brauhn, City of Walla Walla, WA

Everyone has a “hot take” these days from the talking heads at ESPN to political pundits filling the air on cable. ELGL cannot (and will not) be left out. We are asking new members to give us their hot takes on an array of issues.

David Brauhn

City Of Walla Walla, WA – Communications Manager

Connect: LinkedIn

Write the headline for your life story. 

Local man loved enough and was loved enough, and that was good enough

What three things would you change about local government?

  • The way we’re falsely perceived at times. We’re not the Federal government. We’re the ones who actually get things done.
  • I wish we had a campus like Google? Or just free coffee.
  • Instead of having hybrid Ford Escapes for government vehicles, maybe Land Rovers, or something that doesn’t drive like a refrigerator.

If ELGL gave you $10 million right now, what would you do?


I’d fund our Building Better Neighborhoods initiative, which is putting on a series of block parties in our community this summer. The block parties feature live music, free ice cream, food trucks, and games. The idea is to form bonds between neighbors to make stronger neighborhoods, and, in turn, a stronger city. Maybe we could get Foo Fighters or The Flaming Lips, or Mumford and Sons to perform at them – but like they’d ever want to come to Walla Walla. I’d also hire a few minions (help, please!) and renovate City Hall, because, let’s face it – City Hall stopped being historic a long time ago.

Is summer overrated? 

By August, yes.

What’s the one skill that you wish you had?

I really wish I could do cardistry, because I think that would really help me get in with the cool kids.

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